Who's Hot? Fridays Hit List…

Heart In The Sky

My Friday Hit List! 

The following are the people and posts that rocked my world this week. Enjoy!

Urban Soul Retrieval Quinn shares her journey as she recreates an amazing life… a scrumptious, beautiful, and expansive life.

She has a  beautiful piece of writing posted from Elia Kazan, the famous director and acting coach. It's so powerful it knocked me off my feet. No kidding!  

Ordinary Courage Who gets 424 comments on one blog post? Brene Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, that's who! She is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past ten years studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. Her groundbreaking work has been featured on PBS, NPR, CNN, and was the topic of two 2010 TEDx talks.

She states her new Valentine is generosity and asks us to practice love and be generous. I can do that! 424 comments…in my dreams. 

Liberating Choices Marci Payne asks us to do something about child sex slavery in her Valentines Day post, "Mend Broken Hearts with Love." 

I sometimes get lost in my own problems and when I see posts like Marci's I'm reminded, I don't have problems only minor inconveniences. She lists eight ways you can help. Choose one and fly with it.

Powered by Intuition Angela wrote about "blogging black out" this week. After spending time face-to-face with colleagues on a business trip, she realizes how much she's missed being emerged in the real world.  She invites you to unplug from the internet for 48 hours a week and see what changes you notice.

Teeny Tiny Pieces Jane a Writer, an educator, a painter, and a student of Healing Touch, is teaching her first "painting from within" workshop in March. Jane's creativity and enthusiasm for art and life are contagious. If I lived near Jane I'd sign up for her workshop, with bells on! 

After a dry spell of three years, Jane inspired me to spend two hours yesterday at an abstract art workshop in Fountain Hills. 

Write to Done has an excellent post, "It’s Time To Finish Your Book: 9 Productivity Tips for Writers," by Joanna Penn from The Creative Pen. 

Tip No.8 is setting deadlines. Joanna always aims to have a new book written each year by her birthday. I love that idea. I wanted to quickly jump to, 'I can do two.' Then settled for one, plus. All tips are divine. Check them out.

Always Well Within Sandra has a post today with six links, leading to bloggers including Angela (above) and I, that wrote about blogging burnout. How many others feel this way?

I'll be hiking and running this weekend. Preparing for the 1/2 marathon in Washington this June. The weather has been in the high 70's this week, with more sun to come!

Have a great weekend everyone, spend some time unplugged!

Photographer: Filomena Scalise

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  • Angela Artemis February 18, 2011, 8:36 am

    Thanks for this roundup of links to great articles on the blogosphere this week. I also want to thank you for including mine here. I’m looking forward to diving into them while I spend some much needed time unplugged from the internet~!

    • Tess February 18, 2011, 2:44 pm

      Hi Angela,
      I see you have a ton of comments on your “black out.” Yeah for you. I’m so happy we’re becoming good friends. xoxo

  • Zeenat{Positive Provocations} February 18, 2011, 9:05 am

    Hi Tess,
    What an excellent round up of amazing bloggers! I’m already a fan of Angela and Sandra…the rest I will have to check out πŸ™‚
    Thank you fro being the blogging with heart rock star you are!
    And unplugged I will be this weekend-cozying up to hubby and baby πŸ˜‰
    Much Love,

    • Tess February 18, 2011, 2:45 pm

      The world knows you have your priorities straight;) Have a great weekend and thanks so much for the compliment.

  • John Sherry February 18, 2011, 10:46 am

    I read Angela’s phenomenal blogging black out post and loved every word of it. It just goes to show that when we’re forced to we can switch off and do something more productive and special – like you always remind us Tess. Love first, the rest follows!

    • Tess February 18, 2011, 2:46 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and I think you give out the same message I do. That’s why I can relate!

  • Davina Haisell February 18, 2011, 10:50 am

    Excellent list, Tess. I could definitely sure use the advice from that article by Write to Done. Thanks for sharing. Hope you enjoy your weekend. Sounds like you’ll have the perfect weather for your training. Go, Tess!!!

    • Tess February 18, 2011, 2:47 pm

      OMG me too on that article. It’s super and I’d expect nothing less than the best at Write to Done! I hear you’re on FB more than Twitter now. Julie told me;) We met in the park last week.

  • Joy February 18, 2011, 10:53 am

    Hi Tess,
    Thank you for introducing Quinn to us..what a gift! I feel like I’ve met a soul sister:)
    I love Angela and Sandra and Brene. I will check out the others..
    I learn from all that I read online, so I can only “take” little doses..I love the connections I’ve made and the inspiration I find; I use what I learn online to create my life..I use my life to create online..
    What an amazing world! May you enjoy your weekend:)

  • Jane Rochelle February 18, 2011, 12:47 pm

    Yay, Tess! So glad you got your fingers all paint-y again! Hope you had a great time. I just got back from helping Stuart Cubley and the gang set up for our workshop this weekend. “The Painting Experience” … amazing and life-changing program he’s got going!!

    Thanks for the hit! It’s always nice to be told I’m “Hot!” !

    Love ya!

  • Tess February 18, 2011, 2:48 pm

    Glad you checked her blog out. Yes she’s a lot lot you I think as well. I love her spirit, her writing…everything!

  • Simon Hay February 18, 2011, 4:44 pm

    Wow Tess! I’m going to visit some of these today. Happy weekend and lots of love πŸ™‚ yummy hug.

  • Jen February 18, 2011, 5:15 pm

    Hi Tess! πŸ˜€

    So awesome to see Quinn up there, I love her blog! πŸ™‚ Will have to check out the others, yay! I love finding new inspiring blogs πŸ˜€ Thank you!

    Enjoy hiking!

    Jen πŸ™‚

  • Sandra / Always Well Within February 18, 2011, 6:17 pm

    What a rich menu of reading pleasures for the weekend. Thank you for introducing me to so many new bloggers. Thank you for including me in your list. Have a great weekend of hiking and running. I’ll be in the garden.

  • Little Lessons Under the Big Sky February 18, 2011, 8:10 pm

    Hi Tess,
    Thank you so much for continuing to bring forth new faces and names I haven’t seen, and reminders to check back in with amazing bloggers I already follow.

    I gotta admit, I am feeling a bit of jealousy over the warm temperatures for running! I am signed up next weekend for a half marathon in a little tiny town in Montana. It is called the SNOW JOKE! And it is a blast. Usually you are running through various temps (this year is SURE to be snowy and cold), dogs are allowed, and you get a “beer” ticket when you cross the finish line for a local pub. Can you say funny?

    I am taking it seriously though this year. My neice who is 16 has never run this distance. We have been training together for 3 months and it will be so fun to watch her accomplish this dream, and be a part of it.

    Have a wonderful weekend. Thanks for sending me “virtual” sunshine each time you post:)

  • Joe Wilner February 18, 2011, 8:44 pm

    Hi Tess,

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful list of posts! There are so many amazing people out there that have great things to offer. I haven’t connected with a few of these blogs so really appreciate the reference. I really enjoyed the post you provided from Write to Done as well, so great selection,

  • Quinn W February 18, 2011, 10:32 pm


    Thank you so much for sharing my link here. I am so grateful for the people you have connected me with. I’ve been writing my story for a little over a month now, really reflecting and trying to understand just me. Now I’m moving to a place where other people are sharing their similar experiences with me, and wow, it’s amazing. Thank you for helping me on this path. I’m so glad to have found you, your writing, and your community.


  • ayala February 19, 2011, 5:06 am

    Thank you for sharing these links. i hope you enjoy your time unplugged .

  • Marci | Liberating Choices February 19, 2011, 6:07 am

    Thank you for sharing the link to my Valentine post on giving. It’s been a passion of mine for 2 years. I had no idea how prevalent slavery is in our world. I’m still trying to understand it, and how I may be able to make a tiny ripple in the big problem.

    I’ve been reading Leo’s focus book and starting to have information fasts. Great to do. Lots of insight. I continue to savor and unplug from technology, when I can pry myself away!

  • Tammy February 20, 2011, 11:58 am

    Thanks for your own generosity by sharing this list Tess. Can’t wait to dig deeper.

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