Wednesday, 24 April 2019

LIFE: 5 Things I've Been Loving Lately and My (Very Late!) 2019 Goals

It's been a while...

I've missed my little space on the internet and am feeling the need to get back into the swing of things.

I needed a bit of time away from writing as I found that blogging had moved on so much and so quickly that I wasn't sure what I was posting here was being read or even relevant to anybody anymore but over time I've come to realise - I started this blog for me, to keep as my online diary, my recipe 'book' and a place to carry on my writing after university. I now graduated almost 7 years ago and I miss having this creative outlet and a place to share my love of food, travel and all of the other things in my life. So, I'm back...I'm not sure how regularly I'll be posting but I definitely want to give it another go.

Last year seemed to absolutely fly by and now we're a good way into 2019 and although we're almost in May, I wanted to jot down my goals for this year as well as tell you about 5 things I've been enjoying so far this year.

5 Things I've Been Loving Lately:

  • Podcasts - specifically Elizabeth Day's How To Fail. I've really been loving Elizabeth's weekly guests and their life experiences. I feel like it's such an important message to treat 'failures' as a lesson and a reason to be stronger having gone through what we perceive as a negative experience. I've also been reading Elizabeth's book at the minute which is equally as brilliant as her podcast.
  • Spring finally arriving! - the weather over the bank holiday was absolutely wonderful and it really is about time we had some warmer weather. I turned 28 over Easter and spent the weekend relaxing with friends and family and it was wonderful.
  • Coffee and a wander round the park - I've been trying to get in at least 1 walk a week around my local park recently where I grab a coffee from the coffee shop in the park, keep my phone in my bag and just take in my surroundings. I feel like I'm constantly glued to my phone (aren't we all!) and it's really important to switch off for a little while and enjoy a bit of digital downtime. 
  • Gardening - if you'd have told my 16 year old self that I'd be listing gardening as something I'd been loving lately she'd had either laughed in your face or said 'over my dead body' but my dad's love of gardening must have been passed onto me somewhere over the last few years. I haven't got a huge garden at my house but I've got some lovely flower beds and pots out on the front that I really take pride in making look nice. I find being out in the garden quite therapeutic and have been looking into nice inexpensive ways that I can make the green space outside look pretty.
  • The Farm, Stratford Upon Avon - over the bank holiday we nipped over to Stratford to visit the recently opened cafe/farmshop called The Farm. It's such a lovely spot filled and one that I can imagine will only get better over time. They've got a newly planted garden with herbs and vegetables, a beautiful menu of food, cute little animals outside and, from July, they'll have a brand spanking new cookery school which I am eagerly anticipating!

Goals for 2019
  • Spend more time with my family - it’s hard living away from where I grew up as I don’t get to go back very often but I want to make much more of an effort from 2019. My grandparents are both in their last 80s now and seem to age so much in between visits and I don’t want to miss any opportunities to spend time with them.
  • Continue my mission to declutter/spend less - I still own far too many things and I really want to make more of a conscious effort with both reducing what I own, buying less and certainly spending less. I’m saving to buy a house and I always want to prioritise experiences over material possessions. Also, with all of the talk in the media about sustainability, it's really making me think about how and what I buy
  • More yoga and meditation - I went on a yoga retreat towards the end of November and it was possibly the best thing I did all year. I really want to make sure I get at least one weekly practice in. I’ve also been doing nightly meditations or listening to sleep stories on the Calm app since we got back and I honestly believe it’s been helping me sleep much more deeply and I’ve felt more alert throughout the day. However, I am not kiddingly myself - I will never be a morning person 
  • Work on having more self belief - I’ve come a very long way but I still want to keep building on this. I’d love to have children in a few years time and I want to be able to bring them up with the mindset that they are enough and that they can achieve anything they set their mind too - but before this, I want to be the best version of myself I can be. I also think that when you’re your best self, it encourages other people to be too 
  • Learn more - I’ve realised in 2018 I have a lot more interest in food, nutritions and the spiritual side of things (yoga, meditation, reiki, Ayurvedic living etc) than I’d known. I’m not going to trot off and change careers but I really want to broaden my knowledge and learn more about the things that I’ve become really interested in. You’re never too old to learn!