“‘Twas the Sunday before Christmas, and all through the night…”

Hello, you!

I wondered whether I’d find the time to write a Sundaze post before Christmas, but thankfully the stars aligned (ahem, I managed to run all of my errands early!) and so I can check in with you all before the festivities. But it’ll be a short post, I promise.

I had one of those rare ‘I think I’m bossing things’ sort of weeks, this week. From finally finishing up Christmas prep to ordering myself a Dishoom vegan sausage naan kit for Christmas breakfast, and from getting the last of our & Chai orders out to completing my mini bedroom renovation, I feel like a woman who’s got her sh*t together. At last. And there’s a few things that’ve helped me get things back on track, not least the endless to-do lists, incredibly supportive family, and spare time(!!) to fuel the self-care gauge.

Everything I’m watching and reading lately

This autumn and winter, I prioritised rest. Just like everybody had been telling me, it’s meant more energy and more creativity in every other area of my life! I finally finished watching Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo after missing it when it came out in 2016, and I absolutely loved it. It’s heartwarming and endearing and motivating all at once, with plenty of cute, funny and tear-inducing moments. All of the cornerstones of a great K-drama. Roughly a thousand years late, but I started the original Sex and the City series too!

I’ve also been watching an adorable anime on Netflix; Komi Can’t Communicate which I’m loving. It focuses on Komi, a schoolgirl who battles with social anxiety, and each episode is set in a different social scenario. I’ve also been reading somewhat regularly before work each day. I’m reading an ARC of The Plant Hunter by T. L. Mogford, which I have hugely mixed feelings about. But it’s nice to plug away slowly at a book again!

A new fitness and wellness routine

I’m over the moon that my brain has said: ‘yes, we want to work out again!’ lately. (I’m convinced it’s entirely to do with Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo!) At the moment I’m averaging two or three Barre classes a week, alongside a weights session and 30-45 minutes on my RingFit. I’m hoping to rejoin my beloved gym next month – lockdown permitting – and I absolutely can’t wait to feel a little more like me again. I always find that whenever I workout, I sleep much better and feel FAR less anxious. A winner all ‘round!

Daisybutter’s break for the holidays

I’m taking a short break for the Christmas period! We all have lots going on, and my own diary is packed with Christmas gatherings with friends, date nights and plenty of family time. I’ve got one more post scheduled this month – my yearly review! – and then I’ll be back in January with all of the cosy, New Year start content (think journaling, more joyful lists, and book and K-drama recommendations!). Spoiler: I almost decided to ‘quit’ this blog a few weeks ago, but you’ll be glad to know that this week I found my spark again and deleted my goodbye post! I’ll catch you all on Instagram and Twitter but, for our non-social media friends, I hope you have the dreamiest week of festivities.

Links I’ve Loved

  1. 15 Best Vegan Cookie Recipes via by my beloved Love & Lemons
  2. My girl Sade is back to blogging, and her return post is a beautiful read.
  3. As I’ve been unable to pop into London to see the Christmas lights this year, I loved reading Kim’s London Christmas lights post.
  4. I’m forever trying to learn more about eating seasonally, and this guide on The Everygirl was a great read.
  5. [AFFILIATE LINK] Can’t stop thinking about this beautiful wool trench coat. It’s a total dupe for the CELINE one.
  6. And, I’ll definitely be using these 30 journal prompts in the New Year.

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Wishing you all the loveliest Christmas. Thank you for being the best support this year, and your endless patience with my constant breaks and inconsistencies.

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