Rewind to last December, I was very happily in what I’d call, a season of rest. Hibernation. Peace.

I was happy to stay at home every evening, enjoy shrinking back a little bit, and spending time by myself (something I am still doing, obviously! I am an introvert after all)

But something feels different lately. After much deliberation, I think what I’m in right now is a season of growth.

IN WHAT WAY YOU ASK? Well, let me explain.

I’m currently uploading every day on my Instagram for the whole of March, which isn’t something I’ve done in years, especially not creative photography. It’s really taking me out of my comfort zone in many ways, and I feel like I’m putting myself out there online in a way I haven’t done before. Of course at times this feels pretty terrifying, but I feel like I’m on a cusp on something quite exciting. And hopefully, something I can start building more of my life around.

I’m also working through the Dream Life book by the founder of Kikki K, and let me tell you, there’s nothing quite as overwhelming as thinking about what your dreams are. No boundaries. No limits. Dreaming without restriction. Things are cropping up that I never even realised I truly wanted, but it feels so good, and extremely cathartic. Kind of like positive therapy! I’m planning a whole post on this once I’ve finished it, so keep your eyes peeled if it sounds up your street.

The last thing that really has truly opened my eyes and somewhat, world, is completing my first long haul flights. I’ve never been an amazing traveller, and never in a million years did I think I could do an 8 hour flight, and even somewhat enjoy it. I feel so excited now to think of where we could go in the future. Places far away like New York & Canada, and also places I want to visit in Europe such as Italy and Paris. It really has opened up my universe, and I feel proud of how far I’ve come.

So yes, that’s it basically. I’m in a season of growth. Which in summary, sometimes feels horrendous and so vulnerable, but is also a place that feels important for me to find comfort in. And thank you for always following me along the way.

 

Are you in a season of growth like me too?

 

It feels like absolutely ages since I last did a Happy Things post, so I’m excited to have a little bit of a catch up with you lot today! Please let me know if you enjoy these sorts of posts and I can try and do them more regularly 🙂

#1 Banana Bread! I made this banana bread the other day and it was hands down, the best recipe I’ve tried. I cannot stop eating it so I’m sure I’ll make another one soon. It’s just too good to be without.

#2 A good bedtime routine. Over the last few weeks I’ve got a really good bedtime routine down, at a time that doesn’t feel too late for me and it’s actually making me sleep so much better too. I seem to wind down a lot easier than before, would you like an in-depth post on it?

#3 Marvellous Mrs Maisel. I’ve just watched the first series on Amazon Prime and I had to mention it as a recommendation. I completely loved everything about it and I can’t wait to crack in to the next season!

#4 My new swishy skirt. I’ve never worn a long skirt before, so this is quite a novelty to me but I’m loving this spotty number. It’s a style I haven’t considered before so it feels all fresh and new. I’m the worst at clothes shopping and don’t have a major interest in fashion but I do like to feel and look nice.

#5 Being more productive. I feel like my productivity levels have really upped recently, and instead of sitting there scrolling when I have a free 10 minutes, I either go for a walk to re-energise myself or read that chapter of the book I’ve been loving. It makes me happy because I feel like I’m getting more done in my day, and I’m doing the stuff I want to do too.

#6 Weekend pancakes! I never have special breakfasts, usually because I’m so hungry in the morning I reach for my usual Weetabix, but this weekend I had buttermilk pancakes with fruit and honey on both days, and it was the perfect start to the day!

#7 My fit-bit. I realise I haven’t mentioned this on here before even though I picked it up a few weeks ago. I got the Fit-bit Flex in purple, and I’m obsessed with tracking how many steps I’ve done and the sleep I had the night before. It’s a great insight into how much you actually move, versus how much you think you have.

#8 Bohemian Rhapsody. I just had to mention this. I didn’t know how much I’d love it at the beginning, but it totally surprised me and weeks later I still cannot believe just how great it is. I’d watch it again immediately!

#9 Eve of Man. I’ve literally just finished this book and next month I’m sure I’ll still talking about how good it is. You must pick it up and read it, it’s so good!

#10 Posting everyday on Instagram. I’m posting every single day this month on Instagram and it’s been so much fun so far. My profile is here if you want to follow along and join the gang, I’d love to see you over there!

 

What’s made you happy lately?

 

This past week has been a pretty busy one! Most days I’ve felt exhausted falling into bed but then too wired to sleep. Now I’m out the other side and don’t have any big plans for the foreseeable future, I thought I’d share my top tips with you on how I manage a super busy period, and stay in tune with myself at the same time.

 

KEEP ORGANISED

This is probably what helps me the most, staying organised! I have a weekly planner where I set out a basic plan for what I’m doing each day, and it keeps me feeling balanced and like I have my sh*t together. There’s nothing worse than feeling like you don’t know if you’re coming or going, so I do this a few days ahead at the start of every week usually.

 

SCHEDULE IN DOWN-TIME

I think this is something that we all let slip by the wayside when times get busy. Self-care is usually the first thing to go, simply because we feel like we don’t have the time. That’s why I like to schedule in my down-time, where I’m doing what I want, just for myself and my own sanity. That can be going for walks, meditating, yoga, or just making sure I go to bed a little bit earlier each night so I can read some of my book to unwind.

 

CHECK YOUR EXPECTATIONS

Something I do pretty regularly is expect too much of myself. I add to much on my to-do list then feel under a lot of pressure to get it all done. I’m learning to not to this as much, and recognise that I don’t have to do everything all in one day, even small tasks are better than nothing. Plus don’t forget there’s always plenty of other days in the week too where you might not be as busy.

 

MAKE THE MOST OF THE LITTLE MOMENTS

I’m talking here about these 10-15 minutes you have before you have to leave the house. Can you fit in a cup of tea and a few mindful moments, maybe read a chapter of a book or sit outside in the Spring sunshine? These moments always fill my cup up when I’m feeling a little frazzled, and I try to cherish them every time.

 

How do you stay balanced in a busy week?

 

It’s time to check in! Wow, I can’t believe it’s March already. It’s hard to believe we’re in the 3rd month of 2019, time is flying by. Anyway, let’s see how I did with my goals..

FEBRUARY RECAP

Walk more. It’s safe to say I definitely did this one! Whilst we were on holiday we walked loads, even if that was just getting to and from places on the ship, and I’ve also managed to carry that on back on UK soil too whilst making the most of this amazing Spring weather. I’ve started running again too which I’m super happy about, using the Couch to 5k app like I did last year.

Be more present. Quite a tough goal to track, but looking back over the month I feel like I really did stay present, and practice mindfulness. I completed my first two long haul flights successfully (and even ended up enjoying them a little) and really lived in the moment, especially on our honeymoon.

Put together our wedding album. Oops. This one hasn’t even got off the starting blocks unfortunately (I haven’t even ordered the album yet!) But I’m determined to do it this month so I’m carrying it on as a goal. I really don’t want to get to our first anniversary in July and still not have it completed.

 

MARCH GOALS

See above! 

Re-do Sara Tasker’s Bloom & Grow e-course. It’s been nearly a year since I did the Bloom & Grow course, and I absolutely loved it. It completely changed my outlook on Instagram and helped me find my own style, so I’m really excited to do it again and see if anything changes this time. Plus Spring is the perfect time for this, I think, so expect to see some more florals on my Instagram in the next few weeks!

Finish the Dream Life book. I got the book ‘Your Dream Life Starts Here’ by the founder of Kikki K for Christmas, and I’ve been working through it slowly the past few months. I’m getting to the juicy parts where it’s all about manifesting and dreaming big which is really exciting, so this month I want to hopefully finish the book by spending a few afternoons with my journal, thinking about the future and countless cups of tea. Would you like a post on this?

 

It turns out March is going to be quite a creative month for me, which of course is something I’m super happy with! Check in next month to see how I got on.

 

Have you got any goals for this month?

 

 

 

To me, it feels like spring is truly on its way. The buds are coming back to life, and the sun is finally returning to its rightful place. Spring is one of my favourite seasons, I love the feeling of inspiration and the fact that everything seems to be refreshed and renewed, so with that in mind I want to talk about how I’m getting ready for it, both in the house, and mentally too.

 

NEW ROUTINES

Since we’ve got back from holiday, my bedtimes have got so much better (a positive of jet-lag) I’ve been getting into bed and falling to sleep much earlier, which means I wake up earlier too. I definitely hibernated a little during Winter, but now the mornings are brighter I don’t mind embracing it and rising that bit earlier. Plus it means I get so much more done in a day that I don’t feel as overwhelmed either.

SPRING CLEAN

You knew this one was coming right? I’ve always liked to keep the house clean and (relatively) tidy, but there’s just something about Spring that makes me want to make sure the place is in the best shape possible. That means getting into all those little corners I try to avoid looking at, and doing daily whip rounds so I can keep on top of everything. Overflowing laundry basket, I’m looking at you.

CHECK IN

I know it’s only been a few months since the New Year, but with one season under our belt, I want to re-evaluate my attitude and see if I’m still on track with how I want my year to go. For 2019 I want to focus on living a fun filled life, and not underestimating myself. So far, I think I’ve done that pretty well. Making plans for the rest of the year is also something I’m keen to work on, as I always enjoy having something to look forward to. Even if it’s just  making sure me and Dan have a movie night at home once a month with our phones off, it really benefits our relationship and I need to remember that.

MAKE SMALL CHANGES

I’m planning on a few small wardrobe changes, incorporating florals back into my clothes AND Instagram, and (hopefully) cooking some new veggie dishes too. I ate so so well and such a vegetarian balanced diet whilst we were on holiday, that coming home and eating ginger nuts isn’t really cutting it anymore. It’s something I’m still working out as cooking for one can feel a bit of a struggle, but in the next few weeks maybe I’ll have it sorted out.

 

How are you getting ready for Spring?