1. From Justine Musk, The Question You Need to Ask Yourself.
2. This quote from Geneen Roth:
Sometimes we use food and our weight as a way to be left alone. Since many of us believe that, regardless of what we get paid to do, our real job is to on call for people who need us, we leave ourselves with a way to get what we need and want: food. But when you say yes when you mean no, you abandon yourself. And when you say no when you mean no, you signal to yourself that it is safe here, inside your body. Safe here, where you live and are and breathe. You don’t have to run away. You don’t have to lie.
Saying no is a way of being tender with yourself and honest with the people around you. And when you say no with your voice, you will no longer need to say it with your body weight. And when you say no to what you don’t want, you have space to say yes to what you do.
And this one:
Right now, in this very second, ask yourself if what you are doing, what you are thinking and how you are acting brings you closer to yourself or farther away. Does it open your heart or does it close your heart? You have a choice. Break the trance. Come back to kindness.
And this one too:
Sometimes happiness is as difficult to accept as sadness or loneliness. Sometimes, we eat because we don’t know what to do with happiness or joy. We think we’re not allowed. We think we will get “too big for our britches.” We become superstitious. If we talk about it, people won’t like it. If we tell someone, they might be threatened and go away. We hold onto our sadness because we think that that is what connects us with other people–that if we feel terrible about ourselves, we will get help, but if we feel as if we are occupying our own lives, if we feel powerful, we will lose. In this way, we keep ourselves psychologically small. We keep ourselves wounded and afraid of our own magnificence. But it’s when you are aware of, and own, the hugeness of your heart, your being, your love that you are most connected to other people–which then allows them to connect to their own power, their own love. It begins with you.
3. A tiny riverside house in Japan. On the inside, it looks so much bigger, more spacious than you’d expect.
4. Understanding How to Frame Your Creative Expertise. And P.S. I’m a survivor.
5. How to Write Like a Mother#^@%*& by Elissa Bassist & Cheryl Strayed.
6. Not Today a beautiful poem by the beautiful poet Julia Fehrenbacher at Painted Path.
7. The Power of Showing Up from Clare Herbert.
8. “Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.” ~Mary Oliver
9. 5 Lessons I Learned While Running from Marianne Elliott. The final line of this isn’t about running at all, but it’s my favorite. Marianne also has a really great Resources for Writers page on her site.
10. Ben’s Friday Dance Party. I love this guy. He makes me smile. But I also watch this video and wonder if you were around him all the time, would it get annoying? Or would your face and stomach hurt from smiling so much and laughing so hard?
11. 30 Best Jokes from 30 Rock. I watched the final episode this weekend, am so sad that it’s over.
12. I commit to 28 days of meditation practice. May my practice benefit all beings.
13. 14 Days of Self Love hosted by Vivienne McMaster.
14. My Creative Life: Rachel W Cole on Susannah Conway’s blog. Two of my favorite women together.
15. 8 Ways Happy People are Different from Everyone Else by Shelley Prevost.
16. Why We Write: Mary Karr on the Magnetism and Madness of the Written Word on Brain Pickings. Equally depressing, refreshingly honest, and oddly comforting is this, “I still don’t support myself as a writer. I support myself as a college professor. I couldn’t pay my mortgage on the revenue from my books. The myth is that you make a lot of money when you publish a book. Unless you write a blockbuster, that’s pretty much untrue. Starting when I was five, I always identified as a writer. It had nothing to do with income.” I wish it weren’t true, and yet if it is, wouldn’t it just be better to surrender?
17. Brene’ Brown: The Courage to Be Vulnerable, Sounds True Podcast. Listen or download for free.
20. My Gift to You from Erica Herbert, in which Erica reads the sweetest book, (also from Susannah’s list).
21. Seth Godin on The Art of Noticing, and Then Creating, an On Being podcast, (from Happy Links on Rowdy Kittens). Also about Seth Godin, Here’s How Seth Godin Writes on Copy Blogger. My favorite part is when he is asked: “Do you write every day?” and his answer is “Do you talk every day?”
22. Yo La Tengo – “I’ll Be Around” video, a simple but magically complex video.
23. Danny and Annie, a sweet, sad love story, with an ending like so many others.
24. 10 Things Parents Should Never, Ever Do on BlogHer. I’m never sure if these are funny to me because I don’t have kids, or if they’d be that much funnier if I did.
25. Get Out of Your Head and Into the Moment on Scoutie Girl.
26. How to Say No to Everything Ever by Alexandra Franzen.
27. Oh What To Do About Sugar? by Jennifer Louden. Oh what to do indeed.