Oh dear, this is only the second instalment of my new monthly segment and already I’m running behind schedule! I’m blaming this lateness solely on the chocolate-induced stupor that has seen me nestled amongst crumpled foil and empty egg boxes since the Easter bank holiday weekend. Attempting to write whilst stuffing my face has been a serious challenge, but, luckily, I’m up for the task…
April is one of those months that can be completely unpredictable. Spring is now officially underway, but although the evenings are lighter and the days longer, the temperature doesn’t necessarily follow suit. In Aprils gone by a surprise heatwave has seen me frantically rummaging through my cupboards for sun block. Contrastingly, I’m just as likely to be found reaching for my thermals and dusting off my hot water bottle during an unexpected April cold snap.
In life too – or certainly in my life – things can become a little unpredictable during the fourth month of the year. To my mind, April is a time for instigating change, for doing those things that have previously seemed too daunting or too difficult to tackle and subsequently a little upheaval is often an unfortunate by-product.
This April, there will be change afoot on Bellyful of Art, a change that will reflect the new material that has featured on the blog since January and one that I hope will illustrate the direction in which the site is headed. There will be more on this in the coming few weeks but expect minimal upheaval – I promise! Until then, here are a few topics that I’m hoping to feature on the blog over the next month:
National Siblings Day – who even knew this existed?! Don’t ask me how I intend to broach this subject, but, now that I have a child of my own, I find myself thinking more and more about sibling relationships and this awareness day seems to have come at the perfect time. Expect to see something on or around the 10th.
Speaking of siblings, on April 22nd around 40,000 people will take part in the London Marathon and this year my little brother and my lovely husband will both be pounding the streets of the capital to help raise money for their chosen charities. In 2016, my husband wrote a guest post about how he uses running to help manage his depression and so I’m keen to mark the marathon with a post that highlights the importance of exercise in relation to our mental health. It might just end up being a reblog (have you noticed a pattern here?!), but there will definitely be something running-related on the blog in mid-April.
Finally, you may have noticed that I posted a small piece of poetry last week (my first in a very long time!!) and I’m hoping that this will continue over the next few months. I’m still fairly new to poetry writing, but I really enjoy crafting small pieces that articulate my thoughts. If you have any tips for the poetry novice, then please do let me know!
As always, thank-you so much for reading. I’ll be spending the rest of the month on a strict fruit and veg diet to make up for my Easter over-indulgence – though technically eggs are good for you, aren’t they?!