What a week…and it’s not even over. For both personal and obvious reasons it’s been a crazy one. Confusion, lack of sleep, worry and a whole lot of prayer. Prayer is a constant.
I have a few (lighthearted) things on my mind for Thinking Out Loud Thursday…
1. Last December I took part in a blogging Secret Santa. My Secret Santa (Georgie!) gave me Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project One-Sentence Journal. The idea is to write one line about your day, every day for five years. Whether it’s something good that happened or just a memorable moment, the journal is a way to track your accomplishments and progress over a five-year period. I intended to start the journal on January 1 and fill it out every day.
Yeah…that didn’t happen.
95% of the time I’m THE person to follow through with personal goals (“just do it…what’s so hard?”), but there is a small percentage of me who either a) forgets (I’m human) or b) gets lazy (again, I’m human). Last week I found the book in my desk drawer and decided to commit. Now seems like as good a time as ever to acknowledge the small but wonderful parts of every day life. I’m determined to follow through and even set an alarm in my phone as a reminder. I hate relying on technology but hopefully that will help form a habit.
Side note: I highly suggest following Lindsay (@arunaroundlife) on Twitter. Her project “Today in My Life” is inspiring, entertaining and thought-provoking. I credit her for my enthusiasm toward the Happiness Journal.
2. Mindy Kaling’s book has been the best distraction this week. Instead of scrolling through social media at night I’ve been reading, laughing and imagining her as my best friend. It’s a quick read but a much-needed pick-me-up.
3. I’m not a baker. Things either burn, don’t rise or taste like cardboard. Even when I follow a recipe something tends to go wrong, likely due to my annoying need to make changes. Is baking soda really necessary?! Combine that with not loving sweets (taste or stomach-wise) and I just don’t bake too often. Save the defeat for other times.
This fall, by some crazy turn of events, I want pumpkin bread every.single.week. My first loaf didn’t rise, the second was overcooked and the third was too crumbly. I persevered and nailed it on the fourth try. See what happens when I follow a recipe exactly? Jen’s muffins, which I made into bread, were awesome.
Now don’t even ask for a decent photo. That might take 20 more tries.
4. Alert the presses: I have a new favorite nut butter. Prior to last month, I only used coconut butter in smoothies because I thought it was too coconutty for my liking. Dumb. This stuff is crack. I have it every day either melted with granola or just by the spoonful.
Also, and maybe it’s just me, but the top layer of the jar tasted more like coconut oil? I had to mix/scrape off some to get to the good stuff.
5. A few recent blog posts and articles worth noting:
The Slow Truth to Build an Authentic Brand Online– The Healthy Maven
America is Obsessed with Happiness- and It’s Making Us Miserable– Vox
Training for a marathon made me realize Americans’ dangerous obsession with pushing past our limits– Quartz
6. I’ll end with a happy election-related story. It’s not what you think.
Last week was my first time voting in a presidential election. Most of my peers were able to vote four years ago but I hadn’t turned 18 yet (end of December). I walked into the facility, handed the (cute older) woman my license and she asked “is this your first time voting?” I said yes and then a party erupted. She stood up and screamed “first time voter! We have a first time voter right here!” All 40 people in the room started clapping. The woman hugged me and said “no matter who you choose, I’m proud of you for making freedom count.”
After I left the polling place I remembered this was my second time voting (local elections 2 years ago). Oh well. I like to think I made her day. More than that, her reaction and enthusiasm made mine.