Monthly Wrap-Up

January Wrap-Up

Now that I’ve recommitted to posting on this blog more regularly (I mean it this time, I swear!)(Is what I say every time), I thought I would start doing what I intended to do months ago, and do wrap-up posts at the end of the month.

January has felt really busy, and I can’t believe that it is already almost over. Christmas feels like it was just last week and also several months ago at the same time.

Where I went

I didn’t do any traveling this month, but I did go into Seattle and check out Scarecrow Video, a huge independent video-rental store. You can read about that here. There is a lot of interesting stuff to do in Seattle, and I feel like I’ve barely done any of it. Hopefully I can change that this year.

Inside Scarecrow Video

What I wrote

I set a 30-day posting challenge for myself over on Medium. I’ve been cross-posting some of my older posts over there, as well as writing new ones. In addition to travel topics, I’ve also written articles on mental health, consent, and freelancing. To see all of the articles I’ve written, check out my profile here.

What I read

I set a goal to read 15 books this year. Last year, I read way less than I usually do, so this year I really want to try and get back into reading.

This month, I finished the book The Man Who Couldn’t Stop by David Adam, which covers the topic of OCD. It’s both a memoir and a highly-researched look into OCD and its history, possible causes, and treatments. I found it fascinating and also helpful in understanding the way that my own mind works.

On the fiction side, I read Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. I read this book when I was about eleven or twelve, but it had been so long that I barely remembered anything about it. With the movie coming out, I wanted to re-read it. I honestly think I enjoyed it more as an adult than I did as a kid; I don’t remember having any strong opinions on it either way the first time I read it. Reading it now, though, I found it to be a really enjoyable and also quick read and I understand why it has endured as a classic. I now plan on reading the other books in this series, which I never read before.

What Else?

Besides reading and writing a bunch, I’ve also recommitted to this blog and my business. I really want to grow this blog and my freelance writing business. To that end, I’ve tried to be more active on social media, and I’ve also started a newsletter. If you aren’t already, be sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter! You can also sign up for my newsletter at the bottom of this post. I’m planning on making it a once or twice monthly newsletter where I update everyone on what I’ve been writing as well as share some things that you won’t find posted anywhere else!

What’s next?

If you read my 2018 travel wishlist post, you will know that there are a lot of trips that I would like to go on this year. One of that I wrote about was a trip to Portland, Oregon, and I’m excited to say that that is happening! I’m going to Portland for a long weekend next month with my boyfriend. We’re renting the cutest Airbnb and I’m really looking forward to it. If you have any tips on what we should see/do while we’re there, leave a comment below!

 

That about does it for this month. What have you been up to for the first month of 2018?

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