Hunkering Down.

As the month of January comes to a close, I’m feeling how quickly time can pass without my even noticing. Wasn’t I just packing for Africa? Somehow I’ve gone and returned and even made a trip to Iowa. Pretty soon it’ll be June and I’ll be wondering how Coeur d’Alene came around again so quickly.

I’m forcing a slow down. I’m forcing myself to slow down and at the same time to get productive.

When I set my personal goals for the year, I included in that a return to my clean eating program for the month of February. That means no wheat, no soy, no corn, no dairy, no peanuts, no sugar, no alcohol, and no caffeine. When I did that back in September, I felt great. I’d like to do it again and this time consider keeping those things (or many of those things) out of my diet for the long term.

As I thought about detoxing, it occurred to me that I could stand to cut out other things. Buying, for example. Right now, I pretty liberally buy books on Amazon or from Book People. I also buy clothes, somewhat out of necessity because a lot of my clothes no longer fit, but at some point, I have to acknowledge that I once again have enough. Like now. Right now, I have more than what I need. So I’ve decided that for the month of February, I will buy nothing new. I will spend money on food, groceries, gas and other necessities, but I want to curb all extra spending.

And consistent with doing a cleanse and recognizing that I have everything I need in front of me, I’m stepping away from social media for the month. That means no posting on Facebook or Twitter and no lurking either. I expect to find at least a half hour or hour of time each day by doing that – time that I can use to write – but I also hope that I’ll find myself more engaged with the people in my life. I’m making a point of setting up more face-to-face time and making short trips out of town to see the people who are important to me.

February is a short month. The weekends are already full with family birthdays, Dave visiting, a marathon, a trail race, a quick trip to Dallas, and some time in Iowa. I want to make the most of the days. I want to train, work, and write. I’d like to write about Africa. That’s something I haven’t yet figured out how to do. The experience was so big for me. How do I boil it down into a blog post or a single article? I don’t know that I can, but I want to spend some time with the journal I kept on that trip so that I can capture the way the trip changed me and what I learned before I’m too far removed from it. February is my time to do that.

I will continue to post here during the month of February. I hope you’ll follow my blog or check back regularly for updates. In the meantime, I’m simplifying, cleaning up, and trying to focus my energy on the things that are right in front of me.

There is so much. I don’t want to miss a minute of it.

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