Waking with the artificial sun – Two weeks with a sunrise alarm clock

A couple of weeks ago, Josh went to a conference during which one of the breakout sessions was about the effects of phones on your home, health, and relationships. Part of that talk had been about charging your phone in your bedroom, particularly on your nightstand next to you while you’re sleeping. Having the phoneContinue reading “Waking with the artificial sun – Two weeks with a sunrise alarm clock”

My social media detox is over and…

It’s highly convenient that February 1st fell on a Saturday. That morning, the end of my 30 day social media detox, I imagined I’d get up, make my coffee, snuggle onto the couch with my laptop, and happily indulge in the digital world I’d missed the past month. I assumed there would be something ofContinue reading “My social media detox is over and…”

So… How’s your resolution going?

There is no date I hate going to the gym more than January 2nd. On January 2nd, the treadmills are packed, the locker rooms are filthy, and the weights are scattered haphazardly around the benches. On January 2nd, I can’t find a parking spot, and might even have to stand in line to swipe myContinue reading “So… How’s your resolution going?”

A social media hack for happiness!

There’s a lot that can be said about the effect of social media on mental health and overall happiness. Just take a look at some of these headlines: The more you use Facebook, the worse you feel! New study shows just how bad social media can be for mental health Is everyone happier than youContinue reading “A social media hack for happiness!”

What’s up with the enneagram?

I love a good personality profile! Back in a college psychology class we had to take a Myers-Briggs test, and I absolutely obsessed over my results (INFJ) learning everything there was to know about the theory behind it, what it supposedly meant for…or about…my daily living and habits, and what it suggested about future careerContinue reading “What’s up with the enneagram?”

The doubts/expectations paradox

The summer before high school, I told my parents that I wanted to go out for the golf team. We had some old golf clubs in the garage that we would use to whack balls around the backyard, but I’d never seriously swung a golf club, or been on a course to play a fullContinue reading “The doubts/expectations paradox”

The big March reset, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

Has there ever been a month quite like February 2019? Here in the upper midwest, we have been pummeled with one snow storm after the next after the next. We’ve missed so much school that I can’t remember the last time we had a five-day week. I drive through a snow tunnel to get outContinue reading “The big March reset, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend”

Thoughts on 31 day mental wellness challenges, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

I recently set out to complete a 31 days mental wellness challenge. More accurately, I recently tried twice to start a 31 day mental wellness challenge, but on both attempts, I stopped woefully short of making it through the entire month. This was not a product of losing interest in mental wellness, but rather thatContinue reading “Thoughts on 31 day mental wellness challenges, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend”

Two books to kick off your best year yet!

This Christmas, my brother and I participated in a very 21st century version of the ritualistic exchanging of Christmas lists by sharing our Amazon shopping lists. Correction, I exchanged with him a modified Amazon shopping list because my actual wish list includes the shampoo I regularly reorder and at least 16 things I’m saving forContinue reading “Two books to kick off your best year yet!”

5 things for the start of the new year

Happy New Year!! It’s 2019!! How does it feel? Some of us sprinted to the finish line of 2018, grateful to have made it in one piece. Some of us dragged our feet, reluctant to leave behind what was, perhaps, the best year ever. Maybe you’re unsure of where you stand on the whole prospectContinue reading “5 things for the start of the new year”