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Megan {Velveteen Mind}
Gulf Coast, MS
Relish the Velveteen. Revel in the Threadbare. Life of a mom articulate.
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Hello, spring. We're ready for you. Bring on the green in the air, sand in our hair, and water everywhere. Love, Iris and her dad. Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2014 at Rummage Blog at Velveteen Mind
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Celebrate mathematics on Pi Day! Plus a quick ode to the pop culture awesome that is Chris Hardwick. Ever wonder who the first person Nerdist followed on twitter was? It has to do with Pi. Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at Rummage Blog at Velveteen Mind
I didn't want to underscore it in the piece, but I'm more often the leader than not in work situations. I'm not afraid to lead, I'm almost too confident in my leadership talent, but for some reason I hesitate to be the first to step up. No, worse, and I can't underscore this enough, I really like the feeling of being chosen. I'm not proud of that.
Toggle Commented Mar 12, 2014 on An Experiment and Proposal on Hope at Velveteen Mind
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Laurie, thank you for taking the time to really read this. I wrote it last night and then sat on it because I couldn't decide if it offered any service other than me clearing my mind. Knowing you saw yourself in it is enough. By the way, how much do I love long comments? Word sisters.
Toggle Commented Mar 11, 2014 on An Experiment and Proposal on Hope at Velveteen Mind
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What one mom learned about her fear of rejection when her son refused to enter the science fair: What if they laugh at me? Because who do I think I am? Who am I to have such hope? Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at Velveteen Mind
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Iris is not impressed with your wait time or your talk of shots. Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at Rummage Blog at Velveteen Mind
I like that you immediately consider this blog a "place." I think of it that way, too. I'll post again sooner than later this time. And your last post on Stitches & Glue was in May AND was the only time you published in 2013? You and I could be friends.
Toggle Commented Jan 17, 2014 on Perpetual Stillness Machine at Velveteen Mind
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I know what you mean by "ballsy." I'll give you "presumptuous" or "overly confident," for sure. It does take confidence (with a fair amount of finger crossing) to believe that y'all will still care when I chime in. I get that. I think that's what I mean by "it takes trust." It'll bite me one day.
Toggle Commented Jan 17, 2014 on Perpetual Stillness Machine at Velveteen Mind
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Sweet juniper, Jasmine, I think you are lovely. I thought about you while I was offline. I'll catch up soon and hope this finds you well. If not well just yet, then well enough to keep on fighting. Or rolling, as it were. ;)
Toggle Commented Jan 15, 2014 on Perpetual Stillness Machine at Velveteen Mind
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If ever there is a time to take a hiatus, I vote for the holidays. You don't miss that much online and it's the best leverage of time with family and friends. Second to that, I'd say summer. (hint hint readers, don't wait until next holiday season) I was definitely not festive the whole time, either. I'll write later about what I did while I was offline but it wasn't all running through fields of wildflowers. Giving my full attention to what was in front of me felt like a vacation, though. Good for you for your fanfare-less hiatus. I love that.
Toggle Commented Jan 15, 2014 on Perpetual Stillness Machine at Velveteen Mind
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Jennifer, I couldn't have paid enough for such a solid newsletter testimonial. Thank you for subscribing! (because, yes, it sucks to keep checking back and still no new posts)
Toggle Commented Jan 15, 2014 on Perpetual Stillness Machine at Velveteen Mind
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The first rule of the Internet Hiatus is: You do not talk about your Internet Hiatus. Definitely not during your Internet Hiatus. I've been offline, more or less, since mid-November. I didn't announce that I was going offline, I just went. The end. Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at Velveteen Mind
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Frequent hotel guest? Blogger or business traveler? Heads in Beds explains the art of tipping, the importance of the hotel front desk, and more you need to know before your next hotel stay. Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2013 at Rummage Blog at Velveteen Mind
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On the steps of dad's new office, tellin' stories as the sun goes down. Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2013 at Rummage Blog at Velveteen Mind
My favorite comments are the ones that single out the one line that hit the nail for them. Also, it makes me feel like you read the whole thing. ;)
Toggle Commented Sep 7, 2013 on 5 Things I Am Doing Wrong at Velveteen Mind
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Part of me hopes L'Oreal never sees this (because that's embarrassing) and part of me hopes they see it and offer to tell me when this damn eye cream was manufactured. I don't know how to find salvage stores. We just happen to have a local chain of them here but they are awesome. They have ridiculously gorgeous high-end furniture right now for 70% off from a store that went out of business. My husband is so grateful that we don't own a storage unit.
Toggle Commented Sep 7, 2013 on 5 Things I Am Doing Wrong at Velveteen Mind
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Hey! (I love this comment just as much as all the paragraph-y ones.)
Toggle Commented Sep 7, 2013 on 5 Things I Am Doing Wrong at Velveteen Mind
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You and I may have made decisions on opposite sides of the same coin. Even though I know myself to be a solidly decent person, I still hold everything under a microscope. Maybe what I've decided, at 36, is that it's okay to continue to use that microscope on myself, after all. I'm generally happy with what it reveals and, when I'm not, then I improve. But it makes me really hard on myself so... I'm not sure that deciding not to be hard on myself about being hard on myself is progress. ;) Measuring ourselves on productivity is so freaking complicated. That's what Jenny's post was about.
Toggle Commented Sep 7, 2013 on 5 Things I Am Doing Wrong at Velveteen Mind
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Taking money into consideration when we're discussing productivity is complicated. I think you have short-term productivity that pays the bills and long-term productivity that, as I mentioned in my response to Sarah, doesn't necessarily generate anything to show for it initially but moves us toward our true goals. Research would fall in here. It's when the shiny objects (or pixelated objects re Facebook) stop any forward motion or, worse, suck our energy away like it does to me when I get distracted by someone else's chaos, that I have to stop and think. Rabbit holes and Ritalin for everyone, indeed.
Toggle Commented Sep 7, 2013 on 5 Things I Am Doing Wrong at Velveteen Mind
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I'm doing that chest thump thing with my fist and throwing a peace sign. You can't see it but it's awesome.
Toggle Commented Sep 7, 2013 on 5 Things I Am Doing Wrong at Velveteen Mind
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The notion that you can be productive before seeing results is challenging but I adhere to it. Let's be old ladies about it and say that that's what's wrong with kids today. ;) It is genuinely difficult to mentally track forward motion when you have nothing to show for it. Likewise, you can't count on external validation for your efforts when you have nothing to show for it, yet. Good luck with your job hunting. And, yes, whew, the skin under my eyes didn't melt off.
Toggle Commented Sep 7, 2013 on 5 Things I Am Doing Wrong at Velveteen Mind
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Are we all frauds? What if the only difference between us and them is our capacity to articulate our peccadilloes? Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2013 at Velveteen Mind
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And then, as if by design, I reached to look to my phone for the time, to see if I had any missed calls, and I saw what felt like dozens of Facebook messages. My friend Megan had tagged me... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 28, 2013 at About Megan Jordan
People are just too cool for M Night Shyamalan. I started writing this post in my head yesterday when I caught Signs on TV. I remember being so excited for that movie, sort of being disappointed in it but whatever, but then seeing how people just hated it. It's like a joke. I think it's my "but whatever" and moving on is what I wish I saw more. Because whatever. I'll definitely see you this weekend.
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I'm glad you saw that. I edited this post way down, believe it or not, and I had to leave that translation to be inferred by the reader.
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