Somehow, we are two weeks into January!
My bullet journal has been jam-packed with dates to remember and epic to-do lists so it’s no wonder the days have raced by in a blur. How are you all?!
I’ve spent much of my weekend reading and attempting to go to the gym.
As in, I planned and wrote out my workout and then managed to a) arrive when it was so packed I couldn’t bear the thought of the wait time for the free weights area or equipment, and b) a minute before the gym closed. Great job, Michelle… Hopefully I’ll be able to squeeze a workout in today because I always feel much better when I’ve got my daily sweat on.
Harvey turned 28!
This week, my wonderful other half turned 28!
And I couldn’t help but think to myself that it is the most magical thing growing up and older with somebody else. I met Harvey when we were 17, we got together when at the age of 25 and it is so overwhelmingly nice to accompany him in each of these coming years.
To celebrate, we kept it lowkey and visited the Sky Garden in London for the very first time. It was so fun to see the city from a birds’ eye view, and it’s brilliant that the attraction is completely free. (It’s ticketed, so do book in advance if you’re planning to go!)
Afterwards we had a little mooch around the city, before heading to The Vurger Co. in Shoreditch to finally try their burgers. The star of the show was easily their vegan mac and cheese. All the truffle-y goodness!
A newsletter revamp
If you’re subscribed to my fortnightly newsletter, then you’ll have probably noticed that they’ve been pretty sporadic as of late. I can only apologise! The truth is that I haven’t felt particularly inspired by the current format and I feel like I’ve been spreading myself thin — on here, Instagram… It’s been feeling a little ‘much’.
Fear not though because I’ve been brainstorming a few ideas and I’m hoping to bring it back in its’ full glory next month.
As I’ve dropped down to 3/4 blog posts a week, I’ll now be able to give a little more attention to the newsletter, sharing bonus content, behind-the-scenes content, mini to-do lists and entertainment round-ups for you all.
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New Year overwhelm
Lastly, I wanted to talk a little about New Year overwhelm.
Because despite publishing several blog posts, keeping up with the Instagram rat race and all of that other social media goodness since the 1st, I do feel pretty overwhelmed by the whole New Year thing.
There’s so much (spoken and unspoken) pressure to be thriving and striving for our goals, for bigger and better, for a sassier version of ourselves… The list is endless. I feel overwhelmed every time I let myself enjoy a leisurely scroll-through on Twitter. Being told to choose a word to guide me for the year, being told to skip any resolutions and f**k the system, being told to do X more but not shout about it, being told to show up for what I believe in but not be preachy.
I know, ultimately, that none of these are rules or guidelines, and they’re certainly not a personal attack on me, so why does it feel that way?
Because there is so much that I want to do. And because it is looking to be a pivotal year for me, but I often feel like there’s no guidance for me and, boy, would I love a set path. Your girl is just tired, sometimes.
Perhaps I’ll delve into this in a post of its’ own. Perhaps I won’t. I feel overwhelmed just trying to figure out if it should or shouldn’t.
Links I’ve Loved:
- A firm favourite on my blogroll, Fifi talks us through what she wishes she’d known about home renovations before tackling the ones on her (stunning) 1930s home.
- Over on my business blog, I discuss how to give heart to your business without oversharing.
- After her surgery last year, my girl Sarah shared a post about getting back into exercise after surgery recovery. It’s really useful!
- Like 90% of the Netflix population, I watched ‘You’ over the New Year period and am obsessed. Man Repeller shared a brilliant think-piece simply entitled: ‘Am I A Stalker?’.
- Is there ever a Sundaze in which I don’t share something written by Chloe? I think not. Here’s The Little Plum Guide to a Chill-Down Day.