Things That Fill Me Up

Things that fill me up

Guys, between this soul-sucking job and books that have completely stalled me on the reading front, I am floating around like flotsam in the ocean. I’m not much of a break taker but bookish talk can’t really happen when reading isn’t in progress in some way.

Instead, I will focus on what I am reaching for these days in an attempt to pick up my weary soul and spark something resembling motivation. Maybe you feel like me right now? If so, I hope you find a little nugget of joy in this post.

This is what’s filling me up lately:

That Sounds Fun Podcast with Annie F. Downs

  • Love the conversational tone.
  • Thoughtful, well-researched topics.
  • Guests you can relate to.
  • I always feel good after listening to an episode.

That Sounds Fun podcast


Morgan Harper Nichol’s Instagram Account

  • She’s an artist so her posts are so pleasing to the eye.
  • Each of her posts has meaningful content that lifts you up.
  • When I am feeling defeated at the end of the day, this is the account I spend time with.
You Make Today Better
Morgan Harper Nichols

Happy & Free Bible Reading Plan

  • A short, 24 day plan that gives me hope on my way to work each morning. I let the wisdom seep in before starting my day.
  • Good, real-life examples of what holds us back from happiness and freedom. If you’ve ever felt tied down or held hostage to something, this is a good plan for you.

Happy and Free Bible Plan

The Idea That Fall Is Here (even though it’s not in Ca.)

  • I mean, Pumpkin Spice Bagels. How can you go wrong?
  • Cinnamon brooms. Put one in your car and thank me later.
  • Homemade soup.
  • Woody-smelling candles. Reminds me of nature.
  • Fluffy throw blankets. If I turn the AC down, I can wear these.

That’s it! These things have brought me some peace during this very frustrating time. I just want to do my job and be. I want to be happy like everyone else. I am simple in my wants and have never asked for much and yet these past few months have been such a total bore.

But, now that I finished my book club read, I hope to knock the review out, finally get to King’s new book and hopefully put this reading slump to bed. Reading always resets my brain so not doing it has caused the muck to stack up.

Hitting the reset button now.

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14 thoughts on “Things That Fill Me Up”

  1. Ugh, I’m sorry you’re in a crappy place right now because I know what that’s like. Mother Nature teased us with a couple “cooler” days but we’re back to hot, hot, hot weather today.

    1. I am a pretty organized person so when things are out of my control, like how projects are handled, I get twitchy. I like to be efficient and not waste time.

  2. i am tired lately and I know it’s he crazy work schedule and load and not health stuff. While I’m grateful for that I really need another break from the grind…They expect miracles…you know.

  3. I am sorry that you are going through a tough time! Reading slumps are difficult and when they are paired with yuck at work it’s a bad combination. Perhaps seeing the Downton Abbey movie this weekend would be a perk?

    1. I have only seen three episodes of Downton Abbey. I stopped watching because I wanted my husband to watch it with me but then he didn’t. So I probably need to see the shows first.

      I am good though. I am refocusing and will get my act together. I overthink things too much and then when work is crazy I feel so scattered. Not a good feeling for the Enneagram 3 in me.

  4. Ti, I’m sorry that its been rather sucky for you lately. Life gets that way, doesn’t it? Ugh. Well, here’s to Fall bringing you some seasonal cheer to perk you up a bit 🙂 Especially, with that new King book, which I think you are going to really enjoy. I loved it. I’m already itching to read more King. And what about AHS 1984?! I need to watch the first ep, but I heard it was really good. So, I’m excited. We can geek out over that 🙂
    And you can always vent to me if you need to, sometimes it helps just to vent. Take care! And, I hope you have a great weekend!!

    1. I am hoping to catch AHS tonight. I recorded it but it comes on very late here so there was no way for me to watch it the night it aired.

      Thank you for your kind words. I’ve just been over thinking so many things lately. Trying to simplify seems to have that effect.

  5. Oh, hon, I’m so sorry you’re going through a hard time, but glad that you’ve identified some things that can help you feel better. Hang in there. My big thing lately has been watching Leverage — it’s the most comforting of comfort viewing, and I’m loving it.

  6. Cinnamon brooms? I like the sound of that. The bagels are good too. You’ll bounce back …. especially after completing that slow bridge book. One day when you don’t suspect it, things will start to flow again & you’ll find the spark again. Don’t worry about rushing thru things. I’m often slow at certain books & get into slumps but then find a way thru. Enjoy other things for a while. Podcasts are enjoyable.

    1. Thank you. I am just now replying because on top of all the funk a beloved blogger passed away and it made me so sad. I am just weeding through my emails now so I apologize for the late reply.

  7. Hi, So glad you can vent and share, you know your not alone. We have all been there. Sending you a hug. I loved the Frankel book! I have read a few Jackson and am a semi fan. Have liked some, not others. The new one looks good, curious to see what you think. I am in the two hundreds on the hold list for the Weiner. Wasn’t going to read it, but it comes highly recommended from a friend – so I am willing to give it a chance. I just started two books, one print and one audio. Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen on audio and Love Lives Here by Amanda Jette Knox. Both not usual reads for me, time travel and a transgender family. I needed something different, I’m tired of reading the same old stories.
    It’s like summer here with the leaves turning color at the same time.
    Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!!

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