Tuesday, September 27, 2016

currently in september

currently in september
feeling the pull back to blogging. As you know (or maybe you're not so sure anymore), I am determined to continue writing in this space. I am obviously lacking consistency. (I am in a creative rut, have a bit of writer's block, have had trouble making time to blog, and the list goes on and on). I hope to shake off these barriers to blogging soon.

appreciating routine. My girls went back to school last month. I reworked my morning routine to fit my life at this time. I like a fresh start.

Related: Establishing a Morning Routine

enjoying Juli's long nap in the late morning. I have time to actually think. If you have toddlers, you know what a relief it is to think. ;)

recommending the book Boundaries in Marriage to those who are married or looking to be married. I read it a couple of weeks ago. I picked it up after having read Boundaries at the beginning of the year (which was like free therapy. Well, actually it was therapy for $1. My friend Denise picked it up at the library for me). Boundaries in Marriage is written by the same authors. I'm still rereading Boundaries and looking to share a more in-depth review of it on my blog in the future.

listening to extended versions of Andy Stanley's podcast discussions (his church sermons). I'm in the middle of What Makes You Happy. I just finished up 5 Things God Uses to Grow Your Faith and The N Commandments. Also listening to this discussion by Les Parrott, which I listened to in person a few weeks ago.

paying attention when Les Parrott says: "If you try to build intimacy / a connection / a relationship with another person before you've done the difficult task of getting whole- healthy: psychologically, emotionally, spiritually- on your own, all your relationships become an attempt to complete yourself... and they'll fall flat. Guaranteed. Why? Because nobody was designed to complete you. [...] It's nobody's responsibility to do that for you."

going to Zumba class a couple of times a week at the gym. It's been a fun way to reach my daily, 10,000 steps goal.

anticipating my nephew being born soon. My sister Jasmine and her husband Oscar are excited, too, I assume. ;)

having Special K's maple brown sugar oatmeal for breakfast nearly every morning. (I heat almond milk and use that instead of water). I tell everybody- it has 8g of protein!

Related: My Weight Loss Toolbox: Let's Talk Protein

reading All the Bright Places. I heard it's going to be made into a movie in 2017. I really enjoy my reading-the-books-before-I-watch-the-movies hobby.

making chicken soup regularly these days. It's cold/flu season. Some time ago, I heard that chicken soup has medicinal properties. (Here's one source). I really do feel better after a cup of hot, chicken soup. [I have a very, simple recipe. I boil homemade, chicken stock. (I make the stock by seasoning water with bouillon to taste, using any bone-in chicken that's on sale, and finely diced onion and garlic). Once the stock boils, I add chopped carrots and chopped potatoes with the skin and allow that to simmer for 15 min. Then, I add chopped Mexican squash and corn kernels or corn on the cob, and allow that to simmer for another 15 minutes. Finally, I add heated, already cooked diced chicken or a shredded rotisserie chicken. EASY].

Related: Rotisserie Chicken Soup

living with a teenager now. Lani turned 13 last week. (Juli turned 3 two weeks ago, so I'm living with a toddler and a teenager). I wholeheartedly agree with Christie from Stie's Thoughts: "Disbelieve the myth that teenagers are sullen, angry creatures who slam doors and hate their parents. [...] Teenagers are incredible. They are funny, smart, eager to please, and up for just about anything as long as food is involved. They have the most generous hearts and want desperately to be loved and validated. They are quirky, and messy, and have the best sense of humor." I'm taking notes from her wise rules in How to Raise a Happy Teen.

preparing for Addy's 7th birthday coming up in October. She's at a very sweet age. (If you're wondering, Evie is turning 10 1/2 in October. We'll be celebrating her 1/2 birthday with 1/2 a cake and singing 1/2 of the birthday song*).

*Related: Juli is 1/2 a Year Old | Gotta Have Cake + Addy's Birthday / Oak Glen Schoolhouse Museum

thinking about how there is only 95 days left in 2016. I considered starting a "100 Happy Days Project" on Sept. 23 when there was 100 days left in the year. I feel like maybe I missed my window of opportunity, but it's never too late to start a happiness project, right?

looking forward to my fall (and my first pumpkin spice latte with Denise later this week. It's the little things).

Hope to be back soon. :)

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