I absolutely respect people’s right to read (and not read) what they want to. After all, I am personally very selective about my inputs, and have only gotten more so in the past year.
However, I am not going to stop sharing about some of the things I find challenging. Even if a few people find it disappointing, I suspect that more people find it comforting.
Personally, I get tired of reading blogs where everything just seems 100% wonderful all of the time. Sometimes, those blogs (or feeds) even make me feel bad! I noticed that everyone in the FI world was posting about net worth and growth ~1 year ago, yet few are noting their losses. There are numerous parenting-focused blogs that show all of the wonderful aspects of a trip with toddlers, and I find myself wondering whether something is wrong with me that I would find a 10 hour flight with a 2 year old to be basically torture.
I don’t think everyone means to sugarcoat. Sometimes we are left with the positive memories (example: I didn’t share many negative details of my trip with G, because generally it was pretty great and the positive memories were the ones I felt moved to share). Some people though want to promote a certain image or fantasy. Maybe it sells? Maybe the sponsors prefer it?
I will keep sharing honestly here because it feels better to me, and I have to believe that most readers come here for that realness. Unless you’re just here for planner reviews, in which you are 100% welcome but might want to stick to mostly show notes!
One interesting thing is that lately life has been very good and I’ve worried this site has come off TOO much like some of those ‘my life is perfect’ feeds.
But maybe not, so here is a list of positive things:
- A&C seem very happy at camp. (We get to Skype with A tonight and will see them in ~9 days for visiting day!)
- I feel strong and fit. Cleaning up my eating habits this spring really helped, and I actually do think that Total Strength with Andy 2 helped me get stronger. I am almost done the program (week 6) and am also working on new running goals.
- G has really loved all of the attention. It may be hard for her to adjust to being the youngest of 3 again, but for now I’m just enjoying it.
- I wore scrubs and sneakers to work yesterday (finally bought FIGS) and did enjoy feeling extra comfortable on call! I think this extra physical comfort actually helped the day feel better.
- I got to sleep last night! Few evening calls but nothing after 9:45 pm!
- I am greatly enjoying the Daily Duo. Will the EC Daily Duo + Hemlock & Oak weekly be my forever planner peace combo!?!? (maybe!) Will I be able to resist ordering from Hobonichi this year? (no!)
- I am getting super excited about the 2 weeks off I have on the horizon.
- I am very grateful that our family has been healthy lately. I was so worried G would get sick before PHL and truly appreciated that she didn’t. I feel like we always forget to be grateful for good health until we don’t have it!
- I am super into Kuretake Zig Clean Color Dot markers recently.
- I am enjoying my ‘deeper dive into music’ month so far. Listening to music on my commute home instead of a podcast can be really relaxing.
Off to run (3 miles + 4 x 20 second strides)