Adding a bit of weight lifting into my weekly routine. Last year, a friend recommended I pick up Strength Training, Exercises for Women, from DK Publishing, and I have to say, it’s a great resource for those of you who try to exercise at home. I have the arm strength of a parakeet and I know that improving upon this is a good thing for my body. By year’s end, I hope to knock out 20 pushups like a boss.
Eating much healthier for the past few weeks. I know. January is that time of year, right? But considering I lead an online class devoted to helping women make connections for better self care, I need to walk the walk. And to be clear, eating is not code for starving. Crash and fad diets are not my bag, baby. I’m just working to get off the junk food train which is no small feat for an abstainer personality like mine. So far, so good. (And you can sign up for Fit 2017 through July 31st! I won’t lie: so far, the community we’re creating is supportive and awesome. I’d love to have you join!)
Reading Ready Player One and totally digging it. I first heard of this book from Wendi Aarons via her newsletter, and then my daughter was talking about it, so I loaded it up onto my iPad and so far, it’s pretty interesting. I should note: I’m not a big reader. I aspire to be one, but I rarely can be found reading. Sometimes, I think it’s because when I finish a book I love, I think, “Well, there it is… the best book I will ever read.” And then I’m hesitant to find a new one at the risk of being let down. If you have a book you think is a must read, tell me in the comments. I have a goal is to carve out more time for good books this year. Also, I can only read on my iPad now. Mama and her aging eyes love making big type!
Scrapbooking a few layouts for my next column in Scrapbook & Cards Today, which is actually going to be a new column for 2017 revolving around journaling. It will still include design tips, but the focus will be on stories and ideas for scrapbooking them. Yesterday I busted out the Silhouette Cameo because I needed a particular type of a letter to make a title and I didn’t have the stickers. I do love this machine. I need to use it more. I keep it on a shelf in my office because I don’t really have room for it on any table. Maybe that’s the problem? Either way, I love the fact that I can take any font at any size and make letters to fit whatever I’m doing. (Pictured above? Helvetica Rounded Bold Condensed. Swoon.)
Counting the days (about one month exactly!) until I get to see a production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch starring Darren Criss. Get this: we have fourth row seats! The movie version of this play is truly one of my all-time favorites and I’m so happy I bought tickets for the whole family to go. Cole says he’s not feeling it, but I think even he will enjoy the show.
Making Blue Apron dinners about once a month and really having fun with it. We’ve had three sets of meals since I signed up last fall and it’s been a fun way to shake up what we eat. Granted, I’m only doing the two-person plan because my boy isn’t a fan of branching out much. So on the nights I make these meals, he’ll make a sandwich or other foods that are more pleasing to his palette. I love to cook and it’s been fun to work with ingredients I would not normally choose. Plus, I feel like the price ($59.99) for three meals for two people is not too shabby. Favorite meal so far for me? This one was super tasty.
Brainstorming some new classes and at the top of my list is a new, updated version (meaning, completely re-tooled!) of Design Your Life, a class that I taught back in 2008 as my first foray into online education. I want to create a more concentrated and compact experience (six weeks or less in duration) and of course, I need to create all new layouts. I envision this class also teaching about my hybrid processes. Yesterday, while making a layout for my new magazine column, I just did the process I love: concept a digital idea and make it using both digital and tangible products, all tied together with solid design. It’s time to re-imagine this concept and bring it to you later this year.
Drinking more water. Why is it so hard, people?
That’s about it with me right now. How about you? What are you doing this month?