Can you believe we’re at the middle of November already? Nope, me neither. Todays blog post is another mid-week check in, so lets go..
What’s going well this week?
I’ve done quite a bit of online Christmas shopping (although I’m definitely cutting down a little) and it feels so good to be ahead of the game slightly and be organised. When it gets around to December I start to freak out a little bit and panic buy, so I want to avoid that this year for sure.
I was still sore from Sunday’s run but I forced myself to go to my yoga class last night and I’m glad I did. It’s always an hour completely to myself to check out.
Productive days at work and then lots of cleaning the house and (trying) to see the end of the laundry basket.
I’ve been reading lots recently and managed to get through two books last week and I’m on my way with my current read too.
Oh, and I found orange twirls yesterday = LIFE MADE!!
What improvements do I want to make for the rest of the week?
I’ve made a few different lifestyle changes recently, and I realised that I haven’t really mentioned them on the blog. So that’s exactly what this post will be, an informal chat about things I’ve been doing recently to improve my life.
I’ve been working on a better sleep routine and it’s making a massive difference to my mental health. I’ve been putting my phone away for at least an hour before bed to stop the scrolling and read instead, and I’m loving the downtime and mental space it gives me. I’m definitely somewhat addicted to my phone (like I’m sure most of us are) so having those scheduled hours away from it are really needed. I’ve also been having a smoothie most afternoons as one of my snacks, and the added fruit intake has made SUCH a difference to my energy, I can’t recommend it enough!
NOT FORGETTING SELF CARE
There are certain types of activities that I class as self-care, even though sometimes I don’t want to do them. Writing a blog post because I know I’ll feel better, even though it’s been a busy week. Making sure I meditate enough times a week, even though I’d rather sit in bed and watch Youtube. I’ve been using the Habit Tracker on my phone where I can tick off activities on certain days and it means I’m checking in on myself, noticing when I’ve slipped up on some habits, and making the effort to keep going.
SMALL SUSTAINABLE CHANGES
I’ve only just started my Christmas shopping and buying little pieces here and there, but I’m really focusing on buying from smaller businesses this year, and only buying things I’m 100% sure will get used. The odd joke present here and there are okay, but in reality I’d rather spend a little more money supporting a small business and getting something that I can’t wait to give someone.
I feel like my views on sustainability have really changed these past few months and I’ve realised how much money I used to spend on things that were totally un-necessary. I went through my makeup collection the other day and was pretty appalled at how much stuff I had that I didn’t ever use. Now I only buy things I need and I like it better that way. Skincare is my favourite thing, and even though I might have a lot of it, it’s all products that I adore and know I’ll finish using. Dan also has a super massive clothes collection so I convinced him to go through it together and give some jumpers away to a local homeless shelter. I think 2020 is going to be a big year for me in terms of living with better, but less.
Wow, that was quite the ramble but hopefully you’ve enjoyed reading these little lifestyle changes I’ve been making recently, I have a few ideas up my sleeve of new things I want to start incorporating, but I’ll leave that for another time!
Hows the start of your week going? It’s been a busy but fun filled weekend here so let’s get straight to the point of todays post shall we….
#1 The cookie I’ve just eaten. Dan actually bought them for himself and I’ve ate 2 out of the 5. Whoops, no-one tell him.
#2 Getting back into a routine. Ya girl loves a schedule and I’m excited to get back into a routine this week.
#3 Family time. I’ve had lots of family time this week, with going away for the beginning of the week and my nephew and sister being at home this weekend. Family time is the best time!
#4 Richmond. We went to Richmond last weekend and it was gorgeous there. It was so nice to have a little break from everything too.
#5 Charity shop books. I came home from Richmond with 6 new books! Yep, I went a little book crazy but I saw so many good ones in the local charity shop that I had to take advantage.
#6 A 5k run. Yesterday I did my first 5k run and I’m so proud of myself! I’ve been building up to it for weeks and really taking it steady as I’m not a natural runner. I can’t wait to do another one now and see if I can improve my time.
#7 Cosy evenings. It’s the perfect time of year for cosy season if you ask me.
#8 Working on a better sleep routine. The past week I’ve really been working on a better sleep routine, and it’s working! A key thing for me is to make sure I’m not on my phone for an hour before bed while I’m reading, and make sure I’m not going to bed hungry either.
#9 A few new outfit purchases. I got a few bits from Asos as I was seriously lacking in the knitwear department, so I treated myself and I’m really happy with them. It feels like a little luxury and it’s nice to have clothes that I love, that is something that is so important to me.
#10 Creativity. My creative juices are flowing at the moment and it feels amazing! I have a really special personal project coming up that I can’t wait to get stuck into.
What’s made you happy lately? I’d love to know and share the positive vibes.
Podcasts are a big part of my life. I listen to them cleaning, driving, going out for a walk. Chances are, if I’m doing something, I’m usually listening to a podcast in the background. That’s why I enjoy them so much, you feel like you’re a part of a conversation and actually learning something whilst you are sweeping the floor or walking to the local Asda. So today I thought I’d share the podcasts in my library…
YOGA GIRL PODCAST (conversations from the heart/ YOGA GIRL DAILY. I love everything about Rachel Brathen. I’m a massive fan girl, and yes I do have her t-shirts. Conversations from the heart are weekly hour long episodes about life, grief, love and what she’s learnt along the way. Yoga girl daily is fairly new and are short snappy motivational episodes every weekday! If I had to choose I would obviously go for the longer version, but I do love the 5 minute meditations on the daily episodes.
DELICIOUSLY ELLA. This podcast really does feel educational. Ella and her husband chat to specialists in all kind of different areas, gut health, happiness, plant based living. I’ve loved every episode on every season.
GET YOUR GLOW BACK. I follow Madeleine Shaw on social media and I like what she’s about. Her podcast episodes are always chatty, friendly, and still to the point. She always has a great variety of guests I previously haven’t heard of so it’s interesting to discover new people.
HASHTAG AUTHENTIC. Sara Tasker of the brand, Me and Orla does a great podcast about everything to do with life and life on Instagram. If you are obsessed with everything Insta, you need to listen to this for sure.
HAPPY PLACE. I love Fearne Cotton so I knew I would like her podcast, although it has surprised me just how deep and personal the conversations get on here (which is totally my bag, if you didn’t guess already).
WITH WHIT. I was obsessed with The Hills and I continued to follow Whitney Port, albeit somewhat loosely. But I’ve been shocked how much I’ve loved this podcast. I love how honest she is about grief because I feel like that’s something I can really relate to.
SUPER SOUL SUNDAY. This is one I’ve had downloaded for ages but only listen to every now and again when I really need it. Oprah is the queen, obviously, but I love the episodes with Elizabeth Gilbert and Brene Brown too.
WHAT I KNOW NOW. This is Amelia Liana’s very new podcast about heartbreak. I couldn’t believe it when I saw it on her Instagram that her engagement had ended, and this podcast is super raw about how she got through it.
ONE STEP. This is Ingrid Nilsen’s new podcast, and because I listened to the one she did a few years ago, I thought I’d give this one a go too. Super glad I did because it’s GREAT. It is so honest, motivational and inspiring that I’d really recommend it to anyone.
ON THE LINE. Estee’s podcast is one of my favourites of the bunch! I love her and how relatable and genuine she comes across. She always has such GOOD guests on here too, I recently listened to the one with Tata Harper and now I’m heart eye emojiing on her skincare products.
THINGS YOU CAN’T ASK YER MUM. This is a super funny podcast by two gorgeous ladies! I can’t wait for season two to come out. It’s like sitting in a coffee shop with two mates.
Happy November! We are at the last two months of 2019 which is pretty hard to believe if you ask me. But before we get ahead of ourselves, lets see how my goals went for October.
Keep it up! Tick. I’ve downloaded the Habit Tracker on my phone, which is helping me keep track of my healthy habits like yoga, running, and meditating. I’ve even put face masks and blog post writing on there so I make sure I do both twice a week. Sometimes you have to put it on a to-do list to make sure you actually do it!
Worry less. Unfortunately this hasn’t really happened due to other circumstances, but I do really need to stop worrying about what might happen in the future, especially when I can’t control it! It’s so frustrating but sometimes I just can’t switch my mind off, particularly on an evening before I go to sleep. I’m not sure how to do this though so if anyone has any tips that has worked for them, I’d love to hear them.
Become more of a morning person. I now do a few earlier mornings at work instead of afternoon shifts which has definitely helped in making me enjoy mornings more. I get so much more done when I get up earlier (obvious but true).
Practice piano more. I think I started piano at the beginning of this year, although I can’t quite really remember. I’m very lucky in that my stepdad has one at their house that I can practice on! I’ve been working my way through a piano teaching book and ideally I’d like to finish it before the end of the year. I’ve improved so much since I first started and it shows that practice really does pay off. It’s a hobby I massively enjoy!
Appreciate free time when it comes. In November I want to relish the free time that I have, and make the most of it, especially before the busy festive season approaches (although it still feels far too early to even talk about that?). I’m definitely prone to filling in all the free-time I do have with stuff, which sometimes is great and other times you just need to chill out a bit.
Start on the shopping! And be mindful of purchases and where I could make better more sustainable choices). I’m focusing this year on buying more meaningful, useful gifts instead of things that people might not use (I always try my best not to do this anyway. I hate clutter and plastic crap!).