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Like many of you, I have been social distancing and staying at home for just over a month now. I actually can’t believe how quickly the days are going! That being said, I recognize my privilege in the limited expectations of me and my time right now. I’m not a parent. I am not home-schooling and minding children all day while being asked to work full-time hours. I know those of you in that boat are finding life very difficult these days. I’ve been experiencing this time of uncertainty and social distancing in my own way. Currently, I’ve been learning. Learning about myself and my interests – whether they be new or old.
Currently, Katie Is…is a new series on my blog where around the middle to end of the month I share an update on my life and various aspects of it. I enjoy this as a way for me to get a bit more personal with you, my readers. My hope is that you’ll reach out and share what you are currently up to with me. So here we go!
Currently I am Reading:
Well, I am actually in between books at this very moment. I just finished reading The Enneagram for Relationships – Transform Your Connections with Friends, Family, Colleagues, and in Love by Ashton Whitmoyer-Ober (also known as @EnneagramAshton on Instagram).
I could probably write a whole blog post on what I am learning about the Enneagram (which maybe I will one day?). But basically the Enneagram strives to inform us of why we think, act, and behave in certain ways. I’ve learned that I’m an Enneagram 6 – The Loyalist (after mistyping myself as an Enneagram 1 – The Reformer). Personally, I like knowing my Enneagram type because it is helping me to understand myself and my motivations better. I really liked the writing style and format of this book, and I recommend it as a way to learn more about your Type if you are interested in it. I will write a longer review in my Monthly Wrap Up post for April, so stay tuned for that.
Next up from my TBR (to be read) pile is The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult. I love Jodi Picoult and I own almost all of her books. But I’ve learned that I haven’t actually read that many of them considering how many books she has published. This one is a father-daughter story. It is about Daniel, an overprotective single father with a secret past. He takes manners into his own hands when his fourteen-year-old daughter Trixie is raped by her boyfriend. Then this choice takes him into the wilds of the Alaskan bush. It’s supposedly the story of a flawed family from beginning to end.
It sounds very hard-hitting and emotional, just like most of Jodi Picoult’s books. By the time you are reading this, I should be well into it. If you don’t already follow me on Instagram (@katietotallybooked), consider following me there. I try to share daily reading updates for you on that platform.
Currently I am Watching:
Modern Family. I’ve been watching this show for years. Usually, I catch up on each season after it’s aired in its entirety. The show is in its 11th and final season, and I have a few episodes to go before the series finale.
I enjoy the family dynamics in this show so much! I would say that Michelle and Cam are my favourite, and Gloria. They are always able to make me laugh!
There aren’t many shows like Modern Family out there, and I can’t believe it’s coming to an end. I’m nervously excited but also apprehensive to see how the storylines end for all the characters. Will there be happy endings? New beginnings? Sadness? My bet would be a heartwarming and potentially comical mix of everything.
Currently I am Working On:
My Social Media Strategy.
Ok, maybe that sounds nerdy or silly to you. For awhile I was embarrassed to say that I care about social media and that I enjoy learning about it, especially Instagram. Honestly, I really like it as a tool for growing my blog and my bookish community. I’m enjoying learning about how it works. I am currently taking an amazing course about Instagram from Helene Sula, a travel and lifestyle blogger and social media expert. The course is called Instagram for Success. I purchased this course last year and each year she reopens it for new members and refreshes her content.
I believe it is possible to find community on Instagram because I have done it. There are people that I engage with every day in some way on Instagram who I have never met in real life. I mentioned last month that my dream is to be a professional book blogger. I believe that Instagram can help me get there.
Yesterday I reached 1000 followers on Instagram which is a big deal to me! It’s a milestone. I enjoy celebrating milestones too, regardless of how big or small they are. I’m actually hosting a giveaway right now so if you haven’t been to my Instagram (@katietotallybooked), head over there and enter to win a gift card from either Amazon or Indigo.
Currently I am Listening to:
Amber, an Instagram & Teacher Blogger friend of mine (@learn.grow.blossom) introduced me to Jess Massey when I asked her about digital planning. I started following Jess on Instagram and I feel seen! The Hustle Sanely brand is about how to go after your dreams and get it all done without losing your mind. She talks about productivity, organization, and mindfulness. She has a line of digital products and her attitude about life is infectious! I’ve been catching up on her podcast episodes for the past week and a half by listening to a few each day. Her philosophies are changing the way I think and approach life FOR THE BETTER. I highly recommend her podcast and her brand if you are wanting to chase a dream but don’t know where to start. Or if you are just looking for a positive light and some guidance to motivate you.
Currently I Am Enjoying:
My Birthday Month!
My birthday is on April 30th. This has always been my favourite month, and not just because it’s my birthday month – but because April just tends to be when my life starts new chapters/seasons. I’ve started new jobs in April. I’ve finished school degrees in April. It’s was when I went on a lot of exciting trips during my childhood. I just have great memories associated with the month of April. Now, add in that Aric’s birthday is also the 30th, and our dating anniversary is the 26th, and I just get that much more excited!
However, I did not anticipate that I would be spending my entire birthday month at home. I could not have guessed that we would be in the middle of a global pandemic and that only essential businesses would be open. I mean, I don’t think anyone really anticipated this for 2020. But regardless, it is my birthday month and I am going to enjoy it. To celebrate, we will likely treat ourselves with desserts! We’ll get an Ice Cream Cake from Dairy Queen (Aric’s favourite) and I’ll bake a traditional gluten-free birthday cake for us too. Hopefully, the weather will be sunny and half decent at least so we can be outside! No matter what, we will make the most of it. We didn’t have a big celebration planned anyways. We’ll just keep it low key and appreciate the fact that we are safe, healthy, and together.
Currently I Am Practicing…
Positivity. Can you tell?
Positivity does not come naturally to me. I can be skeptical of new ideas. Changes take time for me to adjust to. And I tend to worry a lot. (These are also all traits of an Enneagram 6, by the way). Over the last little while, I’ve been really trying to improve and change my mindset.
One thing that is helping me is keeping a gratitude journal. It’s teaching me to see the good in my life more clearly. Each morning I take a few minutes to write down 3 things that I am grateful for. They can be anything, but I try to make sure I don’t repeat myself in a week.
Here’s an example: Today I am grateful for long walks outside with Aric, Starbucks lattes, and my strong legs. Even though these aren’t all major things, they are positive aspects of my daily life and are three things that bring me joy and or make me happy. Thinking about what I am grateful for helps me remain positive. It also helps me to remain present in my life and it keeps me focused on the good.
I can worry about the future a lot and get really pessimistic about it. Right now during the pandemic, I think it can be even easier to be in a negative mindset because the plans I had aren’t happening and life has completely changed. But I don’t want to focus on that. I’d rather focus on the fact that I have been blessed with this time at home. I have time with Aric. There is extra time for myself. I also have lots of time for learning. Those are all positive aspects and reasons to be grateful.
How has your month been going? What are you currently up to? Reach out and let me know!