Some people collect various tchotchkes or shoes or purses or cats to create happiness. While I would collect cats, I refuse to become a cliche, so instead I collect inspirational sayings to motivate me to live my best life. It’s a lot of pressure on a phrase or sentence or two. 🙂 And yet, words are strong. Inhumanely strong. Ugly words, even those said long ago, grow roots inside of us that seep into our thoughts and unconsciously direct our decisions and beliefs. To help me deal with those roots, I use inspirational quotes to rewire my brain and help me find my way back to happiness.
After seeing a couple of my friends, Kristen, Jenn and Erin, participate in this very fun Book Olympics, I knew I had to join in too. Now to be quite honest, I didn’t watch the Olympics, which sounds awful and unpatriotic. But I’m not a sports fan, whether it’s the Olympics, professional or little kids running around. Sports, ain’t my thang. But reading is. And I feel very confident that I would be a contender if reading was an Olympic sport.
My parents were really good financial role models. They were fiscally conservative, never took on unnecessary or risky debt. They made very conscious, deliberate choices on how to use their money. They never gave me formal money lessons, beyond my Mom teaching me how to balance a checkbook and my Dad showing me how to complete an EZ40, which to be fair, is more than some kids ever receive. I still learned a lot about good money management from observation. One of the biggest lessons they taught me was to live within your means. And it was a lesson I took to heart.
Oh my. Indeed! This month I was all over the place with the kinds of books I read. And the results were definitely mixed, which saddens me but is the life of a reader. Some books simply don’t live up to expectations. It was also a strange month because it felt like I had read very little; but when I put this post together, there were more books to include than I expected. My mental calculation was likely off due to a few disappointing books. They make me lose interest in reading. Does that happen to you? The books were not an outright loathe, but not as good as I had expected either and sometimes that is worse. Oh well. There are always more books to be devoured. And loved. And loathed.
Whoa. Where did the summer go? It is already September, and I swear it was June, like two days ago. 🙂 There was a time when I was pretty excited to flip the calendar to September since it meant cooler days were ahead. Now, I’m more ambivalent about it. And to be fair, September is generally hot in LA, although this year has been weird. July was quite hot but August was pretty nice. I’d like September to stay nice, if possible. I don’t do good in hot or cold weather. I’m sort of like the Goldilocks of weather. I want it just right.
One of my all-time favorite Disney movies is The Lion King. This should surprise no one; I am a crazy cat lady and lions are cats. My favorite song was “Hakuna Matata! What a wonderful phrase. Hakuna Matata! Ain’t no passing craze. It means no worries for the rest of your days.” Come on. You know you want to sing it with me. 🙂 I love the idea of a worry-free life. One where I’m not constantly gripped with anxiety and that trickle of fear no longer seeps into my every thought and action. But … I’m also realizing a worry-free life really isn’t possible. Nor is that a bad thing either.