I don’t tend to make a lot of resolutions, years of me breaking them 3 days into a new year has kind of taken its toll! Instead, as you know if you read this blog regularly, I like to make three new monthly goals every single month, things I want to do or focus on throughout the following weeks. Before we get into January, let’s recap on Decembers goals…

DECEMBER RECAP

Keep calm. Maybe I didn’t do this as much as I wanted to, but then again December is always such a busy month for everyone, but I did have a few really chilled out days in there which felt really good.

Embrace the festivities. Now this one I definitely did do! I watched so many Netflix Christmas films and it was FANTASTIC!!! It’s my favourite month of the year and it probably always will be.

Think about exciting plans for 2020. We are still putting plans in motion about booking a city break, but I have a few summer plans with family that will be super fun. I’d love to go to Paris, back to Edinburgh or visit somewhere new like Bath this year so it’s something I’m really thinking about. We have a holiday booked, a center parcs stay, my sisters 30th and my nephews 1st birthday so it’s set to be a great year I think.

 

JANUARY GOALS

Yoga with Adriene 30 day challenge. I do this every year and I always enjoy it so much. Yoga is one of my favourite things to do and something I’m constantly trying to find more time for, which is exactly why this project is perfect for me right now.

Donate. I have lots of books that I’ve read and didn’t love enough to keep, so I want to donate them to charity and have another look through my wardrobe and other places in the house where we have stuff we don’t use anymore. I’m a de-clutter addict, what can I say!

Re-decorate the bedroom. Ever since I heard that we spend half of our lives in bed, I can’t stop thinking about how much I want to love our bedroom. I’m just not happy with it at the moment how it is, it feels way too cluttered and not calm enough for my liking. I want a new (pink) headboard, I’ve ordered some new sheets which I love and seen a few small styling pieces to get too. Hopefully by the end of this month I will have a bedroom that I ADORE *insert heart eye emojiis*

 

Do you have any goals for January?

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Happy first day of 2020! Wow, crazy isn’t it. I’m spending today with our annual family party like we always do, and then tomorrow it’s back to work. We did go out for a nice meal last night though which was a great way to end the year! Following my last post about 19 things I’ve learnt in 2019, todays post is all about 20 things I want to do in 2020. I don’t really make resolutions, as you will know I do monthly goals so January’s will be coming next week!

  1. Visit a new city
  2. Run a 10k
  3. Save money
  4. Re-decorate
  5. Master some yoga poses I’ve always wanted to do
  6. Donate books I’ve read to charity
  7. Have fun
  8. Read lots
  9. Dance around the kitchen more
  10. Spend less time worrying that I’m not enough
  11. Practice the piano
  12. Go for a walk every single day
  13. Swim in the sea
  14. Watch more films
  15. Spend more time creating than consuming
  16. Find more ways to help the environment
  17. Cook more meals
  18. Knit
  19. Do more puzzles
  20. Upgrade a few pieces in my wardrobe

 

What would you like to do in 2020?

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With it being the last few days of 2019, I wanted to sum up my year in a slightly different way. Instead of going over the year as a whole (it was a life-changing one in many ways) I thought I’d share 19 things I’ve learnt in 2019.

  1. You are stronger than you think
  2. Meeting your nephew for the first time is a moment you’ll never forget
  3. A walk outside always makes everything feel a little better
  4. Oat milk is a great alternative in Yorkshire tea
  5. Being at home will probably always be your happy place, and that’s totally okay
  6. Creativity needs breaks
  7. Reading is the ultimate escape
  8. A better sleep routine is totally manageable, and something you can work on
  9. Mamma Mia 2 will always make you happy
  10. Grief is the most painful heartbreak you’ll ever experience
  11. Making the most of little things in everyday life are so important to you
  12. Understanding your body is a lifelong process
  13. Yoga and meditation are great routines you’ll always come back to
  14. Being yourself is easier the older you get
  15. Having painted nails makes you feel put together, even when you definitely aren’t
  16. Don’t follow fashion trends, just wear things you love
  17. Being uncool is cool, but in your heart I think you always knew this didn’t you?
  18. You will always need 9 hours sleep to be your best self
  19. In 2020, work on being unapologetically you more than ever before. It’s great seeing you grow.

 

What has 2019 taught you? Can you relate to any of these lessons?


I’ve read some gems recently so I wanted to check in on the ol blog and chat to you about them! If you’re a book lover like me, then you might like my book Instagram account HERE.

Before I Go To Sleep

I’ve had this on my TBR for ages, I borrowed it from my sister this summer (and nope, I haven’t seen the film). My mum’s read it and told me that it was really good, and she was totally right! It is completely hooking and I couldn’t not stay up and read more of it every single night. It’s a pyschological thriller and I would highly recommend it.

We Met in December

I can’t resist a festive read at this time of year, and I’d seen this raved about online. I actually loved it so much! It’s still one that I think about now, weeks after finishing it. A super sweet ‘rom-com’ read that makes you feel super festive too. It’s very similar to One Day in December that I read last year, but I think I might of enjoyed it even more!

American Royals

Another book I’d seen hyped up on social media, but I just knew I would love it. It’s got a ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ vibe to it, but american and royal- obviously. It is ridiculously addictive and one of those books you keep sneaking in chapters with ALL DAY. I would love to see a film made out of it, and I’m excited to see the next book in the series in 2020.

My Sister, the Serial Killer

I got this in a book swap a few weeks ago, and decided to take it on holiday with us to read it. I ended up reading this in just one day, it’s a super quick read which I was quite surprised about. It’s definitely a unique story and I’ve not really read anything like it before, but I really enjoyed it and can see why other people like it so much too.

 

Have you read any of these?


Hello!

It feels like I haven’t chatted to you guys for ages!! We got back last night from our holiday in the canary islands, so as I’m writing this I’m spending my sunday in loungewear with lots of tea and sofa time.

It’s actually the first time I’ve been away at this time of year and I wasn’t sure how festive it would feel, but we completely loved it! It still felt super festive, but without less of the ‘I need to see x’ and ‘I have to do this before this day’, if you know what I mean. I’ve got a lot better at travelling but it isn’t something I enjoy, and I had a few really bad IBS flare ups which was a bit disappointing, definitely something I need to manage in the future. (Just incase you needed a dose of reality within the Instagram story snaps)

Now I’m home there’s a few more little bits and pieces I need to do before the big day arrives (10 days and counting if you can believe it!) but I’m planning on getting that all done this week. Christmas itself looks a lot more of a chilled event than normal and a lot less rushing around thankfully. We usually go and see everyone on the day itself, but this year they are coming to ours, so that will be a super nice change.

In other news, I’m really trying to get less stressed recently about the little things. Learning that I’m not responsible for everything that I think I am. It’s a long journey but small steps everyday is the motto I’m going with.

I’m sure I’ll be posting on here before Christmas, so I’ll see you soon.

Are you feeling festive?