Share Four Somethings—February 2022

Near the end of each month I share four somethings with others at Heather’s.

The four categories are:

  • something loved,
  • something gleaned,
  • something braved, and
  • something achieved. 

Plus here’s my latest One Second Everyday monthly video . . . 

[click here if you can’t see the video]

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Something Loved

  • PICTURE-IN-PICTURE 

Would you rather read a transcript or watch a video?

I’m more of a reader than a watcher. But occasionally there are videos I like to watch. They may not need my full attention though.

So I very much love the picture-in-picture option to keep open a floating window of the video I’m watching on top of all other windows. I can still check email or scroll through Twitter or edit photos, while still seeing the video in a corner of the screen.

Picture-in-picture

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Something Gleaned 

  • 28 MANTRAS

I’ve been blogging every day this month for the #Write28Days challenge. It has been a challenge.

But it’s also been beneficial for me to review the 28 mantras I chose to write about. They each hold meaning for me, and have been useful in my life.

I’ve been gleaning wisdom from applying the mantras themselves but also from reading the comments underneath each blog post. You all are some wise people out here in the blogosphere and I’m grateful for you.

Find Your Mantra: 28 Daily Mantras

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Something Braved

  • ASKING FOR WHAT I NEED 

Maybe it’s because I was an independent middle child. Maybe it’s because I’m an Enneagram 5. Maybe it’s because I’m a female in the Christian tradition.

But asking for what I need doesn’t come naturally to me. It feels selfish. 

Yet allowing others to love and support us isn’t selfish. And if our friends and family are willing to help us (and they usually are), it helps them if we’re clear about what we need.

Ugh. {uncomfortable}

I’ve been a bit clearer this week to ask for some specific things I need. It felt awkward. It took some courage to be vulnerable. And a lot of humility. I’m still reeling from it.

To be vulnerable is to be exposed, but it’s also to be seen.” 
– Dana Norris

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Something Achieved

  • MEDITATION STREAK

As part of my year of RELEASE, I’ve committed again to a daily meditation practice. My goal is 20 minutes a day. I didn’t start until January 10.

The app I use (Insight Timer) tells me I now have a 46-consecutive day streak. I don’t know how long I can continue the daily streak, but for now, that feels like an achievement. I count it as a win.  

Insight Timer


What’s one highlight from your February? What are you looking forward to in March? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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19 thoughts on “Share Four Somethings—February 2022

  1. Martha J Orlando

    I sure have enjoyed your daily mantras, Lisa, and I really do appreciate all that work you put into these. Thank you! Setting aside specific time for meditation also sounds like a winner. I’ll look into that!
    Blessings!

  2. Trudy

    As always, I love your 1-second videos, Lisa. It’s such an example of capturing the beauty moments in life even in the midst of the painful moments in life. I enjoyed your insightful mantras. As for braving asking for help, I so need that, too. By the way, I’m the middle child, too. 🙂 The middle of 7. Love and blessings to you!

  3. Donna

    Love your four somethings Lisa. You have such interesting things to share each month! I am aware of the picture-in-picture feature, but generally get too lazy to use it. You have inspired me to give it another try.

    By the way I have been loving your mantra sharing, so many are truly thought provoking.

    And I totally resonate with the something braved effort at asking for what you need/want. This is me to a tee. Don’t ask, don’t tell. But in the end, I wind up resentful and alone. I am learning this too, and boy does it take some genuine bravery!

  4. Cindy Davis

    It is really difficult for me to ask for help as well. I would say that is very brave to have reached out. This has not been a good blogging month for me, I feel very behind, so I love that you were able to do it all month 🙂

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I’m in that minority with you, Lydia. I’d rather read than listen because it’s so much quicker. And when I do watch, I also appreciate when they have captions so I can read along as they speak. 🙂

  5. Anita Ojeda

    I love the picture-in-picture feature! I’m like you, I’d rather read. I don’t mind listening, but I have to speed up audiobooks to X1.2 or X1.25 (the narrator on a biography of Benjamin Franklin was so slow I spend him up to X2!).

    I’m looking forward to not having 28 posts to get out for the month ;). I’m really looking forward to spending nine days in Alaska with my grandson <3.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I agree that I enjoyed not posting anything on my blog today, Anita. 🙂 Thanks again for being such a gracious host of the challenge! Great job.

      I’m a huge fan of 1.5x speed when I listen to podcasts and sometimes 2x, depending on the speaker.

  6. Bethany V.

    I’m with you on learning to ask for what I need. I’ve taken on more work responsibilities this year and will be taking on more in just a few weeks. I finally told my husband that I needed him to take over the grocery shopping (I still help make the list) because I just can’t make it happen along with everything else. I’m also trying to hand off other things to him as well. I’m not superwoman and I don’t have to be.

  7. Theresa Boedeker

    It was fun to see the puzzles you have been doing in your video. Hubby and I have gotten into doing puzzles these last two years. Something braved: Yay for you. This is an area my sister and I have been working on for awhile. And it makes it easier for our loved ones when we are clear about asking. My husband says, “Theresa, I can’t read your mind.” Which is really an understatement. And a fact he has proved over and over again.

  8. Lesley

    I love your one-second video, especially the baby playing the piano! And I agree, I would often rather read than watch a video. That way I can skim through and get the important stuff in less than half the time! Well done on asking for help! It’s not easy. Vulnerability doesn’t come naturally to me either but it is important.

  9. JeanWise

    Your Mantra series inspired me to collect and list my own. I am up t o 20 and hopefully a few more to come, Thank you for the idea

  10. Heather Gerwing

    I love your Something Brave! Way to go!! And as for reading or watching, I’m more of a reader except for game instructions – we always pull up videos for those and they are very helpful!

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