I’ve been spending quite a bit of time lately thinking about the things I would like to change. You know, the usual healthy habits that you still need to work on, like making sure you cook new dishes or try and use less plastic.

I find Autumn a huge season of reflection for me, and since I’ve got you here, I thought I’d tell you about them in the hope that I stick to them!


Go on more dates with Dan

Once you live together and you’re not in the honeymoon phase anymore, everything becomes a bit more adult, the bins need taking out, the dishwasher needs emptying etc etc. But we only have one life right? And I want to prioritise more fun! Especially as a couple, I think it’s really important and letting your hair down can only be a good thing. It doesn’t have to be super fancy dressed up venues either, just going out for a pizza or bowling and spending time really connecting together.


More self-care

When the days get darker, I always find that I need to up my self-care. Whether that’s long baths and face masks, or getting out for a walk for the much needed vitamin D, it’s vital for me to keep my spirits high and my general well-being feeling good. Even when you don’t feel like it at the beginning and the first step is a massive struggle, I always feel so much better for it afterwards.


Post more content

I ideally would like to post a lot more on Instagram (5x a week) and maybe one extra blog post, but thinking about it I’m not sure how easily I’ll manage it! Especially because I like to put a lot of effort into my Instagram photos, it can take quite a while to it to get from the idea to the finished picture. Everything feels quite busy in my life at it is at the moment, but maybe after working things out and establishing a better routine it might feel more manageable.

Be kinder to myself

I feel like this is definitely a life-long journey, but over the past few weeks I’ve come to realise just how negative my self-talk can be, even without me realising it. I tend to berate myself for not doing the things I think I ‘should’ or feel guilty for living life a little differently, and not the regular 9-5. I’ve bought a new book all about this by Louise Hay so I’m hoping this might help, I’ve already started reading it and I’m really finding it useful so far.


Is there anything you want to do more of?

  • I want to go on more dates with Sam. We actually very rarely go out just the two of us. x

    • NatalieLeanne

      Same! I think it’s so healthy too, even if just every couple of weeks x

  • I will join the ‘want to go on more dates’ train. My boyfriend and I have been so focused on our house renovation that quality time has pretty much non-existent. Now that I think of it, so has been self-care and being kind to myself, haha.

    • NatalieLeanne

      Oh no! Book a date in, and a self-care evening! xx

  • I tried posting on Insta 5 days a week and it does take a lot of time and effort. A bit too much perhaps, so now I’ve cut it down to 2-3 pictures a week and I definitely don’t feel so overwhelmed 🙂 Totally agree on the dates, very important! xx

    Teresa |

    • NatalieLeanne

      I feel like with Instagram, you kind of have to get ahead with taking pictures just in case you don’t end up liking a few of them- plus this lack of daylight isn’t really helping! xx

      • Omg, this lack of light is driving me nuts! 😀 I need to use my lunch hours for photographing, insane… xx

  • Lovely list, friend. I can definitely agree with the date idea. While working and doing daily chores, it is hard to remember to set aside time just to hang out with each other! Hope you enjoy this cozy time of year. 🙂

    Madison | Breakfast at Madison’s

    • NatalieLeanne

      Thank you for reading Madison! I appreciate it 🙂

  • This is a nice list – its always good to be reflective and try to figure out what areas in life can be improved upon. I certainly need to partake in more fun dates with my other half – we are in the middle of re-doing our living room so date nights have been swapped for DIY! xx

    Lynsey || One More Slice

    • NatalieLeanne

      I hope it’s going smoothly! xx

  • I too want to go on more dates with my other half, we haven’t really had much time for that these past few months!

    Danielle xx

    • NatalieLeanne

      Especially with the festive season coming up, everything gets so busy this time of year doesn’t it? x

  • Aditi Kaushiva

    Self care is huge on my list. It was at the start of the year too but I didn’t keep my promises to self. And, More content creation for blog and Instagram for sure.
    – Aditi

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