Maybe it was the full moon, or something in the atmosphere (perhaps that unexpected snowstorm in September we got here in Calgary), but it seems like a lot of people have been having trouble sticking to normal schedules as of late, myself included. Instead of freaking out at my inability to meet deadlines, I’ve been using this time as an exercise in self-compassion and trust. I refuse to put more pressure on myself than is necessary. The world will not fall apart if I miss one blog post as long as I get back on track. And I will trust that my loved ones and my readers want what’s best for me, and sometimes that means prioritizing self-care and rest above all else. Things will get done in due time.
So thank you all for your patience. I hope that you have a wonderful weekend, and that whatever projects you’re working on start to go a little more smoothly from here on out.
The best things I read online this week:
- It’s easy to forget that profound yet distant moments in history had a very personal impact. Veronica Varlow’s tale of “Living in New York City on September 11th: A Remembering” made me cry.
- If you feel the need for some extra oomph and support for something you’re working on (or for those dreams you’re dreaming), try Veronica’s “Circle of Seven.”
- Melissa Cassera tells us about her own experience with haters, and asks us, “Where would you be if you listened to … them?“
- There’s a difference between “I did it!” vs. “It was worth it.” Alexandra Franzen shows us why that is.
- Also check out her piece “Who is living your dream?” Apparently jealousy can be just as good of a teacher as anger.
- Grace Quantock wrote “Ferguson, The Middle East, Terror and War: How to Cope in Times of Fear” which includes some sage advice on how to deal with a sometimes scary world.
- I’ve been thinking about doing an internet/device detox lately, so “7 Strategies for Facing Your Internet/TV Addiction” is a timely advice.
- “How to Breathe” is also a good read. Learning basic diaphragmatic/mindfulness breathing techniques has probably been the biggest life changing habit I’ve ever encountered.
- I love the sentiment behind “trash the too from your vocabulary” as it completely meshes with my feelings that we apologize WAY too much for who we are.
- Jessica’s post, “20 Things I’m Grateful For” was just the kick in the butt I needed to get back to my practice of daily gratitude lists.
‘Til next time,
*Photo by Rayi Christian W via Unsplash