12 Things I Learned In March

by | Mar 28, 2014 | What I Learned

Here we are again. Can you believe another month has passed? I do this fun post once a month, sharing the random things I’ve learned in community with Emily Freeman. Besides my weekly letter to the Sabbath Society peeps, this has become one of my favorite things to write. Here are a dozen random curiosities I noted learning in March:


1)      Justin Timberlake’s mother was the legal guardian for Ryan Gosling while they were taping the Mickey Mouse Club. It proves my suspicion is right — being a movie star is really all about who you know in the biz. Obviously, mothers have all the clout.

2)      I’m related to the Lord Mayor of London, Issac Pennington from the 1600’s per my ancestral archives. I learned this previously but my husband keeps bringing it up in conversation, hence, I re-learned this little tid-bit of my history this month.

3)      Tom Hanks was once enlisted in seminary to become a priest. Technically, it is possible that my husband and Forrest Gump could’ve pastored a church together. I know, that’s not funny.

4)      There are 5 to 10 times more stars than there are grains of sand on all the world’s beaches. If you can wrap your mind around all the number crunching, this article spells it out.

5)      It is possible to watch the process of hibernation from a lizard on your house plant all winter. And then write for The High Calling about what the ectothermic state from a binocular view teaches you about rest.  (I learned what ectothermic means too.)


6)      I didn’t realize how invested I am in the storyline of The Good Wife until Josh Charles died last week. #shock #horror #disappointment

7)      When your kids are toddlers, turning 18 seems like a whole lifetime away, something you can push off and think about later. Later happened this month with my firstborn. I’m still in denial.


8)      Once I conquer something new and master it, I get bored easily. I see this as a strength and a weakness. I embrace a challenge but I’m not good with the long haul. I’m blaming it on my ENFP personality. However, being married must still be a challenge (thankfully).

9)      I never thought this would happen and I’m hesitant to admit it. My dark chocolate addiction has been slighted by raisins. (It’s weird, I know that.)

10)   Driving nine hours in one day to spend four hours with a friend you admire is worth it.

11)   Giving up books for Lent is actually easier than I thought.

12)   Only reading the Bible during Lent helps you think your own thoughts with greater clarity and conviction. I’ve learned to trust my thoughts first instead of assuming someone else said it better.

What have you learned this month?


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  1. Amy Young

    On the treadmill one morning this week watching The Good Wife AND WOW. I did not see that coming — and my first thought was, I need to email Shelly because you’re the only person I know for sure watches that show. And then you listed it here and I just smiled. I knew you wouldn’t disappoint ;).

    • Shelly Miller

      I love that you thought that Amy, makes me smile inside. H just watched that episode after returning from England. It’s still makes me sad.

  2. Kelly W

    I love this list – because I’m still trying to think about stars>sand and agree on the Good Wife!
    I am learning to trust myself more – that I can hear/understand how God speaks into my life through friends/the Word/dreams/silence much more clearly than I had once thought.

    • Shelly Miller

      I love knowing that Kelly, about learning how to discern God’s voice. What a gift! It’s one I no longer take for granted.

  3. Linda@Creekside

    Fascinating that you’ve given up books for Lent, Shelly …

    • Shelly Miller

      I know, I thought it was a crazy hard idea at first but its turned out to be a blessing Linda.

  4. Mindy Whipple

    I had no idea about Tom Hanks but do love his movies. The sand and the stars – just in awe! Happy weekend : )

    • Shelly Miller

      My daughter read the Tom Hanks tid-bit to me from her phone one day so I quickly jotted it down Mindy.

  5. Lyli Dunbar

    Does # 2 mean you have a title? Duchess Shelly Miller has a nice ring to it. 🙂

    • Shelly Miller

      I think I definitely need one Lyli, Duchess sounds divine. *wink*

    • Shelly Miller

      I love those Sandy, good call.

  6. Kailey

    Okay, your lists are always my favorite. I love the way you mix deep truths with the most random facts leaving me thinking “HOW DOES SHE KNOW THESE COOL THINGS?!” Anyways, I’m also very impressed with your giving up books for Lent and I’m glad it’s going well! 🙂

    • Shelly Miller

      You are so sweet, love connecting with you Kailey. I’ll let you in on a little secret: My kids and husband feed me lots of random stuff they picked up by reading news feeds I don’t have time for, that’s where I learn most of the random facts I share. They do the work and I share them. Ha!

  7. Jean Wise

    Great list. The stars vs the grains of sand fascinated me. Had to read that article. Amazing. And just now recovered from the shocking Good Wife! Tell your daughter happy birthday. 18 is quite a milestone for both of you. love the list

    • Shelly Miller

      I will pass on your wishes Jean, thank you. I’m still in shock about the Good Wife, btw. 🙂

  8. Kelly Grace

    Diversity is always delightful.
    Thanks for such a potpourri of goodies in this list.
    I want to add an Amen to #12. Julia Cameron suggests in The Artist’s Way a week of ‘Reading Deprivation’. “It’s a paradox that by emptying our lives of distractions we are actually filling the well.” Spiritually I think when we take in God’s word—and only His word, a quiet is created that allows His voice to echo in the stillness of our hearts.

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