W1: Things I’ve Loved This Week

First week back at work.  Done.

First work week of blogging. Done.

I’m going to use my Friday post to recap the things I’ve been reading, listening to or watching this week that I’ve loved.

💻 Posts I’ve loved this week:

Buying Stuff Isn’t Buying Time from Minimalist Abroad.

I’ve just found this blog and I’m really enjoying it.  This particularly resonated with me…

“Let me step back for a moment and explain what I mean by the corporate lifestyle. It  means that your life revolves entirely around work. You focus on activity rather than productivity, filling hours to maintain appearances rather than accomplishing anything substantive or meaningful. Time served translates into money, which allows you to acquire the trappings of success and happiness. You end up diving into a cycle of consumption rather than appreciation, follow the herd rather than following your heart.”

How Imperfection Will Set You Free from Melissa Camara Wilkins

Melissa is another blogger who I’ve only found in the last three or so weeks.  I found her on No Sidebar (one of the best places on the internet – FYI) and I’m also following her personal blog too.  This post is about how a lot of the pressure we put on ourselves is because we forget we’re all still works in progress…

“The things you do — and any mistakes you make — do not reflect on who you are. They might reflect where you are, but you aren’t going to stay there, because you’re a work in progress.”

The Importance of Unplugging from Kerry Ogden at No Sidebar 

I didn’t even know it was “Unplugged” day this week.  But this post from Kerry Ogden talks about how we’ve become so addicted to our devices.  She eloquently conveys many of the same points I was trying to make in my post – and makes some good further points as well as providing some strategies for unplugging!

“A growing body of research suggests technology is hijacking our attention and compromising our ability to connect. Countless studies prove that we are in the middle of a “narcissism epidemic.” People are devoting a significant amount of time and energy into cultivating their social persona at the expense of investing in meaningful, real-time connection.”

📚 Books I’ve loved this week:

This week – I’m also trying to make my way through Essentialism by Greg McKeown.  I don’t know why this book is taking me longer to read than most.  I’ve been picking it up and putting it down since about this time last year.  But given the name of my blog, I feel like this is one book I should be across.

Next on my list is Wellth: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Résumé by Jason Wachob.  I just saw this on facebook from Sarah Wilson and thought it sounded right up my ally.

🎧 Podcasts I’ve loved this week:

I didn’t do much commuting this week – so I didn’t have the same opportunity to listen to podcasts as I normally would.

I’m still loving Budgets and Cents from Blonde on a Budget and Careful Cents.  This week I listened to Budgeting With Irregular Income. I’ve really enjoyed all of the podcasts in this series so far.  I found Cait from Blonde on a Budget when she wrote a guest post on Becoming Minimalist a while back – and I really enjoy her blog.  I’ve only just found Carrie’s Blog from the podcast – but it is full of useful advice for freelancers.

So that’s a quick recap of the things I’ve loved this week.  What were the things that you read or listened to this week that you found value in or enjoyed?





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