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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

How I've Changed

We all change.  We all grow.  We all evolve.

It is as we learn, experiment, and try that we change.

If we never do those things, we cannot change.

We will be stuck.

"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." -Benjamin Franklin

When I was child, I did not like sea food.  The only fish substance I consumed was fish sticks and only with tons of mayo or ketchup.

Now, I like shrimp.  It would be one thing, if I never tried shrimp and then after my first bite, I loved it, but that is not the case.  I tried shrimp as a child, and I thought it gross.  It tasted funny and I didn't like the texture.  Now, I love it.  I can't get enough and try it all different ways.  One of my favorite ways to eat it is covered in spices, which brings me to my next big change.

When I was young, I did not like spicy foods or mustard.

Now, I like both.  Again, it is not for a lack of trying them as a child.

Those two are the only scenarios I can think of right this moment, but I would like to continue this in future blog posts.

It's the little changes.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Wanting to be an Outlier...




I joined a book club!  50 Books in 52 Weeks, but I'm adding two more to make it 52 Books in a Year.  I'm using Goodreads to help me keep track.  I'm very excited!

The first book we read was Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.  The first paragraph had me hooked.  There are many ideas which challenge the idea of success.  We are not merely self-made men and women.  We are in part victims of circumstance and opportunity.  The book had me a little depressed until the section about 10,000 hours.  Essentially, if you have 10,000 hours of experience at any one thing, you will be successful at it.  The author highlights several people who we suppose were geniuses because of their innate talent. But no, time and time again, those very famous successful people had 10,000+ hours of practice and experience before they made it big.

This started my brain thinking on what activities I have done for 10,000+ hours.  The only thing I came up  with is reading. I don't know what that means for me, except that I read very fast and can give anyone a summary with highlights and any negative feedback I have to give with suggestions of how to make it better.  Guess I could be a book reviewer? I am going to give my opinion on the books in the Book Club, so maybe this is a start?

As a side note, I have stuck to the weight routine for four days!

If you are interested in joining the book club, here is the link:

http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/93446-the-defranco-book-club

One nice thing about Goodreads, it connects to your Facebook for an easy log in and let's your friends know what you are reading.  Unless you want it kept a secret...

The next book in the series is The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.

What books are you reading?

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Caturday! Riley and Ezekiel Edition


Riley and Ezekiel

These two are best buddies and love to spend time together.  They play, cuddle, chase, and clean each other.  It is so sweet to see how Zeke has fallen into his big brother role. He truly cares for her.  Sometimes they can play a little too rough, but Riley certainly holds her own and definitely does her fair share of instigating.  She looks up to Ezekiel and likes to show off her "fighting prowess".

My new camera has allowed me to capture more of their sweet moments.

Just a mini update on my Physical Resolution for the month, I rode my bike today for twenty minutes (while watching Solved: Extreme Forensics on Netflix, not very extreme at all, oOo! DNA is a thing?)  I also lifted my weights for five minutes.  Baby steps!  Has anyone seen What About Bob?  I love that movie.  Just saying...

Friday, February 1, 2013

February Resolutions



Monthly resolutions is a concept I found through Kelli from She Learns As She Goes.  She has a wonderful blog, filled with inspiring stories, creative ideas, and heartfelt sharing. Please visit her blog.

February's Spiritual Resolution is to focus on the Fruit of the Spirit Goodness.  According to the Thayer's Greek Lexicon, it comes from the Greek word, agathosyne, meaning uprightness of heart and life, goodness, kindness, beneficence.  How can I show goodness?

My Mental Resolution for the month of February is to finish writing my book.  It needs to be finished by March 1st!  My book has four essential sections.  I figure one section a week is a good feasible goal.

My Emotional Goal for February is to again spend more quality time with friends and family, being intentional about setting aside the time.

My Physical Resolution for the month of February is to exercise.  I have to do weights for 5 minutes a day.  While this is a minuscule increment of time, I'm setting the bar low in order to reach it.  Today I did my weights for 6 minutes!  One whole minute more than my goal.  I also want to exercise one day per week on my stationary bike for a minimum of twenty minutes.  If I don't complete this goal by Saturday of every week in February, I have to give up processed sugar for the entire day of Sunday (fruit does not count).  If (of course by accident) I do eat sugar on Sunday after not exercising by Saturday, then I have to give up Netflix Monday and Tuesday.  IF I break the rules further and watch Netflix one of those days, I have to give up the internet for the entire rest of the week, except for blogging, because that's my yearly resolution.  It does mean no Facebook, no Youtube, Twitter, or email.  Not even a Google search.  As an incentive, if I successfully exercise on the bike one day per week, then I give myself permission to spend $10 purely on myself.

I'm still trying to think of how I can show goodness this month.  Please let me know your suggestions.

*The above photo is not my own.  It from an image collection, I purchased the rights to use.
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