I’ve been saying for months that I wanted to Look Back before I said Hello. This month I finally managed it, and whoa, I can see the benefit. We’ve now been “at home” for four full months and this month really showed it. Save one Saturday (the 11th) on my sister’s porch and the four Sunday runs to the lake, every other photo was taken within less than 100 feet of where I’m sitting right now – and 15 of them were in the same room! wow. In Before Times, I would’ve made a goal to broaden my world. Today, I’m especially grateful to have such a warm, welcoming space to call Home.
1. What am I celebrating?
+ see above!
+ two more sessions of Marmie & Poppa camp.
+ Zoom! I have three recurring calls (knitting, small group, mere-et-filles meetup*) and at least a couple of ad hoc Zoom and FaceTime calls each week. They are lifelines and windows … both welcome and necessary since the view from my real life windows has been limited.
+ we are all still healthy.
2. What surprised me?
+ how full the days could be when they were spent at home.
+ the state of Georgia (population ~ 10MM) surpassed the country of France (population ~ 65MM) in number of cases. (we are now tracking to surpass Germany. and I won’t be surprised when it happens.)
3. What voices am I listening to?
+ Sarah and Beth on Pantsuit Politics. If I haven’t already convinced you to check out their podcast, please do. They ran a 4-segment series on How To Be a Citizen (episode one is linked here ) the last two weeks of the month and it is solid gold.
4. What did I make? For the first month in a while, I sewed nothing. I finished a sweater, a baby blanket, and an afghan.
5. What was the best thing I watched?
+ MMD Stay at Home Book Club Retreat (I even wrote a blog post about it).
+ Marc and I also loved Padma Lakshmi’s Taste the Nation. grabbing the link I saw this headline “Padma Lakshmi’s New Food Show Is a Trojan Horse” (link) and yep, the article is spot on and succinctly describes what we loved about the show. (and yes, I cried during at least half of them.)
+ I read 11 books in July, including two – Deacon King Kong and Warmth of Other Suns – that will for sure be on my 2020 Favorites List. Warmth is also on my Must Read Shelf.
7. What am I leaving behind?
– honestly, I can’t think of anything.
8. What do I want to focus on in the month ahead?
+ making plans for my fall/winter wardrobe.
+ keeping up with y’all – finding a rhythm to share in this space (even if that’s an irregular rhythm) and to balance “staying off the computer” with following your stories. I’ve managed to do each of those things separately, but not both together.
+ keeping up my morning journal and prayer practice (again. I made progress, and I want to keep this in front of me. still.)
One last thing … In Emily P. Freeman’s (check her out here) July newsletter, she posed the question “What’s one thing you know for sure?” She says it’s easy to answer One thing you know, but for sure?! For me, it’s that my morning routine is the foundation for a better day. It might not be a great day, or even a good one, but for sure, it’s going to be better. Hence my continued focus.
How about you? is there ONE thing you know for sure?
*yes, we are still meeting weekly (1-2:30pm ET). If you’d like to join, please let me know!