I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July weekend/week! I spent it doing a lot of writing and relaxing, so nothing too special. But, it was very nice to have a four day weekend. I didn’t do too much reading last week as my work week was shortened and I do my reading during lunch, so most of these are older articles. (I also had this finished last week but for some reason, I just couldn’t be bothered to hit publish. So, better late than never!
I really identified with this article and study they conducted. Whenever I start to feel really depressed, I make sure to keep up with my gratitude journal. I don’t do a good job of it when I am feeling happy but when I’m feeling down, I really need that extra self-reflection on whom or what I am grateful for.
One of my earlier childhood memories is sitting on the floor in the playroom and writing my first novel (it was like 20 pages front and back of wide-ruled paper, but still). Whilst definitely a juvenile attempt, it was my first foray into inhabiting someone else’s mind and it was lovely. That’s why I loved this article so much.
I am working so hard to start getting up earlier. It doesn’t help that when I don’t have to wake up for work I automatically switch to a more nocturnal internal clock. Slowly but surely, I’ve found it easier and easier to wake up before my alarm (probably because my unobstructed window faces east and I get a bright summer sunrise view). Rambling aside, when I do wake up early and I am feeling motivated, I find myself getting a little work done and working on things I normally procrastinate on.