Monday Musings: Unexpected Kindness

Mondays are my long days. I usually log about 11 to 12 hours.  At the end of today I was tired but needed to stop at the store because I could no longer subsist on sriracha and sweet potatoes.

Like most people, I dread grocery shopping. I avoid it to the extent I make it a challenge to use the remaining eggs, lentils, and cashews in my kitchen to create edible meals for days.

Truth be told, there are stubborn qualities about me which probably contribute to my loathing of grocery stores.   I’m fairly certain I have a pathological aversion to shopping carts.  No matter how long my list, I insist upon using a hand-held basket to carry all my goodies. I fill my basket until it is so heavy I have to rest it on one hip, like women may do with small infants, to keep it upright. Fellow customers give me confused looks as I walk stiff-legged through the store, my basket growing more unwieldy with each aisle I traverse. Continue reading “Monday Musings: Unexpected Kindness”

The User Manual You’ll Actually Read (and 6 Questions to Help You Write Your Own)

It seems that every single appliance we acquire comes with some kind of instruction manual.   I would hypothesize that about 97% of these documents are not read and then relegated to a corner of a broom closet or junk drawer.   (With this thought, I imagine an alternate universe filled with user manuals for blenders, vacuums, and curling irons, much like the other-dimensional world in Netflix’s “Stranger Things”.)

What if you had a user manual that you actually read?

One that was about:

  • Your mental and physical health
  • Your maintenance schedule
  • What kept you operating in peak condition
  • Instructions and trouble shooting for what to do when you started to sputter and stall

Continue reading “The User Manual You’ll Actually Read (and 6 Questions to Help You Write Your Own)”

Minimalism & Mental Health: My Recommended Reading List If You Want To Do More Than Just Declutter Your Closet

If you are living in the United States and have access to the Internet, you have probably heard about minimalism. (If not, go ahead and Google it.  I’ll be here when you get back.)

Minimalism is about focusing on what really matters in your life – the essentials – and taking steps toward prioritizing those things, people, or activities. It does not mean giving up all your possessions and becoming a wandering ascetic.  (Although, if that’s your thing, that’s ok, too.)  Sometimes I like to use the word “essentialism” instead of minimalism, because I believe that it can capture the concept a bit better. Continue reading “Minimalism & Mental Health: My Recommended Reading List If You Want To Do More Than Just Declutter Your Closet”