What’s Buzzing Around this Week

Here are 4 of my favorite finds from the web this week. Enjoy the good news.

5972182fda71be1d0be200c71ab2deb5_crop_north.An Athletic Department Does the Right Thing: Read the article here

2D11515831-today-fb-dog-nuns-140129-01.blocks_desktop_mediumElderly Nuns Adopt Aging Pit-Bull: Read the article here

Female defence ministersFemale Defense Ministers Pledge to Break Europe’s Old Boy’s Network: Read the article here

woody allenA Rational and Sensible Discussion Regarding Woody Allen and Dylan Farrow: Read the article here

Our Family’s Newest Addition

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We were blessed to receive a large amount of albums from Aaron’s late uncle. These albums are absolute gems! They are in excellent condition and are a nice reminder of Uncle Mark. We had no idea he had such great musical taste. Every album seems to be a winner. And Aaron really wanted to take good care of them so we scoured IKEA looking for a perfect match. The glossy grey was a hard sale for me but I think Aaron was right and it looks great in our place. It looks like us, It reminds us of family and it just plain looks cool! So, thanks Uncle Mark…we love and miss you.

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Throwback Thursday: A girl, a boy and his hair edition

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This was taken in 2004 when Aaron and I were dating. It was minutes before he got his 9″ afro cut. horribly. He looked like a young Thomas Jefferson. But I digress. He took it like a real champ. Here you go!

An Old Dog Learns New Trick

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I just got home from doing something I’ve never done before…wait for it. Oh, its good. Here it is: I walked out of Target without buying anything! Nothing. Not a thing. I had coupons. I had a plan. But the coupons didn’t match the merchandise so no good deals were to be had. Years ago I would have still used the coupons on lesser items because it was “saving money” but I’ve learned a lot about actually saving money. You know, like NOT spending any. Little things like that.

My mother did and continues to do a lot of shopping. I picked up some real bad genes from that one. Even though now I am a budget shopper and enjoy my local thrift stores, I can’t help but notice that the root of the issue is still the same: consumption. It must fill a void in me or something. Wanting to have more. Wanting to have security of some sort. While I would never consider myself a hoarder (I get rid of stuff like C-R-A-Z-Y) I like the security of knowing that Aaron’s got deodorant covered for a couple of months. And that’s as far as I take it.

As silly as it sounds, I felt proud of myself today for walking out on things that were unnecessary. I felt a sense of well-earned control and it helped me realize that I can reach my goals if I just practice a little control.

Monday’s Mindfulness Musings…

Motivation

Hey folks! It’s been awhile and I’ve missed you.

I’ve been climbing out of a rut. I get in a good rut every once in a while. How about you? For me, they usually start with my lack of being present. I get stuck in my head. Get caught up in the “what ifs” and daydream about the way things could be. Its not exactly living in the moment. And it doesn’t lead to contentment.

I struggle with mindfulness and athough it is the most grounding technique at my disposal it is usually one of the last tools I bring out of my toolbox. I prefer to use the more frequently accessed tools such as “worry”, “panic”, and my husband’s favorite “cling”. Yes, when I feel ungrounded and adrift…I cling. I cling real good. But I don’t like feeling and behaving this way so I need to get back at it. Get back to living. For me, that means I need to start doing the things I don’t like doing. Well, I take that back, I like doing all of them. It’s the lack of consistency that continually throws me off course. I need to meditate in the mornings, do yoga, write and be creative. ON. A. DAILY. BASIS. This is what will bring me back. Maybe if I blog about it…it will give my new found resolution some staying power. Wish me luck!