#10 · #12 · #3 · #46 · #56 · #80

January Update

Kristen started the year with some awesome motivation! I’m so excited to be doing this with her because she’s both inspiring and encouraging.

I, on the other hand, have been a little slower to identify a starting point.  But let me share the progress I’ve made in a few areas.

#3 – I did my research and found a LCSW study app. Pocket Prep’s ASWB LCSW (Association of Social Work Boards Licensed Clinical Social Worker) Exam Prep cost a scant $25 and comes with a lot of great features. It offers Questions Of The Day, practice exams, detailed explanations for correct answers, and will track my progress. So far, I’ve gotten 3/5 QOTD correct! With a little over a year until I’m eligible to take the exam, let the studying begin!

#10 – I’m on day 17 of a 21 Day Sugar Detox led by Pure Roots Nutrition. It’s been quite a challenge, but I’ve stayed on track! I had to learn meal planning, meal prepping, and tons of label reading… Overall, I do feel much better physically and mentally (but I want my sugar back)! And with the detox, I’ve tried a few new things, though I didn’t follow any recipes to the letter. I enjoyed Pulled Pork Sweet Potato Hash (added spinach and omitted cilantro) and Paleo Zuppa Toscana (subbed chicken for sausage and rutabagas for turnips). I also tried Latte Overnight Oats (minus the sugar and vanilla) but wasn’t a fan. I suppose the question is, does semi-following recipes count? Anyway, after the 21 day mark, I plan to stick with many of the sugar -free things I’ve learned (but I also plan to have a donut or two)!

#12 – I’ve started reading “You’re Wearing That?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation” by Deborah Tannen. Kristen recommended it a few years (or more) and I’m finally getting around to it. My mom and I have a pretty good relationship but we certainly struggle at times. So far, the book is pretty darn accurate and I’m looking forward to learning a few new communication tips.

#46 – I bought tickets for The Book of Mormon in Richmond. My mom and I will going in a couple weeks to celebrate her birthday!

#56 – I’ve planned a trip to the Outer Banks in March. My brother is shooting a short film there and has asked me to come help out. I may technically be “working,” but I’ll be gone for a week and should find plenty of time for relaxing.

#80 – I posted my wedding dress on Once Wed. No interest yet, but I’ve taken the first step.

Overall, it’s been a somewhat productive month and I still have a little over 31 to go!

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