As I looked back on the month of March, I felt it had been a fairly “routine” month- work, paying bills, doing laundry, remembering to exercise at least four times a week (go me!) and spending time with friends and family. However it was a jam packed month and I guess I totally forgot about it! I traveled and focused more than usual on my health and wrote and lived, man! Let’s review, so I don’t forget the things that were big and the things that were small but felt big and special to me.
This month was all about:
- Getting back into running! I ran cross country and competed in track and field events in high school, and even after going to college I still ran in many races- mostly half marathons (it’s hard to believe that was usual for me) and even a Ragnar Relay during my prime, an overnight relay race totaling over 200 miles. Somewhere along the line I ran out of gas, I mostly blame it on my favorite running partner and best friend Alecia moving away (yeah I’m calling you out, ALECIA!). But I will give this to her- she has been running lots on her own and training for a half marathon and it inspired me to get back into it as well! One day after work I just decided I was going to go run for an hour and see what happened, no goal for distance or mile split times. Only rule was I had to run the whole time, no stopping. And I didn’t die! Quite the opposite, I felt pretty alive. Since that run earlier this month, I have been running about 8 miles a week (!!!, literally had not run on purpose for a verrrry long time) and I only see myself running more distance from here! So I guess what I have to say now is thank you, Alecia!
- Travel. In this month alone, I went to Disneyland with my siblings (post to follow about the food there! I love it more than the rides!), to a friend’s family ranch in New Mexico and back to California to hang out in LA and play at Six Flags and chill in Redondo Beach and hug Alecia (reference earlier, my best friend who moved away) in San Diego! I love visiting homes that are not my own but also am looking forward to returning back to Arizona- no more big trips planned.
- A makeup tutorial with my cousin. You guys, here is my stance on make up: I think if you feel your best in make up you should rock it and if you feel your best without it you should rock that. I tend to wear minimal amounts of makeup 1) because I feel confident without too much on, but also 2) I like, really suck at putting it on. I’ve always wanted to be better at eye make up, for example. I wear mascara almost every day, but blending eye shadow and applying eyeliner is not my strength. My very nice cousin and big-sister-I-never-had Danna was very kind and taught me. Her make up always looks natural but still sophisticated and I always admire it at family gatherings. She made me a list of what shadows she used and I’m excited to get better at this!
- Scheduling an appointment with a top sleep specialist. In my Year of Yes, I shared that one of my overall goals for 2016 is to tackle my difficulty with sleep. My appointment unfortunately is not until the end of May (very popular doctor) but in the meantime I am on a wait list in the event another patient cancels, and it gives me time to continue documenting my sleep patterns and level of daytime tiredness. More on this soon, as I hope sharing my story of sleep (or lack of sleep) will be helpful for others also struggling to fall and stay asleep.
- Food story chosen for publication! As I try to develop into a better food writer, I have had my eyes on being featured in Remedy Quarterly, a beautifully designed and illustrated food publication. Each writer tells a story and each story is accompanied by a recipe. “I’d like for that to happen…eventually” I told myself. I am thankful to my friend and creative mentor Kelsey for her push to submit NOW. I pitched a story and recipe idea for the first ever double issue (the theme is Work + Play) and IT WAS ACCEPTED! I was and am so thrilled. I just submitted my final piece and can’t wait to see the finished product and share more details.
Still in progress:
- Creative project with Erinn. As previously mentioned last month (uhh, and the month before), my dear friend and fellow dietitian Erinn and I continue to cook up a fun secret project and this next month YOU WILL KNOW WHAT IT IS!
To let go of:
- Less Netflix. Let’s be real, sometimes there is nothing better than a good show binge. I don’t have cable and therefore never watch regular TV unless at my parents (where Food Network reigns supreme), but my family does have a shared Netflix account and recently some series have become so interesting to me- mostly Making A Murderer. What I love about this show and others like it is it creates conversation. The last couple days my boyfriend and I have been looking up theories about the documentary’s main subject, Steven Avery. We try to investigate the crimes ourselves, like we have with the almighty Serial podcast. I like that discussion comes from the show, but I also can feel so gross watching hour upon hour of a show. The last couple months I have let go of binging on a series, a practice which can leave me feeling drained and sometimes lazy, and instead I am trying to stretch out the time between watching shows and make it more of a treat.
I’d love to know how your March was! Let me know all about what you did and what you are working on and what you are letting go of. Here is to happy and full days!