quick lit – next page, please {may 2019}

 

May was a very good reading month.  I read seven books, and unless I am mistaken that is the most books I have read in a month this year.

 Read

  • We Should All Be Feminist and Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I watched Adichie’s TEDTalk and was interested in what more she had to say on this topic.  These books are super short but I’m counting them toward my overall goal to read 39 books in 2019.
  • Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis. I went into this one with a little trepidation based upon the feedback I had seen on social media. I began reading it in Barnes & Noble and realized that I wanted to mark it up and so I bought it. I don’t know if I agreed with everything she said but I DEFINITELY needed to hear all of it! And I can honestly say that I have made some positive changes in my life as a result of my reading the book.
  • If You want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda Ueland. I thoroughly enjoyed this book on writing craft. It presented a different perspective on writing than one that I have heard before. I got this from the library and will probably want to read it again.
  • The Paris Diversion by Chris Pavone. I was so excited to see a sequel to The Expats which I read in 2014 after I had started it and abandoned it. Then it became a Rocket City Mom Book Club pick and I read it again and really loved it. I was #1 on the Hold list at my library (that NEVER happens) and I picked it up as soon as it became available. I gotta say, I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first one.  All the elements that I liked about The Expats, (IE. the malaise of mommydom) was there but maybe, just like The Expats, I am not appreciating it as I should on the first reading.  I must admit that I read it in a rush because it was not renewable and I had to return it to the library. The storyline was a wee bit difficult to follow (stocks and investments were involved and I don’t get those so that might have had something to do with it). As always, I enjoyed the different perspectives on the world and the political commentary about racial tension, immigration, stereotypes in Europe.  If you like thrillers and enjoyed The Expats, I’d be interested in your take on this.
  • Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson. Psychological thriller so a departure for Jackson. Full review will appear on the blog soon.
  • The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal. This was my pick from the three that Anne Bogel recommended to me when I was a guest on her podcast What Should I Read Next, Episode 179. I am currently working on a comprehensive blog post to tell you what I think.

Currently Reading

  • That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam. I am reading this because it is the next pick of the Rocket City Mom Virtual Book Club. You can check us out on Facebook here.
  • The Life-Changing Habit of Tidying Up and Spark Joy by Marie Kondo. Due to two trips out of town, my tidying has been delayed. I’m rereading these according to the categories I’m dealing with at the time. I’m working on Komono now.

On Hold/Abandoned Reading

  • The Huntress

What have you been reading?

Per usual, I am linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy. I am amazed by that community. You should check it out.

enjoy life…

 

 

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

 

If you have a monthly recap post, telling everyone what you’re into, please share it in the comments below and let your community know that you are doing so.  We do this every month, next on Monday, July 1.  

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…

now i get it {spring 2019}

 

The past few seasons, I knew my “Now I Get It” lesson as soon as it happened.  Many times, I would start working on the post right away, sometimes weeks before the season was over.

This Spring has been different. This Spring has contained so many events that have sparked more ups and downs on my emotional roller coaster at one time than I have experienced in my life which included being a guest on the What Should I Read Next Podcast Episode 179 and a traumatic event. If you’ve been following me here, you will know that it has been overwhelming, terrifying, and exhilarating often on the very same day.

I survived, and maybe even thrived, by attempting to stay fully present in the moment that I was currently in.  I couldn’t do anything about what had happened before and I often did not have a clue as to what was going to happen in the future.  The best I could do was to attempt to stay intentionally focused on what was directly in front of me.

I say attempt because the act of staying is hard.  It often is, isn’t it? We dwell so much on the past, what we should have done and what would be different if we had done it differently. We worry about the future, what will happen and what we will do when it does happen or what we will do when it doesn’t happen and the myriad of scenarios that could happen in between, worrying ourselves sick in the present about something that HASN’T EVEN HAPPENED YET! I know. I am the queen, president, and dictator of the land of Worry.  My mom says that at around three-years-old, I told her “life was hard”.

But at close to 40, I am realizing the complete pointlessness of worry and this Spring I have begun putting into the place the one strategy that I have found that works: stay in the present moment. The axiom of Jesus, “to live one day at a time” has begun to become a very real thing and something that I have realized that I CAN actually do.

A meditation practice has helped. Journaling has helped.  Stillness has helped.  Running has helped.  Reading has helped.  The book, The Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman, has helped.

Now I get it. Stay in the present. And do whatever I need to do to stay there.

 enjoy life…

I’m joining Emily P. Freeman to share what we learned this Spring. Head over to her community to check out other lessons learned.