Marching in to February

Wednesday 1 February 2017 by

Hot chocolate, Starbucks, February

We’ve reached February, at last. January always feels like the longest month in the history of all months, ever. And then we get February – forgivingly short, and a nice precursor to Spring. So what can you expect from House of Blog in February?

I’ve picked a new #HoBBookclub, and it’s a good’un. This month we’re reading The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, a favourite of Barack Obama’s, no less. Check out the Facebook page for more details!

I’m going to be doing a lot more out and about around London, so there will be more posts around what’s good to eat and where’s good to visit in February. However, I am also going to be bumping up my running a lot too – I have a new running buddy, so we’re hopefully going to motivate each other enough to get out there and run a lot more. I’ve also promised to finally get myself to a Spin class, and I will be trying out a lot more classes and fitness spots for you. After all, what is the big deal with barrecore, and does BOOM Cycle really live up to its name?

However, it’s not going to all be fun and games this month. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll notice I’ve become a lot more politically vocal. With everything going on right now, it’s important that we make our voices heard, so there will be a few more serious posts on the blog in the coming weeks. Don’t worry, it’s not going to be a completely new direction for HoB, but this blog reflects who I am – and a large part of me right now is geared towards politics.

A couple of weeks ago, I marched in the Women’s March on London, and spoke a little bit about why I chose to do that. Political activism is more important than ever, so I will also try and share what’s going on and what you can do to help. I’m also using this month to practice some self-care, on top of all of this. It’s so easy to get hung up on marching and protesting and donating and reading the news feeds over and over and over again until you find yourself having anxiety dreams and grinding your teeth in your sleep. But you cannot be a good person without being a healthy person. That’s why I chose to come home to my parents for a couple of days, that’s why I sometimes just talk about fluffy cats on Twitter, and that’s why whenever I leave the house I put on a good dose of Jo Malone’s Pomegranate Noir and a smear of bright and brave lipstick – because these are the things I need to do to make me feel empowered and safe.

This February, don’t just think about what you can do for others, think about what you need to do for yourself too. Ignore FOMO, ignore the guilt pangs if you don’t make it to something, or haven’t expressed your opinion on something online. Do what you need to do to make yourself safe and empowered. Only then can you be a good friend, a good family member, a good citizen. That’s how to get things done. In the meantime, find a good cup of tea and a comfy corner and be kind to yourself. That’s what I’m doing this month.

As ever, get in touch if you want to join in on the blog – I’d love to hear from you. And happy February!

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