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Sunday Confessions 01-15-17

I confess:  I never sucked my thumb as a child, but for some reason, lately I'll occasionally have the urge to suck my thumb.  Like for half a second the urge (not even a real thought, just an urge) will come over me and I'll consider doing it.  I don't do it, but it's really weird and disconcerting.

I confess:  I was supposed to write this post yesterday, but I chose to take a nap instead.  It's the first time I've slept during the day in years and it was glorious.  I should make it a thing.

I confess:  I've been on a Whole30-ish diet since the beginning of the year.  I say -ish because I've allowed myself the caveat of having a small amount of sugar and milk in my morning coffee because I'd 100% not be able to do another Whole30 if I had to drink disgusting coffee.  Well, I cheated on my diet like a mofo this weekend.  I don't feel too back about it because I planned on cheating, but like most things I like to go big or go home and I REALLY CHEATED.  Now I have to go back on the diet and I hope I can, lol.

Linking up with United States of Becky

Weekend Snapshots 02

This edition of Weekend Snapshots is brought to you by the one weekend of Winter we've gotten in Houston.  As I'm writing this, our projected high today is 76, so yeah, the one weekend is all we seem to get at a time :(  At least I got a little sample of the weather I love, right?

Saturday:  I only took one photo on Saturday - I was too busy to even think about pictures.  I had to capture the temperature when I woke up since it's so unusual in Houston.   In the morning I had my first Intro to Buddhism class at the Jade Buddha Temple - I didn't have anyone to watch Jack and Dennis was working, so I had to bring him along with me.  I was super worried that he wasn't going to behave well for a 90 minute adult class on Buddhism, but he did really well.  There's a Hindu Temple near my SIL's house, and Dennis told him that's where gods live.  When I told Jack that we were going to a Buddhist Temple, he asked if that's where gods lived and I told him just the one, Buddha.  When we got there he kept asking when we were going to meet Buddha - I guess the thought we were actually going to meet a physical being, lol.  I didn't take any pics of the temple because I wasn't sure what was appropriate.  After the class, I had to drop Jack with my MIL so I could go work, then back to pick him up, then home, then dinner, then the day was over.

Sunday Confessions 01-08-17

I confess:  I decided I wanted to learn more about Buddhism this year so I signed up for a Buddhism 101 class at the Jade Buddha Temple.  I'm not really religious or anything, but from what I do know of Buddhism, it seems to most closely align with what I already think to be true.  And I'd rather Jack learn about a gentle religion than all the fire and brimstone and fear of most Western/Abrahamic religions.  My MIL is pretty religious (in a gentle way, but still), and I guess I want to expose Jack to something else before her beliefs seep into his consciousness.

I confess:  I've never seen the Golden Globes.  I ALWAYS watch the Academy Awards, but for some reason have never watched the GGs.  I haven't even listened to Meryl Streep's speech (but I'm sure I agree with what she said - except for apparently calling out football and martial arts?).

I confess:  I had what I thought was a great idea to bring in some extra money with my business, but Dennis had some concerns and he convinced me that the payout wouldn't be worth the effort and trouble.  I don't disagree with him, but I really wish he was wrong.  Now I have to go back to the drawing board and figure something else, because I need to be bringing in more money, stat.

Linking up with United States of Becky

3 Words for 2017

The new year brings with it 365 new days, and 365 new chances.  I've been thinking about last year and how I want to make 2017 even better.  Last year, I chose three words to help me define my year - focus, structure, and discipline.  I certainly needed those three things in my life (especially suffering from untreated ADHD), and still do.  In fact, if I'm truly honest, I greatly lacked all three of those things in 2016.  I had good intentions, but, well, ADHD.

This year I'm struggling to come up with three good words for the year*.  Why three?  I'm not sure (three seems to be a nice grouping, plus it's a Fibonacci number), but I' think I've figured them out.  And unlike last year (where I came up with three great words, and then promptly put them on the back burner - classic Jessica move right there), I'm going to make them my mantra and actually remember and (hopefully) apply them to my life!!!

Determination  At the beginning of last year, I felt kinda stuck.  I wanted to break out of the patterns of bad habits I've fallen into, but I wasn't sure exactly how to do that (maybe that's why I'm still kinda stuck in them, lol).  Although I came up with three stellar words last year, I did that as a response to feeling like I HAD to do something instead of being inspired to do something.  Facing down the failure in myself to really affect change in 2016, I'm feeling less lost and depressed about it and more aware of my shortcomings, how to overcome them, and a feeling of determination to do so.  2016 wasn't a bad year for me personally, but I am determined to make 2017 a good (if not great) year.  I will be full of determination this year.

Simplify  It's finally dawning on me that if I simplify my life and my surroundings I'm going to have much greater chance at success.  I was daydreaming about some of the things I'd like to do in 2017 and the realization settled on me that one of the things holding me back from being able to just tackle a project is the fact that instead of just being able to start a project, the preparation necessary to even get started is so overwhelming that I'm exhausted and out of time just getting my space ready to work instead of doing the work.  Did that make sense?  Let me rephrase that - in order to get any real work done, I'm having to spend so much time just decluttering and making space that I'm not actually accomplishing the real work.  I'm certainly not a minimalist, and I'm not quite a hoarder, but I'm going to try to eliminate the unnecessary crap from my life this year and just let that shit go.

Bravery  Changes are really fucking scary - even changes for the good.  I resist change - it's in my nature to want to maintain the status quo even if it's not good for me.  I'm going to need to dig deep and be really brave this year in order to face down my demons and bitch slap them into submission.  I also think the political mess this country is in will also require a ton of bravery to stand up and do the right thing.  In 2017 (and beyond), I want to stand up and do the right thing.

I have 365 days to really make something of 2017.  And so do you.  What changes are you planning on making this year?  Do you have a word, words, or phrase to inspire and motivate you?  What do you want from 2017?

*I keep falling into a pit of corporate jargon because I'm trying too hard to find the right words.  Dynamic, compelling, synergy, leverage, robust, efficient - ahhhh, what is this madness?!?

Weekend Snapshots 01 - Day in the Life, January 1, 2017 - Run Houston Sam Houston Race Park

Happy New Year!!!  We all made it through 2016, so let's hit the ground running (literally) for 2017.  This edition of Weekend Snapshots is brought to you by the first of a series of five races as part of the Run Houston Race Series.  This post also kicks off a small change to the way Ariana and I are running the Snapshots link-up.  Last year, we had a separate link up for each week - that got difficult to manage because she and I are both busy ladies, so for this year, we've created just one linky that will get bigger and bigger as the year progresses.  That way, if we're running late (or if you are), links can be added at any time - you won't have to wait for us to get our posts up!  This first Weekend Snapshots post is also special for me because it coincides with my monthly Day in the Life project that I do over on Instagram.  I haven't posted any DITL posts here in a few months, so this is a nice way to start the year!!!

Saturday:  We planned a nice, relaxing day to say farewell to 2016.  So relaxing that I didn't even take a single picture - crazy, I know!  We took Den's mom out to a delicious lunch at a Chinese buffet, and then headed over to Den's BFF's new house out in the country for some hot tub time and fireworks.  We left early so I could get home and get to sleep because I had to wake up early to get ready for my first 5K of the year (and the country is a little over an hour away from us).

Sunday:  I woke up feeling like crap (even though I didn't have a single drop of alcohol to bid adieu to 2016) - Jack has a bit of a cold and was up and down all night and I was paranoid I'd sleep through my alarm and miss my race, so I dragged myself out of bed at 6 for some coffee.  I wasn't hungry.  I just can't eat that early and with that little sleep, but I packed some apple slices to snack on before race start.  I made it to the race at around 7 (things didn't start till 8:30, but I wanted to get good parking) and then back home around 10 - Jack was still asleep!!!  I didn't run a PR, but my time was faster than most of my other runs in 2016 - I was not expecting such a fast (for me, anyway) time considering how crappy I felt when I got up that morning.  The rest of the day was mostly spent in front of the TV while Dennis went to play Dungeons and Dragons with friends.  That evening, we had our traditional New Year's Day dinner of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, and black-eyed peas.

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