This post could be subtitled, “What the bleep happened to August?” All of a sudden, it’s here – my favorite month, the prelude to my favorite season, chilly morning and evening temperatures, golden afternoon sunlight edging steely-grey cloudes. Love, love, love.
Obviously, I haven’t blogged much lately. Here’s what happened.
At the very end of July I was offered a new position at work – a position I would be helping to create. Accepting was easy, but getting the job up and running has been anything but. It’s been challenging, engaging, and alternately frustrating and rewarding – very worthwhile and overall a great opportunity. My new boss is extremely supportive and has helped me believe that I can do this, which makes it easier to just go ahead and do it even when it’s difficult.
But focusing on this new role has really left me very little energy or time to do anything else. I’m just tired all the time, and am learning how to balance it all and starting to peek my head above water now.
Another thing that happened this summer is someone very close to me told me I write too much about my feelings, and after getting my feelings really hurt by that statement … I realized it was true and that I need to settle down. Not every random experience in life is blog-worthy. Billions of people do a lot of the same things I do each day without feeling the need to shout to the internet, “I LEARNED! I’M A GROWN-UP!” They just … do it. So I’m trying to figure out how to blog without being ridiculous.
Anyway, it’s the weekend! Here are some links I enjoyed this week …
This rainy beach wedding – amazing.
Scrumptious-looking loaded hummus recipe – I can’t wait to try this!
What a lovely reflection on beauty that lasts and grows through the years.
My disengagement from church was gradual and not for exactly the same reasons as Elisabeth’s, but her piece on returning to church and getting married in a church really touched me.
I also just finished listening to the book Outliers: The Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell – my boss loaned me his audio copy and it was an interesting look at the real ingredients we may not recognize behind great success stories. It got me thinking about new ways to approach challenges, which is important right now. (Side note – I really liked listening to a book during my commute instead of the radio!)
After finishing Outliers, I asked my boss what he’d recommend next: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni.
And with that, we are off on an adventure with Matt’s family in New Hampshire. What are you looking forward to this weekend?
// xo Jacki