January was lovely. It certainly helped that the weather on the whole was pleasant, there were sunny days to be enjoyed, and no long stretches of really cold weather. But another reason it was lovely was because I decided to be good to myself. I finished the Whole30 and did yoga almost every day, with a local class on Mondays and Yoga with Adriene videos at home on the other days. I went outside. I took my vitamin D and fish oil with lemon water every morning and made time for things I love like playing with art supplies one day when the boys were out for a few hours, and mixing up fresh batches of surface cleaner and deodorant, and vacuuming the car. And finally cleaning out the desk, something I had been putting off for ages. Momentum is such a splendid thing. And you know what? Just like everyone says, putting that bit of time and effort into doing things that I enjoy and that fill me up somehow magically expands into making everything seem lighter and more manageable, and really is better for everyone else, too.
There was enough snow for things like a cross-country skiing workshop that the four of us did (which was so much fun!) but for the most part, the roads were clear and the driving was good. There was also enough snow for a Saturday afternoon snowshoe with a friend, complete with sun sparkling on icy branches.
And yes, those are bare knees on the last day of January. We have this perfect little spot for playing and exploring. It's sheltered from the wind, and there is the biggest birch tree I've ever seen down there, with a perfect branch to hold a snack bag. And a perfect spot for a bench... I'll see what I can come up with.
The ladies have been laying faithfully, and we're usually getting 10-12 eggs a day. I am such a fan of the timer light in the coop! And most definitely of the days getting noticeably longer.
Last week I booked all of the details for a trip to a work conference in May. Across the country. With a lovely colleague. In Vancouver! I had put off even deciding about the conference because it’s kind of a scary unknown thing, you know? Then I put off booking everything because I wasn’t even sure where to start. And then the aforementioned lovely colleage texted at the perfect time, and we got everything booked. And now I can’t wait to tackle the next unpleasant thing. Because once it’s done, it feels so good. There's that momentum again.
A few things worth sharing:
I love this post over at The Woman Who Married a Bear. YES to the outdoors!
Speaking of things I'll be making this month, my Valentine's Day treat plan is made. The house is lightly sprinkled with hearts and we love to celebrate love!