Welcome to my monthly (or so) collection of exceptional posts from around the web, a good book or two, and practical resources to help you live the best possible life. Enjoy!
At the end of each month, I publish my favorite articles from around the web, books, and resources – ones that will spark your goodness and help you live with more confidence, clarity, and ease.
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Beverly Army Williams. It’s part of my monthly series Stories of Transformation.
A piece of art, a collaboration between visual artist Linda Jean Fisher and me, is held in the Pfizer Corporation’s collection. In the late 1990s, I handed a stack of poems to Linda Jean. She created graphite drawings and used the erase function of an electric typewriter to type my poems. This lifted the graphite from the drawings, and the words stood out from the drawings in white. Her purpose was two-fold: she wanted to acquaint herself with my work, and she wanted to encourage me to call myself a writer.
I was a writer, but I was wary of claiming that title.
At the end of each month, I publish my favorite articles from around the web, books, and resources – the ones that will help you live with more confidence, clarity, and ease. Since I was busy as a bee this month, the list is shorter than usual, but still full of goodness.
- Do you ever wonder how far to go with automating your interface with the world? I mean your actual contact with people? This Is Not An Automated Service questions the whole idea.
- Sometimes We Need a Mirror of Love. Can you be that for others?
- Our essence shows through in our work. Want to Make Better Stuff? Be a Better Person.
- Overcoming the Social Costs of Being Different
- An enjoyable way to improve your memory and attention: Your Brain Needs Vitamin N
- Time Lost and Found makes a compelling argument for reclaiming the quiet or meaningful time you lose in mania and multi-tasking, especially if you want to be a writer.
- Welcoming the Moment describes a simple way to overcome attachment and aversion, which bring us so much suffering.
- Have you forgotten about Fukushima? The Crisis at Fukushima’s Unit 4 Demands a Global Take-Over.
- Caution: You may be moved to tears – Everyone Deserves to Tell Their Story.
- How I Really Feel About Advertising. This is how I feel about advertising on blogs, too. How about you?
Cool Courses & Stuff
- I Believe in Magic: 30-Day Photo Journey with Joy Holland. Starts October 6th.
- Writing in the Digital Age with Tammy Strobel. Attention: last chance! This is the last time Tammy will offer this course live. Starts October 7th.
- A Clutter-Free Closet for a Clutter-Free Life. Time for a new season – 3 months – of dressing with less. Save time, save money, and have fun. Courtney will tell you how to get started on your own, or you can take her dress with less course.
- I love these gorgeous personal bags – all types and sizes – from Shirley Dodge Designs.
Busy As a Bee
I’ve been as busy as a bee this September. Honestly, I miss the quiet, reflective time of August. At the same time, I see the fullness as an opportunity to find moments of reflection and ease even in activity.
Here are three more ways busyness helps me to lead a better life:
- Busyness helps me recognize and respect my limits.
- Busyness encourages me to be more organized.
- Busyness inspires me to be more creative with the design of my life.
I’m not addicted to busyness by any means. But, I’ve decided to make good use of it when it cycles through my life.
Living with Ease
It’s been so inspiring to see people embrace the stress relief tools and deep self-inquiry prompts offered in my Living with Ease course over the past 21 days. There have been life changing moments plus more joy, laughter, and ease. I’ll offer the next session in January, 2014.
How was your September? What did you learn?
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The process can expose the truth, sometimes with a jolt, On the other hand, it contains the power to unleash a wave of self-compassion and self-acceptance. This is especially so when you write in the third person and experience your personal suffering almost as though it belonged to another.
Like medicine, recognizing and owning your story can soothe long-held bruises and abrasions. At the same time, capturing your saga gives you the chance to see and reinforce your strengths and celebrate your victories.
Exploring your embedded patterns through fairy tale illustrates where you are headed. Is that where you want to go? Grab the opportunity to exert rightful dominion over your existence Imagine yourself in new, empowered ways Drive your fable to a satisfying and meaningful conclusion.
The sun blessed us with her presence most of January, a stark contrast to the driving rains of Fall. She often beckoned to me, but I (mostly) stayed present with the “work”.
I introduced Illuminations from the Heart, my weekly subscription letter and opened a page on my Writing Services. I humorously – or seriously – thought to call it “I write for $”. Is that too outrageous?
All before Mars – the planet of action – went retrograde on January 23rd, where she will relax until April springs forth.
Make Money Writing
Rains Dixon has been successfully making money as a writer for years. During the dark ages (pre-internet) she wrote for traditional magazines and print publications. These days she mixes it all up writing a variety of content including articles, books, and ghostwriting alongside coaching and teaching. Charlotte’s passionate dynamism and caring heart infuse her teaching style.
It’s true, blogging is a different medium. It requires a somewhat different touch.
But how far do you go?
This question has been stirring in my heart and mind for quite some time now.
A fitting topic, so it seems, on the occasion of receiving the Stylish Blogger Award from the wonderful happiness enthusiast Galen Pearl. Thank you, Galen! I’ll pass the honor along at the end of this post.
In the meantime, only the bold and the brave should proceed! You will indeed encounter humungous words, an abundance of funny symbols, and several of my pet peeves. [Read more…] about Has Blogging Murdered Eloquence & Elegance?