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Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Something I’m Proud of Doing

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This week’s prompt was a little tricky for me because I’ve been feeling down in the dumps lately. January isn’t my favourite month of the year, and this one seems to really be dragging on.

I don’t know about all of you, but sometimes my brain likes to focus on the things I wish I’d done differently instead taking note of what I think I’ve done well in life so far. I will take this as a challenge to congratulate myself on how far I’ve come, though!

A white person’s hand and forearm has punched through a yellow wall and is reaching out for help with all five fingers extended. When someone needs help, I’m the sort of person who will leap to the occasion. That’s a positive character trait in many situations, but sometimes it can be taken too far if you don’t also look after your own needs or if the person who wants help doesn’t respect boundaries.

In the past few years, I’ve noticed that it’s slowly become easier for me to realize what my limits are and stop before I’ve been pushed past them.

As a hypothetical example, I can be available to do A or B for someone on the first Tuesday of the month from 7 to 8 pm but not be able to do anything outside of that time frame and never agree to do C, D, or E for them.

It’s a huge win, especially when the occasional person demands I give them all of the letters of the alphabet on any given day and hour of the week and I still stand firm in how much time and energy I actually have for them.

Not only that, but my guilt about saying no is decreasing, too, and I can now more easily end my availability to do A or B temporarily (or even permanently) for people who try to push past my limits one too many times.

 

 

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: New Things I’ve Tried Recently

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I usually try new things more often during the warm months of the year when it’s easier to travel and there are fewer germs floating around that my household needs to avoid, but I have tried some cool stuff this winter. (No, this isn’t an ad. I don’t do paid or sponsored posts of any sort. These are simply things I’ve tried recently and liked).

Duolingo Math.

Logo for the Duolingo app. The logo consists of the word “Duolingo” written in a plain, bright green font against a white background. There is nothing else to be seen in this image. I was an average math student in school, but I didn’t find it particularly interesting or relevant to my life most of the time. It seemed like something that a few students were naturally good at while the rest of us slogged through it.

When this was released at the end of December, it piqued my interest. Maybe I’d have a different opinion on this subject now that there are no quizzes, exams, or grades to worry about?

Well, it turns out that I’m really enjoying it so far. Turning math into a game makes it practical, fun, and low pressure.

The lessons run the gamut from easy to challenging. There is a section for elementary students as well as a different one for older kids or adults who want to improve their mental math skills, so this is one of those free games that truly does have something for everyone.

 

Station Eleven Novel and Miniseries

Book cover for “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel. Image on the cover shows four tents that have been erected outside in a field. It is night outside and the cloudless sky is glowing with stars. Each tent has a bright light inside of it as well. The tents are surrounded by a waist-high fence that appears to be made out of hay bales piled on top of each other. I’d heard so many good things about ”Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel, so I finally started watching it this winter.

It follows several of the same characters at different points in their lives as they encounter a deadly form of the flu that kills most of humanity and then about 20-30 years later to see how the survivors have fared.

If you’re comfortable reading about fictional pandemics, this is such an interesting look at how quickly the definition of normal can change. The people who were born after that pandemic had unique and sometimes humorous takes on what life must have been like back when unbelievable luxuries like airplanes, dentists, air conditioning, and the Internet still existed.

Unlike many books in this genre, this one is filled with characters who are kind and decent folks (with rare exceptions). They’re traumatized in the beginning, of course, but the storyline mostly focuses on them doing good things like adopting orphans, preserving as much of the past as they can, and simply surviving in a world where you must grow, knit, build, or scrounge around for everything you need.

I liked the hopeful approach this took to a genre that often assumes the worst about humanity.

The miniseries has been good so far as well. There were some major changes made to certain portions of it in order to help the storyline flow better on screen, but it remains true to the themes and characters of the book. Honestly, that’s exactly what any adaptation ought to do. I don’t need every single line of dialogue to remain identical so long as it still feels like the original.

 

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: What I Think of New Year’s Resolutions

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Seven paper airplanes are flying over a dark grey surface. The first six are white and flying in straight perpendicular lines. You can see white lines shooting out behind them. The seventh is read and flying in a zig-zag line with a white zig-zag line trailing behind it. I believe New Year’s Resolutions, as well as goal setting activities in general, are a fabulous starting point.

In my experience, longterm change is most likely to happen when you set a goal, make incremental changes that guide you closer to it, and then gradually build on them over time instead of trying to fix all of your habits at once.

For example, an hour of vigorous exercise will be extremely difficult at best for someone who hasn’t exercised in years. They might be so sore or injured the next day they will be scared off from trying again.

A 10 minute walk every day (or every other day, or what have you) is a much easier goal to accomplish for someone in that position, and it can be gradually increased or replaced with more strenuous workouts as you grow stronger and figure out what other types of exercise you actually enjoy doing.

So I like the idea of New Year’s Resolutions, but I think it’s better to keep your expectations reasonable when you’re trying to change something about yourself. Many incredible things are possible in life, but they rarely if ever  happen overnight.

I also believe in celebrating effort and partial success. If you didn’t reach your goal but you did make progress towards it and built up healthy habits along the way, that’s still counts as a win in my opinion.

 

 

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: My Goals for 2023

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This is one of my favourite annual prompts for the Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge.

Two stick figures are standing on a line that’s supposed to represent a hill. One character is walking down the hill towards a white portion of the page where there is a sign that has “2022” written on it. The other character is looking up towards a sign that says “2023” and walking up the hill on the yellow portion of the image. Out of my goals for 2022, I succeeded at practicing Spanish every single day and finding a better treatment regiment for my migraines.

I made a few new online friends but none in person due to trying to avoid Covid germs.

I lost a small amount of weight and spent a decent amount of time outside even if I didn’t do all of the hiking and nature walks I hoped for. (My health made it hard to exercise and eat the way I hoped to some days or even weeks, but my fingers are crossed that this year will be easier now that I’m having fewer migraines and know more about my triggers for them).

Meditation was a total bust for me last year.

So I’m going to recycle a few of these goals for 2023.

I would like to:

 

  • Spend more time socializing with people in person as safe opportunities for that arise.  Hopefully, this will lead to a new friendship or two, but meeting new folks in general would be fabulous as well.

 

  • Meditate for five minutes every day.

 

  • Try a new restaurant or type of food every month. I don’t go out to eat much in general, but I tend to visit the same spots every time when I do eat food I haven’t made. It’s time to give my tastebuds a workout.

 

  • Develop a conversational understanding of Spanish. This past year of studying it has taught me to recognize a lot of common words and even understand the gist of some sentences or brief conversations, but I don’t yet know enough to have a full, long, or detailed conversation in it. Maybe 2023 will be the year I take the leap into speaking and understanding it in real time without having to look up so many words?

 

  • Join a walking or hiking club, maybe? This would tie into some of my 2022 goals about spending more time hiking and going on nature walks as well as my current goal of meeting new likeminded people.

 

  • Improve my graphic design and SEO skills. I know my local library offers free courses on those topics, so I’ll probably start there.

 

Let’s see how it goes.

The 2023 Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge Topics

 

The image shows a laptop sitting on a wooden table. The text shares the blogging topics for the 2023 Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge. Please read my post in full to learn what the topics are.

 

Long and Short Reviews has released the list of topics for their fifth year of Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge posts. All of the details on how to participate can be found on their site.

If you’re having trouble reading the graphic above, scroll down for a transcription of the weekly topics. Everyone is welcome to join in at any point of the year for as many or as few of the prompts as you wish!

The fun begins next week, so stay tuned.

 

January 4 – My Goals for 2023

January 11 – What I Think of New Year’s Resolutions

January 18 – New Things I’ve Tried Recently

January 25 – Something I’m Proud of Doing

 

February 1 – What I Eat in the Average Day

February 8 – Books That Pleasantly Surprised Me

February 15 – My Favourite Food

February 22 – The First Website I Remember Visiting

 

March 1 – My Favourite Subject in School and Why

March 8 – Something Funny That Happened to Me

March 15 – Favourite Historical Personage to Read About

March 22 – A Famous Book I’ve Never Read and Why

March 29 – Best Nonfiction Book I’ve Read

 

April 5 – Sports I’ve Tried and What I Thought of Them

April 12 – My Best Home Remedy for the Common Cold

April 19 – A Piece of Advice I’ll Always Remember

April 26 – Films to Watch When You’re Having a Bad Day

 

May 3 – My Thoughts on Small Talk

May 10 – A Story About My First Crush

May 17 – Non-Bookish Hobbies

May 24- Favourite YouTube Video

May 31 – Someplace I’d Love to Visit Someday

 

June 7 – Older Books More People Should Read

June 14 – Reasons I Love Being a Blogger/Reader

June 21 – Things I Like/Dislike About the Romance Genre

June 28 – Recent Song I Loved

 

July 5 – How I Stay Cool During Heat Waves

July 12 – Describe Your Fashion Sense

July 19 – Share One Interesting Fact You Know

July 26 – A Job I’d Be Good At

 

August 2 – A Job I Wouldn’t Be Good At

August 9 – The Strangest Dream I’ve Had Recently

August 16 – A Documentary I Liked

August 23 – Three Fun Facts About Myself

August 30 – The Weirdest Thing I Loved as a Child

 

 

September 6 – Song Lyrics I’ve Misheard

September 13 – Favourite Fairy Tale or Legend and Why

September 20 – Would You Move to a Mars Settlement? Explain.

September 27 – How I Shake Off a Bad Mood

 

October 4 – Do You Believe in Karma? Why or Why Not?

October 11 – The Most Creative Halloween Costume I’ve Worn

October 18 – Favourite Scary Monster

October 25 – If You Could Create a Holiday, What Would It Be?

 

November 1 – A Celebrity People Say I Look Like

November 8 – Something You Believed But Found Out Wasn’t True

November 15 – Criticize Your Favourite Book, Show, or Movie

November 22 – Memes That Remind You of a Favorite Show or Movie

November 29 – Like or Dislike True Crime? Why?

 

December 6 – My Winter Holiday Traditions

December 13 – Gifts for People Who Are Hard to Shop For

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Favourite Social Media Platform and Why

Hosted by Long and Short Reviews. Click here to read everyone else’s replies to this week’s question and here to see the full list of topics for the year. Instagram is my favourite social media platform for the following reasons: 1) My Instagram account is private and cozy.  (I am totally open to accepting new… Read More