So many books. So little time.

So many books. So little time.

Sitting here reflecting on a year gone by and remembering I have a ‘jar of thanks’ to look forward to on New Year’s Day. So glad I started putting things to be thankful for in a mason jar this time last year!

In what spare time I have, I truly enjoy reading for spiritual, personal and professional development. I simply cannot read enough and almost wish I didn’t have to sleep so I could fill my brain with more and more.

I’m taking a moment now to capture what’s at the top of my list – number one, so I can remember and keep track, but number two to share with others who are looking for a dose of something new in 2015.

Expect To Win – Carla Harris

Start With Why – Simon Sinek

What Would A Wise Woman Do? – Laura Steward Atchison

Actionable Book Summaries – 652 of them

Thrive – Ariana Huffington

Get Off Your ‘But’ – Sean Stephenson

Kill The Company – Lisa Bodell

Take a minute to share what’s on your list! Happy holidays one and all.

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Puzzling Therapy

It started about a month ago. I sat down at the kitchen table with my kids on a lazy Saturday afternoon and pulled out the 100 – 300 – 500 piece options we had in our Disney multi-pack puzzle box. I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

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A heap of pieces or mind-boggling quality time?

The kids were sporadic in their participation. Finding all the flat edges. Grouping like-puzzle pieces together. Sorting by color. Trying to imagine the finished product to mirror the box cover. Then they got bored and found something else to do…leaving mom to ‘clean up the mess’. Typical, eh?

So I finished the Mickey Mouse Soccer Star puzzle and moved onto to finish up Pixie Dust and Princesses. And when it was all said and done, I actually enjoyed myself in the process. Here’s what I gained:

  1. A true sense of accomplishment
  2. Quiet time to myself
  3. Ability to let my mind wander
  4. Creative inspiration
  5. A peaceful, uninterrupted mind game with myself and the jagged edges

It wasn’t until I found myself Christmas shopping a few weeks later that I realized how much I enjoyed puzzle therapy and wanted to share it with others. So, when my sister-in-law asked what to get my son, I recommended a puzzle. When I stood and watched my daughter achieve her first ever experience on ice skates in Rockefeller Center, I bought the puzzle to match as a stocking stuffer. And I could not resist a challenging gift from the lakeside cottages series titled “Rest Stop” for my husband…1,000 pieces and all.

And the rest is history. My husband and I enjoyed the 4-day long weekend anticipating the New Year with several hours together at the puzzle table. It was a challenge. A distraction. An escape. An opportunity to sit side by side. A chance to contemplate how the sky, flying geese, lakefront, landscaping and stone cottage was ever going to come together. Hours flew by. Pieces started falling into place. We’d stand up to stretch our backs and legs. Occasionally we’d make sure the kids and the dog had food and water. 🙂

And then the moment of truth arrived…we had 8 pieces left. And we could not wait to tell the kids it’s time to finish our work of art! We agreed both of them could simultaneously put the last 2 pieces into place. We cheered ourselves in victory and celebrated our accomplishment at 4:44 pm on New Year’s Day.

Puzzles are an addiction, but also a type of therapy at the same time. It was well worth the hours put in and I cannot wait to see what puzzling mind game comes next! And I do believe that I’ve started a New Year’s tradition for the Grom family.

Cheers to 2013!

Nothing I can do…

this week is right. Unbelievable. I’m smart, proactive, resourceful, fortunate and confident. I’ve got one of the strongest support groups on the planet with my family and friends, but Murphy’s Law is in full force. Makes it extremely difficult to stay positive, forward-thinking and productive.

So, I logged into WordPress to reactivate the blogger in me and begin to use this as an outlet for everything and anything moving forward.  Can’t wait to see where it goes.

Bon Voyage! This San Diego-born navy is about to navigate into unchartered seas. Don’t get caught on your ship of fools!