best things I’ve read, week of 1.23.12

Every morning on Twitter, I share the best thing I’ve read that day. I read too much wonderful material to not share it, and I share in hopes that it will challenge and encourage you too. Follow me there —@SarahKoci.

And if you’d rather take it in leisurely, this is the best of what I’ve read this week. It’s still pretty early on your Saturday morning, so coffee. Coffee would be a great accompaniment.

Monday: Twenty Seconds, by Alyssa Mae Stories. Courage, she reminds us, doesn’t mean that we do not fear. It means we move forward in spite of it.

Tuesday: 100 Golden No’s, by The Tiny Twig. It’s scary to ask big questions — questions that just might get a no. But the more of them you ask, the more likely it is that you’ll get a yes.

Wednesday: When You Feel Mismatched, by Jen Ferguson at Finding Heaven. Such a good reminder that we’re just right the way we are, just right in our imperfections and our mismatched-ness.

Thursday: Whenever You’re in Doubt, by Sackcloth and Tea. Telling a good story brings us encouragement and brings us hope.

Friday: Quit screwing around — It’s time to write for real, by Jeff Goins. I struggle constantly with calling myself a writer. It doesn’t seem real, like I’m not quite there yet. But Jeff challenges that, and offers solid motivation to keep writing, and to write for real.

And one more . . . The Pajama Manifesto, by Farhad Manjoo for Slate. But really, I could have (and should have) written this. If we wore pajamas more frequently, we’d be happier people. I love pajamas! You should too.

What’s the best thing you’ve read this week? Also, what should I be reading next week?

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