Glossies Made Me Do It : WRAP

I started this post in January, but I didn’t get it finished in time to join the linkup. Sticking with my theme of better late than never, I decided to write the rest of it so I could join this month’s linkup!

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The January 2019 issue of O : The Oprah Magazine had an article about the suicide epidemic affecting women. It was a really tough article to read because these women opened up and shared things that they probably never would have anticipated telling others. One thing that stood out to me in the article was the idea of creating a Wellness Recovery Action Plan or WRAP.

I had never heard of this concept, and I’ll assume that most of you haven’t either. If you have, please feel free to skip ahead! 😉 For the rest of you (and me), the basic definition of WRAP is “a self-designed prevention and wellness process that anyone can use to get well, stay well, and make their life the way they want it to be.” (Source)

The source linked above has a lot of great resources on what a WRAP consists of, how to create it, and research findings about how a WRAP can be beneficial. The last point is particularly important to me as a librarian and someone who is tired of being inundated with suggestions from the world about how to feel my best. I want something that has research and proof behind it, and I like the concrete and detailed nature of this plan.

I am focusing on eight areas of wellness this year, so I already have some tools that I can add to my WRAP. I haven’t jumped into creating it yet, but I’m going to make it a priority for the next few days since I think it’s better to be proactive about these kinds of things, rather than reactive (hmm, maybe the seven habits curriculum that we used for our freshmen this year stuck with me more than I realized…haha).

Have you heard of or created a WRAP? If so, tell me about your experience with it!

Linking up with Lauren and Ashley

Glossies Made Me Do It : Cleaning Up

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It’s time for the June edition of this linkup. This month, I’m sharing something that I read in the latest edition of HGTV magazine.

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I don’t have the copy of the magazine with me, but there’s an article about product expiration dates where items are listed from A to Z. This flipped a switch in my brain. I’m pretty good about remembering to check expiration dates of food (because ew), but I hardly ever think about the expiration dates of non-edible items.

Eep.

Since I just read this magazine at lunch on Wednesday, I haven’t had time to go through things, but this is going to be a good weekend project for me. I know that I have some beauty products that are probably waaaaaay past their “best by” dates. I also need to go through our medicine to make sure that none of it is too old.

One interesting thing that the article mentioned that hadn’t even crossed my mind was petroleum jelly. It said that if you used your finger to apply it, and there was a chance that you were sick, you need to throw away the whole container. I’m not sure that we have any petroleum jelly, but I know there are some things, like antibiotic ointment, that we have probably applied straight from the container rather than using a cotton swab to apply.

So, please excuse me while I sanitize our entire house and get rid of everything this weekend!

How often do you go through all of your non-food products and get rid of things? Do you have a good method to track when things without expiration dates need to be thrown out? If so, I’d love to hear about it!

Linking up with Lauren and Ashley!

Glossies Made Me Do It : Becoming a More Positive Parent

In the April 2018 issue of Parents magazine, there’s an article called “Refuse to Lose It” that talks about how to more effectively communicate with your child(ren) without yelling.

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Admittedly, I have the cutest daughter in the world, but she often sometimes on occasion tests my patience…particularly when it’s time to go to sleep. When I’m tired, my fuse becomes a lot shorter, and I find myself getting upset with her really quickly. This isn’t good for either of us!

This article was full of tips on how to communicate without yelling or fussing, so I’ve been working to implement those tips. Let me tell you, it’s been tough this week too because she’s been sick and bedtime and nights have been even more difficult than usual! One tip that has stood out to me more than any is to look at Charlotte and tell her how much I love her when I’m really frustrated. It may sound corny, but it’s true that it’s tough to be mad or upset when you think about just how much you love your child!

I know that there are going to be more times in the future when she tests my patience. There will be probably be more times even before this evening is finished! However, I want to keep implementing these strategies as much as possible to make me a more effective communicator and a better mom!

If you’re a parent, how do you keep your cool when your kids are pushing you to your limit? If you’re not a parent, what strategies do you use with your loved ones? Any advice is welcome! 🙂

Linking up with Lauren and Ashley

Glossies Made Me Do It : Just Eat Real Food

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One of the most common resolutions that people make is to lose weight and get healthy. Many people (myself included) turn to whatever is the latest fad to help themselves shed pounds. For me, I had determined that I was going to start doing the Keto Diet. I had joined a few groups on Facebook several months ago and after seeing the members’ progress, I was ready to dive in.

On Wednesday night, I decided to take a bath and read a magazine (tmi, right? Ha!). For some reason, I have several magazine subscriptions even though I never paid for them. I don’t know what kind of magic skills I have, but I wish it would extend to getting groceries and diapers without paying for them…

The magazine I picked up was the January 2018 issue of Women’s Health, so it was full of workouts and healthy recipes. One article talked about a woman’s experience with stopping the Paleo Diet and focusing on eating real food. For some reason, that article hit me like lightning. I am so guilty of over-complicating things and giving myself too many “rules” about certain things. The concept of just focusing on eating real food most of the time seems so simple but effective.

I’m not a stranger to this idea. When I was more active at the gym I used to go to (RIP muscles), I participated in a few weight loss challenges that focused on this concept. Somehow this had gotten lost to me as I continued to gain weight and started to get desperate to find the quickest, easiest fix that I could.

I’m not condemning anyone for any dietary choices they choose to make. If you have found that Keto, Paleo, Vegan, Raw Foods, or whatever approach works best for you, then congratulations and enjoy yourself! However, for me, it’s time to get back on board with the idea of keeping it simple and straightforward. It’s time for me to just eat real food.

Linking up with Lauren and Ashley

Glossies Made Me Do It : November 2017

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I’ve been reading on my iPad a lot more lately, so I updated the Zinio account that one of the local public library systems provides access to and went on a magazine checking out spree! I read three of them last night and came up with a few things to add to my linkup post today.

The first tip came from the November issue of HGTV magazine.

The issue had an article called Keep or Toss where it told readers whether or not to toss things like a cracked leather stool and perfume from 2012. The perfume one was a big duh to me. Deep down, I know that old perfume doesn’t smell as good as new perfume, but I still held on to some of my old perfumes and body sprays. No more! Goodbye, Cherry Blossom spray from Bath and Body Works. You were a good friend.

The second tip came from the October/November 2017 issue of Working Mother magazine (which I somehow got a subscription to back when I was single and childless. Someone’s marketing department missed the mark on that demographic…).

This issue had a feature about the 100 best companies for mothers with criteria about family friendliness, leave time, etc. I skimmed through it just looking to see if any of them were based near me (they weren’t), but the next story was about getting remote jobs with these companies. That caught my attention!

I think anyone who has been reading here lately has seen that I’m having a lot of challenges at work. There are a lot of different things going on, but I’m also having some internal struggles. Back when Char was born, I determined that I wasn’t cut out to be a Stay at Home or Work from Home mom. However, now that she’s getting older and there are so many things I want to do with her, I’ve really been wanting more flexibility in my life to be able to do these things. Plus, I don’t know if you realize this, but kids get sick. Shocking, right? I know that when I’m sick sometimes now, I want my mama, and I’ve seen that with Char too, but it’s a struggle because I feel like I’m letting down my coworkers and my students, and I have to justify my reason for leaving or being off work in our time off request system, which makes me second guess if it’s a good idea. It can get exhausting. I know I”m not unique in these struggles, but they’ve really been weighing heavily on me lately.

tl;dr – there’s a good article here about remote jobs.

My last couple of articles came from the November 2017 issue of Parents magazine.

One article was about Jimmy Fallon’s latest children’s book. His first book, Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada, was super cute. Will and I read it one night at Target while I was pregnant and laughed about how that would probably be the case for us. Little did I know that it wouldn’t be but she would look just like him. Oh life, you’re so full of irony…don’t you think?

His new book is called Everything Is Mama, and it’s about animals who try to teach their children that there are words other than Mama. Don’t tell Char, but she’s going to get this book for Christmas! I love that she says mama so often (or my personal favorite, maaaaa), and I think this will be really funny!


Finally, I read about a back strengthening workout (in Parents). It had exercises that I remember from my days of working out at the conditioning gym, so I’m interested to see if my body remembers how to do any of them! I hope this will help keep my back a little looser and ease up some small but annoying issues that it gives me.

Read any good magazines lately? If so, be sure to share here and then check out the linkup on the hostesses blogs!

Linking up with Lauren, Ashley, and Erika.