The Art of Getting Hot is all in the Timing
And if this headline doesn't get some clicks, I'm outta here.
Welcome to “This isn’t going to be the newsletter content you expected.”
To begin, let’s rewind the tape to this past Sunday morning.
Go ahead and visualize it. (Were you 🧘♀️💤🤓⛪☕ or 📰?)
I’m guessing you weren’t having the conversation I was.
The scene - my kitchen. I’m in the midst of making coffee while my husband looks up scores on his phone.
Over the buzz of the coffee grinder, I hear him say, “Siri, get me the score for the Diamondback game.”
I’m into my coffee making but also slightly intrigued; I wonder, is this baseball? Followed by… has the World Series happened yet?
So I ask, “Are you asking about baseball? Is the World Series happening now?” (Honestly, I had no idea.)
My husband looks at me like Where the hell have you been? (valid question) and proceeds to tell me we’re in the thick of the series - Diamondbacks versus the Rangers.
Surprisingly, I find myself interested in this, mainly because I hadn’t heard a lot about the Diamondbacks, and TBH, I think I even thought the Brewers might still have a shot at being in the World Series.
Since I know he knows how clueless I am, I feel safe asking my next question, “Were the Diamondbacks even good? I mean, I thought the Brewers were #1. What happened?”
(Well, during your coma, Abbey…)
My husband answers with, “You’re right, the Brewers were really good. The Diamondbacks just got hot at exactly the right time. It didn’t really matter what happened before… they turned it on during the playoffs, and that’s when it counted.”
And, BAM. With that sports lesson, I was able to catch up on current events AND tell you What I’d Rather Be Talking About this week:
Sometimes, it takes a while to get the smokin’ hot results you want.
So, if we’re working hard and the home runs just aren’t happening, it’s important to keep at it.
Because with persistence and dedication, we can be on FIRE. 🔥
We just need to recognize when it’s time to turn on the heat
and then give it all we’ve got.
With that, some podcasts and tips to spark some inspiration.
While it’s pretty harmless to be clueless about baseball, it’s not always harmless to be clueless about your health. Listen to The Underrated Health Metrics You Shouldn’t Ignore on the Mindbodygreen podcast.
How to deal with the uncertainty of work and deal with moments of frustration at work and in life… with a simple strategy - Write your resignation letter (but don’t resign). Huh. An enlightening episode on this week’s The Accidental Creative.
How to Brain Dump to Declutter Your Mind on this week’s Optimal Living.
Watch this if you want your to swell.
You’ve heard of comfort foods… here are some comfort shows streaming on a variety of platforms. One of them is Friends… RIP, Matthew Perry .
If you’re looking for a laugh, here are the funniest shows in 2023, according to Ranker.
Here’s some simple advice for traveling with family - over the holidays or whenever, travel tips you won’t find in guidebooks, and because it might happen… How to Deal With Flight Delays or Cancellations. (Take their advice for keeping your calm - don’t do this.)
Maybe you’ve decided you want to head out of town in December? Check out these recs by Condé Nast Traveler.
Beat the holiday rush and get some sales by checking out The 10 Best Things to Buy in November.
Hip2Save has an even more comprehensive list of November sales.
Five-minute lunches that will change your life, a five-minute protein & fiber-filled salad, and if you’re a snacker (🙋🏼♀️) - some healthy vegan snacks or healthy vegan treats.
A morning routine that includes a make-your-own Nutella? Yes, please. And, while I’m not a pancake eater (it’s a whole story that involves Wall Drug, eating 5 pancakes the size of my head, a growth spurt, and a 5-hour car ride), you might be. Here are some gluten-free pancake recipes if that floats your boat.
the stuff that matters most ❤️
🇺🇲As Veteran’s Day approaches, I want to share a piece my dad wrote about the Honor Flight that he took in 2012 with my brother, Tim. My dad served in WWII for the US Navy and was stationed on the Island of Attu. His detailed account of his Honor Flight with fellow WWII Vets shows just how much those flights mean to veterans and reminds us that when we say, “Thank you for your service,” it’s deeply appreciated. ❤️
(For more information about the program or if you’d like to support future Honor Flights, visit the Honor Flight Network. )
Pictured is the welcome reception after the flight & my dad hugging my mom.
On a serious note…
First, if you didn’t catch on in earlier newsletters, you now know that I’m not the person to ask for sports stats.
Second, let’s seriously talk about getting hot. Can we ever really predict when we’re going to have “our moment” and have things magically go the way we want them to go?
Obvio, that’s a big nope.
But as Paulo Coelho says in The Alchemist:
It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.
There’s only one team that will win (or has won; don’t ask me the status) the World Series this year. The same goes for the Super Bowl, the winner of the race, etc. But that doesn’t mean every other player stops trying. Pursuing our craft/sport/dream/vocation/life is what makes life interesting.
It’s what helps us grow.
Sometimes we’re HOT, other times… not so much.
But it’s all good.
As long as we stay in the game.
Don’t lose your glow, friends.
Until next time,
P.S. In the spirit of this newsletter, I have to note that my husband just alerted me to the fact that the Texas Rangers won the World Series. (In case I have any kindred souls out there who may not have gotten the news by press time.) Well done, Rangers. Good effort, Diamondbacks. 🔥
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