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What I Learned in February

Late winter days have a personality of their own. We’re a little on edge today, slightly grumpy, and tired doesn’t beging express our current state of exhaustion. “Why do I feel so out of it today?” My husband asked. “It’s February,” I responded. And that explained it all.


But I don’t mean to give February a bad rap. It had its qualities – those lazy snow days, that romantic Valentines getaway, the sense of familiarity as we settle into the schedule of the New Year. I’m ready for March, to be sure, but there has been much for me to learn in this month.

  1. Switching to Geiko can indeed save you 15% or more.

Maybe even 50%? We’ve been weaning ourselves off of parents insurance and easing into the whole adult thing. (Which I feel partly embarrassed to say – I am in my mid twenties after all. At least I’m not living in my parent’s basement anymore, right?) The insurance I was going to go with seemed a little high, so I thought I’d check around. As it turns out that cute green gecko knows what he’s talking about.


2. Bad credit is cleared every seven years.

The year of Jubilee has made it from ancient Israel all the way to 21st century America. I find that awesome. (Not that I have bad credit. Why else do you think I would live in my parents basement and not have my own car until well into my twenties? Not so that I could rack up my credit card debt on car payments and rent, obviously.)


3. Ordinary, day-to-day romance is the best kind.

I’ll take chocolates and roses, sure. But I’d give them all up for the beauty I encounter as two lives attempt to live daily life as one.


4. The city is refreshing.

Most city-dwellers head to the mountains to get a break or to be refreshed. But where do mountain dwellers go? I’ve found walking the streets of Denver brings ease to my spirit and life to my body. I like the bustle of city life, I love finding a corner in a busy coffee shop where I don’t know anyone. Of course I’m excited to go back to the mountains, but I need these city retreats.


5. Stretch in the morning.

I’m super into yoga these days. Not yoga classes or anything. I mean, who wants to attempt to force your body into awkward contortions in a room with other sweaty awkward contorting humans? BUT. On my livingroom floor with my coffee nearby and my favorite music playing softly on the stereo? It is becoming a refreshing staple to my morning routine. (The morning routine that I’m discovering saves my life.)


6. Leave a clean house when you go out.

Whether it is a two week vacation or an overnight away – nothing says “welcome home” better (worse) than a messy house. I now understand why my mom never slept before trips. She also knew the glorious reward that walking into a clean house would be after being gone.



7. It’s ok to experiment with your home.

We moved into our current apartment nearly seven months ago. And for six and a half of those months every wall was left empty. I didn’t want to ruin this new, fresh home. I didn’t want to put something up that would take away from the feel I was trying to create. But finally, after staring at those walls for months, I at last was bold enough to try some things out. I wasn’t sure if I would love every addition, and I’m still not sure if I do. But it’s my home and it doesn’t have to stay if I don’t like it, and its ok to experiment. I find investing in my home and finding contentment here cheaper than going on weekly vacations. 


8. Instagram pictures look awesome printed out.

SocialPrintStudio.com is a great place to get them done. The pictures take on a classy, vintage look when printed.


[Linking up as usual with Emily Freeman. Keeping track of the months and what we’re learning, big or small, seems to keep the the days from getting away from us.]

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  • Reply
    March 1, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    I’ve always wondered about Geicko 🙂 And, yes, leaving a clean house is worth the trouble. Thanks for the website recommendation for IG photos. one of my goals this year is to finally print some out.

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      March 2, 2016 at 11:37 am

      I think you’ll enjoy social print studio – the pictures retain the instagram feel and look so artsy!

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    Tina @AMindfulFairytale
    March 1, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Totally agree! Bye bye February! And I also love printing out Instagram pictures!

    • Reply
      March 2, 2016 at 11:37 am

      Yes, regardless of how far we move into the digital era I will never stop printing my photos!

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    March 2, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Have you checked out Chatbooks for your Instagram pics? If you sign up for a subscription, every time you have 80 (or is it 60?!?) pictures in your account, they send you a perfect little square book, captions included. It’s a super-cute and super-cheap way to keep up with your pictures without having to print them yourself!! 🙂

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    Sarah Denley
    March 19, 2016 at 12:35 am

    I totally feel you about leaving a clean house. I can’t always manage to make it happen, but it’s so rewarding when it does! And YES! to the city being refreshing. I used to love walking around Brooklyn when we lived there. It’s fun to be anonymous and an observer and just watch humanity, I think.

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      April 2, 2016 at 10:25 am

      Yes, I crave the anonymity so much as I live in a town of 2,000 people! And people watching is always fascinating! Thanks for stopping by!

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