1. Pug in a parka. 2. The most amazing cinnamon rolls for my birthday brunch. 3. Snow building up on our 2nd story window. 4. Homemade bbq chicken bao. 5. Man and his cat. 6. Cotton candy clouds in Croatia. 7. Short hair and a great view. 8. Old Town Split. 9. The Cathedral Tower.
This month was definitely one for the books in good and bad ways. First, the bad. Oh hey there Polar Vortex - never ever ever come back, okay? I think I can say that I've officially experienced a bad Midwest winter now. It's only a few days into February and I'm so ready for it to be over, but I know I'm still in for many, many more weeks. During the Polar Vortex, it was so cold that work was cancelled and the city basically shut down. We stayed inside for three days (even the pug, it wasn't pretty) because going outside when the windchill is -30 just isn't happening.
But! Just a few days after the vortex passed, we got to celebrate my 25th birthday AND THEN Adam's 25th just a few days later. So that really balanced it out. Then to tip the scale to absolutely amazing, I went to Split, Croatia for a week for work. I have a lot of (mostly nonsensical) words for how beautiful that country is. I'm sure I'll share many of them here in the next few days, but I've spent the last week just processing everything that I saw and did. I am so incredibly fortunate to have had that experience.
So, I did mention that I turned 25? That's right, that means that the time is up on my 25x25 goals. I have a lot of reflection to do on that topic, but I"m very happy with my results and am definitely going to be making a new set of goals for the coming years.
And now, on to the formal review!
Birthdays and Croatia - need I say more? I had a lot of fun this month with many of my favorite people in the world. Life here in the Midwest has turned out to be pretty amazing. Oh - and I cut most of my hair off (again)! It was definitely a fun change and I love the results.
My friends (and family?) are all probably tired of hearing the word Croatia, but I'm certainly not tired of talking about it. This was my first international trip for work and I must say, I'm hooked. I learned a lot about myself professionally and personally on this trip (including that fact that I might be an extrovert - who knew?) and I have a clearer view of my career aims. Apart from that, the food, beauty, people, and culture of Croatia all really appeal to me and I cannot wait to go back someday in the future. I have to hit those beautiful beaches after all...
Well, the time is up and I didn't cross everything off my list, but I'm really okay with that. We'll talk more about this soon.
Yes! I started an 8 week yoga intro class this month and LOVE IT. It's still very early for me to tell, but I feel like this could be a really sustainable part of my healthy lifestyle moving forward. I really look forward to the classes and feel tired but accomplished after each one. I've also sort of kept up with running (10k in April, here I come) but I need to step up my game on this front in February. On the food front, my healthy eating definitely took a backseat with my birthday and then a week long European trip this month so there's definitely a lot of room for improvement there.
Woof. When I think back on the last month I really don't remember making much progress on my projects, but there's one big change that occurred this month. Adam and I started doing the Get Things Done productivity system (well, he's done it for years). It's kind of strange to think of your productivity system as being a "project" in and of its self, but setting it up was definitely a lot of work. So far, it's working pretty well and is helping me keep an eye on the big picture without compromising small day-to-day tasks, which is the goal. Next month, I'll stick to the system and start to bring more of my creative projects back to the forefront (especially this blog - I've got a lot of stories to document!).