Effy's Blogalong for August is almost over, and I totally fell off the bandwagon. Much like a pattern I have when starting anything new, I go gung-ho at the start, almost overboard. Then it feels like I've used up all my brain and stop cold turkey. I guess I should work on that. :)
But, I still feel like the purpose of the blogalong worked: blogging, for me, is a thing now. It's inspired me to elaborate on my thoughts, and think more deeply on how the media I consume on a daily basis effects me personally... among other things.
This snippet from The Oatmeal totally summarizes my experience lately, though. Sometimes, no matter how much I want to write, when I sit in front of a blank screen my brain goes all "duhhhhhhh" at me. So, I've allowed myself to keep on inputting stuff in my brain, and letting the output come when I'm inspired.
Effy vlogged about the importance of keeping your practice. - this is a really great reminder that it helps to be grounded in your practice, and to find a practice that helps ground you for when situations in life get all poopy.
Becky made some AWESOME gaming-inspired cakes!! - sugar and gaming go together like Doritos and Mountain Dew.
Zoe muses on letting go of perfectionism with your art journaling. - the simple act of art journaling is the thing I love most about it. I can start with something on a page and end up with something entirely different by the end. It's really amazing what kind of journeys you go on when you just open up and allow the creative juices to flow by slapping down some paint and glue without worrying about what it "should" look like.
Gabrielle Bernstein talks about how to maintain your sense of self when you fall in love. - this is a huge one for me. I wish we were all taught this as children. It's such an important message. I re-watched an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation where Data installs a romance program to be in a relationship and totally changes everything about himself that made homegirl like him in the first place. He became a huge creeper, too. >_<
Ivy Moon made an awesome video about her goals and dreams. - Not only is she radiant, but I totally share some of her dreams and goals so this video hit home for me. I really like how she collected her ideas and put them out into the universe this way.
Halcyon talks about the idea of snark vs. sparkle at Burning Man, but I think it applies to life, too. :)
Before I overwhelm you with awesome stuff to read and watch, I'll leave it at that for today. Enjoy! :D