Long time no see, huh? I keep thinking of something interesting to write about that happened to me in the month of January, but the entire month was kind of a blur! So instead of focusing in on one big thing, I’m just going to talk about some of the little things I’ve been doing/thinking about this past month:
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past month, you probably know about Marie Kondo’s new show on Netflix. I admit that I haven’t gotten around to reading “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” yet but I did watch the whole show and I really enjoyed it! Marie Kondo is the cutest and I loved watching the participants’ growth throughout each episode, as well as Marie’s little tips on how to organize things sprinkled throughout. It inspired me to do some organizing of my own. I will say that I have always been VERY good about keeping my clothes organized, especially in my closet. I keep everything color coordinated and separated out by type. I also frequently purge my clothes- probably once every quarter or so. So I went into this thinking that I wouldn’t really have much to improve on as far as clothes go. Well, I surprised myself when I ended up getting rid of a whole entire trash bag full of clothes! Most of them were from my dresser, but there were certainly a few things in my closet that did not “spark joy” anymore. I also went ahead and folded all the clothes in my dresser using Marie’s method and I can’t even begin to say how much nicer all the drawers in the dresser look. The process only took a couple of hours for me but it made me really excited to start KonMari-ing other (more neglected) areas of our apartment. I’m dreading doing our spare bedroom (aka the catch all) but I’m also kind of excited to see how much we can donate!
This past weekend, I traded in my old, beaten up iPhone 6S Plus for a brand spanking new iPhone XR. I had had my old iPhone since October 2016 so I felt like it was time for an upgrade. I know I’m a little late to the iPhone X game but man, do I love my new phone! The main reason I wanted an iPhone X was because of the camera capabilities, especially since I am going to Europe this summer and want to be able to take ALL the pictures. However, we all know that iPhones in general are expensive, especially the latest models! Greg sweetly and graciously gifted me with an Apple gift card this weekend and I went to town. So shout out to him- I would not have been able to indulge in such a luxury without him! We had so much fun picking out the iPhone this weekend and spending time using portrait mode (mostly to take silly selfies/pictures of our cat). I can’t wait to become more familiar with the phone and eventually document my backpacking trip using it!
It is finally, FINALLY my last semester! As of today, there are officially 102 days til graduation. Seems like a lot, but I know it will go by in a flash. I mean, the first 2 weeks of the semester are already over! This semester I’m taking 3 classes- Leadership in Student Affairs, Governance and Legal Issues in Student Affairs, and Capstone in Student Affairs (which is sort of like a case study course). I’m actually looking forward to learning more in all of them! The past 2 semesters before this one, I took 2 full length courses and did an internship each time. I definitely prefer this semester because there is no internship and I’m only working 20 hours a week at my assistantship, which means for the first time in the entire time I’ve been in grad school (if you don’t count last summer), I get a day off each week! I am truly savoring it. Of course I am so excited for graduation to be here but I’m also just really trying to embrace each day of this semester and spend as much time as possible with coworkers and my cohort. I’m going to miss all of them when this is over!
I read 7 books in the month of January and just finished another last night, which I am super proud of! I know I won’t get through as many over the next few months so it was nice to get ahead on my reading goal for 2019 (55 books). Here are the books I’ve read thus far:
- Whiskey in a Teacup- Reese Witherspoon (4/5)
- Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte (4/5)
- The Opposite of Loneliness- Marina Keegan (4/5)
- The Moon and More- Sarah Dessen (4/5)
- The Gilded Years- Karin Tanabe (5/5)
- Everything, Everything- Nicola Yoon (3/5)
- Commencement- J. Courtney Sullivan (3/5)
- 1984- George Orwell (3/5)
Thinking back on these, the only book that really seems like a standout to me is The Gilded Years, which is about the first African American woman to attend Vassar College in the late 1800s (and she was only able to do so because she was white-passing). It’s based on a true story and was a super fascinating book! I would highly recommend it. Other than that, the books ranged from “meh” to “pretty good”. But even the ones I rated 4 stars at the time are feeling a bit unmemorable to me only a month later!
Saying I exercised less than usual would be an understatement…I completely neglected it! I also did not do the best at eating healthy. And all the progress I made at the beginning of last year (losing roughly 15 pounds) was undone. I’m not too mad about losing weight and then gaining some of it back. I’m actually pretty happy with my weight and body in general right now. But I did miss FEELING good. There were so many days when I just felt “bleh”. So I’m trying to slowly and steadily get back on the wellness train. I started doing Couch to 5k again and Greg and I signed up for a 5k that will happen in March, so there’s no turning back on training! I’m excited for it and I forgot how much I love running. I’ve also started going to hot yoga once a week. My friend Veronica teaches the class and she absolutely kills it! I always feel so amazing once it’s done (even if I’m dying while it’s going on). I haven’t started incorporating at-home yoga back into my routine yet but I’m hoping to do that once or twice a week coming up soon. As far as eating goes, I’ve started to get a lot more adventurous with my cooking. I bought a few cookbooks at the beginning of this year and I absolutely love them! Each week I try to make one or two new recipes and I’m surprised at how good they turn out. I made salmon with cauliflower “risotto” last week thinking it would be kind of a simple, bland recipe and it turned out to be one of the best damn things I’ve ever made. I’ve been getting my recipes off Pinterest for so long and I now realize that all the recipes I found on there were somewhat boring and kind of all used the same ingredients/flavors. The cookbook recipes are more unique and original and I’m making things I would have never thought about making before. So if you’ve found yourself in a cooking rut, I would highly recommend buying a couple of cookbooks. It’s been fun and it’s made me want to eat out less because I’ve found I can make really high quality recipes at home!
So that’s that! A glimpse into my wonderfully average life 🙂 Hopefully soon I will have something more interesting to write about!
Until next time,