Weekly Wishes #4

 

The Nectar Collective

Hello friends. Once again, It’s time to link up with The Nectar Collective for Weekly Wishes. The Weekly Wishes is where we all can share our posts about goals, challenges, and wishes for the week!

Last week, my goal was to drink water often and journal everyday. How did I do? Pretty well! I didn’t drink a ton more water than usual, but I was more conscious of bringing a water bottle to work and keeping it near me. I also journaled just about everyday, which was weird for me! Some people say journaling helps them clear their minds but it’s just not for me :)

Anyways! Now, for this week’s wish:
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In short, TED Talks are short lectures (5-30 minutes, generally) on anything that’s an “idea worth spreading”. I love watching TED Talks, but just don’t get around to watching them often for whatever reason. This week, I plan on watching at least ONE every single day. I’ll share my favorites at the end of the week! If you’re slightly geeky or just like learning new stuff, start watching TED Talks! I promise, it’s so worth it! They have videos on everything from plankton to street signs to religion. 

(Here’s a great/short TED Talk to get you started: Gary Lauder’s new traffic sign: Take Turns).

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How did your weekly wish go? Have you ever watched a TED Talk?

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Weekly Wishes #3

 

The Nectar Collective

This week, I’m linking up again with The Nectar Collective for Weekly Wishes. The Weekly Wishes is where we all can share our posts about goals, challenges, and wishes for the week! Last week, my goal was to try out a morning routine by getting up at 9 every morning and sticking to my running plan. Overall, it went pretty well. There were only two days when I slept in past 9 or so and I did all of my runs for the week. Towards the end, it did start to wear down on me getting up that early (for me) because I work at night and go to sleep late. But it was an experiment!


Now, for this week’s wish:
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Getting a little with the goals today! The first one is going to be really tough…I’m not a fan of journaling or writing in general if I don’t have a given topic. Morning pages means to write stream of consciousness, three pages (or 750 words), preferably in the morning. No editing, no pausing (or as little as possible), just whatever comes to mind. I read this article about how writing three pages every morning helps you be more productive and happier, so I decided to give it a try. I’m not sure whether I’ll use pen & paper or Word, so I’ll try out both.

The second is just because I’ve been getting really bad headaches lately and suspect that they may be dehydration related. I drink milk or tea with every meal but rarely water, which I know is best for me. I’m hoping that drinking an additional glass of water at every meal will help get rid of my headaches.

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Weekly Wishes #2

 

The Nectar Collective

Hey all.Once again, I’m linking up with The Nectar Collective for Weekly Wishes. The Weekly Wishes is where we all can share our posts about goals, challenges, and wishes for the week! Last week, my goal was to read for an hour every day! Some days I was great! Some days…not so much.

Monday: Day 1: In the morning, I read about thirty minutes and finished my AP European History book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization. Woo hoo! So happy to be done… In the afternoon, I had a long wait at Costco while my tires were being rotated and I read about a 75 minutes of Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. One hour and 45 minutes.


Tuesday: Big day! Between the boy’s softball game & making cheesecake all day, I forgot to read. When I got in bed I read Catching Fire before falling asleep. One hour.

Wednesday: Finished Catching Fire! It’s a reread so I got through it quickly. One hour and thirty minutes.

Thursday: My last day in Charlotte so I was busy! I started a new dystopian book called Wool early in the morning and read some before going out to lunch with a friend and dinner with the boy. Thirty minutes.


Friday: In the car on the way to Michigan! Read Me Talk Pretty One Day. Two hours.

Saturday:  Finished Me Talk Pretty One Day! Thirty minutes.

Sunday: none.

So I didn’t do so hot there at the end on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, but I felt good about the time I spent reading this week. It felt really good to spend my vacation intentionally, reading instead of noodling around on the internet all the time. I highly recommend setting a reading goal, even if it’s only half an hour a week.


Now, for this week’s wish:
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In the summer, I am soo bad about this. If I don’t have something specific to get up for, I’ll get up around 8 or 9 and not be productive for awhile. This week, I plan to get up at 8:30 and run (if it’s a running day) and condition (if it’s a conditioning day) and work on something right off the bat, even if it’s something simple like reading or blogging. We’ll see how I do!

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June Book Challenge

In June, (and I realize I’m already five days behind) I am going to read ten books! At least that’s my goal. I’m not sure how many book I usually read a month but it’s probably close to this in the summer. Then, in July, I’d like to increase that goal. Here are a couple books that I can’t wait to read!

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1. Wild: Lost and Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again.

2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners–one of the most popular novels of all time–features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues.

3. The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore by Benjamin Hale. Precocious, self-conscious and preternaturally gifted, young Bruno, born and raised in a habitat at the local zoo, falls under the care of a university primatologist named Lydia Littlemore. The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore goes beyond satire by showing us not what it means, but what it feels like be human — to love and lose, learn, aspire, grasp, and, in the end, to fail.

4. Binocular Vision by Edith Pearlman. In this sumptuous offering, one of our premier storytellers provides a feast for fiction aficionados, traveling around the world and examining the lives and nuances of locales.

5. Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris. A guy walks into a bar car and…From here the story could take many turns. When this guy is David Sedaris, the possibilities are endless, but the result is always the same: he will both delight you with twists of humor and intelligence and leave you deeply moved.

6. The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell. Rose Baker seals men’s fates. With a few strokes of the keys that sit before her, she can send a person away for life in prison. A typist in a New York City Police Department precinct, Rose is like a high priestess. Confessions are her job.

[summaries excerpted from GoodReads.com]