February Goals

With the start of February here I now have a whole new chance to achieve a few more goals dash suggestions. Which will probably be used as little more than a rough guideline as a direction to take in February and spend the next month of my life exploring. But hey, we all need a little inspiration to get us started. I hope you can gain some inspiration from some of the suggestions below too.

Gretchen Rubin in her book The Happiness Project dedicated February to Marriage:  remembering love with the following ideas:

  • Quit nagging
  • Don’t expect praise or appreciation
  • Fight right
  • No dumping
  • Give proofs of love

Sarah Ban Breathnach in her book Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy suggests the following joyful simplicities for February to help bring more gratitude to your everyday life:

  • Celebrate Candlemas Day on February 2nd
  • Host a cupids tea the Sunday before Valentine’s Day.
  • Have a beach sojourn this month.
  • Read A Gift From The Sea by Anne Morrow Lindberg.
  • Create a seashore vignette.
  • Spend some time stargazing.
  • Experience the beauty & power of a summer thunderstorm.

Trinny & Susannah in their book The Survival Guide: A Woman’s Secret Weapon For Getting Through The Year say that February is the time to learn to shop like a pro by doing some of the following:

  • The 10 commandments of shopping
  • The Art of Sale Shopping
  • Shopping with a teenager
  • Buying the perfect top
  • Getting new school/work shoes
  • Booking an Easter break
  • Sending Valentines Cards
  • Getting your highlights done.
  • Writing a list holiday packing list

Kim Carruthers in her book Less is More: How to De-clutter Your Life she says February is the perfect time to:

  • Have a post holiday clean-up.
  • Write all the school holiday dates into your diary.
  • Schedule a car child restraint check-up
  • Make your appointments now for the new year
  • Get organised for birthdays & anniversaries

Rhonda Hetzel in her book The Simple Home: A Month-by-month Guide To Self-Reliance, Productivity and Contentment says that February is the time for organising your money and your life.

Julia Cameron in her book The Artists Way: A Course In Discovering And Recovering Your Creative Self is more than an amazing book, its a practical step by step instruction manual in tapping into your creativity. It is very involved and I want to give myself the best chance of success so I am going to rejig her twelve week course into a 12 month course and suggest that maybe you do the same.  In order to do this week seven will become:

February: Recovering A Sense of Connection

  • Complete the Jealousy Map Exercise
  • Complete the Archaeology Exercised
  • Make a poster of the mantra phrase “Treating myself like a precious object makes me strong”
  • Listen to an album just for joy
  • Take yourself into a sacred space
  • Create a wonderful smell in your house
  • Wear your favourite item of clothing for no special occasion
  • Buy yourself one wonderfully comforting, self-loving something.
  • Complete five favourite films exercise
  • Complete favourite reading topic exercise
  • Check-in

And just for those of you not living in the Southern Hemisphere and celebrating February in Summer a suggestion from Meik Wiking’s Book The Little Book Of Hygge: The Danish Way To Live Well

  • Take a ski trip in February.

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