I am afraid to say, that the reality of my life is that I watch way more YouTube vlogs than I read blogs. I tend to go down this route so I can watch things on the go. Reading a blog, means I need to physically sit down to do it, something I am not so great at.
This has to change!
Because I don’t read loads and loads of them, I thought it might be a nice thing to try to keep a record for myself (and others) of the blogs that caught my eye enough to click and read. These will appear in no particular order.
I think in future I will schedule this in as an additional blog post to my week but for now, welcome to Thursday’s post.
Must have apps for bloggers– there were a few here that I use and love. Prisma for instance is a great little app. Some others I have tried, but there were also a few new to me apps here too that I will be checking out.
2. Donna’s post over at What the Redhead Said caught my eye this week. Donna wrote on the challenging subject of bullying, that unfortunately not only goes on in the lives of many of our kids, but can still exist in the adult world. I have seen it, I have experienced it, and I believe that like Donna we should tell our stories. If bullying is better defined by behaviour, then maybe more people may identify when they are both victims and perpetrators of bullying behaviour.
“When we deny our stories, they define us.
When we own our stories, we get to write a brave new ending.”
Keep telling your story Donna.
3. A new to me blog this week was Levis and Rubies. I was drawn to Rhonda’s post called Embracing Vulnerability.
This has been an underlying trait that I have been trying to develop in my own life for the past couple of years. I have found that I am often a-wear-my-heart-on-my-sleeve type person, so I have probably had to come at it another way – stop the over sharing, trust those who are trust worthy of your story, because not everyone has earned the right to hear your heart.
I really like what Rhonda had to say about being the Real Deal. Whether we need to open up more and be vulnerable, or like me, not open up so much, I love Real Deal people.
The intention and outcome of vulnerability is trust, intimacy and connection. The outcome of over sharing is distrust, disconnection – and usually a little judgement.
Thank you Rhonda for sharing your heart on this topic.
4. My friend Elizabeth and her husband have recently had a week a way, and must have become all inspired while there, as they each released a blog post each over on Trees by Water.
I love how this family embrace life and how the reflections of their souls affect the world around them.
I think I was drawn to it, because I have been there and done that. Sometimes finding that my identity had been wrapped up in how busy I was. I would talk about it in my martyr mum voice.
Not everyone is like me though, and I love reading posts like Kim’s as I love celebrating the achievements of others, busy striving people get things done. My husband is one of these people, in fact as are many of my friends. While not being my own personality, I am drawn to people like this.
I don’t think there is any right or wrong here, I am a plodder by nature, and my super busy life ended up in me experiencing adrenal burn out and depression, this lead me to reading books like ‘In Praise of Slowness.’ And developing a life style much more suited to my personality.
This is a great Ted Talk on the concept.
I think if anything, it challenges me, about my need to be open hearted to others and allow people the freedom to live the lives they are called to live. Knowing that we are all, with passions and purposes unique to us. What works for me, may not work for others.
Thank you Kim, for reminding me to relfect on my busyness and to challenge myself to both more, or less.
Hopefully next week, I will be back with some more great blogs to share.
Until then, keep being lovely.