I read a lot of blog posts during the week – I kind of consider them like a little retreat during the beginning, middle, or end of a day – thus the title of this series of posts – weekly retreats. I try to remember to collect the best of them here for you each week so you can be as entertained or prodded or as moved as I am.
This week, the following things are making the list:
- A Code for Living – Tara Mohr. I am trying mightily to remember this in my classroom. My students come to me so incredibly damaged. What a gift it would be both for them and for me to respond in such a way that invites them to experience something real and true, but more importantly, I want it to be an experience that I would have wanted to have in that moment. As challenging as they are, they deserve it perhaps even more.
- What Beginners Need to Know about Marketing and Publishing – Sarah Selecky. As I move into planning for the next steps and the next phase of my life, I kind of think that this is what I needed to read right now.
Give yourself permission to delve into process, and create something you are truly interested in. Read. Read more than you think is necessary.
This won’t feel as productive as you think it should, and you won’t have much to show for it for a while. You won’t know how to talk about your work at cocktail parties.
- What if You Don’t Have Enough Experience to Get the Job, the Gig or the Client – Create As Folk. I’ve been frustrated lately because it feels like I’m working with too much education, too much of some experience and not enough of other experience. Some guidance is nice.
- Also from Create as Folk – Why You Should Leave Your Good Job But Probably Won’t. This hits like a punch in the gut. I don’t leave because I don’t believe that there isn’t something better; I haven’t found it yet. I’ve applied. I’m constantly searching. I’m not sure what else to do at this point.
- How to Cure Writer’s Block – Ellis Shuman Writes. It doesn’t happen too often, but it does happen, so it’s always nice when there are strategies to beat it.
- Less Internet – But More of What? – Crystal Ellefsen for The Art of Simple. I like this because it recommends poetry. I’m not a poetry person. I keep wanting to be, but I’m not. And I think I’m going to try again.
- How to Be Patient While Learning New Technical Skills – Mad Mimi. I needed to read this as I begin to think about new directions to head.
- 9 Amazing Benefits of Photography – Picture Correct. Number 7 might be my favorite.
- Restoration – Finding Serendipity. *sigh* I love this blog.
- Losing My Sense of Adventure – Lauren Fitzpatrick for A Practical Wedding. This post resonnates for me – hits home in ways I wish it didn’t. Let’s have an adventure, Sweet Husband.
- Plan B is Not Negative Thinking – Quinn Creative. My students and I have been watching some Will Smith compilation videos where he talks about setting goals and living the life you want. In one of them he talks about how there’s no point in having a Plan B because it’s planning for failure – that you have to focus singularly on your Plan A – there’s no room for anything else. I told my kiddos that I didn’t really believe that, that I always felt like you needed to have other viable options. Fallbacks, contingencies,failsafes.
What did y’all find interesting this week? I’m always looking for new things to read.