February to March: Looking Back + Forward

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As February 2017 comes to an end, I want to take this time to look back over what I've done this month and how blogging every, single day has affected me. I'll also look ahead and talk about what I hope to accomplish in March 2017.

Blogging everyday, no matter how short or long the posts were, was a lot more challenging than I had thought it would be, but it was nevertheless something I needed to do for myself. Getting back to writing for myself is something I haven't done in a long time since my writing was either for assignments or for work. This blog is something that is my own again, and I'm proud of myself for persevering and writing a new post for 28 days straight. 

I took this month as a chance to evaluate where I am right now in my life and where I want to be at by the year's end and beyond. I'm doing some freelance work that will be starting soon and that excites me to have more creative control than in my previous work. I know that I want writing to be a larger part of my life than I originally though, so I'm expanding my job prospects to include copywriter and editor positions. The past week, I've been reading a lot of books and that's something I used to do so insanely often. I used to spend my spring and summer breaks with my family at the beach reading at least 5 to 10 books. I'd even take books into restaurants and read them while we waited for our food. Looking back that probably was not the best idea, but my parents never seemed to mind.

Looking ahead into March, there are already exciting prospects on the horizon. I have an interview for a PR position at an agency in North Carolina near my hometown. If all goes well and I think the agency and I would be a good match, I'll be moving next month. And if it doesn't work out, I have a backup plan. 

Also today, is Mardi Gras aka Fat Tuesday! I know some people will be gearing up for Lent and preparing for Easter. I haven't taken part in giving up something for Lent (40 days) in years. I may not be religious, but that doesn't mean I can't participate and give up an indulgence or two that is bad for me. I've been really bad about eating greasy fast foods and pizza, especially this month so I'm going to refrain from ordering takeout and delivery for the next 40 days, which is going to be difficult because take out Chinese food is life. On a more less indulgent, but bad habit note, I will also be refraining from biting my nails. It's a horrible, nervous habit I've been doing since I was a kid, but I've yet to stop. It's an easy crutch when I'm freaking out about something or watching a movie that gets my anxiety going. I'm going to chronicle my journey to breaking that habit once and for all, so look for a post in the future. 

I want March 2017 to be about growth and making sure I realize I have more potential than I give myself credit. Regardless where I end up moving, I will for sure be moving since my lease will be up at the end of March. I'll also be blogging on a schedule of either two or three posts per week. I haven't decided the magic number just yet.

Is there any exciting news you're looking forward to next month? I'd love to hear about it!