Reflections on March: Corgis, lots of coffee, greenery, an extended winter, + the flu. // dreams-etc.com

Dear March

Dear March,

You went by relatively undocumented — and most of the photos I did take were of people. Gasp. I know! Actual people. My mom would be proud. But it also means most of the photos won’t make it to the blog. Oh well. It doesn’t hurt to step back and take a break sometimes. Even if that break came in the form of the flu.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Reflections on March: Corgis, lots of coffee, greenery, an extended winter, + the flu. // dreams-etc.com

You were also the month of weekly meetings with friends to talk about life and… finances! Such a fun topic, but I think the financial class we all took to get better with our finances was helpful for all… as was our little support group to get through it.

Reflections on March: Corgis, lots of coffee, greenery, an extended winter, + the flu. // dreams-etc.com

In celebration of my nephew’s hockey team win and my niece’s entry into her dream high school (as well as a random day off of school) we went out for donuts. What’s a trip to Glam Doll Donuts without a photo? Even if the only clean table was placed just in the right spot to get a terrible photo thanks to the sun streaming through the window at just the right angle. But memories still need to be documented, even if the photo isn’t perfect, right? (The answer is right.)

Reflections on March: Corgis, lots of coffee, greenery, an extended winter, + the flu. // dreams-etc.com

Reflections on March: Corgis, lots of coffee, greenery, an extended winter, + the flu. // dreams-etc.com

A warm day (in the 40s in Minneapolis!) calls for a morning coffee date that turns into an afternoon iced tea date (outside) with a friend. (At Spyhouse, of course.)

Reflections on March: Corgis, lots of coffee, greenery, an extended winter, + the flu. // dreams-etc.com

Sorry for the blurry photo, but this little one got really sick one day. It was scary, but we got through it, and it was only a matter of time before she was up to her usual shenanigans.

Reflections on March: Corgis, lots of coffee, greenery, an extended winter, + the flu. // dreams-etc.com

Reflections on March: Corgis, lots of coffee, greenery, an extended winter, + the flu. // dreams-etc.com

Meeting up with other writers is always good for the soul. It can be so easy for creatives to shut themselves away in their homes and do their thing… after all, it’s usually a solitary act. We need to be intentional about finding community for the support, encouragement, advice, and camaraderie we can provide each other.

Reflections on March: Corgis, lots of coffee, greenery, an extended winter, + the flu. // dreams-etc.com

When girls night turns into book shopping: it’s a good or bad thing depending on who you ask. 😂 JK – it’s always a good thing. And I’m blessed with a great bestie who is willing to follow me through a bookstore, since it just happens to be right next door to our go-to Thai spot. (PS – in case you’re wondering, the bookstore is Magers & Quinn and our Thai spot is Amazing Thailand.)

Reflections on March: Corgis, lots of coffee, greenery, an extended winter, + the flu. // dreams-etc.com

Reflections on March: Corgis, lots of coffee, greenery, an extended winter, + the flu. // dreams-etc.com

Reflections on March: Corgis, lots of coffee, greenery, an extended winter, + the flu. // dreams-etc.com

Reflections on March: Corgis, lots of coffee, greenery, an extended winter, + the flu. // dreams-etc.com

Pet a Corgi day arrived and my sister, niece, and I attended. We waited for two hours before we were able to get into the corgi room for fifteen minutes. What was described as a place where “you’ll be covered in 20” was actually a room where we watched 20 corgis climb on each other and play, so it was a little anticlimactic. But they were adorable! Needless to say… I don’t see us doing this again, but it was a cute experience. Also, I was apparently on the news!

Reflections on March: Corgis, lots of coffee, greenery, an extended winter, + the flu. // dreams-etc.com

This little lady loves to sun herself.

Reflections on March: Corgis, lots of coffee, greenery, an extended winter, + the flu. // dreams-etc.com

I’ve always had a dream of filling a room with plants, just for the difference it makes in the air, so I found a bunch of plants that do well in drought conditions and thrive on neglect and got started!

Reflections on March: Corgis, lots of coffee, greenery, an extended winter, + the flu. // dreams-etc.com

You were also a month with lots of tummy rubs.

Reflections on March: Corgis, lots of coffee, greenery, an extended winter, + the flu. // dreams-etc.com

We had Holy Week and after an early Good Friday worship my dad and I stopped by Football Pizza to get… well, a football pizza. And it was delicious.

Reflections on March: Corgis, lots of coffee, greenery, an extended winter, + the flu. // dreams-etc.com

I ordered some tea from Whispering Pines and I haven’t tried any of it yet, but I’m excited to!

Reflections on March: Corgis, lots of coffee, greenery, an extended winter, + the flu. // dreams-etc.com

Reflections on March: Corgis, lots of coffee, greenery, an extended winter, + the flu. // dreams-etc.com

And the month ended with a spring snow… much to Mina’s delight!

Thank you, March, for a fun, but filled with rest (even if it was forced) month.

Posts From the Month:

>> Book Review // Girl Unknown by Karen Perry
>> February Reflections
>> “Live It Up, Girl!” 
>> How to Survive Winter
>> Book Review // Look for Her by Emily Winslow
>> Where We Can Find Inspiration Women (+ 5 Who Inspire Me)
>> 6 Books to Help You Become a Better Writer (+ a Few to Inspire)
>> 5 Go-To Beauty Products
>> 12 Ways to Pull Yourself Out of a Funk
>> 6 Ways to Beat Distractions (+ Focus on What You Love)
>> Book Review // Love Unleashed by Rebecca Ascher-Walsh
>> 2 Restaurants Worth a Visit to Madison + a Vlog
>> Book Review // The Wild Inside by Jamey Bradbury

PS – Here’s a vlog from the last week of March!

16 Comments

  1. Caitlin Elisabeth

    April 3, 2018 at 10:17 am

    aww love when ppl do reflections of the last month! sounds like it was pretty busy and crazy there was snow too!

    Reply
  2. Chelsea

    April 3, 2018 at 10:18 am

    That latte looks absolutely delicious!! and that pizza!! Oh man….this post is not helping my diet. haha!!

    Reply
  3. shootingstarsmag

    April 3, 2018 at 11:03 am

    Aw, your dog is so cute! I’m glad she’s doing okay though – it’s never fun when they are sick. I do love randomly browsing through bookstores. It’s the best! And ooh Pet a Corgi Day? How fun. Sorry it was a bit anticlimactic – though they are super cute.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

    Reply
  4. Beth Kondrick

    April 3, 2018 at 11:27 am

    I’m sorry that your Little One was sick but I’m glad she’s ok now! She’s such a gorgeous pup, I always love your pictures of her! I heard about Pet a Corgi day, I’m sorry it was anticlimactic though! I haven’t had Football Pizza in ages, I should get back down there!

    Reply
  5. Summer @ Coffee With Summer

    April 3, 2018 at 11:48 am

    I am now SO hungry from looking at your food photos haha that pizza looks amazinggggg!! Also, those corgis are too cute!

    Reply
  6. ashortblonde

    April 3, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    OMG Pet a Corgi Day?! I grew up with Corgis and they are absolutely the best. I’m sorry it wasn’t as exciting as you hoped.

    Reply
  7. Tabitha Bradley-Raines

    April 3, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Any day that involves donuts is a good day. Glad you are feeling better! It seems like you still got to go on a few adventures.

    Reply
  8. Dawn - Our Food Fix

    April 3, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Looks like you had a wonderful March. You are getting me excited for spring too. I am in Chicago, andsame as you, it just won’t round that corner yet!

    Reply
  9. Jenn Maks

    April 3, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    Sounds like it was a great month for you! These blogs are going to make such great memories! I love the bookshelf picture. I wanna read allll the booookkssss.

    Reply
  10. Vivian K

    April 3, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    It looks like your March was filled with friends and outings! Good for you girl! and i am glad your baby is feeling better now 🙂

    Reply
  11. Erica @ Coming up Roses

    April 4, 2018 at 5:25 am

    Donuts, coffee, Mina, pizza…all of my favorite things!!!

    Reply
  12. Taylor Reese

    April 4, 2018 at 9:04 am

    The pups are so sweet and that pizza looked soooo good. I feel like March just flew by!!

    xo
    Taylor
    http://www.reeseshardwear.com

    Reply
  13. Dara @ The Southern Thing

    April 4, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    Your dog is so cute. Glad she’s feeling better!

    Reply
  14. Hanna J Smith

    April 4, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    It looks like you had a great month!! I know you said it was pretty uneventful but it looks great from where I’m sitting!

    Reply
  15. Lindsay @ The Flynnigans

    April 9, 2018 at 6:18 am

    Pictures of Mina covered in snow are always the best! Girl knows how to get down… and then dry off/warm up in a sunbeam. 🙂 I’m so sorry to hear she was sick – that must’ve worried the crap out of you. I’m glad she’s doing better. I hate when our little ones are off and not their usual selves. 🙁

    Those donut goodness look so, so yummy, not gonna lie.

    Hope you’re having a great April hun. xo

    Reply
  16. Adox Global

    April 10, 2018 at 2:10 am

    awesome March!!!

    Reply

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🌻 a family brunch
🌻 followed by a family dinner the same day
🌻 fresh WI cheese curds
🌻 long talks with my cousin

What were you thankful for this weekend?
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🐾 Realized my tummy rubs weren’t his priority. 🙄
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