COVID19 life

Day 109: In Which We Focus On the Positive

July 2, 2020

Things Making Me Happy Today (a list)

1- My workouts. They are also semi-torture but I love having the 80DO workouts as the first thing on my to do list every morning (well, after posting this). And I have definitely seen my body continue to change for the better with an emphasis on strength training over cardio. So glad to have embraced this at-home option and NOT missing those summer runs in swamp-like heat.

2- COFFEE. Yes, I still set up my automatic coffee maker to brew every morning (before I wake up!) and love coming downstairs to the smell of a freshly brewed pot every single day.

3- My bullet journal. So calming. So pleasant to write in. Maybe slightly more pleasant than actually DOING the listed items in there, but oh well.

4- I am off this weekend (though Josh is working). I am very much looking forward to being home for the 3 day weekend.

5- NOT thinking about the start of the school year. I have decided this is just . . . not worth dwelling on. I’m not saying it’s not important (IT IS), but since I have no real control over what will happen in our locale it should not occupy a high percentage of my thoughts. (The only potential actionable option would be to move C to G’s school, which I am mulling over but only periodically).

6- The Hate U Give. Just started it (it was on my list and OMDG recommended it as well) and it’s great.

this is how I found Annabel on my arrival home earlier this week. I want her life . . .
(yes she is wearing my royal queen halloween costume!)

7- Continuing to focus on one day at a time. This is seriously the only tactic working for me right now. If I start to think far ahead, I get panicky. Thus, I am mostly trying to just stay on today. Every day.


  • Reply Chelsea July 2, 2020 at 6:54 am

    Love it the queen costume. Yesterday Will discovered Bon Jovi and mass air guitaring ensued.

  • Reply Anonymous July 2, 2020 at 8:40 am

    I thought The Hate U Give was excellent, and would recommend On the Come Up, also by Angie Thomas. Another great read. My teen, tween and I have read both together and found lots to discuss.

    I am intrigued by bullet journaling (and yours is so pretty!). Do you have any favorite blogs, websites or tutorials you would recommend for someone wanting to learn the basics? I have Googled, and there are many . . .

    I meticulously track our family finances and keep daily four-line-a-day journals for each of my kids, but I find myself drawn to the idea of tracking other daily/weekly/monthly habits and lists in some form of streamlined manner (and I’m a sucker for juicy new highlighters and pens!). I would love tips on getting started.

    • Reply Annabeth July 2, 2020 at 12:27 pm

      Yes I would also love an intro guide to bullet journaling. I would like to dip my toe in the planner world and it sounds like a good place to start.

    • Reply Alyce July 2, 2020 at 1:16 pm

      I highly recommend Rachel Wilkerson Miller’s book, Dot Journaling for explaining bullet journals. For whatever reason, I just could not understand the websites about it (especially not Ryder Carroll’s website)

      • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger July 2, 2020 at 8:26 pm

        I love Rachel Wilkerson Miller’s writing style – I bet the book is great!

        • Reply Alyce July 8, 2020 at 2:14 am

          I love pretty much everything about Rachel Wilkerson Miller.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger July 2, 2020 at 8:32 pm

      I follow a lot of BuJo artists on Instagram! Over the years I learned a lot from just looking at others’ spreads. PLUS it’s pure eye candy! A few of my insta faves are Boho.Berry, HoneyRozes, urbanmissplanner26, decadethirty, planwithady (warning: her spreads are so beautiful they are quite intimidating), bujo.auslife (very minimal). If you go to my @shubox_plans insta and see who I am following . . . lots of fun inspiring options!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger July 2, 2020 at 8:34 pm

      I will add that the best way to try bullet journaling is to just START!! your style will likely evolve over time. i personally love highlighters, lists, checkboxes. there’s literally NO WRONG WAY to do it 🙂

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns July 2, 2020 at 9:11 am

    I’m hot just looking at Annabel in that (adorable) queen costume! We are having FL-like heat and humidity here in Minnesota!

    So are you thinking the bullet journal will replace your Hobinichi (sp?) or is this just a temporary COVID thing to use it? I have used a bullet journal since 2018 and really love it. I can get 2 years into one journal usually. I’ll probably get even more into the current journal because I have way fewer spreads these days… I’ve gone so basic with mine.

  • Reply Irene July 2, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    I need to take things more one day at a time too. There have been some announcements about what the county is considering for the fall and I’m spiraling trying to think how we are going to manage half time school but that’s far from final. Not a great use of energy. This is not a great time to be a planner…

  • Reply omdg July 2, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    I love Annabel’s costume. OMG she is the best.

  • Reply rose July 2, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    One day at a time. Focus on only the positive. Dwell only on what is in my control.
    All such good and positive reminders of what I know and sometimes forget to practice.
    A very quiet Fourth where we can think about what we want our country to be like for the future. TIme to contribute to the ‘get out the vote efforts’.

  • Reply Jenn July 2, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    My Thing Making Me Happy today is air conditioning…we just had an hour long power outage in 91 degree heat! Nothing sweeter than hearing that fan whir back into life!

  • Reply Christen July 4, 2020 at 3:09 am

    I just got The Hate U Give on my Libby app on your and OMDG’s recommendation and it’s brilliant – thank you both! I’ll definitely look into On the Come Up, too – thank you, Anonymous for adding it to the list!

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