Currently: January 2021

Working — the daily grind.

I have a good job and a great employer, but work is long and work is hard and work is work and my favorite part of the day is 5:20 when I get to turn my work phone off and start to wrap up for the day. That’s when I like to take a big stretch, follow up with my customers, and turn on some music or a YouTube video so I can decompress until I log off at 5:30.

Eating — at home.

One of my new year’s resolutions is to take better care of my finances, and the number one way I’m doing that is by limiting how much takeout I eat. The catch is, I suck at cooking, so I’m eating a lot of noodles and chicken tenders. I never said I was an adult.

Exercising — daily.

You may have read my post about my new exercise machine, but I exercise for 20 minutes a day, 5 times a week, and I think it’s going pretty well! I’m still out of shape, and stairs are still hard, but I think it’s most useful as an energy and stress burner. I never, ever, ever in a million years would have admitted that exercise was beneficial even five years ago… but now I do think it helps. The change in thought is also in large part due to a book I read.

Reading — Burnout.

Erin recommended the book Burnout to me a few months ago. I finally read it and while we both agreed that the later chapters are a little cheesy, the first few are fire. The book talks about exercise as being a means of completing stress cycles that humans are pre-wired with. We need a physical way to tell our brains that we’re away from the danger—and exercise is the perfect way to do so. A few years ago, I would have laughed in the face of this book, but now it makes sense to me, and it’s really helpful in conceptualizing how to cope with some of my anxiety.

Social distancing — well.

I miss my friends’ houses. I miss the inside of restaurants. I miss being able to take a deep breath without inhaling fabric when I’m inside a Target. But I’ll keep doing this as long as it takes until we’re all safe.

Zooming — weekly.

Jose, Sara, Mike and I have a weekly Zoom together on Friday nights. We recap our weeks and then sync up a show together and text each other while we watch it. It’s the highlight of my week and has helped me feel closer to Sara ever since she moved to Seattle. 

a standard zoom session with Sara, Jose, Mike, and me

Watching — Grey’s Anatomy.

I have a list a mile long of shows I need to watch so I decided I should rewatch Grey’s Anatomy instead. The soundtrack to this show is pretty off the rails (Tegan and Sara and The Cardigans in ONE episode?!) and all of the throwbacks have very much enhanced my Spotify listening. 

Celebrating — Joe Biden’s Inauguration.

Joe Biden’s not going to be perfect but oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh, Trump is gone and I feel like I can BREATHE. The best part of his inauguration was hands down the beautiful and talented Amanda Gorman and I’m hoping we see much more of her in the future. She is an absolute joy. 

It’s been a good start to the year. I’ve been dreaming up a lot of different plans and ideas and I’m excited to see what comes.

Shannon’s Favorite Things 2020

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