Welcome to the Kim Strobel Joy Newsletter!
Where did summer go?For those new to my email list, I send out a monthly newsletter to my entire list, not just my educator list. I share a bit about the going-on's in my life, my favorite things, and some inspirational thoughts.
What's happenin' over here...
After my heavy August travel, I needed rest, and rest is not easy for me. One of my struggles is that I've always placed my inner worth on how much I can accomplish and achieve in a day.
Unfortunately, I also wear it as a badge of honor at times. As if I can only feel good about myself if I pulled a 12-hour workday, worked like a woman with her hair on fire, and then left my office feeling completely drained.
So here's what I've been up to.
I've watched a lot of the Hulu drama "Good Trouble." By the way - ladies, you will love this series! Let me know if you are watching a good series. I always need new ones to queue up.
And I've been taking naps on my deck bed, with my dogs, of course. I usually decide that around 2:00, it's time to wind down. I lay on this bed, watch my Hulu show, and take a nap!
By the way, this is our Luna, who is joining me on this day.
Do I feel guilty that I'm only working about 4-5 hours a day?
But I'm feeling the guilt and doing it anyway because my brain needs to know I am more than what I accomplish in a day, and I have value if I decide to give myself the rest and rejuvenation it needs.
I'm always a work in progress!
Lastly, this month, we've spent some time with our son, Spencer, who attends Indiana University. We have a group of friends, and our sons live together, so we cook a lot of food for them all day and just enjoy spending time with our adult children.
Spencer is in the Kelley School of Business and also works as a bartender at Kilroy's 40-50 hours a week. I'm super proud of his work ethic.
Well that's what my September has looked like. I can't believe how fast each month keeps going.
I'd love to know your thoughts about rest and giving yourself time to just "be" in your life!
Books I'm reading...
I'm still stuck on Colleen Hoover!
I think this might be COHO's best book yet! Crazy ending!
Love how Louise talks about how to reprogram our past conditioning to heal ourselves.
Quote, I'm Digging!
I think it's so easy to get caught up in how life looks on the outside to others. And we all know social media can make us feel like crappy parents or people at times. It seems like people show you a lot about how they wish their life looked.
I think we are all guilty of this at times. But I'm really trying to focus instead on how my life feels to me. ♥️♥️♥️
Oh, I started to type a text back to him, but then something in me stopped myself, and I deleted what I was texting and didn't respond. It's taken me 22 years to learn not to engage with him, and I finally did it!
In Case You Missed The Last Few Podcast Episodes
Season 8 of She Finds Joy has been crazy-fun. I want to make sure you are not missing out on any of these amazing episodes!
On September 7th, I talked about Overcoming Perfectionism and Embracing Who You Are.
On September 21st, I talked about Managing Your Inner Critic and Practicing Compassion.