October Mindfulness Challenge – Day 9

Valentine Brkich October 9, 2018

I went out for a little run earlier today, and as I jogged around town I couldn’t help but notice all the political signs in people’s yards. Most were of the normal, small variety. A few people, however, were really showing their support for a particular candidate by planting a 4 ft. x 4 ft. banner in their…

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October Mindfulness Challenge – Days 7-8

Valentine Brkich October 8, 2018

OK, so I didn’t write yesterday. (Not that anyone noticed.) I give myself a pass considering it was Sunday and that I had a packed schedule: church, my daughter’s soccer game, volunteering at my kids’ school’s fall festival, dinner at the in-laws. Sure, I probably could’ve squeezed in 15 minutes of writing somewhere along the…

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October Mindfulness Challenge – Day 6

Valentine Brkich October 6, 2018

I apologize in advance if this post doesn’t make much sense. Last night I was at a local beer garden for my 25th high school reunion, where I had one or three-two-many beers. Then I got home and had a large glass of cheap Cab for a nightcap. Then, this morning, I had to chug a couple…

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October Mindfulness Challenge – Day 5

Valentine Brkich October 5, 2018

I know people who love getting the news. They love checking their favorite news website(s) as they sip their morning joe. They love turning on the TV first thing in the morning to check the traffic and weather, and to learn about whatever tragedies and catastrophes happened since their head hit the pillow the night before. I used to…

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October Mindfulness Challenge – Day 4

Valentine Brkich October 4, 2018

OK, so I broke the rules. Earlier today I posted some photos out on Instagram as part of my “Walkin’ around The Beav” series. Basically, whenever I take a walk around my lovely little town, aka, The Beav, I like to take photos of things that catch my eye and then post them out on my Instagram page (smalltowndad), which…

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October Mindfulness Challenge – Day 3

Valentine Brkich October 3, 2018

So here we are, Day 3 of my October Mindfulness Challenge: no social media, daily meditation, and daily writing. Something I’ve learned already is that, when you’re not constantly checking your social media throughout the day, it frees up a lot of time for other endeavors. Like more reading and, better yet, even more napping. And, oh yeah…

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October Mindfulness Challenge – Day 2

Valentine Brkich October 2, 2018

Well, I did it! I made it through 2 whole days with absolutely no social media! I know, I know…I’m very brave. The last time I went this long without seeing what’s happening out on Twitter…hmmm…well…I don’t know if I can think back that far. The point is it WAS possible at some…

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October Mindfulness Challenge – Day 1

Valentine Brkich October 1, 2018

I like change. I think it’s terribly boring when every day seems like a carbon copy of the previous one. Lately I’ve noticed just about every day has been following a similar pattern: Wake up at 6 a.m. Drink coffee while checking social media, i.e., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram Take the kids to school Come home, check…

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In the Eye of the Parenting Hurricane

Valentine Brkich July 25, 2018

No changing diapers. No gaiting stairs. No baby-proofing the house. No fighting over cell phones. No asking if they can borrow the car. No staying up late worrying about where they are or what they’re doing. In the world of parenting, you might say we’re right smack in the eye of the hurricane. Ten years into the…

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Vintage Gaming with The Animal

Valentine Brkich April 30, 2018

Lately The Animal’s been playing his Xbox a little too much, and I figured a little father-and-son time might be in order. So the other day after school we jumped in the car and headed to…the arcade! To be specific, we went to Pinball PA in Hopewell. I’ve been wanting to check out this place…

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