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!
- Letter to My Younger Self – Curt Schilling. Poignant and powerful, and sadly a message that too many people still need to hear – even as we know all the dangers of tobacco, we still find people using.
- 7 Reasons Your Wife is Always Stressed Out – Samantha Rodman, PhD for Huffington Post. Minus the kid stuff, a lot of this rings true for me.
- Time Off for Type A’s: 5 Tips – Jamie Ridler. I particularly like #4.
If your heart is deeply invested in the work you do, remind yourself that time away serves it well. It allows you to return with renewed energy and fresh perspectives. Taking time for your own renewal is a sustainability strategy, one that will allow you, your life and your work to thrive.
- Phenomenal Woman – Judy Clement Wall. What a great piece of art for National Poetry month.
- How to Get Back to What You Love – Be More With Less. I’m feeling very splintered and fractured – like I don’t know exactly what I want out of life. I do know, though, that there are things I want to do. Things I love to do. That I don’t do very much of any more. And it doesn’t have to be a big thing. But perhaps figuring out how to spend 20 minutes a day reading can be a start.
- How Gratitude Rescues Us from Overwhelm – Firework People. I know that personally, gratitude helps keep me sane when I feel myself succumbing to negativity.
- A Better Start Being Intentional About Your Mornings – Hello Neverland. I think my morning routine is pretty squared away, but there are some great tips here. I particularly like the something living one. We’ve got the Desserts, some of whom are in the bed when I wake up, but I’d really like a plant or two.
- 20 Ways to Take a Break – Maxabella Loves. Life feels pretty hectic right now; these will come in handy.
- Learning to Write When You’ve Lost Your MoJo – Write to Done. I’ve been feeling a bit meh when it comes to my writing lately. I think part of that stems from general disquiet about life & where I’m headed. Some of these tips are helpful.
- Setting an Intention to Flourish – Victoria Musgrave. I know it might seem like it’s a bit late to think about setting a Word of the Year, but I’ve always felt like the time to begin was now. So if what you’ve chosen for yourself needs some tweaking or even a re-do, these are some good pointers for recalibrating.
- 24 Inexpensive Date Night Ideas – And Then We Saved. I love some of these! And can’t wait to do a few of them when I’m home again full-time.
- How to Give People a Watered-Down, Exhausted Version of Yourself – Yes and Yes! I’m guilty of this, and I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I can let go of and what I need to focus on a bit more tightly.
- It’s Sunday: Relax – Blushing Wit. I am all about trying to find ways to relax and make my Sundays an easier, better transition to the week. Sundays are particularly difficult for me as I am preparing to leave my home and family for the week. A bath and a pedicure sounds like a great idea.
- The Universe Says No Sometimes – Quinn Creative. This is speaking to me right now (even though the post is a few weeks old). If I’d read it before I signed up for the blogging course I just signed up for, I might have made a different decision. I made the leap, though. Not an unconsidered leap. Money is tight right now, but it shouldn’t be in a few months. I made a choice to make it work for right now, but I have many times in the past made a choice to say no because it just wasn’t right.
- This Doesn’t Mean Yes – Emma Gannon. I’ve experienced unwanted harassment. I’m a survivor of childhood sexual abuse as well as relationship sexual abuse. I am weary of victim-blaming and this mindset that still says she (I – you – your sister – your mother – your wife – your best friend) asked for it or she put herself in a bad situation.
- The Heart of Memory-Keeping – Life Captured, Inc. I want to get to the point where I’m able to create the routines and practices that allow me to document our lives in a more significant way.
- Cheers to Zabriskie – Karen Hutton. As always, GORGEOUS shot!
- To the Coast – Christina Rosalie. What a wonderful post that captures images of love.
- 8 Sure Ways to Block Positivity – Danielle LaPorte. My biggest blockers are worry and that scarcity mentality.
- On Real Photographers – David du Chemin. I hear this so very deeply. I feel it with regards to writing, and it feels true to me.
…friends, we can do better than defining for others what they are not. What I wouldn’t give to stop with the further qualifications – professional means nothing. Amateur means nothing (it should). The only thing that means something in this context is your work. That you do your work. That it excites you, that it moves you, that it does what you hope for it, and that – for most of us – it touches a wider audience. Looking at others and putting them into the boxes that make us feel better about our art, or boxes that cast them as the scapegoats for the fact that we’re not succeeding the way we wished we were, won’t get us a hair’s-width closer to better art or better business.
Those are my favorites from the week. Which one was your favorite?