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
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.