Inspiring Links: A Fresh Start, Superpowers & More

by Tammy Strobel on September 14, 2012

{Every week, I publish a small round-up of my favorite articles, books, photos, and other goodies. Enjoy!}

Yesterday morning, I had a freak out moment because I sent the wrong version of a written interview to a fellow blogger. I felt embarrassed. And the mistake also caused me to question my ability to write and pay attention to details.

Rather than continuing to ruminate about the error, I decided to go for a long walk. The walk helped me clear my head and also made think about what I could learn from the blunder. First off, I have to name my files better. Second, even if I think I’m sending a “final” document I should read it aloud again. Third, I’m not perfect.

When I got back to the house, I did a little bit of writing and found a few inspiring links to share with you too. It’s funny how a little time outside can get me back on track.

Have a great weekend and enjoy this week’s inspiring links!

A fine place to start.

– A fantastic graphic about stress and how to manage it.

Feel your pain.

What’s your superpower.

Adorable portraits of dogs.

Happiness Is . . .

Maira Kalman on identity, happiness, and existence.

18 cool pictures of Icelandic turf houses.

Be well,
Tammy

1 Jill Salahub September 14, 2012

I always love your weekly lists, but had no idea how good it would feel to be ON the list. Again, thank you for the writing prompt, Tammy, and thanks for sharing my response.

2 christine September 14, 2012

Hi Tammy,

I stumbled across your blog a week or two ago, and it woke up that part of me that wants to downsize, wants to live in the now and find what’s most important. To deal with being in debt, working too much, the “need”/desire for a second car, the pressures of a life too full, all of it. Too much stuff. Too many excuses. Every so often this part of me wakes up and says “hey, listen to me – this is who you are at your core – someone who cares about SO much more than stuff, and making money, and working more so you can eat out more because you’re working so hard you can’t find time to make your own food.” And I nod inside and say “oh yeah! I forgot about ‘that me’!”

I bought your book (wait, did I just add to my stuff?) and my wife and I have begun to read it, aloud, to each other. We’re connecting, and reading, and talking about what makes us happy – what have our best memories been about – what do we want our lives to look like – where are we going – what would living with less look like?

I don’t know that I’ll ever live in a tiny house (and I know that you’re not proposing a one-size-fits-all), but we do dream of having a tiny cabin somewhere. I wonder how my art supplies count in my big bag of “stuff” and I contemplate my emotional attachments to inanimate objects and things from my past. I wonder what my life would look like if I had room to breathe and move, and less to clean and take care of.

Thank you for opening this inner world up to me again. I’d forgotten it for a while. In other news, my wife and I plan to go to farmer’s market on Sunday with only a $20 bill, so we have to consciously think about where to invest that. In lemonade? In beets and green beans? In some super expensive square of chocolate? In more “stuff”? We’re actually both looking forward to a more mindful Sunday morning. Thank you.

3 et September 15, 2012

You might like this on problem “solving”
http://boingboing.net/2011/06/17/do-you-have-a-proble.html
Thanks for writing,
a fellow tiny house dweller

4 Diane September 15, 2012

Everyone makes mistakes from time to time. Better to laugh them off, if possible, because there are always going to be more. : )

I’m glad to read that your move went smoothly!

5 Dave September 16, 2012

A good long walk is the cure for so many ills. I’m glad it got you back on track. Thanks for posting the Maira Kalman link, what a treat!

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