I had a wonderful holiday with my family. We are a blended family of four kids with very active coparents. Our holiday traditions include the build up of frantic texts with other parents and long car rides to cart our kids back and forth. We celebrate secular Christmas and my heart was very full Tuesday… Continue reading How My Concept of Love Has Changed From 20 to 30
I was reading on NPR this morning that the Death Penalty is in decline, both in the number of people who support it and in the number of people actually being sentenced and executed. I think that's fantastic news and it made me want to sit down and organize my thoughts on the Death Penalty. Exploring The Death Penalty Against My Moral Foundation As a secular humanist, I believe that every human has inherent worth and intrinsic dignity. Taking the life of another human can only be justified, in my view, when that act would somehow increase human happiness.
Over the last decade, I've learned a lot about the history of my family through online genealogy databases. Every year, more and more historical documents are available online through websites like Ancestry.com. Personally, I'm too cheap to keep my subscription to Ancestry.com all the time. But I get caught up in research every now and… Continue reading Thoughts On Being An 11th Generation American (Genealogy and Politics)
Last week I put it out into the void that I was going to focus on my career and financial goals. Well, the void gave it back to me and I have been absolutely swamped with work. This is also the reason I have been lax on updates here. Luckily, my bullet journal makes it easy to stay on top of my projects. My notes get a little messy, but my flexible journal system makes it easy to turn the page and write a fresh grid.
As I mentioned in my last post, I'm spending all my spare energy this week to focus on my financial and career goals. I'm chugging along and making great progress, but I wanted to take some time to look at different bullet journal spreads for managing finances. I have a spread that I like right now, but I'm always on the lookout for something to make budgeting and paying debt a little more exciting. One of my favorite things about bullet journaling is the way you can take kind of boring things and make them feel super interactive and fun, just by drawing a couple of boxes and doodling in the corners. Trackers? Count me in.
I've written before that I am a big fan of making up rules for my bullet journal. After all, it's a system for productivity. If you take the time to develop it as a system, you ought to be more productive, right? I used to think that meant I had to follow a complex system of listing and managing tasks while constantly coming up with ideas for new tasks to complete. I'm really great at thinking up new tasks to do! I'm not so great at accomplishing them as quickly. My struggle was one of blank boxes. After a couple of weeks in my clogged system, I had a very long list of tasks that I was simply rewriting at the beginning of the day. The sheer weight of it overwhelmed me and I would only end up getting a couple of things done. My long list of boxes was still empty, I had new tasks to add for the next day, and I didn't even want to open my bullet journal after a while.
I just got back from my very first time camping with my Girl Scout troop as a Troop Leader. Although my whole body is sore and I could've used about four more hours of sleep this morning, I had a blast! My girls are Brownies and it was their first time at camp and their first overnight as a troop. It was a pre-programmed event held at a Girl Scout property. We are lucky enough to be a 40-minute drive away from a Girl Scout camp. I am very sad to find out that they have the place for sale and this is the last year they'll be able to have programming at the camp. Next year we'll have to drive almost two hours!
Tarot cards evoke a range of different emotions in people. Some people think they are a powerful tool of their religion, while other people think they are tools of the devil. If you're a nonbeliever like me, you might be slightly annoyed at tarot cards because the charlatans they so often represent. But I'd like to take a chance to paint tarot cards in a different light: a powerful tool for self-reflection and journaling. If you don't believe in spirits and mysticism, then tarot cards are basically playing cards. They have four suits with numbers and a court (king, queen, etc). Then, there are 22 more cards that tell a story and represent different points on the journey of life.
In the meantime, I feel like I need to do more fun things at home, as well. My boys don't really need me to make up fun stuff for them to do. They're teenagers, so they don't appreciate craft time the way my 8-year-old daughter does. My almost-two-year-old sings along to almost every single Sofia the First song, so we've been watching more than our share of Netflix this summer. As always, I've gone to Pinterest for inspiration. I had some ideas on an old board I pinned some time in the past, and I found some new ideas. Check them out:
I was very excited to make Red Pepper Pasta. I discovered butternut pasta recently, which was amazing. That lead me to avocado pasta, an instant family favorite that I'm going to be making way more than I should. With these veggie-pasta creations under my belt, I thought Red Pepper Pasta was going to be amazing! But we all say meh. We ate it and we were full, but we didn't love it. I think I could have done a better job. I had a bag with shallots in it that I ordered on Monday, but I searched high and low and could not find them anywhere. So I ended up using dried shallots, and I might have added too many.