It’s been a minute.
Time for a snapshot! But I’ve been getting bored with my snapshots lately, too. So I’m going to try to mix it up this time around and make this post all about recommendations.
Recommendation # 1: Try a new podcast.
My podcast diet is constantly evolving. This month, two new additions: 1. Mom And Dad Are Fighting, a parenting podcast from Slate. (Which I never would have discovered, except that I’m a proud Slate Plus member. Holla!) The hosts talk through parenting challenges, triumphs, fails, theories, etc. It’s not about being a perfect parent – it’s just real people talking about questions they have and situations they’ve faced. I started listening on a whim, and I’m enjoying it so far; today I went back to the beginning of the show and I’m now happily moving through the archive. 2. I also am LOVING Sam Sanders’ new NPR podcast, which is called (ahem) It’s Been A Minute.) #mind
Recommendation # 2: If you’re trying to form a new habit, find a writer whose book inspires you to get going with it.
A few weeks ago, I decided that I needed to read a book about cooking. NOT a cookbook – I have cookbooks, and I still don’t enjoy cooking. I have never liked cooking. Before I met Tee, I ate hummus and pretzels for dinner almost every night. (Happily!) But now, I sometimes wish that I wanted to cook dinner, and that it was an enjoyable activity for me.
I decided that I wanted to read a book that would inspire me – a book that would make me want to cook something.
My friend The Naturalist recommended An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler. It is PERFECT – a good writer, writing about cooking in a way that makes me want to cook. I can’t explain it. I just hope it lasts! #mind #body #soul
Recommendation # 3: Request books at the library way in advance.
HOW DID I NOT KNOW THAT BRENE BROWN HAS A NEW BOOK COMING OUT?! So exciting! The book is out on September 12th – which is actually the same day that Gretchen Rubin’s new book comes out. They both have been pre-ordered from the Baltimore County Public Library. #mind #soul
Recommendation # 4: Let it flow.
My creativity bug is continuing to bite, and it feels wonderful! I’ve been working on a few different short stories – I’ve even submitted two to writing contests! (I’m quite sure I won’t win a thing. But I’ve spent a long time being afraid of rejection. I decided that the way to get over this is to be rejected a LOT so I will be immune to it.) #soul #mind
Oh! I also participated in a writing group at my local library last week. The other writers were really nice and supportive. This was a big step for me. #heart #mind #spirit
Recommendation # 5: Keep your sense of humor.