February has been an interesting month. It was the month when I ditched my plans, to work on something completely different, and this was definitely a novel experience for me, because normally I am a very plan-your-work-and-work-your-plan kind of person.
However, you know how it is when an idea takes root in your mind, especially about a project that has been on the back-burner for far too long (because you never found either the time or motivation to work on it) and then you just can’t stop thinking about it, exploring it further and working on it? That’s what happened to me in Feb.
Blogging Behind The Scenes
Actually I think it all started with the launch of my food blog, and me constantly tweaking stuff in the back-end of that blog, something that I hadn’t bothered to do on Shanaya Tales for a long, long time.
In-fact ever since I started a full time job, Shanaya Tales has been on an auto pilot of sorts. And I wanted to change that (among many other things) so I started to do what I do best – make lists of everything that needs to be done, in hopes of completely restructuring the content & direction of Shanaya Tales.
However to be completely honest, I have to admit that initially I did not correctly anticipate the scope of work. I actually thought that all I needed to do was change the theme, apply the one I bought for the food blog, and all voila, all the problems that were caused by the old theme on Shanaya Tales would be gone.
But as it happens, the change of theme had the exact opposite effect. Things on the blog started breaking left, right and center, so to speak. From the font to the plugins to general display, everything was in disarray.
And though there were several factors at play, it mostly boiled down to bad code caused by conflicting plugins that I had used in past as well as some custom coding that the blog designer had done in the Genesis framework.
Which basically meant that before I could even touch my wish-list for the blog, I had to fix what’s broken. Which in this particular case involved me going back and fixing every single blog post manually (yes, you read that right) because there was just no other way (and trust me I tried my best to look for a short-cut).
But anyway I guess in a way this was a good thing because this tedious, time consuming process (which is still a WIP) made me re-evaluate why I was doing this in the first place, and the direction I wanted to take the blog in the future.
So you see, sometimes even bad stuff happens for the best, because when things come crashing down, you get the opportunity to build it back up and take it forward exactly the way you want to.
So this was basically what I did for most of February. Which meant that even though there wasn’t much visible on the front-end, there was a lot of hustle behind the scenes.
The other highlight of February (which is now continuing into March) has been that the construction of our basement began in the first week of the month. When we bought our house (which has 3 levels) only 2 levels were complete – the main level, and the top one, the basement was bought unfinished.
So finishing that out was always on our radar, but we were trying to time it, balancing our other priorities for the house, and life in general. And finally towards the end of January everything fell into place to start work in February.
It’s been kinda crazy trying to work through the constant distraction (more so for my husband who is more involved in supervising the project) and the decisions that have to made on a daily basis got overwhelming at times, but sometimes we’ve just got to do what we’ve got to do.
And honestly the fact that we are able to get this done, and finished out the way we want to, is such a blessing that the minor annoyances don’t matter as much.
Working from Home
And finally, I know this is something that I take for granted many times, but I guess once I started writing my monthly gratitude list, I simply could not ignore the fact that being able to work from home for my full time job has been a blessing that makes everything everything work as well as it does in my life (outside of enjoying good health & great relationships that is).
Because it’s this luxury that makes it possible for me to juggle and balance work, blogging, cooking, and chores, while taking care of my son and being there for him on a daily basis. Yes, more often than not, on a day to day basis my life is a controlled chaos, but honestly without the option to work from home, it would have been just plain chaos.
In Other News
I have been making progress on the health & fitness front, I have finally gotten consistent with strength training, and have also started actively managing portions (something that has given me a lot of success in the past). Cardio is still a challenge, because of the cold weather and not being able to walk/run outside as much, but I’m working on at-home alternatives.
The reading is going well too, after a great reading month in Jan, I was worried about hitting a wall in Feb, but nope, I managed to read 4 more books, and am still going strong in March, so all is looking amazing on that front.
And finally – and this is something that I’m the most excited about – we finally finally booked our tickets for the much-awaited vacation to Disneyland and Harry Potter World in Florida. I cannot even tell you how much I am looking forward to this trip because I’ve planned it since what seems like forever now. I’ll definitely click a lot of pictures and share the experience, if you all are interested.
That’s all from my end folks, I would love to hear from you. How was your February? What was your biggest accomplishment? What do you look forward to in March?
*Linking this with Vidya’s Gratitude Circle
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