February might be the shortest month of the year, but man, it feels sooooo long. It’s the reason I don’t do Feb Fast – the month is bad and long enough without adding no alcohol into the equation.
I’ve never really known whether I dislike February so much. Weather-wise it’s always the worst month of the year – hot with humidity off the charts, rain, and nights that don’t cool down.
The astrologer in me would say it makes sense. As a Pisces, the Aquarius sun is in the 12th house of my chart and that brings a winding down or finishing off and self-sabotage type of energy at a time when things are ramping up, so maybe that’s it.
Or it could have nothing whatsoever to do with the stars and just be the weather and a general case of the blahs. Who knows. In any case, this will be me next week:
Anyways, we’re not here to quibble about the ins and outs of February – WOTY is all about keeping the focus on, well, the word of the year.
You might recall that the resolutions I set myself were:
- Move daily
- Do something fun once a week –something that doesn’t involve work.
- Send out an author newsletter each month.
- Book our UK trip and take the entire month of October off work.
These were all intended to help put me first – my health, my wellbeing, my writing career.
So, how did I go?
In addition to the above, during February, I set myself the following mini targets each week:
- 10,000 steps a day x 5
- Strength sessions x 2
- Swim x 2
- Yoga/Flexibility x 1
- Alcohol free days (AFDs) x 2
I injured my shoulder a couple of weeks ago (don’t ask) so have missed a few sessions in the pool since. On those days I’ve gone to Plan B, put my playlist on shuffle and picked up my weights for a circuit/cardio session.
After a strong start in February, I’m now behind on my writing targets. As I hinted at in this month’s Writer’s Digest, I’ve been going through one of those self-doubt I’m not good enough so I may as well completely sabotage myself periods that I’m way too susceptible to. That also tends to be a February thing for me. In any case, I’m working at pulling myself out of it.
In other news, I’m yet to send out an author newsletter – but will do so by the end of the day.
Mostly I’ve been remarkably firm on the whole no day job working on Wednesdays and Fridays – my official days off. There have been calls, but they haven’t been onerous, so that’s good.
I’ve also been busy planning our UK trip at the end of the year and am refusing to even contemplate a possibility that it won’t happen for whatever reason and am blocking my ears anytime anyone mentions anything that might get in the way.
Airfares are booked, the itinerary is set, and accommodation is sorted. Just the car-hire to go – oh, and the tiny little thing about getting my annual leave approved given we will be away for the whole of October.
This is me
I really dislike photos of myself so had intended on confronting that and posting a selfie each month. About that… Instead this month you get a pic of me in all my toddler glory – including abominable shoes which my mother (via a reply to my Instagram post) says straightened me up and were made for walk’n. Yes, she said walk’n.
What’s in store for March?
March is always busy in our house so routines will be right out the window.
We’re off to Sydney for a wedding early in the month, my birthday falls in the middle, and Sarah’s is just 12 days later.
I do, however, have some mini-goals I’ll be setting for the month – but you’ll need to wait until next month’s WOTY post to read about them.
On the last Friday of each month (Southern Hemisphere), the co-hosts of What’s On Your Bookshelf hold a link up for readers to share their reflections and actions inspired by their Words of the Year (or goals/intentions for 2022). Sue, Deb, Donna and, of course, myself are looking forward to you joining us and sharing how you have focused on your WOTY during the previous month. The linky is below.