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Monday Musings ~ August 29

August 29, 2016

Happy Monday! We ate this fresh Indiana corn last week and it was delicious.


1. Are you a Night Owl or a Morning Person? There has never been a doubt in my mind that I am, and always will be, a Night Owl. For as long as I can remember, even as young as in elementary school, getting up early in the morning is torture unless my body naturally wakes up. And please, don’t tell me the solution is simply for me to go to bed earlier. It’s really hard for me to even be able to fall asleep “early” because I’m just not tired and I have much more creative energy at night.

In her book, Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, Gretchen Rubin writes that life can be more challenging for Night Owls because the world is geared more toward Larks, with work and school starting early in the morning. So while I will never be a morning person, at least I know that I’m not alone in my struggle as a Night Owl.

2. The other day, I re-took my Myers-Briggs personality test, which confirmed again that I’m an ISTJ. Sophie decided she wanted to take the test as well. And true to her personality type, she was excited to start but quickly lost interest and wanted to stop half-way through. She’s an ENFP. How did I get a child who is my complete opposite? Probably because Bryan is an INTP. What a trio we are!

3. Speaking of personality types, loved this article on how each Myers-Briggs type reacts to stress. Among my triggers are being in an environment that is in disarray (BIG TIME); frequent change; being asked to do something spontaneously (pass the Xanax); too much extroversion (yep!); and dealing too long with abstract or theoretical concepts (majoring tune out). What’s your type and your stressors?

4. This was an interesting piece on Quiet Revolution about whether or not class participation penalizes introverts or quiet learners. I’m curious to hear your thoughts on this concept. Personally, I don’t think simply being an introvert equals not participating in class. Both Bryan and I are introverts and we never shied away from class participation. Yet on the other hand, I can see where some individuals can have a tough time with participation.

When I was teaching marketing classes at FIDM, I did give a certain amount of points to students for class participation. But here was my logic: So many students contribute so much in the form of participation and discussion, yet they were not always the best quiz or test-takers. I hated seeing those students suffer academically because one type of learning was not their strength. I wanted to recognize all types of learning and understanding, so I structured my class in that way.

5. What are you reading that you love? I just finished Mary Kubica’s Pretty Baby, which I consumed in a matter of days. I had the pleasure of meeting Kubica last year in San Diego and just adore her. I enjoyed her first novel, The Good Girl. Her third book, Don’t You Cry, is now available so I’ll be adding that to my TBR list.

6. By the way, I wrote a post last week about cookbooks, memories and the early days of The Food Network. I’m not sure how many readers saw it because Facebook wasn’t playing nicely with WordPress and didn’t auto-share the post. So if you missed it, feel free to give it a read.

What’s going on in your life? What are you thinking about with September just a few days away?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 29, 2016 12:07 pm

    Ha! I love how Sophie lost interest in the MBTI — that is her “P” coming out!

    I went into reading the article about class participation skeptical, thinking that it is impossible to cater to everyone (and you know I work in higher education and I am generally very sensitive to student needs!). But the authors did make some good points. I’m an extrovert (at least as assessed by the MBTI), but I was never a big class participator because I possess the introverted traits of needing to process information on my own and internally prior to discussing them — just as you and Bryan were participators and also introverts. No matter the personality, there are all different types of learning styles and we can’t categorize people definitively based on one trait. Also, I do think it’s important that students learn to participate and craft a thought on the cuff because they will need that in professional settings. Unfortunately, the only way to motivate them to do so sometimes is to attach a grade to it!

    Whew, I feel much more passionate about that topic than I thought! I will have to look into it more. Thanks for sharing!

    • Leah permalink*
      August 31, 2016 11:25 pm

      I completely agree with you that there are so many facets in class participant. It’s really not just about being an introvert, or an extrovert for that matter. I would love to hear what you find out about this and any other research you find. Write a blog post about it! 🙂

  2. August 30, 2016 1:37 pm

    I really liked Gretchen Rubin’s book about habits. I wrote in the morning for two years (forcing the habit). But now I’ve switched that writing time to one more hour of sleep and one hour of workout time, which allows me to shower before I take the little guy to preschool and have time to work in the coffee shop during the day. This is working so much better for me. The morning writing time worked too for a while. Sometimes we just need to shake things up.

    • Leah permalink*
      August 31, 2016 11:27 pm

      I really liked her book too. It was so helpful figuring out different aspects of my personality and how to motivate myself and shape habits. I’ll be eager to hear how your changed up morning routine works for you.

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