What I’m Up to This Month–January 2016

I’ll start with: trying to write at least one blog post a week. So here goes, week two’s blog post!

Trip to Florida–January started off with a week in Siesta Key, Florida, with four of my dearest friends. This time was such a blessing to me and I’m still feeling the positive effects of time relaxing and walking along the beach, and being with close friends who fill me up with so much joy. I hope they don’t mind I’m sharing this wonderful picture of them on a chilly late afternoon walk along the beach. We’re still barefoot, which means SUMMER weather for us Minnesotans!

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The Whole30–Check out the link for more information on this wonderful plan. Basically, I’ve known for a long time that eating meat with lots of veggies and fruits and healthy fats is the best way to nourish my body and feel good, but I was stuck in the old food patterns of eating toast or granola all the time because I didn’t take the time to cook for myself. One day I was in Barnes and Noble and the new Whole30 cookbook practically jumped off the shelf and into my arms. It’s a beautiful book and I was intrigued. I had vaguely heard of the Whole30 on Pinterest, but really knew nothing about it.

And here it was! A plan and a way to fill myself up with the foods my body was craving (truly craving and needing). I’m not big on diets and they’ve never worked for me anyway. I don’t do deprivation well, for sure. The Whole30 doesn’t feel like a diet or deprivation AT all. In fact, I’m eating more than ever and feeling amazingly energetic and good. My favorite thing about the Whole30 is the meal template that tells me what types of food to make and eat for each meal–not specific recipes but types of food. It’s 1-2 palm sized servings of meat or eggs (that’s 3 eggs, people!) plus 2-3 cups of veggies plus 1-2 thumb sized servings of healthy fats, and maybe some fruit if I want. Here is the type of meals I’ve been “having” to eat on this plan (it’s no sacrifice!):

Salad with tuna and veggies and Whole30 compliant dressing, plus a banana, cashews, and coconut flakes. Yum!

Walking–I’ve mostly been walking at our local mall lately, because it’s been positively arctic around here. When the temps are double digit below zero (Farenheit), I’m all for indoor walking where I can really stretch my legs and get moving. I listen to podcasts while I walk at the mall, because it’s way more boring than walking outside (which I hope to get back to as temps rise this week). My favorite podcasts are Katy Says with Katy Bowman and On Being with Krista Tippett. What are your favorite podcasts?

Heather’s Hibernate 2016 Class–Oh my gosh, this class has been such a wonderful gift to myself. Through the beautiful lessons that Heather sends us each day, and the inspiration and ideas from our class Facebook page, I have been encouraged and inspired to view this winter in a much more positive way than I might have, having been to Florida and all first thing after Christmas.

Hibernate2016 Retreat Collage

Vision Board Making with My Honey–On Sunday, George and I decided to have a “retreat day” at home, inspired by the Hibernate class. We enjoyed relaxing and doing some visioning work together so much! We made the vision boards in the photo above. They are not about winter but about our lives, and our visions for ourselves. I love that George and I each made one–we have done vision boards together and I do them myself often, but I don’t think George has ever done his own. Can you tell which is whose? Hint: George is the random abstract one and I’m the concrete sequential one in the marriage.

Journaling with Prompts from Jennifer Louden’s Comfort Queen’s Guide to Life (now called Comfort Secrets for Busy Women: Finding Your Way When Your Life Is Overflowing and available here)–This is a book I picked up and worked through a few years ago, and it’s both super fun and deep-thought-provoking. It’s self care that I need, and both the tone and the questions in this book really work for me.


Copyediting, Proofreading, and Coaching–I still life coach for a couple of amazing clients who love working with me (and I with them), and I’m continuing my editing work for clients via Fiverr (the link goes right to my profile page where I offer my services). As I look to expand my writing and re-focus on that, I also look to my Fiverr work as a source of steady income and a fun way to use my skills. My vision for my Fiverr work is to connect with wonderful clients around the world and to keep enjoying the work while maintaining my boundaries around my time and space. If I wanted to, I could work constantly via Fiverr–and truthfully, I did last year. I need to take back some of my time and energy while still working, so this provides a great lesson for me in how to do that.

How about you? What are you up to this month? Is it cold or warm where you are?