Every Friday, I share my favorite reads from around the blogosphere, plus any extra stuff I’ve written outside this blog. Enjoy!
Awesome Stuff from Awesome People
Quit Thinking You Can’t Quit Things
[Cordelia note: includes a delightful shoutout to yours truly!]
What you need to know is that quitting doesn’t make you a failure. Quitting doesn’t mean you’ll die of Dysentary on the Oregon Trail. Quitting doesn’t mean you’ll never find love or never find your perfect job or never knit a scarf, (unless you hate knitting scarves.)
Quitting means you’re self-aware enough to know what you want, and what you need to do to make it happen.
And if you need to quit spin classes and start taking a cake decorating class? Perfect. Need to stop showering every day to cook an awesome breakfast before work? Excellent. Need to quit listening to sad music in the car so you can spend more time memorizing the lyrics to Ke$ha? Get it.
~Jessica Manuszak on The Brazen Bible
4 Steps to Find Your Maximum Workload Capacity (So You Don’t Burn Out!)
Once you’ve found your limit, you have to say “This is it! This is all I can do!”
It’s a matter of life and death.
Because when you bite off more than you can chew, you suffer.
Your work isn’t its best.
Your clients aren’t treated like royalty (as they should be).
You lose control of your time and start working late nights and weekends even though you promised yourself you wouldn’t do that.
When you bite off more than you can chew, you disrespect yourself.
You’re not a work machine, babycakes. You’re a human being. Your work is supposed to support your life, not the other way around.
~Courtney Johnston at The Rule Breaker’s Club
Accept It Whether You Can Change It Or Not
The Great Platitude has us believing that whenever something undesirable happens, acceptance is the less useful and less preferable of our two options — it’s the second-place prize you get if you can’t change it.
This has some people confusing acceptance with resignation. In this context let’s keep them separate. Resignation is deciding you cannot or will not change something. Acceptance is an emotional phenomenon. It’s the letting go of the emotional demand for something to be different.
You can simultaneously accept something and change it. Not only that, but coming to any reality already having accepted it emotionally makes it easier to change it. It’s a lot more pleasant (and effective) to just calmly clean up the damn milk instead of prefacing the inevitable mopping with a little tantrum. Rejecting any reality makes it spiteful to you.
~David Cain at Raptitude
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