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April seems to of flown by for me, even given the fact that lockdown is still happening in the UK (and rightly so I think). May looks to be much of the same, so again this months goals are very home based and things I can work on from the safety of my own home.

APRIL GOALS RECAP

Keep positive. I definitely tried to keep positive in April, of course there were lots of down moments and days when I just felt so off, but that’s a given with the state of the world right now. Some days were better than others, but I feel I did my best at this.

Keep creating. I’d say that April was a really creative month for me. I created lots of photos I was really happy with, did lots of painting and embroidery, and felt fufilled creatively. That’s something I’m really happy about.

Be kind to myself. Looking back, I can proudly say I was really kind to myself in April, and I’m so glad. It actually made such a difference to my mood, and productivity levels too. Hopefully this is something I can remember to carry on for the foreseeable until it becomes a habit, instead of something I need to remind myself about.

MAY GOALS

Push myself out of my creative comfort zone. Carrying on from earlier, now that I feel really happy with my creativity levels right now, I want to push myself further. Paint new things, try to create different images than I’m used to, and maybe even do some embroidery on a t-shirt or two. I can’t wait!

Try a new workout. Even if it’s just trying out a new Youtube video (for some reason I really want to try a Barre exercise) or adding some weights after I’ve finished a run, I think it will be good for myself and my body to change things up a little bit.

Work on mindset and positive habits. This month I want to do more work with affirmations and different meditations. I’m already halfway through a 10 day meditation youtube series, so hopefully I can keep that up for the rest of the month. There are a few other things I’d like to do too, so we’ll see.

What are your goals for May?

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It feels like a bit of a weird time to chat about ‘happy’ things, doesn’t it? So instead, I’m going to focus this post on the things that are bringing me light in this time of darkness. The things that comfort me, give me hope, keep my mind occupied and make me feel a little bit more positive than I did before. I love the Dumbledore quote ‘Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one remembers to turn on the light’. It feels very apt right now, but obviously I’m very aware that I’m currently not going through the same journey that other people may be.

#1 DISTRACTIONS

Because when I’m trying not to check the news every hour, I need to keep myself as distracted as possible. Netflix (I’m watching Dirty John & Too Hot Too Handle at the moment!), podcast episodes, Youtube, and Instagram is helping take my mind off what’s going on at the moment. I know it’s very important to be aware what’s happening right now, but sometimes it can be a little too much when you’re refreshing the BBC app 18 times a day.

#2 THE WEATHER WE HAD

Granted this week is set to be very grey and rainy, but my goodness wasn’t that sunshine quite something? I know for sure that when yesterdays weather rolled around, I felt a bit worried about if it would change my coping skills. Thankfully that hasn’t seemed to happen, and I’m actually relishing cosying up at home a bit.

#3 BAKING

I’m not sure I’ve ever baked so much since we’ve been in lockdown, but it does pass an hour in the afternoons, and it means I get homemade snacks for the rest of the week! So far I’ve made two sets of cookies, banana bread, flapjack, and next up I want to make some muffins I think! I’m not the best cook (I actually hate cooking) but I do find baking quite therapeutic, although to be honest the end goal always motivates me the most.

#4 CONNECTION

Instagram seems a busier place than ever, and I do quite like that. I feel like I’m connecting with the community on there now more than ever. We’ve been having weekly quizzes on Zoom and they’ve also been a massive highlight, I am quite competitive it has to be said. Facetiming my nephew every day is bringing me such joy, even though I’m missing him so so much. I’m also really enjoying watching everyones videos on IGTV and Instagram lives.

#5 SMALL JOYS

Morning cups of tea, reading a chapter of a book in bed, ice-cream, hot baths, seeing the blossom outside, magazines, being still able to go for a run, a stretchy yoga session, ringing my grandma. All of these things keep me feeling topped up.

What’s bringing you some light these days?

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I know lots of people think blogs have had their time of day, but that’s definitely not the bench I’m sitting on. I still read lots of my favourite blogs every single day, well every other day most likely. There’s something so in-depth about a blog post that I really love, kind of like reading someone’s diary or notes app in their iPhone. Basically, I still love blogs. And here’s some that I really, really love..

Daisybutter // Michelle has quite possibly the dreamiest blog layout and instagram aesethic, but that’s not the only reason why I love her blog. She does lots of lifestyle posts and I really enjoy her ‘Petite Joys’ posts on a Friday, and the weekend ‘Sundaze’ one where she shares other posts she’s loved and highlights of her week. You can see how much time and effort she puts into her blog literally pouring out on every single post, and that’s something I really admire. Plus she’s a fellow T Swift fangirl and that’s a winner in my book.

Thegirlwholovedtowrite // I’ve followed Chelsea’s blog for years, and it’s definitely got a soft spot in my heart! You know when you feel like someone is SO similar to you? That’s how I feel about Chelsea, although she does live at the other side of the world so the chances of us meeting one day are highly unlikely. I just love every single post she writes. They are most often about life in general and personal musings, self development etc, and I always take something from them every time.

JayeRockett // I’ve read Jaye’s blog and Instagram for ages now, and I’m still a fan as much as I was when I discovered her. Honest, relatable and down to earth, Jaye shares lifestyle posts that range from beauty, books, to health and wellness. I always love her recommendations and end up leaving her blog feeling quite spendy..

KateLaVie // Kate’s blog is one of my favourites, I always look forward to reading a new post from her because they are usually about things I’m super interested in (basically anything lifestyle related), but my favourites are probably her monthly goals. I love how her content is always positive and inspires me to do better, and not in a pushy way either. Also, her flat is Pinterest dreamy. Go follow!

5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD KEEP BLOGGING:

  • Unlike Instagram, all the content is 100% yours. And it’s good to know it probably won’t disppear overnight one day.
  • Imagine 50 years from now and being able to look back and read about your life in your twenties? HOW COOL. Like an online diary, but with prettier pictures.
  • It’s therapeutic! So much so, sometimes it feels like therapy, but a lot cheaper.
  • It could be the new creative hobby you’ve been looking for. Having something you do just for YOU is a lovely thing.
  • It’s an achievement. People are curious beings, whether you have 5 or 500 people reading your blog, that’s still a pretty epic thing to be proud of.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and be sure to check all of these blogs out if you want any new reads. You won’t be disappointed thats for sure. What blogs are you reading at the moment?

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I think spending what will be, 6 weeks minimum in lockdown will have an effect on us all at some point, won’t it? I know for sure it’s made me realise quite a few things, whether that’s personality traits that I have, things I used to do before all this happened. I really don’t want this to come off across as like lockdown has to teach us anything, or come across like I’m one of those super productive beings who never has had down days during this, because that’s definitely not true. I’m feeling such a range of emotions every single day, as I know you are too. Anyway that being said, I wanted to reflect on a few things I’ve realised since this all started.

home is still my happy place

Even though we’re spending so much more time at home now than ever before, I still love being at home. I’ve always been a homebody, but I do like to go out and about everyday, because lets be honest, it makes coming home even better. I can tend to get a bit stir crazy spending too much time at home, so I’ve been keeping myself occupied by doing lots of baking, painting, yoga etc. which definitely helps.

we are all the same

I know some of us are in different situations to others (a massive shout-out to any key workers out there who are on the front-line) but one thing this pandemic has made me realise is that we are all exactly the same. Everyone going outside their houses for the 8pm #clapforcarers every Thursday just really gives me a great sense of community, and reminds me that we are all trying our best right now, and hoping for the best outcome possible.

slowing down can be a good thing

Now that we’ve been at home for the last few weeks, it’s definitely made me slow down more, as I’m sure it maybe has for you too. To be quite honest, I’ve enjoyed not feeling rushed about making sure weekends are packed with activities, and just having a slow morning spend pottering around at home instead. Running around trying to achieve everything in one day suddenly doesn’t happen anymore, and it’s kind of nice in a way. When this is all over, that’s something I want to really remember and try to keep going when I’m able to.

Has this lockdown made you realise anything?

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Since we are a good few weeks into self-isolating, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop anytime soon, I thought I’d compile a big list of my favourite shows/books/podcasts/hobbies that you can dip in and out of, and come back to this post if you need some inspiration or you’re feeling a bit ‘meh’. All of these things are proving to me such a great distraction to me right now, especially because the news is so tough to see at the moment. I think reading a few chapters of a good book before bed, or enjoying a cup of tea sat outside whilst listening to a podcast are all things that can add small joys into our days, and we need them more than ever right now. So, lets go..

TV SHOWS

  • You (Both seasons on Netflix)
  • Love is Blind (Netflix)
  • Jane The Virgin (All seasons on Netflix)
  • Grace & Frankie (Netflix)
  • Workin’ Moms (Netflix)
  • Marvellous Mrs Maisel (Amazon prime)
  • Race Across The World (BBC)
  • The Nest (BBC)
  • The Split (BBC)
  • Taylor Swift: Miss Americana (Netflix)
  • The Stranger (Netflix)
  • The Crown (Netflix)
  • Locke & Key (Netflix)
  • Narcos (Netflix)
  • The Circle (Channel 4)
  • Gogglebox (Channel 4)

 

BOOKS

  • Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
  • Small Great Things
  • Daisy Jones & The Six
  • The Giver of Stars
  • An American Marriage
  • Eve of Man
  • Vox
  • So Lucky
  • The Cows
  • The Girl He Used To Know
  • The Light We Lost
  • In Five Years
  • Mixtape
  • The Jetsetters
  • The House We Grew Up In

 

PODCASTS

  • Sh*gged Married Annoyed by Rosie & Chris Ramsay
  • One Step by Ingrid Nilsen
  • Yoga Girl Podcast
  • Happy Place by Fearne Cotton
  • The Fringe of It By Charlotte Jacklin & Liv Purvis
  • Deliciously Ella Podcast
  • Things You Can’t Ask Yer Mum By Lindsey Holland and Lizzy Hadfield
  • Get Your Glow Back by Madeleine Shaw
  • What I Know Now by Amelia Liana
  • Talking Tastebuds by Venetia LaManna
  • Hashtag Authentic by Sara Tasker
  • How To Fail by Elizabeth Day

 

10 (more) THINGS TO DO IN SELF-ISOLATION:

  1. Exercise. Whether that’s on your daily walk or at home, it honestly will make you feel so much better.
  2. Start a craft project. I’ve got a scarf knit-kit that I’m really looking forward to do!
  3. Bake something tasty. I’ve made banana bread, easter nests and cookies so far.
  4. Declutter and re-organise your home. Don’t forget to pop on a good playlist!
  5. Create. Whether that’s writing a blog post or an Instagram picture.
  6. Facetime a loved one. Always a highlight of my day.
  7. Have a movie night. Re-watch one of your favourites for ultimate cosy vibes.
  8. Give yourself a pamper. Hair wash, face mask, manicure- the lot!
  9. Switch up your social media. Have a look at who you’re following and maybe find some new accounts.
  10. Make something for somebody else. Whether that’s a care package or posting a book to a loved one, it’s so nice to do.

 

How are you doing in self-isolation right now?