I don’t think that blogging is all that stressful. In fact, I enjoy writing my blog. I rarely get writer’s block. Researching, checking out videos and other Oz-worthy information is a little stressful though, but not enough to add to inflammation in my potentially riddled body. The only real stress is finding the time to blog…and the lack of really great recent Gwyneth Paltrow quotes. I do have faith though, that I will always find the time to write and that Gwynnie will say something really dumb….soon. I have to give her props for the Jailbird Cake in response to Martha Stewart’s own nastiness – there is nothing more stinging than a WASP feud (pun intended). Check out the linkhttp://goop.com/recipes/sweets/jailbird-cake. I personally will not be making this cake – it calls for a mix master and I don’t own one. I’ve been banned from using the mixer at my mother’s house ever since the gingerbread man incident of 2008. Talk about stress! It was my first time using a mix master since I was a wee one and it was a bit of a disaster that resulted in a set of broken beaters and a warning never to touch my mother’s kitchen equipment again. Since then, she has relented and lets me use the kettle and the dishwasher. I’ve also been upgraded to stove top usage since I’m the only person in the family who can make a good pot of rice, but every time I even think about getting close the the mecca that is the mixer, I’m given a stern warning that it has to last the rest of my mother’s life and that she is down to her last set of beaters thanks to me. OOOPS….sorry!
Getting back to the stress of blogging, most days, I barely have time to answer my work emails. I’ve stopped answering most emails from friends just due to lack of time – sorry friends! I still do get joy from writing my little blog so I do try to make an effort where I can. Bizarre fact – last week, when I blogged just once, I had more views than almost any other week. Another interesting fact if you do blog, and I’m not sure that this happens to everyone – I get WAAAAYYYY more views on weekdays than on weekends which is the best time for me to write. Lesson – just get it over with during the week and party on during the weekends. When I write about travel, I also get more followers…interesting….I love travel and could write about it every single day.
In terms of stress relief, my daily Deepak Chopra/Oprah 21 Day Meditation Experience is going off just as expected – I listen raptly as DOprah speaks and as soon as it’s time to meditate, I lose it. Fortunately, Deepak always assures me that the goal isn’t perfection. I’m sad that it’s winding up but to tide me over, I’m reading Chopra’s “The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire”. It makes me feel deep that I’m reading it! It’s actually really well written – it’s all about the role of coincidence in your life. Ever read the bore that is “The Celestine Prophecy”? That book lost me after chapter one which was the only good chapter in the whole book. It was all about coincidence (just that chapter) – I blocked out the rest of the book since it qualifies as cruel and unusual punishment. Chopra’s book on the other hand, is all about coincidence – it’s the central theme – with some quantum physics to make you feel especially smart. He explains everything so well, it doesn’t even lose me when he starts talking about molecules and atoms – check it out if you are interested in the topic. You won’t be disappointed unless you only like horror and chick-lit – then you are out of luck.
Last but not least, a moment of gratitude. Today I am grateful to my over 70 year old mother (I’m not going to share her full age – that’s a not very carefully guarded secret). My poor little mother who has health issues of her own, got up and offered a heavily pregnant woman a seat on Toronto’s subway. I sat comfortably watching this, thinking – YAY Mom! Give up your seat instead of me…just kidding – I wasn’t even there. I just can’t believe that people today let my mother give up her seat while they sat there. It’s common courtesy to give up your seat for an elder, a pregnant woman, someone that is blind, uses a cane, is in a walker, etc. I see people everyday pretend to be asleep or lost in their book so that they can stay comfy. All I have to say is shame on you! Let’s be a little kinder to one another, and offer someone who needs to rest a place to do it and not make someone who isn’t old at all (like my Mummy) but who may be more advanced in years than you, give up hers.