March is here, and today is my day of reckoning for February.
Looking at the calendar, it’s not as impressive as January was. I’m not too worried about that, because a few of my January goals were of the mini-habit type, which meant I could complete three or four of them in less than five minutes.
Some of my February goals, on the other hand, were a bit more involved so I knew that I wouldn’t be checking off everything every single day. Superwoman, I am not!
I tried a gratitude experiment following the format I learned from a friend late last year. For years, she wrote three things she was grateful for every day: a person, a place, and a thing. I wrote it straight onto my calendar, so it wasn’t as involved as a journal. Simplicity was key to me actually writing it every day, though. I’m generally the type of person to count my blessings, but the place to be grateful for was a challenge some days.
I called this habit nesting rather than decluttering in the hope that the change of moniker would bring me greater success than the numerous times in the past when I have attempted to declutter, but haven’t gotten very far. I made definite progress, although not as much as I would have liked. Nesting is on the agenda again for March, and it will be for as much of April as I am still pregnant!
WRITING & PLANNING
I was pretty consistent with my writing until the end of the month, when I ran out of steam. I thought I would have made progress on the planning front, but that didn’t happen. Once I had sent Book #2 to some beta readers, I switched my focus to another project instead of finishing off all the bits and pieces that would make Book #2 as complete and ready to release as possible after I go through the feedback from my beta readers, and another round of editing. I don’t regret it, because my brain needed a change, but I want to get back on track in March.
I wanted to make time for a few small, manageable crafts. I didn’t arm-knit a scarf, which had been on my want-to-do list, but I knitted a necklace. That idea had been floating around my head for a while. My 4-year-old DS was very interested, so we started to make one for him when mine was finished. He wanted to do it himself- of course! That was a good exercise in patience for me! I included my ukulele practice under crafts too, and mastered the birthday song.
I did several prenatal yoga workouts in the first half of the month, and always felt better…except until I didn’t 😦 I strained a muscle around the 10th, and the rest of this resolution fizzled out after that, even though I feel completely better now. Yet again, I realized that if I don’t carry out a new habit every day, it’s so much harder for me to keep it going. I’ll be giving it another go this month.
I wrote a review of this affirmation & visualization app. You can find the link over there on the left-hand side. I have been using it since late last year, but I wanted to develop a habit of visualizing every day. I managed to do that – just missed a couple of days. I hope to keep this up, too.
Throughout the year, I’ll be keeping my watchword, Celebrate, in mind. I enjoyed celebrating Pancake Tuesday with some galettes [Breton-style buckwheat pancakes]. They were a big hit in our house. We also had a family celebration for DS2’s birthday. I played him the birthday song on my ukulele and he was mightily unimpressed! 😉
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