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Celebrate March (What I’m Learning, Loving, and Reading)

Full days are making up full months and as we push forward into April let’s take just a few minutes to round up all the good stuff from March.

What I’m Learning

1. Plan for the days following vacation

Rarely is my transition from traveling back into normal life smooth. Knowing this, I planned ahead before leaving on our spring break vacation. The house was left clean, there was food in the freezer for the first few days home, my schedule for the week we returned was planned out, and I didn’t put off the tasks with deadlines for when we got back. This is the way to go, friends. Never have I felt more rested as we walked in the front door from vacation.

2. I’m less motivated by money than I am my duty to follow through with my commitments

I’m finding that I don’t prioritize my jobs by how much (or if) I get paid. My volunteer positions get as much, or more attention, as my paid positions. It is the amount of people depending on me that drives me.

3. I love roller coasters

I wasn’t sure if it was just the select few Disney roller coasters that I love or roller coasters in general. After a day hitting every single big ride at Universal Studios I now know I love roller coasters. There’s something that I love about my hair flying in the air as I race through the sky. Invite me on your next amusement park excursion.

4. Decrease is good for the soul

The less of me the better. Seriously. I have come to the end of my own capabilities and skills and am riding on grace to get me through this semester and let me tell you: Christ’s strength is sufficient. This truth is hard to understand until you beyond your own capacity. Decrease is my mantra this lenten season.

5. Yoga can cause injury

Embarrassingly so. Lose your balance and topple over while attempting a crow position and you may end up in the doctor’s office getting your pinky finger x-rayed. (Good news: it’s not broken. Bad news: it still hurts. Worse news: my crow pose is pathetic.)

6. You can get far after the gas warning light comes on

40 miles over mountain passes in our jeep. This is a good adrenaline rush when driving through gas station-less towns at midnight.

8. Our local coffee shop was voted best in the Rockies

According to Elevation Outdoors, the best coffee shop in all the Rockies is two minutes down the road. Maybe it’s time I stop taking this for granted and stop pining after my beloved Starbucks drinks.

What I’m Loving:

1. Instagram multiple photo options

I adhere to the unspoken post maximum rule of one to two per day. But this option to post ten pictures under the guise as one is pretty awesome. Especially on vacation.

2. Sunrises

There is something so sacred about watching dawn break. Whether on the beach or in the mountains, I love being outside for this. Shout out to Daylight Savings ending for making this attainable nearly every day.

3. Observing Lent

I love the rhythms the liturgical calendar provides for my soul. Easter usually arrives suddenly amid the busyness of normal life without much time for anticipation or celebration. I appreciate paying attention to God’s work in my heart as these forty days quietly lead us to remembering the cross – the crux of our faith.

4. Afternoon Americanos

Most days I’m plotting an opportunity to swing by the coffee shop and pick up an Americano between classes or before rehearsal. It is the perfect combination of flavor and caffeine. And also warmth, because even though spring is peeking its head in, the air is still quite crisp and my fingers are always quite cold.

5. Anticipating good things

To pull myself out of the winter slump I fell into I started making monthly lists of the good things I was anticipating in the near future. I use pretty pens and lots of colors and my soul is lifted by the thought of all the sweet things (small and large alike) coming my way.

6. Daffodils and Tulips

Who knew they were so cheap? I’m keeping few in a mason jar on my kitchen counter and watching as they are just starting to bud in the gardens I pass on my morning run.

What I read:

 

1. The Course of Love by Alain de Botton

I was incredibly intrigued by the premise of this book – a fictional journey through the story of a couple’s love story, from first meeting to decades into marriage, sprinkled with non-fiction essays observing the workings of love. I was, however, disappointed. It was a choppy reading style and ideals were highlighted that I found unsavory. Not high on my books to recommend.

2. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Delightful YA romance that follows the story of two teens whose lives coincidentally collide in the midst of their complicated personal stories. Written from the perspective of both protaganists as well as brief insights shared from dozens of other sources this entire book takes place in a single day and was so fun to read.

3. Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

Kate DiCamillo is by far my favorite contemporary children’s author and was thrilled to find out she just released a new one. This was a sweet story of three young girls encountering incredibly difficult life realities and finding unexpected solace in the friendship of each other. Absolutely read this.

4. You Are Free: Be Who You Already Are by Rebekah Lyons

I bought this book because of the title. If there’s a motto I’d like to live my life by this would be it. I loved the part memoir part instructional style of this book and am so thankful for this author’s proclamation of such an important message. This is a truth we all need to embrace.

5. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman 

Imagine Carl from Pixar’s Up. Grumpy and lonely after his wife’s death, this old man attempts suicide several times but is continually interrupted by the neighbors he was initially irritated by. Incredibly sweet and inspiring – absolutely worth a read.

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This discipline of paying attention to what each month holds is something I’ve learned from Emily Freeman, and it has provided me with a way to stay grounded and aware as the days pass into months and months into years. Maybe you’d like to join us? 

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Barbara
    April 5, 2017 at 1:41 am

    Very nice. Enjoyed reading about your March. My home has to be clean before we go on vacation too. 😊

    • Reply
      Greer Oharah
      April 4, 2017 at 8:30 pm

      Thanks for reading! Yes on clean houses! Nothing worse than coming home to a mess.

  • Reply
    Marie Chavez
    April 5, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Have you read One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp? Every time I read a passage, I think of your blog because Ann finds ways to worship in tiny details — ordinary epiphanies.

    • Reply
      Greer Oharah
      April 6, 2017 at 11:03 am

      Yes! That is one of my most favorite books!

  • Reply
    Kirstin Troyer
    April 5, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Love this post. Made me smile, chuckle and think. I love the idea of making sure things are set in place when returning from vacation. I was just looking at the book You are free as well. May need to get it now. And, once you visit your local coffee shops…and find a good one, you may never go to starbucks again…lol. Again, great post. I love these kinds of posts..need to get around here more to catch up.

    • Reply
      Greer Oharah
      April 6, 2017 at 11:05 am

      Thanks Kristin! I’m so glad you stopped by. You should go get You Are Free, it is beautiful.

  • Reply
    Jessica Chance
    April 5, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Love this monthly review format, Greer! Have a great April!

    • Reply
      Greer Oharah
      April 6, 2017 at 11:05 am

      Thanks, Jessica! I’ve played around with so many formats for this monthly review and am liking this a lot. Glad you are too – and happy April to you!

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