5 Things I’m Grateful For This February (2020)

Here’s my monthly reflection on gratitude!

 

Going out of my comfort zone

This is something I try and do as often as I can because it encourages self-development, but I feel like I did a lot of it this month. I had a lot of scenarios that made me feel particularly anxious, such as reading out my creative writing in class and doing a presentation in front of my seminar group. These are things that, back when I was really struggling with social anxiety, I used to avoid at all costs. However, this month I forced myself to do them, but with kindness. I reminded myself that the danger was all in my head and practiced positive affirmations in front of the mirror. For those of you who don’t know what this is, it involves speaking aloud positive phrases to yourself to change the way your mind thinks. I used the phrases ‘I am confident’, ‘I am likeable’, and ‘I can do this’ and I really noticed the way it made me feel more confident and happy within myself.

 

Seeking internships

Following on from going out of my comfort zone, I also sent out some speculative emails for potential work experience. Since, I’m nearing the end of my degree, my goal at the moment is to get as much experience as I can and learn more about the working world and how I will best fit into it. I had a couple informal interviews (one over the phone and one in person) which I was a little nervous about, but they went well and I’m proud of myself for taking action.

 

Walking

Over the past month I’ve noticed, through the health app on my phone, that my average steps a day has increased a lot compared to previous months. I’m hardly walking 10,000 steps a day, but compared to my own previous statistics, I’m a lot more physically active. I think this is something that is hard at university, especially when I’m only required to be in uni for 6 hours a week – it means I have to be more intentional with going out for a walk. But I bought some walking boots a couple weeks ago and I’m planning on doing even more walking to boost my health and wellbeing. I’ve found that going for a morning walk is a great way to start the day feeling productive and refreshed.

Check out my other post on why walking is so important here.

 

Going to the cinema

Lately I’ve begun to really appreciate the experience of going to the cinema. Films are something I’ve always enjoyed, but I never used to go out to see them much – I suppose because society is so driven by online streaming sites now, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. But I’ve found that I never focus on a film in quite the same way as I do when I’m shut away in a darkened room in front of a big screen. I’ve found that it’s a great way to relax – to leave behind any worries – and fully immerse myself in something. I feel like in modern day, with technology and multi-tasking, it’s not often that we focus our attention on something for two hours, if at all, and it’s kind of sad really. The cinema is probably one of the only few places which encourages this.

Check out my film reviews from February below:

Jojo Rabbit

Little Women

 

Creative Writing

Last semester I didn’t study a module in creative writing and I kind of missed it. This semester I am so I’ve been doing a lot more writing and creative stuff! I’ve been working on my first assignment which is a 2000 word short story and I’m really enjoying creating a dystopian world for it. I’ve also been working on a separate project with my cousin (who is an artist) – she is painting portraits and I am writing short creative writing pieces to match each one. She is then having an exhibition showcasing these in April 2020 (in Brighton) and in June 2020 (in Burghfield) which is really exciting! So if you happen to be in one of these areas at the time, feel free to check it out! (message me for details)

 

Overall, I feel very grateful for the direction February has taken me. It’s been productive and creative and a good mix of work and enjoyment. Not to mention, I’m still really enjoying reading more books for pleasure!

 

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What are you grateful for this month?

Let me know in the comments below!

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4 thoughts on “5 Things I’m Grateful For This February (2020)

  1. I really like this monthly gratefulness series! For me, February was also a month of going outside my comfort zone in sending emails for work experience. It’s amazing how I overthink just writing a simple email! xx

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