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The big picture and saving your sanity

It's all in your head


Inevitably, we all go through periods in our lives where we are simply stretched thin.  You know what I’m talking about, you have 50 things that MUST get done this week and you’re only going to get half of them done.   Sometimes we do this to ourselves (like a bunch of jerks), but sometimes the universe just has plans for us that we have no control over.   I am currently spread pretty thin (mostly by my own doing), and I’m here to offer you some ideas for keeping your sanity intact the next time you find yourself with too much to do and too little time.

First of all, you have to focus on the big picture.  Really.  Close your eyes and spend a few minutes imagining what it will be like when you are done with all the things that are currently on your plate.  Think about all the benefits.  Maybe you are remodeling a house and you will have a nicer living space.  Maybe you are finishing a degree and you will get a raise/promotion/good job.  Maybe you are hosting for the holidays and you will get many wonderful memories.  Spend some time thinking concretely about every good thing that will happen because you are spread so thin right now.

Thinking like this helps me put things into perspective.  Sure I might be running around like a chicken with my head cut off NOW, but sometime relatively soon I will have a whole host of new wonderful things in my life.  Concentrating on those wonderful things makes hectic days seem a lot more manageable.

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Walk or Bike Challenge


The bike fleet at our apartment.

Time for a new post in the challenge series.  I’ve been letting you guys off the hook recently on the challenges, and I’ve decided that needs to change.

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Put on your walking shoes

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Health and happiness are inextricably linked.  In this day and age, we all know that exercise is good for us.  But exercise science is relatively new, and we don’t really know exactly HOW good for us it is.  We also don’t know exactly where the threshold is for getting all the health benefits of exercise.  Either way, I’m not taking any chances.  I started a new exercise program this month.  It centers around strength training and conditioning in varying degrees.  However, even if you don’t like weights or running, you can still get a lot of health benefits relatively easily.

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Karōshi – Death by Overworking

This guy has been working too hard

This guy has been working too hard

It seems these days that almost everyone is super career-oriented.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  Having a good work ethic is an excellent trait, and it’s one that I highly recommend trying to actively cultivate in yourself.  But, just like everything else, some people take it too far.  Just think of the common storyline, “Mom/Dad is trying hard to get ahead to provide a better life for their kids than they had growing up.  But somewhere in the process, they lose sight of what’s really important and don’t spend enough time with their family.  Angst and life-lessons ensue.”  Sound familiar?

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Stir-Friday! Whole Wheat Tortillas

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Ingredient list is short and sweet. Plain goodness.

It’s that time again.  It’s Stir-Friday! For an intro to this series see the first post.  Today’s recipe is one I have made only a handful of times, but it’s growing on me.  Not to mention that it is waaaaay cheaper to make your own tortillas versus buying them.  I can make a batch of 8 taco sized whole wheat tortillas for about $0.75 using the recipe below, and the same pack costs about $3 at the store.  I never made tortillas until recently, but they are quite easy.  No yeast.  No rising.  Just stir ’em up and go.  So, here it is:

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Weekend Camping

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The fire is glowing hot

This is a post about something that makes me, specifically, happy.  As I said in the post about beer, this may or may not make you happy.  But I don’t care, because it works for me and you have to find out what works for you.  I went camping two weekends ago, and it was a blast.  My girlfriend and I packed up the car and met up with one of my high school buddies and his future wife for a good old-fashioned camping trip.  A good time was had by all.

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Progress… Not Perfection.

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Notice how the graph goes up overall, but there are some places where it temporarily dips back down. Photo credit – cobrasoft

There is a little bit of perfectionist in all of us.  It varies per individual, but it’s there to some extent in everyone.  That little voice inside telling us to keep working on the details until we get them JUST right.  And that little voice is really great for a lot of things.  It pushes us to do our best.  It reminds us to stay on track.  It helps us operate at 110%.  And it is, no doubt, a large contributor to good grades in school, excellent presentations at work, and any other good product in our life that requires extreme attention to detail.  But sometimes that little voice is a dick.

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