Have you ever sat down and thought, where has the last month gone?! Well, here I am doing exactly that. Where did February go?! This month was busier than expected. I was not prepared to keep up with this blog during this time, but that’s part of the learning process. I am excited to continue with what I’ve started. Now I’m back and ready to go with an update on the past month.
February was not a good month for my reading. I listened to the audiobook of Daring Greatly by Brene Brown while traveling as the end of the month, and I am so glad I did. I enjoy nonfiction, when is it historical, but I have a hard time reading self-help or any other type of nonfiction. Brene Brown’s book made me think about my own vulnerability and how my reactions to what’s going on around me shows my vulnerability and shame. This is a book I know I will read again, and the next time, I’ll be taking notes.
This year I am working on reading more nonfiction starting with Brene Brown and a few nonfiction running books that I hope to read in March.
I don’t know if I experienced a February slump or what, but I had a hard time sticking with a book this month. I read parts of A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, and The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. I also started The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly and The Mothers by Britt Bennett. I’ll be happy to finish just one of these books.
Books I finished in February:
This is Your Life Harriet Chance by Jonathan Evison
Broken Harbor by Tana French
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
I’m working on a list of my favorite podcast by “genre” (true book nerd here). I couldn’t commit to a book long enough to finish it, but I did catch up on a few podcast. My love of podcast came about when I started my second job after graduating college. I found that podcast helped me focus on my work by keeping my mind from wondering as much as it did before. Podcast have also helped me with long distance running. I tend to get easily distracted, but podcast give me something to focus on other than how much longer I have to run for.
Speaking of running… I finished my first half marathon! Since this was my first half marathon, and the race was in Disney World, I really tried to not worry about my time. This was extremely hard for me! I ended up running the last three miles by myself because I couldn’t handle walking when I felt great. Which is why I can’t wait for my next half, but I don’t see that happening until the fall. With more training and experience, I think I can decrease my time. I thought about trying to run another one in April, but I know I don’t have enough time to prepare safely. So, now I am back to the gym focusing on strength training with light cardio.
I did come back and sign up for a 10k at the end of the month. Now that I’ve ran one half, I want to run every race I can. Including all the Disney races. I’ll be posting a recap of my race and my trip later this week.
Spring is just around the corner.
The beginning of February starts the downhill slope to spring. It’s been a relatively mild winter in the Southeast, but the days are getting longer. Spring cleaning is on the radar. I’ve spent almost every weekend in February cleaning and working on our yard and taking care of my new indoor herb garden. I am new to gardening. I remember watching my parents plant corn and tomatoes when I was younger. We also had plum trees, strawberries, and blackberries. As I got older, my parents gardened less and less, but they still inspired me to try to grow a few herbs from seeds. It’s definitely a learning process, but the excitement of seeing that my small plants have grown is totally worth it.
Overall, February was a great month. Despite being busier than usually, i feel like I accomplished a lot and learned a few things about myself in the process. Going to Disney World didn’t hurt either.
Until next time.