As I sit writing this post, the temperature reads 30 degrees and light snow is falling. Kentucky has been blessed with warmer than normal temperatures until now but as the meteorologists remind us, the second part of winter is always the most difficult. Hoping I don’t wake up to more than a dusting in the morning.
I had hoped as the calendar moved into February that I would have updates and changes for this site. Unfortunately, I am still in the process and the changes may come in small increments rather than one complete overhaul. Giving myself permission to move at the pace I need to move. Additionally, I had hoped to complete several posts this weekend but found the time I had set aside also decided to be the time a migraine set in.
Life is about accepting what is placed in front of you. I accepted that I didn’t feel like writing when in the past I would have forced myself to do more.
Many things have been going on in January. Hoping this currently post provides a catch up on what has been going on and what to look forward to.
Excited: Looking forward to the Super Bowl. Although in proximity, the Cincinnati Bengals are our “home” team, I’ve been a fan of the Atlanta Falcons for many years. Plus, Tom Brady doesn’t need another Super Bowl Ring. Regardless, anticipating a great game.
Drinking: This is the second week in a row that I’ve made my own bone broth. Despite having autoimmune issues for many years, I had never taken the step of making my own bone broth. I can tell you that after one week, my gut feels better and I may even have more energy.
Eatting: This was the weekend of paleo red meat. James was able to grill steaks from critchfield meats last night (yes, it was warm enough to grill and now it’s snowing) and tonight we had roast. We typically do not eat much read meat but each meal was perfect! Critchfield carries Kentucky Proud meat and I highly recommend them.
Listening: Did you catch my recent post on new podcasts to try? These podcasts are truly inspirational and a great way to commute to work or clean the house.
Limiting: There was a time over the past week that I considered deleting social media from my phone. There has been such an intense amount of negativity and frustration that the energy coming from the screen has felt toxic. Nonetheless, I haven’t taken the step but I am limiting how much time I spend. Additionally, I limit the amount and type of news I take in. It can feel like there is nothing positive in the world and for my own mental health, I have chosen to place limits. A few years ago, I shared why you need to stop watching the news and it still holds true.
Wearing: Items from my closet. Other than a new pair of adidas, I have not purchased any new clothes in January. I am truly reminding myself that I have more than I need and there is no point in purchasing something simply because it is on sale. Let’s see how I do as we move toward Spring.
Planning: New things for this space. How To Make A Life will be four years old in March. As my life has changed, I always question what do I want this part of my life to look like. There have been times when I have considered stopping (and several weeks when I didn’t post) but this has become a part of me that I am not ready to let go of.
Thus, it is time to consider what the next part will look like. What I do plan to start is a regular newsletter. This will be something that focuses upon monthly ideas for self care including each of the senses. I want to provide something valuable rather than another email that takes up space in someone’s in box folder. Secondly, I hope to become consistent in what I create. The truth is that may mean less posts but higher quality. I do not want to create something for the sake of creating it. A win for everyone!
Perhaps most importantly, I have made the decision to begin writing a book. During my Mom’s cancer illness, I kept my friends updated with regular emails regarding her status. These emails were cathartic for me and took the place of my journal writing at the time. Over the past few weeks, I have felt the need to do something with these emails. I realized I need to and am willing to share with more than my close circle of friends. Caregiving is a lonely and difficult task and I hope that someone may benefit from my own journey. It will likely be self published but has become a goal for 2017.
I’m hoping you will continue to follow along for the ride.
Here’s to a great week!