Ok so this one is a little on the late side given that we are now six days into February, but in my defence, this one didn’t actually send after scheduling for the first, which I have noticed that has happened a couple of times on this blog recently, so I should probably look into this one at some point. Anyway, I suppose this one is still relevant as it’s only just turned into February.
1. New Years Motivation.
As usual I started 2018 with buckets of motivation, which always gives me a buzzy kind of feeling. I had a couple of days lazing around at home after a busy, none stop Christmas period with family and friends. I also avoided going out last minute on New Year’s Eve, which turned out to be a good thing because my friend got really drunk and fell down the club stairs, breaking her wrist in the process. In all honesty I wouln’t have wanted to spend the early hours of 2018 in A&E, and messing up my last day off before work, catching up on sleep.
This year I have chosen to not set goals exactly, but focus on the word MORE. In other words, to read more, write more, cook more, swim more, workout more etc and I would say that I am doing fairly well on that front, so far at least. I have started swimming twice a week with my friend Sophie and I already feel better for it. I have started reading more again, and buying yet more books. In terms of writing, I haven’t quite managed to get into more of a routine on that front sadly, but I am working on that. I have exams at the end of this month, so for the mean time, my blog plans have taken a back seat a bit. I’m hoping to pay for a bit more of a flashy blog at some point this year and getting into a decent blogging schedule, but at the moment I’m focusing on my digital marketing exam. One day at a time though. Hopefully I will have some more time in my very busy working life to dedicate to this blog and the one that I run with my friend Sophie in the near future though, because I have an abundance of ideas and half written and blog drafts everywhere.
2. The Greatest Showman.
My best friend Livy, her lovely boyfriend Danny and I went to our local (and slightly crappy) cinema on New Year’s Day (another good reason to skip out on a New Year’s overrated night out) to watch The Greatest Showman. Bloody hell isn’t that film incredible! Needless to say I have had the soundtrack on repeat since the first day of 2018 and I’m not even sorry. In fact, it’s been one month and five days since I was sat completely mesmerised by what was being played out in front of my face, I have been fan girling hard and owning that shit, listening to the soundtrack on repeat, blabbering to anyone who will listen/read my ramblings and forcing my mum to watch behind the scenes Youtube clips as well as making her sit in the car until the song has finished because no one should walk out midway through a masterpiece. If you haven’t seen it, or listened to the soundtrack, get on it. You’re missing out big time.
Ever since I got a bar job at the hotel with the lush spa pool in my home town last March mostly for free swimming and discounted gym perks, I’m going to be honest, I barely used the perks that interested me in the job there in the first place. But in Jan I joined my friend Sophie in the pool for a couple of free swims a couple of times a week, and it’s kind of reunited my love for swimming, working out and has made me determined to really incorporate it into my weekly routine. I just need to be a little bit sneaky as I technically don’t work at the pool any more… 😉
I’m hoping to really improve on my swimming this year because I was never that strong to begin with, and if I ever fulfil my dream of moving to Australia, being able to swim well is quite a useful asset to have over there.
4. The colour yellow.
Yellow has always been that one colour that I have always liked, but have avoided for fear of looking horrendous. However, I have recently purchased a soft yellow jumper from Primark on payday and to be honest, it’s barely been off my body since. I also bought a really beautiful yellow suede jacket that I have had my eye on since November, that goes with my pink, green and brown one. Sadly it’s not jacket weather so for the time being it’s hanging on my clothes rack looking all kinds of pretty, but I can’t wait to wear it. It’s given me something to think about though, I would definitely invest in more yellow this year.
5. Quorn Nuggets.
Sweet Jesus. These things really are the bomb. I’ve been a big fan of quorn for years anyway, but the nuggets were never something that I would have really rushed to buy, mostly because I really like chicken nuggets, but wow I have seen the light. Big up to mum for pointing them out because we thought that they were on offer. They weren’t, but I am now obsessed. Basically they are DIVINE and wayyyy nicer than your average chicken nugget from the freezer department. They were also meat free, so no poor chicken was sacrificed.
7. Will time.
It wouldn’t be the weekend without me getting my weekly dosage of time with my little pal/nephew Will in. I honestly adore that little kid, he’s like the little brother that I have always wanted and he is far too cute for his own good. We like to play my Super Nintendo classic mini and have movie nights with my mum and dad. We also like to kick a ball around in the hall way until dad tells one of us for kicking the ball too hard against the wall and some times we play my incredibly old version of Fifa 2005 on my equally old Play Station 2, where I get to reminisce about some of my favourite players from yesteryear and he likes to reset the game because I’ve scored a couple of goals. He likes to tell me all about his life problems and I like to tickle his belly. Basically he’s great. I do love my little pal.
8. Getting my apparent 25 chins and I on the BBC website.
When I was at work the other week, one of the guys on my team asked me if I would like to pose for a photograph putting a coffee cup into one of the new recycle bins for the social medias. The funny thing about the photograph was, I somehow had managed to colour co-ordinate my outfit with not only the new bin (almost), but also the purple bin next to me, it was kind of genius actually. It also turned out to be rather popular on our social media channels, to the point where the BBC phoned up to ask if they could use the image on their website. I had to laugh at that because I look kind of obese because I had tucked my t-shirt and jumper into my tank top and skirt and because my skirt matches the bin, so my butt kind of merges into it, making it look like I have a right big booty going on.
9. Tickets to see The Chiefs.
Since 2015 at least I have wanted to attend a professional rugby game, despite the fact that I actually don’t understand the game other than the fact that you can’t pass the ball forward. I’m going to be honest, it’s mostly down to the fact that some rugby players are hot (hello Henry Slade), but also because they look fun. The Chiefs are kind of one of the best teams in the Premiership at the moment, so it would be rude to not go and watch them at least once. A conversation with Sophie in the swimming pool the other day lead to the purchase of a couple of tickets for the game right at the end of the month. Now I just need to get my exam and the hosting of an award ceremony out of the way, but I can’t wait.
10. The Undatables.
Mum and I have been watching this show together for a few years now. It’s just too cute and you end up rooting hard for them to find love. It just seems to have been the one thing that we enjoy watching and seemed to have watched a lot over Jan.
I am always reading, however, getting a job that requires me to leave the house at 7am and not return home until around 6:30pm every day means that reading doesn’t happen as much as I would love it to. Yes I know that I can read on my hour there and back train commutes, but I’m very sociable and have train buddies there and back every day, so that doesn’t happen for me. However, I have managed for the most part to put my phone down and pick up a book once I get to bed and get lost in a book for a few chapters every night, which is slower progress for me – before I got my banging dream job in September, I was reading about three books a week. I am also trying to set aside my 30 minute break time daily to go off and read a book, which kind of works, but I do need to do better on the book front, but I’ll get there. In Jan I also managed to buy 11 new books in the space of couple of weeks when pay day finally came around because one can never have too many books. I have also been enjoying my Sunday morning ritual – the only day of the week when I can take a coffee back to bed with me and get lost in a book for hours.
12. Lazy Weekends.
Well more like Lazy Sundays because my Saturdays are now taken up by two hour driving lessons where I try not to kill my driving instructor or give her whiplash – the latter one I sadly failed at, followed by swimming and hanging out with Will.
Throughout Jan I had a really enjoyable time, spending my weekends lazing around reading, eating egg butties, soup and roast dinners, swimming, hanging out with the kids, cinema, oh and popping over to mum’s art studio and taking some video footage for her mosaic business (I just need to start editing the footage now) and photographs. I love my job, but it’s always really nice having a couple of days, well a day and an afternoon to myself.
13. Liverpool doing well.
Liverpool is always a bit hit and miss, but with the exception of last week’s games against Swansea and West Brom (we won’t talk about those), it’s been fun to watch them. They went 3 months unbeaten in all competitions including that top game against Man City where we went 4-1 up against the undefeated league leaders and they scored twice in the last ten minutes because Liverpool are Liverpool, but we held on for a 4-3 win and it was all kinds of awesome. They drive me nuts 90% of the time, but I love the shit out of my boys.
14. Making future plans.
I don’t know about you but I always need things to look forward to and keep me going when life starts getting a little mundane or there are things like exams in my case, making me nervous.
So far I have tickets to see Jake Bugg, Macklemore and The Chiefs for definite. I also have plans to hopefully go to Portugal with my friend Lucy, possibly a Veggie Festival in Bristol with Sophie, trips to London to see Alys and Bristol to see Nastassja, and I’ve thrown out the idea to some of my girls to go to this little resort up the road from us for a long weekend/few days and nights in a cheap lodge with a hot tub. I would also like to do some traveling around Europe with my Aussie friend Ebony who’s nearly halfway through her two year stint in the UK. Exciting and hopefully this year will be full of other exciting trips and whatnot.
So there we have it – 14 little things that made my January rather fun.
What are the January Blues anyway?
Until next time,
Love, hugs and pugs.