Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Life Lately | February

January was admittedly a lonely month. Coming right off graduating in the middle of the traditional school year and the busy holiday season, January found me ill-prepared for a life in between school and work, and I often stayed at home for days on end without seeing anyone but my family. And while I love my family, it was an abrupt shock from seeing my closest friends every day as has been my habit for the last few years.

If January was a month of blues, February was a month of sunshine, metaphorically and literally. One of my best friends and I instituted a weekly coffee date at one of our favourite coffee shops, and I've made an effort to get out of my house more, even if it is just to take my dog to nearby parks. Spring seems to be here to stay, which infuriates me as autumn/winter is my favourite time of year and aside from a brief few days of ice we had no winter, yet it has helped my mood change as better weather brings promises of more trips.

As evidenced in the photos above, February was a month of coffee drinking and park exploring, of family trips and cat cuddles, of local adventuring and city wandering, and March promises to bring more of the same (and more warm weather, but I'm trying to forget about it).

Watching // Brooklyn 99, The Man in the High Castle
Listening // Vessels - EP by Rationale, Human by Rag'n'Bone Man
Reading // The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Planning // a girls' weekend to the Outer Banks

Also published //
Recent Reads | Black History Month - a few recent publications focused on the Black experience in America
January Book Haul - an exhaustive list of all the books I bought in January
Pittsboro, NC - a day spent in a small town exploring coffee shops and bookstores
Journal | Pre-Valentine's Day Weekend - a photo journal of a weekend spent doing my favourite things
Five Under-Loved Films & Shows - some gems for viewing that never got the attention they deserved
Historic Oakwood - a walk through one of Raleigh's historic neighbourhoods
Breaking Out of the University Mindset - honest thoughts about transitioning from student to adult life
Recent Reads | February - a rundown of what I read this month

Published elsewhere //
Atlas Addict
Reading List | The Vegetarian + Homegoing - some recent favourite picks, specifically cultural fiction from Korea and Ghana
Reading List | Jhumpa Lahiri - in these current times it's more important than ever to focus on perspectives outside of your own, and I picked a recent favourite non-white author to reflect this
February | Breaking Free From Your Own Expectations - my monthly column, this time on freeing yourself from your own assumed plans

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