Welcome to the Sunday Subtext, the first ever series for this blog, in which I will attempt to curate some content. Since my posts are obviously not written in a vacuum (anyway, my vacuum is too small for me to fit in (why do I suddenly feel like Groucho Marx?)) I thought it would be beneficial (to someone) if I linked back to all the blogs that have been bouncing around in my head during the previous week. Let me know what you think!
1. Let’s start at the very beginning. (A very good place to start…) Obviously someone got me started on the whole idea of curating content, and that someone was Margie Clayman. Her post on how to start curating content clearly made an impact. I like how she explains that passion can show through curating as much as it does through writing. Since I’m currently finding new bloggers to be excited about every day, I love the idea of being able to feature them on my blog and share them with you all.
2. David Cain made the experience of driving a car much more enjoyable for me. Actually, his blog post was about how to walk across a parking lot. I have not walked across a parking lot since I read the blog, although I plan to try it soon, but I loved when he said, regarding driving, “If you do nothing else right today, at least you sat at fifty miles an hour.” Actually, today I probably sat at 80 miles per hours (whoops) but the whole concept makes me smile. More importantly, it makes me stop and go, “Yeah, life is cool.” Which I think was his point.
3. The idea of not wanting what society says I should want has been a pervasive theme in this blog and my life for the last few months. (Okay, that’s a lie – it’s been a theme in my life for at least 5 years, albeit not as pervasively as it is now. Isn’t “pervasive” an awesome word?) Thankfully, Matt Garland’s post about opting out made me feel less alone down the rabbit-hole here. Plus the visual of unchecking the little boxes is fantastic. More people need to think this way. Even if you remain opted-in, it’s all about recognizing that everything is a choice.
4. In the spirit of going against the grain and learning to live in the moment, I have been thinking a lot about Leo Babauta’s guide to living without goals. This one is going to merit a post of its own in the upcoming week. Just remember, you read it here first, folks.
5. Last but not least, I’ve made a new friend in the blog-o-sphere. (Is there a word for that? We have tweep and twiend, but somehow bleep and bliend don’t work so well…) Her name is Cordelia… well, actually it’s Kelly… but her blog is called Cordelia Calls It Quits, and her header features angry office supplies! (It doesn’t get cooler than that.) I found her through a guest post she wrote for Brazen Careerist, and it’s just awesome to know there are others out there who are also near the beginning of this journey. The most prominent blogs are the people who have already made the journey from 9-5 to… not 9-5… and they have awesome stories to tell, but one day Kelly/Cordelia and I will have awesome stories too, from these humble beginnings. Of course, she’s writing for Brazen and has a really fun writing style, so maybe that’s slight less of a humble beginning than mine, but it’s still totally inspiring. And look at her Quits List if you need some more inspiration.
And there you have it. That’s it for the first Sunday Subtext. I hope you enjoy these bloggers as much as I do.
What were your favorite blog posts from this week? Leave them in the comments.