Can you all believe it's already February? January seemed to be here & gone in a flash, but a new month brings with it new ideas, creativities, and things to look forward to. Last month was busy, and by busy I mean we literally had no free weekends. It was a whirlwind, but it was great. I have hope that the second month of the year will be just as good as the first.
One | Mad's Muses is a year old!
I can't believe I've been writing this blog for an entire year! I definitely stuck with it longer than I had initially anticipated and I'm so glad that I have. This outlet has made my confidence in my writing ability skyrocket, and for that I am grateful. I can tell a huge difference in my writing; it has improved drastically in just a year. And people actually read this thing and subscribe to receive it via email! I am extremely appreciative of those of you who are still reading, post after post, and keep me motivated to continue writing. Because of this special anniversary, I have something exciting scheduled for the middle of the month, so keep your eyes peeled! Mad's Muses is one, guys!
Two | Valentine's Day
Michael & I aren't too sappy when it comes to holidays, especially Valentine's Day, but we do enjoy the excuse that it gives us to get out and do something fun. Traditionally we've always done dinner and a movie: the classic Valentine's date. While it's nothing extravagant, it's always something I look forward to.
Three | Lessons We Paid For
When I was in undergrad I interned at the University of Kentucky's International Center working with education abroad programs. During my internship, I met some of the most amazing people. One of these people, Sarah Caton, recently wrote & published a book (!!!) called Lessons We Paid For, and Other Stories from a Feminist Undergrad. Sarah is uber talented - I mean she wrote a book, guys - and also writes over on her own blog called Space, Place, and Southern Grace. This month I started reading her book and it's good. It takes differing aspects of college and puts them into perspectives that many people may not consider. Some of the points that she makes simply make you think; isn't that the point of reading? Check this book out, y'all.
Four | Spring style
February is normally the last harsh month of the winter in Kentucky (knock on wood, you never know with this crazy Kentucky weather!) so I've had my eye on spring style. If you know me, you know I hardly ever wear too much color, but in spring I can make an exception with some great pastels. Not too bright, not too wild, just right; and perfect to incorporate into a neutral wardrobe. I've had my eye on this long cardigan for layering, this pastel dress, and this romper. Bring on the warm weather!
Five | This Is Us
Guys. This Is Us is a television series that's one of the best I've seen in a very, very long time. I'm not normally into funny stuff, but the scenes that are humorous in this series are so real. And the dramatic scenes are so real. The whole thing is just real. The storylines feel like they could fit into anyone's life, and I think that's why so many people are connecting with the characters and plot. Such a wholesome show that touches on hard-to-talk-about subjects like race & sexual orientation & family dynamics. If you're not already watching This Is Us, you can catch up on NBC's website here.
Six | Our Shared Shelf
Our Shared Shelf is a Goodreads book club created by Emma Watson, girl after my own heart. In essence, it's a feminist book club that explores & discusses feminist essays and books. I just discovered this a couple weeks ago after hearing about it via Emma's Instagram. The majority of the books on their "shelf" are ones that I've been meaning to get my hands on anyway, so this is the perfect reminder to pick them up! At the top on my list is Half the Sky. You can join Our Shared Shelf here.
What's on your radar for February?
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