Even though I’m not in school and haven’t been for years, I’m still learning things ever day. I have loved reading Emily Freeman’s monthly “What I Learned” posts and this month, I finally jotted down a few things I learned! I love looking back and reflecting on things, so I hope this becomes a regular practice.
In no particular order, here are some things I learned in September:
1. If you have an iPhone and put it in airplane mode, it charges faster.
Just a helpful little tidbit if you’re like me and let your phone get down to 5% and need it to be charged so you can look up what temperature to set the oven on to make bacon in the oven.
2. Indianapolis is in the Eastern Time Zone.
I realized this when I was there for the Influence Conference earlier this month. I assumed it was still Central Time, but realized when the plane landed that the time had change. It’s a good thing to know when you’re calling home to talk to kids before bedtime!
3. I like the taste of beer better when it’s not icy cold.
Random, I know, and it doesn’t really matter to anyone else, but we had summer shandy and I must have started it with dinner and finished it after the kids were in bed and it tasted so much better after it was room temperature. Maybe it’s because I’m more of a wine drinker? I don’t know, but I could taste the lemon flavor better when it wasn’t so cold.
4. I am the parent who babies the kids more.
I kind of knew this already, but after leaving Adam with the boys for a weekend, I know it’s true. I don’t mean to spoil them or let them get away with everything, but they are definitely mama’s boys. I probably hold Foster too much, give in to reading Emerson “one more book” at bedtime, and am generally the parent they come to first for everything. Part of it is that I spend pretty much every day with them. But I do want them to depend on Adam too!
5. I love picking Emerson up from preschool.
Emerson started going to a 2-3 year old preschool two mornings a week. Some of the drop offs have been hard, but I love peeking into the classroom before he’s done and seeing him singing and playing with the other kids. It’s also been strange to only have Foster for a few hours a week. He still naps for most of the time, but soon we will be able to run errands, just the two of us!
6. I want to/need to write.
I have always been a writer, and it’s not always easy to write, but it’s something I love to do. It’s how I process things. It’s how I communicate and how I express myself. I haven’t had a lot of freelance writing projects lately, but even if I’m not being paid to write, I still need to do it. I’m still figuring out what that will look like, but I know that I feel better when I’ve put words on the page. Even if they aren’t polished or edited or cohesive. Sometimes you just have to write!
I took a great class by Ann Swindell on the Influence Network about writing as ministry. It was really encouraging. She reminded us that God has given me the desire and passion to write, and even if I only have an audience of one (Jesus) I can still do it to bring him glory.
What have you learned this month? I’d love to hear? I’m linking up with Emily, here.