Reviewing the books Lilac Girls and Truly, Madly, Guilty, and discussing what I’m doing to stay positive even though life got in the way of my goals.
Next month I will be stronger, healthier, and more productive.
Okay, so I tell myself this same story every single month. Don’t we all? Like most Januaries, I started off the year with a fantastic go-getter attitude. Life was going to be better. I enrolled in a class all about productivity and started putting into place the lessons I learned.
Of course, February rolled around and life started getting in the way again – big time. Life is full of curveballs, but it’s how we handle them that makes the difference Here are a few roadblocks and successes February 2017 handed our family:
Health & Wellness
February was a disaster in the health & wellness department. L brought home a nasty stomach bug at the beginning of the month that took the better part of 3 weeks to get through the whole family. Between having to stay home with both girls on consecutive weeks and being sick myself for two weeks, I wasn’t able to get to the gym more than once. Though, I did put the baby in the pack ‘n play one day while I did a Jari Love video. That felt pretty good.
Last month’s progress:
Exercise: Only three times.
Dietary Improvements: I’m drinking more water, does that count?
What will change in March:
- My got a new Fitbit Charge II is just the thing to help combat times like this. I had a Fitbit Charge last year, but the wristband bit the dust after 6 months. Thankfully, you can change the bands up on the new version. Of course, I bought one in pink, and one in a sparkly purple, both of which the girls are conspiring to steal away from me sometime.
- Lent begins on Wednesday. Like last year, I plan to give up all candy, cookies, cakes, chips, ice cream, and just plain bad-for-you food. Does anybody know a good prayer to fight temptation? I’m going to need it!
Valentine’s Day came and went with adorable cards and crafts from the kids and beautiful flowers from the Husband. Though I hadn’t planned on it, those flowers inspired me to spend most of the morning cleaning out and redecorating one of our storage hutches in the dining room.
My large bouquet was split into three vases on our island, and a tulip bouquet became the centerpiece of that hutch re-do. Just that little change made the house feel much brighter and cheerier. I can’t wait for the hydrangeas and peonies to bloom this spring!
Unfortunately, we also said goodbye to one of my grandmothers this month. This is the woman that introduced me to goulash and to eating cabbage, stewed tomatoes, and black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day. Even though she was in her 80s and hadn’t been well for a while, I don’t think any of us expected to lose her quite yet.
This is one area where roadblocks weren’t an issue!
In last month’s post, I was in the middle of reading Lilac Girls. What a book that was. I was fascinated with every single moment, and could hardly put the book down, even though I barely finished the book before my Kindle loan was up.
What was especially interesting was the perspective of Kasia, a Polish inmate at the Nazi concentration camp Ravensbruck. Reading the journey of a young woman coming of age in a concentration camp and then living in post-war communist Poland was fascinating. More intriguing is that the book is loosely based on real women from World War II, and the circumstances surrounding their lives. As soon as the book was finished, I couldn’t help but look up the real-life personalities.
Verdict: Highly Recommend
Truly, Madly, Guilty
After finishing Lilac Girls, I moved on to a much easier read: Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty. I fell in love with Liane Moriarty books last year after reading What Alice Forgot and The Husband’s Secret. Her books are basically non-romance chick-lit. They are easy to read and full of twists and turns.
Truly, Madly, Guilty shares the perspectives of seven people who were present on one fateful day when something terrible happened. Even though the book goes back and forth in time and between characters, it’s easy to follow. I found it interesting to see the different perspectives of each character not only about the incident but also about their relationships with one another. While it’s not my favorite of all her books (this one is), I enjoyed reading it. It was a nice break after the serious and sometimes horrifying events in Lilac Girls.
Next Up: Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
Instagram. I’ve had an Instagram account for ages, but always forgot to post photos, and had a bear of a time finding hashtags. Well, thanks to a challenge issued by Anne Marie at Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated, I started posting daily. Admittedly, I didn’t do a good job keeping up with the challenge throughout the month, but posts are still going up daily!
Just a little sneak peak at some free #printables coming your way next week. #imadethis #coloring * * * * #bloggerlife #pictureoftheday #photooftheday #momblogger #photoaday #handmade #makers #ooak #feelingcrafty #behindthescenes# funforkids #simpleplay #lifecolorfully #rainbow #abmlifeiscolorful #childhoodunplugged #creativekids #momlife #childhood #coloringbook #creativityfound #drawing #creativelifehappylife #DIYblog #momsoninstagram #playmatters
Viruses, bacteria, and pretty much anything that will make you sick. We’ve had enough illness in this house to last at least one more year, if not two or three!
Inspirational Quote of the Month:
So, what do you think? Will I actually be able to end March saying I’m fitter, healthier, and more productive? I certainly hope so.
What are you doing to stay healthy?
Any book recommendations?
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