Instaweek, August 11-17, 2013
Six Saturday Links
How to Rock Your Blog Break by Katelyn Brooke Blog. I’m not in a space where I need a blog break at the moment, but this post brings up great tips for those who might feel like taking a breather from their blog space. I do from time to time; there’s an ebb and flow to my blogging/writing.
Why We Shouldn’t Be Interested in Raising Safe Christian Kids by Rachel Rowell. I featured this post on BlogHer this week and it’s currently on fire. If you haven’t read it, I encourage you to do so even if you don’t identify as Christian. It’s an interesting take on raising children who aren’t content to sit safely on the sidelines of life. I don’t like the use of the word wimp, but I also don’t like when Christians talk of faith as a battle or being warriors. I prefer word usage like courageous and brave. Semantics, yes. I enjoyed the concept of the post as a whole; it pushed me to think about my own faith and approach to life as a whole in different ways.
There Is More than One Way to Be the Best Parent You Can Be by Michelle at Burgh Baby. My parenting has been — and continues to be — so positively shaped by the interactions I have had with others online. I can’t — and don’t want to — imagine who I would be without the positive influence blogs and other social media interactions have had on my life as a mother, a woman, a wife, a friend, a human being.
Part 4 of How I Became a Liberal: We Don’t Get to Sit Back Just Becaused the System is F@#$ed by Joy at Joy In This Journey. Oh man. I commented on the post that I wanted to print this out and deliver it to the members of our previous church who felt it necessary to sit during a Bible study and rant about all those people wasting their tax dollars on state assistance — not knowing that I, sitting next to them, had previously been on state assistance. I want to quote her whole piece, but I will just share this one line with you.
“We don’t get to sit back and do nothing just because it’s difficult.”
That applies in so many walks of life, but also, in keeping with the context of her post, in helping shape the big and small “C” church/Church into what it can and should be. Ahem. Just sayin’.
Sarah Kay: If I Should Have a Daughter… by Sarah Kay at TED.com. Okay, I never share videos, so you should know this is stellar by the simple fact that I’ve linked to it and am embedding it on my site. It’s another kick in the pants, don’t-just-sit-there, go do something, all with the power of words/spoken word. I felt so inspired. This quote:
“I don’t know if I can change the world. Yet.”
Yes. That. So give yourself 18 minutes and 29 seconds and “watch” this; you can simply listen while working. I chose to start it that way and as I became more amazed by her words, sat and watched her with my jaw hanging open. It’s that good, folks. Note: It’s less about having a daughter and more about doing something beyond yourself. We all know I shy away from “daughter” stuff, but this is not that. Hat tip to Casey for making me watch it.
- 11 Bloggers Thank Our Amazing BlogHer ’13 Sponsors. I actually have a post thanking a sponsor coming on this blog next week, but you should read what others had to say. Because I read a lot of posts to make that post!
I hope you have a lovely weekend. It’s our last weekend of summer. Sigh.