Spring is in the Air

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There is a definite spring-like feeling in the air today. The sun is shining and the sky is bright blue. I know I say this every year, but I really don’t know where this year is going. How is it March already?! My manager has a theory that it’s because we work in quarters so our year is being split into four chunks instead of twelve. I, on the other hand, think Hermione has been messing about with her time-turner again!

For me this year hasn’t got off to the best of starts and it has seen goals that I had for the coming months fly out the window probably never to be seen again. In their place though are new dreams that I always hoped would come true, but never truly believed could.

I’ve actually started saving for a deposit on my own place. There is a very long road ahead and I’m going to be walking it not driving, but whether it is in five, ten or even 15 years time, I will buy a house and make it a home of my own. The fact that I already have a box that I’ve started putting things into for my place is a reminder for me to keep going even when it seems impossible.

Other things that I’ve wanted to do, but never make the time for suddenly seem possible too. Learning to sew with the help of my mum. Attempting to crochet over tea and cake. Taking singing lessons (don’t tell my dad – he’ll want me to join the band). Actually finishing the books that I’m suppose to be reading for the book club that I started!

Some goals I’m amending slightly. At the beginning of the year I made the decision to take a break from guiding. I was going to be moving out of the area and it made sense to do it then. Now that’s not happening I don’t feel justified in deserting my girls. Instead I’m taking a step back. My friend is willing to take over the accounts for our unit which has never been my favourite task and will reduce a lot of stress for me. I’m also so unbelievably close to completing my Leadership Qualification, but I just need to get that mischievous evidence together so it can be signed off. Once that is done, it will be a huge weight lifted. Then no more qualifications for a while!

Then there are the goals that I didn’t even bother to write down because I didn’t think I’d stick to them. Earlier this week I decided to deactivate my Facebook account. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but something has always held me back. ”Oh, but my brothers are always posting photos of my niece and nephews and I won’t see them.” “Oh, but I’ll miss seeing everyone’s book folds in the groups I belong to.” “Oh, but I buy so many gifts from people who have shops on Facebook.” All excuses! So I just decided to go for it. I’m only planning on doing it for a month or so to start with, but maybe it’ll become a more permanent thing in the future. As soon as I clicked deactivate I knew I’d done the right thing. I just felt free of everyone else’s gossip and drama which is something I need at the moment especially when I’m still getting my head around my own.

20 minutes later I realised that I’d been using Messenger to chat with a friend I’d recently got back in touch with and we don’t have each other’s numbers. Did I log back in so I could drop her a quick note? Did I heck! I’m going to sit down this weekend and write her a nice long letter including some ideas for the plans we started discussing when we met up last week. Sometimes the traditional ways are better.

Finally something that I never intended to be a goal, but I think I might make it one. Take myself on a date once a month. It might sound really stupid, but just once a month I’m going to do something that I want to do by myself. I took myself off to the cinema to see Deadpool on Valentine’s Day and I really enjoyed not worrying whether the person I was with was enjoying themselves. So, yeah, dates for me. That’s a thing now!

Oh and one last quick thing. When I met one of my favourite authors and McWife Giovanna Fletcher back in December I gave her a book fold which she loved and she promised it would be in all her videos. I waited and waited and then a little while ago I thought I saw it on her shelf, but it wasn’t quite in shot. Then the other day, her husband Tom filmed a video in her office and there it was. My book fold. On her shelf. I don’t care if I never see it in another video. I know it’s there!
EDIT: Oh and I just remembered I've forgotten to tell you about a sponsored bike ride that I am doing for Wheels for Wellbeing on Saturday 26th March. Anyone who knows me will know that I can't ride a bike to save my life so I'll be grabbing the trike as soon as I get there, but it's for a good cause so if you would like to sponsor me, you can do so here
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