This month has gone by in a blur of active non-activity. I have had a sense of rushing from time and place but then looking back, realized that in a physical sense, I wasn’t that busy. I guess this feeling of disquiet, rushing, draining is coming from emotional experiences over the past month. This month is not so much what kept me sane but what I have been up to.
- I attended the 4th Annual Mompreneur event in my city of Huntsville. It was a place to meet and greet other moms who are out doing their thing. It was inspiring and invigorating but as an introvert, incredibly draining at the same time.
- I have been preparing for the Liz Hurley Ribbon Run which involves many many 5:30 AM runs. I had been very consistent for the last month and a half, up until last week, where my body was begging for rest. The old Shannan would have been afraid of the rest and that I wouldn’t be able to continue the training but that has not been the case. After a few days’ rest, I ran faster than I had been previously running. Rest is good.
- A friend and I started a group of Facebook called Obligers and Friends – the two of using quintessential Obligers. The purpose of the group is to provide accountability and a community to form the foundational habits that I essential to life. This month we completed the ½ Gallon/Gallon Challenge, where, for 21 days, we helped each other drink the water we all know that we need to drink. The support has been amazing. Let us know, if you’d like to join.
- I watched the newest movie on Netflix, Nappily Ever After. As a woman of color, the drama surrounding hair has been a very real thing in my life that was comically portrayed by Sanaa Lathan. And when she cut her hair (she actually shaved off her real hair on camera in one take), I understood the liberation that she was feeling. The reflection of my hair journey was an emotional one.
- I read Anne Bogel’s newest book of reflections, I’d Rather Be Reading, which spurred my own reflections of my reading journey. This was also an emotional experience.
- This month I had the pleasure of meeting one of the members of our virtual book club in person and discussing books and reading. Always fun. She was kind of enough to give me two novels, one I discussed in this month’s Quick Lit. I would love to have more personal encounters with fellow bookmen.
- Until I can make those happen, I must continue engagement via social media and on this blog. To that end, I will be participating in #Write31Days in October. What does that mean? I will be posting to my blog every day for the entire 31 days of October. I can see you are incredulous – I have not been known for the consistency of my posts. But I feel this is the catalyst that I need to become more of the writer that I want to become. I look forward to seeing you here.
What have you been up to? What’s keeping you sane?