If it seems like it has been quiet around here, it has been. I’ve been working diligently on this!
I am so excited about The Cottage! I’m close to announcing the launch date…
It has been oppressively hot and humid for most of the past few weeks so I’ve been spending all my time inside. When I haven’t been working on The Cottage, I’ve been working quite a bit on the basement and weeding out more stuff. I’m rapidly approaching my total of 1000 things to get rid of for the year and it’s only July!
I had a guest post over at Not So Formulaic. I hope you will hop over to Ginny’s site and read Twice-Exceptional Parenting is Life Changing – Buckle Up for the Ride.
We had a good conversation in the comments about minimalism in response to my post Why I Reject Minimalism and Embrace My Cozy Living History.
I wrote a post on 11 Lists of 11 Things from 11 Years of Motherhood.
I was glad to see Sue at Stories of an Unschooling Family had returned from her blogging break and is back to creating wonderful content!
I’ve been working on my Amazon recommendations, getting them organized to make them more helpful.
I made a new online friend! Dean Abbott is starting a new endeavor called The Quieter Life which he introduced with Turning Toward The Quieter Life (and said something very kind about what I do here at a time when I really needed the encouragement). I’m looking forward to reading more by him. If you are on Twitter, he has some excellent quotes in his feed such as these:
You will never reach a new level of maturity so long as your thinking is driven by the need to justify or protect yourself rather than by a desire to arrive at the truth.
Living a traditional life is not about what is past, but about what is eternal.
I feel like I am being moved away from writing so much about the culture and to begin writing more about virtue, relationships and the quiet life. This feels scary and like a big risk. I once would have assumed that meant I should avoid it, now I take it as a sign to move ahead.
The higher a person’s place in this hierarchy, the quieter and more sane his life will be. Therefore, the desire for a more sane, stable, quiet life is little more than a desire to move up the problem solving hierarchy through the acquisition of skills, discipline and knowledge.
Many people have been fooled into thinking the purpose of life is to pursue a big life of fame and adventure, but happiness comes from a small, focused, ordered life of steady growth.
A lot of being a mature man is knowing what not to care about.
Is it okay if I call a man a kindred spirit? Or is that just a girl thing?
I uploaded many new activities in my printables shop including these calendar activities.
And, lastly, I have been listening to this for hours each day while working. It is so relaxing and the perfect white noise to help me concentrate.
I hope you will tell me a bit about your summer so far in the comments!