Long time no talk. 2014 is just breezing by and we’re already almost a quarter done with the year. Is that insane or what?! January was a super busy month for me. I was consistently busy and making real progress on my business goals and freelance work, in addition to working full time and cooking healthy meals each night. I even traveled to Salt Lake City for four incredible days at the awesome Alt Summit blogging conference. What a great experience! I’ve promised several of my friends I would write about this, and I still intend to. It’s just one of those things that requires a little extra time and an individual post. It was a little awkward going alone and not knowing anyone, but all in all, I’m so glad I went.
In addition to Utah, I traveled to Pennsylvania to meet my dad and his girlfriend while we visited my brother and his fiancée. We were all home in our separate states for the holidays, and we spent a whole weekend together to celebrate a belated Christmas. I miss my family so much! Earlier in the month, I also traveled with Joshua and several of his Marine buddies up to Massachusetts for the wake and funeral of a close friend. He was killed in combat in Afghanistan and left behind a beautiful wife and large, loving family. It was the saddest and hardest funeral I’ve ever been to, and it was a privilege to be there to honor his memory and the many adventures we had with him and his wife during our time stationed in Virginia.
Then came February. I just kept feeling like I was falling behind in everything. January was a strong focus on working nonstop, and so I kind of let the house go. February was a mess of cleaning up, organizing, redecorating here and there. I didn’t cook much (other than my favorite chili rice staple meal from my mama that I’ll admit I made more than once). I did travel again… This time up north to Virginia to see my girlfriends from work and to go scrapbooking at a crop night! I also had a fabulous Valentine’s Day with my husband, made him a special album of our first year together and received… get this… a star! Seriously, what a cool gift. We named it Danielle’s Valentine, and it’s in the Taurus constellation. (Yep, I’m a bull!)
I joined a beginner Crossfit class in February with a few of my neighbors. Technically, I’m not allowed to call it Crossfit because it’s not affiliated. Rather than call it “functional fitness” as I was told to, I call it Merefit after my coach, Meredith. Functional fitness sounds too long and boring for me to like it! Merefit is so, so hard. But I’m surprised to say I’ve enjoyed the challenge. That was until last Monday’s class… They just keep getting harder and harder! I have three weeks left until the intro class is over, and then I will figure out what’s next. At this point, I don’t think I’ll be ready to enter the regular class, but time will tell!
And at the very end of February, I got sick. And I’ve been sick for almost two weeks and counting. It started out with a sore throat, then a bad head cold, then a cough, and finally… A sinus infection. The doctor gave me some antibiotics and I’m almost back to normal. But man, what a way to start off the month!
Now that I’m starting to feel better, I feel like I’m in a constant state of catching up. My close friends often comment that I take on too much and I’m always “busy.” I don’t know how to not be busy. There is just so much to do, all the time! I have so many projects, goals, plans, ideas, passions and hobbies. I don’t want to give any of it up! Eventually, it all catches up with me though. I think I need to start making a conscious effort to start editing things in my life. No, I can’t say yes to everything. Do I? Yes, usually. I feel like I try to be a lot of things to a lot of different people and sometimes it all just ends up spinning out of control.
Kind of like that movie Gravity with Sandra Bullock, you know? Joshua and I rented it On Demand after I watched the Oscars and had to see it. She just kept spinning and spinning and going and going, far out into space! Side note: The movie kind of reminded me of Castway with Tom Hanks, except there was no volleyball to talk to. How sad. Thank goodness I have Lady to talk to on the days I’m feeling a little lonely working from home!
So here we are in March. I’ve already been to and from Pennsylvania again for my brother’s fiancée’s bridal shower (and caught in a terrible snow storm on the way home—eek!). I will be back and forth a lot over the next three months for all the wedding festivities. I’m a bridesmaid and Joshua is a groomsman, hooray! I just adore wedding season. Especially when it involves my brother and soon-to-be sister-in-law. So much fun!
I’m still trying hard to achieve a better work–life balance, especially between my job(s), keeping a clean house, eating well, and working out regularly. For awhile it was a work–work balance, trying to juggle my day job and my freelance work. Honestly, it still feels that way a lot of days. But until I do figure it all out (and I will figure it all out, right?), I’ll try to stop back and visit this space as often as my current schedule allows. Can’t wait!