Hi friends! I’m back after a blogging hiatus and sharing what’s on my heart and calendar for the month of February, including how I’m overcoming February fitness apathy.
Read or skim below for my quick list, plus opportunities to join me or share what you’re up to this month.
February Health & Fitness
I mentioned on Instagram last month that I’ve been consistently lifting weights since August, and that morning workouts have been the secret to maintaining a routine. Well, let me just say that it’s waaaay easier to get to the gym in August than in January.
Frankly I’d rather just stay in bed.
Because of this, my main priority for these winter months is to Just Get There most days a week. I don’t care if all I do is five pull-ups and a set of squats and then hit the locker room. I don’t care if I decide to sleep in on Tuesday and skip the whole thing. I don’t care if I’m still lifting the same amount of weight from six weeks ago. As long as I make it to the gym (or my yoga mat) at least 4 days a week, I’m happy.
That said, I do want to set a fitness focus for February. I’m keeping it simple and concentrating on:
- getting to the gym-period.
- lifts that build my shoulders and back
- exercises that create definition in my quads
- continuing to do yoga most days a week, even if it’s just for a few minutes
Interested in joining me by doing the same workouts? You can find my February routines on Pinterest here.
Regarding diet, I’m officially getting bored with my current menu rotation so in February I’ll be challenging myself to try new recipes. You can find my February recipe stash on Pinterest here.
February Fashion, Living & Creativity
I’m celebrating my one-year anniversary with a capsule wardrobe this month and want to reflect on how it’s changed the way I dress and shop for fashion. Because I’m in the middle of winter, though, I’m not likely to make many (if any) changes to my wardrobe, but I’ll share a few of my favorite outfits from this season, and pin some of the things I’m itching to add to my closet for warmer weather.
Regarding living and creativity, I have a lot of projects that I’ve started, and project ideas in the hopper, but lately I haven’t felt like spending time on them. (Do any of you struggle with this in the winter?) Part of me wants to set goals in hopes that it will motivate me, though, so here’s what I’m going to focus on. Like fitness, I’m keeping it simple:
- replenish my favorite DIY beauty products
- finish a black wrap dress I started ages ago
- finish my first weaving on my new lap loom
You can find the projects that are inspiring me right now here. Maybe some of them will make it into March’s lineup!
February Spiritual Growth
I’m generally casual about my spiritual growth and mainly stick to morning prayer times with hot tea and a journal. But February 10th is the start of Lent and this year I’m attracted to the ritual of setting apart the next six weeks for deeper, more focused reflection and prayer.
I’m still formulating my specific Lent plans but I’ll be pinning a few inspiring things to help me frame the season here.
Related, I’m challenging myself to end the day reflecting on ways I’ve encountered the Holy Spirit that day. My hope is to stop measuring the quality of my days based on how productive I was, or how good I felt, and to start measuring them by my experiences with Jesus.
February Marriage & Relationships
We’ll likely prepare and file our taxes this month, which–apart from being a hassle–is a good time for Craig and I to talk about our goals. I’ve been praying for several months for more direction and unified purpose as a couple, and I’ll be looking for opportunities to use our tax and budget talks as a way to take small steps forward together. Wish me luck!
Regarding relationships, I’m keeping it simple with these two goals:
- celebrate important February dates, including birthdays and the birth of my niece later this month
- keep the gears moving with my closest friends by connecting at least once this month
February Work & Career
My job as a content marketer for Lifetree is energizing right now as my team prepares to launch new projects, including a podcast I’ll be co-hosting (yay! fun!). The biggest challenge for me is to not get carried away with too many creative ideas, which is why I’ll be disciplining myself to expand what’s already been started (vs. create new things from scratch). Truthfully this will feel like fasting to me (I’m a new-idea junkie), so prayers are appreciated.
You’ll be able to find links and updates–including a new 21-day devotional I wrote–for my work here.
That wraps up the month ahead! I’m looking forward to writing more, and hearing from some of you.