Well, it’s been quite a while since my last post. Without going into too much information, I’ve had a really tough couple of weeks. (Merry Christmas and Happy New Year by the way!) Things are starting to look up now, and I want to get back into posting on here. So, if you wouldn’t mind I would absolutely LOVE any feedback on what you’d like to see on my blog, that would be super helpful, especially because I want to priortise posting on here a bit more.
For todays post, I wanted to chat about my top 5 favourite books of 2020. I managed to read 120 books in 2020 which I’m super happy and impressed with! I really discovered my love of reading last year. I’ve set this years goal for 80, which doesn’t feel as intimidating.
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult This is a really heavy read, so definitely be aware of that before going into it, but it’s a book I’ll never forget and it also happens to be the first book I read in 2020.
The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo 2020 was the year I discovered how much I love contemporary fiction. Especially those of a family, spanning through their lifetimes, I suppose it’s because they are so detailed you really get to know the characters and get attached to the story. This was a long read from memory, but I’d go as far to say I’d read it again because I loved it that much.
28 summers by Elin Hilderbrand Erin Hilderbrand an author I discovered last year, and I fell in love with her style of writing since the first read. This book is equal parts heartbreaking and beautiful all at the same time. It’s still a book I think about every so often.
Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens A hyped up read, but worth all the praise it gets. I probably recommend this book the most, because I haven’t quite read a story like this one before. I also think it would make an incredible film!
The Help by Kathryn Stockett I can’t believe I’ve never read this book before. It’s an absolute EYE-OPENER, and I was hooked the whole way through. I’d recommend *everybody* to read this at some point in their life. It’s a must.
To say it’s the last month of a crazy year, is nothing of an understatement is it? I’m sure I’ll talk more about ~this year~ in another post, so for todays post I want to share with you my December goals, of which I’m really excited about!
My Lockdown List. Obviously the last month we were in a national lockdown, however this week our area will be going into tier 3, so nothing much will really change around here. On this lockdown list I put on running twice a week and doing the majority of my Christmas shopping- both of which I did!
Journal everyday. This is something that although at times I found it hard to stick to, I really really enjoyed and it’s definitely a habit I want to keep with in the future. I find the practice of doing it daily a bit overwhelming, but I definitely want to do it more reguarly because it seems to really work for me.
Afternoon me-time. I thoroughly cherished my afternoons at home and I did slow down this month at times where it was possible, of course at other times life got in the way, but that’s okay too.
My first (virtual) half marathon. Okay so I’m slightly terrified about this one, but coming up I have my first ever half marathon. I did my last long training run a week ago so I’m ready to go and feel prepared and rested for it when it arrives. Eeeeek!
My next photography challenge. I’ve challenged myself to post everyday on the 1st-24th of December on Instagram. Another goal I’m really nervous about but I think I can do it!
Enjoy the festive season (whatever it looks like). And I hope you do, too.
October was a really tough time for me, and us as a family. Wading through every day felt like treacle sometimes, and I was clinging onto those little slices of joy such as an afternoon nap or a walk in the sunshine to keep me going. Thankfully, things are looking up now. But as I type this, the UK is going back into a national lockdown on Thursday. Obviously November’s goals are going to be stay at home based, and while it’s uncertain times ahead, know that if you’re reading this I’m really hoping you’re doing well and okay out there.
I only had one goal for October, and it was to meditate more. And I did! Pretty much everyday I would say, and even though at times it could of been 2 minutes, it really does help my health and wellbeing, and make my mind feel much calmer and at ease. I just used the timed meditation part of the Calm app, which I’d highly recommend!
My Lockdown List. I’ve made a little list of the stay at home things I want to do this time in Lockdown. Things such as running at least twice a week, finishing my christmas shopping (and not using Amazon) by December, and also completing my current craft project. These things will keep me occupied and give me a bit of focus in these tricky times.
Journal everyday. I’ve journalled for a few years now, but I’ve got out of the habit of doing it everyday. I find it really valuable, so I want to do it every day this month and I’m looking forward to seeing what crops up for me.
Afternoon me-time. Over the last couple of days, I’ve really started to treat a free afternoon as a bit of me-time. I read a bit in bed, take harvey for a walk, or do some yoga, and I’m loving having that bit of space that is just for me, a little space in the day where I can choose what I want to do to serve me.