Some of you might remember that back in January I shared a post where I reflected on the month that had gone by - what went well, what didn’t really work, and what I was hoping for in the month ahead. It was such a cathartic and useful post to write, and so I’ve decided to turn it into a little series for the year. February was such a lovely month for me, and I really enjoyed reflecting back on the lessons and experiences that it brought. Let’s get stuck in, shall we?
What went well this month?
I prioritised what’s important to me
I’m always telling other people to prioritise the things that are most important to them over and above the other demands of life, but I don’t always take my own advice. This month, however, I absolutely did, and I had such a lovely month as a result.
We had some really brilliant fun-filled weekends and we spent lots of quality time with our families. I read tonnes of books, wrote thousands of words, tried new recipes, and spent more time outdoors than I have done in ages. By prioritising the things that mean the most to me, I was happier, more content, and more productive than I have been in a really long time - I want to remember that.
I took some big steps forward in my business
Even though February has only been a short month, I feel like I’ve achieved a lot! I took some big steps forward in my business, launching a new event series, a mini book, and my 1:1 coaching services. My podcast has also been creeping up the iTunes charts this month, with the listenership growing every week.
There has been a lot of hard work and late nights behind the scenes of these launches, but I can honestly say that I’ve been having a lot of fun, too. Figuring out the direction I wanted to take my blog and business in at the back end of 2018 felt like a laborious task at times, but I feel like I'm on the right track now, and the feedback I’m getting from all of you lot makes it all worth it.
I lived in the moment
I started the month of February in Paris with my husband, where we made a pact to put our phones away and be fully present for our weekend away. We were in one of the most gorgeous cities in the world, and wanted to enjoy all of the beauty around us, rather than getting sucked into emails or Instagram.
It really helped us to fully live in the moment while we were away, and I was determined to continue being present for the rest of the month. It’s amazing how much easier it becomes with a little bit of practice, and so often within the last few weeks I’ve found myself taking mental snapshots of my favourite moments, instead of always reaching for my phone. Living in the moment has really helped me to be more grateful for everything in my life, and it’s a skill I want to continue building.
I trusted my intuition
Some of you might remember that my word or intention for 2019 was trust - I started the year vowing to trust myself and my intuition more this year, and I feel like I really did that throughout February. I spent a lot less time watching what everyone else was up to, and instead focussed on listening to myself and taking care of my own needs.
As a result, I made better decisions, felt less anxious, and generally felt more at ease. Realising that nine times out of ten I already have the knowledge and wisdom I need to figure out the next step has been such a freeing thing, and I can’t wait to see how the rest of the year pans out.
What didn’t go so well, and what do I want to let go of this month?
I spent too much energy on other people’s negativity
While I definitely spent a lot less time comparing myself to other people this month, I did still spend a lot of energy absorbing other people’s negativity. I have always given too much weight to the opinion of others (it’s something I’m working on!), and this month a few snarky comments and negative remarks had me in a bit of a tizz.
But I’m learning that when people make mean remarks about others, it has more to do with their own issues than anything else, and spending energy worrying about them is a totally pointless exercise. Instead, I’m trying to work on building my confidence so that I can give myself the validation that I need.
I was impatient
Patience has never been one of my strongest skills - if I decide I want something, I want it right now, but that’s not always how life works. Trying new things in my business has taught me that the results don’t always come immediately, and at times I’ve felt frustrated about that. But strong foundations take time to build, and I know that ultimately, perseverance and hard work always pays off. I’m learning to focus on consistently showing up, and trusting that the results will come.
What do I want March to bring?
More self belief
I’m my own harshest critic, and even though my confidence in my own skills and abilities is slowly growing, there’s still some work to be done. I really want to focus on building my belief in myself throughout March, as I know it will benefit all aspects of my life.
More time spent creating
So many of my happiest moments in February were those spent writing or podcasting or creating something new. There is very little in life that brings me more joy or makes me feel more in flow than creating things I know will resonate with you guys, and I want to prioritise that even more this month.
More life lived in the moment
Finally, I want even more life lived in the moment this month. Being able to fully live and embrace the joy my life is the driving force behind everything I do, and so I want to squeeze out every minute of happiness that I can throughout March.
How was your February? Did you learn anything new about yourself?