Hi, I’m Emily! I’m the Emily behind Words by Emily. Every so often, I like to pop in and say hello and share some things I’m working on personally.
1. Noticing my effectiveness. I’ve started keeping one of those One Line a Day journals. I’ve tried a few different things with my one line, and the one that’s really shifted things for me is to write down one way I was effective in a given day. I feel like most of my life is doing things that need to be done again pretty much right away (see: laundry) or things that I just feel like I’m constantly failing at (see: most of my experience parenting). It’s so refreshing for me to notice (and take some pride in) specific things I did effectively. For instance, last night I wrote down “Helped my kid see how he was able to be flexible when he didn’t think he could be.”
2. Cutting my losses on books I don’t like. I was very excited to download the audiobook for How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan this summer. I’ve really enjoyed his other books. But unlike his others, the more I read this particular book, the less interested I became in the subject. Basically, it was boring to me. I have been limping through this book for months, and yesterday I finally I let myself return it. Life is too short to read bad (to me) books.
3. Moisturizer. I live in Minnesota. It’s winter. I’ve gotta treat my hands better. I’ve been catching way too many cuts and scratches due to dry skin. To help, I’ve replenished my tubes of Skin Food by each sink in my house and next to my bed, so no excuses.
*What about you? What’s something you’re working on right now?*
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