While summer’s quickly slipping away, I’ve started slowing down, trying to stay present and enjoy the beautiful weather and lazy pace of August. Here are a few things that are making me happy right now:
If you’re needing to slow down and get creative this month… The August Break
Susannah Conway’s running The August Break, a chance to step away from the computer and spend the month with a camera. Though I’ve decided to continue blogging a bit this month, I’m participating in the break so I can get in the habit of taking more photos and spend time playing around with all of the fun camera apps I’ve got on my iPhone. (You can see my pix as I add them here).
If you’re running a business… Minimalist Workday: 50 Strategies for Working Less
Everett Bogue’s free e-book, Minimalist Workday, is both a great introduction to working for yourself and an exhaustive list of ways to gain focus if you’re already in business. I found several tips to immediately improve my workday, and I plan to re-read it again in a month or so to see what else I can improve.
If you’re thinking of starting your own side gig… 27 Reasons Why You Should Never Have a Job
While you’re on Everett’s site, downloading Minimalist Workday, be sure to check out 27 Reasons Why You Should Never Have a Job. I think I ought to frame this and post it on my wall for those days when I get tempted to return to a salaried job.
If you’re needing a little R&R… Yoga for Bloggers, Writers, Concert Pianists, and Computer Geeks
Marianne Elliott released this 10-minute Yoga For Bloggers video when she launched her new website in April. I downloaded it a while back, and it sat on my computer desktop for ages until I clicked on it again today. Holy heck! This thing is a gem! My neck, shoulders, and wrists feel open, relaxed, and downright yummy. I plan to make this a part of my daily routine, and I highly recommend it to anyone who sits at a desk or computer. Looking for more yoga goodness? Her next 30 Days of Yoga starts in October.
If you need to know that all’s right with the world… Touching Strangers Photo Project
In Touching Strangers, photographer Richard Renaldi asked complete strangers to pose together for photos, “with the stipulation that they must touch each other in some manner.” The resulting photos—some awkward, some moving—are a great way to be reminded that we’re all just trying to figure out this life stuff.