March in Review

Pat yourselves on the back, folks – we’re a quarter of the way through 2015 already! This is the time of year when it seems like life is going by so slow; and yet, it’s apparently going by so fast that I almost forgot to write my March review before it got too late!

I read 2 books this month (still short of the 3 per month I need for my goal to read 36 books this year but hey – it’s more than 1!) – Jenny Lawson “The Blogess”s memoir Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood –  and went to book club twice!

Clearly there was a theme emerging this month, as I also introduced the third habit of my 2015 Habits Project, daily reading.

In early March, Kevin and I attended a local homebuyer informational fair. Now don’t get all excited, we are nowhere near ready to start taking that next step. But both of us want to be homeowners one day, and even though we’re much too poor and indebted right now, it’s probably good to at least start learning about the process.

I celebrated my 28th birthday on March 12th! In honor of that special day I took a couple days off work for a long weekend staycation, which ended up being a little bit of a dud but we did go to a neat coffee tasting class at the Urban Ecology Center that Saturday.

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I didn’t run any races in March but I rocked my marathon training, growing stronger as I steadily built up the miles. Speaking of miles, I logged a whopping 163 of them in March, which I believe is a record for me.

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Oh, and we went to a Milwaukee Admirals game. That was pretty cool.

They scored a goal a split second after this shot
They scored a goal a split second after this shot

 

 

So, I really didn’t do that much in March. That list up there is actually kind of sad considering it spans the course of 31 days. There were a few bumps in the road, but overall I would best describe this march as hopeful. A step in the right direction. Going into this month, I fully anticipated that things wouldn’t magically become awesome overnight. But after the slow, dreary, cabin-fever-induced lull of idleness in February, it felt like I finally started to wake up in March. Daylight Savings swept in to rescue me from a mounting case of S.A.D., and warmer weather started to sneak in, melting the depressing mounds snow and luring me back out into the world little bits at a time.

It doesn’t officially become Spring until deep into the month, but I’ve always considered March the unofficial heralding of a better season. It’s like the last couple miles of a hard race or grueling long run: I know it’s gonna hurt a little while longer but I also know I’m gonna make it.

So, while on paper it doesn’t look like much to write home about, March was a turning point for me. It was the month of the thaw, literally and emotionally. I didn’t rack up a laundry list of fun events and accomplishments, but where I lacked in those things I filled in with introspection, digging deep into myself and my discontent and coming up with lessons and realizations.

 

April has already started off with a bang and hit the ground running – literally. I’ve already logged a productive staycation day, helped complete a DIY upcycle project for our kitchen, and run a kick ass half marathon complete with a 3 minute PR plus finally achieving a big goal. Scrawls of writing are rapidly filling the boxes of our dry erase monthly calendar, including getting our butts back into the volunteering we’ve neglected so long.

I’ve come to that point in the figurative race where I’ve banked enough energy that I can finally start to get a little momentum into my miles. But, also like a race, I must remember the importance of pacing every step of the way. I’m finally starting to learn that trying to overload my life and my schedule all at once on the heels of every fleeting burst of motivation is just asking for failure. The thing about momentum is that it builds. It’s a process. When a building is erected, the builders don’t start at the top; they start at the base and slowly progress layer by layer, story by story. I don’t need to fill our April and May schedules to the jam-packed threshold of fun all in one breath; I can start by adding a few things, here and there, and fill in the rest as we go – building on the momentum.

We all know what happens trying to start races by running all the miles at once in one big gulp. Without pacing, you will eventually burn out.

Thank you for waking me up, March. Here’s to April – the next small step.

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21 thoughts on “March in Review

  1. I seriously can’t believe it’s already April. Where does the time go??

    We are just starting to look into buying our first house… there is SO much we don’t know! We probably have another year or so before we make that a reality, but it’s definitely not something you can just jump into.

    Hockey games are so much fun. I’m a huge Pittsburgh Penguins fan.. can’t wait for the playoffs to start this month!

    Great job on your 163 miles! That’s awesome.

    1. Thanks much!!

      Haha you and my boyfriend would get along great. It’s rare that hockey isn’t on in our house this time of year!

  2. That was a beautiful post, Hanna. I like your writing style.
    I feel about April, the same as you about March!
    I go on reading jags, where I will read multiple books and then it seems like while I “absorb” those I don’t read much for a couple weeks…Oh well. I have “All the Light We Cannot See” on deck next…

    1. Aww thank you Cheryl!

      I’m the same way with reading. While the periods of intense-reading are a fun ride, I want it to be more constant in my life instead of sporadic. Let me know how All the Light is!!

    1. Thank you!

      Good luck!! I remember trying to choose my first 26.2, it was actually a pretty intense decision-making process! But I think it’s one of those things when you know the “right” one when you find it 🙂

  3. Lots of wisdom in your building analogy! SO true 🙂 Especially while marathon training, no need to try to pack too much in. April is off to great start already for you!
    Your purple skirt and shoes are too darn adorable together! I am a little obsessed with your shoes lol I used to have a pair of pink Newtons I loved and i keep thinking i should revisit the brand soon.

    1. Oh I just love the Newtons! I have to admit, it took me a while to adjust to them – they are a little different! But now they are golden. I don’t want to wear anything else!

  4. I think your March looks fun. I’ve never taken a coffee tasting class, but I’d like to. I’ve done beer and wine and even honey tasting and really enjoyed those.

    It’s smart that you’re thinking ahead about buying a house. Wes and I started looking into the process in earnest about 6 months before we ended up closing and I kind of wish we would have drawn the process out a bit more. In some ways it seemed a little rushed. I ended up getting a book from NOLO that covers a lot of the legal stuff but they it also provided some information that I found more generally helpful. It’s just such a huge and overwhelming step. It would also be great if you can find some other people who might be going through this at the same time as you. We had some friends who closed on their house two weeks before we did and it has been so nice to be able to talk to them about the whole process.

    As for 163 miles this month, dang! That is impressive. I’ve never even come close to that kind of mileage. I know I’d be a better runner if I did.

    1. Luckily for us, we have multiple friends here who are homeowners and I’m hoping they will make great resources! Meanwhile I’m trying to start saving for the down payment, LOL.

      I was shocked when I counted up my mileage it was that high. I had to triple-check to make sure!

  5. Congrats on the new monthly PDR!

    I will have to keep that coffee tasting in mind for my husband; I think he’d enjoy it! He has some fancy grinder and is always looking for the best beans.

    I am happy March felt like a turning point for you! 🙂

    1. Thank you!! Yeah, we have turned into coffee nerds. Which is weird, because I didn’t even drink the stuff for most of my life!

    1. I guess it was! Funny how we can’t usually see these things until we’re looking back!

  6. 163 miles! I am kind of in awe right now. Wow. 2 books read is still good as well, I go in spurts of reading these days, I am either all for it or bored. I do like using my lunch breaks to read, it’s a nice way to relax. Great point about how life is like a race and we need to pace ourselves. 🙂

    1. I’m the same way with reading. I’m trying to be more regular about it. While having an intense reading spurt always feels awesome, I’d like it to be more of a constant in my life.

      Oh, pacing ourselves….it truly is a lifelong journey!

  7. The home buying process can be exciting, yet very scary when it’s your first. I think a lot of people rush into it without realizing all that is involved. You and Kevin are really smart for attending an informational fair and learning about how the process works. I have a feeling that once you are ready, you will be better prepared and more assured than those who are less educated.

    I’m glad to hear that April is off to a good start. I feel that way too… just one step closer to the warmed summer months and a good time to transition into longer/warmer days.

    1. Yeah, I am terrified of the process! But we just figured – at some point you have to just START. And it’s probably better to learn about it before you’re diving in head first. But first – to save up for a down payment!!

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