what i’m into – keeping me sane {february 2021}

My main wish is that 2021 is kinder to all of us than 2020 but if that is not possible, than that I, at the very least, will be kinder to myself. I have been focused on that. One of the things that keeps me sane is reflecting on the previous month (I talk about how I reflect on my year over here). What these What I’m Into – Keeping Me Sane posts do is allow me to reflect on the previous month.

  • Playing in the freshly fallen snow.  I talked about it here.
  • Participating in the 24in48 Readathon. I only managed to read about 12 hours out of the 48 but I was so tired and needing to prioritize some self-care.  I took a few afternoon naps between my reading hours and it was wonderful.
  • Reading, instead of playing video games. I continued this from January and read 11 books this month and will have that round-up in this month’s Quick Lit – Next Page, Please post. All of this reading has me about halfway to my numerical reading goal of 41 books in 2021 and it’s just now March.
  • Reading children’s classics to the Buddy Man. This month we read Where the Wild Things Are, Stuart Little and A Book With No Pictures. I think Stuart Little went over his head and he didn’t get the point of Wild Things. He loved A Book With No Pictures, however. I’m getting joy in the fact that he seems to be enjoying the habit we’re forming.
  • Purging my To-Be-Read Shelf. The Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club has been participating in a series of classes about reading intentionally.  I have had so much fun whittling my TBR from over 300 books down to around 225.  It’s so freeing.  I tend to organize when I get stressed. And on that note…
  • Organizing my work files, paper and digital.  I don’t know if you have picked up on this but I am a bit OCD when it comes to organization.  But 2020 somehow – OK, not somehow, I know exactly what happened – got me off my rhythm.  I took a day or two and just organized everything.  I feel so much better about my work and I find myself being way more productive.

What’s keeping you sane, right now? Share in the comments below. If you have a blog post about, link it below also. We will do this again on Friday, April 2. See you then.

…enjoy life.

9 thoughts on “what i’m into – keeping me sane {february 2021}

  1. Lis Moriarty says:

    There’s something about purposefully choosing reading over video games or TV that feels so freeing – I’m glad I’m not the only one doing it! I have a goal of whittling down my physical TBR shelves and need to catch up on the MMD classes, I have a feeling it will be time well spent.

    I love that you do these monthly and am planning on joining in this year… for this month I chatted about how a simple afternoon tea routine is a mental game changer for me, especially with so much time at home while it’s cold outside.

  2. Lisa notes... says:

    This is my year to purge my “Samples” folder on my Kindle. I’m currently down to 259, but the problem is it’s increasing my TBR list. Remind me to ask you how you’ve dwindled your list down when we talk! 🙂

      • Lisa notes... says:

        You’ll be so proud of me, Shannan! I deleted at least 10 titles this morning from my TBR list. 🙂 I started at the bottom of the list instead of the top, read the Amazon blurbs only, then made the decision quickly without feeling compelled to read the whole sample like I used to. You really helped me yesterday!

  3. Deborah Ball says:

    One of the most mood lifting things I do and it is ever so small is to decorated the next month’s division page in my MMD reading journal. To put MARCH on the next blank page and totally be free with stickers, decorative pen, and colors really gets back in touch with my inner book and paper nerd! It is a very small thing, but it gets me excited about reading the next month’s books!

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