Things I Like….maybe? NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo….WTF? What have I decided to do?  Why did I put this on my plate for the month of November leading into the holiday season.  Did I think I’d have nothing better to do than sit around and write an NOVEL (approximate 50,000 words or almost 1,700 words a day) in the course of the month.  Because I’ve been so good about doing my creative pursuits that I thought it would be a brilliant idea to add another one….this all makes complete sense. If I could just do the biggest facepalm right now I would.  Why on earth have I done something like this to myself? Why am I taking this on?

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“This is Halloween! This is Halloween!”

The fall is one of my favorite times of the year.  Not only is it starting to get cooler out (usually) and the leaves are changing making the colors here in my neck of the woods beautiful but it’s the season that really makes me think about family and spending time with them.  Up until a few years ago, that just meant having adults to spend that time with but as I watch the munchkin grow, this season takes on a whole new meaning for me.

(It wasn’t THAT cold but she did want to wear her hat and gloves to the pumpkin patch)

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The Indoor Sandbox

As an adult, woman, person, teacher, and parent I have had some terrible ideas and some amazing ideas, some things that have worked, some that have bombed terribly and some that are both good and bad ideas all at the same time.  The indoor sandbox has become one of those ideas.

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Things I Like: Hobbies Edition

This isn’t going to be a “traditional” things I like kind of post because I’ve been doing some soul searching about my hobbies and realized that my hobby was/is socializing.  While I’m always good for a night here or there of relaxation and vegetation I much prefer to get my fill by being around people.  This new phase of my life, parenthood, which will never end at this point has gotten me to think about how I spend my time.  As an adult you do not have infinite resources but as a parent you have even less and when you have your priorities out of whack then your actions and your life are at odds resulting in something uncomfortable or wishing it was different.

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Things I Like: Journal Edition

I used to write a lot when I was a kid back when I had more time.  I used to write poetry, short stories, journals…etc.  You name it I would write but as time has gone on my writing has tapered off.  Hence one of the reasons I started this blog.  I loved to write as a kid but as an adult I never really found the time.  As an adult there always seems to be more “worthy” or more “productive” and “responsible” pursuits that take away from the things we really enjoyed as children but almost any life coach would tell you to think of what brought you joy as a kid and that’s what you should incorporate into your adult life.  So here is mine….

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Current Favorite Healthy Life Apps

I’ve already discussed some apps that I love in the past and decided to do another installment.  In this edition I’m going to share my new favorite running app and another app that I mentioned in my New Year’s post that has really put me on notice about using my phone.  Once again this is going to sound like an advertisement, but I promise it’s just me living my life (sometimes I wish I was compensated for these posts!)

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Why Can’t I Remember Everything Anymore?

I have something attractive and functional to keep this mom, almost 40 brain from acting like a sieve so I can appear like I’ve got my $hit together!

(A) the fact that I am a mom now

(B) if I’m just an adulting woman in her 30s with more crap to remember

(C) the fact that I’m getting older (I have officially crested and am “on my way to 40”)

(D) all of the above

All I know is that I have noticed a steady decline in the ability of my brain to remember some details in the past few years.  It started one day when I was aimlessly wandering around the grocery store parking lot trying to remember where I parked my car and I could not for the life of me remember.  I used to be really good at remembering where my car was parked but that memory seemed to take a back burner to all the other things my brain was processing at the time because it just didn’t seem as important.  My memory is not the steel trap it was (“rusty and illegal in 37 states”) in my late teens and early twenties when I needed to remember so many lesser details compared to now. Continue reading “Why Can’t I Remember Everything Anymore?”

Favorite Lifestyle Apps

Let me preface this by saying that I am not a paid advertiser/blogger of any kind.  I’m just a mom trying to do her thing so this post may seem like one giant advertisement but these are truly some of the most helpful apps I have found to make my life easier, better, happier, etc…. Continue reading “Favorite Lifestyle Apps”