January Recap

January kind of flew right by, didn’t it? Normally it seems to be a month that drags on forever, but thanks to some great weather it wasn’t overly bad! Here’s what we got up to this past month:

  • I tried my best to take a half-decent photo of the Super Blood Wolf Moon, or whatever it was called. (Are the names for these events real or do they just pull things from the Twilight books?) I think I could’ve got a better photo if I had a bigger zoom lens, but I was pretty happy with how it turned out in the end.
  • We got in some sledding with some friends before the snow nearly melted all away! The hill was pretty icy, but the girls all had a blast regardless. It’s almost bizarre how mild it’s been this winter – not that I’m complaining because I know that back in eastern Canada it’s a bit of a different story.
  • I started the lululemon 40|80 Challenge on Strava. In a nutshell, it’s an outdoor running challenge that encourages you to complete either 40 or 80 kms in two weeks. Once the challenge is over, there was a special reward from lululemon for everyone who completed the challenges! I managed to finish the challenge with 43 kms, which was no easy feat; I had to push Norah in the stroller quite a bit, and battled a bit of ice and snow along the way, but I did it! Kyle was a huge help too by taking me out for a 10km run, my longest distance yet! Anyway, I was happy to complete the challenge and definitely took advantage of my reward!
  • Norah started swimming lessons and while she didn’t pass (her back glide needs more work) she is definitely a little fish and loves being in the water. Confidence is definitely something she exudes! She’s also still in ninja school and loving it; she looks forward to going to “school” and seeing her coach and friends every week!
  • I also filled out and submitted Norah’s preschool registration forms! She’ll go twice a week for a half-day just like Isla did, and it’s really something that I think she’ll enjoy and benefit from. (Also, I don’t even want to talk about how she’ll be 4 this year because she’s still my baby …)
  • Isla is still loving everything – dancing, reading, life! Her ballet class is now starting to work on their end of the year recital routine, she’s crushing it at school, and is overall just making Kyle and I very proud!
  • Kyle and I have started a new routine in the evening of turning off the TV and putting down our phones about an hour before bed and playing Scrabble. It’s really actually helped us unwind and relax a bit, plus it’s fun to have a little friendly competition! We’ve played almost every night and it’s been a great substitution to staring at the television. We’ll happily take any suggestions for other boardgames that are simple/quick for two people to play!
  • I had grand plans of doing an Instagram Story a Day for 2019, but I’m thinking I’m going to let this one go. As someone who didn’t post a lot of stories to begin with, it became more of a chore than anything else. It’s funny, because I did the Photo a Day challenge back in 2014 with relative ease, but there’s something about Stories that’s harder!

I think that’s about it when it came to January! This month is going to be a busy one as well with school (I have four courses to go!), the girls’ happenings, and of course, A PUPPY! We’re having the hardest time choosing a name too. There’s a few contenders, but nothing is really sticking. We have right until the end of the month to decide, so we’ll see!

What are some highlights from January for you?

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I’m a sucker for a good challenge, and also perhaps a little vain. #10YearChallenge

If you haven’t heard of the #10YearChallenge circulating social media, let alone participated in it, you’re perhaps living under a rock. If that’s the case, I forgive you and will tell you that the challenge consists of finding a photo of yourself from 10 years ago and comparing it to a selfie today. (Because let’s face it, 10 years ago holding a camera out at arm’s length & hoping you got a good shot wasn’t called a selfie.)

I jumped on board and did the photo challenge on Instagram, but the other day I was kindly reminded by my Facebook memories that 10 years ago I had also started a blog! I’m not entirely sure if I had ever shared the reason why I started blogging, so I thought I’d start up the #10YearBloggingChallenge.

Ten years ago I was in my final semester of journalism school(!), and for my online journalism class we were given a list of projects would could start for marks. One was a blog, there were no real restrictions as to what it had to be about, so as a result, Kara’s View was created! The URL has been expired for quite some time, but if I recall I blogged about issues on campus, borrowing from the articles I wrote for the student newspaper.

After the course finished, the blog died and I figured that was the end of it, until the summer of 2009 when I started a new blog and slowly starting writing again. I’m not 100% sure what inspired me to start up again (according to my first post I wasn’t feeling it at all), but I do recall that I was perhaps inspired by my job since I wrote a weekly column. I named the blog Chatter and according to the hold header I found in the archives, it was a little random:

I think at one point I changed the tagline to “A Bit of Everything and a lot of Nothing,” but really, that’s all the blog was until bigger life events started happening. (Marriage, babies, etc.) Then in 2014 I “rebranded” again and ta-da, She Writes Words was born! While my post frequency has really died down over the past few months, I still find a lot of pleasure in blogging/writing, even if it is just a life update. I think it’s mainly because I know that somewhere out there, someone is sharing the same experiences as I am and can relate to what I’m going through – or at least that’s what I feel when I read other blogs – so I’m happy to keep plugging along here.

Will I be around in another 10 years? It’s really hard to say since life throws so many different things your way, but I’m happy that a lot of you have stuck around for so long.

Where were you 10 years ago, blogging or in general?