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What’s Up? Wednesday – Volume 009

Welcome to What’s Up? Wednesday!

Wow!  I made it through the holidays.  I swear time moves faster and faster every holiday season and this year has gone by QUICKLY!  The kids were out of school last week and have this week off and I feel like they’ll be going back to school any minute!

With the new year approaching I’m really excited to be moving into a more calm time of year.  I’ve planned out some great posts for the blog and I’m moving to work some more predictable things into my personal life as well.  Scheduling everything may seem boring, but to know what is coming is actually comforting for me.

What's Up? Wednesday

If you haven’t seen one of my previous posts, What’s Up? Wednesday is a weekly series of posts highlighting either:

  • blog posts or news that I’ve read this week
  • something that I’ve watched on Netflix or “regular” TV
  • a podcast worth checking out.

Volume 009: How the End of the Year Can Keep You Out of Trouble

This last week of the year is definitely a great time to take stock of the year before and figure out what I’ve learned.  This year there are a lot of things I could write down, but the ideas are so jumbled in my head that I fear that none of them would be meaningful.  This year’s personal development plan has hit a snag, but with only a few more days of the year left, I’m already planning great things for next year.  I’ve got a weekly sheet to record my findings and hopefully set up the rest of the year for success.

If you get a minute check out Mommy’s Mid-Life Quest on Facebook.  I’m going to put most of my personal development findings there this year instead of bombarding this blog with another set of blog posts.  A lot of the times I won’t have a whole blog post worth of things to talk about, but it’s something I plan on persuinging daily.

Next year at this time of year I plan to write a list of 17 things that I learned in 2017.  As strange as it is to plan this out, I already have a list in my planner to help me remember to write it all down.  I know there will be more than 17 things that I learn, but the idea of writing down 17 things in 2017 seemed like an organized way of really focusing on the important things.  I guess I could do 52, one each week, but even that seems daunting.  My goal for 2017, as I’ll tell you about more soon, is to make “quality” a part of everything I do.  Focusing on 17 instead of 52 makes those 17 ones that I’ve picked mean even more!


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What’s Up? Wednesday – Volume 008

Welcome to What’s Up? Wednesday!

 

Is it Christmas yet?  Not only is it the Mid-Week slump, but it’s leading up to one of the best Sundays of the year.  It’s all so much pressure!!!!  I guess I need to escape the Christmas vibe even though this week is supposed to be all about Christmas!What's Up? Wednesday

If you haven’t seen one of my previous posts, What’s Up? Wednesday is a weekly series of posts highlighting either:

  • blog posts or news that I’ve read this week
  • something that I’ve watched on Netflix or “regular” TV
  • a podcast worth checking out.

Volume 008: Anti-Christmas Mid-Week Slump

Watching Nightmare Before Christmas doesn’t make me a scrooge does it?  I love watching movies and Christmas movies always warm my heart, but with it being hump day of  Christmas week and the kids being out of school, we needed a little bit of a change.

What about reading something non-Christmas themed book?  I was approached this week to do a book review.  As a creative writing major I spent about half my college career critiquing books or other writer’s materials.  I even worked on a literary magazinge at one point which was a great experience.

I do have to say that I’m a little bit nervous.  I want to do a good job and hopefully get invited by other people to critique books.

Have you heard of Lisa Renee Jones?  I haven’t, which I guess makes me a good candidate for doing a book review.  From what I’ve read of this book this is book one of 3 in a series about the main character, but this character looks to have been a part of another series.  Kinda reminds me of my Fan-Fiction days when there would be an off shoot on someone’s favorite character.  I can’t wait to get some more time to finish the book!

The New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the explosively sexy Inside Out and the Secret Life of Amy Bensen series will seduce you with this sultry tale of possession and ecstasy, wild fantasies and dangerous secrets—first in the racy and suspenseful Careless Whispers series.

In Denial: Inside Out (Careless Whispers), Ella awakes alone in Italy, no longer sure of who she is. One thing is certain: a gorgeous man has claimed her as his own. He’s tall, dark, and sexy, the kind of rich, powerful man who makes a girl long to be possessed. And possess her he does, whispering wicked promises in her ear, indulging her deepest desires, stealing her trust—and her cautious heart. Soon, though, she discovers that nothing is as it seems. The truth will shatter her world, but it will also set her free…if it doesn’t destroy her first.

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones, whose searing novels generate “enough heat…to start a fire” (RT Book Reviews), dares you to fall in love with her irresistibly surprising and scandalously erotic new series.

Something new for the new year…

One more of these and then the new year hits.  I’ll be continuing this series but without the What’s Up? Wednesday titles.  Over the last few weeks I’ve realized that unique titles are more interesting for readers.  If you bombard people with the same title and volume numbers they don’t seem to be as interested as if you posted something with a specific title that happens to be volume xxx of the series.  Definitely keep a look out for Wednesday posts, but don’t expect the same old boring title every time!


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What’s Up? Wednesday – Volume 007

Welcome to What’s Up? Wednesday!

Help! I Think I’m About To Have A Mid-Life Crisis

I turn 40 tomorrow and part of me is panicking and part of me doesn’t care. The part of me that is panicking wonders if I’m having a mid-life Crisis! This made me start to explore exactly what a mid-life crisis is and why people my age might be having one.

What's Up? Wednesday

If you haven’t seen one of my previous posts, What’s Up? Wednesday is a weekly series of posts highlighting either:

  • blog posts or news that I’ve read this week
  • something that I’ve watched on Netflix or “regular” TV
  • a podcast worth checking out.

Volume 007: Mid-Life Crisis or Mid-Life Quest for Identity

What is a mid-life crisis?

A midlife crisis is a transition of identity and self-confidence that can occur in middle aged individuals. It is a psychological and behavioral observation that commonly occurs with individuals between the ages 45-65. – Wikipedia

I don’t meet that 45-65 age group so it made me wonder what is going on with me. These feelings as I transition to 40 brought me to What a Female Mid-Life Crisis Looks Like. They make a great statement that talks about: …women have not faced a crisis, but they are facing a mid-life quest for identity.

My Mid-Life Quest for Identity

Truthfully, I think that’s what’s going on with me. Right now I see myself as being three different parts of one person.

  • Me
  • Wife
  • Mom

It’s this me part of my life that I’m really starting to explore now that I’ve got a lot of wife experience under my belt and I’ve gotten my little ones out of diapers and have changed more into guidance counselor for them rather than caretaker.

When I read 7 Signs You Might Be Facing A Midlife Crisis there were more than a few of the seven ones they listed that caught my eye.  The big one was “Is this all there is?”.

The Real Roots of Midlife Crisis talks about the U-curve and the author’s favorite writer, the late Donald Richie says:

“Midlife crisis begins sometime in your 40s, when you look at your life and think, Is this all? And it ends about 10 years later, when you look at your life again and think, Actually, this is pretty good.”

I think everyone has that moment when they get to a point and wonder what’s next and I guess that somehow that at my age everyone jumps on the “mid-life crisis” description.  I’m hoping that his favorite writer is right and that in a few years I’ll look back on this and laugh.

To focus this restless energy, What A Female Mid-Life Crisis Looks Like poses some questions that women at my age should consider so I’ve taken a moment to consider them:

What do I feel I should have done by this time in my life?

Up until college, I always had a career in mind of being a teacher.  Strangely though, I never focused much on what that really would look like. When my career path changed it should have been a freeing moment, but for me it left me feeling even more like I was floating. My life always had been controlled by my father’s attachment to the Army.  When we retired my parents wishes for me to go to college took hold. It was a great experience.  Being able to have a college experience.  That freedom also was a burden.  Their attitude really was “we don’t care what you do, just go to college and major in something”. I’m sure some people would kill for that experience.  I’ve argued before in past posts, having these kinds of open choices is just as confusing and hard to deal with as having a path that you can’t deviate from. I never really had to make a HARD decision and decide my true path and now that I’m attached to a husband and kids, my life still is on this path that relies on other people to steer it. Now as my kids become more independent and my parents have reached retirement age I’m having this crisis of, what do I do now?

Is there something more important and fulfilling that I can focus on now?

Yes. There is. But what is that? I started thinking about having a teaching career, which I think I’d love to do, but at the same time part of this decision still is counting on the fact that I have to be around to take care of my children…still not a full sail type of decision. My engine is still my children’s (and husband).

What do I want more of in my life? What have I imprisoned that is crying to be free?

Connection.  I know that sounds so funny since I’ve just talked about having my life being connected to a lot of other people.  Really I feel like I need a connection to another person in my same position.  I know a lot of other moms, but none of them seem to be in the same position as me.  I have friends with kids and jobs and women without kids with jobs, but really I’m feeling disconnected from most of them because all of our situations are so different.

How can I ensure my commitment to living a significant life?

I’ve already picked out some things to do in 2017 to try to give my life a little bit more meaning and I’m hoping that my blog will connect me with someone out there who is in the same spot in their life as me.


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What’s Up? Wednesday – Volume 006

Welcome to What’s Up? Wednesday!

Christmas can’t get here soon enough.  Bootsie’s BIG present arrived Monday and Boogie was home when it came.  Let’s all cross our fingers he doesn’t tell the secret!!! He’s four…so it’s a 50-50 shot!

What's Up? Wednesday

If you haven’t seen one of my previous posts, What’s Up? Wednesday is a weekly series of posts highlighting either:

  • blog posts or news that I’ve read this week
  • something that I’ve watched on Netflix or “regular” TV
  • a podcast worth checking out.

Volume 006: Whats the meaning?

~Reading~

Stop Lying To Your Kids About Santa – Forgive me, but are people THAT fragile that they are blaming “The Santa Lie” for their issues? It may be something that kids have a let down moment with, but really? If this Santa issue is really something that affects you too much then maybe mom and dad were too obsessed with it!

~Watching~

Man In The High Castle – This show makes me a little uncomfortable, but the premise is really interesting.  What would the world be like if the Nazi’s hadn’t been defeated and the Japanese had moved east from Hawaii onto into the Continental US.  If you haven’t seen it, I recommend it.  I really makes you thankful for what you have now.

Vikings – Am I the only mommy watching this show? I know it’s a little more adult, but at night, after the kids are asleep and the headphones are on, I zone out on some kind of Netflix or amazon prime show.

~Listening~

Happier With Gretchen Rubin’s How to find quiet time during the holidays.  It’s important to get away from the hustle and bustle of the holidays and keep your sanity!

Optimal Living – Episode 355: 7 Critical Truths We Forget All Too Soon by Angel Chernoff of Marc & Angel Hack Life (Get Rid of the Overwhelmed Brain)

Quote: So much happens in our lives every day that we often forget what we have learned. In effect, the only thing faster than the speed of our thoughts is the speed of our forgetfulness.

What are you paying attention to this week?  Anything good?  Let me know!

What’s Up? Wednesday – Volume 005

Welcome to What’s Up? Wednesday!

Black Friday has officially been physically avoided.  Thank God our town has an Amazon distribution center in it or I’d be hurting when it comes to getting Christmas handled.

What's Up? Wednesday

If you haven’t seen one of my previous posts, What’s Up? Wednesday is a weekly series of posts highlighting either:

  • blog posts or news that I’ve read this week
  • something that I’ve watched on Netflix or “regular” TV
  • a podcast worth checking out.

Volume 005: Random things in my head…

~Reading~

  • Describing words finds adjective for the noun is a great little post about a tool from Project Gutenberg.  Sadly through the article doesn’t really show the link so well.  Here it is in case you read it and can’t find it!  http://describingwords.io/for.  This  is definitely going to be bookmarked for my blog writing in 2017 and would come in REALLY handy for those of you who are finishing up NaNoWriMo!  Which reminds me.  I may have to try it next year!

~Watching~

  • The Gilmore Girls : Year in the life was a great continuation to the story.  I never really watched the show on TV, but have taken in a lot of episodes via Netflix.  These 4 “Seasons” episodes are amazing.  Now they say that these are Season 1, but I kinda wish they’d put it back on the internet permanently.  The writing of this show is amazing and there is so much more I want to see about the characters!
  • The documentary Tree Man is about the “characters” who sell Christmas Trees in NYC.  I never really thought twice about the people who sell Christmas trees.  A lot of people around here come down from Oregon to sell their trees, but in New York a lot of them come down from Canada to deliver their goods.  A lot of them live basically on the streets while they do it!  It was an amazing documentary about how many of them sacrifice their own Christmas family time to make NYC resident’s have a good Christmas.

~Listening~

  • Optimal Living Daily Podcast has become a daily part of my personal development.  Actually I kind of use it as a timer as I’m putting the dishes away or doing dishes.  Multitasking probably isn’t the best, but because I hate the dishes it’s a great distraction.

What are you paying attention to this week?  Anything good?  Let me know!

 

What’s Up? Wednesday – Volume 004

Welcome to What’s Up? Wednesday!

Thanksgiving has arrived.  The kids are off for the whole week.  Family is going to be in and out of the house over the next week, but this week is another weeks of great reading, watching and listening.

What's Up? Wednesday

If you haven’t seen one of my previous posts, What’s Up? Wednesday is a weekly series of posts highlighting either:

  • blog posts or news that I’ve read this week
  • something that I’ve watched on Netflix or “regular” TV
  • a podcast worth checking out.

Volume 004:  I need a vacation from my vacation

Another week of organizing my thoughts and the blog.  I’ve gotten my planner habit figured out, but I really need to add in my blogging responsibilities to that since I really need to make a push in 2017 to not drop any balls.

~Reading~

 Parents urged to stop pretending Father Christmas is real  is a disturbing pieces. Supposedly lying this way breaks the trust of your kids?  I personally think it’s that last shred of childhood for some parents and it’s. Way to connect with their kids. But what do I know?  I’m just a mom. 

~Watching~

I didn’t realize that my movie choices were so themed this week, but I guess I subliminally need some inspiration from some movies.

The Phenom

A Major League rookie pitcher loses control over his pitching and is sent down to the minor leagues, where he begins sessions with an unorthodox sports psychologist.

Prefontaine

Prefontaine is a 1997 American biographical film chronicling the life of the American long-distance runner Steve Prefontaine and his death at age 24.

~Listening~

Another week of Optimal Living Daily podcasts came through the headphones.  Episodes really are in the moment learning when I’m slightly distracted, but if I hear something life changing I’ll be sure to pass it along.

What are you paying attention to this week?  Anything good?  Let me know!

 

What’s Up? Wednesday – Volume 003

Welcome to What’s Up? Wednesday!

Trying to ignore the election outcome and the protests that followed was hard, but guess what?  My cable company now has Netflix on the big screen!  Dangerous…I know!  But my iPhone thanks you Xfinity!

What's Up? Wednesday

If you haven’t seen one of my previous posts, What’s Up? Wednesday is going to be a weekly series of posts highlighting either

  • blog posts or news that I’ve read this week
  • something that I’ve watched on Netflix or “regular” TV
  • a podcast worth checking out.

Volume 003: Is it Thanksgiving yet?

The last three weeks of blogging have been a grind, but this week I’m working on scheduling posts out for the 2017 blogging year.  I also am working on putting together my planner for 2017 so that I don’t get caught forgetting anything, a pet peeve about me that my husband reminds me of almost daily.  I hope by writing ahead and planning I can give everyone a much more professional blog to lay their eyes on.  This is what I’ve been up to this week:

~Reading~

In preparation for planning out my planner for next year I was searching for organizational tips:  I read Overwhelmed with All Your To-Dos? Feel Like the List Keeps Growing? You’re Not Alone.  I’m using a blogging system called a Bullet Journal with monthly calendar pages, but I really like these girls’ idea of focusing on 2 goals a day, having a “don’t forget” list and a “brain dump” list.  It’s just enough structure to trigger your brain to write things down without having the process take up so much of your time that you have no time to actually do anything.  I’ll be using this style along with my bullet journal format in 2017.  I look forward to showing you my journal as it evolves!

~Watching~

I’ve had a little ADD this week every time I open up my Netflix app.  After finishing all of the big series that I wanted to watch and this whole limbo thing is really draining my energy.

While browsing the latest, I did happen across a series called Too Young To Die and watched an episode on Heath Ledger, probably because the Batman keeps popping up on my movie list.  I can’t believe it’s been so long since he passed away.  2008!  Can you believe that?  Anyway, if you want to know a little bit more about Heath, check out the episode.

~Listening~

Optimal Living Daily Podcast has become a daily habit.  Since I’m always on the go, podcasts are the best way to ingest some great information without having to read all of it.  Just think, you can better yourself with some personal development in about 10-15 minutes a day!

This week I’ve listened to the following episodes:

Seems like a lot, but I did most of this listening either in the car on the way to run errands or sitting in the pick up line at school.  I may have overdone it, since I had a 2.5 hour trek yesterday to get something for my hubby in the next biggest town over, but really even one or two of these a day would be helpful, right?

What are you watching this week?  Read anything good?  Tell me about it in the comments!


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What’s Up? Wednesday – Volume 002

What's Up? Wednesday

Recently I set a goal for myself to read 10 blog posts a day and comment on them.  From the moment I started this habit I realized that I had so much more information than I could possibly ever have time to write about.  Instead of trying to share all of that in little bits and pieces, What’s Up? Wednesday is going to be a weekly series of posts highlighting either:

  • blog posts or news that I’ve read this week
  • podcasts that have caught my attention this week
  • something that I’ve watched on Netflix or “regular” TV

I’ll try to keep it within my theme of the week, but if something comes across the page or past my ears that I need to share then I’ll be sure to put it out there to everyone.

VOLUME 002 – Personal Development

~Reading/Listening~

Optimal Living Daily Podcast is a great personal development podcast from Justin Malik.  The style of this podcast is unique because he reads great inspirational blog posts on different personal development topics.  He’s been doing it for a long time so even if you don’t want to listen daily, he’s probably covered whatever you’re looking for over the last few months.

This past Monday I listened to his post 332: Simplicity is Not a Destination by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less (Chasing Excellence & Happiness is a Marathon).  Most of what he read from Courtney was things I’d already heard before, but it was a great reminder to be mindful of the journey and not the destination.

~Watching~

The Psychology of Self-Motivation

Truthfully I wanted to write a longer post about this great TED Talk about self motivation, but I kept coming up against writer’s block so I decided just to write a few little things about it.

Self Motivation, as I’ve written earlier this week, is something I’m working on right now.  There are a lot of takeaways from this talk:

  • Question number one: Can you do it?

  • Second question: Will it work?

  • Third question: Is it worth it?

How do you inspire people to feel competent?

  • When you give them feedback.
  • You give them recognition.
  • You show them they are competent.

How do we get people to become success seekers rather than failure avoiders?

This one really caught my attention.  I think when it comes to dealing with my husband I’m more of a consequence avoider than a success seeker and from what Scott says that’s not the best place to start my self-motivation.  It makes sense.  If I really was setting out to do the best job I could do because I wanted that for myself I probably wouldn’t run into as many roadblocks when it comes to the items that my husband asks me to do.  I can spend hours on an event that is something that I really am invested in, but when it comes to something hubby wants I instantly hit a brick wall because it’s not my expectations I’m trying to meet, but someone else’s!


Netflix is my nighttime entertainment and I watched a few weeks ago the movie I’m Not Your Guru Tony Robbins.  It is a great behind the scenes look at the motivational speaker Tony Robbins.  If you really want a great shot of motivation and positive energy check this one out.  You’ll come away learning something about him or about yourself in the end.

What’s Up? Wednesday – Volume 001

Welcome to What’s Up? Wednesday!

Reorganizing my blog a few weeks ago made it clear to me that if I organize my posts into series I get better quality posts the way that organizing in weekly themes has done for me.

So here goes…the start of something new…

What's Up? Wednesday

So, the What’s Up? Wednesday is going to be a weekly series of posts highlighting either

  • blog posts or news that I’ve read this week
  • something that I’ve watched on Netflix or “regular” TV

Volume 001:  The Election

~Reading~

Voting

Keeping with the election theme this week I read Why does the US Election have such a low voter turnout?.

This article mentioned that Australia has a mandatory vote (It upped their rates from a high 60% to a high 90% and they fine people if they don’t vote!).  As amazing as that sounds I almost think it’d hurt the US.  Our system of measures and bills is so complicated that I think having a mandatory yet uniformed mandatory vote would be more harmful than helpful.

On the opposite side of that, I think for the Presidential election we should run it like American Idol.  Have 6 or 8 weeks of debates and vote each week and the winner at the end becomes the president.  Maybe it’s too simple, but I think after almost a year of campaigning people get to November with basically a “shut up already” attitude about the candidates.  If we an get a million votes for Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood I think it’s a good medium to get more people involved.  I’m sure there’d have to be safety features so the elections aren’t manipulated but I think if they want higher turn outs they have to take the elections to the people in a different way and make it extremely easy to cast a vote.

Marijuana Leagalization

The other article that I read this week was Marijuana Legalization 2016: A Voter Guide. As a Californian who gets to vote on this issue, it’s something I know that I need to be informed on.  Whether you’re a conservative or liberal, you have to see the similarities this industry has to the tobacco industry.  The one thing you have to get out of your head is the image of a slacker sitting on a couch smoking a joint.  This change would make it possible for the extracts from marijuana to be extracted and more easily delivered to medical patients.  I personally know many people who have used these types of products for pain relief and they see them as “miracle” drugs.

Regulation definitely would be an issue that I’d want to be looked at.  A “legit” business should be able to operate so that the drug is available to people and not something that is causing more crime by making it impossible to get your hands on.

California: Proposition 64 would legalize limited marijuana possession and consumption for adults 21 or older and allow personal cultivation of up to six plants. The proposition would establish a Bureau of Marijuana Control to regulate the commercial marketplace for pot. Tax revenue from marijuana sales would go toward funding this bureau. Any remaining funds would be  used for public health campaigns aimed at preventing youth drug use, environmental remediation of public lands used for illegal marijuana cultivation, and training of law officers to enforce the new law. Public consumption would remain illegal.

Food for thought

A last article I came across was about election cakes. Have you heard of this? Before women could vote, they baked “Election Cakes” to entice men to the polls

At the time women couldn’t vote but they made cakes to encourage voter turn out!

A modern day bakery makes them now and has been selling out!  Try looking up #MakeAmericaCakeAgain!

Kind of puts that whole housewife name argument I posted about this year into perspective. 

~Watching~

Madam Secretary:

It’s not quite West Wing, but I am loving the fact that a show takes real life political events and gives them a backstory the way the West Wing used to.  These types of shows are a good reminder to the common man about how complicated politics is and how many issues are being handled around the world on a daily basis.  I’m still watching on Netflix, but I hope to catch up to the newly airing shows on regular tv.

Are you paying attention to the election?  Are you going to vote on the 8th?

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