For the last few months I have been doing these reflection posts after being inspired by Rosie’s. Taking time each month to reflect on the good things that happen each day/week/month has done wonders for my ability to actually stop and notice the good stuff.
Ten Things I Loved In February
Things I/We Did
1. Day trips to the Bay Area. When seasonal allergies are killing you, why not just get the hell out of dodge? We visited with friends, ate dim sum, watched dogs playing at the dog park and generally avoided all the trees I am allergic to in Sacramento. Bliss.
2. Reached out for help when I needed it. Friends rallied and my doctor kindly reminded me how much nasal spray allergy medicine is my friend.
3. Brunched at home. Steel cut oats with all the fixins with some of my favorite local yoga ladies. Seriously, if you have a kid (or are otherwise busy most evenings) I highly recommend having friends over for breakfast. It is a great way to connect and share a meal at a non traditional meeting time so more people are available.
4. Published my HIRE ME page. Hello, universe! And just like that, people contacted me to work with them on exciting projects. More on this to come later!
5. Advocated for myself in a way that felt authentic and true. I can’t share on what yet, just know I made myself proud.
6. Visited the quiet and remembered it is hard and scary. And worth it.
Products and Services I Dug:
7. Schroeder’s Shoes Repair –You know when you get such great customer service it brings a smile to your lips and a tear to your eye? This is that place. I brought two pairs of Mary Janes in with strap issues and he fixed one pair while I was standing there (for free) and did an excellent job fixing the other for $5. Please keep this guy in business and bring all your shoes here to be repaired.
On The Bookshelf
7. Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman. I reviewed it here.
8. Beautiful You: A Daily Guide To Radical Self-Acceptance by Rosie Molinary. READ IT. So we can talk about it!
9. The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman. – Oh my. Oprah and Gretchen Rubin both mentioned this title and I thought I’d give it a chance. Turned out to be a quick read and left me wanting all my friends and loved ones to read it so they could tell me their love language. I’m a Words of Affirmation with an Acts of Service chaser. Do you know your love language? Have you read this book? Did the “love tank” language make you giggle out loud every.single.time. you read it? Or was that just me?
Warning: at the very end, the author lets the reader in that he’s super Christian. Since this came as news to me, I thought I’d let the cat out of the bag in case this sort of thing also surprises you.
10. I Want to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had by Tony Danza. Did you all know Tony Danza, from Taxi and Who’s the Boss? fame, taught high school for a year and had a reality show about it? If so, why didn’t you tell me? I read this book in about a day and a half. It was charming and quite frankly, he said a lot of things teachers like to hear.
So what are you loving lately? I’m always on the lookout for what is delicious in food, drink, fashion, and life. Leave me your favorites in the comments or write a post of your own and link back here.
Image Source: LOVE mirror by Oxley Woods Photos on Flickr (cc)
I’m a Quality Time person. I USED to be a Physical Touch person until I had a baby and he never stops touching me ever, so now I like to spend TIME with my husband but I don’t necessarily desire him to be all up on me. :)
Totally want to read those last two books now!! But I still don’t want to eat steel cut oats. I think it must have something to do with me thinking of steal toed shoes, like work boots, and thinking of oatmeal that would taste like a boot. Which I know is totally not true. And then of course even when I’m being all healthy like right now I want some egg whites and salty stuff for breakfast which usually turns into brunch because I drink my coffee and mess about on the computer first and then eat. Wow, stupid ramble. Anyway, thanks for this post and I’M TOTALLY GOING TO COPY YOU TODAY! So double quadruple thanks! xo
I LOVED Schroeder’s Shoe repair! I use to go there all the time with my work shoes. He’d do magic!!
Have you had steel cut oats in the slow cooker? You put them in the night before and then you wake up the next morning and it is BLISS! Google it. Lots and lots of options.
Thanks for the tip! I love slow cooker cooking.
Loved this whole round up and especially excited that you are taking your yoga on the road. You go! Sounds like February was a significant month for you. You go.
Indeed. February is usually a cruel month for me, but this one was productive and eye opening.