Ah, February. I’ve never had strong feelings about it as a month. Yes, it’s short. Yes, there’s Valentine’s Day (aka a candy holiday). But February (along with March and April, to be honest) is a liminal month – there’s not much going on and it just feels like waiting for warmer weather and better things.
In an attempt to not feel like that – I mean, why should certain months of the year just be predestined to be a waste? – I’m picking five things I’d like to focus on for the month.
Finally finish re-reading Harry Potter. This seems trivial, but I’ve been working my way through the series (for the nth time) since before Christmas. I took a break after book 5 because Sirius’s death just seemed to get to me even more this time around, but I’m finally going to get 6 and 7 out of the way.
Declutter more. I love stuff. I love knick-knacks, blankets, and decor. Feeling cozy is my thing, and stuff plays a huge role in that. I’ve done pretty good at decluttering, Konmari-ing, Swedish death cleaning, etc. in the past, but I want to make more of an active job of decluttering. If I see a box of tea that I’m never going to drink, I want to throw it away as soon as I notice it rather than let it collect dust in the back of the pantry. No keeping bags to one day eventually take to Goodwill – drive to Goodwill immediately and get rid of it. Sometimes my acts of decluttering are more aspirational that actionable, and I would like to change that.
Be kind to my body. I’m in the middle of a “trying to lose a few pounds” kind of thing, which is going quite well. But I’m also coming off of a “my body hates me and seems to revolt every other day” thing as well, and I want to be able to honor both what my body needs in terms of health and what I want to achieve. This one’s a little funky as my health has always been something problematic, but I want to try and nourish myself and do whatever I can to make myself feel good. I’ve also done a really good job at not getting sick so far this year *knock on wood* and I’d like to keep that up.
Give more time to my relationship. Another difficult one, as my boyfriend and I are currently long-distance. I haven’t found the situation difficult, but I do feel a lot of the time like I’m not even in a relationship. And I hate that feeling. I’m not sure how to totally go about this one, but I want to give more quality time to talking on the phone, reminiscing, and planning and I want to be more mindful in it, rather than approach my relationship as something of a chore. And it’s the month of Valentine’s anyway, so what better time?
Be a badass. I had a weird revelation last night while I was on the elliptical at the gym (where all great thinkers do their philosophical pondering) and I just feel like I’ve lost a little bit of my spark. I don’t feel the same way about myself as I used to and I want to feel awesome about myself. So I’m going to take some time out to do what makes me feel like me again.
Do you have any goals for the month? Let me know in the comments what you’d like to work on and I hope you got some inspiration from my goals!