Hello March! I cannot believe you’re already here. This season of my life is just passing so quickly. Winter is passing in a flash. As my memory isn’t quite as good as I had hoped it would be, I have developed a strong urge to document. I take photographs and videos with the intention of turning them into photo books and a monthly video (so far, I am 4 years behind on the printed photo books and I make 1-2 videos per year for special occasions). Special moments are recorded in messy scrolls in baby books. I write shorthand in my journal to clear my mind.
As I mentioned in a post waaaay back in January, I also took the time this year to record reflections from 2018 and directions for 2019. It was a process that was new to me and I am already seeing the benefits of completing the exercise. I have found that the seed is set when I record an intention. It seems that information gets organized in the brain or body so that a person becomes more open to seeing things from a different angle or perhaps notices things that he or she wouldn’t have noticed otherwise. Focus becomes a given as the universe provides. This has been the case for me from reading, physical activity and career perspective.
My bedside table is filled with books that I have begun. I would secretly enjoy providing a lengthy and accurate answer to the commonly asked question in “By the Book” New York Times Book Review section of “What books are on your nightstand?” The ones that I have actually finished (and enjoyed) are (now technically located underneath my nightstand):
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
This is a beast of a book but it tells a gripping story of evil and how hard it is to escape it. The author beautifully describes cities in Eastern Europe which also got me itching to go travelling again. If you are at all interested in the life and times of Vlad Țepeș, more commonly know as Dracula or if you enjoyed the historical fiction of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, then I recommend this novel to you. Oh, and a big thanks to my mom for recommending this book to me!
My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
There is a special place in my heart for books that describe little corners of Manhattan. I actually think that the recent SNL skit on bodega bathrooms was inspired by the nuances alluded to in this book. The author brilliantly describes the mind of a young woman in the gripes of severe emotional pain and how she tries to overcome it by a year of drugs (prescribed to her by the worst psychiatrist I’ve ever heard of).
Transit by Rachel Cusk
It is a raw book that details meetings in everyday life. The protagonist is highly intelligent and reflective as she navigates her way through her former city of London, England. Admittedly, this book is not for everyone as there are pages that have little more than a paragraph indentation which, makes it seem less approachable. But, Rachel Cusk is incredibly insightful and she had me hooked at page 34 (scroll down for the quote). Note, I received this book as a Christmas gift so I didn’t realize that it was part of a trilogy!
Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis
This is an excellent book to start a new year with or get you off to a fresh start (maybe spring for you?) It is a go get-em, how I got there, self-help sort of book that gets women to own up to their time, family, stress, lack of nutrition or physical activity (etc. etc.) excuses through a series of personal stories. The author strives to ensure that the reader doesn’t feel bad about past choices but encourages women to boldly walk forward into their own future. As with all books in the self-help category, take it with a grain of salt.
My fitness goal was quite simple, to exercise 15 minutes a day, everyday in addition to my walking and yoga routine which are elements that I have already built into my life with my kids. There are loads of fitness apps and programs available but the one that I have stuck with is Momma Strong. It is affordable and I find the founder, Courtney Wyckoff to be hilarious and completely relatable.
I’m not ready to post my next career ambitions. These seem intensely private though perhaps one day I’ll work up the courage to write about them.
How is 2019 going for you? Did you write out your intentions for the year? Is there anything that is working or not working?
Perhaps you just opened this page to read about the “announcement” and I’ve been keeping you waiting for so long! I’m so excited to announce that I’m pregnant with my fourth baby! I’m due in the spring so you’ll definitely be hearing less from me postpartum. Once I’m past the first trimester, I find that my pregnancies (sadly) just fly by. My family and I are so filled with gratitude to have another child. To prepare, I’m also reading the The Fourth Trimester: A Postpartum Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions, and Restoring Your Vitality by Kimberly Ann Johnson and what I’ve gleamed so far is that period after birth is not a time to be superwoman. It is a time to rest and and gain back your mama strength.
The photo below is my second self-portraits ever (I did my first one during my second pregnancy so it is not on the blog) . Photographs with me in it are typically the domain of my husband who, obliges and then I delete the photo because I don’t like it. Needless to say, he’s a little discouraged. My inspiration for this pregnancy self-portrait is from Bethadilly: A Lifestyle Blog. It helps me celebrate my pregnancy and keeps a little record of this precious and fleeting time.