what i’m into – keeping me sane {may 2019}


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After the excitement of April, I was looking forward to relative peace and quiet in May and I intentionally built it into my month. I kept my appointments to a minimum, although the ones I did have included two annual wellness appointments.  Aren’t those fun?

I did a lot of reading. In fact, work required me to read an entire book from start to finish in one day.  I LOVE my job! I believe I have read more books this month than I have any other this year and that makes me so happy.  My Quick Lit post will drop on the 15th and I will give you a recap of everything then.

I listened to a lot of podcast.  I am really loving the Before Breakfast podcast by my girl, Laura Vanderkam.  No, she doesn’t know me from Adam, well I hope she would know me from Adam. But her books and now her podcast, help me create the life I want to live and so she’s my girl, Laura. Before Breakfast is short, less than 10 minutes and gives you a tip of the day to make your day better. I often listen while exercising in the morning.

I exercised pretty consistently through the month of May. That got the dopamine flowing and contributed to the overall good feeling throughout the month.

My family went bowling a couple of times this month. Who knew the Buddy Man loves to bowl? He’s quite good for his age.  And it always makes me feel good to see him having a blast.

I continued working toward my goal to create that feeling of “home” in my house via konmari. I have gone through a number of the komono categories but want to get through most before putting up a post. My parents were also kind enough to come through this month and they helped with some things I had not yet gotten around to including:  hanging a picture in the laundry – it looks so nice in there now; hanging a new light fixture; etc. It’s awesome to have those “hanging on” tasks done. Those are the ones that are so annoying, aren’t they?

I did a lot of writing. Some of which you will see here in the upcoming weeks.

So, that’s pretty much it.  What were you up to this month?

enjoy life…

what i’m into-keeping me sane {april 2019}

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So, as most of you are aware by now April was very exciting for me and I stayed sane by taking it one day at a time.  I wish I could say that I was wholly successful. For the most part, I was. Here’s the rundown of some of my activities for the month.

What Should I Read Next Podcast

I was so honored to be a guest on the podcast What Should I Read Next this month. The episode aired Tuesday, April 9, 2019. I don’t know if I have ever been more excited and more nervous in my entire life.  I couldn’t sleep Monday night. I was terrified that I would sound like an idiot, that people would laugh, and ultimately, that no one would like me. Crazy, huh?

But it turned into one of those experiences that I will cherish for the rest of my life.  You guys proved my trepidations to be unfounded.  I was shocked at how many of you reached out with book recommendations and some just to say that you related to what I said.  Sometimes, I struggle to feel like I belong anywhere and to remember that there are others like me. It was like I had found my tribe. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you to all of you.

Met a New Favorite Author

The Women’s Economic Development Council here in Huntsville, cohosted with Snail On the Wall books, the author of I Miss You When I Blink, Mary Laura Philpott. It is always such an honor to meet another writer and especially the author of a published book. This brings my total to four; I have met Charlie Lovett, Anne Bogel, Meera Lee Patel and now Mary Laura Philpott. It was a wonderful event and can you believe someone recognized me from What Should I Read Next podcast?

A Trip to the Pacific Northwest

I made a trip to the Pacific Northwest. It was only my second time in Seattle and due to a travel snafu (don’t you just LOVE those?), instead of flying over the mountain pass, I took a shuttle to get to Yakima and got to see the beautiful evergreens standing amidst snow and fog. It was a beautiful sight to see. And now I know why Stephenie Meyers set Twilight in the Pacific Northwest.

While in Yakima, my sister took me to this cute indie bookstore, Inklings Bookshop. They had painted the shelves with chalk paint and had written quotes on them.  I have never seen it before.  It was so neat. The downside of the trip was that I got sick. AGAIN! (see my previous month’s roundup)


I was so happy to be able to volunteer at the annual spring arts festival in Huntsville. I have wanted to volunteer for a long time (seven years or more). I know.  It is so sad that it has taken me so long to do the things that I have always wanted to do but it will never be too late to do things until the day that I am dead. So, I’m trying to keep moving.

In addition, I attended my alma mater’s homecoming on Sunday after I returned from my trip to Yakima. I went to see a friend that I haven’t seen in a long time. It was fun seeing her but I hung out on campus longer than I should have and had a minor meltdown on Monday.  I was so tired and sick and I didn’t listen to my body and rest.

I am trying to do that now. More often or not, to stay sane you have to get rest and quality sleep.  I hope I feel better next month so I can complete tidying my home.  I want to finish Komono this month.

Thank you all for reading this blog. Thank you for linking to your own content.  Thank you for your comments. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

enjoy life…

what i’m into – keeping me sane {march 2019}

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Whew! As I type this I am exhaling from the month of March.  Oh March! You were filled with incredible highs and implausible lows.  I am in awe of the magnitude of what I have experienced.  Yet, I’m still here – a little stronger, a little wiser, and more at peace than I have ever been in the entirety of my life.

  • For most of March, my family has been fighting this flu-like, but not flu-like virus that has hopped from one person to the next, and seemingly went around again. So, for most of this month, I have been stuck at home.  Which turned out to be a good thing because it was my intention to focus on the home front and continue the process of tidying using the KonMari method in March. I’m sharing my experience with you and if you don’t know what I’m talking about, head over here to check it out. Being at home gave me no excuse to not get into that third category of papers that I had been dreading with every fiber of my being. But I got it done and you can look for all the details in the next week or so.
  • The day that I essentially finished tidying my papers, I felt another moment of the “life-changing magic” that Marie Kondo describes. I can’t wait to share it with all of you. I was riding high.
  • Then a week and a half ago, my family experienced a low. Prior to my work of intentionally being uncomfortable, being in the present and doing the “next right thing”, this experience would have broken me.  The Hubby gave me fantastic advice, which he generally does whether I can see it as such at the time or not.  He said, “do whatever you need to do to be who you need to be at this time.”

So, with gratitude, I encourage each of you to develop the tools that you need to stay sane, now.  If you don’t know what they are, experiment until you find what works for you.  For me, what’s working is:

  • Moving my body – my favorite is running in the early morning as the sun’s just coming up. That time of quiet and serenity has been vital to my sanity as life has swirled around me.
  • Writing – via journaling and even sharing my experiences with you on this blog.
  • Meditating/Praying – I am learning that I can combine this with running and with writing for greater impact.
  • Reading – books and magazines, both nonfiction (inspirational, etc.) and fiction (to take my mind off things). Emily P. Freeman’s new book, The Next Right Thing, releasing tomorrow, has been a Godsend for such a time as this. I wrote a full review here.
  • Listening to Great Music – sometimes you just gotta create a playlist. And more importantly, listen to the playlist that you created.  Why is that so diffcult?
  • Talking to someone – close friends and family and a professional. If you don’t have someone to talk to, reach out to someone.  Don’t worry if you are rebuffed.  Reach out to someone else but keep reaching out.  Don’t give up. Find the person(s) that is there for you, even if you must pay them. And if you already know who they are in your life, sincerely thank them.

Thank you all for reading this blog. Thank you for linking to your content.  Thank you for your comments. Thank you for accompanying me on this journey.

enjoy life…