March Goals and Highlights
Happy March to you all! February is always such an odd month- the shortest one in the year but always drags on. I feel lucky that the weather in North Carolina this month was amazing- I'm so used to the dark and cold days back in Pittsburgh so this was an amazing difference. I can definitely tell a difference in my mood and outlook with having more sun (and warmer days!)
Of course, this month was not all sunshine- it's been so terrifying and heartbreaking to watch all of the news coming out of Ukraine. I can't imagine what the people there and Ukrainians around the world are going through right now and my heart goes out to them. I use my blog and all my activities as an escape and a reminder to enjoy the small things (and to be thankful for my life)...the future is always uncertain and has really felt that way recently.
In the spirit of escape- here's a look at how my annual goals are going-
Spend More Time Outdoors
- 1000 Hours Outside -
- January - 54 total hours, breaking down to 41 hours running/walking/hiking, 5 hours reading, and 8 hours socializing/misc.
- February - 52 total hours, breaking down to 31 hours running/walking/hiking, 7 hours reading, 13 hours socializing/misc, and 1 hour biking. As I mentioned yesterday, I spent a ton of time outside reading on the warmer days, and also got to spend time with friends outside when we went to Charlotte a few weeks ago. Hoping to get some more biking hours this month, and maybe even some kayaking!
- 2,022 Outdoor Miles -
- January Running - 106 miles, Walking - 25.97 miles, Biking - 0 miles
- February Running - 101 miles, Walking - 22.4 miles, Biking - 10.7 miles
- Visit all the gardens and free museums in the Triangle
- This month I visited the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences to check out the Exquisite Creatures exhibit. It was amazing and I might go back again to check it out a second time! It's a traveling exhibit so if it's coming to a city near you I would highly recommend checking it out.
- I also visited a pop-up museum in Dix Park about the history of the park (which used to be a plantation and also home to an insane asylum) and black architects and laborers from North Carolina. It was a really interesting exhibit and I learned a lot. Looking for more opportunities like this!
Donate to a Different Charity Every Month
Read all the Goodreads Best Books of 2021
Made some progress on this in February- I now have 64 followers on my Instagram, 98 followers on TikTok (and 1,634 total likes on my videos- both up a bit since January). I also had a few videos get over the 1,000 view mark on both and a lot of interaction! My favorite painting this month was a piece that I did for a friend in honor of her late mother- it was such a special piece and I was honored that she asked me to make it (you can see it above- she told me that yellow butterflies are a symbol for her mom that she kept seeing and those are her mom's favorite flowers).