I feel like most months we find ourselves saying “I can’t believe how quickly this month went by” but I can’t say I feel the same about January. I have seen a few memes in the last few weeks about how long January is and heard it mentioned on a few podcasts, so apparently I’m not the only one who felt it.
January had some highlights but was also pretty stressful. I’m feeling the end of yoga teacher training coming and there are a few things at work weighing on me pretty heavily. I felt like I had to be a lot more mindful of where I was mentally, what I needed, and how to best keep my general feelings of overwhelm at bay. I’m grateful for my freelance editors for being understanding and allowing me to take some time away while I catch up on life a bit.
I learned several years ago that you don’t apologize for not blogging. While I know some bloggers still do, it’s something I gave up awhile ago. While I always hope that my words will reach out and resonate with someone, ultimately I remind myself that I initially started this space for me over 7 years ago and if I don’t stay true to my authenticity, then I’ll never reach someone. With that said, sometimes being authentic means taking 2 unexpected weeks off blogging. But then again, I was taking rest.
I actually have a handful of posts that I’m excited to write, publish and share with all of you coming up but things are getting pretty hectic around here and last week I was really struggling to keep my anxiety under wraps so something had to give. The good news is that I am feeling quite a bit better and ready to get back to this space with hopefully more regularity than it has been the last few weeks.
I hate to admit it but my anxiety has been acting up quite a bit lately. Between balancing work stress, freelancing, blogging, yoga teacher training, and a social life, at times I feel like I’m trying to scoop water out of a boat with a hole in it. Something isn’t working.
While some of the stress is of a positive nature (hello YTT and the boy!), they still add to an already full bucket. I needed to figure out how to find the balance of them all and what I really need.
With one of my goals for 2018 to be to read 52 books, I have been working on my list of books that I want to read to make sure I’m never at a loss of what to read next. Though let’s get real, I actually have a note in my phone and every time I hear of a book that sounds intriguing, I add it to the list so I’m never really at a loss. ha!
Last year I read just under 40 books so I thought it would be fun to share a handful of my favorites so if you’re trying to reach your own reading goal for the year then maybe you’ll want to add a few of my favorites to your own list.