One of the best new things I started doing in January was jotting down a few notes about each day on my calendar. A note about something I accomplished or how I felt or an activity I did or even about getting a free lunch at work. It’s really easy to forget the little moments that make up a month, so it’s nice to have a way to look back and go, “Oh yeah, that sushi date with my friend was really fun. I forgot I treated myself to a massage, I should do that again sometime soon! Wow, I really was obsessed with chai tea lattes last month.”
This quick and easy recording of my life is one step I’ve taken to try to counteract the feeling that time is flying by. When I was a kid, a year took forever. As anyone over twenty can probably tell you, that feeling changes at a certain point and, even though the days can sometimes still feel so long, the years start passing with increasing rapidity. From what I hear from those older than me, it just keeps feeling faster and faster the more you age.
For me, this has often led to surprised incredulity. I can’t believe another birthday is here. I can’t believe the holidays are already over. I can’t believe it’s somehow 2016.
I hope that by marking my time better through making a teensy effort every day to reflect on what I’ve done, I’ll make the most of my days so that my years add up to what I want them to.
In that same vein, I want to take a little bit of time at the beginning of each month to reflect on my favorite moments from the previous month. January’s highlights include:
- Adventures in Southern California: Playing beach frisbee with some of my closest college friends and then exploring Malibu, Hollywood, Los Angeles, and Sur Restaurant with my friend afterward made Lei Out weekend the best weekend of January by far.
- Bodypump and candlelit hot yoga: My two favorite classes of January, yoga and a weight lifting class, helped keep my energy and focus up. I wasn’t as diligent as I could’ve been with exercise, but I moved my body enough that I haven’t felt the winter blues like I usually do. That could also be because I’m in California now and the weather is considerably better than back East. But it still gets chilly and dark early here, so exercise still certainly helped!
- Eating these amazing melt-in-your-mouth blueberry pancakes
- The Bachelor: I love reality TV, but competition-based reality shows have never been my jam. The concept of The Bachelor has also always made me uncomfortable. This January, however, I’ve discovered that it’s one of the best, easiest ways to bond with other people. It’s some good, mindless fun for the middle of the week that always leaves us doubled over in fits of laughter at least once. Plus, I think we can all agree that Bachelor Ben is a catch, amiright, ladies?!
What were some of your personal favorite moments of January?