WHAT I LEARNED IN FEBRUARY ::
Following the lead of Emily P. Freeman + Anne Bogel, I'm linking up to share what I learned this month, including the mind exploding facts, soul-catching revelations, and inane moments I learned from.
I. I can live without sugar for 30 days.
This was a cool thing to learn about myself, courtesy of the Whole30. It was one of the hardest things I've ever done, but after day 15, it's got way easier. I also learned a lot about how to do the Whole30 with minimal effort, courtesy of my hilarious friend + Whole30 partner, Erin. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw her Whole30 diaries and they. are. hilarious. Erin just ate avocados, salsa, and chicken for 30 days. She should probably be your Whole30 inspiration.
II. A lot about Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.
I don't know how I haven't gone deeper down this rabbit hole before. These Canadian skaters are just showing us all what love looks like. Not even in a romantic sense (but I'm still waiting on the Tessa Virtue + Scott Moir rom-com), but in a platonic, partnered sort of way. And this retrospective of their TWENTY YEAR skating careers together? I wept. March will be spent doing a deep dive, trying to find the full episodes of their show on the W network.
III. The Edmonton Public Library has the greatest book sales.
I don't even want to tell you about this one, because I don't want you to go and snag all the books. But on Saturday, I made an effort to go downtown and check out this book sale. I left with 15 new books for $19 (because I splurged and got two hardcovers, which were $2). I've now put all the other dates for the sales in my calendar, and it looks like I'm in Edmonton for almost all the sales! Now, I have to remind myself that I'm moving in September + Dave won't be happy to move 5 boxes of books...
IV. How Jack Pearson died.
I made the mistake of watching this on my lunch break with my roommate, and I wept, and she wept. The acting. The emotions. The crockpot video, bringing us all together. And then the car episode? I was very thankful that when the show came back from their Olympic break, it was a lighter show, because I might still be crying over the Superbowl episode. (I also learned that Crockpot didn't have Twitter until everyone was threatening to throw out their crockpots, which I find hilarious.)
V. People love documentaries.
As part of my 52 in 52 list, I want to watch one documentary a month! Except... I forgot about that goal and didn't know where to start, so I'm two months behind. Whoops! Anyways, I crowd sourced from social media, and it turns out, people love documentaries and generally have at least one to share. So this is exciting! Hopefully I'll have learned more from this once I finish one.
VI. To get out of a reading rut, read a series.
I spent the first half of February in a giant reading rut (I blame you, New Girl + sugar withdrawal headaches), and I felt kind of stuck, until I got Scarlet, the second book in the Lunar Chronicles. Then I had all the other books in that series, and I had to pace myself by reading a different book in between, as to not devour them. It was such a good way to get out of that rut - and I ended up reading 12 books in February!
VII. Identify the pain points.
One of my life's obsessions is morning routines, so I obviously devoured this article from the Cultivate What Matters team about embracing your mornings. One of the steps was to identify pain points in your morning. I kept thinking about when I felt like I had the best morning routine, and I ended up rearranging my room to create a nook where I could spend some time reading and writing in the morning. It doesn't always help with getting out of bed, but it has helped me stay awake more. Now I'm wondering where else in my life I can identify pain points...
What about you? Tell me what you learned in February!