As we kick off the second month of 2015 (how can it already be almost February?!?), I wanted to share a roundup sort of post touching on some of my favorite things from January. I’m linking up with Leigh Kramer, who is the host of a monthly “What I’m Into” linkup. I hope to make this a monthly feature, in which I will share what I’ve been reading, watching, listening to, and otherwise captivated by in the past month.
Things I Love:
Personality tests! I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of personality tests and the unique and complex elements that factor into our personalities as human beings. On something of a whim, I took a personality test that my sister sent to me earlier this month, and I’ve been on a tidal wave of research ever since. I’m decidedly an INFJ on the Myers-Briggs side of things, and a 2 / Helper on the Enneagram.
WorkFlowy! My boss shared one of his WorkFlowy lists with me recently so that we could collaborate on a project, and after doing a bit of research, I set up my own account, and within a day, I was using it obsessively. It has become my mobile brain, and I absolutely love it. It has both a desktop and a mobile app version, which sync with one another automatically, and I love the fact that I can pull it up on my computer and then pop open the app on my phone and see all of my changes there as well. With an extremely simple and streamlined design, it’s hard to believe how powerful it really is. It is already saving my sanity, and I know it will continue to do so as I use it more and more effectively.
The irunurun app. Like WorkFlowy, this is another app that you can use either in a browser or on your phone, and the account automatically syncs. I’m just getting started using it – hence my fairly pathetic score so far – but I am excited to see how it will help enhance my productivity in coming weeks. I have learned that I desperately need accountability, as I am a terrific starter but a terrible finisher when it comes to setting goals (which apparently is a typical INFJ trait!). Hopefully this app will help me to continue developing good habits in the new year.
The Seven app. I learned about this one while listening to the Art of Simple podcast, and it sounded so completely brilliant that I went and downloaded it immediately. I’ve only done 2 days of workouts so far, but I’m definitely feeling the burn, which tells me two things very emphatically: one, I am dreadfully out of shape, and two, I need this app! Again, the app includes lots of motivational and habit-building features, which I think will help me stay on track. And seriously, if I can’t make time for just 7 minutes a day to work out… something is wrong with my life!
January is traditionally a big reading month for me. Somehow, though, I have only managed to finish one book so far this month, although I hope to finish at least one more over the weekend. That said, here are the books I’m currently reading:
- A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
- Is God Listening? Making Prayer a Part of Your Life by Andrew Steinmann
- Comforts from Romans by Elyse Fitzpatrick (in conjunction with my ladies Bible study group, currently studying Romans)
- Gilead by Marilynne RobinsonRe-Reads:
- Scribbling in the Sand by Michael Card (a delight)
- The War of Art by Steven Pressfield (this is my 4th year of reading Pressfield to kick off a new year)
I have also discovered and re-discovered some new favorite bloggers in the past 6-8 weeks, and I am now eagerly following Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy, Natalie at Natalie Creates, Sarah Bessey, and Sarah Selecky. I signed up for Sarah Selecky’s daily writing prompts last week, and have been thoroughly enjoying them thus far.
When I started to hear rumblings of Gilmore Girls coming to Netflix toward the end of 2014, I knew I would probably finally get sucked in. I had several friends in high school who adored the show, but somehow, I never saw it. I haven’t finished it yet (season 6!), but I know for certain that it will go down in history as one of my all-time favorite shows. Between Rory’s bookishness, the constant banter and sparkling wit, and the all-around delight of the tiny town of Stars Hollow and its quirky and endearing characters, I just can’t get enough. Sidenote: the rewatch value is truly epic, and I laugh harder every time I go back to an episode again. My hubby gave me the full series on DVD for Christmas, because he knows how much I love to rewatch. Good man. <3
I shared last year about my sister getting me hooked on Supernatural, and this year’s midseason cliffhanger was a DOOZY. Needless to say, I’m thrilled that it’s back – and seems to be better than ever so far.
I recently discovered the OverDrive app, and I am absolutely delighted with it. I’m currently listening to an audiobook version of Mary Poppins and loving every minute.
I fell in love with Alex & Sierra after seeing their adorable audition on The X Factor, and I’ve enjoyed following them ever since. Their version of “Gravity” still blows me away every time:
What are you into lately?! Tell me about it in the comments!