Meep! It’s the last linky round-up of the year! Here’s a whole load of things I’ve read this month that nurture the aspirational vibe of the season. Glass of port optional but encouraged.
See you in 2016! xx
>> The Project Spiral: A tarot spread to help kickstart your creative plans | Shonna’s simple and brilliant five-card spread to get you going with whatever you’re working on.
>> One hundred beautiful, non-existent pictures: on starting over. | Esme Wang on presence, reality, and film photography. It’s even better if you listen to Esme reading it.
>> My photographs | Speaking of film photography, did you know I have a little photo blog? Here you’ll find collections of 35mm photographs from over the years (and a few digital albums too). And I just sent off 7 old films I found in the back of a cupboard. One of my new year’s resolutions is to do a *lot* more of this.
>> 52 ways to get the fuck out of your urban nightmare | Is city life doing your head in? Is your resolution for 2016 to think seriously about moving to the sticks? (Mine is, even though I only recently left…) Here are lots of ideas to help.
>> A time to check in on the questions you’re living within | Do you find yourself asking the same questions, year after year?
I haven’t solved what I’m sure is going to be a lifelong struggle with no’s and yes’s, but I do feel a sense of serenity around this particular set of questions. I’ve wrestled with them. I’ve experimented with them. I’ve sometimes resented them. And ultimately, I’m moving on from them.
Courtney E Martin, in On Being
>> Badass Desktops Make You Look Like a Genius | Get your computer looking neat and fancy!
>> I want to give you more | Liz Worth with thoughts on new year’s resolutions, and a guided meditation and worksheet to help you work with yours.
>> Quirky Rican Book Pics 2015 | Gabrielle Riviera shares her amazing reading list.
>> Follow Your Arrow: Artist/Activist/Academic Miyuki Baker Wants to Do All Of The Things | Read it. Get inspired. Go!
>> Constantly worried about how others perceive us | In a word, it’s unavoidable. We all care about how we are seen.
We can’t just completely forget about it — it’s not in our human nature. We can tell ourselves that “other people’s opinions don’t matter” or “no one is really thinking about us” but it won’t stop our brains from worrying about it.
So what can we do?
>> 10 Contemporary Short Story Collections to Read | Start the new year by discovering new work by women writers.
>> The secret sauce to making really big goals happen | A step-by-step guide to making yourself a step-by-step guide to achieving that huge project you really want to do this year…
>> Just let’s not call these ‘productivity tips’ | …or you might try this slightly less professional approach, which is basically 1. get totally obsessed, 2, do it till it’s done. Also includes cleaning your desk.
>> SELFIE | Rachel Smye’s seven-part essay on the personal and political in the selfie.
>> I should have chosen my own happiness over my children’s | Motherhood philosophy from the mind of Malaka.
>> Drawn to the Land | I saw Sophie Gerrard’s photographs of six women farmers at Edinburgh’s Portrait Gallery.
© Sophie Gerrard
>> Questions to ask yourself before giving up | A poem to put on your wall.
Have you uncoiled the ropes of your legs
and strung them along the length of the city
today? Have you let a lake or a snow bank
sketch silent letters on your back?
When did you last give away
your unworn clothes, your well-fitting
metaphors? Tell a neighbour or a person across
the coffee shop counter how well
they catch the light.
Kaitlyn Boulding, via Guts Magazine
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>> Best Tarot Business Advice from 22 Tarot Pros | Theresa Reed asked professional tarot readers for their top business tips.
And finally, here’s a picture of Cally-dog, following her dreams, now, forever and always.
Have an amazing new year folks!
Loads and loads of love,
I’m a 30-something writer, artist, tarot reader, and perpetual explorer of the space between thought, feeling, and action.
I believe that spirituality and ritual are for everybody. I’m about the journey, in all of its messy, non-linear, chaotic iterations. I am excited by anticapitalist business and living with my whole entire self present. I use tarot cards to bring forth hidden truth, and ritual to affirm my commitment, over and over, to my ever-shifting path.