What I’m Into – January 2013

HopefulLeigh_What I'm IntoExcuse me, but how is it already the end of January?  One month down in 2013, and I feel stuck in the mire.  My head is still so foggy and confused by the transition that came to me at the end of last year, 2013 is already teaching me to be kinder to myself.  I suppose you can say that’s what I’ve been into this month when it all boils down: self-care.

Again, I’m joining up with my friend Leigh for her monthly What I’m Into lovefest, which means I can break down all this self-care into neat little categories.


Shamelessly, I’ve been reading the Nikki Heat novels made famous in the TV show Castle.  While not great literature, they’re fun, quick reads.  And my guess is that if you’re a fan of the show, you’ll be a fan of the books.

Also, because my brain feels like it needs a little exercise, I’ve started reading the Blackabys’ Spiritual Leadership and Mark Noll’s Scandel of the Evangelical Mind. Both of which are helping me answer a bunch of questions rolling around my head about how church works…or should work…or why it isn’t working…or something like that.  (I told you: foggy and confused.)

In the blogosphere, I’ve found a kindred spirit in Shauna Niequist this month.  She’s wrote a great piece about coming back to Prayer, Rest, and Self-Care and another about how committed she is to living at an Anti-Frantic pace.


Shamelessly, I’m watching the Bachelor again.  My friend Amy and I have decided that my lackluster love-life is a direct result of my not being crazy.  Because according to cultural norms evidenced on the Bachelor, if you want to win a guy’s affections you have to be cuckoo-bananas with a side of wackadoo. And it doesn’t hurt if you’re catty, self-destructive, and cool with hanging out in a bikini. Awesome.

Also, the season finale of Parenthood was so good!  It was probably a mistake to watch it at the gym though, because crying in public is just so unbecoming.


Great band covering great hymns: Sojourn, Before the Throne.

Also, lots of Imagine Dragons. How does this song not get stuck in your head?


I’m working out even more this month, and I’m starting to notice the payoffs. I’m just about at the half-way point to my healthy goal-weight. And I can almost lift the 42 lb kayak over my head without assistance.  Bring on Spring!

9 thoughts on “What I’m Into – January 2013

  1. Shauna Niequist is the best! I love everything she writes. Parenthood just returned here and I’ve heard (from you!) that it’s a great season. The sentimentality is a bit much for me at times but catch me in the right mood and I really enjoy this show. 🙂

    1. Agreed, Parenthood can be sentimental. But seriously, I’ve been such a mush lately that it hits all the right notes. 🙂 How pumped are you for Shauna’s “Bread & Wine”?? I seriously can’t wait! 3 of my girlfriends and I have already planned a book club/cooking club for the Spring. 🙂

  2. I don’t watch the Bachelor anymore but I think you’re on to something. We’re single because we’re not crazy enough. Note to self: work on becoming cuckoo crazy.

    I cannot imagine watching Parenthood at the gym. There’s no way that would turn out well for me. I actually stopped watching the last few episodes of the season because it was too triggering. Maybe I’ll jump back in when it returns in the fall.

    1. I bawled like a baby through the first part of the season, so I totally understand. Everything wrapped up nicely in the finale, so I think you could jump back in if you wanted without being too lost. And it’s possible that I will up my cuckoo points just by watching the Bachelor. Check back in at the end of the season. 🙂

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