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 list:
- Discovering Creativity – It’s There but Can We See It? – Headspace. When I meditate and when I practice my morning pages, I find I am more creative and productive. Odd that those things are the first to go when I’m stressed.
- April Love – Susannah Conway. In definitely doing this. Planning on daily Instagram posts as well as a weekly post here that is a wrap-up of thoughts & photos. Come join us!
- Photography at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument – Anne McKinnell. Gorgeous, gorgeous images.
- The Day I Decided to Be a Fat Bride – Emily for A Practical Wedding. I was a fat bride. And I felt bad about it up until the wedding. But my Sweet Husband thinks I’m the most beautiful woman in the world, so all of the BS about needing to be perfect for the happiest day of my life was just that – BS. I am beautiful. And while my wedding day was an incredible day – I hope everything isn’t downhill from there.
- Forget Reducing Stress- Just Add More Joy – Yes & Yes! I like this idea because to be honest, I have no idea how to reduce my stress. It’s very much a part of my nature to worry and wonder and wind myself up in knots. But adding joy? I can do that.
When we add more joy to our lives, there’s simply less room for stress. We all have limited space in our brains and hearts and it’s hard to nurse a grudge at our colleagues when we’re busy laughing into our pho with a friend during a workday lunch.
More space in your life for awesome means less space in your life for stress.
Amen & I’m in. I think I want to start by adding walks along the beach. You?
- Mobile Photography 101 – Accessories & Apps – Random Little Faves. I shared the first part of this series a couple of weeks ago, and Vicky is back with some more great tips for upping your mobile photography game.
- Journaling as a Building Block – Quinn Creative. I’m a journaler. In fact, it’s about time for me to order my next journal. Since getting married almost 3 years ago and changing the name on the outside of my journals, I’ve managed to write my way through 11 of them. Quinn is right – it always helps & it always heals. My life works better when I take time to write. I really like the idea of using mind maps. I’m going to have start incorporating them.
- April-May-June-July-August-September-October-November – Finding Serendipity. Patty remains one of my very favorite photo bloggers. Someday, when I grow up, I want to be like her.
- How to Rock Your Body No Matter the Size – Firework People. I am guilty of not practicing self-care. I am also guilty of not being kind to myself. But it doesn’t happen too often these days. As I said earlier – I’m comfortable in the skin I’m in. This isn’t so much a “how-to” as a reminder.
Our relationship with our body is a powerful relationship. How we talk to ourselves matters. The way that we look at ourselves in the mirror is defining. How we take care of ourselves when no one is looking carries weight. The words that we attach to our body hold strength.
- Forget Practice – David duChemin. Great advice. Really. I feel frustrated all the time, but I know that my issue is that there isn’t *enough* practice. I need more time…but even with needing more, this is important to remember as I work towards being better.
Practice, forgive me for flailing so unkindly at a sacred cow, is not the be-all, end-all. When it is suggested that our first 10,000 images are our worst, I suspect strongly that creating them, looking at them, and reacting to them, playfully and without losing the joy of creation and discovery, is much, much, more important than practice -which to me seems to suggest repetition, not play. Repetition makes permanent, but it’s no way to spend our lives. The muse gets bored quickly.
- 59 Twitter Tools & Apps – Buffer App blog. I know not everyone is a blogger & wanting to grow their Twitter presence, but even for a casual user, there are some great tools here (like the stuff for Twitter chats, WHICH I LOVE!)
- Free Lunar Abundance Planner – Ezzie Spencer. Are you one of those who makes new moon wishes and full moon dream boards, this planner helps make it easier to know when it’s happening. Thanks for sharing Susannah!
- Because Art – Judy Clement Wall. Coloring pages! If you’re an adult – coloring pages are good for you! And limited edition cards. Take a look!
- Be Done with What’s Done – Alexandra Franzen. I am feeling like there are many things that I need to burn – things I need to be done with. Some things I’ve been feeling for a really long time. The problem for me is I’m not sure how to let go of the stability and certainty for the freedom of my soul…which might then be burdened because of the stress of not being able to provide for my lovely little family.
- Life Albums: The Case for Weekly Documentation – Life Captured, Inc. I want to get to a place where I am doing this. I think I capture a lot of our lives here and on my personal facebook page, but I really do what the formality of a physical album. But I’m not there yet. Perhaps this summer I can get myself a system set up and go from there.
- How to Burn Your Patterns and Accidentally Belong with Zen Buddhists – Danielle LaPorte. I think this goes along with Alex Franzen’s post.
Here’s the beautiful unifier: We’re all scared of the new. Shy and reverent. Reverently shy. But jump. Fall in. The angels and the oldies, and the tide will catch you.
I’m terrified of the new. I’m terrified of stepping out there, but at the same time I KNOW…soul-deep know that eventually the net appears. Eventually I am caught. The problem is that I don’t know if I have the patience to wait.
- I’m 30 and I Don’t Know Who I Want to Be – O. Patel for A Practical Wedding. I want to be snarky and say welcome to the the world, but the truth is, I’m almost 40 and I’m in the same spot. I don’t at all expect that my job is going be my fulfillment. What I would like is for me to do work that doesn’t suck…that allows me to feel like I’m making a difference and isn’t just going through the motions.
- The Writer’s Planner – Victoria Musgrave. I’m good with my electronic planners – I need everything in one spot – all my plans and to-dos
- The Pitfalls of Pursuing Your Purpose – Adreanna Limbach for Somina. Amen! And This – so much this! Thanks for sharing Jill!
I can’t help but think that rather than having a purpose, we simply have purpose. It’s something akin to dignity or meaning, an inheritance of being alive. We can direct our purposefulness through clearly chosen intentions, but ultimately, it’s a quality we possess, not a statement, a job title, or a place that we find.
- April Moon – Kat McNally. I’m so excited about this! I think it may be right what I need right now.
- How to Create Sun Flare in Your Photos – Fat Mum Slim. As you are reading this, I will hopefully be at the Broadwater, trying out these techniques.
That about does it for me and my reading last week. What about you? What did you read last week that made you stop and say, “AMEN!”