Busy Bee No More

We hate getting a busy signal.  We talk about someone being a busy bee, and we often claim we are too busy.  Keeping up with the Joneses no longer feels like striving for the McMansion with a white picket fence, two kids, and a dog.  Whatever your family or housing situation, lately, I feel like keeping up is about being busier than your neighbor.  No one is forcing anyone to be busy, but there is this unspoken expectation that every minute must be filled or…or…or who knows, but it will probably be catastrophic.

Perhaps I’m the only one with the issue and I just revealed a personal complex, but I don’t think so.  I don’t want to be busy anymore.  When I was in my teens and twenties I loved having a full schedule that hopped from one activity to another.  Now I require rest, but I still fill my schedule to an unmanageable capacity.  I want a full life.  I just no longer want to be constantly watching the clock and rushing from activity to activity.

The other night I sat outside with a neighbor who I’ve met a few times and we chatted for hours, uninterrupted, unworried about where we […]

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Zentangle Better than Meditation

  The PE Team and their Zentangles The PE Team and their Zentangles


Adult coloring books are all the rage lately.  I snicker each time I see one because apparently part of me is still twelve years old, and that part imagines that I’ll open the “adult” coloring books and discover naked images to color in, but that’s never it.  They are usually beautiful patterns or serene scenes.  I tried it.  I hated it.  It felt like an added stressor, something else to do, and I always felt like I could have picked a better color.  Plus, it’s boring.  So I gave my adult coloring book away.

Our first ZentanglesMeanwhile, in a similar vein there is Zentangle.  While they don’t like the word “doodle,” conceptually, it’s basically mindful doodling.  You wouldn’t think you need a lesson in how to doodle, but you do, at least if you want your doodles to look like art.  The images you create look cool and intricate, even though the patterns are simple to make.

Janet teaching us

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Dr. Oz Says No Melatonin for Sleep

I think I have to stop watching Dr. Oz.  All the tips make me feel like I’ll never actually be healthy.  The show makes me more worried about what I’m not doing for my health than provide a boost of confidence about what I do right.  (Please don’t get me wrong.  I like Dr. Oz and think he has good intentions.  My issues are totally my own idiosyncrasies.)

For example there was a recent show on why melatonin is bad for you.  Melatonin is a sleep aid.  They couldn’t definitely say anything bad that melatonin does other than not working.  I started taking melatonin this year occasionally at least partially on a Dr. Oz recommendation.    His show was accurate in displaying how you get so desperate for sleep that you’ll do anything.  I was pretty desperate when I sought out melatonin.
I don’t have a problem falling asleep.  I have […]

Dr. Oz Says No Melatonin for Sleep 2018-02-14T15:51:15+00:00

Good Meditation

I’m the first to admit that I’m a terrible meditator, so when I read about a form of meditation that sounds like something I can do, I always like to share it.  Here are two:
1)      Positive Mental Imaging:  Basically, if you’ve had a stressful day, imagine yourself back in the stressful situation.  Recreate it in your mind, but make it funny.  If you had an altercation with someone turn them into a cartoon with a giant clown nose and huge feet.  Go through all your stressful events and make them humorous.
2)      Muscle Contraction/Relaxation:  This one actually involves movement, which is totally up my alley.  Lie down with eyes closed.  Start at your head and work […]

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