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Monthly Recap // December 2019

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What went on:

November was busy. Very, very busy.

As the month began John and I were eager to find a place to call our own in Salt Lake City. We had spent several days living in a van that was jam packed with all of our belongings, and as the nights started to get colder and longer we knew we had to hurry up and find somewhere to live. We lucked out and found an adorable home near Liberty Park and the popular Sugarhouse district of SLC, and went in on it with two lovely humans I met on Facebook. Moving into a home with a full kitchen, bathroom, living room, and laundry area felt like such a luxury after months of cramped quarters in Wyoming followed by time spent in the van.

Shortly after we settled in, my knitting company Westward and Woven was hit with a huge order for over 40 items, which kept me inside knitting nonstop for several days on end. By the time I dropped the package off at the post office I had only a week left of free time before I had to start working. John and I familiarized ourselves with SLC as much as we could in that time, and I quickly learned that I absolutely adore Northern Utah and the community of individuals in Salt Lake City. When I started training at The Front Climbing Club I was exposed to some of the most genuinely kind and authentic people, and working with them everyday is truly a pleasure.

I was lucky enough to spend time with my parents near the end of November and show them around my new home, and luckier still to eat my dad’s traditional Thanksgiving Cuban feast.

To say that November was stressful would be an understatement, but I’m so happy to be where I am and to be with the people I currently surround myself with.

What I’ve been digging:

I listened to so many podcasts during my long hours spent knitting in my living room, and I’m excited to finally share them with you. One of my new favorites is How I Built This with Guy Raz, a series by NPR that showcases different entrepreneurs and dives into how they created their success. I especially love the episodes on John Zimmer of Lyft, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry’s, and Dave Dahl of Dave’s Killer Bread.

Another podcast that got me through 40 knit scarves was Outside In. This show delves into our connection with nature, and addresses everything from sharks to the decline of insects in today’s world. My favorite episodes talk about the spectrum of leave no trace, the injustices of the fast fashion industry, and why the way we recycle is wrong.

I’ve also been completely obsessed with Hozier’s new album “Wasteland, Baby!” Every song is absolutely beautiful, and I may or may not have listened to it on repeat during the entire month of November.

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Here are my intentions for December 2019:

  • Pursue the things that make you feel the most you. It’s easy to get distracted by various pursuits, but at the end of the day I only want to invest time and energy into the activities that make me feel the most myself. This includes the people I interact with and pour into, the content I consume, the activities I do, and the events I attend.
  • Be grateful. There have been some stressful aspects of the past month, but I tried to focus on the good things in my life instead of being overwhelmed by everything else. I want to continue to keep my eyes on the positive things around me and express gratitude towards the people and experiences that make me happy.
  • Focus on inner affirmations instead of external validations. I recently saw a diagram of things we tell ourselves when we rely on validation from external sources compared with what we say to ourself when we find worth from within, and it got me thinking about the way that I talk to myself. It isn’t inherently bad to feel validated by other people, but it can be harmful when we rely on outside sources when determining our own self worth. By replacing those external sources with affirmations from within, we can give ourselves space to be as we are as opposed to how we think others want us to be.
  • Stop searching. I’ve learned that it’s hard for me to stop sometimes; it’s hard to stop working towards the next thing, or worrying about what needs to be done in order for me to progress towards a certain goal. I want to stop searching for what’s next in life and instead find value in what is currently happening, especially as I enter this new chapter of living in Salt Lake City.
  • “Get amongst it.” When I first saw this expression on Abbi Hearne’s Instagram page it stuck out to me. I don’t want to just glide around the periphery of life, always observing and thinking things through. I want to be knees deep in each moment, wading my way through the good and the bad, launching myself into every situation without holding back. I want to get amongst it and get lost in it.

What are your intentions for December? Let me know in the comments, or shoot me an email at indiaclaire.ft@gmail.com. All photos in this post were taken by me unless otherwise specified in the caption.


I'm a climber, dog mom, and a hater of plastic. I like seeking wild adventures and sharing them with people.

One Comment

  • Anita Miller

    Thank you for your wise and wonderful words! I always enjoy reading your blog. I am amazed that you knitted 40 scarves in such a short time! Wow!

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