So this is what I hope my freelance home office will look like this summer, weather permitting. Note the pot of impatiens that survived last week’s squirrel massacre. Does that make me a successful gardner? Because if the flowers survive, then we can get a dog… someday. Right?
We set all these weird little milestones for ourselves, building the strange, constant mix of pride and anxiety that we label adulthood. And it’s lovely and hard and crazy and terrifying, but we only get one shot.
On that theme, and in honor of my freelance plans, here are some inspiring links.
“For me, becoming an adult hasn’t been a transition from one person to another: it’s been sinking into the eclectic, unexpected combination of everyone I’ve ever been, all rolled into one. Refreshing, isn’t it?”
Helena asked a really good question that forced me to think about a a personal weakness of mine : Were you taught about financial literacy? Or did you learn the hard way?
“It takes you to a place of non-conformity and non-complacency, keeps you on edge, helps you search and strive for something deeper, fuller, more true. Restlessness makes you a better person. Restlessness is godliness because God doesn’t want us to be stuck. He wants us on the move.” On restless and why it’s important.
“I spent the first couple of years just waiting for the ‘job of my dreams’ to come to me. I figured it would show up on my doorstep or something. I prayed a lot about it, but I didn’t do very much about it, and surprise surprise — not very much happened.” Is This the Life of Your Dreams?
“Young people in relationships tend to give negative things too much weight and underrate the positives… But look at married couples in their eighties. Their little annoyances are often all they talk and joke about. ‘Oh, Miriam always says this…’ ‘Oh, Herb always does that…’ The little annoyances are acknowledged, accepted and part of the fabric of their relationship.” I love Alex and Jo’s thoughts on living and loving, even when they’re annoyed.
And last but best, how blogging changed her life. What decisions have changed your life?