Happiness is a bunch of little things

For the past five weeks, my time has not been my own.  I’ve emerged from the fog of Commissioned Officer Training, and I have so many thoughts and words about the experience, which I will share eventually.  Most of what I learned had to do with leadership and the military and our country, of course, but I found myself thinking at least as much about the kind of life I have created for myself.

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19 for 2019

Here we go!

I’ll admit: I almost didn’t publish this list because much of it’s personal (although not necessarily private) and I also am having a hard time finding my mojo since I’m about to leave for a month of training. In the training environment, my time will not be my own, so my list will essentially be on hold for the first five weeks of the year. Not the best way to start off a resolutions list for 2019, huh?

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18 for 2018: How it went

I put together an “18 for 2018” list at the beginning of the year and did not do a great job of reviewing my progress. I sat down this week to see how I did and was pleasantly surprised!

I’m making a “19 for 2019” list now and am coming up a few items short. I have not yet decided if I’ll push myself to get to 19 or leave it as is. The symmetry of 19 things for 2019 appeals to me, but I am practical enough to avoid adding things I am not invested in to my list.

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Emily Rowell Brown
When the struggle is too real

My husband Dan and I love to watch Shark Tank.  If you haven’t seen the show, the premise is that entrepreneurs pitch their businesses and ask for investments from the five successful celebrity “sharks.”  Every show glorifies hard work, the hustle, and the American dream: that if you sacrifice enough and put in enough hours, you can achieve anything.


It’s a wonderful notion.  But is it true for everyone?

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Emily Rowell Brown
What I learned in October

Taking a page from Emily P. Freeman and writing about what I learned this month.

1. I will probably spend the next year or two sick. I used to think I had a great immune system, and then I had two kids.  It turns out, my immune system is nothing spectacular; I just had not been exposed to the germs that pervade children’s spaces on a regular basis. I spent the first half of 2018 sick and frustrated, and never had I been more grateful for summer. When I caught two colds from my one-year-old in the month of September, I threw up my hands and resigned myself to my fate.  I got my flu shot, I wash my hands like crazy, and I open the windows like a mad woman. But there is only so much I can do.

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How I consume the news

Right now, it’s tempting to turn off the radio, television, and internet news alerts altogether and hide under a rock. I get it! In 2018, there is no nuance, civil discourse, or middle ground, it seems. Yet I also believe it is important to stay informed.

Like most millennials, I consume the news digitally (We’ve actually never had a paper newspaper subscription!). I’ve chosen to subscribe to several email newsletters that arrive in my inbox every weekday.

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Emily Rowell Brown