I feel like I’ve got a really good bunch of newsletters. They pop into my inbox and I can’t wait to sit down and enjoy reading them with a cuppa. It’s taken a while to hunt out the online creators I want to invite into my mail account, but now I feel like I’ve got it down to a tee and I want to share them with you today!

JEN CARRINGTON‘S WEEKLY LETTERS

I really love the slow and steady, heartfelt approach that Jen promotes online. She is honest, open, and oh so authentic that you instantly warm to her. Jen is a creative business coach and her weekly letters all mainly business focused, but with a hint of lifestyle too. If you want to build a business which works for you and not the other way around, you need to subscribe.

KAT (BLUE JAY OF HAPPINESS) MONTHLY NEWSLETTERS

I’m a massive fan of everything Kat is about. She is passionate about self-care, making time of ourselves and always reminds me that life isn’t a race you have to partake in. Every month a newsletter is dedicated to a certain topic, the last one was being mindful of our communities. I also love Kat on Instagram so make sure to head on over there if you ever need a reminder that self-care is not selfish.

SOPHIE CLIFF‘S THE WEEKLY PEP TALK

I’ve read Sophie’s blog for years, and I love her realistic, yet positive content that she shares online. When I heard she was starting a newsletter, I wanted to sign up immediately. It’s delivered every Sunday and is exactly what it says, a positive pep talk to end the week on. I love how open Sophie is and how bravely she shares her life online, I find it very inspiring as a fellow blogger. She’s also started a podcast of the same vein called Practical Positivity, so check that out if it sounds something you might like!

JESSICA ROSE WILLIAMS SIMPLE LETTERS

I discovered Jessica on Instagram a few months ago, and I love watching her on Instagram stories. She is a lifestyle minimalist, and promotes the beauty in the simplicity, but doing it in a way that isn’t patronising or pressured. Every Monday she sends out a simple letter and I always look forward to them hitting my inbox.

BETH‘S EVERYDAY ETHICAL NEWSLETTERS

I’ve followed Beth online for ages, but I only just signed up to her newsletter the other day when I realised she had one. I love her Instagram stories and her account makes me feel like I can do my bit for the environment, and that small steps SO matter. She shares lots of good tips and advice how we can improve our eco footprint in her newsletters which I always enjoy reading!

 

Which newsletters do you subscribe to?

 

It’s been a few years since I completed Yoga with Adriene‘s January challenge, (doing yoga every day for the whole month) so I was a little nervous at the start of this journey, whether I’d be able to complete it without feeling like I needed a day off, or how I’d fit it in if I really wasn’t in the mood to get my mat out.

DID I COMPLETE IT?

Thankfully, I’m very happy to say I loved every part of it, and I’m so proud of myself that I finished it!

That’s not to say some practices weren’t exactly what I wanted on that particular day, or that it felt easy to fit it in after a super busy day, but I really committed to this journey, and I was adamant that I would finish it as a little promise to myself.

HOW DID I GET ON WITH IT?

I’ve practiced yoga for about 4 years now, and I use Yoga with Adriene’s regularly so I knew what to expect, but I feel like over this 30 days, I’ve noticed such a difference in my body, it feels much more toned, and in my practice I feel a lot stronger than I did before, and also my mind. Having that time to myself every single day to focus on just myself was quite a relevation, and something I don’t want to give up on just yet.

WHAT WILL I DO NOW?

I definitely don’t plan on giving up on an everyday practice for the time-being, and I think I’m going to continue doing the February calendar on Yoga with Adriene, I’ve seen theres a few 10 minute practices which will be great to fit in on honeymoon, and I really want to continue having that time for just me to focus on my mental and physical health.

If you want to know more, I shared my practices on my Instagram stories, which I’ve highlighted under ‘yoga’

 

Have you ever tried 30 days of yoga?

 

January was supposed to be a quiet, steady month but it turned out to feel pretty busy, and I didn’t feel like I had much free time. I guess that’s how life goes sometimes doesn’t it? Anyway, enough rambling, let’s check in…

 

JANUARY RECAP

Complete Yoga with Adriene’s 30 day yoga challenge. I did it! I feel so proud of myself for completing 30 days of yoga, it’s been a few years since I’ve managed to practice every single day. I’m planning a post all about it, so if you’re interested, it’ll be up next week.

Learn how to knit. I totally failed this one guys. I found it so hard, and once I did start learning, after a few stitches the wool got really tight on the needles and I had to keep starting again. I even got my grandma to help me out, but I need to start again from step one and have lots more practice.

 

FEBRUARY GOALS

Walk more. Due to January being very yoga heavy, I didn’t have as much time to go out on as many walks as I’d like to. Especially with it being so cold and dark outside, it felt harder to motivate myself to get outside. So this February, I really want to up my short daily walks and make them much longer. I’m also thinking about treating myself to a Fitbit which could come in handy!

Be more present. Like I said earlier, January was a busy month and looking back, I definitely wasn’t as present as I would of liked to be. In coming this goal for me to focus on the next month, I want to do more meditation, more affirmations, and more having ‘5 minutes’ just to sit and stare out the window.

Put together our wedding album. It’s been over 6 months since we tied the knot, and I really want to put together our wedding album. I’ve seen some gorgeous personalised ones online that I think I’ll get, and then I just need to get some of the photo’s printed. I can’t wait to sit down one afternoon and start arranging it all. Plus I get to reminisce on the most incredible day too, which is a win-win!

 

Do you have any goals for February?

I’m not sure I’ve done ‘a day in the life’ post before, but I always find them so interesting, plus it might mean you get to know me a little better too.

9am: I actually don’t get up much earlier than 9 o clock because I work in the afternoons, and I am the biggest sleep fiend you can meet! I’ve always needed a lot of sleep to keep myself feeling good. Of course the first thing I reach for in the morning is breakfast, which is usually weetabix with almond milk, and chopped banana on top, with a cup of breakfast tea, of course.

 

 

10-11am: Once I’m dressed for the day, I’ll either walk Harvey, go and get some food shopping from Asda, blog, or take some photos for Instagram. Depending on how I’m feeling and which feels more essential- apart from dog walking, which are never optional obviously 🙂

 

12pm: It’s work time! I work for a family business from 12pm until 4pm three or four times a week. This is where my income comes from, and I really enjoy being part of it. The typical things I do there are mainly admin based, updating schedules and keeping on top of lots of different jobs.

 

 

5pm: By this time I’ve arrived home and I start thinking about what I can have for dinner. I like to eat around 6pm, if not a little before, and because I eat a vegetarian diet, it can range from a pasta dish, wraps or veggie sausages and sweet potato. This is a time where me and Dan can sit and watch an episode of a TV show together too.

6-7pm: This is where I start to wind down for the evening. I do yoga, meditate, have a nice bath, and do my evening skincare routine (which is always one of my favourite times of the day).

 

 

8-10pm: Because I live next door to my mum and stepdad, me and Dan will head over there to watch a bit of TV and chat! Of course, I’ll be checking Instagram too and having a quick (but not that quick really) scroll.

10pm-11pm: I head to bed around this time, because I like to settle down and read a few chapters of my book before I fall to sleep, I find reading before bed so relaxing. If I’m having trouble relaxing, a few spritz of a pillow spray will always help.

 

 

Does your day in the life look like mine?

 

If you’ve followed me online for while, you know I absolutely adore everything to do with creativity. I really do think it’s an important thing to factor into your life, so for todays post I thought I’d give you a little insight into why I love it so much…

 

 

  1. It makes you feel good. When you’re in a creative flow, you suddenly see everything with a fresh pair of eyes, a child-like wonder of curiosity. It significantly increases happiness levels, and there’s nothing quite like the joy of making something with your own hands.
  2. It brings you into the present moment. At that moment, you’re not thinking about tomorrow’s to-do list or the mountain of washing to do, you’re completely living in the present. I think creativity is totally a form of mindfulness, and I know for sure that it definitely quietens my busy whirring brain. I usually find that whenever I have a dilemma going on, taking my mind off it for a few hours and doing something creative can really help, and because it’s so therapeutic, I leave with a clearer head and direction I didn’t have before.
  3. It can be anything. I used to think being creative meant that you had to go to Art School and be a world-class drawer, but thankfully, I’ve come to learn that’s not the case at all. Creativity can be found in oh so many forms. From adult colouring books, knitting, and even making up a new dish for dinner, creativity is all around us. Plus it’s free too, a bonus point in my eyes.
  4. It’s unique. In a world where comparison is rife and it’s so easy to have a look at what everyone else is doing, to me, creativity is like a middle finger to that, and bringing your own game in the playing field. There are no rules, and no ‘shoulds’. You can just do what feels good.
  5. Plus, sometimes it looks pretty too 😉 Because what is Instagram for if not for showing off your creative props?

 

 

Ways you can be creative without even realising it:

  • Planning your weekend
  • Painting your nails
  • Choosing your outfit
  • Dancing and singing in your kitchen
  • Cooking a meal
  • Re-organising your shelves

 

What’s your favourite way to be creative?