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1. “Chasing 6 kids” is not really exercise. Last month, Shawn brought home an activity tracker for me. I knew I wasn’t getting close to the recommended 10,000 steps a day, but I was surprised at how low my steps actually were. I was averaging 4,000 steps a day. I read that the average American only gets about 5,500 steps in per day. Since I’ve been tracking with my Jawbone, I’ve doubled my step count average. To be honest, I was doubtful that it would really do anything for me, but I have been much more mindful of my choices. It’s hard to get much exercise as a stay-at-home-mom, but I’m more likely to go for a walk or jump on the trampoline with the kids before I sit down to sew or read now. Little changes make a big difference.
2. On the other hand my activity tracker app also tells me I’m a “sleeperhero”. I average 8 hours of sleep a night. This isn’t super surprising to me, since I have never functioned well on too little sleep. But it is interesting to see it measured and confirmed. My app assures me that I’m way above average, so at least I’m winning at something, right?
3. I discovered that I love branding and marketing for creatives. This is a topic I have been reading about for a couple of years, since starting my pattern business, so it isn’t a completely new realization. I have been working through How to Style Your Brand by Fiona Humberstone this month and I thoroughly enjoyed learning about color psychology using her seasonal branding system. I’m still deciding if I’m an Autumn side of Summer or a Summer side of Autumn. But I’m getting closer to nailing down my brand style as I make moodboards and sort photos.
4. Growing crystals is boring. We bought a cheap science experiment kit so that we could grow crystals at home. Technically, it worked. But it was unimpressive (thus the lack of photo), to say the least. The picture on the box showed a neat geometric 3-D crystal structure. Ours was basically a flat piece of salt. Next time we study crystals, we’ll take a field trip to Cracker Barrel to eat rock candy…
5. The library is not free. I already knew this too, but it seems we have been reminded of this a lot recently. I’m avoiding the library for a while. A better deal – the $5 bag sale at the local used book warehouse. Ten cent books are cheaper than late fees.
6. Marriage points to a greater spiritual reality. I’ve been reminded of this truth this month after reading Eight Twenty-Eight by Larissa & Ian Murphy (the kindle version is only $2.99) and re-reading This Momentary Marriage by John Piper. I saw the short video story of Ian & Larissa a couple of years ago, but the book is worth reading for Larissa’s excellent writing and storytelling abilities. Their relationship is a beautiful picture of unconditional love and faithfulness in the midst of trials and suffering. And Piper is always worth reading!
7. I’ve seen a lot of Bible art journaling recently. Crossway will be releasing a new journaling Bible in a few weeks with blank pages between the printed ones. It would be perfect for art journaling. Sometimes I write out scripture phrases in fancy lettering, and it does help the phrases to stick in my mind. I wonder if making art in my Bible would work the same way. I might be giving it a try!
8. Kids can entertain themselves for hours with a glue gun, sticks, and some puddles. Most of the boats weren’t successful, but…
What have you learned recently?
I’m linking up with Things I Learned at Chatting at the Sky.