Hi everyone! And congratulations to all of you for surviving the worst month ever, February! I know February is the shortest month of the year, but it always feels like the longest, especially here in Alaska. Why do I hate it so much?
- It’s cold.
- It’s dark.
- The sun is coming back, which wreaks havoc on everyone’s Seasonal Affective Disorder here in Alaska. We have all been sad zombies the past month.
- I always get sick. As does everyone I know. I was actually sick the entire past week with 3 different situations (stomach bug, cold, and eye infection), so that was fun.
- There is no snow. It all melted into ice weeks ago which is impossible to walk on, so it’s really hard to spend any time outside without ice cleats or studded shoes.
- Summer seems so far away.
If that drink is a Flat White from Starbucks, then yes 🙂
Plus, this year on top of all of that I’m injured and can’t do any of my favorite activities like running or classes at the gym. Blah. But I’m hoping that March will bring much happier things – like more sunlight, spring-like weather, and less injury and illnesses! Since it’s the last day in February, I wanted to recap my month and then move on tomorrow with a clean slate. So here’s how I did with my monthly goals:
Read one new book: I read a really cool historical book called Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West by Dorothy Wickenden. It was a true story created from Dorothy’s grandma’s letters home to her family during her one year of teaching school in Colorado in the early 1900s. As a teacher and lover of traveling to remote and exciting places to live (Alaska), this was so interesting to me! Plus I’m a giant history nerd. It wasn’t as good as Half Broke Horses, but was still a really good read if you like historical fiction/nonfiction.
Cook one new healthy recipe: My husband and I discovered the joys of cauliflower mashed potatoes and we are in love! I swear they taste just like the real thing! But it’s not technically a recipe considering it’s just cauliflower, butter, and salt in a food processor.
Try one new class at the gym (or new teacher): I tried a new Group Power class, which re-aggrivated my injury. So that happened.
Run or hike one new place/trail: I skied on Archangel Road in Hatcher Pass! I’ve never even driven on that road before so that’s definitely new territory!
February’s monthly challenge: This month, my challenge was to write in a gratitude journal every night. I used the journal that I talked about in this blog post, and I loved it! While I accidentally skipped a few night (they were all weekend nights), it definitely became a nightly ritual for me and has helped me out more than I could have imagined. I swear these were all meant for me on those exact nights – some of the prompts were eerily accurate to what I was going through that day and really helped me find the good in some really awful days. This was the perfect challenge for February, but I hope to keep it up from here on out!
In March, I’m going to be working towards these goals again, but my monthly challenge will be different. Coming out of February, I’m a stressed out, injured mess dealing with SAD and a few big decisions that are coming up in my life. So what do I need the most right now? Some meditation! So for March, I’ve decided to take time to meditate each day. This is definitely going to range in length each day – some days may only be a few minutes and some might be 10 or more. But I need to make time in my busy days to learn how to turn off my thoughts and worries and just BE. I’m excited to start this practice tomorrow!
How was your February? What is your least favorite month of the year? Do you have any big goals for March?