February is flying by!

In other words, it’s halfway over, and I’m already looking toward March. My February project on Voyage of the Mind is already over — all 14 poems of love are linked on the 14 Poems of Love introduction page, so check them out if you’re looking for some lovely reads. Thanks for all your readership and kind comments throughout the whole process. This month has really been about getting back on the blog and getting going again, and I’ve really appreciated hearing from friends old and new.

I wanted to take the time to give you a few updates about Voyage of the Mind and about myself. I’ve been super busy as of late in my “actual” job as a pool lifeguard — who knew that the pandemic would bring about a swimming pool boom. I’ve also been working steady away at my “New Year’s” resolution. I put New Year’s in quotes because I actually made my resolution before the New Year, as I discussed in my last chit-chatty post about a month back. If you haven’t read the article, I resolved to lose weight, like a lot of other people do. I’m glad to report that my “weight loss journey” is going swimmingly, not that I’m doing any swimming. I’ve been running, mostly, with a good dose of hiking thrown into the mix, plus a diet that hasn’t been too tough at all. And with all that I’m twenty pounds lighter than I was a few months ago, about halfway to my ultimate goal (but only about four pounds away from a healthy weight according to those pesky BMI tables!).

In terms of mental health, I’ve been doing well, as you can probably tell from my output here on the blog. For an extrovert like me, who draws energy from social interactions and new situations, it’s all a balancing act in this time of social isolation. I’ve found myself really missing simple things like eating dinner at a restaurant with strangers at the other tables or going to a movie or just window shopping in the city. Luckily, I’m surrounded by a great support system — my boyfriend, his family, my own family, and my work friends, all of whom have been playing their role in keeping me and everyone else sane. I hope that you also have people in your lives who are supporting you, and who you can support. We’ll get through this together!

I’ve also found myself longing for the summer. Winter has absolutely pummeled New England this year. I mean pummeled. We’ve had at least three major snowstorms, with more snow on the way, and several cold snaps that have left the lakes in the Fells frozen. I’ll hopefully bring you a photo post soon with some images of Dylan, Octavia the corgi, and I on ice.

I’m also working on some blogging-related posts about SEO and the like… plus a historical post about the history of Macedon prior to Alexander the Great, which will lead me into talking about my very favorite historical figure. I’m hoping to put those out before the end of February, but we’ll see how things shake out. I’m also going to try to write up a few more true crime spotlights, covering “The Ripper” and the Ted Bundy tapes among others. All in all, I should be very busy getting you more content that I hope you’ll enjoy. Feel free to pitch me any article idea or chat to me in the comments about what you’d like to see from Voyage of the Mind in the rest of February or in March. I’m always on the lookout for a new project!

Thanks for listening to my ramblings. This blog, especially at a time like this, is a big deal to me in terms of the structure it brings to my life. Summoning the motivation and the guts it takes to put things out there is a really great practice, over time. I hope you’ve been enjoying what I create for you and that you’ll continue to enjoy it going forward. In March, I’m hoping to free up some more time to get more active again on Twitter and elsewhere on the internet. But again, we’ll just have to see how things pan out.

Until next time, I’m wishing you all the best!

Featured photograph by Obi Onyeador on Unsplash

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