January is over. I never thought I’d say those words. The month felt excruciatingly long this year for a few reasons. We came off of a Christmas high, the government shut down meant I worked from home for over three weeks and we got more snow than I saw in the entirety of last year.
It also felt like a very stagnant time for me. I experienced word vomit on IG stories this week when I talked about how lost I felt in January. With no routine, no real human interactions throughout the day, snow covered ground and being stuck in my house working for three weeks I felt very discouraged. I questioned a lot and in the end learned a lot about myself and what I’m working towards.
BUT, with the bad times came the good and trust me when I say there was still a whole lotta good in the month of January.
We celebrated three birthdays! Our Goddaughter Ivy turned ONE, my Mama celebrated her 39th birthday 😉 and my bff Katie celebrated her first trip around the sun as a Mama. I LOVE birthdays and love to celebrate someone on their birthday. It’s the one day of the year when it is ALL ABOUT YOU and even though I don’t need an excuse to spoil the people in my life, they don’t fuss as much when it’s on their birthday.
Marley was in town! With my parents traveling two back to back weekends this month, they asked us to take Mar for a while and we LOVED IT. Even though he hates snow with a fiery passion, he was still so sweet and playful. It is truly a joy to see him and Cannoli play and interact. Cannoli is 100% adding years onto Marley’s life.
I participated in my third Women’s March! I met up with a bunch of boss babes, some I knew and some I met on that day and we had breakfast together, participated in a photo shoot with our signs and then marched with thousands of other people. I was a bit disappointed in the crowd this year compared to last, but it was very cold and damp so I can understand the drop off in attendance a little.
I spent time thinking back to the first Women’s March that I participated in which was in January 2017 as I prepared for this march. I remembered a group of women who were passing out bracelets with women empowerment sayings on them and how thoughtful it was of them as well as how grateful I was to have a bracelet since I didn’t have a sign and felt unprepared. To give back and spread the love, I decided to do the same thing! Chris and I spent two nights making 30 bracelets that I ended up sharing with the babes I marched with as well as strangers on the march route. It felt so good to give back, encourage and empower other women and spread the love.
The last weekend of January is always the Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point State Park! This year I raised almost $400 which is enough to sponsor two athletes for the year to participate in their chosen sport. It was the coldest plunge I’ve ever done and the farthest I’ve gone out in the water (mid-thigh) and it was the most supported I’ve ever felt! My parents usually come and cheer me on, but this year they were joined by my husband, my in-laws and my half-brother’s Mom. No one’s cheering squad compared to mine!
Thankfully, the Government reopened and I was able to get back to the office (which also happens to be the National Zoo) during the last week of the month. It was so nice to be with my animal friends and co-workers and to start really working on our 2019 events.
I’m so excited for February and all the fun things we have planned….it’s also one month closer to sunshine and warmth!