What I Learned in February

what I learned in February

Just for fun, I'm joining in with Emily of Chatting at the Sky for a link-up called What I Learned.  This is a mix of treasures that I picked up along the way this month. 

1.     The Problem with Beautiful- I’m still needIng to learn to this truth, again and again, in a way that sticks.  I forget.  Are you feeling less than beautiful right now?  I hope not.  If so, read this.

2.     IFTTT- perhaps it’s a bit geeky, but it’s cool.  Maybe you’ve already heard of it, but just discovered IFTTT.  It was really bothering me that when I posted Instagram pictures to Twitter, and they would only show up as links.  I set out to fix that and I found IFTTT.  It ‘s a free app that stands for- If. This. Then. That.  You can create “recipes” that automate many tasks.  The first recipe I added to my account was a Twitter/Instagram thing that automatically posts any pictures from my Instagram to Twitter…and it shows up as a full picture.   Here’s more info it you’re interested:

3.     Word Swag- it’s a fun app that allows you to create beautiful graphics.  I love it.  I’ve used it for quite a few of the graphics that you see on this blog. 

4.    Time to TrustHarder than waiting, harder than running 5 miles, harder than dancing is resting - trusting.”  Time, to trust.  I’m not good with the waiting either.  I’d rather being doing something.  I needed to read this.  By Jessica Anspach, a dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet

5.     On Becoming a Writer, by Jen Hatmaker

February collage

6.     I was made to plan parties.  I love everything about the process, except one thing…whatever happened to RSVP?  Do people think it’s optional?  Just a yes or a no, that's all I'm asking for.  We’re planning a sweet sixteen party for my girl. My favorite part?  I designated myself as the official macaroon taste tester, and visited several different bakeries in my town.  Aura bakery in Kirkland has the best.

7.     When you are teaching on something like trusting God, he will allow plenty of opportunities to practice what you preach. 

8.     Candlelit dinners in February are a good thing, every night. 

9.    Jan Karon’s Mitford books are like the mac n’ cheese of literature for me, my comfort food.  I already knew that, but I was reminded again after finally getting to read Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good.

10.  Newsletters.  This month I attempted to send my first newsletter out.  I just shared a couple of stories from my life.  I’ll consider that first one my practice round.  For nearly a week, I provided a sign up link that only I could see.  I apologize for that.  I didn’t realize the problem until I looked at it on another computer, where I wasn’t signed into my Squarespace account.  Oy, vey!  Then the newsletters that went out to the people, who did manage to sign up, mostly went straight to junk mail folders.  I’ll just chalk this one up to a learning experience.  If you still want to sign up, the link is now fixed. 

Well, that's all I've got for now!  What have you been learning?