March 2018 RAW NEWS Update
My RAW NEWS framework continues to work its magic, keeping me focused on my priorities. And this end-of-month accounting is wonderful for helping me look at the big picture, assessing where I’ve done well and where I need to tweak a bit for the next month. Here we go.
There were no standouts in this month’s collection of books. I read twelve –six each of fiction and nonfiction. In fiction, I quite enjoyed The Beginner’s Goodbye by Anne Tyler. As one reviewer puts it , “It has become almost a cliché to praise Anne Tyler’s writing for its cleverly casual expression of the ordinary.” There are few who write slice of life fiction better than Tyler.
In nonfiction, my favourite this month was the Intuitive Eating Workbook because I learned a lot about my beliefs and habits. However, even though there were plenty of words to read, a workbook doesn’t feel like a real book. So in that case, I didn’t have a favourite nonfiction.
I’m really enjoying making collages. I made ten collages this month, six of them in a consecutive days collage-making frenzy. Eventually I’ll write a post about why this art form works for me. For now, I’ll just share one collage that I quite like.
This one is called “It’s Too Late.” I like that it’s a shaped collage; that the dinosaur’s tail is off the paper, and that I found that great desert sands image to put on actor Corbin Bernsen’s body. The strip of text that I found in a discarded book reads, “inside, inside, he was gone. Wandering through the punishing straits of his dry, acrid heart.” Just call me Susie Sunshine.
I did oodles of journalling this month, worked on several lengthy blog posts, and wrote at least a page for every collage that I made. It was a good month for writing, which may explain why I’m comfortable about jumping into the A-Z Blogging Challenge that starts on April 1st. You can read about my challenge theme here.
Two big noticings to report now that I’ve finished working through the Intuitive Eating Workbook and am well into my efforts to eat in this new way.
The first thing I noticed, and this is huge, is that I’ve lost my enthusiasm for Ripples BBQ chips. I’m not saying that I’ll never eat them again. However, I’ve vowed to snack without distraction and it is absolutely no fun to eat chips mindfully. Chips belong with book reading, movie watching, and writing on my computer. Since I can’t have them in any of those distracting situations, I don’t want them at all.
My second noticing isn’t as positive. It is that changing the beliefs of a lifetime is incredibly difficult. For example, I adore Laura Secord Easter Cream Eggs. I bought lots of them this year because they’re only available at Easter* and I’m eating what I want, when I want, right? Unfortunately, my brain can’t seem to stop seeing these as ‘bad’ foods, which means I’m getting caught in that loop of “I’ll eat these until they’re gone and then will start fresh (at being ‘good’).” I even have a date in my head for my fresh start–April 1st, appropriate because it’s Easter and more appropriate because it is April Fool’s Day. I’m working on trying to change my thinking.
*I did a quick online search to find a good description for Laura Secord Easter Cream Eggs, and found this recipe for making your own. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
To end on a positive note, I woke this morning with a craving for salad. Hallelujah.
It has been sunny, but also windy and cold in my part of the world this month. I’ve been walking outside with the dogs, inside on a track, and I’ve gone for my weekly Pilates Reformer workouts. But, like so many, I’ve been dragging a bit and am so looking forward to spring when it finally decides to join us full time.
I’ve noticed that my energy is really affected when I’m out and about too much during a week. I’ve had lots of commitments this month–fun ones as you’ll see in self-care–and I did enjoy them, but I’m a woman who needs big chunks of open time at home. It’s up to me to make sure that my schedule suits my needs. I’ll be working on that in April.
I haven’t been learning much this month. See my reference to the March blahs in Energy above, and the nothing special nonfiction reads in the Reading section.
Next month, though, next month, I’m doing a deep dive into tarot.
I’ve had so many hot baths (see ‘cold and windy’) that my skin is getting itchy.
Scrabble games have been great this month. This year, I’m finally holding my own and winning approximately half the time.
Last week I went to a baby shower for a friend’s daughter. You’d have to have a heart of steel to not swoon over all of the adorable little onesies and perfect miniature sparkly pink baby boots.
Have you seen the movie ‘Now You See Me’? It came out in 2013 but I’d never heard of it. Rotten Tomatoes didn’t love it, but it’s the best thriller I’ve ever seen. If you haven’t watched it, do enjoy, but don’t plan to multitask. It’s about magic; I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen.
Did you have a good month?