Hi friends. Before I start Looking Back to April, I’d like to look back to Friday’s post, particularly the kind and thoughtful comments y’all left in response to my questions. I really appreciate every single one of you who makes the time to read what I share, whether you comment or not! Truly, this community is one of my favorite things about the internet (apart, some days, from Instagram). Thank you!
1. What am I celebrating?
+ we did a whole month, without having any end date in mind.
+ the Three Things and Small Joys practices to bookend my day with a sense of energy and gratitude. (also, I’m starting to figure out Instagram stories and I’ve created a “story archive” for them.)
+ beginning the 100 day project (and having so much fun with that first afghan that I ordered yarn for a second one).
+ still showering, dressing, and putting on at least minimal make-up every day. It really lifts my spirits (ditto from last month).
2. What surprised me?
+ how normal staying home has started to feel. truly, the days where we aren’t “at home” (grocery shopping, pantry deliveries), now feel weird.
+ kicking off SAH Book Bingo was easy … and well-received!
3. What voices am I listening to?
+ Sarah and Beth on Pantsuit Politics. They are keeping me sane with everything that’s happening in our country right now and I cannot recommend their podcast highly enough. (I said this last month and it’s still true – ditto again).
+ Anne Bogel and the whole Modern Mrs. Darcy crew. In addition to the weekly What Should I Read Next podcast, there are multiple bookclub events and we had a “breakout session” after the April bookclub for all of us to participate. I got to Zoom with other bookclub members and talk about books. It was AWESOME!
+ Angele Masters. She narrates the Veronica Speedwell books and I binged through four of them.
4. What did I make? masks, a prayer shawl, two Notice pullovers (one navy, one pink), and one Cleo Skirt.
5. What was the best thing I watched?
+ Homeland Season 8. (this is probably up there for best thing I’ve watched in months and the finale was perfect.)
+ those Veronica Speedwell books!
7. What am I leaving behind?
– any expectations for when or how “all this” resolves.
8. What do I want to focus on in the month ahead?
+ making. I have way more in mind to knit and sew than I’ll be able to do … and I hope the energy around both continues.
+ keeping up my morning prayer practice.
+ remembering to eat breakfast or lunch.
A few more tweaks to the list … I guess I’m going to accept that this list of questions might well be fluid! I’d love to know if there’s a question that’s part of your reflection process that you’d like to share.
Again, thank you for reading, and for being part of my story!