October Mindfulness Challenge – Day 25 – Saver of the Bricks

Valentine Brkich October 25, 2018

You may have noticed that I didn’t write a post yesterday. It wasn’t because I was too busy, or sick, or had something better to do. I just didn’t feel like it. And…I had three glasses of homemade wine at my in-laws’ last night and decided to just hit the sack when I got home…

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October Mindfulness Challenge – Day 23 – What, Me Worry?

Valentine Brkich October 23, 2018

Just now I was experiencing some anxiety about what to write about today, when it hit me: Write about anxiety! One of the reasons I wanted to do this October Mindfulness Challenge was to learn how to better deal with anxiety. The older I get it seems the more anxious I am about things. I don’t remember worrying about…

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October Mindfulness Challenge – Day 22 – Mindfulness Tools

Valentine Brkich October 22, 2018

Mindfulness isn’t easy. Trust me, this is about the 5th time I’ve tried to develop a daily meditation habit. Turns out I’m not very good at sitting around and doing nothing, despite what my wife might tell you. Hopefully when this October Mindfulness Challenge is done, I’ll keep meditating everyday, even if just for a few…

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October Mindfulness Challenge – Day 21 – A Weekend to Remember

Valentine Brkich October 21, 2018

Parenthood. What a roller-coaster ride. Saturday our kids competed against other Catholic schools in the Pittsburgh Diocesan Championship at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds. We had high hopes for The Animal, who as a 3rd-grader has shown great promise, regularly beating runners 2 or 3 grades older. Honestly, I just wanted him to try his best. But I knew…

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October Mindfulness Challenge – Day 20 – Glory Days, Past and Present

Valentine Brkich October 20, 2018

This morning the kids had their Diocesan cross country championships up at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds. We arrived bright and early, at 8:15 a.m., and braved the cold, wind, and periodic rain as we cheered on our beloved Sts. Peter & Paul Pacers. Luckily we had coffee and Oram’s donuts to keep the adults warm and happy…

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October Mindfulness Challenge – Day 19 – Live from Studio H

Valentine Brkich October 19, 2018

Today we’re on location for the October Mindfulness Challenge. The location: Studo H in Monaca, Pa. My good friend Kelly recently opened the space as a creative/event venue, which you can rent for a creative workshop, team-building session, poetry reading, etc. Tonight, however, it is a private gathering for Kelly, her husband Daniel, and my family. Basically…

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October Mindfulness Challenge – Day 18 – So Far, Real Good

Valentine Brkich October 18, 2018

As we’re a little over halfway through the month, I thought it would be a good time to assess my October Mindfulness Challenge thus far… I haven’t checked social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) in 18 days now, and, honestly, I haven’t missed it. All the time I would’ve spent mindlessly scrolling my feeds has been put…

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October Mindfulness Challenge – Day 17 – Gettin’ My Hygge On

Valentine Brkich October 17, 2018

Today it was windy and chilly enough in The Beav to don my winter coat as I strolled over to the library to do some work. And I loved it. In fact, the older I get, the more I’m realizing that I’m a cold-weather person. I like wearing pants and warm sweaters and cozying up to a…

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October Mindfulness Challenge – Day 16 – Analog Love

Valentine Brkich October 16, 2018

Oh boy, I’m so excited! My sister sent me a transistor radio in the mail today! (No, this isn’t a blog post from 1987.) Why would anyone want a transistor radio nowadays, you ask? Apparently, you don’t have kids whose completely misguided and inconsiderate soccer league administrators, for some ungodly reason, decided to schedule games at 1…

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October Mindfulness Challenge – Day 15

Valentine Brkich October 15, 2018

In doing meditation, one of the things they always talk about is being mindful of your body and how it feels. Mine feels like its 80 years old. This writing stuff, turns out, is backbreaking work. Seriously. I can’t remember a day when I didn’t have back pain. Most of the time it’s been upper back pain…

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