It feels pretty good to say we are in basically in Spring now, doesn’t it? I feel the days are so much easier when there are blue skies and the sunshine is out, it makes a massive impact on my mood, so I’m all for the spring vibes direction we are heading in! For todays post, I thought I’d collate a few things I want to do this season, and make it a to-do list post that might give you some inspiration too.
Have a picnic in a local park.
Do lots of walking.
Go on a bike ride.
Do yoga on the decking.
Buy some new scented candles.
Paint my nails fun colours.
Wear dresses again.
Sort out my wardrobe.
Have some smoothies.
Send a letter.
Go swimming (if permitting!)
Try new meals.
This is just a short mini list, and hopefully going ahead with the current COVID-19 roadmap, they will be able to go forward!
Lets check in with how February’s goals are and see what I have planned for March!
FEB GOALS RECAP:
Sell two of my prints. I’m so happy and proud of myself to say that I did this! My next goal is to hit double digits by the time it’s my birthday in April. Maybe by then I’ll have added one or two more prints too.
Read 3 books. I’m not actually sure how many books I’ve read in February, but I know it was definitely more than 3. If I had to guess, I would probably go with somewhere around the 5 mark!
2 (or at least 1) run a week. Happy to say I achieved this goal too! Most weeks I’ve done 2 5k’s a week and really enjoyed them! I run outside with my dad and it’s like our little catchup routine.
Embrace my local area. Hopefully with this gorgeous spring weather we’ve been having, it will continue and I can make the most of it by exploring our local area more. I want to try do a few outdoor activities too, and make the dog walks more interesting by trying different routes. I think we’re all itching for a change of scenery at these times aren’t we?
Try new things. I’ve been trying new yoga teachers, and I also want to try some new online exercise classes too. I’ve got a few new craft things to work on and hopefully I can pick some more up throughout the month. I’ll report back on what I come up with!
Get a broader range of meals. This kind of relates to the previous goal, but I know I for sure get bored of all the same food and meals all the time. I’ve been trying to have a bit of variety everyday so I’m getting different nutrients too which is a bonus! I’m not the biggest fan of cooking and definitely a creature of habit, but I’m willing to change that slightly for more variety!
I’m not sure if the last time I spoke I mentioned that I had set up my own Etsy shop for my prints, the link is above if you’d like to go take a look. I decided to add two new animal prints to my shop, with hopefully more to come one day too.
The story behind adding two new animal prints was because I figured that although I personally would want a picture of someone I didn’t know on my wall, not everyone else would! The two new prints feel more suitable to an office or nursery, whereas the original ones feel more bedroom, living room vibes to me. I think the five in total go really well together as a first collection. If you want to keep in touch with other prints that might be available, the best way is to follow me on Instagram which I update regularly.
In other news, things are pretty busy at home! I’m really happy with the goals I’m achieving at the moment, and I’ve just started a new qualification! I don’t feel that comfortable sharing too much about it at the moment because its still very in its early stages, but I will share soon I’m sure. And in short, a few things that are making me happy these days are as follows:
Married at First Sight Australia- We’re on season 6!
Reading Grown Ups by Marian Keyes
Trying out different yoga teachers online
Dying my hair pink (not permanent unfortunately!)
Taylor’s re-recording of Love Story
Going on two runs a week
I hope you all are doing well and having a great February!
I haven’t done a book post for a while, and I’ve read some great books so far in 2021, so I thought today I’d do a little roundup of them all and what I thought of them so far!
Olive by Emma Gannon (4 stars) I’d heard a lot of mixed reviews about Olive, and whilst at times the main character comes across negatively, I still found it a really honest read, and I was kept interested the whole way through. I liked how everything wrapped up at the end, and in a relatable way too.
The Flip Side by James Bailey (3 stars) I’m always intrigued to read a ‘rom-com’ from a male perspective, and I did enjoy this about the book, but unfortunately it was a book that was very hit and miss for me. At the end I was struggling to finish it and really started lacking enthusiasm for it!
The Rosie Result by Graeme Simison (5 stars) The final instalment of ‘The Rosie Project’ was a great end to the series, and I immediately was transported back into the lives of the characters. I liked how it all wrapped up at the end too!
The Rumour by Elin Hilderbrand (4 stars) I’m yet to read a book by Elin Hilderbrand that disappoints me, every one I love! I think now she’s one of my favourite authors, thankfully there’s lots that I haven’t read yet! The only reason I didn’t give this 5 stars was because I enjoyed some of her other books more. The plot didn’t immediately strike me, but after a few chapters I got really into it and it had kind of a ‘desperate housewives’ vibe.
The Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory (3 stars) I probably would of enjoyed this more if I read it over the festive season, and although there were parts of the story I enjoyed, it just felt a bit weak overall and I wasn’t gripped.
The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley (5 stars) This is exactly the kind of lives-entwining book I love, and that’s why I was hooked right from the beginning. I liked how each character was different from the other, and I didn’t want it to end!
FireFly Lane by Kristin Hannah (4 stars) A great story about love, friendship and life complexities throughout the years. It was a beautiful story that the more you read, the further hooked you become. Excited to see it be made into a Netflix show, but at times it can be heavy reading!
Us Three by Ruth Jones (4 stars) I adored Never Greener which was Ruth Jones’ first novel, and whilst I didn’t love this one quite as much, it was a really detailed, beautiful and relatable story of 3 friends throughout the years.
Ghosts by Dolly Alderton (4 stars) When deciding if a book is a 4 or 5 star read, I think is there anything that I still wanted from it when it finished? For this book, I kind of wanted more explanation of an ending, it felt a little short and things didn’t wrap up in as much detail as I would have liked. Apart from that though, it was a fantastic read about life and love through the lead characters life. I would definitely recommend!
I missed January’s goals post, but lets move on from that shall we? I’m back blogging and today I want to share Februarys goals with you all. As we all know, I’m a massive goal orientated gal so having a few small goals to focus on throughout the month really motivates me!
GOAL ONE: SELL TWO PRINTS So this one is kind of out of my hands somewhat, but in another way not, I suppose. I would LOVE to sell two prints this month, I had my first sale to a really lovely customer last week! I want to keep mentioning my prints on my Instagram stories, now that I’ve kind of adjusted my thinking on ‘selling’ online i.e am I talking about it too much? Basically, you can never talk too much about something you’re passionate about!
GOAL TWO: READ 3 BOOKS I’m pretty sure I will be able to do this one, but I haven’t read quite as much lately. I’ve just finished Firefly Lane which I really enjoyed, and I’ve got a massive stack of books on my bedside table which I can’t wait to dig into.
GOAL THREE: 2 RUNS A WEEK (OR AT LEAST ONE) I’ve had a few weeks off running by the time I wrote this (to be honest I’ve struggled trying to work up to a half marathon distance) so I’m going back to basics with a few 5k’s a week. I’ve been able to run with my dad outside too which is great family bonding time! I’ve got a bunch of podcasts I want to catch up with which is also something I really enjoy doing whilst out on a run- it definitely passes the time on!