A RECAP OF LAST WEEK:

Last week was quite productive throughout the first half. I had a lot of planning done and was targeted to be ahead of schedule…until I got sick. The second half of the week I was battling strep throat and a nasty cold. So, I’ve been having bowls of my Mom’s delicious homemade chicken soup. This weekend I did try to get outside for a bit. While I didn’t have the energy to be outside (allergies didn’t help the sneezing/stuffy-ness), I did end up walking around the block and sitting in the sunshine. I picked up a few books to read this week. There were a few YA titles and World War II-era novels that I’ve wanted to dive into. Those are both my “comfort” or “easy reading” books. I know that those genres always entice me and I am the most motivated to stick with the books I start that fall into one or both of those categories. Plus, I wanted to use my purchasing power this week to support my local bookstore/community. Thank you, Anderson’s Bookshops, for having easy ordering and contactless pickup areas. This is not only great for slowing the spread of COVID-19 but helpful for those who have a “normal” sick diagnosis, to pick up an activity that will keep us entertained as we recover.

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LAST WEEK’S FAVORITES:

WHAT I’M WATCHING:

Chicago P.D and When Calls The Heart’s current season. Last night I also started The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix. It’s interesting. I’m not 100% into it, but I’ll stick around to watch a few more episodes. I can’t stop thinking about Shadow & Bone, Netflix’s new original fantasy series. I wrote a review on the show—click here to read it. I can’t stop thinking about the plot. I know the series is based on a book trilogy, but I haven’t read those. And, if I’m honest, I most likely will not. The majority of folks I talk to and the reviews I read online have advised not to read the books as they’re quite poorly written/progressed. The Six of Crow duology has raving reviews, so I might give that a go.

Click here to read my review of netflix’s series shadow & bone

WHAT I’M READING:

Still reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I know, I feel like I’ve been reading this book since forever too. I haven’t had much time to sit down and read. Plus, with being sick I haven’t had the energy.

HOUSEHOLD FAVORITE:

My AirPods and a heating pad. These two are amazing and pretty much used weekly. My knee has been acting up again, so I’ve put the heating pad on during my zoom meetings. AirPods are also great because I can tidy around the house and move in different rooms/levels whereas if I had my BOSE speaker or played an audiobook/tv show/music from my laptop or phone, I would miss some things.

RECENT PURCHASES:

I picked up a few books from my local bookstore. I can’t wait to read The Paper Girl Of Paris and The Paris Library.

LOOKING TO THE WEEK AHEAD:

As we enter a new week AND a new month, I encourage you to stop and reflect. You can write this down on a piece of paper, use these as discussion points with friends/family/loved ones or think on these independently or with your therapist. I’m trying to get better at carving out intentional space each week and month to pause and think about what worked, what didn’t, and set intentions for the days ahead.

THIS WEEK’S INTENTION/MANTRA/ENCOURAGEMENT:

Busy doesn’t mean productive, efficient, or fulfilling.

CHALLENGE:

Take one thing off of your calendar this week.


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