I couldn’t have been more relieved to see March 1st show up on my phone Wednesday morning. For being the shortest month of the year February sure felt like the longest. But before I get too caught up in celebrating March’s arrival (aka: Daylight Savings, first day of spring, spring break, and all things spring) let’s take a quick moment and remember what February held.
What I Learned
1. February is the hardest month for me
I’m still recovering. It is bleak and when its not frigid it is windy. And sometimes it is both. Christmas cheer is long past. Spring break is weeks ahead. I’ve come up with a few winter hacks over here and already brainstorming how I’ll make it through next February – ideas are welcome!
2. I have a tendency to overcommit and become easily overwhelmed
So next time I raise my hand to accompany a musical please remind me that it will result in daily rounds of tears.
3. Yes is the best word for our marriage
February is our engagement anniversary month and in the midst of struggling through the daily grind with another human I am remembering how important ‘yes’ can be.
4. The more specific my plan the more productive I am
Especially when unmotivated is my primary mood. It is incredibly helpful for me to have a set work out, writing plan, practice schedule, and meal ideas. Otherwise I choose the easiest option – which is probably Netflix.
5. I’d rather buy books than boots.
After walking around the entire mall and going into every single store that sells boots I pulled out my phone, went to Amazon and bought two books. My current boots have soles that are essentially cardboard but there’s only two more months in the boot season and I have some good books to distract me.
5. The days are long but the weeks are short
I know this phrase is generally in reference to raising kids and how the years fly by despite the painfully long days. However, my days have also been excruciatingly long lately. (I’ve re-written the words to Lamb Chops theme song: this is the day that never ends…) And yet the weeks are moving quickly and I’m reminded that this season will not last forever. (This is both good and bad.)
6. The best solution to cutting evening snacking is going to bed directly after dinner
This revelation is accompanied with the sobering truth that I have no self-control over late night snacks. Send help. (Or at least good options for the evening snackies!)
What I Read
As we plan a month long backpacking trip for our summer this book was both insightful and inspiring. I was amazed how gripping a book about a girl hiking the Pacific Crest Trail could be. Side note: don’t watch the movie. I’ve never been as disappointed in a movie adaptation as I was with this one.
Two things I love about this author: her raw vulnerability and her irresistible writing style. I am incredibly thankful to her for this, and these factors made this a 1-day-read, despite many things I disagreed with. I think it is important that we wrestle through other peoples’ stories though, even when we don’t stand completely by their message.
I read most of this book as a PDF in October when I was on the release team. But it was absolutely a book that need to be read as a hard copy with a pen in hand. I cannot say enough good things about Ann Voskamp, her writing, her heart, and this book. Just read it.
One of the most surprisingly sweet novels I’ve read in a while. It is the story of a romantic idealist whose life is forever changed when a man walks into her coffee shop – but not at all as you would expect. Light, clean (hard to find!), and delightful.
What I’m Loving
1. 30 Day Yoga Revolution by Yoga With Adriene
My body is noticeably happier on the days that I do yoga. Adriene is by far my favorite video instructor and all her material is free. I’m doing this series through many more than 30 days but I’m thoroughly loving it.
2. 10k Trainer app
The one thing that gets me outside and using my body without a fight. This app is gradually training me to run a 10K in 14 weeks and has been the perfect running plan for me since an injury in the fall and the lack of motivation I have in the winter.
3. Gilmore Girls (and also Gilmore Guys)
Most of the time I’m thinking about my next chance to watch an episode, which is not very often since it isn’t a show I watch with Tanner and most of my Netflix time is also his. (So we choose either Agents of Shield or Last Man Standing.) But I’m enjoying the slow progression through these characters life – and then hearing it discussed in ridiculous depth on the Gilmore Guys podcasts. (Not necessarily something I’d recommend to you, but I don’t have anyone else to talk about it with!)
4. Decaf coffee
So that I can have a thermos of hot coffee in my hand at all hours of the day without risking an upset stomach or headache.
5. Getting ready in the morning
Despite a busy season (or perhaps because of it) I’ve taking a little more time in the morning for myself a few days a week. Real make-up, curled hair, cute outfits, earrings even. This is rare for me, but it has become one of my favorite parts of the day. (This is the time that I also listen to Gilmore Guys.)