Bonjour lecteurs! Time to reflect on February 2021! I know it seems a bit late to write my monthly highlights now, but March has been so busy! I have made a conscious choice to lower my expectations since Baba returned to school and concentrate on fewer goals. So I am working less and spending more time with him. But let’s crack on with what February 2021 was to us!
Snow and Sun!
Can I just start my monthly highlights by talking about the weather?! Boring? Well, February 2021 was an odd one, to say the least!
I am sure you had a blast with the kids in the snow? As I was still homeschooling Baba, we had a couple of afternoons off to celebrate the magical white stuff.
And I can tell you that he loved throwing balls at me!
But it was so beautiful to walk in the country, all snowed in!
And then to have such a heatwave some weeks later! Well, I think we can say that Spring is coming over!
Once more, we made the most of living in the country with numerous walks in our area.
And I also enjoyed some fabulous bike rides! I missed it a lot in January. But I think I have been braver last month. I decided to embrace the Friluftsliv movement.
I am totally obsessed with the Danish culture at the minute and it is a cool nordic concept that encourages you to get out into the great outdoors, whatever the weather! It literally means “free air life” in Norwegian and I really tried to do it with Baba!
That and reconnect with nature: touching trees, observing birds and other animals. Just stopping by and really enjoying it.
This is why I called those monthly highlights ‘Carpe Diem’, ‘Seize the Day’. I am sure you are aware of this Latin aphorism.
But you know what, even if it is one of the most fascinating idées, I reckon I only fully understood it now!
The truth is, we are a society made to feel like being busy is THE way. Having projects and being on the go all the time is supposed to make us happy. New technologies are not helping either in the matter as our mind is always active, eager to consume and live.
But what about simply being present? Stoping this constant thinking and trying to reach goals?
I have taken the habit to go for a long walk in nature more often and I feel so good! ?
I have rediscovered what nature has to offer. I slowed down and I felt so much better. En plus, I have truly enjoyed those simple moments with my family, not feeling guilty to take my son to the park.
Or simply enjoying a couple of Tom and Jerry episodes on Sunday morning rather than being on my phone or thinking about my next project.
This is the réel meaning of ‘Carpe Diem‘ and doing it as much as possible.
On a more personal note, we also celebrated our 11th Anniversary with Grumpy Boyfriend. Nothing as decadent as last year (we were away in Brighton and had dinner at the Ivy).
2021 was low key in a lockdown world with pizzas and dancing in the living room with the boys.
We actively practised those good moves thanks to Dua Lipa and the Weeknd.
And I tell you what, I had not danced like that for ages! I can’t actually remember the last time we had a boogie on the dance floor!
I miss those fun times during the lockdown. I felt very nostalgic on our anniversary and some part of me really wished I was 25 again!
Don’t we all feel like that at times? ?
February 2021 – Our Anniversary & Carpe Diem
February 2021 was definitely not an exciting one. But rather a month full of good memories and reflection.
The ‘Carpe Diem’ was a big revelation for me because, for the first time in my life, I could experience this feeling of contentment on a regular basis. Not just on a rare occasion.
I paused purposefully, without thinking about what I could do in those moments.
And it was so refreshing! Even better, I did not feel guilty because I saw those times as very valuable.
And I intend to keep implementing those new habits. I will make a conscious choice to stop and spend more time with Baba, especially on weekdays, after school!
Watch out! Next, I will start hugging trees and talking to them! Well, I might already be doing this… ?
But one thing is for sure, I am so looking forward to Spring and some sunny days!
I can not wait for our first pub lunch when restaurants reopen! Will you book a table to enjoy some food with your family when we can do it again on the 12th of April? Have you already booked something?
What will you do during the Easter Holiday? I must try to organise something with the boys to make more memories 🙂
Disclosure: This post might feature some sponsored content I recently published but it is merely a list of my highlights of the month! A post where I share some reflections as a mum in the country. I hope it will help you to reflect too and empower your decisions even more!