So I know we’re already a little over a week into March and, yeah, I know that I kind of missed the February wrap up time. But you see, I didn’t get around to taking pictures of my February review until this weekend and, okay EXCUSES, anyway I’m here now.
I’m sure it comes as no surprise to anyone that February was a tough month for me. However on the bright side of things, by the end of the month and in retrospect, I feel like through all of it’s ups and downs February taught me a lot.
Today, I’m going to review the books I read, the writing that got slayed and my lifely goings on (aka I’ll be giving you a peek into my bullet journal and basically sharing with you my innermost thoughts). Un poco scary? Nah… Super transparent and a bit out there?! Yeah, but that’s me and that’s what you’re here for, right?!?
Not much reading happened in February. Like, at all. *deadpans*
However, my adorable and lovey penguins (yes, I just called you a penguin, and yes, you liked it) I have every intention of remedying this problemo for the month of March. You see, I’ve already made my way to the library and like a dutiful book dragon have selected the first books I’ll be feasting on.
Yet, future amazing books to be read in March does not make up for this happening:
Voodoo Moon by June Westerfeld (audiobook)
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Dismal my friends. Dismal. As amazing as these two books were, I really had high hopes for tackling my TBR. Instead, it sort of tackled me.
February saw me venture into writing discussion posts for the first time ever. (What’s that sound? Is it the sound of victory? Why yes, yes it is. *nods in satisfaction*)
I also introduced an original feature called “The First 250 Project” that I’ll be picking back up on in March.
Here’s what else happened:
Some, many, (all?), of you know that I bullet journal. Since I’ve been bullet journaling for almost three months now, it has literally become the cornerstone of how I keep myself organized.
As a list making fiend, it’s my best friend. As a “I need to write this down right now” kind of person, I am no longer feverishly looking for scraps of paper to write down my next book idea or my next blog post idea. As a person who’s literally in their own head like 24/7, my bullet journal keeps me sane. (Debatable, I’m sure, but let’s not get technical here.)
At the start of February, I took inspiration from blogger and bullet journal genius, Kim @ Tiny Ray of Sunshine and borrowed her “Monthly Review” concept that she uses in her Blog and Business Bullet Journal. I knew my own review was going to be a mashup of books, writing, and life (basically a little bit of everything because I’m a little bit of everything).
This is what my February Review ended up looking like:
- Finished draft 14 of Dreamweaver
- Personal record of 1,366 monthly views
- Somehow, almost miraculously, survived an all time personal and creative low thanks to love and support from friends, family and the blogging community
- Introduced the main characters in Dreamweaver to the world in blog post format and rather than spontaneously combusting (as previously feared) I came out feeling like a unicorn. So, you know, a win!
- That I am who I say I am. That I am can be who I say I can be. That I am capable of more than I think.
- That what doesn’t, or hasn’t, killed me will only make me stronger.
- That I am a badass.
- Embracing things that spark joy
- Bullet journaling
- Opening up to others (it’s won’t actually kill me)
- Constructive criticism (on both ends)
- Being myself (unabashedly so)
- Writing about writing
- Taking a break when I need one
- Beating myself up (because I’m really good at it, years of experience here)
- Chasing after new followers
- Over extending (I am not a social media guru, and that’s okay)
- Loose, unrealistic and downright depressing goals
- Self hate (just stop)
- Jealousy (another one, just enough already)
- Comparing myself to others (because while they’re fabulous so am I)
- Holding myself back
- Hiding who I am
- Silencing my voice
- Read more (like ALOT more)
- Let go of pent up pain from the past
- Learn to just breathe dammit
- TED Talks
- Daily affirmations
- Reaching out to my Top People regularly (because they’re awesome and I love them and I want them to know that)
- Making real connections that last
- Live your life
- Embrace today
- Embrace right now
So in retrospect, as is the way with most things in life, February had a lot to teach me. Reviewing the month helped me realize that it wasn’t a complete wash of a month and in the end, I realized I was looking forward to a new month, with new goals and new things to keep in focus.
It’s a bit late, but I want to know. What things did you learn in February? What were your accomplishments? Setbacks? What are you doing this month to improve?
Also, do you bullet journal? (Have you heard of bullet journaling?) Let’s talk about bullet journaling my list makers, I know you’re out there! ^.^