Yet again, I didn’t identify any goals to focus on this month, but I made some progress nonetheless.
#9 – I said yes to an Escape Room! I went with six of my friends/coworkers to The Breakout Game Fredericksburg. For those of you who’ve never heard of it, an escape room is a game in which players are locked in a room and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles to escape within a set time limit. We had one hour to break out of jail and were told there was only a 30% success rate. So, I’m proud to say it took us just under 47 minutes with only 2 clues! This was a challenge for me because my anxiety doesn’t like locked rooms (even if the room can’t legally be locked). I had a moment of panic when the lock first engaged, but was able to refocus my energy on the clues and puzzles which led to our escape. I’m glad I said “yes” to this and would probably do it again!
#56 – As I mentioned in January, I spent a week in the Outer Banks helping my brother film a featurette. It was a busier week than I expected, but the week away from work did me good. I got to do some fun things like watch the sun rise (#54), be a swamp ghost, and meet some cool people.
#10 – I also acted as catering manager for the film shoot which meant early mornings and protein packed breakfasts. I made a few new things to include Baked French Toast, Egg Vegetable Casserole, and Slow Cooker Apple Pie Oatmeal. All of which were delicious and filling!
#51 – Although we ordered lunch from a bunch of new to me places during the film shoot, the spirit of this goal included the experience of going to a new restaurant. With that in mind, I can say I went to two new places this month. The first was Bad Bean Baja Grill in Kitty Hawk, NC. Recommended by my brother’s girlfriend, this was a fun spot to have a margarita and celebrate my birthday! The second was Bahama Breeze in Woodbridge, VA. My friend’s mom suggested it as we were bridesmaid dress shopping. It was a nice place with an eclectic menu and I really enjoyed it!
#63 – I’ve had a couple friend dates with my coworkers, Cali & Car. Cali helped me celebrate the return to sugar in February and the first signs of warm weather in March. Cali, Car, and I also went to a LuLaRoe sale recently (Car’s a little obsessed and has been trying to get us on board). It’s been nice to spend more casual time with these lovely ladies but I’m hoping to also reconnect with some older friends next quarter.
#99 – Again, I won’t go into too much detail here, but I’ve been fairly vocal about issues that matter to me. I’ve sent postcards to my Senators, used Resistbot to send faxes, and made calls with the help of 5 Calls. I’ve been so thankful for these websites/apps/tools and would recommend them to anyone who wants to get involved but isn’t sure how to get started.
Lastly, Kristen has set our first 101 Challenge! To identify one unnecessary item per day in April to get rid of. Kristen and I both come from mothers who hoard. We’ve each worked hard to minimize the things we keep and the excuses we make to keep unnecessary things, but sometimes the hoarding happens… For me, it includes items I might use someday and things I received that I feel guilty for giving up. Truthfully, it feels worse to see the things piling up than it would feel to give them up. So this challenge is perfectly timed and Kristen sent me this article to help with the process. I’m really looking forward to starting this challenge and hope to not only identify more than 30 items but actually get rid of them (#72)!