This has been quite the week for me — unexpected test results, cancer screening, receiving the results (no cancer), and moving forward with the knowledge that I do have some sort of condition, but that said condition will remain unnamed for now, and perhaps for the rest of my life.
In the meantime, I wrote to WL&S readers about stress, both in relation to this post about high-stress work and mental illness, and as it relates to our daily lives. Since then, I’ve received a number of moving, intelligent missives about what stress means to others; I’m working on a piece about stress as a concept — mostly, how meaningful the word “stress” is or isn’t when we’re all living relatively full lives, complete with (“stressful”) ups and downs.
The links for this week include a number of sites that aren’t necessarily new to me, but that are new to Places to Go, People to See:
- I love Rach’s detailed recap of 2013, which encompasses all that I love about years-in-review. “It stretched me. It captivated me. It nudged me in new directions, dragging me hair-first over unexplored terrain. More often that not, though, 2013 absolutely astonished me – cracking me wide open to possibility.”
- We Are Branch discusses 10 things to include in your media kit… with plenty of eye candy, to boot.
- 8 Exposures: Hunting the Loch Ness Monster (Katherine Lightner) inspires me to go out with my SX-70 in search of monsters and magic.
- I tend to cringe a bit when people praise me for my “honesty,” but here I am, praising Kylie for her “honesty” in writing the standing invitation to lose faith in yourself: “I’m well into my second year of business as an empowerment coach and photographer, and I’m nowhere near where I thought I’d be.”
- I’m really into routines. Gratitude to Arienne of Life Is Crafted for sharing her 37 Ideas for Your Routine and Regularly Scheduled Activities List.
- Did you know about Asian-Americans’ rich history of resistance? No? Now you do.
- So I thought this was just an article about artisanal toast and the rising price of everything in San Francisco, but a lot of it is actually about the very real pain of schizoaffective disorder, which I don’t often seen accurately described in journalism/mainstream media: How Did Toast Become the Latest Artisanal Food Craze?
- I want these boots so badly. I can’t tell you how badly I want them.
- Last thing: there’s one bundle left of the photo bundles I’m selling this week — Contax G1 film photographs about soulful business for your projects, ebooks, and blogs. Interested?
May your weekends be bright. I’m hosting a small gathering today, and I’m excitedly nervous — perhaps I’ll share more about the outcome here, later.
My oracle cards today: Be Happy Now, Be Free, & Creativity.
With care & gratitude,