savoring {march 2020}

My theme for 2020 is Savor.  I have found that generally I’m not fully present to enjoy anything (and I do mean anything) that happens to me.  I am seeking to make major improvement this year in that area. Here on the blog, this translates to a monthly blog post that I have entitled Savoring: curated content that I’ve enjoyed recently and that you might enjoy too.

This month has been unprecedented.  I must say that I have been taking a break from a lot of media content over the past week or two.

I am still getting James Clear’s newsletter, which I talked about first here and he posted this on February 7, 2020.

Aim to be great in 10 years. 

Build health habits today that lead to a great body in 10 years.

Build social habits today that lead to great relationships in 10 years.

Build learning habits today that lead to great knowledge in 10 years.

Long-term thinking is a secret weapon.

This Instagram post has gone viral and explains quite nicely, to me, why all this social distancing could work?

And finally, this Instagram post from @stephsbookramblings cracked me up.

@stephsbooksramblings

enjoy life…

quick lit – next page, please {february 2020}

If you were here for my What’ I’m Into – Keeping Me Sane for February, you will know that I have been exhausted, dealing with a ton of anxiety and was stressed out.  That made for a very unusual reading month for me. I only completed two and a half books!

Read

  • Save the Cat! Write a Novel by Jessica Brody. I think most of us at some point want to write a novel and I am no exception. But I had no idea where to start.  Save the Cat gave me a place to start.
  • Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your mission, Your Message by Tara Mohr. I first found out about this book in 2012 but it was a case of right book, wrong time. This month, it was right book, right time. I had an epiphany while leaving a meeting this month.  I have been “playing small” in my life. I have been doing less than what I am capable of and even less of what I want to do in the road. Tara (you know I love the book when I call the author by their first name) is going to help me with this.   I’m so happy I read it. I am already implementing a number of strategies and have referenced the book many times since my initial reading.
  • The Girl in the Plane by Katherine Center. True, this is a short story but Goodreads counts it as a book so I am going to also. It is the connecting story between Katherine’s two books: How to Walk Away and Things You Save in the Fire, both of which I have read and enjoyed.

Currently Reading

  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix Harrow. I wanted to enjoy this one slowly, especially after hearing Alix Harrow discuss it at the Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club meeting in February 2020. I am really looking forward to finishing this up when I am finish reading the books I need to read.
  • The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory. I have loved reading lighter fare during this season and will finish this one soon, if I haven’t already done so, by this post.

I didn’t abandoned any books this month.

What about you? How has this season affected your reading life?  What have you enjoyed recently?

And per usual, I am linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Quick Lit post.  If you are here, because of her, I’m grateful. Thank you for being here.

enjoy life…

what i’m into – keeping me sane {february 2020}

What I'm Into. February 2020

I’m not going to lie, after a writing retreat in early February, the rest of the month was a little rough! I was stressed out and exhausted. I got all kinds of anxious over the coronavirus, among other things. Unfortunately, a lot of my good habits that I had been working to build in January fell to the wayside in February. But one thing kept me sane this month.

I focused on what HAD to be done and let the rest wait for a better time.  I did my work, took care of my kid (he’s alive and reasonably happy so we will call that a win!), and presented at the Catalyst Center, formerly the Women’s Business Center of North Alabama, for a follow-up workshop of my MOMpreneur presentation last August.

I focused on what needed to be done and let the rest go. To let you know how bad it was, at the time of my writing, I have completed just one book this month. The Quick Lit post may be a bit dull and sparse.

I am excited about March. I’m hoping that space and time will open up for me and that the weather will be brighter and warmer.  I can already here the birds singing in the morning.

What kept you sane this month? What were you into? Tell me below and if you have a monthly recap post, please link it there too.  We do this every month and we will do it again on Wednesday, April 1.

 enjoy life…