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About xgravity23

I am a social media enthusiast in Springfield, MO #Sgf, who runs, reads, and tries to wear out @RowdyVizsla. #YNWA #LFC #Vizsla. I write about crafts, running, and my successes in becoming more organized and productive (and the web apps/programs that help me). Or whatever strikes me as interesting: I blog so that I have an excuse to write.

My Mini Think Week

I have yearned for an escape for a while. The thought of being in the middle of nature, alone with my books and thoughts, sounded heavenly. And I finally did it. I found some cabins at Lake of the Ozarks State Park for $50 a night (with air con!), okayed the vacation time with my boss, booked the rooms, and did it!

I took a work revision project, A Confederacy of Dunces, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and my journal. My adventure started Monday morning and ended Wednesday morning, about 48 hours total. These little Outpost Cabins were exactly what I wanted: privacy, surrounded by nature, but including some of the creature comforts I didn’t really want to derive myself of (did I mention the air conditioning and the already stifling Missouri heat?). Continue reading

“When one teaches, two learn.”

How To Learn Something New Every Day (And Actually Do Something With It). This blog post on Productivityist reminded me that I am a lifetime student (something I’ve long said as part of my answer to “So! Tell me about yourself”) and finally connected that trait with the fact that I’m also a teacher. 

Duh. Why am I not creating curriculum for myself and learning every day, which I would love?!

I am not going to start making worksheets for myself, but I love the idea of choosing a topic that I want to learn about, selecting a medium to learn it in, creating a curriculum, spending time every day learning, and then sharing what I’ve learned? Continue reading

Prioritize, Progress,

I have been working on increasing my productivity during the summer, which is my slow time at work. I have been reading blog posts, considering my workflows and organizational systems and how to improve them, tweaking my daily To Do list sheet, and just spending a lot of time thinking about how I attack tasks, what slows me down, and how I can eliminate those barriers. Continue reading

Why I Am Voting No on Springfield’s Question 1 on April 7 #SGFvoteNO

My Bible says, “Love your neighbor as yourself” and (paraphrasing here) leave the judgement to God. Discriminating is not love. Prejudice is not love. Being all judgey-judgey exclusionary is not love.
You want to be Christ-like, you love people. Continue reading

My First 3-Day Fast: Day 1

My blog was down for a couple months again, so I posted this on my Tumblr on March 9, 2015. Transferring it here for posterity. :)

I am nearly 24 hours into a 3-day fast. The seed was planted during an episode of House of Cards, where a gay man imprisoned in Russia for speaking about homosexuality mentioned that he had gone on a food strike, but only lasted 6 days before the hunger was too strong, and I wondered, “Could I go 6 days without eating?” I Googled it, and the seed grew into a sprout. Continue reading

I Am Not Afraid of Death [pt. 2]

Last week, I posted about death cafes and how, at 31, I am not afraid of death. I actually wrote that post on March 8, and five days later, one of my high school classmates, along with another Neosho High School graduate, died in a car accident in Indiana.

When I found out, all I could think was “Too young, he was too young to die.”

I will never know how Brad felt about dying, but even though we didn’t stay in close contact after high school, it seemed like he was doing a good job of Living, and he had always been good at pursuing his passions and playing to his strengths, in high school, at the very least. Continue reading

Das Leben ist Bunter als ich immer dachte [Wordless Wednesday]

Okay, so this isn’t exactly “wordless,” but it’s beautiful nonetheless. Source: PostSecret and German PostSecret.

Das Leben is bunter als ich immer dachte.

Das Leben is bunter als ich immer dachte.

Translation: Life is more beautiful than I had ever thought.

I Am Not Afraid of Death [pt. 1]

Today, I heard a piece on NPR about death cafes, a place where people can come together to contemplate their mortality. The reporter said, “The fear of death haunts us like nothing else. And it makes sense. All other fears — such as public speaking, centipedes and heights — pale in comparison. So we don’t really talk about it.”

I am not afraid of death.

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Things Aren’t Always #000000 and #FFFFFF :: #nerdalert

Just a little nerdy humor to start your week off with…

Things aren't always #000000 and #ffffff

Things aren’t always #000000 and #ffffff