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Last Updated on September 17, 2019 by karissa ancell
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you have probably seen me do posts like this on occasion. I follow Emily Freeman and she often does these what I learned posts which I love.
So when I can and am reminded to I like to share the recent things that I’ve learned over the past months. We all live such unique and different lives so we can learn so much from others that we may have never learned in our own lives.
So in no particular order here are a few things I learned this summer.
1 I discovered the Libby app
As much as I like to read you would have thought I’d discovered using the Libby app which allows you to get digital books from your library and download them to your Kindle.
This has been so great because I get copies of a lot of books that I have not read yet without having to pay for as many new books. New releases are usually not available but you can place a hold for them until it’s your turn.
Books that are a couple of years older or more are more likely to be available and I have found a ton of books that I had wanted to read and hadn’t gotten yet.
2. that voters in this next election are going to be unique
That’s because 9/11 was now 18 years ago so young voters never lived through that major day. They all I’m sure to have learned about September 11th but it is different to learn about it versus being alive during that part of history.
So a big percentage of voters voting in 2020 will be all from a time post 9/11 and they won’t have that event as a major event in their lives like everyone else. Which I think is so interesting.
3. That my daughter can’t go on vacation that much of summer again
We have always allowed Bella to visit family in the summer and I’m glad for the experiences that she gets to have and the relationships with family that she has.
This summer though we let her go to both my parents and her dad’s mom for longer than usual. She had a really good time but her being gone for most of the summer was really hard on me and her dad.
So next summer the plan is to cut down the amount of time she is on vacation without us and to hopefully do a trip all together as a family.
So far Isabella getting older has been wonderful and I really enjoy the time we spend together. So I was really upset spending weeks apart, we talked daily but it just wasn’t the same.
4. That setting big goals really is inspiring
I have heard the idea of setting big goals or stretch goals to really push yourself further and that by doing so you will be able to achieve more.
I had thought that I had done that in the past but I set a goal for something I’m doing in October and it really feels big and a little scary for me to do and that has inspired me to work harder towards this goal than I have on other goals in a long time.
5. Your idea of big doesn’t have to be the same as anyone else
With that being said let me say that you can have goals that are big to you that other people would not consider big. Your life is unique and what is difficult or a challenge to you is probably easy for other people.
That’s ok because the point is to push yourself and improve your own life and not get caught up in comparing ourselves to others.
My big goal is that since I had my stroke back in 2010 I have wanted to do a 5k which is a long distance for me because of my disability but something I really have wanted to do.
So I signed my husband, daughter and me up to do in October. Which I’m excited for but to be honest a little nervous about.
6. That my anxiety meds are critical to my mental wellbeing
I have been on antidepressants since not long after my stroke and although I take a pretty low dosage I would love to not be on any prescription medications because I’m over the side effects.
Other than my seizure meds which I will be on probably for life to prevent seizures the only one I have left is the antidepressant. I have worked to lower the dose and at the start of summer, I tried to stop them.
It was not pleasant and I realized that the side effects are minimal compared to how miserable I feel when I’m off of them. I don’t know if I will ever be able to get off them and that will be ok.
I’m in no way ashamed or embarrassed by needing to take them. I feel that it is no different than my antiseizure pills. Both medications are something that my brain needs and other than annoying side effects like holding on to weight I don’t want and tiredness.
So there are a few things I have learned this summer. I’m sure there are many other things I learned that I’m just not thinking of now.