It’s a new year, and along with that, I’m brushing off the blog. The perfect time to commit to writing and connecting more. I can’t tell you how much I missed that in the 2017 fog. So to start, I’m switching up my currently series to this: my three favorite things each month.
With that, here are my January favorites…
1 – maple cardamom almond milk lattes
One of the perks of city living: walking (or cruiser biking) to the neighborhood coffee shop. We’ve been going to ours, Angry Catfish, nearly every weekend for the same coffee – a maple cardamom almond milk latte. With a hint of maple sweetness and a slight reminder of my mom’s cardamom krumkake at Christmas, it’s so good. Also awesome: the coffee shop itself because it’s also a bike shop. Win-win.
2 – running outside
OK… in all fairness, I don’t love running outside when it feels like -15F. Or in the dark for five months. Despite that, though, I do love running outside year-round, even in winter’s freezing darkness. It gets me outside – fresh air! – when I otherwise would likely hibernate inside all winter. There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing, right?! Bundle up properly – here’s what I wear for most runs below 30F – and head out. The brisk fresh air is invigorating and a great reminder that you’re alive.
3 – reading nights
In 2017, there was no shortage of Netflix and Hulu binge-watching. We plowed through West World, Grey’s Anatomy (well, I did – all 13 seasons… I’m kinda embarrassed to admit that), The Handmaid’s Tale, Ozark, Spotlight, House of Cards, Stranger Things, This is Us. TOO MUCH TV. All that mindless autoplay made the year a bit of an anxious Groundhog Day blur. So this January, Nick and I kicked off no TV Tuesdays + Thursdays. Instead: reading. We light a fire, and I settle in on the sofa chaise with Luma, and Nick settles in on his recliner, and we read. And it’s been fantastic. But most importantly – it’s made me calmer and more in control of my attention.
Reads this month: Alias Grace and The Bright Hour (the latter is a must-read – it’s beautiful). And I’m a few chapters into The Brave Athlete: Calm the F*ck Down and Rise to the Occasion and about a third through Lilac Girls.
What about you guys? Any current favorites this month?