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:
- How to Make a Vision Board and Chase Your Dreams – Career Girl Daily. I have been collecting images and words for quite awhile. I have a break coming up in a week now, and I’m thinking that I’m going to be spending some time creating a vision board for where I want to take this life of mine. I think it will be a great exercise to complete along with creating my Mondo Beyondo list.
- 150 Blog Post Ideas for When Writer’s Block Hits – The Sunday Chapter. Because sometimes we all need a little inspiration.
- 10 Life Lessons from 10 Famous People – Pages from Joan. All of these are great, but I think I particularly like John Goodman’s…being a reader and all 😉
- Good Digital Educational Tools – The Art of Simple. I didn’t know that Spotify had audio books available! This could be life changing for me. And I have some friends who have small fuzzes, and they are considering some home or unschooling options. These might help them out quite a bit.
- Romance Your Soul – Hiro Boga for Owning Pink. This whole post resonnates with me – particularly the piece about how if your dream remains on your vision board, they retain their magic. But I feel like the time is coming closer to leap. Too many dreams with magic and no reality.
Romance your soul the way you’d romance the love of your life. Lavish your soul with your love, appreciation and attention. Get to know it – its depths, its desires, its particular penchant for soul food.
I have known for a long time that the answers lie within me. I just have to begin to move and beginning means loving myself.
- The Scary Power of Negative Words – Habib Sadeghi for Goop. I particularly like the list of 8 steps to increase the positivity in your life. Given my propensity to pessimism, these are good suggestions for me.
- What You Do Is Who You Become – Alexandra Franzen. So, I’m someone who writes, works a job that doesn’t light me up, takes an afternoon nap, and spends way too much time online. When you write it out like that, it doesn’t feel too good, does it? Change. I feel it knocking on the door.
- The Joy of Books Isn’t in Ownership – Be More With Less. I have gotten rid of a lot of books. I need to let go of more books. There are probably five or six boxes. Funny enough, Sweet Husband is the one who doesn’t want me to let go of them. He knows how much I love books…and every time I mention culling the collection again, he says no. I may just do that during spring break next week. And this reminds me to set up my library account on my Kindle.
- You’re Not Doing Life Wrong – Zen Habits. Oh my! Did you need to read this as much as I did?
I’d like to assure you that you’re doing nothing wrong. That you don’t need to optimize or do things better.
- What To Do When You Feel Should-y About Your Business – Sarah Von Bargen. I kinda feel like the Universe is trying to tell me something.
But if you’re struggling to get past those should-y suggestions that leave you cold, take a minute to consider all the hard work you’d have to put into pursuing something you don’t even want.
Sarah mentions a lovely, curated Instagram feed…which is something I feel like I *should* want and develop…but really, I kinda like the hodge podge I get out there when I have the time to actually use IG. I was talking to my Sner this evening about my goals for my blog and how much work it is. I don’t mind the work – for instance, I really am loving all of the work that my Photo Friday link-up creates for me. I enjoy that piece of it. But presenting the perfect image on IG? I don’t know if I have the time or energy for that.
- Kale Chips, My Cell Phone Battery, and What Will I Do Without Jon Stewart – Judy Clement Wall. I too have struggled with meditation. But I’ve found what works for me. Doodling isn’t my thing, but Judy is creating some great things.
- February Printable – Fat Mum Slim. I love that printable! Those boxes are awesome!
- Changing the Culture – Rachel W. Cole. We do so much damage to ourselves, don’t we? And the culture reinforces us for doing that damage to ourselves. Let’s be kinder to ourselves and each other, shall we?
- The Week I Stopped Apologizing – S. Graham for A Practical Wedding. Thursday I apologized to my boss for something I didn’t do and wasn’t responsible. When I was talking with my other boss about it later, she asked me, “So why did you apologize? What did *you* do?” My response was, “Well, I guess it’s just that whole thing that is part of my female DNA – you know, we apologize when it’s not our fault and because we don’t want anyone to feel bad? I think it was that.” Good grief. *sigh*
- It Might Get Harder Before It Gets Better, but It Won’t Be Hard Forever – Your Courageous Life. Kate is right in that most of our refusal to change or to plunge into the life we really want is about fear. It is totally about fear for me. That statement about leaving your job? All the feels right there. And I am afraid. But it’s already hard in many ways. So if it’s already hard, I can have it be hard and be getting to where I want to be, right?
- 30 Tutorials that Will Make You a Better Photographer and Editor – Hello Neverland. I needed this. I’m seeing such great photography; I have to up my game.
- March Prompts – Amanda at The Habit of Dailiness/Write ALM has great prompts every month.
- March Prompts – The Life Captured Project, Inc. I’ve just been introduced to this site, and I love the memory-keeping aspect of this. I want to do more of this.
- 31 Prompts for Celebrating Women’s History Month – The Accidental Genealogist.
- How to Be a Superwoman in Community – Firework People. I’m getting there. You?
That’s where I spent my online time this week. Which one speaks to you the most or do you think – hey…I need to read that?
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