Wednesday, August 6, 2014


There are several lessons that I'm learning these days. 

One of these lessons is that my hair has a mind of it's own. When I think I have it pegged, it goes off and does exactly the opposite of what I've politely asked it to do. Once in a while, I think about chopping a bunch off, but I don't, because one, I'm pretty sure it will get even harder to manage, and two, Sloane weaves her fingers through these tresses and seems to derive some sort of comfort. Some kids have a security blanket, Sloane has my hair. I'm learning to accept all these things. 

And hey, photos! All the photos in this here post is going to be of her "working out" in our garage gym this past week. Watching her make her way around the gym is a riot. Ken and I can't get enough; I felt I should share. 

 Speaking of gyms,  I usually go to our Crossfit gym twice a week, but I've upped the dose to three times a week for August.  I've been doing Crossfit for about 9 months now and I'm starting to see real progress, so maybe that has something to do it. Not progress like physical appearance, but strength progress! So that's another thing I'm learning-  I like feeling strong. I like feeling like I'll eventually be able to do a pull up. 

 I'm learning how to be more efficient with time, like a boss. Or acting like it. One of the key elements of this acting like a boss business is planning, and a key element of planning is my bullet journal. It's getting to the point where I write everything, everything, down, and it helps me so much. I'm starting to call this journal my secretary and my secretary's name is Gregor.  Let's go with that, shall we? 

It helps that I actually like multi-tasking. I'm pleased as a plum if I can respond to an email, while I'm blowdrying my hair, while I have some vegetables roasting in the oven. Having said that, I know that I need to be more purposeful about scheduling down time.  Lest I spiral into a dark dark place.  Getting lost in a good fiction book is one of my favorite ways to unwind. Having said that, I think i'm going to start adding things like, "read two chapters" on my to-do list. I mean, I'm going to tell Gregor about it so that he can remind me. 

One more recently acquired lesson from the brain of Christine:

I heard a great things about discipline recently. The quote went like this, "Discipline is just choosing between what I want now, and what I want more."  Right? Right? 

I've been working through it, thinking about how this applies to different things in my life. Like, when I get home from work, usually the desire to hunker down with a glass of wine is strong. Real strong.  But then I have to make a choice. Do I want that glass of wine right now more, or do I want to reap the benefits of a stronger healthier body, by going to work out instead?  

I've also been thinking hard about it in regards to writing.  I want to get better at writing and if you don't know, writing is a discipline. So the question is, am I willing to give up a little of what I want right at this moment and put in the time commitment to develop the skills for what I really want?  

I could go on about how this applies to so many other things in my life, but I will spare you, and leave you with this instead:

"There is nothing noble about being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self." [E. Hemmingway]


  1. loving your new camera and the crisp photos!

  2. your new camera??

    what a wonderful season to have such reflections, moozie