Tuesday, 30 June 2015

MADE: Tuna Steaks and Ratatouille with Lemon Kale

 
Over the past couple of years I've taken to eating way more fish than meat. I am, by no means, a pescetarian BUT I've often opted for fish over meat.

Enter tuna steaks -a meaty, chunky fish that had a fairly strong taste but works so well if served in a variety of ways - my favourite? On a bed of courgette ratatoullie and lemony kale.


I use my version of ratatoullie ALL. THE. TIME. It's so versatile and very tasty (if I do say so myself...)

For 3-4 servings of ratatoullie:
1 tin of chopped tomatoes - good quality
2 tbsp tomato puree
1 tbsp sundried tomato pesto
1/2-3/4 white onion, diced
1/2 courgette, diced (optional)
1/4 aubergine, diced (optional)
2 tsp or a handful fresh herbs - either dried Italian herbs OR basil/parsley
A drizzle of extra virgin olive oil or 1 tsp coconut oil
Sea Salt (or pink salt) and cracked black pepper - to season

All you need for the rest
1 tuna steak per person - I use the frozen kind you can get at Tesco - hold all the flavour and taste fresh
1/2-3/4 bag of kale - I use about a handful and a half per person
1/2 lemon
Sea salt (or pink salt) and cracked black pepper - to season

1. To make your ratatoullie - heat your oil on a low-medium heat in a saucepan. Once heated, add your diced onions and turn the heat right down. Allow them to soften without browning too much - if they begin to stick, add a little extra oil but not too much as you will have the juice of the tomatoes to cook them in. Soften for around 4-5 minutes on the low heat.

2. If using courgette and/or aubergine - add now. Allow them to cook on the low heat, softening rather than browning, for a couple of minutes.

3. Now add your chopped tomatoes. These need at least 15 minutes to reduce. This also allows extra time for your veggies to soften.

4. Add your puree, pesto, herbs and seasoning - mixing everything together. Leave to simmer for another few minutes.

5. Now add your tuna steak(s) to the top of the rataoullie - cover with a lid or pan cover and allow to cook for 8-10 minutes. If using frozen, it is absolutely fine to do this from frozen. However, you can also defrost them from morning to evening in the fridge and cook for a few minutes. When covered, the heat allows the tuna steaks to cook through without overcooking.

6. While the tuna is doing its thing, place your kale in a saucepan of water - not too much or it can be a nightmare to drain it - cut into two your halved lemon - squeeze the juice into the pan and throw both bits in.

7. After 3-5 minutes, drain your kale and plate everything up. Note: you will know your tuna is done when it starts to flake (usual cooking time is around 8-10 minutes)

And you're left with this...

Add a bit of seasoning and tuck in. This is a wonderful meal for these warmer summer days. It fills you up but without leaving you feeling sluggish!


xo

Friday, 26 June 2015

FIVE FOR FRIDAY #31

 
I've felt a little bit all over the place this week. Since returning from Italy last week I've desperately been trying to get as much rest in as possible - those work trips are so busy and so tiring but I don't get a lot of down time in between. WHINGE WHINGE WHINGE.

Unfortunately, I still don't feel like my body's caught up. I've been constantly tired, a bit grumpy and in real need of some antisocial time. I don't exactly know what's been going on with me this past week but I've really just needed some alone time, away from everyone and everything. I get a little worried when I feel like this...that maybe I'm reverting back to how I felt for such a long time but I think, what I've had to learn, is that now a bad day is simply that - a bad day. A week where I feel a bit off is just me being human. It doesn't mean my head's spiralling out of control. But it can be scary, ya know? It's sometimes hard to differentiate between what's simply a bad mood and what's a day to day attitude. But I get by, I more than get by, I'm happy. You know what it's like though, some weeks are just lousy weeks for no real reason. I went to see the Amy Winehouse documentary/film on Sunday - it was sad, I cried a lot. My friend that passed away a year ago...her birthday was yesterday. I had a few tears. It happens. Life isn't all fun and games. I get to do all of these exciting things but it doesn't remove me of any feelings. Sometimes you just feel like life is a bit numb.

ANYWAY, happier things...because there have been some.

This weeks Five For Friday...

Fitness focus and healthier eating - I've kinda reached breaking point now. I feel like I'm a step away from being diagnosed clinically obese (MASSIVE exaggeration but ya know)...I just feel crappy. I feel bloated and chubby and generally run down. SO, I'm joining a new gym, I'm fasting 2 days a week (only for a month to discipline me with food - I anticipate it will stop me overeating) and I'm going to generally be healthier on my non-fasting days. I'm going to be a lean, mean, toned machine in a few months time...or somewhere there abouts.

Early nights and Netflix - With my general bad mood kicking around, I've been going to bed early every night and watching a couple of episodes of OITNB or Grey's Anatomy. It's been lovely to have that quiet relaxation time to switch off and just be engrossed in a fictional TV series.

Paella - This week I made paella. I LOVE PAELLA. I love making it, I love eating it, I love the flavours. I think I should have been Spanish. Or just live in Spain. Tapas is my favourite thing, paella is up there in the top 10. It's just so yummy, so simple and I made leftovers to feed a small army.

A few days in London - Yesterday I sent off to London until Sunday for Best of Britannia. It's a show I do through work but also a really fun show to attend as 'the public' and have a wander round. It's all about British Made products. There's a bit of everything - clothes, jewellery, tea, SHOES, food, gin...see why I like it?

Skincare - I've been really looking after my skin this week. Since I turned 24 I swear I'm aging ALL OVER THE PLACE so I'm really paranoid about wrinkles, dull skin etc. I've been coating my face in...wait for it...sudocream three nights a week and it's really doing the trick. I'm not sure if this is frowned upon but it's definitely working for me. The rest of the time, when not sudocream'd up, I stick with Kiehl's - eye cream, recovery cream. I'm a big Kiehl's fan!

What have been your highlights this week? Tell me below!

xo

Thursday, 25 June 2015

COOKED: Caramelised Red Onion and Goats Cheese Tart

 
This is, and always will be, my go-to meal. It's really tasty, quick to whip up and you can vary the toppings as much as your heart desires.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

COOKED: Sundried Tomato, Artichoke and Mozzarella Quinoa Pizza

 
I've recently discovered I may have a wheat intolerance so decided to try and cut it out where possible. I mean, let's face it, I've been lactose intolerant for years now...do I still eat cheese? Of course I do. Do I still have dairy almost daily? Yep! I don't have the willpower, even if it does make me ill.
 
With this whole wheat thing going on right now and a real craving for a pizza, I thought I'd try one of Deliciously Ella's recipes - a quinoa base pizza and throw my own topping on there.
 
I opted for tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, artichoke and mozzarella on top of a puree and herb paste - a really great mix.
 
I'm always looking for healthier alternatives - ones that leave you feeling lighter rather than crazy stodgy and in need of a 7pm power nap to get over your dinner.
 
This one is one of those healthy alternatives. One you feel good about eating.
 

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

TRIED: My Protein #2 - Hot Mocha


A while back I was introduced into the world of MyProtein. 

I was really impressed with the breakfast products - the banana porridge, chocolate porridge and the breakfast smoothie, oh and not forgetting that yummy oat and whey flapjack - but when I saw the protein hot mocha, my eyes lit up.

A mocha is my idea of heaven. Chocolate AND it perks you up.
 
Similarly to the other products I'd tried, all you really need to do is grab a cup and just dd some water or milk before popping it into the microwave.
 


If a drink could be described as near perfect, I think this would be it.

The right amount of sweet, with the perfect coffee flavour but creamy, not watery.

It really is delicious. I would definitely suggest to anybody that's a big fan of a mocha, but wanting that added protein boost, to look into this delicious drink.

I was also kindly sent the Chocolate Brownie Whey Protein Powder, which was great and I used up reeeally fast. I also tried the pancake mix, which did end up as flippin' good as I'd hoped. It resembled more of a chocolatey scrambled egg mix.
*These products were kindly sent to me to review but all words are honest and my own - I would not recommend a product if I truly didn't believe in it*

xo


Monday, 22 June 2015

FIVE FOR FRIDAY #30...on a Monday

 
I know, I do these posts late every now and again...I hate that I can't blog as often as I'd like to anymore, but truth is, I find it hard to set the time aside these days.

Last week I split my time between Riva Del Garda and Florence, both for work but both lots of fun. A week of shows is always an exhausting one but I was fortunate enough to meet some lovely people and really enjoy the atmosphere.

Anyway, my Five For Friday from last week...

Florence - I had the opportunity to have a few days in Florence after my Lake Garda work trip. I have completely fallen in love with Florence and can definitely say in 10 years time I'd like to be living there. Everything is beautiful, the people are lovely, the food is incredible...it has so much character.

Good food - As a 'foodie' good food is clearly high on my priority list. Whilst in Italy I was lucky enough to eat some incredible food which you will have probably seen on my Instagram. Lobster, steak, oysters, all the cured meat my heart desired...

Ikea - I always had this preconceived idea about Ikea and it's poor quality but just recently I've become a big Ikea fan. I ordered this bed and have also just purchased this wardrobe, both of which are brilliant and have made my room almost spot on (I still need to bang a few photos and fairy lights up then I'll be happy.

Travelling for work - I never thought I would be he girl that would travel for work. I'm lucky enough to do many, many trips a year and, although they're incredibly tiring, it's a lot of fun to meet different kinds of people all over the world.

The comfort of returning home - Although I really enjoy my trips away, there is no better feeling that coming home. It's nice to be back in a familiar environment, get all your stuff sorted out, binge watch some OITNB on Netflix and eat alllll the avocado on rye your heart desires because it doesn't seem like the Italians know what avocados are.

I hope you're having a lovely week.

xo

Thursday, 18 June 2015

ATE AT: Antica Trattoria Della Pesa, Milan

 
For our last night in Milan, we ventured just off Corso Como to Antica Trattoria Della Pesa. A really authentic Italian place with a REAL Italian menu.
 
This meal was to celebrate Cherilyn's 27th birthday - then a new friend, now my housemate.
 
We spent the evening with a couple of her Italian friends, which was really lovely and we'll be seeing them again in September back in Milan.

 
All my Italian meals begin with similar starters - cheeses, meats...and this one, pickled onions. Very welcome by me but a strange starter one might say.
 


 
As always, the meats were fabulous and it proves the only reason I can't commit to be a full-time vegetarian.

 
For main, a few of us opted for a simple pasta, al-dente, with artichokes and tomatoes.

 
It was really delicious and I do think I actually prefer the Italian cooking of pasta over the English - 8-10 minutes until it's soft approach. It really makes a difference.

 
We also washed down a few bottles of this delicious red. It's taken over 8 years to get me back on the red again after an intense hangover at a very young age...but now, I can't get enough of it and I have my first Milan trip to thank for that.
 
 
Antica Trattoria is definitely one I'd recommend in Milan. An authentic feel, authentic Italian food and great service.
 
xo
 

 

Monday, 15 June 2015

MADE: Chorizo Quinoa with a Poached Egg

 
Sometimes you just have to listen to your cravings. You know, those ones where you just throw things together and you're not that sure if it'll work but it satisfies your craving all the same.
 
Well, this is on of them. And, in my opinion, it TOTALLY worked.
 
Quinoa, poached eggs and chorizo are probably three of my top 5 foods. They're so versatile and well, I would eat them every single day if I could.
 
I tend to buy my chorizo from the deli counter and kind of in bulk really, so I just chop off a rough amount per recipe - so you may want to make your own judgement with how much to use.
 
All you need to serve one:
1 free-range egg
1/2 cup of quinoa
1 cup of water
1/4 onion, slived
Chorizo, cubed - I usually go for around 8cm in length and chop into cubes - if that helps you make a judgement on how much to use?
Cracked black pepper and sea salt, to season
A sprinkle of chilli flakes (optional)
 
 
1. Bring your quinoa and water to the boil in a small saucepan - I usually cook mine for around 15-20 minutes until it is soft. If you need to add more water, do so, as you don't want it to catch on the pan.
 
2. Whilst your quinoa is cooking, prepare your other ingredients. Chop your chorizo, slice your onion.
 
3. When your quinoa has about 10 minutes to go - grab a frying pan and fry your onion and chorizo on a low heat. You don't need to add oil as the chorizo will release the oil needed to cook your onions.
 
4. For your egg, my top tip is to use a shallow frying pan to poach rather than a saucepan. I find it much easier and I feel like you're less likely to overcook the egg. I like a reeeeally runny egg so mine only ever see the pan for 3 or 4 minutes. Bring some water in the pan to the boil, add your egg and poach on a low heat.
 
5. While the egg is poaching, quickly plate up your quinoa and half of your onion and chorizo mix. When the egg is done, place it on top of the quinoa and chorizo/onion mix. Scatter the rest of the chorizo/onion mix around the egg. Add your seasoning.
 
And crack that egg a little, I'm not yolking...
 
 
SUCH a simple but satisfying dish.
 
What are your weird culinary concoctions that just work?
 
xo

Saturday, 13 June 2015

ATE AT: El Brellin, Milan

 
I feel like I'm so late in posting anything Milan related as I was there back in February and will be returning in September...but I think it's always good to know of restaurants abroad, incase you're ever there on holiday and have that struggle of 'is this food actually going to be nice though?'
 
My colleague and I attending a business dinner at El Brellin, a very authentic little place just off the water that really shouted 'traditional' at you. The atmosphere was lovely - really relaxed, full of chatter and the obvious appreciation of food with smiles spread across faces of the other people dining there.
 
As always, our starter included traditional Italian meats, cheeses, salad, breads and oils...it was delicious. That delicious that I didn't get a picture as we'd all been at an exhibition from 9am until around 6pm that day and needed some food in our bellies!
 
For main, I decided on the special - seabass with salmon and potato on a bed of mashed potato and creamed spinach...
 
 
Despite not looking incredibly appetising via photograph, it was absolutely delicious.
 
The others had various meat dishes, including the lamb which looked incredible.
 
 
With a great selection of wines, wonderful appetisers and a really tasty selection of mains, El Brellin is definitely a place I'd return to when re-visiting Milan.
 
xo
 

Friday, 12 June 2015

FIVE FOR FRIDAY #29

 
After last week's late Five For Friday, I thought I better be a little more prompt with this one.

This week's flown by and today I fly to Italy for a week for two shows and a little break in Florence. Apparently it's about 25 degrees at the moment so I couldn't be happier to get away, be in a beautiful country and feel a bit of warmth on my skin.

I've been trying to put aside a bit of time to get back into blogging a bit more regularly, but truth is, the time just isn't there. So I'm not going to put so much pressure on myself to 'be a better blogger' or apologise for not posting as often because, you guys get it. Some things are just either more important or you need to take the opportunity to have a break where you can.

So, this week's Five For Friday...

Life Admin - I've been getting A LOT of stuff sorted out this week. I feel like my grip loosened on a few things but I'm slowly getting it back. I've done monotonous tasks like register for a new doctors, find a new dentist, cancel my gym membership for a cheaper gym where I'll use all the facilities, rather than just have of them as well as getting my debt in order. It's been a fairly productive week in that sense.

Determination - I've really been beating myself up lately over putting on a bit of weight, not being as toned and generally just not finding enough time to put into making my body better. Not skinnier, not comparing myself to others - just better for me, how I want to look. But now, I'm feeling more determined. I'm in the process of swapping gyms, joining Park Run on a Saturday and generally just getting myself back into the routine of exercise. Because, truth be told, I actually love going to the gym and working out. That buzz I feel afterwards instantly keeps me in a good mood and I want that back.

Getting back into cooking - As I work away so much, sometimes when I'm back from a week long trip, I just want convenience food. And by this, I don't mean takeaways or ready meals. I'm not that kinda girl. I end up eating a lot of courgetti, raw foods, poached eggs with spinach, avocado and grilled tomatoes...but now I've moved, I don't just cook for myself. It's much better. I now pretty much cook for more as my housemates brothers claim they aren't talented in the kitchen. Luckily I like playing chef!

Thintea - I'm back on the Thintea and although I'm not convinced it actually makes much of a difference, I'm being proactive in trying to beat the bloat. I was diagnosed with IBS about a month ago now and have really been struggling with bloating and general tummy issues so I really think this Thintea teamed with my medication is making a difference. I'm going to try SkinnyMint next so watch this space.

Beautiful prints from HutchCassidy - I absolutely must tell you about these, if you're not already seen them on my Instagram. An old friend of mine has started a business with her husband making the most beautiful prints. Like Fantastic Mr Fox and Alice in Wonderland - you'll love these. They genuinely are stunning and I couldn't be happier with them in my new home. We have one above the fireplace and one on the wall next to the kitchen and they look fantastic. Thanks so much Nicola! Go and check out HutchCassidy over on Etsy.

I hope you have had a great week and have exciting plans for the weekend.
Let me know what you're up to in the comments below!

xo

Thursday, 11 June 2015

ATE AT: 10 Corso Como, Milan

 
Back in February, on Valentines Day actually, I found myself in Milan on a work trip. Now, being in Italy on Valentines Day as a then-singleton wasn't something I was feeling very excited about. I was there with my ex-colleague and one of my companies members (check out the ever fabulous Nicola Sexton) and we decided to embark on a romantic meal for three single gals, a mojito each in hand.
 
Tucked away along Corso Como is the famous 10 Corso Como, with its quiet courtyard behind beautiful gardens filled with thriving plants and seasonal flowers - team that with masses of twinkling fairy lights and you've got yourself a little slice of romantic heaven.
 
As well as a restaurant, 10 Corso Como also showcases many designer brands, both international and Italian and really does have a little bit of everything.
 

 
We were seated at the table - thankfully not surrounded by couples - but those that were around us were educated enough to know that PDA's next to a table of  3 obviously single ladies would not be appropriate.
 
Next, the menu...the table feel into silence as our rumbling tummies took charge...


 
We ordered a mojito each to start and a few nibbles to get us started...

 
Beautiful Italian appetisers...

 
To start, I ordered avocado dressed in extra virgin olive oil...

 
Scallops, veggies and a mustard dressing...
 

 
And the most delicious ginger sorbet for dessert - it made your eyes water but cleansed your pallet all at the same time...
 
 
Nicola opted for a traditional tiramisu...

 
It was a lovely atmosphere - actually much quieter than we anticipated - but still nice all the same. The food was good, but only good. I felt that the starter could have had more seasoning, the scallops were slightly undercooked and the ginger sorbet had a little too much kick, but it was manageable.
 
The others were of the same option - a good meal, but not great.
 
I would definitely venture back though as I feel that, because of Valentines Day, it wasn't living up to its usual reputation.
 
I do need to say though, the Italian meats, mozzarella etc were out of this world. 3 course of that next time please!
 
xo


Wednesday, 10 June 2015

MADE: Sweet Potato Cakes

It's no secret that I'm a big Deliciously Ella fan, especially if you follow me on Instagram. I think what she's done and the brand she's created for herself is fantastic. As a fellow intolerance sufferer, I'm must say, I find her recipes really help my tummy and my body in general feel a lot better than if I eat a 'normal' diet. I mean, some of these health foodies pile in the expensive ingredients to their recipes but I am a big believer that you get from your body what you put into it (which isn't mean to sound as gross as it probably does) but it's true...if you look after your body, it will look after you.

I love sweet potatoes. Fries, in salads, mashed...you name it, I've tried a version of it. So when I came across these Sweet Potato Cakes in Ella's recipe book, I knew I needed to try them. They are VERY filling, so I'd recommend one per person unless you have a big appetite.

Saturday, 6 June 2015

FIVE FOR FRIDAY #28...on a Saturday


It's been a hectic week, hence my usual Friday series a day late. 

I've spent a large chunk of the week in London for various work things as well as moving house which, I'm sure you can all agree, is always a little test of stress levels. I've spent most of today at Rockingham Castle with friends playing supporter at The Suffering Race - an intense obstacle race which, quite frankly, blows my mind. It's incredible how fit people are to endure a 5k and a 10k on the same day AND a 10 mile obstacle race the following day. WOAH.

So, this week's Five For Friday...on a Saturday:

Finally moving to a house that feels like a home - despite my liking for my previous place, it's so nice to have moved into a house that now feels like a home. I'm still not sorted as I'm waiting for my parents to bring my furniture tomorrow as well as having my bed and a few other bits delivered, but it'll get there.

The Drapers Footwear Awards at the Tower of London - I was lucky enough to be invited to the awards to host my companies table of 9 other guests. It was a beautifully sunny evening and the first real summers day we seem to have had so far. The event was in the grounds of the Tower of London and absolutely brilliant. I met some really lovely people and feel really fortunate things like that happen because of my job.

Summer weather - I'm sure you'll all agree that it's so much nicer being able to head out of the house bare legged and coatless.

Smoothies - Since getting my NutriBullet at Christmas I've used it religiously. Having a daily smoothie really boosts my energy levels and gets all the necessary goodness into my body.

Reading on the train - I started reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed at the beginning of the week and have absolutely loved zoning out and getting lost in the book on my train journeys to London.

xo

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

COOKED: Avocado Courgetti with Basil and Grilled Vegetables


Since getting my spiralizer, it's safe to say I'm completely addicted to courgetti. I have it at least once a week, sometimes even twice a day for lunch and dinner. It's so simple, you can jazz it up if you wish or just go plain with some olive oil, pepper and a few chilli flakes.

Before courgetti, I made a lot of courgette ribbons and although this is still my favourite courgette related dish, this newbie is right up there with my weekday staple meals.

If you don't have a spiralizer, don't panic...just used a julienne peeler or some variation of that to make ribbons.


All you need to serve two people is:
1 courgette, spiralized
1 avocado, mashed
10-12 plum tomatoes, halved
5-6 mushrooms, sliced
2 tsp green pesto, shop bought or homemade is fine
2 or 3 basil leaves, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
Sea salt and cracked black pepper, to season.
Chilli flakes (optional)
Feta, crumbled (optional)

1. Now, you can cook the courgetti if you prefer - if doing so, pop it in a large saucepan with a little bit of oil and a tbsp water with the lid. This will steam the courgetti to soften it rather than browning it as you would in a frying pan. I prefer my courgetti raw, so all you need to do with your courgetti, cooked or not, is pop it into a large bowl and put to one side.

2. Mash up your avocado in a separate bowl, mixing in your chopped basil leaves and seasoning with some salt, pepper and a few chilli flakes. Mix in the tablespoon of olive oil. Make sure all ingredients are combined

3. Pop your chopped tomatoes and mushrooms on a tin foil lined baking tray and leave under the grill for around 5 minutes.

3. While the veggies are under the grill, mix your pesto into the avocado mix.

4. Combine the courgetti and avocado mix, making sure all is covered. If it's a little clumpy (technical term) add a little extra olive oil. Grind in a little more cracked black pepper, to season and some extra chilli flakes if you want a little bit of a kick.

5. Once the tomatoes and mushrooms have grilled, mix them into your other ingredients.

6. Serve with a couple of basil leaves on top, crumble that feta over the top and you've got yourself a healthy, delicious meal in less than half an hour!



xo

Monday, 1 June 2015

MONTHLY GOALS: June

 
May have been a very fun month for me. I got a long weekend away in the Lake District (note: Yorkshire Dales, who knew?!) which was so much fun! 3 nights definitely wasn't long enough! I've even delved into new, unfamiliar territory recently and taken a chance. I've had a few decent nights out, an amaaaazing weekend in Sheffield with Emily and another fun weekend in Bristol the weekend that has just passed. My weeks have been work, as usual, trying to squeeze in the gym and packing ready for my move (this coming weekend!!!).

June is another busy month. I'm in London Thursday and Friday, moving on Saturday, I'm off to Italy for a week on the 12th for two shows, I'm back in Nottingham for Father's Day, seeing 'Amy' the evening of Father's Day, in London from 25th-28th working at Best of Britannia. I also have a few dinners, a couple of evening events, footwear factory tours and the space in between that I shall most definitely be sleeping!

So, May's goals, how did I do?:


- Really focus on getting fit and weight loss/toning
- Actually have that Spring clean before it turns into Summer
- Figure out my finances
- Get down to London more
- Give myself a break


I can't say I really focussed on getting fit and losing weight BUT I've seriously realised I need to before I resemble a beached whale. I'm really, really unhappy with my body at the moment so this needs some serious focus throughout June (/forever). I had my spring clean, got rid of multiple bags for charity and condensed my belongings a little. Finance wise, I'm still a frivolous spender but I'm getting somewhere with it. I've managed three trips down to London, which I'm very happy with - these trips involved Sushi n Sticks and Big Easy, cannot complain! I did give myself a break and, to be honest, I've been pretty relaxed all of May (possibly too relaxed). I don't think I've done too badly...

This months goals:

Gym 3-5 times per week and healthy eating - As I lost focus a little last month, this month I need to get with it. I've got two trips away but in between, I want to make sure I'm going to the gym at least three times per week. Also, either side of these trips, I need to eat really healthily.

Get everything I need for my new room - I wanted to do this gradually over time BUT with all of my work trips between June and October, I want to get my room exactly how I want it.

Get my 8 hours a night - Despite the fact I get this most weekdays, weekends are where I fail. I also have some nights where I get to sleep at a reasonable time but wake up so early and don't manage it. 8 hours is definitely the amount of sleep I need to function.

Find time to meditate and practice yoga during the week - Lots of plans and busyness leaves little time to do the things we enjoy sometimes. I've not done have as much yoga lately as I normally would and I need the meditation to unwind.

Create a spotify playlist of ALL of my favourite songs - this may seem like an achievable one but to actually find time to sit down and do this is the tricky part. I want a playlist that I can just put on in the morning and leave running all day, everyday if needs be!

Have you thought about setting yourself some monthly goals? It's really helpful to keep focus and feel a sense of achievement as one month ends and another begins.
xo