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#MicroblogMondays 152: You Have What It Takes

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I recently read a post on Modern Mrs. Darcy that stuck with me long after I closed the browser.  It’s a very simple idea, but one that is life-altering if put into continual practice.

Lie to yourself.

Okay, so the post isn’t really about lying to yourself.  But it’s about making the conscious decision every time you are nervous or unsure about something that you have what it takes.  Say those words to yourself: “Oh, Melissa (well, fill in your own name), don’t worry about it because you have what it takes.”  And then proceed as if someone else that you trust a lot has reassured you that you are up for the task.

She talks about it in terms of surfing, but it applies everywhere.  It’s a powerful feeling to go from being unsure about a decision to deciding you have what it takes and moving ahead.  Both with the small things and the very huge, life changing things.

So what are you telling yourself today that you have what it takes?  What difficult moment are you trying to get through, or what new path are you unsure about starting?

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July 24, 2017   24 Comments

#MicroblogMondays 151: Chasing the Taste

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We had the most incredible passionfruit vinaigrette on our honeymoon.  The waiter went back into the kitchen and returned with the recipe, minus amounts.  I tried to recreate the salad dressing a few times, but it never came close to that vinaigrette.  I still think about it as one of the best things I’ve ever tasted.

Apparently, that’s science.

There is a reason why you think food tastes better on vacation, and why so many of the tastes you “chase” (as in, try to recreate or wish you could have them again) come from vacations.  New York magazine explains:

The obvious answer is context: new place, new things. But context also works in other, more surprising ways to make our sense of taste into the fluid, location-dependent thing that it is.

Think about the foods you still think about long after the meal and remove all the emotionally-based ones such as your mother’s chicken.  How many of the ones that are left came from a local restaurant or friend’s house, and how many came from your travels or a vacation?

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Are you also doing #MicroblogMondays? Add your link below. The list will be open until Tuesday morning. Link to the post itself, not your blog URL. (Don’t know what that means? Please read the three rules on this post to understand the difference between a permalink to a post and a blog’s main URL.) Only personal blogs can be added to the list. I will remove any posts that are connected to businesses or are sponsored post.

1. Mali (A Separate Life) 10. A Focused Journey 19. Loribeth (The Road Less Travelled)
2. Mali (No Kidding) 11. Risa Kerslake 20. Journeywoman
3. Am I Enough | Nabanita 12. Isabelle 21. Failing at Haiku
4. Daryl 13. Raven 22. Jewish IVF
5. Cathy@ Still Waters 14. Karen (River Run Dry) 23. Chandra Lynn (Pics and Posts)
6. Turia 15. rennata 24. Middle Girl
7. Circle of Daydreams 16. Chandni Moudgil 25. Jessie
8. Traci York, Writer 17. Lori@ Laughing IS Conceivable2 26. Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal)
9. Lori Lavender Luz 18. Lori@ Laughing IS Conceivable  

July 17, 2017   19 Comments

#MicroblogMondays 150: Making Space

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I called a hotel to make reservations for two dates and was told that they didn’t have rooms with multiple beds available for the first date, though they did for the second.  But when I gave my name to make my reservation, the staff member happily jumped into welcoming me, asking about Josh and the twins.  We always go to the same place so the moment I gave my name, she exclaimed, “I know the rest of your information.  I’ve entered it 500 times.”

She also shifted some people around and made room for us for the first date.  I was grateful, but I wavered between feeling like I deserved to be accommodated due to my extreme loyalty and feeling badly that I was getting something special.  A business benefits from loyal customers, and you build that loyalty by treating someone well, but it makes me wonder how many times I’ve been told “no” at a new place where a longstanding customer was told “yes.”

Do you think loyalty should be rewarded, or do you think all policies should apply to all people regardless of whether it’s their first time or 100th time frequenting a place?

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Are you also doing #MicroblogMondays? Add your link below. The list will be open until Tuesday morning. Link to the post itself, not your blog URL. (Don’t know what that means? Please read the three rules on this post to understand the difference between a permalink to a post and a blog’s main URL.) Only personal blogs can be added to the list. I will remove any posts that are connected to businesses or are sponsored post.

1. Mali (No Kidding) 10. Isabelle 19. Virg� nia
2. Mali (A Separate Life) 11. Shilpa 20. Inexplicably Missing
3. Circle of Daydreams 12. Rennata- growing unique 21. deathstar
4. Karen (River Run Dry) 13. Lori@ Laughing IS Conceivable 22. Jess
5. # Feminist Mondays | Naba 14. Traci York, Writer 23. Failing at Haiku
6. Different Shores 15. Parul Thakur | Happiness & Food 24. Inconceivable!
7. Turia 16. Mary Francis 25. Chandra Lynn (Pics and Posts)
8. Loribeth (The Road Less Travelled) 17. Empty Arms, Broken Heart 26. Lori@ Laughing IS Conceivable2
9. Raven 18. Jewish IVF

July 10, 2017   27 Comments

#MicroblogMondays 149: Fireworks

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Our town set off their fireworks over the weekend.  Why do we set off fireworks to mark the day?  Aren’t the fireworks supposed to be recreating the noise and intensity of battle without the danger?  Clearly the people who fought in the war are long gone, but this seems counter to the spirit of the day.

If we’re celebrating the fact that there is an aftermath to the war — that it’s over — shouldn’t we be marking the day with something calm?  Gentle music and back rubs?  I like watching fireworks, but upon reflection, it seems like a strange way to mark the day.

Are you doing anything for July 4th if you live in the US?  I’m assuming for everyone else that the day is just Tuesday.

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Are you also doing #MicroblogMondays? Add your link below. The list will be open until Tuesday morning. Link to the post itself, not your blog URL. (Don’t know what that means? Please read the three rules on this post to understand the difference between a permalink to a post and a blog’s main URL.) Only personal blogs can be added to the list. I will remove any posts that are connected to businesses or are sponsored post.

1. Turia 10. Jess 19. Chandra Lynn (Pics and Posts)
2. Mali (A Separate Life) 11. Parul Thakur | Happiness & Food 20. Inexplicably Missing
3. Mali (No Kidding) 12. Lori@ Laughing IS Conceivable Lori 21. Virginia
4. Rennata- growing unique 13. Traci York, Writer 22. Jenn P
5. Lori Lavender Luz 14. Lori@ Laughing IS Conceivable 23. torthuil
6. Isabelle 15. Charlotte 24. Middle Girl
7. Empty Arms, Broken Heart 16. Modern Gypsy
8. Jivf 17. Loribeth (The Road Less Travelled)
9. Failing at Haiku 18. Loribeth (The Road Less Travelled)

July 3, 2017   23 Comments

#MicroblogMondays 148: Alice

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I’m on the mailing list for Oxford’s Story Museum, and I’m jealous of everyone who lives nearby and can participate in their Alice’s Day next week.  (Side note: Charles Dodgson started telling Alice the story on July 4, 1862.)

In my gaming club (like a book club, except for interactive fiction games), we were recently talking about the length of games.  I love Alice in Wonderland and could play in that world for an infinite amount of time.  Same with Middle Earth and Narnia.  (All Oxford connections!)  And Hogwarts.  (Close enough!)  Fillory.  (Finally, an American!)  Everything else, I probably need a cap of two hours.

Let’s say someone could take any fictional world and produce an infinite amount of quality work set in that world.  Which world would you spend an infinite amount of time exploring?

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Are you also doing #MicroblogMondays? Add your link below. The list will be open until Tuesday morning. Link to the post itself, not your blog URL. (Don’t know what that means? Please read the three rules on this post to understand the difference between a permalink to a post and a blog’s main URL.) Only personal blogs can be added to the list. I will remove any posts that are connected to businesses or are sponsored post.

1. Mali (No Kidding) 8. Lori Lavender Luz 15. Turia
2. Mali (A Separate Life) 9. Delenn 16. Jess
3. Middle Girl 10. Traci York, Writer 17. Jenn P
4. Jivf 11. Lori@ Laughing IS Conceivable 18. IMary Francis
5. Shilpa  12. Rennata- growing unique 19. Laughing IS Conceivable 2
6. Loribeth (The Road Less Travelled) 13. Counting Pink Lines 20. A Focused Journey
7. Isabelle 14. Empty Arms, Broken Heart 21.

June 26, 2017   10 Comments

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