Just Penciling It Down

From “do what you can” to “I cannot wait to do this”. I am actively journaling again and I love it!!! I have eased myself into a simple exercise of writing that is helping me and that I actually feel like reaching out for several times a day.

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Reading Non-Fiction

The book to read is not the one that thinks for you but the one that makes you think. – Harper Lee

I have always been a story reader and my interest in non-fiction is fairly premature. I am developing it, in favour of my ardent pursuit of knowledge. I find that it is much more challenging than reading fiction and offers a vastly different experience. With a story, I start from the beginning and it just carries me through to the last page. I tried the same with my non-fiction reading choices but did not have as much success. So, I decided to go a little deeper and figure out how I can make the most of my non-fiction reading experiences. Here are some tips and tricks that I gathered and applied to improve:

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A Beautiful, Terrible Thing

I was glued to my phone for two days just reading this book. It had been a while since I read anything and coming back to something so engrossing reminded me why I love to read so much. In A Beautiful, Terrible Thing, Jen Waite shares her personal experience of finding and investing several years into a perfect, loving relationship and its demise at the hands of a husband who turns out to be a very unfaithful “sociopath”. The book follows two timelines, alternating between the good and bad phases, distinguished by the day she reads one incriminating email. And that too when she was recovering from labour and learning to care for their three-week old daughter! She goes on to find out that her husband continuously had affairs throughout the duration of their relationship.

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Cranberry Almond Biscotti

Cooking for oneself and family is healthy and therapeutic. The process gets me to relax and I know better what we are eating, especially with diet controls needed in the house for sugar and salt. I am not great in the kitchen but I am learning. I am perfecting my knowledge a few recipes and techniques at a time. I love biscotti as a delicious snack with tea or between meals. It was only my second time making biscotti so there were plenty of hiccups. I even tried to make a video to share a part of the process with you but it was too bad to share. Cooking something edible, hopefully also delicious, is important for me and a good source of growth and motivation. I know I will get better at that with time and patience. For now, try and enjoy this recipe.

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Becoming More

Today, I read a list of goals that I made for myself 3 years ago. Yes, I did achieve some of them but 10% success rate is not something I want to give myself a pat on the back for. No, my list of goals was not unreasonably out of reach. I also revisited something I read a long time ago that personifies my results and a story of how many people can live out their lives without question or ambition. A faraway, vague dream to achieve something amazing is not enough.

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25 Minutes

Respect for my own time and capability is quite difficult. I am losing both to laziness, perfectionism and other habits/thoughts that deter me from generating results that I think I want and deserve (hopefully). At least, I don’t give up. I keep attempting to combat these failures 25 minutes at a time. That’s right, I am talking about the Pomodoro Technique.

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