Bug Transport

Shout out to this little friend who now lives in my town because he rode all the way home with me.

The funny thing is, this is the second time this summer that this is happened to me. A cricket or grasshopper finds his way to this exact place on this mirror and rides all the way to where I’m going.

I’m a Bug Uber.

Renee Roederer

We Need Each Other

Tweet by Benjamin Perry reads, “What to hear something amazing about crying? Emotional tears have higher protein concentration that irritant tears, which makes them fall down your cheeks more slowly — increasing the chance that they’ll be seen and solicit care. In literal ways, your body is built for community.”

Know Anyone Who Would Enjoy Reading This Blog?

A few times per year, I always like to say thank you for following here at Smuggling Grace. I appreciate you taking the time to connect here, and as always, thanks for engaging too. I enjoy reading and hearing your comments virtually on the platform, in emails, or during real time conversation. Thank you!

And I’m always happy to expand the audience as well. Do you know anyone who might enjoy connecting with this blog? If so, feel free to pass it along. The more the merrier!

And I wish you a wonderful day.

Thanks for engaging in community with me!

Renee Roederer

Also, a few times a year, I always extend an invitation to support this blog on Patreon. Or! You can tip me with a coffee! Both of these are always great gifts, but are never expected. I appreciate you being here.

One Percent Changes

A person I appreciate says this: If you want to make changes in your health, in your personal rhythms, in your structure, in your work, and in your life, start with one thing, and it can be small. She says, “Make 1% changes, and them it compound.”

When we make small shifts, we are likely to stick with them, and once they’ve become solid habits, we can add another “1% change.”

Most of our lives do not divide precisely into percentages, but I’ll share that three weeks ago, or so, I moved from 7 hours of sleep to 8 hours consistently. That was a 12.5% change nightly. That feels great, and it’s a very solid change to build upon.

Any 1% changes you want to make?

Renee Roederer

Boundaries as a Way to Love

Quote by Prentis Hemphill — Text in body of post.

I really appreciate this quote and framing of boundaries by Prentis Hemphill: “Boundaries are the distance at which I can love you and me simultaneously.”

I think this is really helpful. And this framing is a good reflection point, allowing us to consider how our relationships are functioning. It also gives us empowerment to move that distance closer or farther based on the needs of the moment.

Renee Roederer