Musings of a Museum Fanatic: June 2020

6.30.2020

Why You Should Ditch Perfection


For the past year I've been really frustrated with my blog. I've been blogging since 2012. I've worked hard on posts and attempted different things with social media. There have been many ideas and topics I've wanted to write about and share but just haven't yet. I was waiting for the right time, for my followers to be more, for the perfect way to say things. 

I realized that my wanting everything to be perfect has been holding me back and making me really frustrated with blogging. It took a while to realize this is why I was getting frustrated but I've realized that perfectionism isn't something I should be beholden to. Perfectionism is always just a reminder that something isn't good enough or when you to try and fall just short of perfect there was no point in trying at all. 

Perfectionism can lead to burnout, frustration and depression. It can hold you back when you tell yourself why bother trying since it won't be perfect. 

Ditching perfectionism is tough but there are many strategies and thoughts you need to keep in mind when ditching it.

Perfectionism isn't real

Kevin likes to joke about my being so efficient and perfect. I always have to remind him that none of us are perfect. We all error and make mistakes. If we didn't everything would be impossible. 

Just start

There are so many things, from blog posts to businesses, that we never start because we're so afraid it won't be perfect. Don't let perfectionism rob you of those opportunities.

It can hurt relationships

Always expecting the people in your life to be perfect can harm them and your relationship with them. By expecting perfection you start to be controlling. No one wants or should be controlled like that. 

Good is just as good

There is a great saying "perfect is the enemy of good". By always attempting to be perfect there is a bigger chance that you'll do a bad job than by just going for a good job. This is something I've worked to wrap my head around when it comes to this blog. I don't have to write a perfect blog post I need to write good posts. 

Raise your stress

Being a perfection can raise your stress levels like crazy. You're so focused on making everything perfect you don't even enjoy what's happening.

Comparison is the thief of joy

This is another area I struggle with perfection. I'm always looking and comparing the little bit that I can see of what's happening in other people's lives and blogs. Instead you and I should be focusing on our own work, enjoying it and making it good. 

Progress is better than perfect

There are so many ideas that never get started because people wait for the perfect time or to be in the perfect mood or to be perfectly thought through. I've had several ideas in my head for an Etsy store for YEARS but haven't actually started because I want perfection. Definitely need to just start making progress instead of waiting for my perfect moment. 

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6.18.2020

Simple Way to Cut a Watermelon


Simple Way to Cut a Watermelon by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Prepping your food for the week can be a really annoying and long task. Especially this time of year when you're dealing with fruits like cantaloupe and watermelon. They take much longer and you can find yourself avoiding the task then wasting the fruit. A few years ago I discovered a much simpler way of taking care of that delicious watermelon! Hope this helps you tackle your melon this summer. 

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6.16.2020

5 Free Genealogy Websites You Should Be Using

Starting your family history geneaology projects can get pricey really quickly. You can subscribe to many different websites, purchase different tools and products to help you preserve the physical items and get different programs to help you organize. Don't let it get you down. There are a ton of different resources that are completely free that you can use to research your family history. This is my top 5 list that every beginner and expert needs in their arsenal. 

One thing to keep in mind with all of these websites is that they're volunteer run. Many of them rely on people updating and adding information. So if you're working on a project and they help you out be sure to pay it forward and add some information to help the next researcher. 

5 Free Genealogy Websites You Should Be Using by Musings of a Museum Fanatic #genealogy #FamilyHistory

FamilySearch

FamilySearch is the big grand daddy of free genealogy resources. Use this site to search for your family members, you can search by name, place and record type. Don't skip over searching through their images. You'll discover treasures like scanned local census and military records. A hidden feature is the FamilySearch Research Wiki. This is especially helpful if you're needing to do international genealogy research. The FamilySearch Research Wiki gives you suggestions, research ideas and strategies for researching in probably almost every country in the world. 

Find A Grave

My second favorite free resource without a doubt is Find A Grave. I actually use it regularly to complete research at work! This site helps you with what exactly it sounds like, you're able to search through cemeteries and find graves. Say you don't know a relative's proper name but know the cemetery you can browse through the cemetery that way or search for the exact name. In many cases you'll find information added to the person's listing sometimes linking to an obituary. 

Cyndi's List

I love lists. It's just a fact of life. Cyndi's List is a list of lists. It's fantastic. It helps you connect to different resources that are out there. Say I'm doing family research and wanted to look into our Lutheran history more. Cyndi's List has a Lutheran section that will point you towards records, newspapers, and even specific archives and museums to name just a few. If you're stuck on a specific topic or location Cyndi's List can help you find new resources to check out. 

USGenWeb

The strength of USGenWeb is that it helps you with your state and county research. Each site is run by volunteers and if you need to you're able to connect with them directly for help. I know for my research the Illinois page has been a great resource for great maps and county level information. Check out what great resources they have on your state page. 

RootsWeb

You'll find something unique through RootsWeb. They have hundreds if not thousands of message boards and mailing lists connected to surnames, states, countries and other topics. This will help you connect with other researchers with questions and information. Their research Wiki is another great resource to help you research better. You'll find helpful how to articles and information about sources.  

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6.01.2020

30 Things That Happened in 2005

In 2005 we were in the middle of a decade and I was in the middle of my college career. We were rocking out clothes like low rise jeans and peasant blouses. The internet and social media were just beginning to infiltrate our lives. What do you remember most from 2005? Any of these moments ringing a bell!?



The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Office and the Dunder Mifflin-ites stepped into our TVs and lives.

Prince Harry dressed as a Nazi for a costume party.

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston divorce amid rumors of an affair with costar Angelina Jolie

Michael Jackson is found not guilty of child molestation charges.



Sandra Dee passes away

Hurricane Katrina struck the Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama coastal areas. Over 1,600 people in New Orleans perished.

George W. Bush started his second term.

Destiny's Child official breaks up.

Microsoft released the Xbox 360 in North America



YouTube was founded.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Pope Benedict XVI was elected

How I Met Your Mother
entered our lives

The Prince of Wales finally married Camilla Parker Bowles



Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Mary Kay Letourneau married 21 year old Vili Fualaau, the student she met and had sex with when he was 12.

Four explosions rock the transport network in London, three on the London Underground and one on a bus. Over 50 deaths and over 200 injured.

Tom Cruise proclaims his love for Katie Holmes on Oprah Winfrey’s couch

Demi Moore & Ashton Kutcher get hitched.



Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

We were all obsessed with Charlie the Unicorn ... I still don't get it.

Rosa Parks passes away





Thanks so much for stopping by! You can also join me on InstagramTwitter, and Pinterest. In addition to life-capades and doing it for yourself, I love all things 'real life' so use the hashtag #museumfanatic on social media so I can see your beautiful unstaged life. Oh and on the top of the side bar to your right, you can follow me on Bloglovin or on social media to be alerted to each new post!