A bit of a recap of what I have been up to, what I'm working on, what's inspiring me, and anything else I want to include. This year, I'm owning this space and giving myself full creative freedom.
January Recap: Celebrations, Creativity, & Connection
- My reading frenzy continued and I read 12 books this month!!! I'm pretty sure that's a personal record. I couldn't quite believe it. One that I would recommend since it is also Black History Month is Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson . To support this area of important work, I created a reading list.
- I wrote about my grandmother with "I remember" moments to honor her on her birthday which was this month. Lots of writing and will share more here this month from prose to poems.
- I returned to Maptia, and shared a five-year journey photography and adventure journey to Ring in the New Year and I started a new series called Monthly Photos of Wild Places so check out the January edition.
- Totally inspired by George Steinmetz's Ted Talk on Photographing Africa from a Flying Lawn Chair.
- Words of wisdom from @simonsinek "Accountability is hard. Blame is easy. One builds trust, the other destroys it."
- Saying goodbye to Ursula K. Le Guin my thoughts and NY Times piece.
- Excited for this new book Your Story Is Your Power: Free Your Feminine Voice by Elle Luna and Susie Herrick (see a sneak peek and pre-order)
Can you believe it's February and we are a whole month into 2018!!! How's it going? Did you hear whether or not Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow?
January causes a heck of a lot of commotion about resolutions, eh! Where are you at?... Did you start off the year with a bang and feeling a bit tired today? Or perhaps you started quietly and are going momentum? Whether you are rocking resolutions, flowing to your own rhythm and flow, or in planning and incubation mode, remember that today is a new day (and a new month) to begin again.
As I have mentioned, I do not set new years resolutions anymore. I am, however, a big believer in doing work that matters. To do this, I set intentions for the year and map my progress in my Weekly Desire Map Planner by Danielle LaPorte (YES, PAPER!!!), a daily intention and gratitude practice, I set priorities and track them for the month, and I schedule what's important on my calendar.
This month, I'm tracking 5 things that I am committing to do daily. As Gretchen Rubin said in her book The Happiness Project "What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.”My thought is that if I do these 5 things every day, I will feel good, nourished, and consider the day a great success. They are read, write, run, yoga, and gratitude. They are already scheduled into my calendar for each day for the month.
Also, engaging in work that matters which includes continuing my reading frenzy, writing (and sharing more here... split of excited and terrified), working on a photo project which I think will be a book project (its emerging), and working on learning to ski.
To wrap this up, I began starting with commotions. February is Black History Month and the commoditization of love also known as Valentine's Day. I like to think of it as a great time to remember to take time for self-love, because if you don't love and take care of you, you cannot spread love to others.