February: The Top 3 List

Oh, February. Such a short month… with enough snow and ice to last me a lifetime. I mean, I guess I should least admit that it was only about six days. Whew! Too much. I get very melodramatic when it’s cold and snowy.

But there were some really great things to share from February. First of all…

Yes. Absolutely. Billy and I got a day to ourselves (thanks to the grandparents) and nothing at the theater really intrigued us. Then I remembered I’d seen this movie advertised at the Fernbank Science Museum.

Originally, I knew Billy would love it, so I suggested it. I did not expect to feel any kind of way about the film. It. Was. AMAZING.

I don’t know if I’ve ever gone to an IMAX movie not with a school group as either a student or chaperone. But I’d forgotten how awe-inspiring the filming is. On top of that, I was fascinated by the city of Jerusalem and the spiritual significance it holds for Judaism, Christianity and Islam. I highly recommend it!

Secondly, one night I fell asleep on the couch. I woke up and someone was kicking chickens on TV. And this, my good friends, is how I got tricked into watching Food, Inc.

Normally, I don’t like to watch movies like this because I do occasionally resist learning things that may cause me discomfort. I didn’t want the tension, especially around something as basic as food, when I know that making changes in that arena will require some serious intentionality.

I also erroneously assumed the end game is to try to get me to be a vegetarian. While I actually don’t eat a lot of meat, I’m not eager to eliminate it entirely. But that wasn’t what I took away from the documentary.

I definitely felt convicted that the process by which we consume meat these days is a far cry from God’s original intention. So we’re looking at ways to incorporate more sustainable food practices into our diet. Which is what I really wanted to share.

Farm Burger. Given our recent documentary viewing, we went here for Valentine’s Day. I wanted to put it on your radar if you’re in the Atlanta area. Delicious, grass-fed burgers and fresh, seasonal sides. Such a yummy meal and casual, rustic environment. 

Lastly, February has been a month of big risks for me. I’m excited (read: terrified) to admit I’ve been working on a book proposal. I am a big fan of Michael Hyatt’s guide to writing a book proposal because it basically tells me step-by-step exactly what to do. That’s what I’m talking about! If you're working on something of your own, you may want to check it out.

I’ve used our immigration love story blog series as a jumping off point for a longer memoir. My hope would be to tell the story in such a way that provides additional nuance to the conversation of immigration.

Some dear friends read it over and offered me beautiful feedback to try to make the story better. I think I’m still scared to dive in full throttle, but I’m getting there. Slowly, but surely!

Those are my favorite things from February. What makes your top list of the month?

Full disclosure: I have an affiliate link for Michael Hyatt's products, meaning if you purchase an item via my link, I will have the opportunity to toss money in the air and holler "make it rain!"


  1. A book proposal!?!? So exciting! Congrats! I will totally buy whatever book you put out there :) I'm sure your story is amazing!

  2. Thanks, Alyssa! I appreciate the encouragement. :)


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