Sit a Spell: March 2020

Dogwood Blossoms

Good morning! Thanks for joining me for the March 2020 edition of Sit a Spell. I’m publishing this post a little late, but following my impromptu ER visit, my anxiety went into hyperdrive. Instead of forcing myself to push through, I took a much needed mental health vacay. A full two weeks off to allow the anxiety to run its course. The vacation worked like a charm. I woke up on Friday to chirping birds and dogwoods in bloom, feeling totally relaxed.

Let’s Sit a Spell and Chat

Considering I took two weeks off, I somehow managed to get quite a bit accomplished. I made a media kit for the site, overhauled my Pinterest account, and finally finished the Cozy in Carolina makeover! I’m loving the current layout with the blue color scheme. The site is really starting to feel like home.

Blog Posts I Loved Last Month

I didn’t spend much time on other blogger’s sites in March. Truthfully, I tried to stay away from my phone and computer as much as possible. My anxiety levels were simply too high for all the coronavirus chatter.

Before I went on my screen detox, I noticed Shelby at Pretty in the Pines published My Experience With Anxiety at the end of February. In the post, she talks about how anxiety impacted her life and all the ways she’s overhauled her lifestyle to alleviate the symptoms. I admired how open she was about her decision to take a low dose anti-depressant. With that same choice looming in my near future, I think it was good for me to read about her positive experience. It made me a little more open to considering medication for myself.

What I’ve Been Reading

Instead of cruising blogs last month, I passed the time with my nose in a book. I went through six in two weeks!

Here’s what I read:

  • Instagram Secrets by Jeremy McGilvrey – Honestly, I’m not sure this one was worth the read. Most of the information in this book can be found on the internet for free. However, if you don’t want to do your own research, you may find this book helpful.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy by Lawrence Wallace – This was a really short book and a nice CBT refresher. It helped me wade through March’s anxiety and come out on the other side.
  • The Works of John Robinson Pastor of the Pilgrim Fathers by Robert Ashton – Probably not everyone’s idea of a good read, but I adored it. To be fair, I love genealogy – and I’m a direct descendant of Rev. Robinson.
  • The first 3 books of the Tracy Crosswhite Series by Robert Dugoni – I appreciate a good mystery and a strong female main character, so far Tracy Crosswhite hasn’t disappointed.

Raven Rock

Raven Rock

Before COVID-19 caused the North Carolina State Park’s to shut down, I took Bug and Belle hiking at Raven Rock. We spent two hours on the trails before heading home, sore and exhausted. The time in nature was a much-needed treat.

March Favorites

March 2020 Favorites

Boat and Tote

I finally broke out the Bean’s Boat and Tote I received for Christmas. How have I never owned one of these before?? It’s casual, cute, and big enough to carry anything I need. Now I want one in every color.

Chobani Yogurt Drinks

Yogurt that you can drink? Yes, please! I’m not skipping breakfast any more thanks to these babies. I’ve been feeling a lot less anxious since I started drinking one after I wake up. Which has me thinking that hunger may trigger my anxiety.

Cougar Town

I finished Cougar Town last week. In honor of all Jules’s dead wine glasses, I decided to track down one of my own. Meet Big Betty. She’s in my Amazon cart as we speak.

Kindle Fire 7 Tablet

My Kindle Fire 7 arrived a day or so after my last post. It’s perfect for my needs. I can access all my books, it charges pretty quickly, and has a Mini SD slot. Even better: it was cheap enough that if the battery craps out or the screen gets cracked, I won’t be too heartbroken.

Kindle Unlimited

Since Amazon is running a two-month free trial of Kindle Unlimited, I’ve been taking full advantage of the deal. Most of the books I read last month are included. It’s totally worth it for the bookworms out there.

The Holderness Family

If you need some comedic relief from the extra stresses of the pandemic, you should check out The Holderness Family. Penn’s 20-Second Parodies for Handwashing is gold. You’re welcome.

Xbox Game Pass

Yup. I said it. I like video games. A lot. So much that I spent a couple hours a day playing The Witcher 3 during my mental health vacay. I don’t even feel bad about it. Video games are a phenomenal distraction from anxiety. Our Xbox Game Pass paid for itself one hundred times over just in the past two weeks.

What to Expect in April

With the coronavirus lockdowns and social distancing, my family doesn’t have much planned for April. I’m trying to look at that as a positive thing. I plan to dedicate this extra time to creating content for Cozy in Carolina and maybe getting some yard work done.

Thanks for hanging out this morning. It’s always a pleasure to catch up with y’all!

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