1. What It Takes to Be a Writer, Courtesy of Elizabeth Berg on Medium.
2. Social Media blackout poem from Austin Kleon. Word.
3. The Realization on Zen Habits. The same question Buddhism has been asking for thousands of years.
5. Why I’m Moving Into Town for the Winter on Rowdy Kittens. I love how Tammy honors what is right for her, doesn’t let herself get locked into something or pressured but rather makes the best choice for herself, for her life. She doesn’t abandon herself.
6. Tortellini with Lemon and Brussels Sprouts Recipe. This is the season I get obsessed with brussel sprouts, so this looks yummy.
7. Desire to Fly: Samantha Bryan’s Hand-Crafted Sculptures of Whimsical Aviator Fairies Going about Their Daily Lives. Just another reminder to follow where your curiosity and delight lead.
8. The Child I Didn’t Adopt on Scary Mommy.
9. You are Accepted, wisdom from Elizabeth Gilbert on Facebook.
10. On Raising Hands from Dani Shapiro.
11. Why One Life Hack Can Change Everything on Elephant Journal.
12. He Sings A Song For His Dead Best Friend That Entrances The Entire Audience. Such a beautiful noise.
13. Turkey Pot Pie with Sweet Potato Biscuits Recipe. Sweet potatoes and pot pie, just two more fall food obsessions of mine.
15. How to Send Love and Light – A Practical Guide on Medium. (Feel free to practice by sending me some love and light.) ♥
16. Dallas Clayton: Dream Big! One of my very favorite do-gooders, artists, humans.
17. The Long Road Back: How to Keep Going After the Unimaginable Happens, “Two years after the tragic deaths of her children and her parents, Madonna Badger reflects on what happened—and what keeps her going.” She was also on Super Soul Sunday with Oprah yesterday, but I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet.
18. On Owning It: I Am An Artist from Lisa Congdon.
19. a letter to the other shoe always waiting to drop from lists and letters.
20. Wisdom from Ezra Bayda,
Our capacity to understand that life itself doesn’t have an agenda, particularly our agenda, seems to be very limited. We insist on our sense of entitlement that life give us comfort, pleasure, and ease. Why can’t we understand that the fullest and richest experience of life is often the result of the difficulties that life presents, where we are forced to go deeper? Isn’t disappointment our greatest teacher?
21. The Daily Bon, a photo challenge started by Laura Simms in 2012. “It’s simple: look for something in your day that makes you smile, post your pic to Instagram with the tag #thedailybon.” I’m in.
22. Wisdom Notes with Rachel Cole, one of my favorite holiday traditions.
23. “Practical solutions” to emotional eating from Isabel Foxen Duke, in which she says,
We eat emotionally in direct proportion to our pre-occupation with food, and our pre-occupation with food is a simple function of how badly we want to control our weight and our behaviors.
When all we care about is weight loss, all we care about is food — and when all we care about is food, emotional eating is an almost certain outcome.
On the flipside,
when we stop trying to control our bodies,
when we respect our bodies where ever they may land,
when our weight no longer dictates our self-esteem,
when caring for ourselves emotionally comes from a sincere desire to change our lives, and not just our outward appearance,
food loses it’s power…it becomes less and less important
…and yes, we finally create space for ourselves to develop new coping mechanisms outside of food. Yes, emotional eating does drop off on it’s own without much effort — ironically, when we no longer care if we’re eating emotionally to begin with.
24. Wisdom from Brave Girls Club,
You don’t have to have special permission to take a break, you know. You have done enough. When you are tired and weary and feeling worn out, it’s okay to be kind to yourself, to shift gears and take gentle care of your body and your spirit…No more working yourself so hard that you can’t even feel anymore. It’s time to REALLY nurture and take care of yourself. You are a gift to the world, so please take care of YOU.
25. Wisdom from Lodro Rinzler, “We should commit ourselves to waking up through our work, treating it as a spacious meditation hall in which our neurosis can exhaust itself.”
26. Monica Lewinsky Gives Her First Public Speech In 16 Years And Says Exactly What Needs To Be Said. For example, this: “Being publicly separated from your truth is one of the classic triggers of anxiety, depression and self-loathing. And the greater the distance between the you people want you to be and the you you actually are, the greater will be your anxiety, depression, sense of failure and shame.” Here’s the full transcript of her speech.
27. Maybe Being a Yoga Teacher Isn’t the Thing to do After All on Elephant Journal.
28. A Meditation on Grief from Jack Kornfield.