Day: October 10, 2017
Life can be quite difficult, especially when it comes to working hard to afford whatever lifestyle choices you make; however, it doesn’t always have to be that way. If you’re interested in learning how one woman simplified major aspects of her day-to-day, this is the book for you. It’s not a step -by-step-how-to book, or an encyclopedia of all the things stress does to your body. It’s a lovely tale almost written in the form of journal entries with some tips on how the author, the wonderful Melanie Mole, learned to make the switch from hectic to calm.
I ‘met’ Melanie through my blog, ThisIsMyTruthNow, over the summer, and we began exchanging emails each week to share our thoughts on writing and publishing. When she described her book, I thought it was something I’d enjoy, and probably needed to digest to keep myself from again crossing that line into a world of constant stress. I purchased the electronic version in September and read this ~200 page book over three nights just before bed, hoping its messages would sink in overnight. It was an unexpected read, divided into three major sections, each describing and comparing Melanie’s experiences: (1) staying in a nunnery, (2) bonding with dogs and (3) living on a boat and in a caravan. Within each one, she tells how the connections/events occurred, what she felt about them at first and where she ended up when the experience ended.
This is a different kind of book. It’s one where you can casually read it while also diving into a new novel, balancing your love of stories and your interest in making small changes to your life. The messages are simple, everything from ‘never give up’ to ‘balance your risk,’ each providing a short memory or story to drive home Melanie’s point. The language and writing is clear and simple, too, as it’s meant to sink into your mind now and again as time passes. At first, you’ll hear the words and think ‘oh, that’s hard,’ but then you’ll ponder it throughout the day to see which one of the lessons you could try to incorporate into your own life.
Every once in a while, it’s good to take a chance on a new author or a new book topic. I’m glad I did with this one and encourage others to take a look at the book for their own world. It may just give you a different perspective, one you might have heard before, but always need a reminder of. And if simplifying life is not for you, it’s still a fun tale about three experiences many of us don’t have very often in life. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to visit a convent or a monastery… now I have a good sense.
I hope you enjoy the book and take something away to make the future days even better. It’s on sale via Amazon and for less than the price of a cup of coffee as someone has quickly pointed out to me!
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.
Crick: painful stiff feeling in the neck or back
I have been lucky for most of my life — without pain in my neck or back. I’ve previously had a few muscle spasms or slept in a way that caused pain, but nothing that didn’t go away after a few days. Ever since I began working from home last year, I’ve noticed a significant increase in what we commonly refer to as a ‘crick’ in my neck. I’ve narrowed it down to how I’m sitting, but it’s going to take a while to course-correct itself. And all I have to say about that, borrowed from the lovely Linda, is ‘Humph!’
I primarily sit in two places when I’m working: (1) couch or (2) dining room table. On the couch, the laptop is situated on a pillow on my lap, probably too low, resulting in me angling my neck too far down. At the table, the chairs are more meant for short periods of sitting, not hours while writing or editing. Something will probably need to change if I want to avoid these infamous little cricks.
At first, it manifested as a pain in my shoulder last year, which actually forced me to go to the doctor. I never go to the doctor unless I’m two days from potential death. They did an MRI and noted I had spurs on my shoulder blades that were rubbing against the nerves, sending me to physical therapy twice a week for two months. Ultimately, it went away. Then it was replaced by a tingling feeling in the same area, which I attributed to sitting in the same position for too long. Now it’s back, but in a different form, settling in my neck on the right side. BTW, guess where I’m sitting right now while writing this post — couch — and I feel it starting, but I’ve yet to move positions. Stubborn ass!
Ah, the point… where in the world did the word ‘crick’ come from? I need to look that up. I’m on a mission to find a new sitting position, or a way to remind myself to change positions every hour, in the hopes I can stave the inevitable. If you have any ideas, I’d love to hear them… but I’d also like to extend a hearty amount of empathy to those who suffer from constant neck and back pain. My pain is very minimal, more annoying. To think someone lives with this, ten-times fold, wow… I’m so sorry! I am grateful and lucky to have just this tiny bit. But… as I do with everything, I will find a way to make it go away. Too much to do to devote time or energy to a crick. And that’s the only message I have today in this 365 Daily Challenge as it’s time to move to the dining room table.
About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”
I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.
The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.
Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.