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6.5.19

12 Habits - Daily Yoga



My oh my this one was a fail. I'm annoyed at myself tbh. I only managed to do yoga about 5 days in the month. It's silly that I failed so badly, because every January I do Yoga with Adriene's yoga month, where she puts out a new video to do every day, and complete it just fine.

I think it's a combination of things; forgetting I had to do yoga every day and then remembering just as I was about to get into bed, a lot of being away and out of my routine, and sheer laziness.

What's good about the Yoga with Adriene yoga month is that you are automatically given a video to do every day so you don't have to make a decision about which one to do. Decision fatigue is real and I have it with everything; what to eat, what to wear, what colours to use for my bullet journal.

In hindsight I think I should have gone through YouTube at the beginning of the month, picked a daily video to do and written it down so I had a schedule.



Yoga really does make me feel much better - I sleep better, I feel calmer. One of my 19 for 2019 goals is to touch my heels to the floor in downward facing dog so I do need to get on with it if I'm gonna achieve.

Anyway, along with my May goal of wearing my clothes in a combination I've never worn before each day (I hope that makes sense), I want to do more yoga again. It's in my bullet journal, so it's officially being recorded.

Fingers crossed!






1.5.19

Notes from April





Bye Bye April. One step closer to summer - woo hoo! I have been most enjoying the longer nights and lighter mornings. This week I've finally been able to do my make up in natural light, so many heart emojis for that.

This month has seen a lot of trips to London for various activities with friends and babysitting duties, something I'm fully on board with as London is my fave place ever.

Here's what else I've been...

Reading

- Don't say I look nice!
- This writer's diary showing a week of depression was a sobering read.
- These horribly unfeminist ads will make you rage and shake your head in disbelief simultaneously. Some of the company responses are a joke as well.
- Absurd couple fight stories which had my cracking up at my desk. Make sure you read the comments for more gold

Book wise I've read A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen, Case Histories by Kate Atkinson and Perfect by Rachel Joyce, all of which were pretty enjoyable reads. My favourite was Perfect, as Rachel Joyce is always a delight.


Watching

I've been very much enjoying Glow Up as a lovely bit of fluff , as well as Season 11 of Ru Paul's Drag Race, of course. Finally got round to watching Killing Eve, which had mixed reviews in this household - I liked it but thought the ending was a bit silly, Rich thought the whole thing was too silly. I also watched Steel Magnolias the other night which is a well old film from 1989 but it was so happy and yet heart-wrenchingly sad at the same time. Thoroughly recommend.

On YouTube I loved Sali Hughes' In The Bathroom with Sharmadean Reid. I have loved WAH Nails for yearssss but never heard founder Sharmadean actually speak. She is so eloquent, gentle and softly spoken, yet thoroughly engaging at the same time.

Eating

I've been eating many Easter eggs and I finally got my hands on the Reese's mini peanut butter eggs, which are a delight but basically the same as the Peanut Butter Cups. Rich and I went to two Bristol restaurants this month, Masa + Mezcal which was modern Mexican and Giggling Squid which is Thai. Both were a dream, I think the mexican had the edge though. The rice was insanely fluffy.

Doing

I've been doing training for the 10K my friend Rosie and I are running at the beginning of May! I feel much more prepared for it now, and we've raised loads of money for Cancer Research which is great.

Wearing

The weather is still up and down but this month I've packed away my heavy winter coats and jumpers and brought back the summer dresses and sandals. I bought a satin skirt from ASOS like everyone else on earth, but I see why because it is a delight to both touch and wear.

18.4.19

On being entertained by boring things




My darling hunksband doesn't understand how I can watch YouTube vlogs. He finds them insufferably boring and doesn't see how I could possibly be entertained by someone going about their daily life. I, however, cannot get enough of someone's day to day routine. I remember, the one time I went to Glastonbury in 2011, my friends and I were sat around the tent one afternoon during pre-drinks and one by one we detailed our morning routines. I loved it. I find mundane details about people's lives fascinating and when YouTubers say 'sorry the week's been so boring' I am lapping it up. I don't particularly care about exciting trips or action packed days out. Give me your weekly shop, tell me about your cat's flea treatments. I'll be on the edge of my seat.


I've always been like this I think. My favourite books are about real life, from Judy Blume and Jacqueline Wilson when I was but a wee nipper, to Sarah Winman and Rachel Joyce now. I don't want for superhero films and big CGI special effects. I guess it's a mix of being super nosy and getting to see simple, everyday things you would not normally see in someone else's life. I like finding out if people do the same things as me. 'I agree that Whole Earth peanut butter is the best peanut butter!' 'I also hate it when someone talks to me on the bus stop!'. It's like making a connection even if you don't know that person. And isn't that what life is about? Connections. Only joking, that makes me cringe to my core. But also it's a bit true. Sorry about it.


I also think there's a skill to still making it interesting. Take Hannah Gale for example. If you don't know her, she is a blogger who has a small child and instagrams a lot of her day to day life, talking about her fave Nakd bar flavours, what her child is watching on TV and how long it's been since she noticed her top had a baby sick stain on. It's 'boring', sure. But it's mega relatable. It's funny. It's cute. And I can't get enough.

So here's to being boring bitches.




7.4.19

12 Habits - Writing my blog for 15 minutes everyday




Habit number 3 - writing my blog for 15 minutes each day - was a revelation! I got so many blog posts done! I did have quite a few ideas on my blog ideas list, which I keep on Google Docs, so that helped with structuring my writing but I found that the more I wrote the more the ideas flowed. They flowed out of me with ease.

I now have another problem (of the first world variety, naturally) in that I have many blog posts just a 5 minute edit away from being ready, but a distinct lack of complementary pictures to go alongside them all. Blog photos are so much harder than writing.

For outfit posts I need a willing photographer that a) is half decent, b) puts up with me and c) wants to get up super early and traipse around Bristol whilst I nonchalantly gaze at trees, cups of tea and what not. My loving husband Rich usually fits the bill rather well, but I still feel endlessly guilty asking him to get up at the crack of dawn on the weekend and ferry me about. Also, I've had quite a few weekends away in London recently which scuppers this plan somewhat. Flat lays are easier but they still require setting up, fun props, good lighting and batting the cat away every 20 seconds.

Oh I don't know, maybe I just need to take the plunge and get in touch with some Bristol based blog photographers. Lord knows there are many of them. Scary though isn't it! And more expensive than my husband.

But anyway, back to the topic at hand, writing every day for 15 minutes comes highly highly recommended from me. I have to confess I didn't manage every SINGLE day, due to evenings out, days away, or sheer forgetfulness. I still wrote a hell of a lot more than any other month though, so was welllll worth doing.

Put on some tunes or some lovely white noise  (my fave is Isochronic Alpha Synth Tone from the White Noise app, which is actually the most 2019 name for a sound ever, but it is so pleasing and relaxing), set the timer for 15 minutes and it will go by in a flash!

My April habit is Yoga every day!
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