I spend a lot of time wandering around the internet – stopping here and there, enjoying a little bit of this post and then a little bit of that post before bopping on to the next stop. I’m about to spend even more time in my weekly wanderings because for Lent, I’ve given up Candy Crush and Candy Crush Soda. I try to remember to collect the best of my wanderings 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 cut:
- Mobile Photography 101 (Part 1): Mobile Lenses – Random Little Faves. I keep thinking that I want to get some mobile lenses for my phone but I am worried that I’ll forget all about them…which is the story of my life.
- A World Gone Mad – Rachel W. Cole. This is powerful stuff, but I think it misses a point. I know the point it makes because I live it, but I also know how terribly difficult it is for my beautiful best friend who is naturally very, very thin (trust me – the girl eats. The joke is that she has a feeding schedule and woe be to anyone who deviates from it). Fat shaming, skinny shaming – to me it’s all the same. She and I are two sides of the same coin. When we don’t accept all of us for who we are, we create pain.
I think this is one of the biggest misperceptions about commonplace fat shaming and fat humor: that it’s harmless.
It’s not harmless.
Every time we participate, actively or passively, in discrimination and prejudice of any kind we perpetuate the problem.
- Notes from the Front Line (Part 1), Notes from the Front Line (Part 2), Notes from the Front Line (Part 3) – Kat McNally. Lots of wonderful thoughts here, but this one hits me right in the gut:
…if you take away anything from spending these three days with me, I hope it’s that it is worth showing up and doing what you can, wherever you happen to find yourself. Even if it doesn’t feel like it will lead you directly to your dream life or you have no idea what your dream life actually looks like (or are too hesitant to say it out loud).
When I’m honest with myself, I am having a really difficult time showing up and doing what I can. This job – that I was forced into (it was either this, go to an even more chaotic building, or quit) – has ever-increasing pressure. I’ve been using my accident as an excuse to not be as present as I should be. I think the work I do is good, but I know it could be much better. I don’t know where I’m going (see Part 1), but I know there has to be something else waiting for me.
- The Fear of Not Having Enough Money – Your Courageous Life. Man. The posts this week are speaking to me. I’m terrified of not having enough, particularly now that we are about to have more pressures. Like Kate, I’ve learned that it is figure-outable. But I’m still terrified.
Rally your resources. You have them. You have people you could fall back on, jobs that you could work at for just one more year while hocking away the bucks into a savings account, credit cards that could be juggled, smaller houses that could be moved into, tax returns that are coming your way that could be spent on your dream vacation instead of ever-more prudence.
Yes, I do have resources. I can call on them. I can create the life I want…if I’m brave enough to do it.
- 55 Ideas for Self-Care – Firework People. This is a great list. I keep meaning to get into the tub for a really, really long time but I don’t. Go to a body of water? Yes – I can totally do that. With the beach 6 blocks away? I’m so down for that.
- Explore the Elements – Karen Hutton. As always, gorgeous photos from Karen…with a side of remembering what we are about. I need to listen to my heart a bit more.
- Write On: March Blogging Prompts – Hello Neverland.
- Getting Organized: My Memory-Keeping Framework (Pt 1) – Life Captured, Inc. I find this particularly interesting because I know that I need to begin printing my photos. I have so many of them, and I have no real idea how to pull them together. I’m a bit astounded at all the products there are out there to document your life.
- Kelly Clarkson Responds to Comments About her Weight in the Best Way Possible – Buzzfeed. Bravo Kelly! You are totally AWESOME!
- Your Reasons Will Always Win the Battle – Alex Franzen. Lately my excuses have been winning the battles. I suppose that might be because I haven’t figured out strong enough reasons? Good thing I have some time this week to get clear and ready to go.
- The Wedding Invite I Almost Didn’t Send – Eve for A Practical Wedding. This piece made me stop and think about the reasons why I didn’t invite my own brother to my wedding. He’s not stuck at 6 years old like Clare, but he is childlike in some ways, mentally ill and dangerous to my own sanity. I continue to choose to not have a relationship with him because I cannot risk the downward spiral that he – like my father before him – is able to suck me into.
- The Breaking of Rose Colored – Finding Serendipity. I didn’t realize how much I had missed Patricia’s posts until this one popped up in my bloglovin’ feed. I have always loved her photos, and one of these days I want to be like here. And Kathy of You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out. I’m glad that Patricia posted these photos and thoughts.
- The Futility of Always Pushing Myself to Do More – Zen Habits. There are so many things I want to do because I think I should do them. I am not at all sure, though, how exactly many of those things bringing meaning to my life rather than just being another thing that I’ve done.
- Northern Kenya, Pt. 1 – David duChemin. I always love duChemin’s photos, but his words are pretty amazing as well.
- Your Dream, Your Future – Louise Armstrong for Do What You Love for Life. I have been needing to make space for dreaming for quite some time. I need to make that happen.
- Totem Animals and Hearing the Messages the Universe is Sending You – Danielle LaPorte. I haven’t been paying attention. I don’t know if I’ve been seeing any animals more frequently…but maybe some of you have.
- 31 March Writing Prompts – Mama’s Losin’ It. Because you always need a few more prompts to have in your back pocket.
- The Past is Not Your Future – Quinn Creative. I always seem to pack my time off with too many things to do, but one of them is to go through the linen closet when my memories are stored and the books and other things that I’ve been carrying around for years…making room for the future I’m dreaming of.
- Shying – Sadie Stein for The Paris Review. I’m not shy. I am a bit introverted and stand-offish but not shy. However, this makes me think.
- The Psychology of Simple Living – Potential Psychology. I really do think the Universe is trying to tell me something. Perhaps it is time that I start thinking about it?
That’s what made my list this week. Which one is most intriguing to you?