Er, how is it March already?! I swear it was Christmas two seconds ago.
I haven’t blogged as much as I would have liked to recently. My baking has taken a back seat while I’ve been preparing for a bunch of interviews; I had 2 yesterday which took all day and it was exhausting. Hopefully I’ll hear back from them soon, and fingers crossed it will be good news. As we come into Spring I’m really ready to make a fresh start, and although it’s scary looking for jobs and starting a new role, I feel like I’m in a good place to do that now.
As I was outside enjoying the Spring sunshine this afternoon, I had a think about all the things I want to try and achieve during March. Hopefully by popping them down here I’ll keep myself accountable – whilst also remembering I’m not superwoman, so if I don’t get something done then that’s ok too!
I think I’ve said before I suck at self-compassion. Recently I’ve been working really hard at this, and I think I’ve done a good job; I’ve cut back on exercise, allowed myself a long bath when I want it, reordered my favourite CD and belt it out in the car. So I need to keep it up! Especially things like taking the time to light some candles and meditate, making time to watch my favourite tv programmes (holla Call The Midwife) and going to bed earlier. So I can get as comfy as Chip…
Drink more throughout the day
Lately I’ve been slacking with my fluid intake. It always makes me feel better when I drink plenty, so I’m going to focus on this during March. I received a voucher for taking part in a survey today so I bought a nice new water bottle (nothing like a shiny new toy to help start a habit!)
Start some pre-reading
In preparation for going back to work, I need to start up my online CPD and reading again. I sometimes struggle for time with this, so during March I’m going to aim to fit in an hour of studying a day. This should be manageable – half an hour here and half an hour there soon add up, and if I feel like doing more then I can.
Fully appreciate the season
This time last year I was living in the centre of a city, with views of a tower block and a carpark. I missed the countryside terribly and could only dream of Spring lambs and snowdrops. This year I’m here, I’m home, and I want to focus on gratitude. Days like today, when the sun is shining and the sky is the best shade of blue, I am overwhelmed at how lucky I am to be in Scotland, to feel safe and whole again. As the month goes on and gets busier, my aim is to remember that feeling and stay close to it.
I’m sure there are more things I’d like to achieve during March, but these seem like a good (and not overwhelming) start. I really want to get back baking again (as I type this I have 2 pear and apple crumbles in the oven!) and hopefully my April goals will include starting a new job….I can dream!