READING IS TO THE MIND…

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers | Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body!

…WHAT EXERCISE IS TO THE BODY

The quote above is attributed to Joseph Addison and Richard Steele (co-founders of The Spectator magazine, 1711). I couldn’t agree more, especially having done a lot of both reading and exercising in the past year.

Here are some of my favorite recent reads, from comedy to history to classic.

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Perfectionisms: Self-Abuse Disguised as Self-Improvement

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SELF-TALK THAT LIES

On a run in City Park a few weeks ago, the man and I talked about how we’re both prone to perfectionism, how we both let the ultimate goal sometimes sabotage the smaller progresses, how the black-and-white, all-or-nothing way of thinking when it comes to certain goals (fitness, finance, career, etc.)  is sneaky and seductive, making us think we aren’t (ever) enough, setting us up for self-scolding and, ultimately, self-sabotage.

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ONE OF THOSE “OFF” DAYS

Starbucks Caramel Frappucino is my guilty pleasure on off days

The Out-of-Nowhere Blues

Getting Real: Despite feeling well-fueled and organized for my long, tiring day yesterday, it was one of those off days where nothing feels easy or good. I was just grumpy.

I’ve come to accept (more often) that negative emotions come in cycles and need to work their way through your body… and that resisting feeling “off” causes even more offness.

So I leaned into it, with a tasty treat and a few mood-boosting techniques.

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IKEA and I: Assembling a Life Alone

IKEA & I: ASSEMBLING A LIFE ALONE

STARTING OVER, BY YOURSELF

I might as well be up-front about it: I’m going through a break-up (er… divorce). It’s a struggle for many reasons, as you can either relate to or imagine. But aside from the immense emotional and financial turmoil, it’s the little, every-day adjustments that have caught me most off-guard. And from these small conquests I have learned the largest lessons about embracing this new phase of life. So here they are.
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