It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? This week really feels like the week that I’ve gotten myself back together and on track, which means that it’s time for a Weekly Wanderings post! 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 in the Weekly Wanderings link round-up. Enjoy!
- APW’s Summer Reading List – A Practical Wedding. I know that I’ve posted a few reading lists before, but this is another from one of my favorite sites on the internet. I’ve already read two of the books on the list, and four others have been on my radar.
- 31 Summer Fun Writing Prompts – Verified Mom; July Journal Prompts and an Interview – Life Captured, Inc; July Prompts – The Habit of Being
- How a Night in the Red Light District Made My Marriage Stronger – Manya Dotson for A Practical Wedding. I like the idea of long honeymoon weekends on a regular basis, and I like the idea of the trust and confidence in the relationship and as partners. I like to think that Sweet Husband and I have that – almost like visiting strip clubs together (which we haven’t done in a long time).
- 47 Good Shopping Resources for Plus-Size Fashions – Ingela Ratledge for Real Simple. Shopping is so difficult for plus-size women (& to be honest – men. As many issues as I have with shopping and body image, my Sweet Husband has them too. As much as I hate shopping, he hates it too. As he says, “I don’t like feeling bad about myself. When the clothes don’t fit, I feel bad about myself.”), so it’s nice to have some options.
- Monica Lewinsky’s Speech on Cyberbullying – Time Magazine. I remember Monica Lewinsky, and I remember wondering why we attacked her so. I still wonder that today when it comes to The Other Woman. She receives so much of the blame, but she’s not the principal player in the game – she’s not the one who broke the faith and covenant. I also see it when things go wrong. I said to a friend on Facebook recently that I’m afraid to broach certain subject; I hesitate to comment on news articles because I simply don’t know what will start the feeding frenzy. I like to believe we can all be better – if we choose to be so.
We can lead one another to a more compassionate, more empathic place. We can help change behavior. We can all learn from our mistakes and be more resilient. And we can together make a society where the sometimes distancing effect of technology doesn’t remove our fundamental humanity.
- July 4 Family Story Prompts – Carolyn Stearns Storyteller. I love this idea. The people I wold love to ask these questions of are long gone, but I think it might be nice to collect a few of these stories now.
- Summer is Here – Christina Rosalie. Often I share posts here because they represent something I aspire to be or do. I love Christina’s capturing of her life – these gorgeous photos full of love and beauty and light. It reminds me to get my camera out more often.
- Thoughts Become Things – Rachel W. Cole. I found myself nodding along , and particularly where I find myself, the people who are around me, the things I hear on a regular basis – it is easy to slip, which means I am often fairly aggressive in my stomping those thoughts out.
I can call myself liberal, awake, progressive, feminist, and most of all, an ally to people of color, but until I take responsibility for the places within myself where these ignorant and frankly violent thoughts of my heritage still remain I’m part of the problem.
- 1000 Ferris Wheels – The Bloggess. I don’t dwell so much in depression but rather anxiety that I do my best to keep under wraps. There is something beautiful about the image of 1000 ferris wheels and doing what we have to do to keep the darkness at bay.
- Your Time is Limited; Stop Settling – Your Courageous Life. This is coming at a time when I need to hear it. I read an entry from one of my We Journal Love partners that echoed who I feel about this life I’m living – that it’s not so much about settling but accepting what this is and figuring out what to do with it. There is an important distinction between settling and acknowledging.
- When You Need Help Finding Your Way Back to Yourself – Jennifer Louden. I have been struggling with the move. I’ve not been kind to myself, and occasionally I’ve not been kind to my Sweet Husband. These are, of course, stressful situations. I’ve started my morning pages again – working to take time for myself, to get back to me because it is so very easy to get lost.
- What to Do When You Can’t Stand Your Patterns Another %&@#*! Minute – also from Jennifer Louden. Kinda feeling that right now. I know what I’m doing, and I even know why I’m doing it. I don’t seem to be able to stop myself, though, and that makes it ten times worse.
- #30DayJournal Project – Lisa Sonora. The page is comfortable for me…when I’m writing. When life gets in the way, as it has lately, the blank page is more daunting. If you’d like to start a practice, consider starting here.
- Writing About Celebrations – Finding Neverland. I think I’m going to use these to create a memory around our Open House/Fourth of July party last weekend. I didn’t take any pictures (because I’m cool like that *sigh*…or rather I was way too busy enjoying the people who were there to create a welcoming, inviting space for us), and it feels like it should be significant enough to write about it.
- If You Think You’re Too Small to Make a Difference – Andrea Scher. Sometimes I wonder why I bother. Sometimes I get discouraged about where I’m heading…or as the case may be. A lot of times I wonder about my voice howling into the wind, particularly over the course of the last couple of weeks. But I suppose I’ll keep on howling because maybe my voice is the one that makes a difference for someone, somewhere.
- 7 Podcasts to Try for a More Inspired Work Week – Abby Kerr. (thanks for sharing Susannah!) I started listening to podcasts when my beloved Josie (rest her soul) had a radio with an auxiliary port installed. They made the hour and a half drive to Hattiesburg much easier to bear and made me feel like my brain wasn’t atrophying quite so fast. I’m always looking for new ones to listen to and these seem like a great place to dig in.
- You Don’t Owe Anyone Your Pretty (or Your Intrigue or Your Ambition, for that Matter) – Yes and Yes. This something that I’ve struggled with. I mean – I got a PhD and all I’m doing is teaching kids at an alternative school? Or…you got a PhD and what you really want to do is write and take pictures? Lots of angst and conflict there.
We do not owe anyone our intrigue. We don’t have to keep living a life we’re finished with just because it looks good on the internet.
- How to Get Back on Track with a Goal When You’re Backsliding, Hard – Alexandra Franzen. Alrighty then. I’ve been saying pretty much this to myself for quite some time, but perhaps it’s different when someone else says it. Here’s to getting back on track.
And with that? I think I’m caught up on almost all of the blog reading I didn’t do while we were moving. Which post are you most interested in?