just let me sleep in

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I read a lot of medium.com posts for my job. Most are related to architecture or urban planning, but I also scan through the top stories, to see what becomes popular, and what I can learn from them.

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Scientists say Facebook and Instagram can have detrimental effects on our self-confidence, but has anyone ever considered what Medium is doing to us?

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Specifically, I was looking through a publication called The Mission. It’s supposed to make people become better people. That sounds great.

But when I scroll through the feed, I am bombarded with:

  • If You Do These Things Every Day, You’ll Become Smarter
  • How To Get People To Like You In 5 Seconds Or Less
  • You Need to Give Up These Toxic Habits If You Want to Be Exceptionally Successful
  • Your Self-Consciousness Is Killing Your Creativity
  • How to *Not* Waste Your Life
  • Bad Habits You Need to Kill Immediately to be a Much Better Person This Year
  • 8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8 A.M.

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Oh my god. I wasn’t previously aware just how dumb, unlikeable, and unsuccessful I am. Or that I was wasting my life. I also should clearly re-think my habits. And wake up earlier.

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…Or not.

If I wake up early enough to meditate, work out (hard!), eat, shower, read (…read?!), review my life vision, and do something towards my long term goals, all before 8am, I am going to stab somebody (possibly myself, possibly in the eyeball) by the time I’m 30.

On the I’m-calling-this-an-accomplishment side, because irony, it will probably be before 8am.

Hell, make it before 7am.

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I truly think it’s a great thing to strive to be a better human. But I don’t think that constantly being told we’re not good enough and we must change is healthy. (Besides, how many of us actually read these articles and then go on to make any real changes?)

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I meditate about 3 weeks of each year, as part of the Whole Life Challenge. I work out almost every day. I eat well, but I also eat pizza (and cookies. There is a ziploc bag of homemade cookies in my purse right now). I read, a lot. (But not before 8am). And unless you count getting out of bed as taking action towards my long term goals, there’s the rest of the day for that.

Plus, I know how to make these blueberry muffins.

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Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 and a half cups flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • zest and juice of one lemon (separated)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a muffin pan with cupcake/muffin liners, or grease the cups.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, lemon zest, salt, and baking soda. Make a well in the middle.
  3. In a smaller bowl, whisk lemon juice, vegetable oil, egg, milk, and vanilla together. Pour into the middle of the well in the dry ingredients.
  4. Fold together until about half mixed, then add blueberries. Continue folding until just barely combined.
  5. Scoop into prepared muffin cups, and bake until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Serve as soon as possible.

This made 6 large (bakery-size) muffins; it probably makes about 12 regular-sized homemade muffins. The large muffins took 35 minutes to bake; I would estimate 18-22 minutes for the small ones.

 

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