Monthly Archives: December 2015

What I’ve Learned in 2015

Steep learning curve in 2015 for me.  I’m thankful for what I’ve learned and the difference it has made for me.

Relief from Migraine Pain.

I realize that there are many types of migraines and many different sources.  Mine appear to be cyclical and related to low estrogen.

But, for treatment of the symptoms, I’ve been seeing the most relief from liquid children’s ibuprofen (because I have trouble swallowing pills) and caffeine.  I’m not a coffee drinker.  At, least, I haven’t been.  But, my husband’s been fixing it for me with his new coffee press.  With real cream and a stevia blend, it ranges from not bad to almost good, depending on the brand.

I also have been buying zevia in the six pack at Kroger.  At 67 cents a can, it’s not a great price for pop, but pretty cheap for medicine. Honestly, these taste pretty awful.  (Not every flavor contains caffeine.  You have to check.)  The least awful seems to be cherry cola.  But, they do the trick.  That’s what counts.  They are sweetened with stevia.


It’s hard to know what is working, but I’m also taking iodine and vitamin D.  I’ve also noticed that I feel better when I stay hydrated and exercise.

The Wonderful World of Blogging

Main lesson: you can’t just be in it for the money.

Second main lesson: it’s a lot of work.


I’m finding that traditional online magazines lack the personal touch that blogs have.  Bloggers have been able to connect with readers in a way that traditional writers haven’t, even columnists who write editorials.  I find their writing to be more compelling than e zines, which just don’t feel personable.

The amazing thing is, bloggers are able to make you feel like you know them.  They share personal things.  They might look like a one man show– even if they have a paid staff of 15.

The bloggers I’ve been following for a while are Anne Bogel, Michael Hyatt, Pat Flynn, Ann Voskamp.  New ones are Amy Porterfield, David Siteman Garland, Jeff Goins, Emily Freeman, Darren Rowse, Ruth Sukop, Crystal Paine, Sarah Titus.

The Mentalist, Seasons 1 through 5.


We’ve been binge watching the Mentalist, checked out from the Library.

It’s a detective show, with a genius at the helm and compelling team working with him.

I’ve been trying to analyze the pull for us and I think it has to do with the psychological aspects of the show.  What motivates people to do evil things?  How can you stay compassionate rather than cynical in a world of evil?  Does the end justify the means? Can you do wrong things to bring the bad guys to justice?  What if you’re willing to pay the consequences?  Ethical questions that people struggle with every day, just magnified.

The Power of Habit.


Big changes in my life from implementing the principles from the Power of Habit.

Read about it here and here.


What have you learned this year?



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What I’m Reading December 2015


A deluge of work at the bookstore (I’m not complaining) plus a retiring employee means less time for reading  this month.  Mostly, I’ve been binge watching The Mentalist with my hubby and youngest son, but I have picked up a few books.


The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

I can’t wholeheartedly recommend this book, although I’ve enjoyed every Morton novel I’ve read.

Her MO is unravelling intergenerational stories piece by piece till all the secrets are told and all the mysteries are solved.  That will get you turning pages.  This one is no exception.


The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz

I haven’t finished this book yet, so I can’t give a full review, but the tenets Schwartz proposes are good mind-stretching exercises. The basic idea is that too many choices is a negative.

I personally love to shop at Aldi, where there are fewer choices.  It is overwhelming the number of choices we have in modern life.  We need some way of limiting them.

Implementing what I’ve learned from the Power of Habit this year has changed my life. (See Power of Habit and Power of Habit, Part 2.)

It’s interesting to me to think that establishing habits actually limits choices.  (Will I get up after the alarm goes off?  Will I exercise today?) I believe limiting our choices is a good and necessary pursuit in our culture today.  Limitless can be paralyzing.


Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

One of my all-time favorites that I re-visit periodically.  Written sixty years ago, this book is truly timeless.

Listen: “What a circus act we women perform everyday of our lives.” Really?  1955?

“how to remain whole in the midst of the distractions of life, how to remain balanced, no matter what centrifugal forces tend to pull one off center: how to remain strong, no matter what shocks come in at the periphery and tend to crack the hub of the wheel”

I love her reflections.


The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

Classic business book and an influential book for me personally.

Lencioni nails it when he identifies what trips teams up.  “Absence of trust” is dysfunction number one. I believe that is true. It’s interesting to me that Brené Brown is taking on trust as a key component to whole hearted living in her free online instructional course. I’m curious to hear her take on it.

I’ll need to come back to 5 Dysfunctions in the future.  Top shelf “purple crayon” material.

I still haven’t been able to read any of the New Releases that are Getting Noticed, and it won’t happen in the next two weeks, either.  Maybe January.

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What are you reading this month?



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New Releases that are Getting Noticed

I have not read these books yet, but these titles are generating interest in the store.


Beth Moore’s books always have a following, and her new book, Audacious is no exception.


Ben Carson is a prolific writer, with 3 or 4 new titles in the past five years.  A More Perfect Union focuses on the Constitution of the United States.


End times prophecies always generate interest.  In light of today’s current events, Agents of Babylon is turning heads.  Dr. Jeremiah has a lot of followers in this area, since he pastored nearby for many years.


Adult coloring books are all the rage lately.  Enchanted Forest is one of the top sellers in this new genre.

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What new books have caught your eye recently?

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