Hi all. How’s everyone holding up? January was kind of wild wasn’t it? But here we are, the 1st of the month, ready to tackle another four weeks and empty our bank accounts to pay that rent.
February. The month most commonly associated with all things lovely dovey and heart eyes shaped. My typical February routine revolves around attempting to keep my energy up. I’m a total California baby and am still missing my daily overdose of UV rays that the winter months deny me. I’m planning on attempting to combat this low energy by investing in the things that make me happy – taking care of my plants/buying more plants (2017 goal is to turn my apartment into a greenhouse), painting, planning new DIY projects and forcing myself to make small excursions out of the house.
Inspiration wise this past month I have found myself still gravitating toward blush pinks and emerald greens so I’m taking that as a good sign that I’m not dipping too low below the energy line. Bright colors always mean good things for me so I’m hoping that aids in keeping me afloat. I recently redid my vision wall with new magazine cutouts and that has given me small bursts of inspiration over the past few weeks. I also just finished reading Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk (included in my January BOTM) and completely fell in love with it. The fictional character of Lillian is a feisty badass copywriter for Macys by day and poet by night in the 1930s. Lillian is loosely based on Margaret Fishback (real copywriter and poet of the 1930s) and the novel moved me so much that I bought a used copy of Margaret’s poems on Amazon just last week. Little inspirations are everywhere, sometimes I just have to force my eyes open to see them.
February gives us a number of different events like the Lady Gaga concert (Superbowl), Grammys, Galentine’s Day, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, Oscars and Mardi Gras to name a few. We have posts cooking up for a few, if not all of the above dates so keep your eyes peeled.
Onto the other gargantuan matter at hand, the fear over the constant changing state of our country. I know I am not alone in feeling this way as I see it being voiced out over every social media platform at all hours of the day. Every morning it seems we wake up and something newly horrible has been executed or pushed through or filed without warning. I am choosing to still see the good in our fellow Americans and remember the feeling that I felt at the Women’s March – hope. Pure undiluted hope. Hope in a surge so strong that it felt like it was going to explode out of my veins. That is what I hold onto like a lifeline. I have said it so many times before and I will continue to say it, please give what you can whether that be money, time, skills or resources. The ACLU is a great place to start.
I’ve had this piano instrumental on repeat the past few nights while catching up on busy work. I haven’t found myself obsessing over instrumentals much in the past year or so but something about this one puts my mind at ease and makes my body simmer down enough to actually work through things. I hope it zens you out in whichever way you may need, you got this. We got this.