Well the first month of 2015 has come and gone. Usually I say, "where did the time go?" but January honestly kind of dragged by for me! Don't get me wrong, it was a good month, it's just never my favorite month of the year as we don't get much sunlight and it's just kind of a blah time of year for me. But I'm excited for February as it will include fun things like celebrating my birthday and a trip to Santa Barbara!
Wherever Is Your Heart by Brandi Carlile - Brandi Carlile has a new album that will be released on March 3rd. She pre-released this song and I loved it. I love the folksy sound to her music. She's such a talented musician; I hope I can see her live in 2015!
January was a quieter month for me and that is quite apparent when looking at the number of books I read! I read 9 books which is WAY more than I usually read! I also read some really wonderful books so it was a great month of reading! My favorites were the 3 I gave 5 stars to, but you really can't go wrong with any of the books that I gave 4 or 5 stars to. I am also happy with the diversity of the books I read, which can be attributed to my participation in the read harder challenge. I'd starred the books that I read for that challenge.
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd - 4 stars
Yes Please by Amy Pohler* - 3 stars (audio book version)
Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher - 3 stars
Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp - 4 stars
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie* - 4 stars
The Martian by Andy Weir* - 5 stars
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart* - 5 stars
The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez - 5 stars
Runaway by Alice Munro* - 3 stars
While January was a great reading month for me, it wasn't a great running month. I had some pain in my foot that was caused by a misalignment in my back that pinched a nerve. So my total mileage for January was 41 miles. I took more rest days than I normally would but fit in 23 workouts which I feel pretty good about. I don't like months like January where I work out less as the leave me feeling 'meh' but I also am proud of myself for listening to my body and not pushing it when I know something doesn't feel right.
Bleh. January. It wasn't as cold here as it usually is but it's still cold and I since I walk to work, I have to factor the weather into my wardrobe choices, which means I didn't wear a lot of dresses and skirts, which are my favorite things to wear. So I feel pretty meh about what I wore in January. The only outfit I could come up with that was worthy of sharing was the one below. The tunic-style top is from Target and the bottoms are from a Fix I got this fall. My office doesn't have casual Fridays so this outfit is probably on the cusp of not being right for work but I just wanted something warm and cozy that day. And in my defense, there are men who disregard the dress code and wear jeans, so at least I haven't stooped that low with my apparel choices!