Weekly Winners (April 22 – 28)

Started by the lovely Lotus, Weekly Winners is a fun little thing bloggers do to showcase some of their favorite photos from the previous week.

Visit Lotus’ site and check out her various entries, and find other participants. See some amazing photos brought to you by bloggers around the world. Leave a little love when you do — its like food for the soul!

 

Photos taken using my Droid Razr or a Sony DSLR A230.
View all of my photos on my Flickr stream.

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Life is slowly going back to normal. I’m still trying to get back into the blogging rhythm, but it’ll come to me. I actually had two posts this week instead of barely having one, though!

Yeah, the irony of the last one isn’t lost on me. Ah well. On to the photos.

166: Lighting
Mall Lighting

167: Liquor up
Liquor up

168: Bikeway
Bikeway

Pink Clover
Sea of pink

169: Pink Clover
Pink Clover

170: Electric Guitar
Turn it up

Strings
New strings

161: Printer's Alley
Printer's Alley

Relaxing cats
Relaxing

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Life Well Lived: Joy through blogging

Its time for another Life Well Lived Getting Happy panel!

This time, we want to hear more from our readers. How does blogging, journaling, writing and connecting online help to increase your happiness?

On April 15, 2001, I started a journal on the LiveJournal website. Eleven years later, I still have that journal.

Writing is, to me, free therapy. It allows me to get all my feelings out “on paper,” analyze them, and then decide where to go from there. In the 11 years that I’ve had my journal, its seen me through college, jobs, heartbreak, moving, and marriage. It’s heard me sob about loss. It’s heard me squeal in glee about successes. And its even heard me ramble about any given new obsession I may have at the time.

I happen to genuinely enjoy writing, which is where blogging comes in for me. My journal is for personal life. My blog is for my love of writing. Writing gives me joy. I love words. I love painting a photo with words. I love telling a story, making someone think, or describing something.

Writing makes me happy. Be it just to write or for therapeutic purposes, it doesn’t matter. It’s a joy. What about you? How does blogging, journaling, writing and connecting online help to increase your happiness? Leave your thoughts here and/or join me in the discussion on the main page for this topic on BlogHer. Also, don’t miss your chance to win an iPod Touch and a $50 iTunes gift certificate to go with it in thecurrent Life Well Lived Sweepstakes!

 

[Blogging for Books] — To Be Perfectly Honest: One Man’s Year of Almost Living Truthfully Could Change Your Life. No Lie.

Could you take a truth vow for a whole year? Could you REALLY not tell a lie for 365 days? I mean not even telling someone you’ve got plans Friday night when in reality you just don’t want to go out. Not even, “You look great!” when in reality the other person looks like crap? Or what about, “Let’s do lunch!” even though you know you have no intention to do so?

Yeah, me neither.

Author Phil Callaway tried.

To Be Perfectly Honest: One Man’s Year of Almost Living Truthfully Could Change Your Life. No Lie. is Callaway’s journey of 365 days trying to be completely honest. And lets be honest here… try is the operative word. Because he failed. Often.

I. Loved. This. Book.

I loved it enough to actually purchase it after my free copy from WaterBrook Multnomah expired. Yes. I loved it that much.

I laughed heartily at Callaways’ attempts to be honest — both when he succeeded and when he failed. I followed his trials as he battles with lust, a former friend trying to ruin his reputation, his attempts to help an “adopted son” quit smoking, his chasing quick wealth, and the decline and death of his mother.

The chapters all have a definite message, and are written like a daily diary. It’s an easy read, but more importantly its chocked full of lessons. I not only finished this book filled with joy from chuckles, I finished it with a mind full of the deep lessons it contained.

I would without a single doubt recommend it to anyone and everyone.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group book review bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

The wife of a touring musician tells it like she sees it…