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.
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.
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?