February Reflections and March Intentions

Grace 2021 time for those resolution green leavery

How was your February? For me it seems like currently time just drags on. The monotonomy of the every day makes me so tired. I feel all my energy is drained constantly. And so it feels time is passing slowly. I could often fall asleep in an instant. Many times do. Everything is just so uneventful. But then we already check of February. So time does pass. Does it pass without anything happen or is that just a misconception though. I am not sure.

Before I dive into the things I got done how I intentionally lived by my word this year – lets start off with this quote:

It is never good to be alone. But if you really have to be alone, then be alone with a friend.

The whale at the end of the world – John Ironmongerthor

FEBRUARY Reflections

Reflecting on my set intentions.

I started this month with the following intentions:

  • gracefully converting my office space into a more cozy thing.
    • selling things on ebay
    • looking for a reading chair
    • throwing out one thing a day that I don’t need or know where to put

I can proudly say that I have spend a lot of time thinking and planning working on making the home office aka craft lab a more inviting space. My eBay game is strong and if people would actually pay and pick up I would be further along. I sold my book shelve and within minutes it was picked up which put some pressure on the whole situation. I already ordered a new one and it will be delivered tomorrow. I already had a reading chair picked out unfortunately delivery time is 12-14 weeks and I am not sure it will be comfortable. I will have a look if I find an alternative with better delivery time but if not I’ll go ahead and order. I wanted to get it done in February but I have waited so ling so I don’t need to rush things now.

  • on writing a letter to an elderly who might be lonely. Also sending birthday wishes to family and friends

I wrote five birthday cards and sent off little gifts to some people and hope I cheered them up.

  • continue my hula hoop practice.

My hula hoop practice was not as successful – in numbers of practices as well as performance. But I will keep practicing. I really want to be able to do it. Its been a minute since I had that feeling.

  • continue to breath daily before having coffee.

This is becoming a habit. A good one for a change.

  • giving myself grace by not limiting my coffee intake.

I fully committed to this one. I had lots of coffee in February 6 cups a day. Maybe more. And I enjoyed every single one. I actually realized I was more mindful of drinking coffee. Not every time but more often.

I also started and continued the 100 day project. You can follow in Instagram #100daysofcraftaliciouslinearart.

the 100 day project 2021 Tobia Nooke craftaliciousme seeking creative life

How did I incorporate my word of the year GRACE?

Incorporating my word felt a bit tougher this month. A lot of my activities very focused on the secondary word moxie. But this is what I came up with:

  • Continued my new habit of deeply breathing fresh air on the balcony in the morning.
  • I didn’t limit my coffee intake and decided to enjoy it.
  • Also decided to not do anything for lent this year as it felt like another restriction wasn’t good for my mental health.
  • I journaled daily and tried to find things that made me happy, thankful, proud or remembering what new things I discovered.
  • Read about my turtles hedging and making it to the sea

MARCH Intentions

And just like that we are heading into March. Here is a list of thing I want to tackle and hopefully achive:

  • I will focus on letting people speak before I jump in with an response
  • I want to get back to a more regular hula hoop practice – even if it is only 5 minutes
  • I will look into ways to spread some kindness
  • I will go through my closet and get rid of 5 items I do not love
  • I want to start learning Spanish again

Ok, I think I will stick with those things. It looks like a small list but I know I have to put some effort in it to make all the things happen. And I am actually already feeling a bit overwhelmed so I better stopp.

Currently in February

currently February craftaliciousme seeking creative life

Today is a really weird day. I woke up tired. Work dragged on. I couldn’t really cross anything off fo that to-do list. I wanted to go for a walk to clear my head but it was raining. I don’t know those days suck. I end up glancing at the watch at 4pm wondering if can finally go to bed. So to get out of this funky mood and not eat all the chocolate pudding in the house I write the currently in February post. Hope this will be good thing.

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January Reflections and February Intentions

Grace 2021 time for those resolution green leavery

I decided I will introduce yet another new blog post series to this blog. The January reflections and February intentions will kick off those “Reflections & Intentions” posts. Back in 2015 I shared my monthly resolutions that were mini milestones towards my yearly goals. I felt like that year I have gotten quite a bit done and maybe that will give me a bit more structure for the upcoming year. Because let’s be honest here we will continue to spend a lot of time at home and not roam as freely as before.

But before I dive into that here is my favorite quote this month.

At night our fear is strong, but in the morning, in the light, we find our courage again.

Malala Yousafzai

JANUARY Reflections

Reflecting on my set intentions.

As I didn’t really set out with a list of goals and intentions for January I can’t really report much. I did a lot of work towards my yearly intentions but I filed them all under my word of the year.

My January was more about finding my footing. To get back into the routine of work. The routine of working from home. The routine of staying in. The acceptance of not being able to do things we usually do in January or February. Basically January was to survive and stay mentally healthy.

How did I incorporate my word of the year GRACE?

My plan is to be more conscious on how my word is working for me. How I incorporate it in my daily life. Here is a list of things I believe aim towards this goal:

  • I donated 10€ in a turtle nursery. Basically buying two turtle eggs which are now being protected to hatch and make it to the ocean.
  • I wrote a letter to my aunt for her birthday as well as to my dad.
  • I listened to a co-working who was overwhelmed with life. I tried to encourage, to lift her up and give a few ideas to ease the stress and pressure. I so very well know how it can end.
  • I made that moxie sweater.
  • I breathed daily for a minute on the balcony in the morning before my first cup of coffee.
  • I started to hula hoop and I can already feel that my torso is getting in shape and I walk more upright.

FEBRUARY Intentions

For February I plan on:

  1. gracefully converting my office space into a more cozy thing.
    1. selling things on ebay
    2. looking for a reading chair
    3. throwing out one thing a day that I don’t need or know where to put
  2. on writing a letter to an elderly who might be lonely. Also sending birthday wishes to family and friends.
  3. continue my hula hoop practice.
  4. continue to breath daily before having coffee.
  5. giving myself grace by not limiting my coffee intake.
  6. working on my #100daysofcraftaliciouslinearart project.

This is my plan for February. Lets’s see how that will go.

Happy Frebruary

Tobia

Corona Diaries – Month 11

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New year same pandemic. We are close to the one year mark and when Covid19 first appeared here in Germany and gotten seriously. Eleven months into the pandemic. Can you believe it? I am not sure how I feel about it. It seems like yesterday when I was glued to the news hearing about a new mystery disease no one knew anything about. And on the other hand I feel like we lived through a hundred and ten years in the last months. And then it seems like time is on a stillstand. Whatever the outcome of it all I have a way to look back with my corona diaries. Here is to month 11.

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Currently in January

currently in January grey heron in tree

I have come across the currently post on many blogs and continuously in the last year and months and I have always enjoyed reading them. So for this year I am giving this a try and will be joining the community Anne in Residence has been building.

Beginning
As always I started my year by picking a word of the year (GRACE) and making some resolution. I love making all the plans and setting intentions. I often keep losing them along the way but I also refer back to those lists and check in. I also changed my practice of writing a gratitude journal. I didn’t feel it in 2020 and was a bit absent. So I’ve gotten myself one of the 5-year-journals and try this new approach.

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