1. Congratulations, you have survived winter, the Beast from the East and Storm Emma.
2. Spring is coming and there are six months ahead when it’s relatively warm and light. It’s the vernal equinox on 20 March, when day and night are of equal length, and a few days later the clocks go forward. You will wake to birdsong, start and end work in the light, and spot lambs in the fields.
3. Flowers are beginning to bloom in the UK. And if they still aren’t where you live, British flower farmers like Common Farm Flowers will send you a bouquet packed with brightly coloured tulips, ranunculus and narcissus from Cornwall and Lincolnshire to remind you.
4. It’s not long till Easter, the best excuse all year to eat chocolate and not feel guilty. In fact it would be only sensible to start your market research now so you know what to buy at the end of the month.
5. As the days grow lighter, there’s a sense of growth and renewal. You can’t help wanting to get out and about after all those months cooped up with central heating. It’s time to renew old connections and make some new ones. Feeling more energetic, you’ll relish the fresh air instead of dashing from house to car. Time to do more walking and get back on your bike.
6. The end of the tax year approaches. If you’re a freelancer it might be worthwhile pitching quickly to your clients in case they have a chunk of budget left they need to use up. Alternatively, the new budgets will be available in April so remind them about your great work now!
7. Unlayering – are you sick of winter layers and boots, and longing for a chance to wear fewer clothes? I actually seriously considered a networking event this week (see 5 above) and had to go and look in my wardrobe for something to wear. It’s so long since it was anything apart from jeans and jumpers I had forgotten what else is in there.
I’m sure there are lots more reasons to be cheerful in March. What are yours?