What I Focused on in February:
1. Crazy busyness with my non-writing job in Florida
2. Crazy busyness with my non-writing life (a wedding, guests, family time, etc….)
3. A personal venture
Birthday Challenge Update
- Request 25 Books for Review – 3
- Dance, Skip, or swing in the rain 25 times – 2
- Watch the sunrise or sunset 25 times – 6
- Color 25 pictures – 1
- Have less than 5 emails in my inbox Saturday night 25 weeks (not in a row) – 4
- Go to bed by 10:30 sixty times (not in a row) – 2
- Blog by 9:30 a hundred times – 3 or 4 (?)
- Go to Wednesday night church 20 times – 2
- Drink coffee or tea while reading or journaling 25 times – 2
Audio Books: 1
Nights gone: 9
New States or Countries: None
- Write 3 book reviews – YES
- Send query letters to 10 agents – NO (only 4)
- Blog 18 times – NO
- Do at least something with writing every weekday – YES
- HIS goals (Goals with my non-writing job) – YES
- Write out goals for March – NO (why did I even put this as a goal?)
What I’ve Been Learning
Where do I even start, my friends? One of the important lessons I learned this month was to make sure I keep the hem of my skirt out of the reach of my bunnies while blogging. I may or may not have little teeth marks on a couple of my skirts from failing to learn the lesson on the first go-around.
This month was also a good one for figuring out my writing set-up better. I have a sad habit of working on my computer in a very bad ergonomics setting, and unfortunately my wrists have been protesting rather a lot. A good friend who’s knowledgable about that type of thing helped me make some adjustments (including giving me some amazing equipment to work with!) and told me more adjustments that I need to make.
February wasn’t exactly the most stunning month I’ve ever lived regarding accomplishing the goals I set out to do or completing tasks or checking things off a list. In fact, I had to learn to swallow my pride multiple times, because little goal-maker-advocate- extraordinaire (aka me) spent the entire month being behind. When it all is said in done though, I’m alright with that. There were other things I chose to focus on (of the non-check-offable variety), and in those arenas a lot was accomplished.
Although I didn’t technically learn this in February, I was reminded over and over again at every turn how amazing God is. There were some stressful/hard things this month, and through it all I had an overwhelming sense of God’s love and peace in my life. It’s wonderful to me to be able to step back from my up-close situation and remember that God sees everything – past, present, and future. And, as long as I’m where He wants me to be, then things are going to be okay.
Along with the previous note, I must say that I’ve also discovered that when I’m stressed out, eating Paleo isn’t something that comes easily. And, unfortunately, I strayed from the healthy-eating far, far too often. That, combined with some other things, made February a less-than-stellar month health-wise, but I’m climbing back onto the healthy train for March. So, February reminded me once again how big of a gift healthiness is.
I read the book Control Girl last month and was overwhelmingly thankful for how God placed the perfect book in my life for the perfect time. It tied into everything I was learning and walking through, and was incredibly helpful. I very highly recommend the book.
There’s not a ton more to say – well except if I want to talk about how crazy weird the weather was. Seriously. We’ve had multiple 70 degree days recently. How does that even happen?
I was also able to get some querying done, brainstorm a bit for a new book, and spend good-quality time with some amazing friends. I went to bed far too late most nights (something else I plan on remedying in March), danced around outside in bare feet, and delighted in hanging out with my church family.
Earlier I was trying to figure out what star rating I would give February if it was a book. My mind drew a blank, but I did come to the conclusion that most of it wouldn’t be a re-read. All in all though, I’m thankful for the month, and very thankful for all I learned. And now, I’m looking forward to March!
How was your February? I’d be delighted to hear about it!