apparently, i’m much more motivated to journal when i might get some feedback. so, here are my scattered notes re: mindfulness from the day . . .
1) i check my email as a “break” and i do this FAR more than is necessary.
i am now aware of this and WILL break the cycle. this month. now, even.
i always tend to be vague about my intentions to stop this habit, but tomorrow i would like to implement a strict schedule: i will check only 5x:
— 1st thing in the AM
— at around 8-9 AM at work
— before lunch at ~12PM
— at the end of the work day
— before bed
that’s it. wish me luck.
2) i love running in the morning, and it absolutely puts me in a much more patient and centered mood for the rest of the day. today was extra special in that i was able to sneak in an AM run without having to get up at 5, because josh took annabel to day care. i snuck in 4 treadmill miles at 7:20am and made it to work before 9. it felt incredibly indulgent.
3) i am having trouble with mindfulness in the lab in particular. to be honest, it is because i find the work difficult and not terribly exciting. however, i have a project to complete and a limited time frame in which to do it. i am going to try as hard as i possibly can to immerse myself in writing and understanding the data i have [as well as planning out any future experiments that still need to happen to tie up loose ends.]
finished this book last night:
i loved this book, although like several of you i wasn’t terribly fond of the ending. however, i did shed a few tears . . . and the truth is that the journey was so beautiful that the final destination didn’t matter to me all that much.
i’m not sure what’s next up, but i might delve into some non-fiction. someone [i forget who!] recently mentioned always having a fiction AND non-fiction book going, but with a strict policy that they could only buy a new book once both were complete. i like that idea!
any recs are appreciated! i also am trying to decide whether to try reading the next book in 21st century style, on my iPad mini. it sort of hurts my heart to abandon paper, but i also really appreciate the amazing portability [and lack of wasted space/paper!] of a digital library.
have you switched to iPad/kindle reading?
next up in annabel’s literary cannon:
girlfriend is biscuit OBSESSED. current words that she will say reliably:
— uh oh [often uttered after purposefully dropping her sippy cup on the floor. it would be annoying if it weren’t so cute]
— da daaaaa
— woof woof [which she learned from biscuit, above]
words notably not on that list:
ahh well. i’m trying not to be too insulted.