Hello Friends! Is it too late to say happy new year? It has been a minute but here we are — refreshed and ready to really dive into our purpose this year. Though there were many setbacks in 2020, I truly believe that we have all gained some perspective with which we can approach this year.
This year at the end of each month, I will be posting a Raving My Faves article. This article will highlight things that I liked/used a lot in the month. It could be anything: an app, hair product, book… ANYTHING. This is my way of sharing what I like with you guys while also providing consistent light-hearted content you can look forward to.
This month was one that I took very slowly. On January 1, 2020 I had been ready to take on the world with so many goals and resolutions, and it didn’t take long for things to go the opposite of what I planned or expected. 2020 has taught me the biggest lesson on perspective: though I lost some things, I also gained so much beautiful additions to my life (both unexpected). Therefore, this year I approached things differently. I made sure that more than just writing down goals, I am setting very purposeful intentions for the year. And I did this with the help of my first fave thing: my Legend Planner!
I received this planner last year as a gift from my sister-friend, and I immediately fell in love with it. It features a comprehensive yet easy-to-use layout. It breaks up your goals into yearly goals, 3-month goals, monthly goals and daily agendas. Pictured below are examples of what that looks like.
Moreover, there are cool features such as stickers of encouragements and reminders, a section to look back, and it creates a very practical way of laying out your small and big goals, and helps you track habits you are trying to instill. I found it very helpful this month to set intentions for the year, and also to get me out of a funk I was in. By following my habit tracker, it was easy to keep myself accountable and it’s also nice to see how I crush my goals. If you love to write out your goals/thoughts and you are looking for a good planner, this one is the one for you! Bonus: you can get it anytime because you write in the months, years and dates. That way even if you get it in March, you can begin from the first page of the book. How cool is that!
2. Avocado Toast
One of my favourite things in life is avocado (no seriously), which we often call ‘pear’ back home. And though avocadoes back home are much bigger, more flavourful and delicious, the small ones here will do. I am pretty mindful of my health, especially recently. Though I have been working out regularly, I decided to switch things up this year in my fitness routine. I won’t go into it too much right now, but one thing that I knew had to change was my diet. Your girl loves food, okay?! And I don’t want to sacrifice my taste or hunger satisfaction in the name of health. Cue avocado toast! I like mine on toasted whole grain bread with egg whites, seasoned with salt, black pepper, paprika and cayenne pepper. What can I say, I like things spicy. Think of avocado toast like your favourite pair of jeans — you can dress it up or dress it down. Don’t like pepper? Just sprinkle some salt and call it a day. Need more zest? Mix with some tomatoes and/or cilantro and squeeze a bit of lime juice. It is a delicious breakfast option that you can put your own twist on. More importantly, it provides healthy fats, carbs and protein. Health is wealth, guys. Let’s take care of our bodies, one bite at a time.
3. She Reads Truth Bible, CSB
Lastly, but certainly not least, one of my favourite purchases in 2020 and now my January fave is my She Reads Truth Bible. I had been on the lookout for a good study bible that encouraged me to read and study consistently, and didn’t look like a random bible you would find in the church’s pews. You know which one I’m talking about — black, leather, the pages with the red edge, with a faded name on the front. Exhibit A:
This Bible comes in different, pretty colours and finishes. It is quite large, but the features are so good, it is definitely worth the buy! It features close to 200 devotionals, artistic doodles, key verses, 20 full colour maps, timelines, reading plans for each book, wide margins for journaling, detailed introductions for each book, and a great concordance and index. This month it has been useful in keeping me grounded and creating an engaged relationship between reading the Word and applying it practically. It is written in the Christian Standard Bible version, which sticks to being as literal as possible to the original meaning while still being easy to read and clear to understand. If you (or someone you know) want to read the Bible more, but it feels daunting, boring, or even difficult, try this Bible out. You won’t be disappointed.
There you have it: my January faves. I’m looking forward to February and what it brings — the chocolates, hearts, flowers and the celebration of Black History. I’m also looking forward to seeing what pops up as my February faves to share with you. What are you looking forward to in February? Comment down below!
I hope next month brings you all the love and joy. Have a great day!