Hello February 2021, you beautiful looking month! Well, there’s a lot that could be better about February 2021, but if your calendar week starts on a Monday then I urge you to take a few seconds to look at how beautiful this month looks on a calendar.
Well. Life’s a little bit of a mess right now, isn’t it? I mean, I don’t know what your country is currently imposing. However, for us, things aren’t looking any better. As I just said, the only good thing about this coming month is the symmetry of the calendar. We’re still in lockdown, with no end in sight, and the idea that we’re almost a full year into lockdowns is crushing. In fact, I was talking to someone who pointed out that “wet pubs” here in Northern Ireland have been open for a total of 3 weeks since 18th March 2020. Isn’t that horrific?
However. We can’t dwell on the negatives. Last April I was able to sit and think of some silver linings of lockdowns. But I think that positivity has long disappeared. So on that cheery note, shall we look back at January?
Well, as I said in my January 2021 post, there was a slight chance of optimism. I went into work believing that we were still on 4 days a week, however it was reduced down to 3. That was okay though, because it meant having a 4 day weekend! Just with nothing to do… TV wasn’t great, so we watched a load of old films. We binge-watched The Serpent, The Bay, Bridgerton… I watched It’s A Sin (and am still sobbing from the very first episode), and Dad and I watched that many Marvel films we only have Endgame left to watch! The rate of infection and number of deaths kept rising, so we dropped down to 2 days in the office each. I continued working on my Open University course, worked hard on Christmas With Katie, and played a lot of guitar. Dad’s birthday came, and with it was a takeaway from a restaurant that wasn’t great but was different. We went on multiple walks, and basically just spent a lot of time in the house pining after memories of the old normal. But, with all that time inside, did I get achieving the goals I set myself?
- Read 1 book.
I completed a book! I actually finished A Promised Land by Barack Obama [aff]. In fact, I’ve become a little obsessed with all things politics recently.
- Post twice on each blog.
This is one goal I wasn’t sure I would achieve. And here we are, at the end of the month, and I actually managed it! Running two blogs has been a little more hectic than I had imagined, but I’ve loved every second of it.
- Walk 5k steps a day
Yeah no this did not happen. I am pleased to say I proudly averaged 5124 steps each day, even if that does mean I had several days below the 5K goal I set myself. But hey, there’s always room for improvement!
- No Spend January (unless on essentials or into savings)
Okay this mostly worked I think? I know I bought food, which semi counts as essential (snacks however do not), but I also bought some underwear (which some would argue is not essential) and some brownies… But when I spent on non-essentials, I followed the 100% tax rule! Basically, whatever I spent on non-essentials, I then transferred the exact same amount of money into my savings. So if I spend £30 on something non-essential, I transferred £30 into savings as a fine. Meaning my current account was down by £60. But it stopped me from going crazy on spending!
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I actually am quite surprised that I managed to achieve my goals in January! Are you? How did your January goals go? Let me know in the comments below, and then let’s dive head first into February 2021!
Looking Ahead to February 2021
Well we’ve got some good news for February. Dad’s getting his first vaccine! Northern Ireland have opened it up to the over 65s (which he just got into as it was his 65th birthday in January), so he’ll be going on Wednesday for the vaccine. Which means Mum, Dad and Rachel will all have their first vaccine. Both grannies have their first vaccines, and my guitar teacher also now officially has his. I want to stand outside the door screaming until they give me mine! Will you take the vaccine when it’s offered to you?
The rest of the month is looking set to be exactly like January – 2 days in work, 5 days at home working on Open University work, walking, cooking, cleaning, and just generally trying to survive. Because I think that’s what the majority of us are doing – surviving. It’s a tough one, but there is a glimmer of hope at the other side of this month. And at least Pancake Tuesday is coming soon. Going to have to remember to take pancakes into work as a mid morning snack!
February 2021 Goals
It’s hard to think of goals to set when you know you’re just about going to achieve them. However, in February 2021, I hope to…
- Finish 2 books. I want to read the Phillip Schofield Life’s What You Make It, and Kayleigh (knowing how obsessed I was with the series on Netflix) very kindly sent me a copy of Bridgerton Book 1: The Duke & I. So I can’t wait to sink my teeth into them! I’m actually considering setting one day a week purely for reading… what do you think?
- Walk 5K steps a day. Having not achieved it last month, let’s try again in February!
- Cut out Coffee. I’ve managed to significantly reduce how much coffee I drink each day. However for the month of February 2021 I’m going to try drinking no coffee! Speak to me in a few days to see how this goes considering I failed miserably in February 2020.
Are you setting yourself any goals for February 2021? Or are you lucky enough to have plans for the month ahead? Make me jealous in the comments below!