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Happy New Year!

Well hello,

And a very happy new year to you!

Christmas was a delight, just really lovely and relaxing. New year was great fun, and I’ve just about recovered from going to bed at 5am.

Anyway, I thought I’d start 2018 off with a bang on the blog by writing out my New Years Resolutions. I’ve never been a big setter of resolutions, but I’ve realised I’m more likely to stick with something if I publicly announce it. I need to be held accountable for everything otherwise I do NOTHING.

Without further ado, here are my three resolutions (with accompanying miserable January weather pics)

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1: Shop for clothes in charity shops only

By shopping only in charity shops for clothes, I hope to think a bit more about what I’m buying. I want to stop mindlessly shopping online and in shops for clothes I don’t really need. In doing this, it will be better for the environment, and better for my purse. I will give myself some leniency however, for example:¬†I’ve got gigantic feet and I may struggle to find anything if my shoes wear out. But I’ll see how I go, and keep you updated! You can expect to see me looking more eclectic than usual this year.

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2: Review books once I’ve read them

Thank you to Susie for the above novel (which was amazing by the way – highly recommend if you like cats and Japanese fiction like me, or just good books ūüėČ ) I read a lot of books. So many, in fact, that I often forget what happened in them. I thought it would be nice this year to extend my hobby by not tearing through quit as many books, but instead using some time to review them on goodreads afterwards. You can find me on goodreads here.¬†(Feel free to add me!) In doing so, I’ll hopefully connect with some more readers, and give myself a little more time to write.

And finally…

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3: Give myself a health/fitness goal each month

During January, I’ll be doing yoga every day for 30 days. (I’m using¬†free youtube videos, find them¬†here.) I thought this would be super easy as it means I no longer have to run/can do it in my pjs/don’t have to go outside etc. but it’s day three and I’m already struggling. I’m determined to get to day 10 without a hiccup and then I think once I’m past that point it should be easier.

I’m hoping to try something different in February, and each month going forwards: maybe a month of vegan, or trying a new fitness class etc. My aim is to try lots of different things, give myself a bit of a challenge and maybe find something I really enjoy. (hasn’t worked so far, but here’s hoping haha)

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Happy new year everyone!

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A new set of challenges

Hello from¬†a very soggy Sunday morning in Leeds. We are in the middle of “Storm Brian,” which is pretty full on. I’ve been awake since 5am (great Sunday lie in) after waking up from a horrible zombie nightmare. Maybe I need to stop watching The Walking Dead right before ¬†we go to sleep…

Parker is delighted that I’m up so early and has pushed my laptop off me and has started giving me a slightly scratchy massage.

Anyway.

When I first started my¬†blog in 2015, I gave myself something fun to do, and also to write about by setting myself 25 challenges to complete before I was 25. I didn’t really complete them all, but it was good fun. You can click the links to read about when I tried lobster, caviar, and¬†meditated for ten days.

Now I’m picking up my blog again, I’ve decided to give myself a new set of challenges. (With no more¬†fishy business – now I’m a veggie)

Although I’ve just turned 27,¬†I’m sticking with 25 challenges (seems like a more manageable number haha)

Here we go, here are my challenges for the year!

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1- Visit India

2 – Hike one of the three Yorkshire Peaks

3 – Read “Shantaram”

4 – See live comedy

5 – Watch “Gone With The Wind”

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6 – Get a tarot card reading

7 Р Take a language class

8 – Donate 200 things to charity

9 – Spend no money for one week

10 – Go to a pilates class

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11 – Learn to salsa dance

12 – Play piccolo in an orchestra

13 – Learn to sew and make something wearable

14 – Host a dinner party for my friends

15 – Go plastic free for a week

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16 РTry making my own cosmetics

17 – Go Christmas shopping in York

18- Go to Ireland

19- Go to a concert of music from another culture

20- Go vegan for a week

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21- Read sixty books in a year

22- Volunteer to help out with a charitable cause

23- Start drawing again

24- Have a car-free week

25- Do yoga every day for thirty days

So there we have it! I’m excited to get going. How nice to have a list of stuff to fall back on when I’m bored.

I’ll keep you posted with how I get on.

P.S. apologies for the photo overload! These are all photos I took on our visit to Harewood House yesterday where I had my mind blown by the dahlias. I am no longer using instagram, so you can expect a lot of photos making there way on here.

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On social media detox

Hello there,

It’s been a while.

Life is good in Leeds. I’m sat at the kitchen table. Outside of the window the sky is weirdly yellow and there’s a feeling of anticipation in the air, like something is about to happen.

Anyway, a quick update from over here. Life has settled down to a gently post-wedding/honeymoon monotony. We are happy as clams. A few weeks ago I decided I needed to be more productive, and removing myself from social media felt like a good idea.

Things I have learnt since quitting social media:

  1. There are so many hours in the day. As a self-employed music teacher, I have an unpredictable work schedule. Every day of the week is different, and I often have the off hour here or there which is free. I’d normally busy myself by doing one thing- like the food shop etc. and then the rest would get taken up with scrolling through instagram looking at people I don’t know stood on a beach in a bikini.
  2. I don’t know most people on my Facebook. When I look through my friends list, and think “when was the last time I had a conversation with that person?” I usually can’t answer that question.
  3. Life isn’t meant to be formed in perfect status updates or immaculate photos of your breakfast. I feel liberated now I’m no longer thinking of the way to retell an event online. I actually enjoy my experiences in the moment.
  4. Social media is a¬†form of¬†entertainment that is systematically designed to be addictive. I watched a TED talk that describes exactly how a little “like” of your post gives you a tiny dopamine boost that becomes addictive.
  5. Life begins when you put your phone down. I’ve been astonished how many people you see just walking along the street staring at their phones. It’s like a dystopian novel out there.
  6. You can still communicate with friends when you’re not on Facebook. Initially I was worried I’d stop speaking to my friends, but I’ve found the opposite to be true. I speak to my friends more now that I don’t get daily updates on what they’re doing.

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I’m aiming to stay off Facebook until Christmas. I’ll update you then with how I get on!

Love, peace, and internet-free time,

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