February was a month of lots of love, productivity and fun. Here are some of my captivations this month.
My Valentine and I celebrated well! I loved the gorgeous bouquet waiting for me in my office on Friday morning. We enjoyed dinner at our favorite sushi restaurant and celebrated a friend’s birthday. I made creme brulee (his favorite) for the first time. We dressed up as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum for an Alice in Wonderland tea party.
What is Love?
On the subject of love, I wanted to share this sweet post from one of my favorite blogs, The Fresh Exchange. Reflecting on five years of marriage, Megan wrote about what love means to her. My favorite lines: “Love is about vulnerability, opening up and letting someone in. It is about being known and knowing someone else, that makes love something hard, but what I have found is that it is the greatest gift we can give to each other is the opportunity to be known and loved.”
I finished the book Committed this month. A great follow-up to Eat, Pray, Love, the book is about the author’s findings in researching the history of marriage and includes conversations with people around the world. It’s a fascinating look at how things came to be and why we think the things we do about marriage.
The Sweetest Photo Shoot
A local Austin photographer published a sweet photo shoot of her grandparents who have been married for 63 years. At the end of the post, Photographer Shalyn Nelson talks about her thoughts on marriage and I loved this line: “It’s letting love win, always, no matter what.”
What do people say at the end of their lives?
Chris Guillebeau posted this. They talk about love. All the time I realize more and more that this is what life is about, the purpose of life. To give love, be love, and feel love. For things and people. From that love comes things like inspiration, life-changing experiences, and life-changing relationships.
Ashley ran another marathon!
My friend Ashley ran her second marathon on Valentine’s weekend, smashing her previous PR! I love the electric energy of races – running them and cheering runners on. We had a lot of fun being there and seeing Ashley rock it!
My friends made an app!
After lots of hard work, my friends released the geoPulse app in the Android store. The app lets you save cool locations and share your exact location for safety or fun with your friends. This is great when you’re meeting somewhere, whether it’s “by this tree in the park” or a specific bar. The app sends the exact point through SMS so friends can easily access the map. The app also helps you stay safe. It sends your location to a specific contact list in certain time intervals. This is great when you’re going on a date, walking to your car alone or making a solo road trip, among many situations.
I often deal with head trash – the voice inside that tells me I can’t accomplish something and my efforts are pointless. I loved this post about bravery. Are you doing brave things every day?
Chinese New Year
While I didn’t throw a Chinese New Year potluck like I did last year, the holiday was still fun. My valentine and I went to Dallas to spend time with my family. We missed seeing lion dances but we did enjoy walking through the Crow Museum’s celebration, eating lots of Chinese food, visiting the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, eating dinner with my family and brunching.
What captivated you this February?