I can’t believe it’s time to share my March reflections already - this month passed by so quickly! Although looking back now I can see that it was a very full month, and a bit of a game changer for me, both professionally and personally. I love making time for these reflections because it helps me to remember everything that happened that month, and more often than not, I’m left feeling pretty proud of everything I’ve achieved. That was certainly the case this month, and I loved putting my March reflections together.
What went well this month?
I got out of my comfort zone
I did SO many things that were out of my comfort zone this month! I hosted my first workshop, I started working with clients, and I secured my first corporate speaking gig. But I think perhaps the scariest thing I did this month was relaunch my website. I’m a bit of a technophobe and spent many sleepless nights worrying about everything that could go wrong, but I managed it and I’m so pleased with how it’s looking now.
Pushing out of my comfort zone and trying new things was a good reminder that sometimes growth requires a bit of discomfort every now and then, but that it’s always worth it.
I spent lots of time outdoors
I’m really realising this year how important quality time in nature is for my mental health, and I’m very happy to report that I spent a lot of time outdoors this month. From trips to the beach to long walks in the Dales, I really made sure I prioritised my weekends and evenings so that I could squeeze in as much time in the fresh air as possible, and it did me the world of good. More of that in April, please!
I prioritised self care
I had a couple of wobbles throughout March and at times I felt like I could have been at risk of burnout, but by really prioritising self care, I managed to keep smiling and putting one foot in front of the other. For me, self care isn’t about bubble baths and face masks - instead, it’s getting enough sleep, getting lost in a good book for an hour or two a week, and making sure I get some regular exercise. Recognising the importance of those things and carving out time for them during a hectic period was a real win for me this month.
I let myself dream bigger
One of my goals for March was to have a little bit more belief in myself and my dreams, and I feel like I really achieved that. Sure, there were times when my confidence wavered, but I spent the majority of the month feeling like I was making some real headway on my goals, and I made a conscious effort to let myself dream about what life will be like when I achieve them. In the past I’ve always stopped myself from dreaming unless I was certain that I could make that goals a reality in the immediate future, so this is definite progress!
What didn’t go so well, and what do I want to let go of?
I let things get out of balance
As I alluded to earlier in this post, there were times this month when I felt quite overwhelmed and frazzled! Building a business while also working a full time job and having some semblance of a life can be quite the challenge, and at times this month it felt like I had the balance all wrong. But I’m proud of myself for noticing when that was happening and rectifying it as quickly as possible - that’s a big step forward from how I’ve handled stress and overwhelm in the past.
I put too much pressure on myself
I have to admit that the majority of the stress and pressure from the past month has come from nobody but myself! As I mentioned in my February reflections, patience is not my strong suit, and as a result I can end up piling too much on my to do list and setting unrealistic expectations for myself. This month I want to take my foot off the gas a little bit and trust that taking a slower route doesn’t make me a failure.
What do I want April to bring?
Rest and recharge
One of the things I’m really looking forward to this month is having some time to rest and recharge. I’ve got 10 days off work at the end of the month, which I’ll be spending up on the Isle of Skye with my husband. We’ve booked a beautiful lodge with a hot tub and a gigantic bath, and I’m planning on doing little other than walking in the hills, reading books and catching up on sleep. I think it’ll do me the world of good, and I can’t wait to switch off for a little while.
Indulge my creativity
I feel like my creativity has taken a bit of a backseat over the past few months while I’ve been focusing on launching my new projects, and so this month I really want to get back to creativity for creativity’s sake. I’m taking part in #the100dayproject on Instagram (head over to my page to see what I’m doing!) and I also have a few writing projects that I’d love to work on this month.
Keep moving forwards with my business
Finally, I want to keep showing up for my business this month - that means more blog posts, more podcast episodes and more coaching! Having a focus on where I want my business to go has really helped me to build momentum this year, and getting wonderful feedback from you guys has been amazing too. I want to stay in that flow this month and keep doing work that I’m proud of.
How was your March? Did you learn anything new about yourself?