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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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Sunday Matters: Move-In

Sunday Matters

This week’s post is all about my son’s move-in to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, so please excuse the change in format and the fact that I am posting this so late!

He moved in yesterday. We took two cars and made the three hour drive up. It was the hottest day and he lives at the very top of campus. The drop-off was a ways away from where we needed to be so it was a bit of a hike to get his stuff in. Plus, sooooo many trips to Target I can’t even tell you.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a beautiful campus with a really nice downtown area. This first shot is us leaving town. I caught them at a stop light. My daughter rode with him and I went up with The Hub.

On the way up.
On the way up.

When we grabbed lunch after drop off, we walked around the downtown area and this stream runs right through town. I wanted to take more town pics but it was so hot and my daughter and I were not dressed for it. No one was in the mood.

Downtown San Luis Obispo
Downtown San Luis Obispo.

This campus has a lot of housing. His building is for transfer students and it’s at the top of the hill. Parking is not near by and us being able to drive only one car in, complicated things a little. You can see his building below.

Housing complex.
His housing complex at the top of the hill!

Finally, we got to his apartment, which he is sharing with three others. All private rooms but it was a wreck with all of them dropping off at the same time so no pics of the inside quite yet. Here he is in front of the Performing Arts Center which is appropriate given his Arts Management emphasis.

The Boy.
The Boy, a junior now, in front of the PAC.

This is all I have for today. We are all so exhausted and my daughter came down with a cold so she’s resting and I am making her soup for later.

My son is at orientation all day long and hasn’t been able to check in really and I have to head out to volunteer but I hope he gets settled in soon and that my daughter’s cold takes a hike because she has two auditions this week (Wednesday and Thursday).

Have a great week.