Well, it’s over. So that’s good.
No, no, I don’t hate January. It’s just not my most favorite month of the year. I always go through a period of post-holiday blues for the first week of January, and then things start looking up again. But it is definitely altogether too freezing for my liking. I do love layering, wearing boots, etc etc. But there comes a point where it is just too cold, and that point is anything below 25 degrees. Which it was, for a week straight. I also came down with a really bad sickness and was pretty much confined to bed for a few days. I even missed work, which is saying something.
But it’s over! Yay!! And you know what? Despite the bitter cold and dark days, there were some things I really loved about this January.
First of all, I started a program/health competition called Great in 8 on a team with Justin, Andrea and Casey. We get points for eating healthy food, drinking water, exercising, reading scriptures, praying, and doing other things to promote general health and happiness. It has been SO motivating for me. I’ve enjoyed it so much and have worked out six days a week for the last three weeks. It’s only been three weeks and I’ve already lost over 5 pounds! Amazing! Plus I have studied the scriptures and prayed out loud every day, something I haven’t been this consistent with, probably ever. I feel so healthy, happy and well-balanced.
This newfound healthy lifestyle is especially awesome because our eight-week challenge will end the day after we arrive in COSTA RICA for a week-long vacation! We are super excited about it. We’re renting a house with friends and we can’t wait to hit the beach and hopefully find some adventures in the national parks there.
Along with planning that trip, I caught the travel bug in January and planned some other fun trips for the year. North Carolina to visit Jo and new baby Sally, a road trip with Klane to Acadia Maine for Memorial Day, a weekend in California, and probably a summer trip to Utah are all on the horizon. Lots of good things to look forward to.
At the beginning of the month I went with friend Joanna from work to see a cool art exhibit at the Park Avenue Armory, which is just a few blocks from my work. Everyone was talking about it, and it was right there, so I figured why not? It was pretty cool. There was this giant curtain which was connected to swings which people could swing on, which caused the curtain to billow and sway in a very beautiful way. There were other elements like music and pigeons flying around indoors and a lot of it went over my non-artsy head, but it was ethereal and beautiful and interesting and I enjoyed it.
I have also kept extremely busy with the Young Women, but I am really enjoying my calling. There are frustrating moments, but I have loved preparing lessons with the new youth curriculum and having that to focus my study of the gospel. I have felt closer to my Heavenly Father and the Savior and gained new insights into the gospel through my study. And there are shining moments where you really feel like you’re making a difference in these girls’ lives, and those make it all worth it.
This has also been a weird month because Klane has been out of town for half of it. He went to California to film a bunch of commercials that he and Pat came up with. He is basically living his dream right now. I am really, really happy for him to have an opportunity like this. And he is loving it. The down-side is that he has to be out there for almost a whole month!! It’s been over two weeks already and I am missing him more and more each day. In some ways it’s been nice to live the “single life” again, setting my ideal sleep schedule, cooking and eating what I want, leaving the hair dryer out in the bathroom with zero guilt, silly little things like that. Thankfully I’ve kept really busy, with YW responsibilities and a baby shower and fun outings with friends. I went to a play with friends from work, saw a couple movies, went to dinner, etc. This has distracted me from loneliness for the most part, but let’s be real. I miss my husband. We haven’t had many chances to talk due to the time difference and busy work schedules, but we’ve passed the time by texting and sending each other selfies and there have been a couple FaceTimes and one very romantic (and sleepy) middle-of-the-night phone call. Absence really does make the heart grow fonder.
Which is why it’s awesome that I get to go to California this weekend to see him! I’ll be spending the weekend there, and then he will be back at the end of next week. Yay!
Annnnnnnd iPhone picture dump: