March, 2017.

March has been so good. I'm feeling like I'm waking up (maybe waking up from winter, honestly), I'm feeling so creative and hopeful for all the possibilities. I'm slowly getting better about actually maintaining my goals, and I feel like April will be even better than March.

So let's go through the list of my goals for March. Poetry-rise, I've finished compiling my list of poems. I'm a bit behind on finding publishers and editing them, but we still have time on that front. I'm also starting to work on a poetry/photo project, which I'm really excited about, but it's one of those things that I have just started thinking about, so it will probably be months or maybe even a couple years before I share anything too substantial with it.

For yoga, I did okay again. April I'm going to go back through the 30 challenge I've been doing (and that has actually taken apparently three months for me to do, smh), and I'm going to try to be really dedicated with it and do it every day so I don't fall behind.

For my books, I actually read three books for March, which is good because I'm also a bit behind on my book goal. For this month, I read The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes, which was pretty good, but probably something I won't read again. And then I read two Raymond Carver short story books, Will You Please be Quiet, Please? and Beginners. I love Carver, so obviously I loved these as well. If you like modern fiction that has metaphysical undertones (and they're really under there), then you'll love Carver. Also if you just love books about human relationships, or just middle America. It's so good.

For saving up for my New Zealand trip / planning it, things are going pretty good (except tax season might destroy my savings so far, blech). But I have a pretty good general direction of places we want to see.

For my book, I'm still slowly chugging away. I haven't had much structure but I have been writing about 400 words a day (which may seem like not very much but it's an accomplishment for me). Who knows if they are good words but right now I'm just about quantity. Apparently I scheduled a first edit for May, buuuut haha I'm not sure I'll get there.

A big March project has been to create my porch garden, and I finally (ie yesterday) got it to a place where I'm happy with it. I have some flowers planted that will attract bees and butterflies and hummingbirds (supposedly), along with onions, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and kale, as well as some herbs (I was planning on cucumbers and bell peppers as well but I think I'm going to save those for next year). I still want to add a little rug for the space and some string lights and a desk (okay that's more of a pipe dream, I'm pretty sure there's zero room for more furniture). And it's aaalmost warm enough for me to do yoga outside (we get morning sun, so it's pretty chilly still in the afternoon/evening shade).

Another big project has been working with Into The Woods ecological preschool doing volunteer photo and video work for them. I've been hanging out with the kids a lot and it has really been a dream come true to see everything that I'm interested in come together. I'm beyond excited to share with everyone and it just makes my heart so happy!

Okay, here's some images from projects from March!