It’s the weekend! To celebrate that, and my tentative (semi-regular?) return to this space, here’s good things from this week.
I’ve written before about the desire to be untethered, but also rooted deeply in a place. This appeals to the former, and brings attention to nomad women, rather than the usual tech bros in Bali or Chiang Mai.
I’ve been reading Sarah von Bargen’s blog since forever (or 2010ish?), and she’s always got good tips that actually feel accessible. These are the habits she’s cultivated that support her business and creativity.
A quick search revealed that I already linked to Joan Didion’s piece, “On Self-Respect.” But it was back in 2012, and I think we could all use a reminder of how brilliant she is. Has anyone read South and West yet? I’m hoping to get my paws on it soon.
A local photographer in Lancaster took the photo that is the prompt for this microfiction contest! Entries are due by July 21st.
I’ve mentioned Susannah Conway’s Unravelling the Year Ahead before. Chad and I go through it together around every New Year. She just released a companion, a mid-year check in workbook. I’ll be going through it soon, hopefully this week.
Bonus: I spent almost all of last weekend sprawled on a blanket in our yard, reading with the cats. It was glorious.
I pretty much ascribe to the school of thought that resolutions are generally whack. The things I want to do more of (or less of) each year tend to be pretty much the same. More creating, experimenting, traveling, friend hangs, etc. Our Unravelling the Year Ahead experience is pretty great for mapping out your year in broad strokes, and I tend to stay pretty vague even when there’s space to get specific.
So in addition to the broad sweeping adjectives I chose for 2014, I decided to make a to-do list as well. The list had two rules: Each item has to be realistically attainable and actually measurable. No vague words. No “do more yoga” or “read more books.” Each item is a quantifiable task. I hope that sharing them here is a good way to apply some healthy pressure to for me to make a plan to complete each of them.
2014 To-Do List:
speak at an event
record an EP with Chad
get published (in a periodical, online, in print, self-published, and/or ebook all count)
build another Rails app
find a house or apartment that feels like a more permanent living situation
read at least a book a month
Some of these are pretty lofty, but with some planning they should be reasonably attainable over the next twelve months. Do you make resolutions or goals? What are your plans for the year?