My favorite finds from around the web:
• More advice for the recent graduate. Find a new city, talk to strangers, study something you love in depth. Such a great list.
• I planned a wedding in five days. You could, too. This reminds me of what a local florist once said: planning a wedding takes exactly as long as you have. “With each social expectation for weddings, I asked myself: “Does this achieve the goal of making the people at my wedding feel loved and appreciated for the role they play in my life? Will it help strengthen my marriage and the promises we made to each other?” If the answer was no, I didn’t waste any more time.”
• What Anne Shirley means to me, and surviving trauma. “Reading through [Montgomery’s work] as an adult who finally had her lifelong anxiety disorder diagnosed, I was astounded at the ways Montgomery writes Anne dealing with all types of nerves, especially social anxiety. Anne’s coping mechanisms are my coping mechanisms, and part of me wonders if I learned to cope with anxiety and depression by reading these books.”
On the blog:
One year ago: 11 hot YA novels for your summer reading list.
Two years ago: You have to tell people what you’re interested in.
Three years ago: How to quit Diet Coke. (Because I used to have a serious habit!)
Four years ago: On making messes and granting space. “Let’s cut to the chase: nurturing my kids’ talents looks like a giant mess.”
Five years ago: My (introverted) guide to surviving summer.
Have a great weekend!