508 Friday Blog Roundup
Perhaps I only posted about this on Facebook (because I can’t find a post on my blog mentioning it even though I know some type of social media discussion took place when I first stated it) but many months ago, I was diagnosed with a vitamin D deficiency. As in, my body makes pretty much no vitamin D. At all. There was the amount your body needs to produce to be considered abnormal, and I was well, well, well under that number. So I went on prescription vitamin D and brought up my levels, and then months later, was weaned to a normal, daily vitamin D tablet.
All was well.
Then my brand of vitamin D started adding gelatin to the tablet.
And I do not ingest gelatin.
So I went out trying to find a vegan supplement. This proved to be (1) harder than I thought and (2) grosser than I thought. Because along the way, I learned where vitamin D comes from.
I let myself shudder vitamin-D-free for several months until my doctor noticed during a blood test that my vitamin D levels were back down to nil. So I had to suck it up and find a vegan supplement.
I found one at the local organic market. It cost more than vitamin D should cost. (Like… $20. Doesn’t that sound high for a few months of vitamin D?) But I am back to rickets-free living. I hope.
Yes, this is your weekly reminder to back up your blog, social media accounts, and email.
Seriously. Stop what you’re doing for a moment. It will take you fifteen minutes, tops. But you will have peace of mind for days and days. It’s the gift to yourself that keeps on giving.
As always, add any new thoughts to the Friday Backup post and peruse new comments in order to find out about methods, plug-ins, and devices that help you quickly back up your data and accounts.
And now the blogs…
But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week. In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:
Okay, now my choices this week.
Inconceivable has a post about the true meaning of finding balance. I love this post because she points out that balance isn’t necessarily a happy space. It is more existing in the center of You-ness, not so focused on the Joneses or whatever else is out there. Balance is about bringing it back inward, not having the external forces rocking you like a Weeble Wobble. It’s a fantastic reminder in a world that is constantly pushing everyone off-center.
Family Building with a Twist has a post saying goodbye to summer. I am having a hard time with the end of summer, so this was the perfect read for me this week. This resonated with me so much: “Most of it is due to my worry that we didn’t maximize our time here; you know, sucking the marrow out of our beach week and all that. We didn’t play in the water as much as we would have liked. We didn’t collect as many shells. We didn’t spend as many evenings chatting into the wee hours while the ocean breezes blew.” Especially knowing there is never a point where you reach “enough” of a good thing.
Lastly, the Road Less Travelled has a two-part, must-read post set on finding peace with the disappointments (or… larger than disappointments… tragedies. The advice covers a wide range of situations) in life. One of my goals for the year is to develop some resilience since I would say that is a life skill missing from my tool bag. The two posts are chock-full of helpful information. Bookmark them. Come back to them a hundred times. (Or however many times you need to commit the advice to heart.)
The roundup to the Roundup: My D3 is gelatin-free. Your weekly backup nudge. And lots of great posts to read. So what did you find this week? Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between August 15th and August 22nd) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week? Read the original open thread post here.