Personal Musings Filter
  1. breaking the surface

    Tenille Campbell recognized burnout and then did something about it: “But slowly, slowly, I felt like I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t feel the joy. I couldn’t feel the passion. I felt… grey. Nothing. Absent.”

    Commentary
    Photo by Tenille Campbell
  2. “As an introvert, you need to know yourself. What you need, and what stresses you out. It’s not about what you can do. Most introverts can impersonate social butterflies when necessary. . . . It’s about balancing the cost of those performances with your own mental health.”

    Personal Musings
  3. I Did My Hair in Case Matt Damon Showed Up to My Lumpectomy

    “I looked pretty, I thought, pretty enough for surgery and possibly Matt Damon.” Sara Dorner, a mother of two, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Here, she reflects on her diagnosis with a bit of humor.

    Death
  4. Fifteen Blogging Tips from a (Relatively) New Member of the Community

    A few months into her WordPress.com blogging adventure, Christine Ray of Brave and Reckless shares her spot-on observations on how to build a successful site — and a loyal audience.

    Inspiration
  5. Falling Half in Love with Strangers: What’s the Word for That?

    Blogger Quinn reflects on a past encounter with a stranger in Vienna, Austria.

    Nostalgia
    Image via When I Do Get the Manual?
  6. Finding Ourselves at Montrose Dog Beach

    Will on guidance from his dogs: “He raced in one direction . . . then chased a floating leaf, then jumped on a bench . . . then took off running happier than before. He had no idea what he was doing and he loved every minute of it. I can relate.”

    Animals
  7. Averting the Apocalypse, Quietly

    Logan Goldberg reflects on how we need a world with fiction: “And maybe we need a world wherein we escape from our outside influences and pour ourselves onto the page, and then show those pages to anyone willing to give them a chance.”

    Books
  8. Art
  9. Do we need role models?

    “I like having chosen the road less traveled, with its many twists and turns. But a compass and a guide are helpful.” At Broadside, Caitlin Kelly muses on getting older and looking for role models.

    Personal Musings
  10. Pulled Punches

    A coffee, a loyalty punch card, and a Rubik’s Cube star in Marissa’s wishful musings for more analog time.

    Nostalgia
  11. In defense of the ordinary

    Writer Andrea Badgley reflects on the value of her writing practice: “Details are meaning enough. Being present in a moment is meaning enough.”

    Personal Musings
  12. These days, I don’t wear my glasses when I’m out in public. . . . I can see the world, but it’s out of focus. I can’t make out faces, recognize friends. Most importantly, I can’t tell where anyone is looking. If men’s eyes consume me, I’d rather not know.

    Essay
  13. Make Life Better

    “Make life better. Make it about more than yourself. But don’t forget about you.”
     
    Scroll down and smile while reading this uplifting series of messages and illustrations from the blogger at The Chatter Blog.

    Art
  14. I Want To Be Like Water

    “I wish I were water.
     
    That my words spilled out.”
     

    Miri Elm at A Short Conversation muses on why she wants to be like water.

    Personal Musings
  15. “It was like rubbing on unscented lotion. It’s therapeutic, no one really knows you’re wearing it, and it’s something you do for yourself. You’re not trying to leave behind little scent fragments of yourself. You’re just doin’ you.”

    Inspiration