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As the month of May winds down, once again I’m joining Heather Gerwing and her Share Four Somethings link-up.

Loved

Revelation Wellness workouts – specifically the workouts-of-the-day (WOD) from their Warrior Challenge. I enjoy the RevWell workout podcasts and signed up for this free 7-day challenge because my workout routine became stale. I started to skip my lunchtime activities, instead of going to fast food restaurants with free Wi-Fi to eat and tinker on my website.

While I enjoy writing (and French fries), I feel both physically and mentally better when I’m working out. The challenge seemed perfect, but like others, I’ve signed up for, the week came and went without me logging in once. The difference this time, however, is that I saved the emails. The WOD links don’t expire, so they were available to me when the time finally came.

Today’s workout “Hearts and Holds” by Ron really got me moving. The lateral movements and jumping made me feel more like a kid playing instead of being just another obligatory workout. I’m sure having the fitness room to myself, saving me the embarrassment of anyone seeing my awkward moves, helped as well.

Jay and I have a trip to Scotland to hike the Highland Way coming up, and I want to be ready. 100 miles in 7 days is no small feat, but videos like this one will help ready my stability muscles, as well as my cardio/climbing strength.

Said

This will make an epic story later.

My Life Motto

This is a riff on the best piece of wedding advice I received a decade ago when Jay and I got married. “Cherish the things that go wrong. The day passes so quickly if nothing goes wrong, you’ll have no memories.”
I had to remind myself of this mantra earlier in the month. After a weekend in Nashville, I arrived home to find a stash of hickory nuts under my pillow. While we were gone, some sort of woodland creature decided to make himself at home.

The following evening, I had just fallen asleep when Jay gave me a stern command to hide under the covers. Of course, I immediately sat up, looked around, and prepared to bolt out of the door, convinced the critter had returned. Instead, a bat was flapping around the bedroom. Jay’s suggestion of laying still and not moving would prevent it from whooshing by my head.

Has either of these guys invited friends over to play? Is Deez-nuts still in the house? When the anxiety starts to take hold, I’ve practiced deep breathing and laugh at the ridiculousness of it all. One of these days I’ll be sitting around a fire pit, drinking an adult beverage, and laugh as I say to a friend “Did I ever tell you about the time…?”

Learned

Breathing methods to help combat anxiety (see my house, the petting zoo above). I attempted the 4-square method: in for 4 counts, hold 4, out 4, hold 4. I didn’t find it as helpful as the 4-7-8 method: in for 4, hold 7, out 8.

The Lyrics to “Beer Never Broke My Heart” by Luke Combs, courtesy of my sweet little baby niece and her boyfriend. I’m also learning (slowly) that she’s not a baby anymore. This month she earned her learner’s permit for driving and finished up her freshman year of high school.

Read

The Prince Warriors & the Unseen Invasion by Priscilla Shire & Gina Detwiler (book 2 in the Prince Warrior trilogy)
Renegade by Ted Dekker (book 3 in The Lost Books series)

Both YA novels are continuations of series I enjoyed, and both were a tad disappointing. I go through phases with what I enjoy, and perhaps I just wasn’t in the right mindset for them.

To type them as Sci-Fi doesn’t quite seem accurate, but there is definitely an element of otherworldliness. The authors are Christians and attempt to explain the spiritual realm as faced by their teenaged characters.

Barabbas by Par Lagerkvist, translated by Alan Blair

I first read this in college, and I’ve attempted to make a reread a part of my yearly Holy Week tradition. This round of reading took a bit longer than planned but I’m still glad to tackle the work.

Barabbas is a (fictional) account of the man literally saved by the death of Jesus. Plenty of parallels can be drawn regarding how he squanders his freedom, his search for the truth, and how we (those who Jesus also died for) all too often do the same.

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable by Seth Godin

Started reading this one for work. The first part of the book discusses the shift in culture from a factory mindset in the workplace to providing the intangible. Not only are the days of widget making gone, so are the days of keeping your head down and following instructions.

Godin then shifts into the thought that we are all artist with a call to “ship” our art. Put it out in the world, not keep it to ourselves. In the workplace, my art is building relationships with people, but I also like applying this to my writing as well.


I’d love to hear about any books YOU’VE read this month. Have you gone on any grand adventures? What were your favorite parts of May? Feel free to drop a comment below or join us on Heather’s link up.