Monthly Roundup: March Favorites

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My birthday month is almost over, but what a great month it was! The weather (slowly) got warmer and spring is definitely in the air. I got my nails done for my birthday and it made me so ready for shorts, flip flops, dresses, and all things spring fashion.

I’m also ending the month by heading to Florida for a few days with my mom and cousins. By the time you read this, I’ll be en route to the Sunshine State. I can’t wait to relax during the quick getaway before the craziness of April.

{ONE} Speaking at a Social Media Conference

This month I had the opportunity to speak at a social media conference. I wrote all about it in a recent blog post so you can read that for more information. The conference was a definite highlight of the month!

{TWO} Daylight Savings

It’s a bit weird that daylight savings is a monthly favorite, but I am loving the fact that we have more sunlight in the evenings. During the winter, I struggled with staying productive after work because it was just so cold and dark. Now I’m getting home when it’s still light outside and it makes the evenings so much better. It’s just another reminder that summer is coming.

{THREE} Rita’s Water Ice

Not gonna lie, a mango gelati from Rita’s Water Ice is one of my favorite summertime treats. There’s a Rita’s close to our house (a blessing and a curse) so Luke and I enjoyed our first Rita’s of the season one night this month on our porch. It made me so excited for summer and spending more time outside. I captured the photo above when I noticed our dog Thalia living her best life that night, too.

{FOUR} I Turned 26

I turned 26 this month and felt the love from friends and family. My mom and I had a girls day that included coffee, getting our nails done, lunch at Panera, and shopping. It’s turned into a tradition of sorts and I love that. Luke and I also went out to dinner and it was delicious. If you haven’t already read it, I wrote a post about 25 things I learned from Year 25. You can check it out here. 

{FIVE} Becoming Mrs. Lewis

I like to include at least one book in my monthly roundup because as I’ve mentioned before, I’m trying to read at least 35 books this year. (Check out the progress here.) I read 4 books in March, which isn’t terrible considering how busy this month ended up being! One of them was Becoming Mrs. Lewis, a non-fiction about C.S. Lewis’ wife. I love the Chronicles of Narnia series and the rest of C.S. Lewis’ work, but I didn’t know anything about his wife until this book. It was dry at times, but overall really interesting and definitely a recommended read if you are a C.S. Lewis fan.

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The 25 in 25 List

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This week I turned 26 and as I turn another year older, I keep thinking about all the memories and lessons from Year 25. As I began to write them all down in my bullet journal, I decided to make a list (go figure), so here is my 25 in 25: Lessons and Memories from Year 25 (in no particular order).

  1. I got married. (Woo!!)
  2. We moved into our home.
  3. I started cooking regularly (thank goodness for the Instant Pot).
  4. I traveled out of the country for the first time.
  5. I became debt-free thanks to paying off all student loans.
  6. I established a morning routine.
  7. I fell in love with bullet journaling and the limitless possibilities of organization because of it.
  8. I started drinking at least 72 ounces of water a day. (Lemon water is the best.)
  9. I created a budget and learned more about finance.
  10. I learned to appreciate quiet time and time alone. (As an extrovert, this isn’t easy!)
  11. I ran my first {official} 5K.
  12. Put the phone down and pay attention to those around you.
  13. Read books, it’s fun to get lost in another world.
  14. Turn off the TV. There’s a whole life to live out there.
  15. A healthy life is way more than just exercising and eating right.
  16. Take time to reflect on the joys in life.
  17. Push your comfort zone.
  18. Take time to blog regularly, because it’s therapeutic and fun.
  19. Change is good (and normal) to continue growing as a person.
  20. Handwritten cards never go out of style.
  21. Pamper yourself once in a while.
  22. Be flexible with plans; they won’t always go as smoothly as you want them to.
  23. Stand as much as you can, because sitting isn’t good for you.
  24. Save your money and brew coffee at home (so buying coffee becomes a treat instead of a necessity).
  25. Laugh at yourself; it’s okay to not take yourself too seriously sometimes.

 

I can’t wait to see what Year 26 has in store!