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This Week on Persephone: Silliness and Bones!

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This week’s articles both had some really great discussion going on in the comments, so click through to Persephone Magazine to check it out and make sure to check out the rest of the article by my fellow writers. We’re got a smart bunch of ladies over there.

Positivity Challenge Week 15: Embracing Silliness

One of my fictional Positivity Mentors (that’ll be next week’s topic) is Phoebe from Friends. While her character may have been conceived and initially portrayed as the dumb blonde, the writers clearly saw that Lisa Kudrow could give them so much more than that and created one of the most interesting characters in television history. From her bouncing careers to her street smarts from being homeless, to the search for her birth father, and her carrying surrogate babies for her brother, Phoebe takes every challenge that life throws at her and hits it out of the park with a smile on her face. But the thing I love most about Phoebe? The fact that she unabashedly embraces silliness.

Recap: Bones, Episode 7.09, “The Don’t In The Do”

Scalping, academic publishing, baby blues, and blow-outs? It’s an all over the place episode of Bones, this week, and even Brennan ends up seeming kind of disgusted at the killer.

Acting Like a Person With a Life

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Contrary to what it might seem, I’m a pretty introverted person. Get me with a group of people that I’m super-comfortable with or my family and, sure, I’ll take the spotlight, but I’m not a talker with a group of new people. Get me on stage and I’ll ham it up, but I’ll take a back seat in most other situations. And give me the choice between being social and staying at home in my PJs, and I’ll always choose the one that involves cuddling on my couch with a blanket. Because of this, I tend to put off social engagements unless a) I really want to or b) I really have to. And this tendency to put them off usually means that I get weeks like my last week, where every night on the calendar is booked (or double booked). Usually, I end the week in a fetal position on my couch cuddling my puppy from over-stimulation, but this week, I actually did okay. I think a large part of that was that I made sure to include plenty of time to recharge and my form of recharging this weekend was training for my 5K next weekend.

After a Tuesday evening of work, I was ridiculously excited to see Nick Offerman on Wednesday night on campus (as you may have been able to tell from last week’s Wednesday Wonderful). He didn’t disappoint and the event was amazing. I did a run down for it for Persephone Magazine, so check that out for more details. Thursday and Friday nights were for dinner dates with good friends and Saturday afternoon we had a baby shower to attend. For Saturday night, a friend had invited me to Gainesville Fashion Week, where I met a Ted Mosby doppelganger (who just happened to be an architect). I also saw some great fashion, including stunning collections from AJNEL designs and Jacquelyn Brooks.

On the left, a mirror self portrait of me, all made up and with hair done. On the right, a picture of me sweaty, wearing sunglasses, standing in front of a prarie and a blue sky.

Two pictures from the weekend of contrasts: Left, Saturday night, dolled up for the fashion show. Right, Sunday morning, enjoying a run on the Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail

So that was the social recap. What really had my weekend feeling great was my training progress, though. Having not made it for a run in about a week, I knew that I needed to get running again… preferably getting myself on the roads, since the 5K I’m running in will be outside. I tend to have my asthma exacerbated when I’m running, especially outside, and especially when it’s colder. It’s one thing that’s kept me from being really active and the one thing I’m trying to work through and keep under control. I took the day off work on Friday (which also helped a lot in the recharging area) and mapped out a three mile route, took my water bottle, strapped on my iPhone, and listened to the cheers from my friends liking my run on Facebook (through the Nike + GPS app). I pushed it a half mile extra and kept a steady pace of about 15:30/mile which is exactly what I’m shooting for this Saturday. My legs hurt on Saturday, but I knew I could do it. Feeling better Sunday, I decided to drive out to the Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail and enjoy the gorgeous weather we’ve been having. I ran an awesome five and a quarter miles, but my overall pace lagged a little because of stops to enjoy the view (I mean, look at that picture up there… wouldn’t you?).

I’m feeling great today… I felt it in my legs a little earlier today, but it seems to have worked itself out by now. I planned all our meals for this week, giving myself days of “leftovers” or my husband cooking to allow me to spend some extra time running, as well as fill my week with lean, healthy meats. Last night was a good old Sunday roast and tonight is Salmon with Garlic Parmesan Edamame (via Pinterest) and rice. Later this week, we’re having Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala and a yet-to-be decided tilapia dish (suggestions welcome!).

I’m going to rock this 5K on Saturday!

Last Week on Persephone: Taking Changes, Bones, and Nick Offerman

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Sorry about the late update this week (I’ll explain more in a post tomorrow). This is what I’ve been doing this week at Persephone Magazine.

Positivity Challenge Week 14: Putting Yourself Out There

We’re going to put all our hard work on positivity into action this week with a challenge that might push many of you outside of your comfort zones. This week, I want you to put yourself out there and try something new.

How does this relate to positivity? What’s your thought process when you decide not to try something new? Does it go something like this:

Oh, hey, here’s a cool event that I’d like to go to. But I don’t know anyone who’s going. Well, I could go by myself. But what if I get lost on the way there? And what if everyone there already knows each other? And I won’t have anyone to talk to. And they’ll look at me like I’m that weirdo loner person. And I’ll probably get there early and be even more awkward. You know, it’s just not worth going because it’s not it matters whether I go or not since no one I know is going. And I have lots of Game of Thrones to read, so, it’s just better all around if I just stay home. Yeah, good decision.

The amount of negative self-talk contained in a line of reasoning like that is astounding when you break it down.

Recap: Bones 7.08 “The Bump in the Road”

This week on Bones: An extreme couponer finds herself on the wrong end of a semi-truck (as in, underneath it), Brennan goes back to work, and Cam’s daughter finds a new love interest… in the lab. With bonus Tina Majorino!

A Night with Nick Offerman

When Nick Offerman entered the room in an unbuttoned American flag shirt, carrying a guitar, and did a victory lap around the room, I knew this was going to be an awesome night.
For those not familiar with Nick Offerman, he is best known as the libertarian, woodworking, curmudgeonly director of the Pawnee Parks Department on the NBC show Parks and Recreation. He recently had the opportunity to do a small tour of universities, testing out some stand-up and songs. I was lucky enough to snag a seat for Wednesday nights show at the University of Florida. In case you aren’t in one of the areas he’ll be visiting (there’s no schedule posted, but check your local universities… this gig was only announced about a week in advance), here’s a run down of what an evening with Nick Offerman is like.

This Week on Persephone: Bodies and Bones

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Positivity Challenge Week 13: Body Positivity

In this week’s Positivity Challenge, I tackle Body Positivity, which is one of the hardest things I’ve written about since I started the Positivity Challenge.

You may think that body negativity only affects you when you look in the mirror, but having a negative view of yourself is something that you carry around all the time. Having a negative view of your body or your appearance has a trickle-down effect. If you feel your shape is frumpy, you try to cover it up rather than dressing to flatter your curves. If you hate your hair, you won’t bother styling it or even drying it some mornings. The next time you look in the mirror, the person looking back confirms what you feel about yourself and so propels the negativity in a vicious circle. Even without looking at cases of diagnosed body dysmorphic disorder, some studies have shown that women in particular have a distorted view of their own bodies (which, of course, can then lead to BDD and eating disorders in severe cases). In a 2010 study, researchers found that the brains of the participants warped the size of their hands in their own mind, and researchers stated that the same warped view could be extrapolated to the rest of the body. In other words, body positivity is something we need to actively work for since our brains are naturally working against us.

Read more at Persephone.

Recap: Bones 7.07 “The Prisoner in the Pipes”

On a lighter note, the TV show Bones is back and that means my recaps are, too! And with a great episode, too, in “The Prisoner in the Pipes:”

In baby news, Booth convinces Sweets to use psychology tricks to try and talk Brennan into having a hospital birth. Sweets doesn’t want to take sides, but Booth plays the “but I thought you were a friend” card and Sweets is totally played because he just wants big brother Booth to accept him. When he pulls B&B in to do a “partner assessment” and asks a bunch of leading questions, he totally gives away the goat when he uses a totally hypothetical example of home birth vs. hospital birth. Brennan is rightly pissed and done listening to male opinions on where her daughter is born. She does provide a compromise to Booth, though… she’ll let their daughter be baptized. Every child needs mythology, she claims, which of course Booth takes objection to. Brennan points out how the whole Mary, Joseph, no room at the inn, manger birth was a pretty darn well plotted story.

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This Week On Persephone: Positivity and Fitness

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This week on Persephone Magazine, I hit the three month mark of the Positivity Challenge.

Positivity Challenge Week 12: Get Out and Move!

Continuing in our effort to internalize positivity, this week I’m going to tackle a somewhat contentious topic: Exercise. In fact, I’m going to try and use the word exercise as little as possible. How about we call it “Movement”? Getting up and moving can be one of the hardest things to actually start doing, but the rewards can boost your positivity and mood in general more than anything other than pharmaceuticals practically.
You’re heard it before and you’ll hear it again after this: Exercise releases endorphins. Beyond the effects that physical fitness has on your body, the effects it has on your mood and mental health can be even more powerful. Some studies have shown that it can even make your brain process information more effectively. From personal experience, I can vouch for the boost in energy and mood that comes along with an increase in my level of activity. It’s really hard to know where to start, though, especially if you’re not already in a habit of getting some movement into your day.

The post has been getting a really great response. Writing about fitness is always kind of a touchy topic and I think I managed to strike a really nice balance. Share your thoughts at Persephone Magazine.