I know I say this every month, but where did March go? Where is this year getting off to?
If I’m being honest, March didn’t start off a good note. It was supposed to, but it didn’t.
When we left for Baton Rouge & New Orleans on March 1st, Poppy’s stomach had been a little upset. I thought she’d just eaten something that didn’t agree with her (she does have a love of acorns). Then, while we were on a layover in Dallas, I got a call that my sister Heather had passed away unexpectedly. Even though she and I weren’t close and her health had declined significantly in recent years, I still wasn’t prepared for the news.
We still had a fun in Louisiana, but I was upset about Heather and also worried about Poppy, who continued to get sicker at home with our petsitter. We later found out (after two vet visits and an absurd amount of $$) that after her stomach got upset, all the bacteria in her stomach went wonky. Our vet placed her on a two-week regimen of probiotics and special food. She seems completely normal now (she’s currently sleeping next to me on the bed, no doubt chasing squirrels in her dreams).
When we got home, I was convinced that March simply wasn’t going to be a good month for me. But despite how roughly it started, March turned out much better than I expected, and I want to share several of the highlights with you:
- I spent more time with some of my fellow Charleston bloggers. Lately, I’ve been connecting with more Charleston bloggers through Instagram, and we’ve started meeting in person for brunch, dinner, wine nights, etc. It’s been so nice to meet a group of women who have similar interests (even though some of us are food bloggers, some fashion, and others lifestyle, like me). I was invited to a blogger event at a boutique in town and met even more ambitious women, and I am excited to say that I have more events coming up with them in April.
- We crossed New Orleans off our Bucket List. Let me just say that Mardi Gras is an interesting time to visit the Big Easy. Even though we were dealing with so much other stress, we really did enjoy our time. Also, the beignets from Cafe du Monde lived up to the hype! If you go to NOLA, you have to try them.
- We saw Mumford & Sons in concert, and they were AH-MAZING. Honestly, I wasn’t looking forward to this concert, mainly because it was on a Monday night after a long day at work (we’ve been short-staffed all month). It seemed like the opening performer for the show would never finish her set, and I was SO impatient! And then Mumford & Sons took the stage. Let me put it this way—if you even remotely enjoy their music and ever get a chance to see them perform live, GO! We bought the cheapest tickets possible, but even from the nosebleed section, we experienced a great show. I think they actually sounds better in live they do on the radio!
- I joined a new writing group! One of my clients at work is a writer, and he’s been telling me about his writing group for months. When I was in Baton Rouge, he stopped by my office and told my coworkers he wanted me to join the group! I reached out to him immediately and went to my first meeting on March 12th. It’s a group of eight—four men and four women—all writing different genres. We’ll meet every other week, and we take turns presenting our work and critiquing. I’m really excited about the chance to be a part of this group.
- I was offered an Advanced Reader’s Copy of Mary Alice Monroe (my favorite author)’s new book that doesn’t come out UNTIL JUNE! I’ve emailed back and forth (and met in person) Mary Alice’s assistant many times as part of my freelance job with the local island newspaper, and she knows that I am getting ready to publish my first book and that I have a blog. She offered me the ARC in exchange for honest reviews, and I said YES! Seriously, I never thought that would happened, and I literally felt dizzy when I got the email (while we were on layover in Charlotte).
I can hardly believe that our trip to Louisiana was at the beginning of this month. I can hardly believe it’s been almost a month since Heather passed away. Still doesn’t seem like she’s gone. I feel like it was too soon in life to lose a sibling.
I feel like March was really a monumental month for me. I feel like I changed a bit—like I grew as a person. While I spent much of the first weekend of the month feeling anxious and upset (cried a lot), I am ending this month feeling so fulfilled and satisfied. I’m happy. I’m also really surprised that I feel this positive and optimistic after the rough start we had.
April, what do you have in store for me?
What I Read: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. It was depressing, disturbing, and dealt with dark topics. I can see some really traits to her writing, but the content of her book was too disturbing for me. No thanks.
What I’m Watching: I started watching the “Great British Baking Show” on Netflix, and I’m addicted. It’s so much better than American cooking show (no drama) and it makes me want to bake so badly. Plus, I love all the different British accents and British slang!