A January Catch Up

The end of January isn’t far off! In fact, it’s only a week away and boy am I glad to see it go. I know I’m not the only one that finds January a bit of a struggle. After the excitement of Christmas, January is a dark, bleak month full of rain and broken resolutions. I like the fact that it signals a new beginning for many but the more cynical me knows nothing will change and the only resolution I need is to try and be the best version of myself.

I’ve been thinking about that a lot recently. I read a brilliant post by Sophie about the girl she always wished she could be and how now she’s accepted she will never be that girl. I often think if I was just a bit more organised or if I worked harder at x then I’d be happier, more content I suppose. Although I think self improvement is a great thing, I’ve realised that we shouldn’t push ourselves to reach an un-achievable target.

January is a month where the pressure is piled on. Diets are in full swing and exercise classes are doing better than ever. I’ve been attending an exercise class once a week and hope to keep it up as long as possible. I’d also been hoping to start up running again; just a short distance to improve my shocking stamina but it hasn’t happened yet…and that’s okay!

I’ve got many things to look forward to this year, most of which were booked in January so if this long month is getting you down, use it to plan for the rest of your year.

Another thing I’ve been taking advantage of is going to the cinema. If you haven’t seen The Greatest Showman yet then you’re doing January wrong. It will honestly brighten your day and don’t think it’s a film only for girls. The boyf enjoyed it too so they must have done something right.

I also couldn’t write this post without mentioning the awesome series that is Homeland. Yes, I am late to the party as per usual but wow, I think I’m in love with Damian Lewis. He also shares my birthday so he must be a good egg. Back to the point, it’s a completely gripping series about the CIA trying to track down terrorists (that’s a very simple way to describe a complex plot). Claire Danes is the main character and the series also focuses on her battle with Bipolar disorder. She’s another amazing character. Watch it so I have someone to talk to about it! (No spoilers please as I’m only on Season 2, although I did see a spoiler when I was innocently looking up the cast).

What else have I been doing? Reading of course. I’ve recently finished The Thirst  – Jo Nesbo about a serial killer in Oslo who is a vampirist. It probably sounds a bit bizarre but it was brilliant and reminded me of the Peter James thrillers. I’ve just started Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine which was a recommendation on Instagram. I’m really enjoying it so far and would definitely recommend for those looking for a unique take on life as an introvert. She’s a character for sure.

I was thinking back on some of the things I’d like to achieve which I wrote at the end of 2017. I know it’s early days but I thought now would be a good time to see if I’ve made any progress with them. Firstly, I said I was going to improve my blog content. I’ve added a new music tab to my blog and aimed to write content about House and Dance music, the first of which I published last week which you can read here. So in that respect, this is going well. I also mentioned I would ‘get serious about writing a content plan’. Surprise, surprise I haven’t done this.  I may well do this but for now it’s on the back burner.

Another goal was to use my DSLR camera. I have actually done this one too! Rich and I went for a cold, windy walk and I took my camera to capture the beauty of the cliffs and the countryside. It’s a shame it wasn’t sunny but I enjoyed being out in the fresh air and look forward to returning in the sun.

The next goal was to boss my job. It’s only been three weeks of January so I’m not sure I can comment on this one yet. I’ve been trying hard as usual and my god it’s been full on. I thought January would be an ease back into it after Christmas but no, it’s all systems go. (I love it really).

Goal 5 was to attend an exercise class and this has been achieved too. I’m loving how upbeat this post is making me feel! Long may this continue…the exercise class I mean.

We then come to cook more and eat out less. This is difficult for me as eating out is a social occasion for me and if someone suggests it, I never turn it down. I’ve cooked dinner for myself once this month and that’s simply not good enough (amongst other home cooked meals made for me). I will work harder on this one.

The last goal on my list was to be kinder to myself. Looking back, I’ve tied so much into this goal that there’s no way I could implement it all in a month but here goes. I’ve been moisturising more but still not every day. Although I did go out and buy a new face scrub today on the recommendation of the fantastic, Chloe. Her blog is one of my favourites. I have been eating a little bit healthier and forcing myself to eat fruit. (Bleugh). I haven’t been more organised and I certainly haven’t slowed down so I need to work on this. The most organised thing I’ve done is write things on. a calendar which is a small achievement I suppose.

I think I’m being less hard on myself but I believe, the stricter I am with myself, the more I can achieve. Here’s to a productive February!

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