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On Coincidences, Quarantining and Brain Weasels

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It’s July 9th (aka, Marprilne the 97th). I really should be on the 8th day of the daily gratitude challenge (or at least past the 3rd) but the brain weasels have been extra busy this morning, so I decided to scroll through Facebook instead. I’m so glad I did.

I landed on the Boost Your Blog page. In scrolling through the links, one of them caught my eye (so weird. I didn’t realize I’d dropped it). Homemaker’s Handbook’s most recent post is titled “How to Stay Positive and Motivated During Uncertain Times.” Pretty sure times couldn’t get much more uncertain than now, and seeing that I have been getting increasingly (and strangely) angry about the Hamilton backlash, I thought that this one might be meant for me.

Dr. Prakash begins with When life becomes a roller coaster with unpredictable ups and downs, there’s a lot to be stressed about…When you feel your motivation is at an all-time low mode, there are things you can do to transform your inertia into energy.


She recommends using the FCL (Focus, Correction and Love) formula as a tool. She reminds us to set goals:

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and to visualize your success to make it happen (Ugh. Yet another reminder that I need to make a vision board).

Her blog is lovely (really and truly, one of the prettiest sites I’ve seen) and her advice is spot on – but this moment resonated with me:

Sometimes we all feel that an area of our life or perhaps more than one has gone completely off track and feel like you can’t move forward. Then don’t worry to switch off the usual suspect and embrace a new challenge. It’s always necessary to reboot your life and get a fresh start. Hit reset, start over, start a new chapter. Always do some introspection about the most important things to you right now. And make sure that you are working towards that. When life is audited, performance improves.

On a day that started with brain weasels on overdrive, I needed this reminder that we don’t need a new year to start over (although, the way that 2020 is going, our world needs a hard reboot). We can choose to begin again at any moment. If you’re looking for me, I’m headed back to bed so I can start the day over.[1]
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Brain Weasels f-g suck. They are squirmy little liars and are closely related to the EIC (Evil Inner Critic). If you’re struggling to tame yours, you should really meet Martin. Let’s roofie that weasel bastard.

P.P.S. For those of you who’ve made it this far, I have disovered the one good thing about the quarantine – the invention of the quarantini.







Fabulous Female searching for sanity while raising two children (a teenaged female and her father) in the Southern California suburbs.

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