February is the shortest month of the calendar year, yet it didnt fly by as fast as January did. Somehow this month was one which had as many ups as downs; but in the end all was well! I have been keeping a gratitude journal since a year now and writing this post every month is kind of therapeutic for me. Its been helping me to put things into perspective and motivate myself to do better.
The weighing scales and me havent been on cordial terms since the sudden weight spurt I experienced in the second half of 2017. Hypothyroid was the culprit but still I couldnt get over the treachery of the scales and had been avidly avoiding them since November. But when a few tight dresses suddenly began to fit almost as well as before, I made my peace and stepped onto them. I guess the scales were also happy to make up for they indicated a loss of 3.5 kgs. YAY!!!! This joy was short-lived and soon the cold war was back on as the weight zoomed up again. BRUTUS!!! cried my anguished heart to the weighing scales.
I finally got my stride up and was averaging 6 kms in 75 minutes during my morning walk. But then I lost the discipline and down went the stride and up went the weight. I couldnt even manage one solid week of walking in february. Sad-a-news!! as Calendar would exclaim (Mr.India)
One sunday morning I got a call from a lady I had met on a birding walk in winters. She works to market holidays for several small resorts, Pan India. She had recommended my work to one of her clients and was eager for me to make the connect. Wow!! This was so out of the blue and I couldnt stop thanking her for the recco. Us freelancers need all the word-of-mouth publicity we can get. On the flip side, I am still working on this lead as you know what they say,“Many a slip between the cup and the lip.”
A blogger friend helped me to get a paid writing assignment for a brand; I was thrilled and promptly wrote the post after costs were approved. It went up and received great traction in the three days it was up. Then the brand wanted me to re-do some bits of my blog to suit their brand. Sorry, no can do was my reply and POOF the payment went down the drain!
I re-did the post as a unsponsored one and am super proud of it. ( I had already spent that money in my head though 🙁 ) Such are the travails of the blogging life.
Another paid writing assignment came my way via a close friend and I have my fingers crossed that this one will at least work out. Cheers!
I have been blessed with a beautiful circle of close friends who are just there with me whenever I so demand it. Be it on WA or in real time, I have them at my beck and call 😉 This month saw some warm get togethers at home where the conversation flowed more than the wine.
14th February is a day I marked in my life as a day of self-love since 2012. I head out to a F&B outlet and pamper myself to a nice meal. This year my new-found partner in crime accompanied me (despite a hard day at work) and drove me to a place of my choice for dinner. Muaah to sups!!!!
I have also revived a love for sarees this year and made a pact with myself to start wearing them as often as I can. I am a saree hoarder! I have about 50 sarees (that’s not much you would be exclaiming) but I must have worn only 10 so far. I started collecting in 1998 and I pick up sarees on my India travels to have the perfect mix of the gorgeous Indian textiles. My mother had started nitpicking over the wastage of money as I just don’t seem to wear them.
So I wore a pink bandhini saree that I bought in 1998 to inaugurate the pact and flaunted it on Valentine’s day! Check out my #sareeswag so far below……
So the biggest headache that had begun in my life of hunting a new house, vanished as I was able to find the middle ground with my current situation. I am so thankful to not having to shift house and am enjoying spring cleaning it at present. Its feeling like a new house. 🙂
While I ended January on a jubilant note of having read 5 books, February saw me limp midway through one book only. Yup it’s not finished till date and I am wondering whether to ditch it and pick up another? What say?
So now you see what a mixed bag February has been for me? How was yours? Do share a link of your gratitude post if you happened to pen one down this month.
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If you would like to read my January Gratitude post, catch it here