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!
- The Small Things Are the Big Things – The Bloggess. One of the reasons why I create my Tuesday Thanksgiving posts is that I am terrified that the negativity that is a huge part of my soul will take over. I consciously look for the positive in situations…usually after I spend a little time focusing on the negative.
- How to Get Pinterest Followers & Repins: The Ultimate Guide – Olyvia. For my blogging friends (& myself!) who are looking to increase their pinterest following – this really is the ultimate guide. (Thanks for sharing Sarah!)
- How Hard are You Trying, Really? – Alexandra Franzen. This hurts a little bit right now because there is something I’m saying that I want – really, really want…but when I get honest about it? I’m my actions aren’t matching my words.
The gnarly truth is that, usually, we’re not operating at full capacity. We refuse to dig deep. We don’t want to tolerate even a moment of temporary discomfort, even when we know it’s a necessary part of the journey to excellence. We make excuses. We flake out & hold back.
- When Information Becomes Clutter and Noise – Be More With Less. This is a great reminder. I find myself scrolling on my phone to distract me from the things I don’t want to deal with or face.
- 5 Dangers of Putting Your Phone in Your Bra – Positive Med. I don’t put my phone in my bra to begin with, but I know lots of women who do. Just stop.
- Dream It. Then Get Off Your Ass – Karen Hutton. I shared this as a tip of the day on my Facebook and Twitter pages earlier this week. It’s great kick in the pants for those of us who spend a little too much time in our heads and not enough time doing. I’ve been working on getting off my ass.
- Story Books: Ten Tips for Choosing Photos – Life Captured, Inc. I really needed this. I really have to get my photos off my computer and into more tangible forms. It’s always so overwhelming when I’m trying to choose photos. The suggestion to get them properly catalouged and rated with tags is an excellent one.
- Writing Through Life’s Seasons – Hello Neverland. Y’all know that I love collecting prompts. These are some good ones.
- 6 Things to Know About How to Get out of Funk Town – Zen Habits. Taking care of my rest is huge for me. When my thoughts are in a tailspin, being tired makes it even worse for me.
- Nourish Your Self; Nourish Your Dreams – Jamie Ridler Studios. The Universe seems to be sending me a message about needing to take better care of myself. I’d agree with that…particularly with school about to begin.
- 40 Rituals That Make Relationships Last 40+ Years – Marc and Angel Hack Life. I am keenly interested in ways to make love last. I waited a really long time to get married, and I want to make sure that it lasts. I need to work on 6 & 23 in particular.
- How to Ignite Your Creativity: The Artist’s Way – Books by Women. I love Julia Cameron and the Artist’s Way. I’ve been working with Morning Pages for the last five years or so ago, and when I’m faithful to the process, my life and my creativity work better.
- Capturing Stillness in Surfer Portraits – Diane Cardwell for the New York Times. I love these photos. Gorgeous all the way around.
- No, It’s Not Your Opinion. You’re Just Wrong – Jef Rouner for the Houston Press. I just got into this recently on Facebook over all things – Hulk Hogan. & I’ve gotten into it about the Civil War and the Sandra Bland. As John Oliver says, you don’t get to argue about facts and just because you don’t like the facts doesn’t mean that they are wrong.
In other words, you can form an opinion in a bubble, and for the first couple of decades of our lives we all do. However, eventually you are going to venture out into the world and find that what you thought was an informed opinion was actually just a tiny thought based on little data and your feelings. Many, many, many of your opinions will turn out to be uninformed or just flat out wrong. No, the fact that you believed it doesn’t make it any more valid or worthwhile, and nobody owes your viewpoint any respect simply because it is yours.
- The Key Mindset Shift I Made to Create Exponential Growth in my Business – Tara Gentile. This is a great reminder for when I get ready to make my way to something else. When you see your work as a business, here is a shift.
I didn’t get a lot read this week because work is gearing back up, but there is all sorts of wonderful things out there on the web. What have you been reading? Tell me about it!