monthly recap // january

 

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And just like that we are one month into 2019. This month has been so exciting and full of new opportunities and experiences that it makes me a little anxious to wait and see what is in store for the upcoming months. January was an enlightening thirty-one days.

As mentioned previously I had winter break for basically the entire month and so it was refreshing to not have to worry about school deadlines and exams. With that being said, it was enough down time to recuperate and I am ready to finish off my final semester of undergrad (super scary to think about).

Even though I was not in school I was staying busy with my DAT review studying, preparing for my dental school application, and shadowing a bunch of amazing doctors. This part of my break was one of my favorite parts because it was another point in a long journey that reassured me that my decision to pursue this goal will be more than worthwhile. I learned so much (literally more than I do in normal classes) and was exposed to a whole new world of insight from a bunch of great people.

Aside from this, I was finally able to read for the fun again, which is one of my favorite things to do. Without further ado here is my finished winter break reading list. First, I finally finished Love Her Wild by Atticus which is filled with beautiful poetry. Then I went on to read Catcher by Kalyn Nicholson which I thought was really magical and a futuristic book that reminded me a lot of 1984 by George Orwell. This then led me to read All Around the Town by Mary Higgins Clark. This book was a Christmas gift and was not like the books I often read, but oh my goodness I could not put it down. It was beyond suspenseful and so good, I really would recommend this to anyone. The next read for the month, was another Christmas gift from my dad, Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven. It is a short read, but really eye-opening in the sense that the little things we do are the ways we can change our own life and the world around us. Finally, I just finished up the book Heart Talk by Cleo Wade. This was a short read as well and is filled to the brim with love and wisdom in the form of poetry that can be interpreted in any life. All in all, I was so excited to finally read as much as I wanted without feeling like I needed to be doing something else with my free time.

Another highlight of winter break was definitely my little weekend getaway to Lake Placid with my mom. It was by far the definition of a winter wonderland and another moment in time spent in my favorite place in the world. From the enormous pine trees blanketed in snow, to the bundled up walks through the cutest village, to the most delicious food, and to the reading / playing board games next to the crackling fireplace; every moment felt like I was dazing off in a world of only magic and bliss. (Note: there is an upcoming post about this mini-vacation and all the necessary things to do and see very soon.)

In between all of this I was able to drink endless cups of coffee, go ice-skating and realize I am really not good at skating in the slightest, watch way too many episodes of Gilmore Girls, and cuddle up with my favorite pups.

Finally, this month was just beyond amazing because I was able to spend it with the people I love around me. It was a perfect month of reflection for myself and another reminder of how grateful I am for everyone and everything I have in my life.

With that being said, I am really looking forward to what this next month may bring and for all the craziness of school and life to pick back up again.

XX,

Natalie

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