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 {june 2019}


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 Friday, August 2.  

I have a very difficult time believing that we are halfway through 2019.  The older I get, the quicker time flies. It will be Christmas before we know it! The Buddy Man will be thrilled.

Anywho, June was divided by three major things: (1) a trip to San Diego (trips are generally stressful for me); (2) returning from the trip and trying to get my bearings again; and finally (3) reviewing the first half of 2019 to see where I am with my goals and intentions and what I need to prioritize the second half of the year.

We went to San Diego to attend my paternal extended family’s biennial reunion.

SIDEBAR: I’m ashamed to say but I have always been confused between the use of semiannual, biannual, and biennial. So, for this post, I decided to take the time and figure out the difference once and for all.  Shockingly, this took less than two minutes!

Semiannual and biannual mean the same thing: something that occurs twice a year.  Biennial means something that occurs every two years.  But because biannual and biennial are often confused (Hello!), it is easier to use the words semiannual and biennial and just leave biannual alone.  That’s what I’m going to do from now on.

The Buddy Man and I drove to Atlanta and flew with my parents to San Diego.  This was the first flight that the Buddy Man realized what was happening; his very first flight was at 9 months.  He did very well.  Landing on the first flight messed with his ears and he didn’t know what was happening. There were tears. However, he was ready on the return flight.  He listened to me and yawned and ate appropriately to keep his ears popping as we descended.

We did get to go to the beach; the first time the Buddy knew we were there and he LOVED it.  I am so excited! I LOVE the beach and to see him like it as much as I do was very gratifying for me.  So, the Hubby and I have decided to plan a quick weekend to the beach in August. Something to look forward to.

It was really great to see most of the family again.  Every time, I see them I resolve to be better at keeping in touch with them and this time, I took some time to think about how I could make that happen. Most are on Facebook and so I set a monthly notification on my phone to reach out via Messenger.  Might as well make Facebook good for something.  We will see how it goes.

I was so happy to be able to run every day during the month of June as part of the Runner’s World Running Streak that started on Memorial Day and ends on the Fourth of July. I was concerned I wouldn’t be able to keep the streak going while on the trip but thanks to my mom watching the Buddy, and running at the end of one day (which I don’t necessarily like) and in the fitness center on the #dreadmill, I got it done.  The streak continues.

Upon our return, I quickly felt overwhelmed with everything.  My mind was racing with what I want to accomplish this year, what I said that I would do but haven’t got to yet (like finish “KonMari(ng)” my home) and what I should be working on for the rest of the year. So, I took a self-care day. I reviewed my Intentions/Goals for 2019 and acknowledge the progress I had made. I had a nice lunch alone, a massage, and watched a movie.  It was a very nice day and I came out of it refreshed and with clarity and focus.

I have also watched the World Cup in women’s soccer and I have absolutely loved the women’s Nike commercials.  Here’s one of the good ones.

What have you been up to this month? Let me know in the comments.

P.S. By the way, have you seen this Google Nest Hub commercial.  Makes me smile every time I see it.

enjoy life…


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


If you have a monthly recap post, telling everyone 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 Monday, July 1.  

After the excitement of April, I was looking forward to relative peace and quiet in May and I intentionally built it into my month. I kept my appointments to a minimum, although the ones I did have included two annual wellness appointments.  Aren’t those fun?

I did a lot of reading. In fact, work required me to read an entire book from start to finish in one day.  I LOVE my job! I believe I have read more books this month than I have any other this year and that makes me so happy.  My Quick Lit post will drop on the 15th and I will give you a recap of everything then.

I listened to a lot of podcast.  I am really loving the Before Breakfast podcast by my girl, Laura Vanderkam.  No, she doesn’t know me from Adam, well I hope she would know me from Adam. But her books and now her podcast, help me create the life I want to live and so she’s my girl, Laura. Before Breakfast is short, less than 10 minutes and gives you a tip of the day to make your day better. I often listen while exercising in the morning.

I exercised pretty consistently through the month of May. That got the dopamine flowing and contributed to the overall good feeling throughout the month.

My family went bowling a couple of times this month. Who knew the Buddy Man loves to bowl? He’s quite good for his age.  And it always makes me feel good to see him having a blast.

I continued working toward my goal to create that feeling of “home” in my house via konmari. I have gone through a number of the komono categories but want to get through most before putting up a post. My parents were also kind enough to come through this month and they helped with some things I had not yet gotten around to including:  hanging a picture in the laundry – it looks so nice in there now; hanging a new light fixture; etc. It’s awesome to have those “hanging on” tasks done. Those are the ones that are so annoying, aren’t they?

I did a lot of writing. Some of which you will see here in the upcoming weeks.

So, that’s pretty much it.  What were you up to this month?

enjoy life…