Breaking Up with My New Year’s Resolution

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If you’ve read my earlier posts, you know that I made a New Year’s commitment to post to this blog everyday for the 365 days of 2016.  That sounded like a really good idea, and still fills my mouth with the flavor of a laudable endeavor when said out loud, but it’s actually not so great.   So I actually didn’t post to my Blog yesterday in direct defiance of my earlier commitment to post every day of 2016.  I broke with my resolution intentionally.  And here’s why.

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Mindfulness Isn’t Just Trendy, It’s a Powerful Tool | Big Think

I’ve considered many options for categorizing posts to the Giggling Calamity arm of my blog, and mindfulness seems to be the best fit overall.  The essence of Giggling Calamity posts is rooted in exploring how we perceive, experience, and alter the external world around us.  This includes relationships, family roles, employment roles, masculinity, femininity, philanthropy, education, activism, etc.  Not to be lost however is the simple fact that who we are dictates how we experience our environment, and for that reason, understanding who we are is vital to understanding the onslaught of external stimuli that confront us each day.  That’s mindfulness.  That’s why I’ve reposted this brief reminder about the importance of mindfulness originally published on Big Think.  I encourage you to check it out.

Mindfulness Isn’t Just Trendy, It’s a Powerful Tool | Big Think


Why does everything take so f@*#king long?


The title says it all.  Really.  Why does everything take so long these days?

I sat down to write a quick post for day #2 of this blog.  That was 2 hours ago.  The post is still in it’s infancy.  I got distracted by perusing my newsreader (feedly), hoping to find some interesting article that I could curate and editorialize about.  And there are quite a few interesting articles coming in, but it is just soooo tedious to read them and tag them and sort them and spin them into something worth writing about that I nearly forgot about actually writing a post for my blog.   There is simply too much to take in, and seeing anything with clarity through the fog of excess is certainly one of my new challenges.

No longer do people have time to listen to you wax eloquently about your favorite pets idiosyncrasies or the people you met on your vacation.  No, instead it’s “just the highlights, please.”

Distraction is so commonplace for us all now that it is expected.  If you pay attention, you’ll likely notice that conversations today almost always have an element of redundancy.  That’s because someone almost always didn’t hear what was said.  Really.  Take a moment next time you are in a small group conversation to remain silent and observe for this phenomenon.  Verbal brevity is also becoming the norm.  No longer to people have time to listen to you wax eloquently about your favorite pets idiosyncrasies or the people you met on your vacation.  No, instead it’s “just the highlights, please.”  But perhaps the most amusing aspect of conversation today is the variety of physical and verbal queues people employ to attempt to end it.  From subtly glancing at their phone, to mentioning how busy we are, to simply turning and walking away, we’ve all become quite proficient at the art of non-conversation without even really knowing it.

To tackle this problem as it pertains to curating content for this website, I decided to reorganize my news reader to separate out those sources that I know produce interesting quality content from other interesting but untested or inconsistent sources.  Most importantly, I decided to be highly critical in my selection of these sources to keep me focused and give myself the best chance to succeed at this website.  So, without further ado, here are a few of my favorite websites, blogs and sources for curated material that may appear from time to time on this blog.

Great Adventure Blogs

Indefinitely Wild

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Adventure Journal

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The Art of Non-Conformity

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Health and Fitness


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Great Writing

Marv Himmel

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Great Free Images (CC0)


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Reflection Made Possible with the One-Sentence Journal.

Journaling is something we all aspire to at one time or another. Like exercise or eating well, however, journaling requires commitment to really be meaningful. As busy as we are these days, that commitment can be hard to come by. Therein lies the beauty of the one-sentence journal. It’s a great way to force yourself to reflect on the most memorable or meaningful aspects of your day in a concise and efficient manner. Try it. You’ll find it’s easy to do by simply making a note in evernote or some similar program and adding your brief reflections to the bottom each day. And contrary to the title of the exercise, you don’t have to confine yourself to just one-sentence. Good luck!

Learn more about using a One-Sentence Journal here:

Source: Find Happiness in Keeping a One-Sentence Journal | Big Think

Welcome to Givagiggle!

Hello and welcome to Givagiggle.  What’s this blog about you ask?  This blog is dedicated to the pursuit of beauty, love, joy and inspiration wherever they can be found.

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