What I’m Learning {April 2014}

 

Hey everyone! I was inspired by Emily at Chatting at the Sky to share some of the things I’ve learned, am still learning, or have been reminded of during this month. So this post is a little more laid back, a little random, and a little reflective, but I hope you’ll enjoy and maybe be inspired to think of the things you’ve been learning lately, too.

5 Things I Learned in April #life #learning

 

1. Listening to books and podcasts actually makes cleaning…

Fun. I mean, kind of. It makes me look forward to cleaning, and I feel doubly productive because I’m learning or growing in some way from what I’m listening to AND the chores go by way fast. Try it.

And if you have no idea what I’m talking about or you’re not sure where to start, check out this post from Gretchen Louise.

 

2. How to sprout seeds

Um. I know this sounds really basic. But I really do not have a green thumb. I love the idea of gardening and growing my own veggies, but I’m totally overwhelmed because there is *so* much to learn. So I’m attempting some tomato plants in containers this year.

So far, I have managed to get some little seedlings to grow AND not let my cat eat them. I may have only a very slight idea of what to do next, but thankfully I have Pinterest. But, if you think of it, you may want to say a little prayer for my tomato plants to protect them from my brown thumb. I’ll keep you posted on whether I manage to keep these things alive.

5 Things I Learned in April #life #learning

5 Things I Learned in April #life #learning

 

3. Tracy Kidder is a man.

Who knew? I have even read one of her his books…apparently I didn’t read the author bio.

Also, I think this proves that unisex names should be banned.

 

4. What mating worms look like

It’s very strange, for the rare few of you who have never seen it.

Along with my ambitious gardening ventures, I also started up an indoor worm compost bin. As with gardening, I needed to start small. I love the idea of having a nice compost pile in my backyard, but I’m not the best at making it happen I get a little lazy making it happen.

So, a little bin under my sink where worms eat my trash works for me. It’s been several weeks, and they’re still alive and well.

And reproducing.

 

5. I don’t have to do it all at once.

Whenever I get overwhelmed by everything there is to do, I tend to panic, or else get distracted and do nothing. I often feel like there’s so much information to absorb, especially when it comes to blogging, and I just can’t seem to do it all. I know, we’ve all been there.

So this month, I’ve been listening to the How They Blog Podcast, and after hearing so much encouraging and motivating content, I decided to purchase the Planning Kit that Kat created (and uses herself).

One of the most helpful things has been for me to give myself permission to work on one project (that is directly related to one of my goals) at a time. So, while I know I probably should be doing XYZ over here and over there, if it’s not the project I’m working on right now, I don’t have to let it sidetrack me.

I know exactly what my focus is this month, and why I’m doing it, and it has been SO helpful in not feeling scattered and overwhelmed.

 

Spring Flowers {Photo Essay} Naomi Liz Figueroa #photography #flowers #inspiration

From the post: First Flowers {A Photo Essay}

 

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  • I’m so glad you’re enjoying podcasts! They do help make cleaning bearable at least, don’t they? 🙂

  • Absolutely! It’s amazing how quickly the task goes by when I’m listening to a podcast or book.

  • I listen to audiobooks and podcasts pretty much ALL the time. I don’t know how I’d make it through the day without them! I am really enjoying the How They Blog podcast as well. Do you have any other favorite podcasts?

  • Yes–they’re so great! I enjoy This American Life from time to time (if you haven’t heard of it, it’s like 20/20 meets NPR). I also listen to some TED talks, the Catalyst podcast, and sometimes sermons from Greg Boyd (Woodland Hills Church). Recently I heard about Sexy Marriage Radio and I’ve loved it so far. But I just read two posts about great podcasts– the link I shared above and this one: http://modernmrsdarcy.com/2014/04/5-favorite-podcasts-3-episodes-worth-singling-bunch-id-love-try/ –so I have a few more to check out!
    What are your favorites?

  • I listen to This American Life as well, and used to listen to Sexy Marriage radio but haven’t in a bit – I should go back to that one. Other favorites. . . so many. . . Focus on the Family, Dinner Party Download, Freakonomics, The Art of Simple (formerly Simple Mom), What Really Matters, The Satellite Sisters, Michael Hyatt, NY Times Book Review, The Jillian Michaels show, Jeff Goins (this podcast is new, but seems promising) . . . these are just my favorites! It’s amazing I can get through them all!

  • Awesome–I’ll have to check those out! I’ve been hearing about Michael Hyatt and Jeff Goins a lot…but I’ll have to take a look at those others. Thank you! 🙂

  • Thanks for the gentle reminder that we don’t have to do everything all at once. Breathe deep, slow down, smell those pansies. There are hours to spare …

  • Absolutely! I need that reminder for myself (often!).