what i’m into – keeping me sane {september 2019}


Ooh weeee! My September was full as I knew it was going to be! So full that all I want to do is curl up with a blanket and a hot beverage and read great books. I would too, if it wasn’t still 90 degrees every day. What is up with that? But back to the recap!

The 4th annual MOMpreneur event was a success and my presentation on prioritizing and goal setting wasn’t a complete disaster. LOL.  I presented on the one thing that a person had to do to improve their business and their lives.  Would you care to know what that thing is?  It’s taking time to reflect, think, ponder, etc.  When I take time to think about the kind of life that I want to live and become intentional about aligning my wishes with my actions, things seem to go a bit better for me.  The experience was terrifying but I am glad that I did it.

Immediately after that event, and I mean that literally, I was on my way to Louisville, Kentucky for Anne Bogel’s Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club Retreat.  Since returning, I have spent time trying to put into words what that experience meant to me.  When I replay my life, this event will be one of the things that stands out.  I can’t tell you what a delight it is to be around people who understood my love of books and reading because they love them too.  So much bookish fun! I feel like I have made some new friends.  Another great part, for me, was the participation of the New York Time’s Bestselling Author, Ariel Lawhon. We were able to read an advanced copy of her upcoming book, Code Name Hélène, releasing April 2020.  It never fails; I always enjoy books more when I have a chance to hear about an author’s process and motivations. And this experience was so much more than an author chat.

I was tired when I returned but as yet, haven’t crashed quite as hard as I thought I would.  I hope that is due, in part, to my precautions that I set up last month. I am not 100 percent but I did manage to not get completely ill upon my return.  The Buddy Man did that for me and is slowly getting over this flu-ey, cold-like thing that he has had for over a week.  I have kept up my #shannanmoves streak. I completed day 127 but I have to admit that I am feeling a bit run-down and probably need a break.  But the streak! I don’t want to break it!

I was able to do a bit more drawing and painting in watercolor.  I hope to do more this month. I have a very interesting project in mind.

What have you guys been up to? Let me know in the comments and if you have a monthly recap post share that too.  We do this every month, next on Friday, November 1.

 enjoy life…

what i’m into – keeping me sane {august 2019}


I’m preparing this post on Sunday, September 1st! And I can’t believe that it’s September already. A lot has happened in my life last month, most of which I discussed in Now I Get It {Summer 2019} so head over there to see what’s been going on. Yes, I do feel a bit overwhelmed.  September is going to be chocked full of events and things to do leading up to those events and my tendency is to get so wrapped up and focused on the things that I have to get done that once that crunch time is over, I ALWAYS collapse and get sick from exhaustion (mental, physical, and emotional).  I hope that doesn’t happen this September and to that end, I have been working on those things that have been proven to relieve my stress.

Nurturing My Inner Artist

I commented last month, that I have begun to explore my inner artist. As a writer and in my new role as an Event Manager, I spend a lot of time inside my head.  OK, OK. I am always inside my head regardless of my work. Drawing and watercoloring have been serving as a release from mental overdrive and I have found it to be very relaxing.

And so I spent Labor Day Weekend working on a couple of versions of our house in watercolor.  I was inspired by this YouTube video by Shayda Campbell. I really enjoyed this process and painting houses so I hope to do a lot more.  If you’d like me to give your house a whirl (Obviously, I need all the practice I can get) reach out and let me know.

I also have fallen down the rabbit hole of looking at other artists on YouTube and I am really enjoying Minnie Small’s videos about the creative process.  I want to figure out a way to combine my inner writer and my inner artist together in some way.  I don’t know what that would look like but it’s an intriguing and exciting possibility.  I am thinking of snazzing up my Bullet Journal a bit more, as a creative outlet. Since, I have been using it, it has been a completely utilitarian, which has been great. It’s let me get use to the format and figure out my favorite layouts and spreads but I’m feeling the urge to do a bit more.  We will see.

Nurturing My Inner Athlete

The day this post will be the 100th consecutive day of my #shannanmoves streak.  This involved either a one-mile run or a 30-minute walk.  I am mixing it up in September and preparing for the annual Liz Hurley Ribbon Run for breast cancer in October. I don’t know if I will run the race because I am planning a trip on that weekend but I had said that I wanted to follow the Nike Training plan to get ready for the race and there’s no reason why I shouldn’t do it.  There are rest days in the plan but I believe I can still do a walk of some time to keep the streak alive.  However, for the next 6 weeks or so, it’s not about the streak. It’s about following the training plan and giving it everything I have. If I need a rest day then I shall take one.  It makes me sad that the streak may be broken but it is important for me to learn to listen to my body and give it what it needs. This includes all areas of my life, not just exercise.

What have you guys been up to? Let me know in the comments and If you have a monthly recap post letting us know what you’re into, please share it in the comments below and let your community know that you are doing so.  We do this every month, next on Tuesday, October 1.

enjoy life…

what i’m into – keeping me sane {july 2019}

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If you have a monthly recap post letting us know what you’re into, please share it in the comments below and let your community know that you are doing so.  We do this every month, next on Tuesday, September 3.  

July had a lot going on. And it’s only as I sat down to write this post that I realized it.  Probably need to pull back off the throttle a bit in August. To that end, my family and I are taking that quick weekend to the beach that I mentioned last month.  So excited!

Fun but Work(ish) Stuff

I have begun collaborating with Lady Smith of the Snail on the Wall Books, an independent virtual book store in Huntsville.   And we’re in the middle of planning a HUGE project that I cannot wait to share with you when the time comes. Additionally, she has been gracious enough to provide me with some ARCs (advanced readers’ copy) in exchange for my honest review. This IS fun but, I must say, it seems like there is no way that I will be able to get through them all.

I am also sitting on the Planning Committee for The Catalyst’s annual Mompreneur miniconference planned for September.  Everyone is working hard to make it a meaningful event for the mom entrepreneurs in Huntsville.

Met a new-to-me author, Heather Kaczynski.  She is the author of two books, the first of which, Dare Mighty Things, begins in Huntsville, Alabama.  Yay! Planning on diving into this while on vacay.

I have started sketching/drawing/doodling, whatever my efforts are called.  I have been posting some of them on my Instagram.  It’s been really fun! YouTube is a wonderful research tool if you want to learn ANYTHING! And, now that I think about it, that could be scary.

I only have one more full category to complete in order to complete my EnjoyLife Project: Create Home thru KonMari: Sentimental Items. Additionally, I still need to go through my cleaning supplies and my pending box. But even without doing those things, I am feeling the “magic of tidying up”.

I wrote last month, that I felt a bit overwhelmed with everything that was going on and that I took a day to reprioritize and refocus for the remainder of 2019.  That “self-care” day was wonderful and I figured out what I should be doing.  I was still struggling, however, with how to keep everything straight in my head. In the Mompreneur Planning Committee, we were discussing Bullet Journaling.  Did some research and discovered that it has been called the “KonMari for your mind”. And I decided to give it a go.  You can read my first post about it here.

I held Part 2 of my New Year visioning party, Enjoy Life 2019 at my home this month. Everyone said that they enjoyed it and I was able to refocus and prioritize for the remainder of 2019.  The year is halfway over but there is still plenty of time to make progress on our goals for 2019.

Fun Stuff

To that end, while I haven’t been running every day, I have been exercising every day.  The #shannanmoves streak continues and that has felt like very real progress to my goal of becoming healthier in 2019. After over 60 days, waking up in the morning and working-out has definitely and officially become a habit! Yay! And isn’t that sunrise so pretty above.  Took that on my long run last week.

This month, I have been watching the Tour de France.  I first started watching this in 2013 and wrote about what I learned from watching it here. Since then, it has been something that I look forward to every summer and this year has been epic.  I didn’t know what was going to happen and that made it even more intriguing.

My man, Roger Federer, almost won Wimbledon again.  I couldn’t watch it; I was so nervous.  He’s still the GOAT (greatest of all time).

What have you been into this month?

P.S. A friend shared this video with me on the difference between sympathy and empathy-I’ve kind of been struggling with this recently. If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth a look.

enjoy life…