Is January over already? Said no one. I feel like this month was so long!
Maybe it’s the transition back to school, but I feel like I’ve done so much in just these 30 days.
I’m so excited to be sharing something new with you all! Since it is still January, there’s still time to set goals for the year. (I mean, there’s always time to do that, but I’m jumping on the January bandwagon.)
If you’ve been following me for a while now you may remember my Wellness Mini Hauls (if you do, props to you for sticking around!).
After a few months I fell off of that trend because it wasn’t accomplishing what exactly I wanted it to.
The problem was, I couldn’t figure out what exactly that was, until very recently.
I want to create a space where I can help inspire you and guide you to live a more intentional and meaningful life that gets you towards your goals, as well as share thoughts I have on my way to mine.
This new series, Loving Lately, is going to help me do just that.
I’ve always loved when other bloggers did a Loving Lately, because I feel like it allows us to get to know them so much better than just what we see on the blog.
At the end of each month, I will be posting my own version of this in order to share things that add value to my life, or generally bring me joy. I hope that by sharing them they may do one, or both, for you as well!
For me, I am working to create a more minimal, ethical, and meaningful life. I hope that by sharing this I can help you do the same!
So with that, here’s what I’m loving this January.
The Minimalists Podcast
Minimalism is something that has really drawn me in lately. I am constantly working to bring meaning into my life and calm my mind. The Minimalists have done a great job through their podcasts of giving practical tips and actually helpful advice and affirmations that keep reminding you of the purpose behind minimalism: to live a more meaningful life.
I love listening to it at the gym because the episodes are long enough to last usually my whole workout.
You can find their podcast on:
Find about more about The Minimalists + their work here.
The Stranger by Albert Camus
I’ve made it a goal of mine to read more this year than I did last year. January started strong with 3 books finished! It’s harder to read during school, but I need to set aside time designated just for reading. I’ve been learning recently how important it really is to take time for yourself.
My favorite book of January was The Stranger by Albert Camus.
I got a lot of comments on it while I was reading it, which surprised me. I got it from Barnes & Noble, and had no idea that it was a sort of classic. I really did judge it by its cover, and throughout the whole thing I was just as entranced as I was when I first held it in the store.
The translator did a great job with the language and imagery. It’s not a light read, but it will really make you think. I loved this book and so if you’re looking for something challenging, this is for you.
If you’re interested, you can get it at Thriftbooks for less than $4.
My YETI Mug
I got this as a gift from my dad for Christmas and it has actually been so helpful!
So far this semester, I’ve already saved so many cups from being thrown away due to my coffee drinking.
As a bonus, my dining service just started a Bring Your Own Cup initiative, where you get 10% off every drink you buy in a reusable cup.
Not only am I saving waste, but I’m also saving money. Two of my favorite things.
You can find this mug here!
I’ve made it one of my biggest goals this year to cut down on unnecessary spending (hinted at with the minimalism above). But, it can be hard to keep track of your money alone, so I got the app Clarity Money.
I really love it because you can connect multiple accounts to it, and it will track and categorize your spending for you so you can see where your money goes! It also helps you track recurring expenses and can even help you save money by saving it for you automatically. It’s a great tool for staying mindful of how you spend your money.
Sign up here and get $3 when you link your account! (Affiliate link)
Thanks for reading! January brought some great things, and I hope February is even better.