Living Mindfully

In our effort to strive for continuous improvement over the course of the last several years, Sarah stumbled upon a podcast by Brenden Burchard that discusses habits of highly effective people. His book, High Performance Habits, discusses different habits to support an individual's performance. He created a daily planner/journal to plan each day perfectly and includes a scorecard for each day you use it. Over time, you can gauge how well you are performing. While I find his planner useful, I also find that some of the questions were redundant--or did not apply to my specific day. Additionally, in my…

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5 Easy Ways to Start Meditating

Meditation. It is for everyone, whether you know it yet or not. This guide will help you find a place for you to begin, even if you think you can't meditate. A word that is so simple, yet complex in many ways. When you look up the word "Meditation" on Merriam-Webster this is the definitions you get: : to engage in contemplation or reflection: to engage in mental exercise (such as concentration on one's breathing or repetition of a mantra) for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness Easy enough, right? In other words, meditation is a way to think a…

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Consumed by Consumerism

You wake up sweaty and uncomfortable from a bad dream. No, a nightmare. It's dark outside and the cool breeze feels nice. No, the sunlight is creeping up through the clouds as it does at four o'clock each morning this time of year in Idaho. That's when you see it. No, them. All of them, with their red, beady eyes watching you in the dark--watching you sleep. You decide enough is enough. You get up and make your escape out of the bedroom. As you enter the hallway you can just make out more of them; more of it. Nothing…

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Remembering My Father – Father’s Day 2019

Most people remember their father's by the Saturday morning baseball pitch or the Sunday backyard BBQ's. My memories with my father were centered around drinking, smoking, guns, and motorcycles--that pretty much sums it up. I have spent the last eleven years not talking about my dad. Like all people, my father had some issues. During the first week of his life, he was abandoned by his mother and adopted by another family. This haunted him for much of his life. His escape came in the form of wine--Merlot to be specific. This wasn't his only vice, however--he also loved guns…

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Check the Pockets

I washed my husband's AirPods that were left in his pockets for the 3rd time today (Sorry Babe). As a Stay-at-Home mom and wife, I have made it my responsibility to do the laundry for my family most of the time. Now, this isn't because "I'm a woman" or "It's my job", no, I do it because it makes our lives easier, and simply because I am home. My husband checks pockets before laundry most of the time, but checking pockets is something I don't do, I actually refuse to do. I empty mine before I put my pants in…

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