I can’t believe the first month of 2017 is already over! It went by in a blur with school starting again, lots of fun activities and events, and a fresh start to life. It went by fast, but I’ve recorded some of my favorites to share with you. Hopefully your year has started of well and you’ve found some favorites this past month too!
Experience: Celebrating Family Birthdays
Two very important birthdays happened in my family this past January: my Great-Aunt turned 90 and my little sister turned 16! We held celebrations all weekend long (which was a very nice break from school), eating our fill of fried chicken, deviled eggs, and cake, cake, cake! Both of these people are very important to me, and I’m so happy to have celebrated with them their life thus far. I know they’ll both have big adventures in the coming year, so I can’t wait to see what happens!
Food: Balsamic Vinegar
Okay, I admit, this sounds a bit weird at first. But I promise I’m not consuming it by itself! It’s my go-to dressing for salads (which I’ve been eating a lot of lately), and I also used it recently in a chicken recipe. After rubbing the chicken with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, I pan-seared it for 1-2 minutes on each side before covering it with a balsamic vinegar concoction and putting it in the oven. It turned out absolutely delicious, and was quite easy as well! It paired well with steamed broccoli and a baked potato/sweet potato/onion hash (not pictured because I can’t time my cooking well).
Place: Mrs. Greens
This kind of goes along with my favorite food because my favorite place this month was one of my college’s dining halls! Titled “Mrs. Greens” for it’s supposed healthiness, I’ve found myself visiting it more frequently as my classes are in the surrounding area. With a constant supply of hummus, broccoli, and bananas, it’s become my favorite place to eat on campus. I enjoy all of the healthy options, and though it is limited in how many options there are, it prevents me from overeating, which I really appreciate (and need!).
Picture: Sunset and the Library
When I saw the sun setting behind the library as I rode past on the bus, I knew I had to double-back and get a shot. The color of the sky and the clouds and the reflection in the windows was absolutely break-taking, and all I could do was stand and take many, many pictures. One of the reasons I love my college campus (especially the East side where I lived last year) is the beautiful view of the mountains. Every sunset and every sunrise is a testament to God’s glory, and I love being over there to experience it.
Outfit: New Sweatshirt
I’ve probably had multiple favorite outfits this past month, but the clothing item I’ve worn the most by far is my new college sweatshirt. As a light gray pullover (with no hood and my college name and emblem on the front), it’s the perfect thing to wear to bed or to class when it’s a little chilly or to the library when I need to study or when I’m drinking tea or when I’m hanging out with friends or on my way to the gym. The list is endless, and I probably wear it at least every other day. My mother (who attended my college) also has a sweatshirt similar to mine, which my dad has worn for years and years. Buying my own kind of feels like I’m joining a family tradition.
Book: How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life by Russ Roberts
Let me introduce you to Adam Smith. He’s basically the father of economics, most known for his book An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. I know you’re thinking “Why on earth would anyone want to read a book about economics, especially me?”. Well, how about a book about how to reach your full happiness potential? How to be loved and worthy of love? How to change (and not change) the world? That’s all contained in his other, less know book A Theory of Moral Sentiments. Russ Roberts explores and explains Smith’s concepts in an easy-to-read fashion that actually changed my life. I understand others better, and I understand myself better as well. So you need to read this book! Everyone needs to read this book!
Exercise: Working Outside
Sure, this isn’t your typical exercise, but it sure is a nice change from the inside of a gym! This past weekend I volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, traveling about twenty minutes from my school to help tear down a tree and tear up a yard. It was so much fun! So how does that count as exercise? Well, I used my arms and a branch cutter to cut down a tree (this also tests your patience) and then shoveled (using my legs and not my back, don’t worry) for a couple hours. I went back exhausted but energized, and I can’t wait to do it again this weekend!
How was the first month of your new year? Did you have any similar favorites?