February. What a crappy month, huh?
We've just about managed to drag ourselves through a never-ending January, bloated and skint after the festive period, and just as we think Spring is finally here... February.
And to top it all off, this year is a freaking leap year.
Right now I'm curled up in a bundle of blankets, a mug of steaming hot tea to one side and a cosy hot water bottle tucked under my feet. I'm trying to remember that February's cabin fever will soon subside, that I'll be able to feel the warm sun on my face soon enough.
I went back home last weekend for my mum's birthday and granny showed me the first bunch of daffodils she'd picked from the garden, proudly displayed beside her window sill. My grandad never liked picking flowers from the garden - I think he thought nature, no matter how cultivated, should remain in nature - but I always find it so warming and homely to have a house full of flowers.
But I digress. These few bright yellow daffodils are a reminder that the warmer days are coming. February is the month of new beginnings: animals are preparing to give birth in the Spring, and the plants are beginning to sprout up from the ground. It's a good month to set goals and make plans for the future, to move on from past mistakes and focus on personal growth.
And combined with the natural energy of the new moon... well girl, you're unstoppable.
February's Full Moon is known as the Quickening Moon, the Snow Moon, or the Hunger Moon: use its power for self-reflection and to set goals for bringing your plans into reality.
1. Express yourself
Winter is a time for nesting and curling up indoors: whether you write, craft something, play music, cook... use this time to develop and refine your creative skills.
2. Make goals
Spend some time imagining your future self. What does your perfect day look like? Where will you live? What will you do? Think about some actionable goals you can set to take the first steps towards getting there. And write them down - this way you'll hold yourself accountable.
3. Take a break
Light some candles, pour a glass (or three) of wine, and pull up your guilty pleasure on Netflix (for me, it's Reign!). Enjoy a long soak in a hot bath filled with your favourite Lush products and give yourself a breather from hectic daily life.
4. Plant something
Planting some seeds can be a good way to give physicality to your hopes and dreams. If, like me, you don't have a garden, you could plant a windowsill herb garden or find some succulents to take care of.
5. Send good vibes
The Full Moon's energies can amplify both good and bad emotions. Make sure your sending out good vibes: stay calm and make an even greater effort to act with kindness towards your family and friends.