So a few months back I said that I wanted to treat this site kind of like a journal. I’ve sort of failed at that. But I thought it would be fun to do a large scale, summary journal like post every single month. So in these monthly recaps I’m going to just talk about all of the random things that happened in the past month that are noteworthy, and I’ll throw in a few pictures here and there.
January is the month that all the New Year resolutions are made and broken. I know one of my goals was to eat healthier. I think I’m more aware of how horribly I eat, but I haven’t made too many major changes. One thing I have been doing this month is buying healthy “quick meals”. One of my major downfalls with eating healthy is that I’m too impatient to cook, and I only eat once I’m pretty much near starving. By the time I’m hungry I feel like I’m about to fall over and die and I just grab whatever is closest to me and shove it in my face. So I’ve tried to stop stocking junk food in my house, so that the closest thing to me isn’t a cupcake. And I’ve started buying Healthy Choice frozen meals. So now whenever I feel like I’m actually going to die, I grab one of those Healthy Choice Power Bowls and I eat that instead. This has helped me to not feel so bad about the choices I’m making when it comes to food. This has also simplified the lunch process. I don’t go crazy with the sweets come lunch time because I’ve been packing these things for lunch too. I know this “journal” sounds like an ad. It’s not. There are no affiliate links in this. This is just the first time I’ve done something remotely healthy and I feel like I need to tell you about it LMAO.
Alright, let’s get to actual sorta cool things that I’ve done. In the second week of January Brendan and I took a week off work and went snowboarding in New Hampshire. It was our first trip in the van that he converted into a little home. The van isn’t completely done by the way. The insulation, poly-ing, and bed have been set up. He’s also created the closet, shelving and drawer space, but hasn’t finished them. And then I’m going to help him paint it all white, and he’ll start on the kitchen space this summer. It’s absolutely a work in progress, but it’s liveable for these short trips. We actually stayed in a cabin for most of the trip. It’s the same cabin we’ve stayed in the past. We snowboarded at Loon, and Sunday River which was a ton of fun. We spent one night in the van outside of a brewery after getting too drunk. That was the first time I really appreciated the coziness and convenience of the van. If you want to see more of this trip check out the vlog on my channel. My YouTube videos are all over this site, but my channel is youtube.com/accidentallyadulting. Or you can click here.
On that trip I had a goal of starting and finishing a book I hadn’t read yet. If you don’t already know, I buy all of my books at second hand stores like Savers and Salvation Army. And I only purchase hard cover books.
The prices are so dirt cheap that I end up buying a ton of books all the time. I’ve started to realize that I don’t have enough space for all of these books, most of which I have yet to read. I made the decision to stop buying books until I’ve read at least 50% of what I have. I’ve already read 2 1/2 in a month. So I’m feeling pretty good about the progress being made. Anyways, the book I read on the trip was Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. Okay, side note. I just googled the book because I forgot how to spell the author’s first name. And holy guacamole it’s a freaking movie that just came out in 2015. I’m shook! Now I have to find the movie and stream it tonight with some wine!!!! I’m so freaking excited! The book was sooooo good and you should definitely read it. It’s the same author who wrote Gone Girl. It’s not as good as that, but it’s still amazing.
I also made a lot of changes to my bedroom in January. In the past I’ve never really gotten too into decorating my bedroom. But now that I have a roommate my bedroom really is like a sanctuary for me. So I’ve been doing a lot of decorating to make it feel cozy and welcoming. I have a bunch of plants, and pink velvet curtains (which I love and found at Home Goods). And I’ve been finding storage options that double as stylish furniture. Right now one of my favorite pieces in my room is a gray, tufted, velvet ottoman. The top comes right off and I store my extra shoes inside.
I didn’t go on any other trips in January. But I did come into my own at work. I feel very comfortable with the work that I’m doing. I find though, that I’m asking less questions, and answering more for other people. There are still things that I just have no clue about, but for the most part I’m starting to feel like I know what I’m doing. So that’s pretty good.
At the very end of the month I got super sick. My lymph nodes on the right side of my neck got so swollen, and I developed a fever that would not go away. At first two separate doctors told me that I had the flu. And I was on medication for that for a little while. But after having a persistent fever, and getting sick from the medication I was on, I finally went to a third doctor. This doctor told me that I had…wait for it…freaking cat scratch fever. Comment below if you thought that was a freaking made up thing from that cartoon CatDog. I swear to you I have never been so annoyed in my whole entire life. Comment below if you’d like me to do a separate post about how I got cat scratch fever. Anyways, they put me on antibiotics and I finished the course of treatment yesterday. I’m finally feeling so much better, and I definitely will never take my health for granted again.
I’ve also been doing a lot of research on veganism. I think it will be a while before I’m mostly vegan. But right now my goal is to eat significantly less meat than I used to. And to find alternative options to the items with dairy that I love. Particularly since I am also lactose intolerant.
Oh and this month my mom sold my childhood home. It’s something my sisters and I thought she should do since she was living in it by herself. So we sold her furniture, and put the house up for sale. It sold soooo quickly. Now my mom is living with my older sister back in my home state of Connecticut. She’s so much happier now as well.
The last thing that I’ve been doing, and it’s really is just something I started doing in the last few days of January is journaling. In a real journal. I noticed that if I set a time for something I’m more likely to do it. So right before I go to sleep I grab my journal and document parts of my day that I feel are noteworthy. And I take a polaroid picture and tape it into the journal. I started doing this because I realized that the year was already flying by (it’s already February). And I’m in the last few years of my twenties. I have no real documentation of my twenties…you know aside from instagram, facebook, and my youtube vlogs lmao. But those are all different because (aside from my vlogs) those aren’t day to days. I just thought that I’d like to have a physical journal to look back on.
In general I’ve been trying to become a better version of myself. I’m trying to read more, be better with money, eat better, work out more, be positive, create routines. Hopefully, I’m able to stick to all of this. They’re not so much new year resolutions. Just little life changes that I hope will help me live a longer healthier life. So we’ll see. Here are a few more bits of my January.
Let me know if you like this, and if you think I should keep doing this every month!