What a different a month makes! My state of mind as we close out February is markedly different than it was at the end of January. Edgar’s bedtime and nap routines have improved tremendously, and J.J. is inching closer to sleeping through the night. It’s starting to feel like there’s room in life for things other than child care, work, and sleep – like, for example, reading a book, writing a novel, exercise, and self-care.
Here are all the things from this month:
Things I’m Reading: I finished reading The Patron Saint Of Liars by Ann Patchett and The Absolutist by John Boyne, and I enjoyed both books. I’ve been working my way through a few different books – Story Genius, We Were Eight Years In Power, and I’m Chocolate You’re Vanilla – throughout the month as well, both reading hard copies and listening to Audible versions during my commute.
Things I’m Watching: I’ve been binging on old episodes of Monk. I love that show, but the constant TV watching has been getting to me. Toward the end of February, I started to cut back on my TV time and that’s felt really good.
Things I’m Enjoying: SNOW DAYS! Keep them coming! Yes, I love spring weather – but I love random days off from work to be with my boys even more.
Monthly Writing Goals – How Are Things?: So, I thought I totally failed at my writing goals for this month. But when I checked my monthly writing goals post for February, I realized that the goals I set were pretty modest, and so I actually did achieve them. I maintained my twice weekly blogging schedule (holla!), and I opened my novel document and I wrote a few words. I did NOT finish the book Story Genius, but I’ve made some good progress. I am loving the book, but I don’t have a ton of time to read and I’m trying to balance reading for skills and learning with reading for pleasure. (Which, let’s be real, is sometimes just as educational as reading books about the craft of writing is.)
Things I’m Contemplating: How to keep sobriety and spirituality central in my life. Since becoming a parent, I feel like I’m on autopilot a lot of the time; I go, go, go, go, and I forget to take time to pray or to meditate. It’s a Saturday as I write this; I attend a recovery meeting almost every Saturday morning, and I feel so refreshed and inspired all day long as a result. But, how do I keep that feeling with me as the week progresses? I have some ideas; stay tuned.
Happy February! I didn’t really accomplish my kindness goals for this month, unless you count being kind to myself and my family – AND I DO COUNT THAT, so I’m calling this month a win. Let’s do this, March!