I know that many have abandoned the blog space for various reasons, but I refuse to believe that blogging is a dying medium. Case in point: the excellent links I am sharing with you today! I am so thankful to the men and women who keep putting out amazing content that fuels my mind and feeds my soul.
I came across so many great pieces this month that I was unable to limit my selections to just five. Finally I accepted that my “Links I Love” posts just aren’t conducive to the Cinco de Wednesday format, so I have decided to give this monthly series a day all of its own. Here are NINE wonderful links for you to enjoy as you dive into this new week
When the Road Feels Long, Run a Marathon // By Kendra Adachi
“I realized it was time to lean away from the longing and lean into the long road. . . . I’ve decided to treat my current situation like I’m training for a marathon. . . . In order to run my best race, I don’t need to give up the longings themselves… just the expectation that they’ll daily be fulfilled. Each day that I get to do something that’s just for me feels like a gift instead of every day I don’t get to do something feeling like a loss. I go from ‘I didn’t get to watch New Girl today’ to ‘I got to watch New Girl today!'”
When You Wish You Started Sooner // By Kimberly Coyle
“There is always an alternate path shimmering like a mirage in our imagined future. But it is the path of reality, the one worn with our footprints, crowded with the faces we love, lined with the rooted growth of the seeds sown year after year that appears in sharp focus. Our mistakes may litter the path, but our triumphs and great loves and moments of illumination do too.”
Social Media Mom // By Ilyse Kaplan (for Austin Moms Blog)
“I do know that I post pictures not to share with the world, but for me. Those pictures are a collection of my treasured moments with my child. They help me capture the joy of motherhood on the tough days, because even on the tough days where you don’t think you can do this, those small moments in between help you remember that you can. My Instagram serves as my collection of those small beautiful moments, all in one place.”
What’s the Most Loving Thing You Can Do // By Leo Babauta
“When I’m talking to someone out of frustration, the most loving thing I can do is to refrain from trying to criticize or control them or be defensive. Instead, I can face this frustration. When I calm myself down, I can talk to them in a loving way and try to help them, try to empathize with them, try to be there for them.”
What Hospitality Is // By Edie Wadsworth (for Nesting Place)
“The Jesus way of hospitality wouldn’t get repinned much but it changed the world. It’s a hospitality that looks like being your brother’s keeper, forgiving his sins, seeing his need and feeding him. It is a hospitality of the spirit and flesh. It is a hospitality of inconvenience and ultimately of suffering.”
Calling Out the B.S. of “Transformative Travel” // By Hillary Branman
“Transformative travel is not the result of one single decision to be brave and try something new. It’s something that happens when you muster that courage over and over again until it becomes, like any other thing you practice repeatedly, a part of who you are.”
An Ode to Being Super Mom // by Kendra Adachi (two links from The Lazy Genius this month since she’s amazing and because I’m a sucker for fellow writers named Kendra)
“But, friend, here’s the truth we so quickly forget:
Motherhood is a game of emotional roulette.
Sometimes it feels wonky, but we choose to stay.
At your worst, it’s still a Super Mom day.”
Something to learn from the “last of a dying breed” // by Robin Dance (for The Art of Simple)
“Boredom is a fantastic motivator for doing something and spurring imagination. Don’t let technology rob them of tent forts or lemonade stands or board games. Of course, activities are determined by a child’s age, but I feel for the kid who’s never learned to lie on his back and ‘see’ animal shapes in the clouds.”
51 Of The Most Powerful Pieces Of Advice From Books // By (for BuzzFeed Books)
34. “People always think that happiness is a faraway thing, something complicated and hard to get. Yet, what little things can make it up; a place of shelter when it rains – a cup of strong hot coffee when you’re blue; for a man, a cigarette for contentment; a book to read when you’re alone – just to be with someone you love. Those things make happiness.” —A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
47. “I am practicing being kind over being right.” — The Silver Linings Playbook, Matthew Quick