March-in-Review

1. What did you do this month that you’d never done before?
Couldn’t think of anything I’d done this month? Paid for Instagram followers. Survived winter in Seattle. Began to realize how life is so incredibly divergent in every moment. ANGST! Okay I’ve done that last one before.

2. How are the resolutions coming along?
See for yourself:March 2014 Resolutions

The good thing is that the big red block on the right is just my failing to do German. Recommit! I actually thought of a simpler way to display this info. You can see my success/failure rate for each month, ya know? 2014 Resolutions (So Far)Anyway, March was alright on moderately frequent stuff, but I’ve got work to do on the most and least frequent resolutions (daily and monthly stuff). I need to get settled into my new place and start to re-create routines (which I’m sure will be ruined when I’m in London for 10 days), and then hopefully things will get back on track.

3. How did last month’s resolution go?
Well, the short answer is that I failed. I went to 19 food or drink establishments during the month, well more than the 12 I resolved to. But for the first time in a long time, I was under budget for this category! Small victories!

4. What’s a new resolution for this month?
I have lots!:

5. Who is one person worth recognizing this month?
My next door neighbor A, who has been a God-send during my move. I can’t even begin to thank him enough for helping with different parts of the process, and he’s just doing it out of the goodness of his heart!

6. What would you like to have next month that you lacked this month?
One hundred million dollars! Or, just enough to magically pay off my student loans. Also a new project to work on at work. And some motivation for Valise.

7. What date from this month will remain etched in your memory and why?
March 20, 2014: Got the keys to my new apartment! You should all come visit!

8. What was your biggest achievement this month?
Not being stupid? Moving without stressing out (too much)? Staying positive and having a great final ‘winter’ month with my seasonal depression!

9. And your biggest failure?
Emotions? That sounds bad to say… How about, noticing old cognitive and emotional patterns which die hard, and having to work to overcome them.

10. What did you get really, really excited about this month?
Ikea! And LONDON. (The latter of which sounds an awful lot like June 2011, July 2011, September 2011, January 2012, March 2012, May 2012, June 2012July 2012, August 2012, September 2012,… are you noticing a theme here?)

11. What song will always remind you of this month?
Pseudologica Fantastica by Foster the People. Such an epic anthem.

12. What was the best book your read this month?
Erm, I didn’t read any book. I’m hiding in shame, don’t worry.

13. What was your favorite film this month?
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, an oldie but a goodie!

14. What is a valuable life lesson from this month?
People can’t change, but they can add things which make their less admirable personality features easier to live with.

15. Show the month in photos.photo


16. What’s next month’s horoscope?
TAURUS – ✭✭✭✭
“It’s like someone lovingly stroking your arm over and over again in the same place until it just becomes fucking annoying. Sometimes the grate is too much, too harsh. Sometimes there seems to be no break in the cycle, just a continuous spinning with the same ebbs and flows. Yes, the day is different but is anything else? I just don’t know. It’s like constant PMS. Sometimes I want to put a million Morning After pills in the cis-male water supply so that they might understand if only for a day or two the kind of tearing to pieces hormones can do to ones psyche.” She was having an off day, but not without reason. All sorts of ghosts had been conjured up and there wasn’t much substantial to hold onto. But this was what was right now; the light had temporarily gone behind the clouds and all she had to rely on was her gut, some tea leaves left in a cup she drank from earlier that morning and the way the birds had decided to fly. The good news was that this kind of raw emotional terrain was honest even in its disproportion. It was honest because it didn’t care how it rendered one, it just came crashing in like a tsunami and left just as fast. These upheavals would roll in and out for the next month, she knew this. She knew that the very end of the month would also bring an eclipse in her sign. So she took a deep breath and let her exhale be what it was from moment to moment. She was glad that her closest ally, Venus, had come to town to support her through this transition. She anchored her torn heart in the loving salve of good friendships, ‘cause she was wise like that.

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