Tuesday, March 5, 2013

What I'm Into - February Edition

What I'm Into - February

Can I be honest with you? This month was a blur. I had a lot of life things happening all at once. I did not take very good notes or keep track of things. At all. My word for the year is soar. And I did not feel like I was soaring. It felt as if the universe was conspiring to keep my on the ground. Everything was difficult. And I know life is like that. I know I should expect resistance. I just wasn't expecting so much all at once.

What I'm Reading - Books:  

So, last month I actually completed books. This month? Not so much. I am just about done with Peter Enns' Inspiration and Incarnation, part of Kelley's brilliant Transit Book Club

But I started and read parts of When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams , An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor, Shauna Neiquist's soon to be released Bread & Wine, and read a bit more out of dear Luci Shaw. Remember, this month was crazy. Seriously.

What I'm Watching - Movies:
I watched movies this month! Can I remember any of them? Not right now. And that's a shame. Because I really made an effort. Oh, well.....

What I'm Watching - TV:
The end of 30 Rock. Was it February or January? I don't know. TV has been a blur since then. At least I had the wonderful wedding on Parks and Rec to get me through. I may still be in mourning. (Love you Tina Fey!)

What I'm Listening To:

Finally downloaded the new (er, now is it old?) Mumford & Sons.

What I'm Cooking:

Nothing. Ugh. I am just now done with a two week detox that left me unable to eat: gluten, dairy, eggs, sugar, caffeine, salt, and alcohol. I couldn't even eat oranges or bananas. I feel great. I really do. So glad I did this. I realized that I am quite gluten intolerant. Turns out your stomach isn't supposed to feel that way. I am really missing fresh bread. Now for a new adventure of finding other ways to bring bread to our home.

What I'm Proud Of:
I decided that as part of my attempts to SOAR and live out my One Word, that I needed to be brave and a little more transparent than I normally am. So I did two things outside of my comfort zone.

The first thing I did was to sign up for Elora's amazing Story course through The Story Unfolding. I am learning a lot and I love being in community with these amazing women.

The second thing I did was to finally start a blog page on FB. Notice I didn't say writer page or fan page. That's just weird. But a page dedicated to my blog and other writings I love? That I decided I could do. If you haven't checked it out, hop on over here!

What I'm Looking Forward To:
My fabulous and hardworking husband is just weeks away from completing his MBA. Glory, Hallelujah! Amen.

What I'm Writing:
I wrote two little blog posts in February, without much expectation, and they turned into my two most viewed posts. EVER.

"Why I Love Beyonce" was a quick post that I didn't expect anyone to read. I guess people like reading about Beyonce!

"Stealing My Joy" was from my heart and I was so encouraged to see that it resonated with a lot of people.

"Do It Till You Bleed" was one that I was super proud of, but fell a bit under the radar. Probably one of my all time favorites. If you haven't read it yet, feel free to take a peek.

What I'm Loving:

Linking up (very late) with the lovely Leigh Kramer for her monthly round up!

*This also serves as a sad little One Word update. I promise, next month will be much better!*


  1. I sympathize you cause i've been there too. It sounds like you could use a break or are pushing yourself too hard. The good news is that February is over and we are now into March with Spring just around the corner and that only will help and clarity and and rejuvenate you. And i just have to say yet again how i love your writing Brenna :)

  2. I'm so glad you decided to link up, Brenna! I read An Altar in the World last year and loved it. Bread & Wine is beyond words amazing. I'm savoring every word. And food description, for that matter. My best friend's husband is gluten-intolerant. They had quite the learning curve when they first started out but now there's tons of great info out there. Let me know if you need any tips!

  3. I just got Mumford & Sons new/old album too so we can be the last two people in the world listening to it together! ;)
    (Im)patiently waiting to read Bread & Wine. :/

  4. I am glad I am not alone listening to Mumford & Sons. And when you get Bread & Wine, you will be amazed at what a quick and GOOD read it is. Loving it!

  5. Thanks, Mom. Glad it is March - new beginnings!!!

  6. I may be asking you for info soon...a girl can only eat so much quinoa before really wanting some good, soft, fresh bread (and I make some amazing bread....my brioche? you would be amazed ;)

  7. I had a month sort of like this too, we are a GF house too for the most part so feel free to call anytime and I'll hook you up with what I've figured out so far.

  8. Thanks, Leanne! I'll be in touch. I'm feeling very boring.....chicken breasts and veggies. Adam's almost done with school - I think that will help me get a little more motivated and creative.

    And here is to a March full of wonder and joy and not exhaustion and burdens!