Category Archives: Blogs

Is Blogging Journaling?

4218276816_909e61ce85_oI have always resisted the benefit of journaling for me because I have been afraid to go into that “perfect person” that is one of my personas. I have believed that journaling had little to offer me. However, I love to blog and learn a lot about myself as I “post” new articles. Is blogging journaling? Well, yes and no (my favorite kind of answer).

However, I started this blog six months ago (Thanksgiving, 2004), and I love blogging. For the 28 years that I had been in recovery at that time, I have studied and researched about all aspects of personal growth. The main aspect about blogging that suits me is that although I have 5 file cabinets full of material, with blogging i only have to write a “post” which is generally 3-10 paragraphs for me.

As all who have blogs that they update regularly know, a blog that has a general direction and particular messages takes a lot of work. I have been astonished to find myself working on my blog 10-12 hour days. I don’t work outside the home now so I can devote the time to it. Of course, organizing material collected over a 28 year period takes a lot of time. The rewriting and reorganizing are also time-consuming.

But it truly has been a labor of love. I am grateful that my husband has given me this opportunity and am doing what I have wanted to do for years–expressing myself about ways that we can help each other grow emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

My model for the self-discovery groups I hope will happen from the information, materials and direction that I have available from this blog comes from the following quotation that I have used on another post.

“We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.”

Luciano de Crescenzo

Photo credit.

Many Great Bloggers Include Blog Links to Posts/Articles They Love

f15bc5871a4eeeef6f1a2bd3c017b21dI love the quick links that bloggers provide when they find great posts. They don’t fit into a neat category or index and I love the randomness the most.

1.  From  The Art of Simple: “Weekend Links”:  by Tsh

2.  From Dooce: “Stuff I found while looking around“:

Liv and Phileas’ photo stream on flickr. Coco is super jealous.

– How Much Caffeine Before I End Up in the E.R.?

– What If the World’s Soil Runs Out?

A rough calculation of current rates of soil degradation suggests we have about 60 years of topsoil left. Some 40% of soil used for agriculture around the world is classed as either degraded or seriously degraded – the latter means that 70% of the topsoil, the layer allowing plants to grow, is gone.

– Hilarious bad lip reading of NFL players

– Los Angeles Overreacts to Cold Temperatures

– Andrew Sullivan’s quote for the day:

Every straight person already knows everything important there is to know about a gay person’s needs and loves and lives. Just look in the mirror. We are human before we are gay or straight. We are you.

– The Inspiration Archive, collected by Teodorik

– This is hilarious, but now I’m going to have nightmares for, oh, the rest of my life.

– 2013 New Years resolutions illustrated

– I can guarantee you that before this happened not one of these three people ever left a bad tip.

– This. This is for Cami.

– Max Sebald’s Writing Tips: You sometimes need to magnify something, describe it amply in a roundabout way. And in the process you discover something.

3.  From The Daily Muse: “Best of the Web-February 16, 2014“:

Work Hard

  • I Followed My Own Productivity Advice for a Week (Fast Company)
  • How to Get Past the Excuses That Are Holding You Back (Alexandra Franzen)
  • What to Do if You’re Stumped During an Interview (POPSUGAR)
  • 5 Ways to Make Sure Your Boss Knows Just How Awesome You Are (The Daily Muse)

Live Smart

Play Often

  • How to Watch the Sochi Olympics Online Without a Cable Account(Lifehacker)
  • Personalized Print Guides for Showing Your Friends Around New Cities(Springwise)
  • How to Bring Paris Into the Bedroom (and Other Breakfast in Bed Ideas)(Fathom)
  • 5 Fabulous (and Cheap!) Work Looks From Refinery29 (The Daily Muse)