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Human Highlights: A Good Hobby

Human Highlights is a Sunday tradition at Commode To Joy. It’s a friendly reminder to forgive your human moments, celebrate the highlights, and enjoy.


Human Moment: Hunger woke me up at 4 a.m. last Monday morning, and then it kept me from falling back to sleep. By 5:00 I gave up, got up, and fixed a very early morning breakfast. I ate, worked on an upcoming installment, and then went back to bed.

Typically, once I fall back asleep (after being up in the early hours of the morning like this) it’s a sound, deep sleep. Monday was no exception.

Miller woke me at 6:50. I invited him into bed so I could keep sleeping and gave him the iPad.

He watched videos of railway crossings. I slept.

He asked occasional questions. Too out of it to form words, I offered grunts as acknowledgment.

He played games, working puzzles and cooking “food”. I slept more.

He was perfectly content, chilling beside me when finally, at 8:25, I woke up.

For as often as kids disrupt sleep – as in, I’m 33 and still occasionally wake my mom of a morning with a call or text – sometimes, somehow, they know when you really need rest and graciously allow it.


Highlight: I have some exciting Commode To Joy projects I’ve been working on including a new series and a collaborative project. I’ve made progress with both this week and am getting ever closer to being publish-ready. Additionally, I’ve been in contact with a web designer, so in the next month or so, CTJ will have a whole new look.

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Elaine’s happy dance is identical to mine.


All women, whether working full-time, working a side hustle, or working as a stay-at-home-mom need a hobby – something that’s purely yours. When work sucks, life gets hard, or unwanted surprises come knocking, a good hobby can offer much relief. It gives you something to look forward to, engages your mind (or hands or body depending on the hobby), and temporarily removes all other labels – mom, wife, coworker, boss, friend – so that you’re just you.

I’ve missed me the past several weeks. My focus and energy have been sketchy. This week? I’m back. I have energy to fuel my projects. These projects in turn add excitement to my day sustaining me while I mother (and wife and house keep and errand run, etc…).


Enjoyment: Back to Monday. By 9:00 a.m. I made a cup of coffee and carried it down along with my laptop to work on an aforementioned installment. I hadn’t even opened my computer when the doorbell rang. So finally, a few minutes after nine, we got up for the day.


Midmorning makings of a great day.

What are your Human Highlights from the week? Leave one of your moments in the comments below.

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2 replies

  1. Love, love, love this post. And the gif is so perfect.

  2. Love β€οΈπŸ’•
    My human highlight is that change doesn’t feel so scary when you do it with your team. πŸ‘ŠπŸ»β€οΈπŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ’•

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