I wrote about “mom inspiration” a few posts ago (about this great “Mom Conference” my sister put on…if you still want to listen to those great talks click HERE to find out how).  But now I want to write about “brain inspiration.” (which mom inspiration is too…but a little different…)

Because I think life can get a little blah when you don’t seek it out.
It’s so easy to get into the routine where you’re on autopilot and seamlessly forget to give our brains a little to churn about.  To push them a little harder and a little deeper.  They say (I love when people say that because I wonder who “they” are who say such things…) but I have heard that we only use a tiny fraction of our brains.  And sometimes I just get this itching to open my brain up a tad more.  Especially when it seems like it’s becoming more and more foggy (not sure if that’s from getting older or from hashimotos/thyroid stuff or what), but when I get stimulated by new ideas or thoughts it makes my heart soar.
Lately I’ve felt like my brain has had a few things to ponder over that just feel so good.  For one I am pushing myself to read more.  For years I was a pretty deliberate book-club-member, but for the past couple years, since remodeling and moving and living in China, I feel like I’ve hit the reading pause-button.  Sure, I’ve read some great books here and there that have moved me and taught me, but not on a regular basis.  So I decided to get “disciplined” these last few months of my “one-word-deliberate” year and kick myself into shape.  It doesn’t hurt that my friend chose a pretty interesting book called “The Aviator’s Wife.”

You can bet there are tons of little page-turn-over things from all the things it gave me to ponder.

…and those are only counting the pages I read (I listened to a bunch of it as well).

It made me think about who I want to be, who Dave helps me become, how a marriage shifts and changes through the years, how I don’t want mine to end up, how important it is to push ourselves, and also to balance how we see ourselves, thoughtfulness in mothering, and how communication is so key…just to name a few.
I’m also trying to push myself to listen to more podcasts.  And I have a ton of thoughts on that that will have to wait because I have to run.

Just a few random thoughts for the day!

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  1. My favorite podcast is "Happier with Gretchin Rubin." She's written several books and I just finished listening to "Better than Before." It was excellent!

  2. I can't wait to hear your podcast thoughts! I've become a podcast junkie. 😉 although I'm also learning moderation is necessary too. There's just SO much great info out there – its tempting to just listen to them all day!

  3. I am so excited to hear your podcast thoughts!! I agree that giving our brains something "extra" beyond the mom stuff it feels so good.

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