April started off as one of my favourite months, as always. It was my birthday month, after all. And I had big plans for the whole month. However, you’ve heard of that adage, “Man proposes, God disposes.” If ever I needed a reminder of life’s checks and balances, April did that for me.
So, in true ledger style, I am going to post the good, the not-so-great and why I am grateful for all of it anyway.
You already may know that I opted out of the A to Z challenge since my startup took off in March. But I didn’t want to completely give up on my chosen theme either. So, I decided to write the posts on my parenting blog over a two-month period. That would mean 3 posts a week, if I wanted to finish it by the end of May.
But, of course, the best laid plans never work out, do they? By week 2, my laptop burnt! I’ve already written a gratitude note on that, so you may want to read that to know why I was grateful for a burnt laptop! Or rather, why I was grateful for the most amazing man in the whole world.
So this means that my blogging took a slow down and I am actually glad because it means I get time to work deliberately and lovingly on the posts. Win,isn’t it?
This was a landmark birthday and I was really looking forward to it. Big plans, stars in my eyes etc. Until I found out that V would be travelling and not in town for the big day. I was a bit upset but cheered myself up by deciding to spend it with my folks. They insisted I come over for a much-needed break and I gladly accepted.
What made it fantastic though? The fact that they went to extraordinary lengths to throw me a surprise breakfast party and invited close family to attend. Yep! I had cake, candles, music blaring on the speakers- the whole nine yards. I may have been grinning like an idiot in the pictures though.
The day I turned 40, I looked at myself in the mirror and made a resolution. I HAD to take better care of myself. A year ago, I was diagnosed as being pre-diabetic. The doctor said that with regular care and some physical fitness, this could be definitely kept at bay. This would mean better eating habits, more conscious workouts and a committed aim to being fitter as the months roll by.
I managed to swim regularly during the break, walk regularly and eat healthy too. While the results may not be visible yet, I can already feel the difference it’s made to my mood and my feeling of well-being. My intention is to wait for my annual check up this October and hopefully note that my health/stamina has improved. I am grateful for the ability to walk on my own two feet, stay positive and work with purpose and intention towards a goal.
Technically, I was on a break for the latter half of April but I didn’t want to let my clients down, the ones who had signed up in April. I worked hard for the first 15 days and then phased it out in the second half. I am grateful for the kindness and understanding of my clients and also immensely touched by their warm and wonderful feedback. It’s heartening and deeply satisfying when the work you love is appreciated.
As a part of work, I attended a lovely networking event organised by Women’s Web and met fabulous women who’ve done so much in their spheres. Their stories were both inspiring and entertaining. I was grateful to be able to listen to them and learn from them.
Books and reading:
I’m back to reading with joy. Currently enjoying two non-fiction books, ‘Deep work’ by Cal Newport and ‘The Power of Habit’ by Charles Duhigg. The books reminded me that we all used to be so good at deep work, meditative effort and long term success. They have brought me peace and joy and reinforced my belief that everything has its use, as long as we don’t abuse it, including social media.
I also met a dear friend this month and she gave me a copy of Margaret Atwood’s book, ‘Alias Grace’. The plot is intriguing and I am waiting to dive into it.
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that I have changed as a person. Six months ago, I was stressed, a little bitter at the way life was hurling changes at me and very unsure of where I would be.
But January and the vision board I made at the beginning of this year transformed me. It gave me a sense of purpose. Every little step I’ve taken on my entrepreneurial journey so far- the launch of my business, the clients, the Facebook support group, the online training, the face to face workshops, the feedback- has strengthened my resolve.
And my daily/monthly gratitude habit has now rubbed off on my daughter! She writes a page in her diary every night about the things she is grateful for. How marvellous when kids act by inspiration instead of instruction.
It’s as if the Universe has come together to make things work and I am extremely, deeply and forever grateful for every single moment this year and in the last month.
How was April for you all?