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#Microblog Mondays 182: Meditation

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I’ve been thinking a lot about meditation lately.  I downloaded 10% Happier while it was on sale, though I haven’t started reading it.  I downloaded two apps: Calm and Breathe.  And then I just… stopped.

I mean, I think about meditation all the time.  But I haven’t started it yet.

My interest in meditation was piqued by a review of another book, especially this description of meditation: “[it] is not like other goal-oriented tasks. Rather, it is about getting away from the self.”  Who wouldn’t like to take a small break from themselves every once in a while?  But then I continued reading the article and it all got very muddy inside my mind.  I don’t want that kind of break from myself.

Do you meditate regularly?

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February 19, 2018   14 Comments

#Microblog Mondays 181: Be My Valentine

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We don’t do anything for Valentine’s Day anymore.  Josh and I have never celebrated it.  (We also don’t celebrate Tu B’Av, which is sort of the Jewish version of Valentine’s Day.)

When the kids were little, I was the class mum, so I threw the school party.  They filled out Valentine’s cards for all of their classmates, ate candy, and played games.  But now that they’re in middle school, we don’t have that ritual.

I don’t feel sad about it, and I certainly don’t want to go out Wednesday night.  But I do feel like I need to make heart-shaped pancakes or something of that ilk.

What is the most low-key way to mark Valentine’s Day without really doing anything for Valentine’s Day?

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1. Mali (A Separate Life) 7. Isabelle 13. Not My Lines Yet
2. Mali (No Kidding) 8. Empty Arms, Broken Heart 14. Jess
3. Stop Mansplaining 9. Counting Pink Lines 15. Vinitha
4. Loribeth (The Road Less Travelled) 10. Failing at Haiku 16. Pr@ gun
5. Raven 11. Journeywoman
6. Cristy 12. Amber

February 12, 2018   15 Comments

#Microblog Mondays 180: Impatient

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I would describe myself as impatient.  I excel at delayed gratification when I already know that I have X (like saving a piece of chocolate to eat for an indefinitely amount of time), but… well… here’s an example of my impatience: When I begin writing a new book, I feel anxious by the end of the first day that it’s not already complete.

Like I said: impatient.

Which, you know, can be a good thing because I am always motivated to move forward.  But I know I also waste a lot of time wishing things forward when they’re going to unfold in their own, sweet time.  I liked this post by Darius Foroux:

The book you’re writing, the presentation you’re making, the business you’re building, things can’t happen fast enough. There’s nothing wrong with wanting things to happen fast. In fact, that’s one of the main reasons people and companies innovate.

But we have to realize there’s a difference between a desire to achieve things and impatience. The former helps you, the latter harms you, especially your creativity.

Do you consider yourself a patient or impatient person?

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1. Where Am I Going In Life? 7. Mali (No Kidding) 13. Suzy at Someday Somewhere
2. Empty Arms, Broken Heart 8. Mali (A Separate Life) 14. Laughing IS Conceivable
3. Loribeth (The Road Less Travelled) 9. Not My Lines Yet 15. Middle Girl
4. Unpregnant Chicken 10. Jess
5. Amber 11. Chandra Lynn (Pics and Posts)
6. Journeywoman 12. Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal)

February 5, 2018   12 Comments

#Microblog Mondays 179: The Traveling Picture

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ChickieNob was telling Josh about WellieWishers, and he said they sounded horrifying.  So she drew him his very own WellieWisher and slipped it under his blankets so he saw it when he got into bed that night.

Well played, little girl.

Wellie Wisher

He transferred the picture to her room, and the creepy doll picture traveled back and forth between them until I somehow got roped into this when I found it in my underwear drawer.  The only person who refuses to play is the Wolvog, who respectfully removed the WellieWisher from the bathroom so he could brush his teeth in peace.

A simple prank.  Not as good as the ultimate prankThat was a long joke, considering the set up was in 2013.

Tell me another good prank.

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1. Jewish IVF 9. the OCD infertile 17. Chandra Lynn (Pics and Posts)
2. Parul Thakur | Happiness and Food 10. Journeywoman 18. Jess
3. Unpregnant Chicken: Book Launch 11. Inexplicably Missing 19. Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal)
4. Cristy 12. Mali (A Separate Life) 20. Amber
5. Empty Arms, Broken Heart 13. Mali (No Kidding) 21. Suzy Someday Somewhere
6. Counting Pink Lines 14. Virginia 22. Middle Girl
7. Loribeth (The Road Less Travelled) 15. Risa Kerslake
8. Isabelle 16. Not My Lines Yet

January 29, 2018   12 Comments

#Microblog Mondays 178: Attention Management

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It is very hard to manage your attention.  It’s different from time management, which I think of as allocating time well or spending time on the right tasks.  This article says it best:

Attention management is more than not looking at social media every five minutes—though it’s also that, too. It’s also about setting priorities and focusing your attention where it matters.

It is riffing off of this article on attention management and knowing your essential priorities.

People often ask me how I get stuff done, working from home.  While I don’t agree with everything Rao says, it’s a great starting point.  Turn off the distractions.  Tell yourself your intention.  Get tasks accomplished in the best order.  One at a time.

Easier said than done, and some days I do it better than others.

What tricks do you use to manage your attention?

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1. A To Don’t List 9. Empty Arms, Broken Heart 17. Loribeth (The Road Less Travelled)
2. Mali (No Kidding) 10. Cristy 18. Failing at Haiku
3. Mali (A Separate Life) 11. Isabelle 19. Amber
4. Daryl 12. Journeywoman 20. Jess
5. Counting Pink Lines 13. Cyn K 21. Chandra Lynn (Pics and Posts)
6. Unpregnant Chicken: Book Launch 14. the OCD infertile
7. Laughing IS Conceivable 15. Suzy Someday Somewhete
8. Risa Kerslake 16. Not My Lines Yet

January 22, 2018   18 Comments

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