It’s the first of March and can I just say, where the hell is this year going? I feel like I blinked and BAM! It’s already the third month of the year. The weather in Ireland is still quite cold but this morning the sun was shining through the windows and I had the patio doors open while having my breakfast…. spring is near, I can feel it!Yesterday was Pancake Tuesday, which means that it was totallllllly acceptable to eat your entire body weight in delicious pancakes (homemade or otherwise). I always make my own pancakes, not because I’m a huge fan of actually preparing them, but because I love making a fun night out of it. I get the whole family involved and we have competitions of who can make the best pancakes.
Today is Ash Wednesday, which means that it’s the beginning of Lent. For anyone who doesn’t know what Lent is, it’s basically the process of giving something up or taking something up for 40 days and 40 nights in the run up to Easter. It’s a religious event (for lack of a better word) but it doesn’t have to be.
I try to go off something every year, because then the Easter Egg at the end of the 40 days feels a lot more special and well deserved. Last year, I didn’t make much of an effort, but this year I’m determined to take it more seriously and actually commit myself to the fast.
Almost everyone goes off the trivial things like sweets, crisps and chocolate, and I’m no exception. This year I am going off chocolate, which is veeeery challenging for me because I absolutely looooove chocolate, and crisps, which won’t be as hard because I’m not a huge crisp gal. I’m also going to try to stop cursing because, although it may not seem like it from my blog, I curse like a trucker and this is NOT a good habit to have.
Along with giving things up for Lent, people also like to take things up. I’m going to be doing this and I’ve decided that I’m going to try being more positive for the 40 days and nights because sometimes I find myself letting negativity take over and ruin my whole day.
You don’t have to be a religious person to take part in Lent, so if you need an excuse to finally kick a bad habit or take something new up, this is a good one.
Are you going off anything for Lent this year? Are you excited for spring to come?
Until next time…