Each week, I read a wide variety of blog posts and articles across the internet. I wander here and wander there and before I know it I’ve spent an eternity avoiding all the work that I should have been doing by reading other people’s writing. I share my favorites here with you each week. Enjoy!
- Photography Helped Me Defeat Depression & See the World in a New Light – William Patino for Bored Panda. This reminds me that I need to use my camera more often. Maybe I would feel better.
- You Don’t Have to Be Excited to Be Committed – Life Less Bullshit. This is a great reminder to me. I’m committed to the work that I do. I’m not exactly excited about it lots of days because of the situation in which I work (away from home, etc.) but it doesn’t mean that I am not committed to the work I do (I still show up every day). And this? My feelings exactly.
It happens with our work, with our hobbies, with our relationships, and with our best intentions and biggest goals. Sometimes we’re excited and sometimes we’re not, but excitement isn’t the holy grail we make it out to be. And, frankly, I think we’re all putting way too much pressure on ourselves to FOLLOW OUR PASSIONS! and FIND HAPPINESS! and CARPE DIEM DO WHAT YOU LOVE BECAUSE LIFE IS SHORT AND YOU’RE A SPECIAL SNOWFLAKE OF BRILLIANCE WHO NEEDS TO CHANGE THE WORLD!
- Not Getting What You Want? Good! – Your Courageous Life. I am guilty of this – expecting thing and being upset when I don’t receive them or giving people affection or praise only when they’ve done what I want them to.
- Are You Raising Nice Kids? 5 Ways to Raise Them to Be Kind – Amy Joyce for the Washington Post. I’m not a parent, but these are great tips for me to remember in the classroom as well as for the friends who are parents of small fuzzes.
- 5 Ways to Pass the Time While You’re Waiting to Make It – Rachel Hills. I’m truly working on #3 because this life I get to live? Pretty dang awesome. I’m working on #2 as well.
- Catalyst – Do What You Love. Do you need some new ideas? A fresh way of thinking? Check it out.
- The Most Important Daily Habit from Steve Jobs’ Success – Checks & Spots. This is a great reminder to me of how important my daily meditation practice is.
- How to Beat Procrastination with Daily Training – Zen Habits. I – along with my Sweet Husband – am a huge procrastinator. I want to do better, and then…I don’t.
- Journal Prompts to Tell Your Story – Hello Neverland. I’m of the opinion that you can never have too many prompts, and this is another great set to get your thinking specifically about your story.
- Enough – David duChemin. This is a great reminder. We are enough. Our tools are enough. I make a lot of excuses and give a lot of reasons (there is a difference) for why I don’t create as much as I should. But the truth is that if I want it, I’ll get it.
You have everything you need to create something great. Something compelling. Something human, You also have what you need – the constraints – to make enough excuses to keep you from your work for the rest of your life, or to get creative and make something amazing. Something authentic.
- Can We Change our Childhood Perspective on Money? – Meg Keene for A Practical Wedding. This hits so close to home right now. I grew up with very little. And it has long-lasting effects. As we are preparing to buy a house, I am freaking out just a little bit. News about a much larger than expected student loan payment almost has me in a tailspin. Because I’m terrified of money.
- Creative Ways to Declutter – Becoming Minimalist. As we are preparing to buy a house and move, I’ve been thinking a lot about what is going to go with us, what I don’t want to carry into another house, even though it is not that far away.
- Vanity’s Other Name – Rachel W. Cole. This. So much this. I am coming to realize that I have terrible anxiety…and I have it about everything. Those things that Rachel lists in the last half of the post? ALL OF THEM. That’s me. Terrified. Tired. Anxious. All me.
- Standardized Testing – John Oliver, Last Week Tonight.
It was a busy week here, so not quite so many posts as usual. Maybe you need a little bit of a break week this, too. I know I do.