Girl on bed surrounded by books in the air

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Three Things —Books as Bribery

Three Things, my post series, inspired by my love for bite-sized, tiny but mighty pieces of information.

One. This —

Up next on my bedside table is The Great Alone: A Novel. And by bedside table I mean on my kindle. I heard it was one of those books you don’t want to end.

Full disclosure: One of my most favorite things to do is read. So when I have a book like this, it’s a legitimate drug for me. Like a box of cereal on a rainy day and pair of baggy pajama pants with a stretchy waist. So I use it as a tool for self-bribery. Robyn, you have to do these 5 things and then, and only then can you read for an hour. Or two. Oh man, I’m already slipping.

What about you? What have you read lately that you’ve loved? I’ll need a new book soon!

Two. Versions, Personal Taste

I’ve been thinking about this version of Billie Jean for days. I’ve saved it in my bookmarks and rewatched it a handful of times. It’s so simple and poignant.

The comments underneath are brutal as they are most everywhere. Some people don’t like this version. I say if it’s had me thinking for days, then this performer has done her job. Especially because it’s not her first language. Brava.

What about you? Yay or nay on this version?

Three. Make the decision to freak out. 

I was reading an article/post earlier this week on Cup of Jo and pulled this gem from it —

Here’s a tip from perennial genius Brené Brown: “Calm people are breathers. They breathe and ask questions.” She then demonstrates how, upon hearing news, she trained herself to stop and inhale. Then, she listens to all the information and asks follow-up questions to determine whether the situation is actually worth freaking out over. Noted.

First breathe, listen, and then make the decision to freak out. I like the idea of being in control of the freak out rather than just tumbling head first into it.