Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight

A few weeks ago, I finally got around to reading The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Ms. Knight after purchasing both of these books in a storming fury of, “Holy shit, I’m about to have a baby and I do not have my shit together and my whole life is a mess!”  The jury is out on whether or not such outbursts were hormones because I generally have them at least once a day.  For me it will be impossible for me to review this book without referring to the other so please note that you don’t have to read LCM to “get” GYST but they actually do kind of play well together.

So, here’s what I learned from GYST:  Man, I have no idea how other people live!

There is a TON of useful ideas in here.  Knight discusses the idea of “keys, phone, wallet,” which I currently have written across the top of my planner page for the week.  Keys are the ability to strategize, phone is the ability to focus, and wallet is commitment.  These are the master tools for setting some goals and actually obtaining them.

Seriously, one of the things that I found most useful from this book was the idea of the power of negative thinking.  A lot of the goals that I currently have involve really broad things like “be healthier” and “get your money situation under control.”  Broad ideas like that are a problem I have.  I want to be healthier and I can think of a million little ways to do so and, thus, my brain goes in those million different directions.  I want to get my money together again and there are a million different ways to do it and there goes my brain again.  Knight’s suggestion of negative thinking is great.  Instead of thinking of the millions of ways I can do better, I can take each scenario as it rises.  When I wanted to eat lunch out yesterday even though I had a perfectly delicious meal in the work fridge I took a couple of minutes to remind myself that I don’t want to be fat and broke.  It worked.

Knight’s book is full of suggestions for getting the little things together and the small.  It can help people on either end of the spectrum.  For me, it made me feel good that I had so much of my shit together (on time, clean inbox, to do lists) and also helped ready me to tackle those bigger things that have been bothering me (money, baby weight, not working myself into the ground and sucking all of the joy out of my life).

Go now.  Get your shit together already!

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Changing the System!

Last night I got a little bit of a scolding.  Now, I don’t tolerate scoldings but perhaps in this case Hubby was justified.

The insomnia is out of control and yesterday I gave in and bought some melatonin, as was suggested by my nurse practitioner.

Yes, yes.  I know that I can use chamomile tea and meditation and lavender and pillow spray.  I know because I tried all of that before following a medical professional’s advice.

In the mean time, last night we watched our backlog of awesome Sunday shows (Rick and Morty, Game of Thrones, and Ballers) and then I made a cup of tea, took my pill, and sat down “to color.”  I picked up my phone and started scrolling.

“That’s probably part of the problem,” Hubby said, eyeing me.  “You should probably stop reading your Kindle in bed too.”

Did you hear that?  That was the sound of my heat breaking.

I love my Kindle and I always have something on it to read at night because it’s backlit and yeah I fucking know that means I shouldn’t use it in bed.  BUT, it never bothered me before.  That doesn’t mean that it’s not bothering me now.

As such, there has been some tampering with my reading schedule.  Instead of doing King, my book, my book, YA and my Kindle at night, I will be doing King, my book, my book, Kindle and YA at night.

Eh, it’s all about being flexible, right?

Podcast Tuesday- August 29, 2017

Podcasts: 1154

Just like 20 more than last week.  Whatever.

This week I am playing the “podcast listening” game.  I finished my audiobook on Friday and settled in for a nice catch up.  And I HAVE caught up on a lot of stuff.  I just haven’t made a dent in the new stuff.

Have you guys checked out Annotated yet?  It’s a Book Riot podcast and I listen too all but one of those.  I was a little iffy about Annotated at first but the last three episodes have been great.  First there was “The World’s Most Glamorous Librarian” which was right up my alley.  Then there was “The United States Versus One Book Called ‘Ulysses'” which was more enjoyable than I expected.  Then yesterday I listened to “The 17-Year-Old Who Invented Science Fiction.”

I only read Frankenstein for the first time within the last five years and I didn’t really care for it.  It felt like a very moral book.  I have never been drawn into the Mary Shelley fan club.  But right now I want to reread the book and then dig up a great biography.

Imagine, listening to an atmospheric Podcast about that dark and stormy summer while driving through a heavy storm that smacks of autumn?  It was kind of perfect.

Happy listening!

Tally Monday- August 28, 2017

Checked Out

  1. The Christy Miller Books 1-3 by Robin Gunn

Bought

None!  I’m on a roll!  (I really, really want to buy a book.)

Read

  1. Emitown, vol 1 by Emi Lenox
  2. Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery

Currently Reading: The Night Circus by Erin Morgan (print), Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight (print), Essays- The First Series by Ralph Waldo Emerson (ebook)

One of those days already.  At one point I felt hopeless enough about the amount of books that I want to read that I considered sitting down on the floor and crying.  Of course, the interesting side effect of my new sleeplessness (new as in rounding out three months now and pretty well fucking over it) is that I cry about a lot of things pretty randomly.  I also don’t seem to read.

I got this big kick in the ass last week and was like, “I HAVE to read the books and listen to the books and get my ass in gear!”  It worked with Anne of the Island which took me forever to get through.  I just couldn’t dedicate myself and then I did.  I really like the Anne books.  They make me want to be good and happy.  Same with Emitown!  Good and happy with a side of cheeseburgers on that one!

The truth is that I am just going to have to wait this one out.  It’s okay that I’m tired and it’s okay that it takes me extra long to do things and then I don’t have the time that I’m used to having.  This too shall pass and things will get better.  Things aren’t even that bad!  I’m just tired! lol.

I cannot wait for fall reading!  I want to sink my teeth into some juicy fantasy or something.  I like big books and I cannot lie!

EmiTown, vol 1 by Emi Lennox

I don’t know if other people enjoy reading journal comics as much as I do.  Is it because I have kept a journal since I was 13, almost religiously for the past decade?  Or do I just really like getting a glimpse inside someone else’s life?

I loved Emitown.  I loved it for a lot of reasons.

I loved the army cats because, come on.  Army cats.

I loved it for Emi’s love of food.  In fact, because of Emi I have been eating sausage McMuffins, cheeseburgers, and sushi.  It’s a hard knock life.

I loved that Emi was so kind to herself!  Even when she was feeling down, she was drawing about how that was okay and that was really good for me to see.

I loved that she had adventures.  It made me nostalgic for the days when I would just run off to the bar with my friends.  (Never, you guys.  Those days were never. lol)

Seriously pleased that I purchased this and that I have volume 2 waiting for me.

Podcast Tuesday- August 22, 2017

Podcasts: 1139

Continuing on, I am still catching up on On Being and I am still enjoying it.

Currently I am listening to an episode that features a woman my age and a man in his 70’s talking about effecting change.  It set me to thinking about something.

Millennials.

Oh, come on.  I’m not going to bash them.  In fact, some people include me with them!  (I was born in 1984 and there is some argument about which generation we belong to.  Whatever.)  People bitch about them constantly.  A run down.

“When I was your age, I was married with two kids and a house!”  Yeah, I know Bob.  You also didn’t go to college because you could walk into General Motors and get a decent paying union job without even having a high school diploma.  My parents bought their first house in 1974 for something like $50,000 and it was a new build on a full acre.  I’m GD lucky.  Even with a master’s degree I only had $70k in student loan debt and I was able to buy a house super cheap when the market was down.  There’s no way I could have gotten married and had kids earlier than I did and still had a career.  You started out ahead of me.  Then you fucking ruined the economy to boot, Bob!

“Millennials are so apathetic.  They don’t care about anything but themselves.”  Until there are a bunch of them protesting things like the general state of the financial industry where all of you assholes screwed everyone OR, you know, Nazis.  Then it’s all, “All they do is whine.  Do something about it.”  We’re trying, Carol, but in case you haven’t noticed there’s this thing called gerrymandering.  Go listen to the Freakenomics podcast about it and be enlightened.

Okay, that was a bit of a rant.  I’m sorry.  We all just feel so powerless right now and that was mentioned on On Being and it really made me think.

Go forth and listen.  Less ranty rants next week, my loves!

Tally Monday- August 21, 2017

Checked Out

None!

Bought

None!

Read

  1. The Long Walk by Stephen King

Currently Reading:  Emitown by Emi Lennox, Essays- The First Series by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery, Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight

You know, the more I read Get Your Sh*t Together, the better I feel about myself.  Seriously.  I have been able to skip over whole sections.  Email?  I’ve got that covered.  I started practicing inbox zen a couple of years ago and only keep emails in mu inbox that need to be dealt with.  Ending a relationship?  Nah, we cool.  Retirement?  I’ve got my accounts.

When I think about getting my shit together, it’s not these things that get me.  It’s things like making myself find time to get a haircut or buying new bras when my stock is dangerously low.  It’s about budgeting time and money, really.  I have a hard time with that.

As such, I should tell you that I have a fabulous new car.  You may recall that I have driven a blue Mustang convertible for the past nearly five years and I loved it.  The thing is that I have a tendency to drive cars into the ground.  I’ve put at least 110k miles on it in five years and it has maybe had 10 oil changes.  Two sets of tires.  One brake job.  And a broken computer that says it only has 8000 miles on it.  For the past couple of months it has been shaking and getting worse.  I never had the time or money to take it in and when I finally bit the bullet and called my shop on Tuesday they told me they were no longer open on Saturdays.  So, I bought a new car.  I got a 2015 Jeep Patriot, green, and I’m pretty sure that I did it.  Though, I actually think that it’s worse with the car seat…

This has put me in an interesting place.  Basically, I have to budget so I’ve decided to make myself stop buying books for a while.  Plus I really need to just sit down and work out some kind of a budget and stop being stupid.  The next couple of months are going to be tight but once I get some medical bills taken care of we should be golden again.  (And by “we” I mean “me”.)

When one part of my life gets fired up like this, I feel like I get some good momentum.  Now that I have a new car, I want to finish my audiobooks and read more and be happier and get healthier and it’s a nice little rush.

I should finish Emitown later today.  I love it and can’t wait to tell you guys about it!