Wow January was quite a month, wasn’t it? In general, I don’t think the first month of the year is ever that great. The sudden influx of damaging diet talk, seeing everyone stressed and miserable, as well as having to take extra care to make sure your mental health doesn’t plummet post-Christmas. Pair all this with a terrifying president, this first month of 2017 felt extra draining.
I have never felt more excited for a new month in my entire life. February is where 2017 begins as far as I’m concerned. January was a test month for what’s sure to be the year of resistance. We have a lot of work to do and here’s what YOU can do to help. I think with everything that’s going on, it’s important to take a break from time to time too. Like I said in my last post, there’s no reason you can’t post about a number of things. It felt like the world needed Beyoncé’s pregnancy announcement to be honest. Seeing people on my timeline not terrified for a day was lovely, I personally can’t stop looking at photographs from her recent maternity shoot.
In personal news, I have a lot to look forward to this year. All of these things are what keep me going when times get tough. When world news gets overwhelming, I try remind myself of everything I want to achieve this year. I’d also like to mention that this is an incredibly privileged position to be in. Not everyone has the luxury of taking a break from everything that is going on. Here are some things I’m looking forward to this month especially…
This year, my boyfriend and I are celebrating our four year anniversary. We’re going away to celebrate it and I can hardly wait! Although we visited Rome last year, it feels like it’s been ages since we did a proper ‘romantic’ getaway. I think with anniversaries after the first year, life kind of gets in the way a bit. I don’t remember the last time we proper celebrated one so I’m quite excited we’re making an effort to do so this year. What better place to do this in a country I’ve never been to! I’m very excited to get away from everything for a couple of days.
Doing more things that scare me
This is a fun one and something I decided on New Year’s Eve. 2016 was a bit of a weird year for the two of us, so we had a quiet one indoors. It was lovely; we stayed in our jammies, ate our favourite foods and literally started the year with a bang. Our pillow talk consisted of reflecting about the year that just passed us and talking about what we want 2017 to be about. I don’t have a word of the year, but I decided I wanted to do more things that scare me. Things that I have let anxiety stop me from trying. I want to meet more people, see different places, try new creative outlets and finally take some pole fitness classes. Annoyingly, I can’t do any of these things until my surgery at the end of the month is out of the way but I’m excited nonetheless!
Starting a book
Following on from the above point, I’ve finally started to write a book. I have had multiple ideas in my head for such a long time but failed to start writing them. A combination of things have been holding me back: fear, uncertainty, and also procrastination. However, I’m thrilled to tell you that at the weekend I just sat down and wrote my first thousand words. Not a huge amount but I started and that’s what counts. I’m not sure if I’ll ever finish it, if it will be any good, or if it will even see the light of day, but at least I can say I’ve tried.
What are you looking forward to this month?