February 2020 Gratitude List - Mixing Love & Work

1 Mar 2020

February was a little bit of a whirlwind, wasn't it? It wasn't anything like the calm sea in the photo above! Between massive storms, an extra leap day and all of the other craziness that 2020's second month brought, every day just seemed to flash by in the blink of an eye. I can't lie, it was a bit of a wild one for me, with some pretty down days, but moments that were so unbelievably up that my smile was hurting my face. I'd say I'm entering March, my birthday month, on a strong foot, so let's reflect on the lovely bits from February.

  1. Having my appraisal at work and being honest - I struggle with the thought of letting people down or upsetting someone, so I've found it difficult to be honest with how I feel about things at work. That was until my lovely manager went and got another job, so before she left, I knew that I had to be true to myself and express how I felt in my last appraisal with her. Thankfully, it all went really well and I came out feeling positive, hopeful and like stuff may change now that I've grown a pair.
  2. Opening up about my office relationship - surprise! For those of you who aren't aware, I have a new fella, who just so happens to work in the same office as me. It's a whole new area of relationships that I've never encountered before, so we're sort of learning together and it's definitely something I'd be willing to write a blog post about (although on second thoughts, all relationships I've shared on here have ended pretty messily). I was so nervous to go 'public' because we work together and I didn't want people to judge, but everyone has been unbelievably lovely and kind. It's warmed my heart and made me love my tight-knit little work family even more.
  3. Teesside Restaurant Week - I've never indulged in a Restaurant Week before, but this year, I wanted to make a point of going and trying out some new places. It was so much fun, and I loved eating at Herd & Herb in Sedgefield and The Peppermill Bistro in Billingham. It definitely opened my eyes to more of the area, so I'm looking forward to exploring more eateries outside of Boro because of it.
  4. Taking my time - this sounds like a weird one, but if you're a regular reader of The Northernist, you may have noticed that my posts were a bit few and far between during February. I'm trying to be less harsh on myself for not posting all the time or being super active on social media. I'm just doing me and if I have some content that I want to share, I'll share it. There's no need to force something - it would just come across as boring or vanilla. I do have ideas swimming around in my head though, so stay tuned.
  5. Hula hooping - I think one of the big problems with me and exercise is that I get bored pretty quickly. Doing the same thing over and over is pretty rubbish, so doing reps and staring at the same walls while trying to do as many squats as possible without yawning, it just isn't for me. However, for some reason, hula hooping caught my heart. It's good fun and you can feel the results after just a 10 minute session. You can do it while watching TV, playing on your phone, to music, indoors, outdoors and with your chums. I've just loved getting the hoop back out and getting used to that hoop-ache again.

Like I said, February was a bit of a mixed bag, but I'm very much looking forward to heading into March. I've got some exciting stuff coming up, including posts about my first smear test results, Sunderland Restaurant Week, why I'm trying to grow my hair, and of course, it's my birthday at the end of the month!

Let me know what your favourite bit of February was or what you're looking forward to in March.

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