Podcast Q&A Requests?
Laura and I are planning a Q&A ep – if you are a BOBW listener, please post them in the comments or send me an email. Also, feel free to also send topic requests, and if there are any for BLP – those are of course welcome, too!
I am on my way to Boston for a quick ~48 hour adventure! Among other things, I am excited to get to hang out with Vickie – one of my college BFFs and possibly the reason I sit here writing this today (I only started a blog in 2004 because I was entertained + inspired by hers . . . and I still miss it, V! You should bring it back).
As the kids get busier and older it actually feels a bit harder to get away, not easier. BUT from time to time I really do enjoy it. I feel like I just gain some space to think more clearly and truly rest away from the usual routine. Plus, it’s so wonderful to connect in person with old friends. Interestingly Josh does not seem to crave this kind of time! I actually wish he did — not because I want to send him off, but because I would love to be able to give him this gift that I appreciate so much.
That said, if any feelings of guilt arise, I can always channel Laura who would remind me that of the 365 days in the year, I spend the VAST majority of them at home (or traveling!) with the kids (and Josh). Even a generous 15 days away (which might be about right – when including work conferences, trips with Josh, etc) means 350 days at home, or 4% of the year away. Probably okay in the grand scheme of things.
Nonfiction Up + Coming
Arthur Brooks has been lighting up the podcast scene lately because he has a book coming out – that he cowrote with OPRAH! I guess his podcast tour worked, because I do plan on reading (and ordering) this book. I’ve always found Brooks’ work interesting — his life is very different from mine and I appreciate his perspectives.
Plus, you know. Oprah. I am looking forward to this as a morning read pick in October.
I do feel like in many ways I have built the life I want but I’m still very interested in what he has to say about having a life that is feels enjoyable, satisfying and meaningful (those seem to be his 3 pillars) in the long term. There is so much to worry about in the world (climate crisis, human rights, you name it) that individual efforts can just feel futile, yet making small impacts (the ones I hope I have at home, at work, and through my writing/podcasts/etc) still feel worthwhile. At least from this vantage point.