12. Technically It's Spring Now

Happy Friday!

Photo by  Ales Krivec  on  Unsplash

Photo by Ales Krivec on Unsplash

I swear this winter has felt like it’s gone on FOREVER, especially since this past February was the snowiest on record. I was worried that March would be more of the same, but it looks like spring has decided to make an appearance. The snow piles are melting, we’re starting to see (brown) grass, and I hear the birds chirping when I walk into the office. It’s amazing how a change in weather can completely change your mindset and just make you feel better!

This week I’m trying something new - I’m moving to posting twice a week. Keeping a consistent editorial calendar has been my biggest struggle over the years. I always start out wanting to publish five times a week, and then life happens and I fall off. This time I decided to do something different: I started with just posting my link/week roundup on Fridays to see if I could be consistent; now I’m adding in an additional day of content. My goal is to get to publishing three days a week by the end of the year.

I’m filling up my editorial calendar, so tell me - what would you like to see on JTM Writes?

Things I Read This Week:

Tourists are flocking to locations threatened by climate change. That only makes things worse. (Vox)

The Fertility Doctor’s Secret (The Atlantic)

How Baby Phat Won the Early 2000s (Broadly)

A Copy Editor’s Nightmare: The 15 Most Common Writing Mistakes I See (The Everygirl)

Americans are totally fine with reparations, just not for slavery (Quartz)

A 100-Podcast Syllabus (Vulture)

A Woman Has Won the ‘Nobel Prize of Math’ for the First Time Ever (The Cut)

Are a Woman’s 30s Truly Her Prime? An Investigation (Man Repeller)

In Praise of the Less-Than-Perfect Instagram Pregnancy (Shondaland)

HOORAY! Anthropologie Just Launched a 100+ Piece Plus-Size Collection (The Everygirl)

How Seiichi Miyake’s tactile blocks changed cities (Curbed)

How To Clean a Garbage Disposal (The Kitchn)

16 Amazing ‘Golden Girls’ Products Off Etsy That You Need In Your Life Now (Mommyish)

Why equal parenting is still a myth (Motherly)

A Huge Cyclone Struck Mozambique And The Pictures Of The Aftermath Are Devastating (Buzzfeed)

Silly and Cruel Beauty Gadgets That Were Destined for Failure (Gizmodo)

How Phishing Scams Are Evolving—And How Not to Get Caught (Gizmodo)

Only 7 Black Students Got Into Stuyvesant, N.Y.’s Most Selective High School, Out of 895 Spots (NY Times)

How The Very Hungry Caterpillar Became a Classic (The Atlantic)

Things I’m Loving This Week:

This year I’ve been looking for a way to track my progress against my goals. I like the look of bullet journals, but I don’t have the time, patience or artistic ability to do a bullet journal from scratch. Turns out I need one of the new fancy planners that are out there! I polled both Facebook and Twitter, and after looking at a bunch of them, I discovered the Clever Fox planner. What’s great is that they have free sample pages that you can download and see if the format works for you. So I’m doing that for the rest of the month of March, and if that works out, I’ll order one once my no shopping challenge is over.

This week I was chosen for my very first test knit! I’m working on a shawl pattern and so far it’s a fun knit. I won’t be able to give full details until the pattern is released, but you can get a sneak peek over on my Instagram.

#NoShoppingChallenge Update - I’ve been buying this week but it was all for Phi - her newfound potty training success has required that I get her more panties, socks and extra pants for school. I haven’t done any shopping for myself which has been a good thing, and I think I can keep it going until the end of the month.

Have a great week!