What went on:
In February I was able to settle into a rhythm at Lucky Goat Coffee and fully adjust to life post-graduation. I feel like it wasn’t until recently that I found my groove with my writing and figured out how to balance productivity with leisure activities. After graduation I felt overwhelmed by how much free time I had, and as a result I had trouble finding ways to spend my time because my brain was so oversaturated with options that it was hard to pick one or two things to commit to. I feel like I’m finally over that hump and am able to pursue the things that I want to do without wasting time.
I had an unexpected weekend off from work at the beginning of February, so John and I looked around for a place to camp and ended up staying at The Goat House on Lake Talquin. I’m currently writing a blog post about our weekend adventures there and I don’t want to give too much away in this blog post, but just know I’ll be sharing some pretty adorable pictures of Koda in a kayak and baby goats soon.
Update: Here’s the blog post about my adventures in Lake Talquin!
My high school best friend Kristen is getting married in March, so in February she had her bachelorette party in Atlanta. It was so much fun getting to bond with the other girls in the bridal party and exploring the city. We went rock climbing at Stone Summit in Atlanta and then went out to eat and walked around Ponce City Market. All in all it was a very successful girls weekend.
One of my last big outings in February was an all-ladies climbing day-trip to the Stone Summit climbing gym in Kennesaw, Georgia. I went with my dear friend Liz and some new friends – Lauren, Konner, and Nicole – and we spent the entire day climbing until our hands couldn’t take it anymore.
It was an especially awesome day because I was able to meet two of my climbing inspirations at the Stone Summit gym: Ashima Shiraishi and Margo Hayes. Ashima is a 17 year old climber who has been crushing hard routes since she was six years old, and Margo was the first female climber to send 5.15 or 9a+. Both women were training at Stone Summit with other professional lady climbers such as Alex Johnson and Kyra Condie.
There was a lot of powerful female energy at Stone Summit that day and I was proud to be a part of it. It is so empowering to climb with other strong women who support and encourage one another. Don’t get me wrong, I love climbing with my boyfriend and my guy friends, but every now and then it’s nice to surround myself with rad ladies and project with them.
What I’ve been digging:
During my drive to Atlanta for my friend’s bachelorette party I listened to two amazing podcasts from Outside; one explored the healing power of nature and the other discussed the history of Ruffwear. Lately I’ve been intrigued by the idea of wilderness therapy as a potential career, so it was interesting to listen to Florence Williams, the author of The Nature Fix, test her theory that three days in nature are restorative and healing by going on a trip with a female wilderness therapy organization that takes victims of sexual abuse out into nature. The Ruffwear podcast was the perfect pick-me-up after listening to something that powerful and heavy, mainly because it talked about how the company designs their dog products (which is another career I’m now considering because it consists of playing with dogs all day in order to test gear.) I highly suggest giving both episodes a listen during your next long drive.
John and I went to Grasslands in February to check out a free show and we both ended up falling in love with the band. Good Morning Bedlam is an energetic folk band with out of this world vocalists and songs that you can’t help but dance too.
The last thing I’ve been digging in February is a little different, but I still want to share it with you. Lately when I climb at the Tallahassee Rock Gym I start each session with a 15 minute weighted traverse on the the warm up wall. If you frequent TRG you’ve probably seen me go back and forth on the purple wall, and it’s been a fun way to warm up before I start projecting.
Spring is on it’s way and I can already feel it coming. Florida has been in bloom for the past few weeks and has even tempted us with a few days of perfect warm weather. This is only day 1, but I can already tell March will be a good month.
Here are my intentions for March 2019:
- Read one book each month. I set this intention for myself at the beginning of 2019 and so far have done an okay job following through with it; January was off to a great start but I struggled in February and just managed to finish a book before the month was over. I decided to make this an intention for March to remind myself to keep reading, and to give myself some extra motivation to find time each week to pick up a book.
- Less screens. I’ll admit, last month was very “screen heavy” for me. I spent a lot of time on my computer and my phone browsing social media, and it got to a point where I would instinctually reach for a device when I wasn’t sure what else to do. I want to focus on reducing my screen time in March so that the time I do spend on my phone or computer is intentional.
- Get back on a workout routine. In February I wasn’t as consistent with my workouts as I should have been. It’s easy for me to blame the stress of starting a new job, but in reality I didn’t try as hard as I could have. This month I want to get back on a workout routine and find new ways to make working out fun and exciting. My weighted traverse is now part of my routine, but I don’t want to stop there.
- Practice mindfulness. This is similar to the “less screens” intention in that I want to spend more time in the present. Mindfulness meditation is the practice of staying aware of one’s thoughts and existing in the moment. Practicing mindfulness for a mere 10 minutes each day can supposedly go a long way towards increasing one’s focus and “present-ness.” I’m going to aim for at least 20 minutes each week and see how that goes.
- Stop being ashamed. I want to stop being ashamed in March; ashamed of being vegan, of not being vegan enough, of my face getting red when I’m embarrassed, of speaking my mind, of being a slow biker, of sharing my personal thoughts on social media. I want to exist the way that I am and to stop apologizing for it, and also to stop being so hard on myself. You should try it too.
Have a lovely March everyone!
What are your intentions for March? Let me know in the comments, or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. All photos in this post were taken by me unless otherwise specified in the caption.