Whew, where did March go? I can’t believe it’s already time to link up with Leigh once again.
WORK. Is that a weird thing to say, that I’m loving work? Well, I have been. I started this month off with a business trip to Florida (thank you America), and have been doing hard, challenging work this entire month. So basically, I’ve been living the dream. [Literally. Working incredibly hard every day is exactly what I want to do with my life.]
FRIENDS. Oh, that’s right, we’re finally using the “f” word here in the Windy City. I’m setting into some very enjoyable friendships/co-workerships in the office, which is starting to feel like a great fit. On March 8, in honor of International Women’s Day, I met up with a half-dozen members of my writing group who also live in the greater Chicago area, for drinks and food and writerly hang outs. I also attended my second Kappa Delta Alumnae Chapter event this month, grabbing dinner and meeting some new women in the city. It’s so nice to have “people” once again.
Oh, and we’re still looking for a regular trivia night and trivia people around the loop/south loop. Just an FYI in case there are any random internet stalkers close by.
CHICAGO. The weather is improving, the sun is shining more frequently and for longer stretches at a time, and I’m just plain loving Chicago. Everything about it — the jazz music and the frumpy coats and the popcorn (oh the popcorn!) and the skylines and the way that the best restaurants use animals in their titles (“purple pig,” “little goat”). My parents were here for a visit and we did basically nothing, but even still — I just love it here. I didn’t think I would, but I do.
READING and WRITING. This month has been all about l-e-a-d-e-r-s-h-i-p. I’ve been reading blogs, articles, and am nearly finished with The Truth about Leadership (Kouzes/Posner 2010). My favorite tidbit from the K&P’s Ten Truths reminds us that being a leader is all about relationships, and that you need to know the people you are leading and have the right kind of relationships with them to lead them toward positive change. K&P teach leaders to know their values and visions for their organization, and to know their people — what makes them tick, what their visions are for the future — and to connect these organizational and personal dreams together. I love it.
ON THE SCREEN. Television has been kind of meh this month, eh? (Shout out to my Canadian readers right there.) I guess Nashville and Scandal are my top choices, but meh. I also really like Blacklist most days but, meh. Nothing is really catching my attention for very long. This weekend we watched several movies, and I’ll give you mini-summaries:
- Divergent — awesome(!) and now I want to read the books right now. I’m going to try to purchase them before my DC flight on Friday night.
- American Hustle — sad but good, with some lovely dresses. Now I love Jennifer Lawrence a little more.
- Frozen — what the what is all the fuss about here? I don’t get how everyone talks about this so much. Meh.
EATING/DRINKING. I’m a creature of habit, and this month I’ve found myself doing a few things over and over. Drinking English Breakfast Tea all day long. Mixing dried cherries, chocolate chips, and raw almonds for my own delicious trail mix. Also, I’ve been cooking from Bread and Wine (Shauna Niequist) a lot. I can’t stop loving that tiny little book.
HERE ON PINK-BRIEFCASE. I’ve been practicing this little thing called speaking up. Just a bit more than normal, but it’s something I want to do more. My favorite posts here on the blog this month are
- My most popular post this month was This is About Religion. Sorry, not sorry. I’m not usually a faith writer, and this might have been a stretch for me, but you all were incredibly awesome. Thank you.
- My favorite post this month was #50daysawriter Update: The Half Way Point. I’ve been working on taking my writing more seriously, and these last thirty-something days have been really positive for me.
- I also joined my writing community for an International Women’s Day link-up about The Girls We Once Were.
Well, there you are. March in a nutshell. April is going to be insane! We’ll be out of town two out of four weekends. I’ll be seeing some of my very best friends; trying on my writer hat for four days straight at a big fancy writing conference; and then pulling my lawyer hat out of the closet, grabbing a blazer (it’s been a while, blazers!), and heading to a legal training at the end of the month. Hopefully I’ll finally get to wear all those new spring shoes I’ve been buying.
NOTE: my friends, our internet has been down to about 10% for days and it is so slow and terrible that I just couldn’t upload any photos for you today. I also couldn’t really preview this post the way I normally do, so if there are typos here or anything looks weird, I apologize — leave me a note and I’ll try to edit them if we ever have consistent internet again.