Happy March! This year is whipping by so fast, I can’t believe it’s already the beginning of March. I feel like just yesterday we were planning Christmas and now it’s almost time for St. Patrick’s Day and Easter. It’s crazy how fast 2019 seems to be flying. I’ve had a lot going on that’s kept my days really busy so I’m sure that has a lot to do with it. This winter has just been brutal and while I’ve loved the snuggly puppy cuddles I’m ready for a trip to warmer weather soon.

Brandon and I chose “Connect” as our word of the year for 2019; at the beginning of each month I’m sharing a check-in to update you on how we’re living our word of the year. Our goal is to spend this year connecting with each other, with our new city, and with our community so we can feel rooted in life and content with our day-to-day. 

February – Recap

We’ve spent most of our time in February indoors (again) due to the ice storms and weather. It’s so easy to feel discouraged and depressed this time of year due to the cabin fever but I tried to make the best of it in February. I took more lessons to help me learn how to knit and I pulled out some new cookbooks and tried new recipes (like this hash brown breakfast casserole with tomato gravy from Martina McBride!).

I want to share more recipes this year and it felt good to prioritize time in my kitchen again. I was even able to get Brandon in there to cook with me a couple of times which was a lot of fun. I’ve also been exploring the world of tea and trying to transition to it instead of coffee. I have a new loose leaf brewer being shipped to me and I’ve picked up a couple of tea cups I’ve spotted in antique shops and other local boutiques.

We made a point of visiting more local shops, cafes, and restaurants in our area in February. It was nice to find hidden gems to support. I found a fun ceramics shop I want to go back to once it warms up because they had a patio you can hang out on with your dog while the ceramics bake/dry.

March – Looking Ahead

If the weather forecast is to be believed, it’s about to start warming up and we are so ready for it! My dogs are so small they can’t be outside in freezing temperatures for too long so our walks have been short for the last few months. Once it gets above 45-degrees we can get back to our nightly 2-mile walks which I can tell the boys have been missing.

I’ve also been spending time in the gym and to keep me motivated I’ve set a personal goal of running my first 5k this fall. I’ve done 5ks before but I’ve never run an entire one so that’s a goal I’m looking forward to. I’ve been working so hard between time at the office and blog work that I haven’t had a goal designed purely for personal health/pleasure in a long while.

This spring we have plans for picnics at the park, another trip to the zoo, exploring outdoor malls, and touring at least 1 of Missouri’s 6,400+ caves. The way we handled February and the plans we’re making for spring are really helping me feel more connected to the area. I really feel like if we keep it up Missouri is going to start to feel like “home” very soon. 🙂