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!
- Three Eternal (so far) Truths About Living & Writing – Parker J. Palmer for OnBeing. I think that truth one fits me. My goal certainly isn’t to have novels published and I don’t know that many people really understand that. I love the process. I love the work. I love the writing. What it means or does for someone else is quite incidental. At least at this stage of my work.
- Because I Want To – A Life Less Bullshit. I feel like this is speaking to me. Particularly this part:
I thought it was my fault that it didn’t feel good. Like maybe I wasn’t trying hard enough, or my expectations were too high. In the end, it was always me giving myself a hard time about not being able to stick it out, whatever “it” was.
- 15 Feminist Quotes from Badass Women that Prove “Having It All” is Bullshit (…or is it?) – Maddie Eisenhart for A Practical Wedding. I’ve long said that we can’t have it all – it’s impossible. But I agree with many of these women – we just can’t have it all at the same time.
- 30 Questions You Should Ask Your Best Friend – Hello Giggles. I could see this being some fun on our next NGoH road trip. There’s a second set of questions as well! Thanks for sharing Jill!
- Hard is Not a Reason – Alexandra Franzen. Great reminder for me. Lots of things are hard and I don’t want to do them because they are hard. But hard isn’t a reason. Time to settle in and get to work.
- The Blessings of a Messy Life – Be More With Less. I’ve made plenty of messes in my life. And I feel like I’m in the middle of making a huge mess right now. None of it has much felt like blessings…except relationship fiascoes – those I’ve always found to be blessings that have brought me right where I am now…but I suppose it’s all in the perspective. And that’s cool. Perhaps the shift is what I need right now.
- Don’t Seek Out Any Other Acceptance – Mama’s Losin’ It. I think it is a bit ridiculous that we are still attacking women for their looks, but Kelly has the long and short of it:
It’s more if I’m happy and I’m confident and feeling good, that’s always been my thing. And more so now, since having a family — I don’t seek out any other acceptance.
- Why Does Friendship Get So Much Harder When We’re Older? – Kelsey Hopsons-Shiller for A Practical Wedding. I relate to this so much. I just had a friend date tonight with a friend that I haven’t seen since her wedding in October. I have friends in Hattiesburg that even though I spend the week in Hattiesburg, I haven’t seen in way too long. Free time & intimacy.
- The Story You are Telling with Your Life – Firework People. I’ve been feeling a lot lately like my life isn’t telling the story I want it to be. The problem is deciding what I want the story to be…
- Ode to Ansel Adams – Karen Hutton. I love her images. So very lovely!
- Why Jerks Show Up in Our Life – Danielle LaPorte. I can get behind this, but I think that sometimes we attract jerks or assholes or problems into our life because the jerk or asshole or problem has something they need to learn from us, that we have an experience and strength that they need to know. Not everything is always about us…sometimes we’re just a vehicle.
- Tend the Fire – David duChemin. This is particularly timely for me as I decide where to spend my time. There are two things that make me happy professional, but I feel like I often am not making time for myself.
Don’t let the stuff that currently sustains what you do, and what you love, put out the fire. Make the time to do your best work for yourself, to complete your personal projects, be with your kids, to pack the tent into the truck and go to the woods for a night. Don’t let too much time pass before you jump into a lake, or go to Venice, or see the friends you love.
- Find Your Genius Idea – Do What You Love. I need this. It’s what I’m looking for at this very moment.
- When Others Frustrate You – Zen Habits. I work hard at this. I truly believe that we are all doing the best we can, the best we know how…& as one of those who needs to be in control, realizing that I can’t control what others do helps me remain calmer.
- What to do When You Feel Like You Don’t Have Enough Time – Your Courageous Life. I see myself in this. I keep telling myself to get more organized, to be more focused, to get myself together. But I’m just tired…& I need to figure out how to align my life with what I say is important to me.
What’s more important–what feels better–is being clear what your priorities are. Not someone else’s obligations are; not what your priorities are “supposed to” be. Yours. What are your priorities, the things that uniquely make you feel more like…well, you? The things that, when you honor them by giving them a central place in your life, bring you joy?
- How to DIY a Super Effective Writing Retreat – Sarah Von Bargen. I totally want to do this just because I need a writing retreat (I think I’ve said several times that I miss my writing friends. A weekend in a hotel in New Orleans or Mobile would be amazing to get myself together). This gives great advice and pointers as well as resources.
- How to Start Sharing Your Blog Posts on Instagram – Filling My Prayer Closet. Some great suggestions here.
- Listening to Your Life – Rachel W. Cole. There are places in my home that are what I want them to be. Other places that are getting there. Other places that are nothing like what I want. Time to make some changes.
- How is Life Wanting to Live You – Jennifer Louden. I think I know what my soul is telling me. The problem is that I am not sure how to get there. Perhaps I don’t have to know. Perhaps I can just do.
That’s it for this week’s post. Which link speaks to you the most?