Episode 32: Blog Updates & Stress Management

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✯ This episode’s links:

📌 Outfits of the Day
📌 Intermittent Fasting Month Eleven
📌 Five Favorites When Taking a Hop
📌 My Favorite Overnight Breakfast (Rice Pudding)
📌 Why I Love Fish Pedicures
📌 “Burnout” by E & A Nagoski
📌 (pending non-fiction picks post)

✯ Full transcript —

E32: Blog Updates & Stress Management

Welcome back everybody!
Lady Jupiter Podcast is the audio accompaniment to LadyJupiter.com a lifestyle blog where I write about my family’s military life, home stuff, my low maintenance beauty and fashion, and travel when possible. I’m happy that you’re here with me.
Today I’ll share an update on our life as affected by the U.S. military, continue with a blog update, then wrap up with my most recent domestic diversion.

Today in our military affected lives I have nothing significant to update.
We continue to wait for the Senate to approve the next round of officer promotions. I promise that we’re not antsy -per se- we’re just ready, Mister Jupiter more so than I. He has been doing a lieutenant colonel’s job for more than a year, and especially after hiring a part-time nanny, the pay raise will be welcome. Regardless, our wait continues and there’s nothing we can do about it, so the best we can do is to not stress about things out of our control. Breathe in, breathe out.

For today’s LadyJupiter.com update…
I have tiny updates!! Since we last spoke I updated Outfits of the Day, posted a new Intermittent Fastingupdate, and posted a new article that I started drafting two months ago titled “Five Favorites When Taking a Hop” (a “hop” in this context is a military plane that has passenger space available for your destination – but I don’t get into the nuts and bolts into how to catch a hop, because the restrictions have surely gotten tighter in this Year One of COVID).
AND THEN I lightly refreshed two posts. One about rice pudding and another about fish pedicures. I periodically re-read and update my evergreen content, but I need to do that more regularly…I’ll figure something out! Regardless, those posts were originally about two years old, but otherwise still relevant so I only changed a few lines in each, but just realized that I should have updated the graphics too – but I can get to that later.
📌 Outfits of the Day
📌 Intermittent Fasting Month Eleven
📌 Five Favorites When Taking a Hop
📌 My Favorite Overnight Breakfast (Rice Pudding)
📌 Why I Love Fish Pedicures

Either way, I am just astounded at the amount of joy that I have after posting two new things and updating three things. LadyJupiter.com started as a platform for me to share my experiences and sometimes rant, but now it’s a place where I share and feel accomplished. It’s not about the numbers either. Nobody pays me regularly, my scant income doesn’t even cover hosting fees, but I do it anyway. This is a place where I can start and finish things, which has become a greater challenge than it used to be. I’ve always been one to start ten projects and only finish one – but now (unlike previous years) the unfinished projects sit in the back of my brain and stress me out. But I am still driven to start new things (blog posts in this case) because they are bursting to be written…yet the unfinished drafts weigh me down more than I think they should. So hopefully I can get in more regular writing time because I need it.

And now for my most recent domestic diversion
I want to start with something that Mister Jupiter said recently. We were talking to some friends and I tried to explain my introverted extroversion in one sentence, then Mister Jupiter swooped in and stole the show. He explained that I get recharged in crowds, but only if I don’t talk to anyone.
Man. That is the truth. It’s also maybe why Las Vegas was immediately comfortable for me (and so remains, pandemic aside). Thinking about Las Vegas in particular makes me think about the contrast of the crowds versus the solitude of my hotel room. I definitely get a social charge from getting tangled up in convention attendees, then going to my room for a long shower and hydrating face mask, or maybe yelling at my friends in a club then retreating to the restroom so I can text them memes because that’s the kind of lady that I am. I am also a bitmoji wizard.
Otherwise! My biggest domestic diversion this week – the thing that has kept me far away from ever finishing the laundry – has been writing and doing one of a million digital tasks that I am behind on. Our part-time nanny only comes in six hours a week, and I might use her days as my writing days and save the housework for later since writing gives me significantly more joy than folding socks ever did.
Besides, since last episode I started listening to a book called “Burnout” by Emily Nagoski PhD, and her sister Amelia Nagoski DMA. I haven’t finished it yet, but their concept of stress cycles really resonates with me, especially when a small disappointment nearly shuts me down. It isn’t the one tiny thing itself, it’s when the tiny thing is the straw that breaks the camel’s back and I’m the camel. According to the Nagoski sisters, unresolved stress cycles can build up for years and actually cause physical harm. One of the ways to close a stress cycle is to engage in creative pursuits (there are more methods, but I’m not here to talk about the entire book – besides, I haven’t finished it yet). I can tell you immediately and with confidence that creative pursuits definitely help me close stress cycles – even the ones that writing didn’t start.
📌 “Burnout” by E & A Nagoski

Regardless I look forward to finishing this book and continuing my self-improvement journey. I don’t have lofty goals, I just want to know everything in the world and bask in the knowledge of all. But until I have time to take all of the college classes, collecting degrees and certificates – I will first work on myself and my stress management while I care for a toddler…with some help.
So when he’s old enough for school I can start taking classes again, assuming that we don’t homeschool. I don’t want to homeschool exactly, but after living in some of the school districts the Air Force sends us – it’s not off the table, but it’s not my first choice. Besides – that’s one of the reasons we have a part-time nanny now, it’s because Kid Jupiter needs a break from me.
Oh – this just reminded me that I need to find a good place to post about the books I’ve read or listened to lately. They’re all health and wellness, but I’ll get back into fantasy as I resolve more stress cycles and feel lighter. So -note to self- write and share my October-November 2020 non-fiction picks. Post pending and likely to be boring…include a recipe to brighten things up. Maybe add some dog photos too.
📌 (pending non-fiction picks post)

And that’s it for today’s show!
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