I honestly did not know that I’d have so much to write about for the month gone by. It’s been such a memorable March that I didn’t even have time to write this last night! What is it about gratitude and a daily habit that makes you count even the simplest of things in exquisite detail? I found myself doing just that through the last 31 days.
You already know about my bullet journal habit that I started in early December, 2017. It was a natural progression to carry it forward to the new year. I am more and more certain that the steps we take towards our destiny are rooted in the daily things we do, even without knowing it.
On the relationships front it was extremely fulfilling. A nephew’s traditional ceremony meant getting together with family from all over the country and a few from across the world too. It was lovely to lose ourselves in the certitude of affection.
V has been hard at work with his job, Gy had a very rigorous month on the academic front and it was gratifying to see how they both came through in their respective challenges.
This was definitely better in March. For one thing, I figured out how to walk daily, briskly, even indoors when it’s pouring outside and you know my secret? Podcasts and client phone calls! That’s right. I walk and talk and it’s done wonders for my mood, stamina and of course, my Fitbit’s step count.
By the way this isn’t a new idea. I first heard about it in Arianna Huffington’s book where the CEO does only walking meetings! So whoever meets with her has to go on a hike! Not sure if I am cut out for hiking, but walking seemed doable and what do you know? It is!
Becoming an Entrepreneur
I’ve probably talked your ear off on the blog and other social media channels about this, but YES! I launched my own consulting business in March and was overwhelmed by the response. I got 17 enquiries in the past month alone! Such a wonderfully gratifying feeling to see that the work you love is something that people appreciate and enjoy.
I also conducted my first-ever face-to-face workshop for bloggers on the last day of March and although I had only two participants, it was one of the most engaging, vibrant and interesting sessions I have ever conducted.
My own business cards
Such a child-like enthusiasm coursed through my veins on the day I held my very own business cards. You’d think that for a woman on the wrong side of her 30s, these are very silly moments, but to me, they represent a bit of empowerment, a bit of confidence, a bit of affirmation at the role I have taken up. Special and very grateful thanks to Sid Balachandran who made these cards in under an hour for me.
I had originally planned to do the A to Z challenge this April, but when the client responses started growing, I knew I wouldn’t be able to do justice to the challenge as well as the work that was coming my way.
Instead, what I have decided to do is to write the posts, but in my own way. I will write 2 or 3 short posts a week on my originally planned theme on the parenting blog. It’s a subject very close to my heart and I am hoping the posts will touch a chord with you. My intention is to write the posts over a two-month period and enjoy myself while doing it.
I was half tempted to make this a quick, easy-to-read, bite-sized post but I couldn’t do that. It doesn’t feel right that a gratitude post should be dashed off in a hurry. Gratitude is a gorgeous habit that roots itself in the peaceful, the sublime and the immersive power of its continuity. So, even though I had days that were far from perfect in March, I still found things to be grateful for every single day.
And with that, I welcome April. It’s a milestone year and month for me as I turn 40 this time and given everything I’ve learnt so far, I’m having only positive affirmations for the next decade of life. Here’s hoping I can maintain my sense of Zen even as things change all around me.
As grateful and excited as I am for the positives last month, I am equally aware of the pitfalls and the naysayers. But to stay calm and unruffled in the face of praise as well as criticism should be my goal, much like that drop of dew on the pink hortensia flower in the image below.
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