On Fridays I typically share five highlights from the week, but like last month, I’ll be sharing what I learned this month and linking up with Emily at Chatting at the Sky. So without further ado, here are five things that I learned this month …
ONE. Painting, even cabinets, isn’t that difficult when you do it right the right way.
Over the last month, we’ve prepped and painted our kitchen cabinets. I had promised myself that I would never do this again, but I’m so glad that I did! When I took the time to set up, prepare the surfaces, and take as much time as needed to do it right, it wasn’t that hard!
TWO. I really do love reading, and I miss it when I don’t get to do it.
We went to the beach for my birthday weekend and I read most of the time. It was wonderful! Over the last month I’ve read A Million Miles in a Thousand Years and How to Win Friends and Influence People. I’m working on a couple more right now that are wonderful and I’ve got a whole stack of books for my birthday that I can’t wait to dig into! I keep a list of books that I’ve read this year here and the ones that are on my reading list here.
THREE. Traveling for work isn’t really that glamorous.
I had to travel for work this week and while I enjoyed eating out and staying in hotels, the rest of it wasn’t really that glamorous. Our flight home on Wednesday afternoon was cancelled so we had a 6am flight home on Thursday instead, which required a 4:30am alarm. Yuck. The other downside of traveling for work is that Matt doesn’t get to come with me so I don’t get to share the experiences with him… even though I’m sure he feels like he does with the play-by-play I give him when I get home. 😉
FOUR. Sometimes it’s worth grabbing the camera and going back outside.
A few weeks ago when I was walking Trixie around the neighborhood, I was impressed by a gorgeous tree in our neighborhood. I went back inside, grabbed the camera, and walked back over to the tree. I felt silly at the time, but I’m so glad that I snapped a few pictures of the tree. I hope that I can remember this lesson and that I’ll start doing a better job of documenting through pictures.
FIVE. Sometimes it’s best to opt out.
Matt and I had signed up to do a mud run a couple of weeks ago, but we woke up that morning to rain and a temperature in the 40’s. I hesitated to drop out but in the end we chose to stay warm and dry at home. Matt pointed out to me that I tend to hang onto things that I’ve committed to, even if letting go would be wiser. Like with the mud run – I felt like we should do it simply because we’d signed up; be cold, miserable, and probably get sick simply because we had signed up? That doesn’t make sense. Anyway, I was glad Matt pointed it out to me because I’ve been thinking about whether there are other things I do that would be wiser to give up. Do any of you do this too or am I the only one?
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! We’re at the beach for a weekend of sunshine, water, relaxing, and lots of reading. Hooray!
I’m linking up with Emily at Chatting at the Sky, with Lauren for High Five for Friday, with Diary of a Real Housewife for Friday Favorites, and with the girls of Five on Friday (Darci, April, Christina, and Natasha). You can see my other Friday posts here.