In the past, I have tried to give you a story or a reason why I’m picking something for Friday Favorites. I realize this sometimes holds me back from posting since I don’t always have the time. There are a multitude of things I like and love. Things that I hear, read, see, experience all throughout the week that make me think, “I need to post this on Friday!” Then I run out of time and never do.
I’ve really been trying to give myself a break lately. By that I mean I am making a concerted effort to not be so hard on myself. For sure I have to get certain things done and hold myself to my goals. But not to such a rigid standard that it hurts my mental and emotional health. With all the injustices going on in our world, things that tear at my heart and soul, my own judgement on myself doesn’t need to be one more thing that makes me feel bad.
Listen, I blog for my own enjoyment. I like the interaction I get with other readers and bloggers, limited as it may be at times. I love sharing my love of reading and books. So if any aspect of this blog starts feeling too much like work, I’m doing it wrong. Maybe if I ran a different kind of blog, one that was actually my job in which I could earn enough to pay some bills, I would have to think differently. But I don’t run that sort of blog.
I still want to share things I like and love with you. And I still will share those things. Sometimes there will be a story, a picture, my reasons. Sometimes there will be no picture, no deep explanation, no reason other than you knowing it’s something I’m liking at the moment. It may be something that brings my joy and happiness. It may be something that I want to share because it made me think or explained something I’ve been feeling in a way I was not able to communicate myself.
The stories in episode 745 of the This American Life podcast, Getting Out, had me crying and cringing and rooting for strangers. It gave me chills and hope. I hope you get a chance to listen. Have some tissues ready.
Have a great weekend everyone!