I know not a lot of people read my blog, but I always love the link round-up at the various websites I follow, so here are a few from me.
As someone who values her morning routine and tries to start her day off right, this website about My Morning Routine is really rather fascinating.
It’s hard to read everything about the #MeToo movement and all the allegations and truths which women have known about for so long, but for which we’ve never spoken out about before – I Made the Cinnamon Rolls from Mario Batali’s Sexual Misconduct Letter
If you like trying new hobbies, here’s a round up from The Cut of different ones to try in 2018. I have often thought about starting a blog or podcast about hobbies, so this is perfect for me.
And an Ask Polly about laziness, which turns into thoughts on identity and habits and investment into yourself.
Until tomorrow. Have a good Sunday.
163 Days to go.
Quick update! I have not been exercising because I’ve been working all the time. When I get home at 7:30 or 8:00 and only have two hours before I go to bed to get everything done, it’s really hard to exercise. I need to find a better way to get out of work on time and to also make sure I do my yoga or ballet. But this has always been a struggle for me. I have some thinking and planning to do.
165 days to go.
Eep! Happy February! I meant to start 30 days of exercise on the 1st, but I had to get to work early (and worked late) so it threw off my whole schedule. It’s hard to do things when you work overtime. (Also it’s hard to do things when you don’t work overtime because work is tiring.) So I’m starting today! Because it’s only the 3rd and it seems nice and neat to start 30 day challenges on the first of the month, but really you can start anytime!
The Plan: For the next thirty days I’m going to exercise every day
The Mechanics: The original plan was to do 30 Days of Yoga with True Yoga with Adrienne. BUT I already have a yoga class I go to on Sundays and I try to go to ballet several days a week so I don’t want to add on more things to do if I’m already exercising. So the days I don’t have class, I’ll do Yoga with Adrienne. And maybe I’ll finish the whole series even though I’m only exercising for 30 days. We’ll see.
Check-ins: Every goal needs an accountability system! So I’ll check in on Saturday of every week to see how things are going.
Let me know if you also have goals for February! And if your New Year’s Resolutions are going well! I need an 18 in 2018 check in soon.
171 Days to go.
Gratitude of the Day: Gratitudes of the Day
Ta da! It’s the last day of my monthly gratitude project and unsurprisingly I’m thankful for the time I took this month to write a gratitude every day. They might be very small or very big, but it’s just good to remember what I have going for me in life. It’s good to remember and be grateful for the small things which get me from day to day. It’s so easy to get bogged down by the humdrum of every day life, so it’s good to reflect on those small moments which give us joy and then to be grateful for them.
Until tomorrow. Happy February!
174 days to go.
Gratitude of the day: Hamilton Day-by-Day calendar
This year for Christmas I received the Hamilton Day by Day calendar for Christmas. It’s a tear away calendar for each day of the year which gives me a quote from Hamilton, lyrics from the musical or an important historical event in Hamilton’s life. It’s only the end of January, but I really do enjoy tearing away the paper to see what quote of the day I’ll get. Every morning as I’m getting ready for work, it gives me a small spark of joy at the beginning of the day to read my new quote. It’s interesting how something so small can make me happy, but those things are good to remember. Maybe even more important to remember than the big stuff.
175 days to go.
Gratitude of the Day: The Farmer’s Market
Where I live there’s a Farmer’s Market every Sunday. I only occasionally go since it can get sort of expensive, but I love going. Even if I don’t buy anything, it’s fun to sample the fruits and vegetables (and cheese!). It’s nice just to be outside and meander around and not really have to do anything. It’s nice to chat with my friends and look at the new vendors and go see the what’s on offer from our favorite stands.
It’s honestly strange that I don’t go more because I enjoy it so much. Maybe I’ll add it to my Sunday routine. I really should look at what activities give me happiness and energy and make it a point to do those regularly. Another project for another time.
176 Days to go
Gratitude of the Day: Musicals
Two years ago, I wanted Hamilton tickets and I knew they were part of the season coming to LA. So in order to ensure I got a ticket, I bought season tickets as my “fun thing” for the month. It was really expensive for me at the time, but I considered it a fair price to pay so I could see Hamilton live. Seven shows and two years later (and Hamilton), I consider it a good move. I love having season tickets to the Pantages here in LA. If I didn’t, I think I would rarely go see musicals, but now I see every one and I love it.
Last year I considered giving them up to save money, but I went to see Finding Neverland and it was so delightful I went home and immediately renewed my tickets. They got me! And I’m glad they did. I always look forward to going to the shows and I have the cheap seats, so it’s really not very expensive for the amount of joy I get out of it.
177 Days to go!