I’ve updated the format for The Monday Mix to add a little variety to what gets posted here, though I’ll probably switch back and forth between formats occasionally. Here’s The Monday Mix for this week! To visit past mixes, click here.
August was a fabulous month, as always: my cat-child turned 13, we marked 3 years as homeowners, and John and I celebrated 7 years together. Life is good!
RIP Joan Rivers. I wanted to write a whole blog on how it seems to hurt more when funny people leave the world since they worked so hard to make it brighter despite all the darkness. I’m not sure if that’s 100% true though; losing anyone who meant something to you hurts. Joan Rivers left an indelible mark on comedy, women, and anyone who is hard working and career driven. So for me, it hurt from many angles. But despite how tragic this all seems, I think of the alternative (Joan living out the rest of her years brain damaged or paralyzed) and know for certain that that’s not the way she was supposed to go. Watching the coverage has actually helped – to see an outpouring of love, respect, and remembrance. In this case, it feels good to remember Joan’s legacy and relive her finest moments as a way to process this sudden tragedy.
Despite not planning to expand our family anytime soon, I’ve definitely taken an interest in current research exploring what makes a happy family and happy kids. This article is extremely interesting, using business theory, negotiation techniques, goal setting, and shared communication to create a happy family balance. All practical things, yes, but the article provides the actual steps to achieve these things in a dynamic family environment – with links to videos and lots of extra reading.