And that’s October done. It was a weird month for me. There were moments of fun. Many moments of fun.
But there were also moments of mojo FOMO. But that’s okay. Because it’s hard to feel like you’re really missing out on anything when you get to spend most days with these two gorgeous kids.
Here’s what caught my eye on the interwebs this month.
Family and life
Those of you who know that I quit chocolate in October last year will understand why this appeals to me. The fabulous Maxabella of Maxabella loves has quit Diet Coke, and she’s written a nine-part series about breaking habits. It starts with step 1 (logically). But if you’re someone who usually skips to the ending, perhaps you’d rather start here: How to break a bad habit – DONE.
This post from Jess at EssentiallyJess is heart-wrenching. She perfectly captures the guilt, fear and pain of being about to lose a loved one. All those what ifs bouncing around your head, with nothing to stop them. We’re all thinking of you, Jess. Thank you for sharing your words.
Language and writing
This is an old post, but I only came across it this month. My favourite rule is number 11:
Putting it on paper lets you start fixing it. If it stays in your head, a perfect idea, you’ll never share it with anyone.
Food for thought
“In breaking news, a man did something nice for a disabled person.” That’s how this post starts, and it continues unapologetically dismantling every feelgood story that is shared on social media and showing them for what they are. You’ll think about it long after you’ve finished reading it.
This is a fascinating interview with the author of The Slap and Barracuda. I’m not sure that I agree with every word, but it certainly set the brain cogs a-whirring, and I guarantee it will for you, too.
It’s not a new thought (has anyone else read Oliver Sacks’s Musicophilia?), but a new study has shown that regular practice of an instrument can rewire the brain, and increase the size of certain brain centres. “The results of this study strongly suggest that practising musicians do in fact have a rewired brain that allows them to not only be better musicians but also better communicators in general.”
A few exciting things happened in October. One is that I officially became a contributor at Flying Solo, Australia’s online community of sole traders and small business owners. My first contribution may look familiar to long-term followers of the blog: it’s a somewhat cheeky introduction to punctuation basics in the style of Practical Grammactical.
In October, I also celebrated an anniversary: the anniversary of quitting chocolate. And I celebrated it by writing this guest post for the lovely ladies of Champagne Cartel. (And also by relaxing the ban long enough to enjoy a slice of my mum’s famous peppermint hedgehog. Just one slice. Okay, three. Four, tops.)
That’s what caught my eye in October. What did you enjoy reading?