Info sharing

  • Why We Humblebrag About Being BusySo we have two choices. We can be among the last people caught up in the “more bubble” when it bursts, or we can see the madness for what it is and join the growing community of Essentialists and get more of what matters in our one precious life.

Info sharing: Articles of interest

I thought that these posts would be an easy way to document links that I wanted to hang onto for future reference – and you might find something you’re interested in, as well!

  • Words From a Father to His Daughter (From the Makeup Aisle) – What powerful messages for us to remember to share with Delaney as she’s growing. “When you have a daughter you start to realize she’s just as strong as everyone else in the house—a force to be reckoned with, a soul on fire with the same life and gifts and passions as any man. But sitting in this store aisle, you also begin to realize most people won’t see her that way. They’ll see her as a pretty face and a body to enjoy. And they’ll tell her she has to look a certain way to have any worth or influence.”
  • Mom’s the Word: Stay at home, work at home“Let’s be honest: no one wants to hear anyone complain about working from home… but even though it’s a lovely life, there is definitely an art to making it work. Throw a baby in the mix and it gets even more interesting (and of course, much better).” Delaney has been my working partner since Day One (remember the pic I posted way back when of what I look like as a working mom?), and our work/play schedule has continued to evolve as she grows. This article – as well as the article’s comments – had some great tips. I’m sure I’ll need to reference it again in a few months when we throw a second little one into the mix!
  • 7 Habits for Highly Effective Simplicity“Now, if you’re ready to simplify your life a bit and really need a jumpstart, there are 7 habits you can develop to bring some serious simplicity into your life.” “Simplify” was my theme for 2013, and we made great strides in simplifying our home, schedule, and lifestyle (we canceled cable, changed work situations, gave ourselves permission to decline invitations to things that would take us away from family time, etc.). Simplifying will be even more important for us in 2014 as we prepare to expand our family – and inevitably make life even crazier for a while.

Info sharing: articles of interest

I thought that these posts would be an easy way to document links that I wanted to hang onto for future reference – and you might find something you’re interested in, as well!

  • How cooking can change your life – Such a smart video. We still eat the same things we used to – pizza, pasta, cookies, casseroles, etc. But the transition to making them at home has made all the difference.
  • How freelancers are redefining success to be about value not wealth – “Independent workers are establishing a new way to work–and in the process, they’re cultivating a new way of life. Success in 2014 is less about wealth than it is about value–the value of time, community, and well-being.” And that, my friends, is why I love freelancing. Balance is good – and so vital.
  • How to raise a grounded, creative child – This article is written by the professor emerita of early childhood education at Lesley University in Massachusetts who also happens to be Matt Damon’s mom. “One dimension of healthy childhood that gives kids a solid footing in life is having lots of child-centered play throughout the early years and even into grade school. Play is the most important vehicle children have for coping with life and making sense of it.” This article really spoke to me as Matt and I continue to discuss schooling options and our concern that screen time and standardized tests take away time from child-centered play – which is so, so important!
  • Give childhood back to the children: if we want our offspring to have happy, productive and moral lives, we must allow more time for play, not less – Please, please, please read this one. “All young children are creative. In their play and self-directed exploration they create their own mental models of the world around them and also models of imaginary worlds. Adults whom we call geniuses are those who somehow retain and build upon that childlike capacity throughout their lives.” (I had to stop myself from quoting the entire article here, because it’s just that good.) My mother, a third grade teacher, has regularly assigned weekend homework to her students that consists only of the direction to get out side, play, and use their imaginations. That’s the best part of being a parent – being able to rediscover my love for play and exploration.