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Instead of a gratitude journal, I keep a list of things that I learned in my planner with my to-do list. Paraphrasing Emily P. Freeman this list is a way of purposely looking back before moving forward.
I crave routine.
Sometime in Mid-May, my supervisor gave us the option of working four 10-hour days. I am accustomed to long hours and since the days off rotate every-other-weekend is a four day weekend. It was a pretty easy decision.
My new start time is only a half hour earlier, but it has torpedoed my whole morning routine. It has left me feeling out of sorts and I don’t like that feeling. The biggest thing I am struggling with now it not having enough time to take a morning walk. I didn’t realize what a great way that was for me to get my day started out right.
Veronica Mars is coming back!
I came across Veronica a few years ago. I figured it would be one of those shows that I would watch by myself while folding laundry, but my husband wandered in and announced that I couldn’t watch an episode without him.
I was thrilled when I logged into Hulu a few weeks ago and saw a new season was dropping soon. If you are a fan, you should check out the trailer. If you are not a fan, you should watch the trailer anyhow.
Decluttering is a lot of work.
My husband says I am the queen of throwing stuff away. Ever since we moved our house, I have been KonMarie-ing the shit out of it. And the thing about decluttering is once you start and enjoy the freedom that less stuff gives you and your family, you want more.
Jesse was a little off on the ‘throwing stuff away.’ I usually only toss something at the last resort. I look for a way to donate (or sell) items if possible and recycle if not.
I want to donate items that do good in my community first, if possible. Local Donation involves lots of research to find who needs what and lots of driving around with bags or boxes of things in my car. If the item is not donatable (i.e., broken), I try to recycle it. One of the cons of living in a rural area (or at least my rural area) you have to WANT to recycle because there is a tiny window of time during the week that you can do it.
Decluttering can be easy, but if you also want to be a good steward of the envoiroment, it takes some time too.
Books and other things of note:
I got wrapped up in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix. Both of them are creepy, but Sabrina is also campy. I love them both until I get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and am thoroughly creep-ed out. That is when I am rethinking my life choices.
On the book front, I finally got to Anthony Bourdain’s Medium Raw (which, if you are a Bourdain fan, is great). I fell more in love with Helen Ellis after reading Southern Lady Code, and I got lots of food for thought in If Buddha Got Stuck.
What things did you learn in June?