January Wrap-Up

Tuesday, January 31, 2017


"Here's to the ones who dream, foolish as they may seem.
Here's to the hearts that ache. Here's to the mess we make."
"La La Land"

This month, the first of the year, I've really been trying to keep my word of the year in the forefront of my mind, encouraging myself to leap into new opportunities.

Next week, one of my very best friends, who also happens to be my coworker who I see every day, is moving across the country. Another friend of mine spent the past few weeks training for roller derby tryouts and made the team last week. I'm thrilled for both of them. They're going after what they want – and getting it! They're going places.

And it got me thinking... well, where am I going?

I hate going down this path of thinking because it leaves me questioning and doubting myself in ways that aren't constructive. I get down on myself. (It feels like this.) If I was content with my life before, why should what someone else is doing with their own life affect that at all?

So instead of feeling like everyone's doing something and I'm doing nothing, I've been trying to shift my focus into being inspired, not discouraged.

I love that my friends are fearlessly (or maybe fearfully but bravely – even better!) chasing their dreams. I'm glad to know such people. I'm lucky to have them in my life.

And if they can do it, why not me?

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For the most part, this past month was pretty low-key for me; a lot of reading, board games, and cozy nights in.


WRITING

  
 
  

ENJOYING
Revolution – 31 days of yoga with Adriene. This 31-day video series is a great way to do a little yoga every day. The great thing about it is that it's good for all levels, and Adriene does a great job talking you through the flows. My friend Andrea showed it to me, and we've been making our way through the videos together.

LISTENING TO
"Love, Alexi," a great podcast if you like just listening to people talk. I've been addicted for the past couple of weeks. Annie Lederman was a guest and made me feel less weird for not being super into music, and Eliza Skinner gave a great tip on how to deal with rude emails/messages.

I also recommend the "No Coincidence, No Story!" episode of the "This American Life" podcast if you want your mind blown. Some friends and I were recently telling our craziest "small world" stories, and wow, these are good.

BUYING
Wet n Wild MegaLiner. When it comes to eyeliners, I haven't been too consistent on what brand I use. I've used felt tips, brush tips, and eyeliner pens, all with their own pros and cons. But I think I'll be sticking with Wet n Wild's MegaLiner for a while. It has a felt tip, goes on very smoothly (I've managed the best wings lately), and is super affordable.

READING

LOOKING FORWARD TO
I think it would be really cool to do a Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants-esque bookshare. If you'd be interested in being a part of it and helping get the ball rolling, email or tweet me.



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