.:Meditation:.

More often than not we all get caught up in our worries about the future–whether it’s about our children, finances, or upcoming projects due in the office.  And I think too, we get lost in our regrets of the past– things we didn’t do, forgot to do, or simply things we did wrong. 

That’s why meditation is such a critical component to life.  The reflective parts of our life– is very similar to prayer. It really facilitates awareness in the “here and now” moments.  Enabling us to feel free and relaxed.  And actually (just a side note) meditation is probably more important in this day and age, because of our exposure to technology.  We are multi-tasking now more than ever before and it’s hindering our brains from fully processing and focusing.  Basically our attention spans are down right shitty.  Don’t you think? Mine sure is. 

 

There are numerous values I want McKinley and Cora to learn, but the truth is– I need to practice and refresh my own meditative state on many of these values in order to teach them properly.  So, I’m going to dedicate each day for the next 6 weeks to a particular value or moral idea and meditate about them. I will be writing about my process and reflective states– if you would like to join along please do!  And make sure to comment below on your own journey.

And, If you haven’t already, please check out my mediation cards (made to order) in my etsy shop for your own personal deck of meditation cards by clicking here ThingsByG 

   

~g 

Versatile Blogger Award

First, and foremost, I must thank Chape Personal Trainer for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award!  I’m honored.  Chape’s blog is dedicated to a wonderful movement of helping others achieve their fitness goals! 


 The Rules:

  1. Thank the person that nominated you and include link to their blog.
  2. Nominate at least 15 bloggers. When nominating bloggers–please keep in mind the quality of their writing, the uniqueness of their subject matter, and the level of love they display virtually.
  3. Link your nominees and let them know about their nomination.
  4. Share seven facts about yourself.

My facts:

  • I pinch my cheeks for a natural blush.
  • I crave Indian and Mexican food… daily.
  • I love the color teal.
  • I have two tattoos and am in the mood for another.
  • I can’t get enough of It’s Always Sunny in PA
  • Dishonest people make my blood boil.
  • And, I used to live across the street from Michael Jackson.  No really, I did.

My nominees:

Running w/o Scissors 

Corks and Kale

Must Be This Tall to Ride

The Waiting

Rhyming with Wine

Be Like Water

Momma’s Bacon 

Ben’s Bitter Blog 

Kids Crumbs and Crackers 

All in A Dad’s Work

Ali Does It Herself 

Beyond The Lyme Life

Crud My Kids Say

Quirky Writing Corner

Dirty Sci-Fi Buddha
Thanks again and happy blogging friends 

~g

A Meaningful Children’s book–finally published. 

Dear bloggers and faithful followers! My book has finally been published!  It’s been a long and slow two years. BUT with my newest publication Going Through A Maze I thought It would be a good idea to venture down memory lane–Why I wrote the book and how it came to be.  

  
For those who havn’t followed me in the process– I wrote this children’s book during a difficult time, while I was caring for my sick father. 
This book is based on the love and friendship built between a grandfather and granddaughter. It depicts the reality of a family member or friend struggling with cancer in a simplistic way that is appropriate for young and older audiences. The story ultimately is meant to help prompt difficult conversations with children relating to cancer or any serious illness. 

Here are a few past blog posts I wrote from the time my dad was diagnosed with lung cancer, to his passing, and then my grieving. 

Please fellow bloggers I need your help.  Repost this and help me spread the word.  Portions of this book are donated to cancer research.  
You can purchase on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and many other participating bookstores. Available in paperback or ebook. 

All my love & many thanks in advance,

G

My Digital Detox

I didn’t need another gluten free diet or UltraClear detox.  I needed a digital detox.  A virtual cleanse from the Web World.  And, it was an amazing journey.

I was checking Facebook status updates every 10 minutes. Checking Instagram photo feeds. Taking pictures of my own, editing, then posting them. Reading blogs. Creating blog posts. Reading NPR news. Looking at Birchbox videos. Youtube videos. Facebook videos. Twitter feeds.

Ahh! You get the point.

I needed a new kind of ‘reality check.’   I swear, you can legitimately lose yourself in the Web World. I know, because I did.  I became someone who cared more about looking at a screen than having a conversation.  I became more sedentary.  And more irritable.

At night it was mostly the television. First, I would put McKinley to bed, and then turn on the TV. Real Housewife trash. And I was addicted. Disturbingly to the point where someone would ask me a question and it would annoy me if it wasn’t commercial time. Seriously? How sad is that?  Yeah, definitely a low point.

I started feeling lost.  And NOT connected.  Facebook and Instagram and all these other social media devices portray this illusion of a collective ‘connectedness,’ but the more you indulge– the more alone you become.  I was desperate for conversation and human interaction. I wanted to feel alive again.  So, I began my digital detox.

 

  • First, I deleted most of my apps from my iPhone.  This way, I wouldn’t have immediate access to social media at any point at any time.
  • Second, I initiated new interactions with my husband.  We started playing card games at night and reading together.
  • Third, I now leave my phone upstairs in my bedroom for most of the day and night.  The only time I have my phone with me is if I am ‘out and about.’  Periodically I will check my phone for missed calls and respond to text messages.
  • Forth, I decided to watch specific television shows–and limit my television time to those shows.  Right now, it’s Survivor and Parenthood.
  • Fifth, I tried to only used the computer to check Facebook once a day and respond to emails.
  • Sixth, I completely stopped blogging.
  • Seventh,  I allowed myself to still look at and post to Instagram.  However, I did not attach my photos to other social medias.

It was a well worth it experience.

  • I was able to connect closer to my husband
  • Spend more quality time with McKinley
  • Be more present in the world
  • Realize the importance of doing a digital detox
  • Appreciate the small things again
  • Become more active
  • Understand the slippery slope to social media
  • Best of all…I was able to get back to my roots…back to being me.

I think this is an awesome exercise.  Try out some of these methods for 1 week-monitoring your social media and screen time.  What can you learn from doing this? And do you think you’ll notice any differences?

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“Most Influential Blog” Award!

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I was nominated for the Most Influential Blog award! My jaw dropped when I read the email. I thought to myself—Me? My blog? Influential!? Oh my gosh..really!!!!? I am ecstatic and truly honored about this nomination. Genevieve over at Coloring Outside the Lines graciously nominated me. Thank you Genevieve! Her blog is wonderfully written. She inspires others and candidly writes about parenting, education, and her experience with her three children. Check her out!

The rules:
1. Display the Award on your Blog.
2. Announce your win with a post and thank the Blogger who awarded you.
3. Present 10 deserving Bloggers with the Award.
4. Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded with a comment.
5. Answer each of the 10 questions that your awarder asked, and then write 10 for your awardees (or use the same ones up to you)

My answers:
1) What is your favorite season?
I feel in love with Autumn years ago. Beauty just radiates. It’s also, a time of “shedding” for me—as the leaves fall I let my worries and woes fall too.

2) Who is your favorite singer?
My father. He was amazing at manipulating his voice. My personal Bob Dylan!

3) What is your favorite kind of music?
90’s–Indy—alternative—70’s—and R&B/Rap

4) Who is your favorite author?
Truthfully? I don’t read enough to have one.

5) If you had enough money, what charity would you donate to?
Faith Mission.

6) If you had enough money, what room in your home would you renovate?
If I had enough money, I would buy a home.

7) What is your favorite television show? The League–Suits–Survivor–Parenthood

8) Which of these is your most favorite drink: Pepsi – Coke – Ice Tea – Water? Water.

9) Do you own a desktop PC or laptop…or both? I own an iMac desktop and PC laptop. I prefer Apple products.

10) What would you rather do for relaxation, read a book or watch television?
When I want to relax, I take a bubble bath and light a candle. 🙂

My questions to nominees:
1) If you could have one last meal–what would it be?
2) What is the last song you listened to?
3) Dogs or cats?
4) What is your favorite holiday and why?
5) What is the last book or article you read?
6) Kit-Kats or Reeces?
7) What is your favorite movie?
8) Anchorman or The graduate ?
9) What is your favorite constellation and why?
10) What is your ideal vacation spot?

These are the blogs that inspire my creativity and challenge my core being.

My nominees:

1. Pocketful of Motherhood– Hannah is amazing. She encourages me to become a better person and re-evaluate and strengthen my relationship to our Heavenly Father.
2. Reversecommuter– Without her — I would have no fashion sense whats-so-ever. She seriously influences my entire wardrobe when I step outside the house.
3. Mommytrainingwheels -Sophie is like my mother in crime. 🙂 Her blog is really fun to read.  She posts great advice on products for parents and is very engaging. Her son Charles, or The Dude is very adorable.
4. Adventures of a stay at home dad– Matt & Sandy- they are a cute couple that get into all kinds of fun stuff. Matt is a great writer and I have found myself chuckling often!
5. mindlovemisery– A beautiful poet, who has a way of letting words dance.
6. Pennypinchingpeach– Keisha has influenced me to really look for good deals and steals! 🙂 And, I mean, she is a Georgia Peach & so am I 😉
7. Livenlovenlearn-Love this blog! Amanda is awesome.  An elementary teacher turned homemaker.  So her blog has become my haven.
8. Flyingbubbles– Love this blog for a quick read & for conversation starters.
9. Sisterhoodstickynotes– It’s a blog all about celebrating woman. A true feminist blog (I mean that in a good way–some people don’t understand the true meaning of the word “feminist”).
10. Little sign, and more– Growing up signing with my brother, this blog is awesome for learning to sign with little ones! Bethany’s blog is awesome I love reading it for beauty, recipes, craft ideas and more!

That’s it ya’ll.. I’ve been meaning to do this post for over a month now.  I’m glad I finally got around to doing it!  To all my nominees you guys are awesome keep up the fabulous posts!

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