Reverie hit a milestone moment a few weeks ago: I hit 100 posts. I know that this seems like a small thing but in the middle of having to close my clinic due to the coronavirus crisis and the drastic shifts I am making in my life to accommodate for that, I’ll take any glimmer of sunshine I can get. I wanted to do this post for my 100th post but other things took precedence. After all, this blog is here for you: as a reference to my patients and as a resource to everyone else. But whether you are a regular blog reader or not, 100 posts is a lot and it’s quite possible that you may have missed some of the most popular posts I have to offer. So that’s what today’s post is: a round up of the 10 most popular posts over the past two years. I hope that you can find something that serves you. Featured image and cover photo by Malte luk from Pexels

Milestone Moment: Reverie hit 100 posts!

Reverie hit a milestone moment a few weeks ago: I hit 100 posts.

I know that this seems like a small thing but in the middle of having to close my clinic due to the coronavirus crisis and the drastic shifts I am making in my life to accommodate for that, I’ll take any glimmer of sunshine I can get.

I wanted to do this post for my 100th post but other things took precedence. After all, this blog is here for you: as a reference to my patients and as a resource to everyone else.

But whether you are a regular blog reader or not, 100 posts is a lot and it’s quite possible that you may have missed some of the most popular posts I have to offer.

So that’s what today’s post is: a round up of the 10 most popular posts over the past two years. I hope that you can find something that serves you.

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At 9:30 AM last Tuesday, I got the first question from a friend: “How do you manage to work from home?” Over the course of the week, more of the same trickled in as friends and patients alike were thrust into new routines because of quarantine. Some people are having a hard time adjusting and this is especially true for friends and patients with kids. Before quarantine, a quiet joke among work from home parents was that we were seen as hobbyists. “Like, what do you even do all day?” Eve 👏 ry 👏 thing 👏. Now that everyone who can is being thrown into the work from home lifestyle, the nation is lifting the curtain on the reality of multitasking, connected parenting, and productivity that we work from home parents have been trying to tell you about. This blog is the tip of the iceberg of what I have figured out as a work from home mom over the past few years and I hope that it can serve you through this quarantine and beyond. Featured image and cover photo by Plush Design Studio from Pexels

Six Tips to Work From Home More Productively

At 9:30 AM last Tuesday, I got the first question from a friend: “How do you manage to work from home?”

Over the course of the week, more of the same trickled in as friends and patients alike were thrust into new routines because of quarantine. Some people are having a hard time adjusting and this is especially true for friends and patients with kids.

Before quarantine, a quiet joke among work from home parents was that we were seen as hobbyists. “Like, what do you even do all day?” Eve 👏 ry 👏 thing 👏.

Now that everyone who can is being thrown into the work from home lifestyle, the nation is lifting the curtain on the reality of multitasking, connected parenting, and productivity that we work from home parents have been trying to tell you about.

This blog is the tip of the iceberg of what I have figured out as a work from home mom over the past few years and I hope that it can serve you through this quarantine and beyond.

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I started out blogtober with a post on zhi or willpower. I focused mainly on yin zhi or the unconscious decisions that bring us to (or far away from) our life goals. When I wrote the post I thought, “Wouldn’t it be fun if I actually managed to do this thing?” But, I don’t finish fun things easily. My yin zhi has never lead me astray. But my yang zhi? That’s a whole different story. You see, I am stubborn. If you’re being kind you’d call me “tenacious” or “determined” but it all amounts to the same thing: I push hard and I push long for the things I want. For important things like my clinic and my family, I can push through any mental resistance and laziness to get it done. But things that I do for fun? Or for my own self-care? That’s another story. Featured image and cover photo by Juan Pablo Serrano Arenas from Pexels

Yang Zhi, Willpower, and Burnout

I started out blogtober with a post on zhi or willpower. I focused mainly on yin zhi or the unconscious decisions that bring us to (or far away from) our life goals. When I wrote the post I thought, “Wouldn’t it be fun if I actually managed to do this thing?”

But, I don’t finish fun things easily.

My yin zhi has never lead me astray. But my yang zhi? That’s a whole different story.

You see, I am stubborn. If you’re being kind you’d call me “tenacious” or “determined” but it all amounts to the same thing: I push hard and I push long for the things I want. For important things like my clinic and my family, I can push through any mental resistance and laziness to get it done. But things that I do for fun? Or for my own self-care? That’s another story.

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Practical Feng Shui

Feng shui is an ancient art that is intended to harmonize your relationship with your environment. It’s a beautiful, complicated art with many schools of thought and sometimes, it can be easy to get lost in the weeds. But there are some very simple, everyday things you can do to improve the feng shui of your home.

Toys ooze out of their boxes. Books are stacked on top of books, a mishmash of titles and discarded book jackets. You have three can openers and can only find one. Oh yes, it’s time to declutter. Off to Pinterest you go; minimalist moms and decluttering divas throw out their suggestions: One room at a time One category at a time The whole house in one layer One week, once, and it’s clean forever Fifteen minutes a day and you’ll get there eventually Konmari So you roll up your sleeves, ready to whip your home into shape. But kids don’t put their toys back. Dishes need to be done. You need to get work done. And, shockingly, you are the only one interested in decluttering. Eventually days turn into weeks. Maybe you’re discouraged because your one perfect room makes the rest of the house look like a pit. Maybe the one category at a time method isn’t noticeable because you just cleaned around other clutter. Eventually, as you tend to life, your decluttering project falls to the wayside because you prioritized other things and instead of a clean, Pinterest-perfect home you are left with guilt and a sense of failure. Featured image and cover photo by Daria Shevtsova from Pexels

The Decluttering Experiment

So you roll up your sleeves, ready to whip your home into shape. But kids don’t put their toys back. Dishes need to be done. You need to get work done. And, shockingly, you are the only one interested in decluttering.

Eventually days turn into weeks. Maybe you’re discouraged because your one perfect room makes the rest of the house look like a pit. Maybe the one category at a time method isn’t noticeable because you just cleaned around other clutter.

Eventually, as you tend to life, your decluttering project falls to the wayside because you prioritized other things and instead of a clean, Pinterest-perfect home you are left with guilt and a sense of failure.

Nothing says fall to me more than a cup of hot apple cider and a stack of books on my side table. Some of you know this, many of you don’t: this isn’t my first blog. It’s my third! The last two faded into obscurity but the very first one was called ‘Shelfhelpless’ because I have an eternal love of self-help books. So for this second blogtober post, I’d like to share six of my favorite shelfhelp books in the hopes that you can find the same sort of joy in them that I have. Cover photo and featured image by Janko Ferlic from Pexels

Six self-help books to cozy up to this fall

Nothing says fall to me more than a cup of hot apple cider and a stack of books on my side table.

Some of you know this, many of you don’t: this isn’t my first blog. It’s my third! The last two faded into obscurity but the very first one was called ‘Shelfhelpless’ because I have an eternal love of self-help books.

So for this second blogtober post, I’d like to share six of my favorite shelf-help books in the hopes that you can find the same sort of joy in them that I have.

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