February was a long month for me. I’m not really sure why it felt so long since it’s technically the shortest month in the calendar, but it seemed to go on and on and on.
The month started off strong with me taking on several fitness challenges. Unfortunately, I didn’t keep up with them and slacked off about halfway through the month. I did get my home internet situation fixed up though so I should be able to jump back in on my favorite workout video series from Bikini Body Mommy (I like the 5.0 series).
In January and again in February I put a lot of time and effort into getting my little business up and going. I was finally able to expand into making crystal bracelets! This has been a huge dream of mine for several years. I am so happy to have made that into a reality at last! View website here.
I organized my personal essential oil collection into a smaller box this month. The box I was keeping them in was too big, so they were always falling over and rolling around. I love when things are organized! I have oils from four different companies, but I’m pretty certain Plant Therapy is my favorite right now. Their quality and price are just hard to beat!
The boys and I visited a very big park that had a gorgeous pond. I didn’t really get any hiking in this month, although I was able to climb another Fire Watch tower I found that wasn’t too far from where we live. I’ve visited quite a few of the towers now. I can’t believe there was one 20 minutes from me and I never knew it!
We had a winter storm, including plenty of big wet snowflakes! The boys had a blast in the snow and we worked together to build a mini snowman too.
I took a bit of an internet break this month. I was hardly on Facebook or Instagram. I felt the need to step away from everything and refocus on some more important areas in life. During this time I was able to do more things I love like practice guitar a good bit, start a crochet blanket project for myself, color, actually read, and put more effort into in-person relationships.
Fox helped me set up the “Calming Corner” in his bedroom. It is a toolkit from Generation Mindful to help kids learn to manage emotions (anger, sadness, happy, etc) in healthy ways. He has puzzles to work on, books to read, his yoga mat, a teddy bear in the chair, coloring book with crayons, and a stress ball which are all part of the calm down suggestions chart. We are really loving this little space!
I bottled up the tinctures I had made back in January. I forgot how much the “anti-anxiety” blend of herbs helps me! I have also really been enjoying the lavender tincture. It has helped a lot with managing pain for a tooth issue I’ve been dealing with. I will have to get some more tinctures started for both of these soon!
The Redefine Yourself Project got a lot of work this month too! I felt like I had a creativity block so I googled ‘questions to get to know someone’ and found so many great ideas to make pages for this project! I haven’t spent time on all the pages yet, but I’m working through them and scheduling blog posts for each one as I go.
February was a difficult, challenging month for me. I set up a beautiful grid in my room to bring peace, love and emotional healing. I love working with crystals and arranging them into grids.
For Valentines Day I baked the boys a special Lemon Blueberry Cake, but changed a few ingredients out to make it dairy free. It was quite tasty! They were very surprised to have ‘cake’ for breakfast.
I have had several times in my life where something significant happens and I am reminded to take nothing for granted. I had a freaky thing happen with my vehicle where the throttle was stuck open while driving on the highway and the breaks were not responding. I was able to shift to neutral and get the vehicle stopped safely, but it was still quite terrifying! I am so grateful that is behind me, that it happened where it did, and that the boys were not with me, and it all ended okay. I am grateful to be healthy, to be alive, to enjoy life and motherhood. Sometimes I get frustrated, sometimes its hard, but I am grateful for everything I have, every moment with my boys.