Wear A Mask.

Dear Readers,

I could go on and on about why this is a good idea, but as they say, “a picture is worth a thousand words”

Well, here are two-

My daughter- “wear a mask, it keeps you safe”
Me- Wear a flipping mask!

I really feel like the Centers For Disease Control are doing all they can to keep us safe, so the VERY LEAST we can do is wear a mask.

So, wear a mask, and protect everyone else around you including you, because the life you save COULD be YOURS.

Think About It.

Feel how you feel and give yourself permission to feel that way.

Dear Readers,

Pissed off? Frustrated? Tired? Angry? Sad? Depressed? Scared?

Good. That means you are alive, human, and breathing.

This week’s blog is all about me giving you permission to get all up in your feelings and feel how you feel.

I heard an awesome interview with Brene Brown who was talking to Marc Brackett about his new book, “Permission To Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive.

who was explaining that the feelings we have are also tied to the feelings we have about the feelings we are having, it gets complicated in a hurry.

For example, if you feel irritated and frustrated that you are having to teach your kid, and then feel guilty for feeling that way because “at least you have a job thatand you “should” feel grateful….

Um, no. Humans are much more beautiful and complex than that. Did you know you are capable of feeling BOTH those things, literally in the same minute or even second?

Case in point, a few weeks ago, when I burned this cup of macaroni and cheese in my microwave,

I was

1. Scared it was in fact on fire. The smell was dramatic.

2. Irritated at the notion I would have to clean it up and make more.

3. Relieved that there was not a fire.

4. Filled with shame because I was feeding myself and kid the macaroni and cheese rather than something healthier or more substantial. *writers note to parents reading this* – I am not judging you if you do this, I am judging myself.

Also, we have so many strictures in place right now, telling us what we can and CAN NOT do, I really think it’s okay to feel how you feel and feel the way you feel about it. Really go ahead, feel all your feelings.

Think About It.

It’s the little things…

Dear Readers,

The internet is rife with bloggers and authors telling you how to fill your time, (what time????)

So, my blog this week is about recounting the little things that made me happy, and I invite you to count with me.

Almost fire in my microwave

I was busy and preoccupied so put a container sans water in my microwave. It could have caught fire and didn’t, so YAY!

Thank you notes for transit workers from the kids!!!

My company asked the kids to write thank you notes to the “essential employees” and these are just a few.

New cider (Thanks Josh and Keya) for my first Zoom Happy Hour

My husband helped set up a virtual happy hour for me and some of my friends. Glad we have a laptop so we could do that.

Work from home- means photo ops with the monkey
Pepsi is optional

My aunt sent us her world famous chocolate/white chocolate chip cookies!

Right now, it can be a really hard thing to keep the “little things” in mind, and truly it’s what keeping me sane right now, along with the mantra, “This will not last forever.

Tell me what you are doing to cope, and share any mantras or mechanisms you find helpful or even some things you have tried that failed.

As fellow writer Jon Acuff likes to say. “Now is a great to me to be terrible at something new”

Tell me something new you are doing.

Think About It.