Two Things That Brought Me Joy This Month – and Two Things That Didn’t

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For the past few years, I’ve been doing a monthly reflection that includes recapping the month, thinking about how I stayed well, what I’m grateful for, and what I want to continue, start, and stop. I enjoy doing this reflection, and I’ve noticed that I often identify the same things I want to start and stop over and over again. To give myself a little more motivation and accountability, I’m going to start sharing a bit of my monthly reflection with y’all. Read on for the things that brought me joy in February – and the things that didn’t.

What brought you joy in February? What didn’t?

Two Things That Brought Me Joy in February

Family TV Time

Most of my children’s TV time is spent watching shows they love (but I … don’t love) but it’s okay because they are watching during times when I’m trying to do something else. This month, we found a few shows that brightened our post-dinner, pre-bed time. Lots of cozy time on the couch, all five of us, watching Lego Masters, Holey Moley, and Celebrity Wheel of Fortune. We also discovered that classic 90s Nickoleodeon shows are streaming on Paramount+ and now my children have experienced the joy of Eureka’s Castle, GUTS, and Legends of the Hidden Temple. When we moved into our house and, pre-kids,  got a sectional sofa, I dreamed of the day when it would be filled with our family. And here we are.

Investing in Me

It has been hard for me to spend significant money on myself when it’s not for a basic need like clothing or healthcare. As I’ve embarked on a professional transition, I’ve made an action plan AND identified places where I could use support (asking for help is NOT my strong suit). This month, I consulted with a career advisor to revise my LinkedIn profile and sourced a career coach for a series of sessions to help me refine my vision and build up my mindsets for the job search. I’m proud of myself for doing this work and it’s already making a difference in my confidence level and outlook.

Two Things That Didn’t

A Broken Toe

Sigh. Why is it when you are firing on all cylinders, feeling good about life, something has to smack you down. And this was the silliest of things. I left a heavy Amazon box filled with our monthly dog food subscription by the front door and then stubbed my toe on it. I did the standard hopping on one foot and silently cursing at the pain, and then when I looked down, I saw my pinky toe. Let’s just say it was not pointing in the right direction. I’m on the path to healing; I just need to wear a stabilizing boot and take it easy for a month. But it’s been hard because I was in a good groove of walking and getting on the bike and without that grounding routine, I’ve let my morning schedule go. My goal is to find some upper body strength training routines to do for the next few weeks. This is something I’ve been wanting to do anyway, so another silver lining.

Early Morning Writing and Reading Time

I am one of those people who feels really good when they get up before everyone and have quiet time. I like to sip my first cup of coffee and write, read, and reflect. Not for work, just for me. It’s where I do the bulk of my blog writing. So my alarm is set for 5am to do this. This month, snoozing the alarm was in full effect. And not just snoozing. Actually just turning the alarm off and falling back asleep until my children wake me up at 6:45am because their alarms have gone off. Now, I’m not feeling guilty about this, obviously my body needs more rest. It’s just annoying because I WANT to get up and have this time. I just can’t for some reason. I’m going to see what March holds – perhaps the springing forward will help.

1 Comment

what you see on shrooms · March 12, 2024 at 11:29 pm

I like it when people come together and share thoughts.
Great blog, stick with it!

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