what i’m into {november/december 2019}

What I'm Into Nov.Dec 2019

Last year was probably one of the most interesting of my entire life. So many things happened both good and not-so-good. At the end of the post I will link to my monthly recaps (January thru October). I missed November so we’ll discuss it here.

I intentionally ended the #shannanmoves exercise streak at day 202. When I started it, the Sunday before Memorial Day in May, I intended to participate in the Runner’s World Running Streak, in which I ran a mile every day, until July 4. I did. And kept going.  It turned into the #shannanmoves Streak. In November, I realized that I was becoming a slave to the streak, choosing to keep it going at all costs.  I don’t like to be addicted to anything so I ended it at day 202.  I had thought that it would be nice to have exercised half the year and I did that, exercising 57%. It has been a long time since I have felt this good about my body and my health.

In partnership with Snail on the Wall, the Rocket City Mom Virtual Book Club hosted Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Anne Bogel here in Huntsville on November 7th.  I have dreamed of having Anne in Huntsville since she wrote her first book, Reading People. And guess what? I was “In-Conversation” with her, meaning I was the one who interviewed her.  Upfront. In front of 70 people. I was excited. I was terrified. It turned out well.

Hubby and I attended two workshops at Apple about taking photos with the iPhone. These workshops are so informative. If you have an opportunity to take one, I guarantee that it will be worth your time. Hopefully, you guys will see some improvements in my photos.

Seasonal Affective Disorder got a grip on me though.  Even though I was expecting it, it always throws me off to struggle with my attitude, mood, and general lack of motivation.  I have been participating in my own social media break – one reason for my silence on this blog. I reduced my to-do list to the essentials and have been enjoying the time and space that it has afforded.

When I went to my regular counseling session in December, I was ranting. Then my counselor interrupted my rant to ask if I knew that I was being generally positive about my experiences and if that was a conscious effort on my part? I was astounded. I have been a worry-wort, a pessimist, and generally negative my entire life.  The glass is never half-full.  It is always about to run out of milk.

This serves me well in my job.  I am generally on top of every detail and prepare for most eventualities. This does not serve me well in life.  One cannot be on top of every detail and prepare for every eventuality.  One will go crazy.  I know I have.

But I was able to answer her honestly and say, “No. I was not initially making an effort to be positive.” She then uttered some of the best words I have heard all year. “Your overall mindset has changed.” This is HUGE for me! I don’t think it will always be this way – can a leopard change his spots and all.  But with effort, intentionality, and prayer, the meter can move in the other direction. Thank God!

In other news, it snowed. Lasted a day. But it was beautiful.

So, what were you into this past year? Did you learn anything or do anything that was the highlight of your year? Any plans for highlights in 2020?

Let me know, or post a link to your year-end overview in the comments. We do this every month (mostly. As I said, I missed November-insert sad face). We will do it again on Monday, February 3

enjoy life…

Past What I’m Into – Keeping Me Sane Posts

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


I don’t know if I can do this post justice. I am feeling a bit overwhelmed, with good and wonderful things, but overwhelmed, none-the-less. And as I sit to write this, the Buddy Man has a fever and as a mom, I can’t help but be a bit concerned about him.

October was full!  I went to Winston-Salem and saw two of my favorite writers together in the same place: Anne Bogel and Charlie Lovett.  It was a wonderful experience.  But to make it happen, I drove, alone, almost 1600 miles in less than a week.  The solitude was a balm to my soul but as the Buddy told me one time, “my booty hurt(s)” and I am not interested in another road trip for a long time.

I did manage to keep my exercise streak going and tonight, it sits at 159. That makes me so happy.

I read the book Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport and promptly decided to take a hiatus from social media.  I want to talk about that more in another post but my experience has been surprising.

In addition, I have been doing Julia Cameron’s The Artist Way program and Week 4 was reading deprivation week. Yeah! It was almost as bad as it sounds but I got it done.  I felt a little antsy all week and figured out later that it was because I couldn’t read.  Reading is such a huge part of my life that not doing was noticeably different.  Instead, I cleaned out the Buddy’s closet, transitioned both of our closets to fall (which has finally decided to show up), weeded and trimmed the beds in anticipation of cooler weather, potted some plants that I had rooted, and bought new eyeglasses. Maybe, I should take a break from reading more often? I am glad that I can read again though.

I hosted my first ever #EnjoyLife Meet-Up also.  Two people showed up! I was so surprised!

An uncle passed away so there’s that.

While the Holidays aren’t generally a time where things slow down for people, they do for me.  I am looking forward to it.  After I am in-conversation with Anne Bogel on November 7th, that is. I am so excited and so terrified. Interested in coming? Get tickets here.

What has ya’ll October been like?

Let me know, or post a link to your overview, in the comments. We do this every month and frankly, that is the only reason I am writing this post  at 9 PM. LOL. We will do it again on Monday, December 2.

enjoy life…

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…