Thursday, 12 January 2017

what's in my december gratitude jar!?


Feeling very inspired by Steph’s lovely posts on making a gratitude jar for December, I decided to make one of my own. Every day I wrote down something I felt grateful for, big or small, and put it into my little pot of gratitude. I find there is so much unnecessary stress thrust upon us, especially around Christmas time, that we sometimes take the things we have for granted. I know I often have this ‘the grass is greener on the other side mindset’ so it was very refreshing and grounding to sit down every day and appreciate all the wonderful things I do have.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

the books i read in 2016


In 2016 I read a total of 10 books, which is honestly quite a disappointing number. I've grown to adore reading and it feels like I've fallen out of love with literature this past year. 2016 was one of my worst reading years since I started tracking my reading, especially considering I read 33 the year before! I had a lot of trouble finishing books, especially as I was in my final year at University and it was pretty demanding, but it continued even after I graduated!? 2016 was definitely the year of unfinished books; I picked up so many but never managed to finish them. Not sure what happened, but I'm actively trying harder in 2017. The books I read in 2016 could easily be described as okay, so-so, wouldn’t mind if they were used as tinder in a zombie apocalypse. I liked them but didn’t find any new favourites. Here's is a quick round up of the books I did manage to finish.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

2017 wishes


I like the new year and the collective bettering of ourselves. I’m prone to becoming a bit passive and caught up in monotony over the year, and the new year always gives me the push I need to make some little changes, to climb out of that void, and work towards something better.

2016 was a mixed bag, I did some things I'd never done before but also went though bouts of feeling v lost and purposeless. I spent a large part of 2016 feeling overwhelmed and a lot of pressure to have everything figured out, which resulted in a lot of procrastination and developing some bad and unhelpful habits. I’m hoping some goals, things to work towards, accepting and actively bettering myself, will help alleviate these unwanted feelings.

My goals are quite broad so I’m planning on writing out everything I need to do in order to reach them. I want to work towards these goals, but also allow myself time to accept where I am and figure things out, without the overwhelming pressure to be doing all the things, all the time. I guess I want to focus on figuring out a balance between accepting and challenging myself. 

1) Take more photos & complete a project 365
2) Actually learn how to play the guitar
3) Improve my mental health
4) Develop a healthier relationship with food
5) Be more present, mindful & live more consciously
6) Do more everyday
7) Give up overthinking and overcomplicating every damn thing
8) Be more confident in my beliefs, my ideas and myself
9) Be a better feminist
10) Aim to meditate every morning
11) Visit more museums
12) Continue running regularly and looking after my physical health
13) Read more than 10 books + reread all the Harry Potter books!
14) Blog more consistently
15) Say yes to more things
16) Leave the house more often
17) Make decisions based on what will make me happy, rather than what is simply easiest

What are your goals and wishes for 2017!?