Hola mi amigas & happy Monday! I hope your weekends were fine & dandy.
So with the first month of 2018 down, I'd like to ask: how are you all doing? Are you still in holiday mode, or are you firing on all cylinders? Or are you like me & somewhere in between?
Having arrived home from my Christmas/New Year break to neighbours who all of a sudden decided to dial up their collective levels of a-hole-ness, needless to say January made me want another holiday to escape from it all. Things have thankfully died down now that people are back at work & children are back at school, but our nights haven't always been pleasant & peaceful. We've been woken up by idiots loudly talking, or whooping it up in their pool, or letting off firecrackers outside my bedroom window when I'm trying to sleep. Charming right?
But enough of my ranting, let's get to the good stuff because, believe it or not, there was some good that came out of January:
*As you guys might recall, I mentioned in my 2017 Annual Happy List that I'd lost some weight in recent months & as of earlier last month, I hit the 5 kg weight loss mark, a mark I never really expected to achieve. My initial goals were to get under a certain number & then hit the 3 kg weight loss mark, but after hitting both of those I figured "why not lose a bit more?"....and I did it people! I am proud of myself for reaching my aims & it has taught me that when there's a will, there's a way; but I also know that the hardest part will be keeping the weight off.
*One of my favourite bloggers Tenneil giving me a shout-out in her final Life Lately post for 2017. It's always nice to be noticed & acknowledged by fellow bloggers, especially ones whose work you admire. Thanks Tenneil!
*Managing to stick to a couple of my 2018 intentions so far. I'm happy with the change in my blogging schedule & I've managed to reduce my negative media intake (although I have caught myself looking at 1 or 2 click-baity blog posts sadly). I've also tried a couple of new breakfast recipes, namely in the form of Jamie Oliver's strawberry buckwheat pancakes (pretty good!) + making a smoothie bowl for breakfast one morning.
If I'm honest, I really don't see what all the fuss is about re: smoothie bowls. For me, it was an unusual experience because the entire time I kept thinking "I should be drinking this" (which I eventually did). I think in future I'll stick to drinking my smoothies, as opposed to eating them.
|The raw cacao banana smoothie bowl I made|
*Vix Meldrew's post about standing out when you were born to fit in really struck a chord with moi. As someone who is and always has been inclined to go her own way rather than follow the crowd, this post was validation of some kind for me. Sure, I aspire to have the same white, bright & light-filled backgrounds as every other blogger out there + I also aspire to have great photography, but I also accept my limitations (no joke, I literally have NO white walls in my house & I don't have a fancy camera either). Besides, whether I like it or not, I've always stood out rather than fitted in anyway, so I'm used to it. Cheers genetics for blessing me with height!
*Angela from Sunday Chapter told us all to stop comparing & start living & again, it was another post that really struck a chord with me, but not for the reasons you might think. She included a quote from Swedish football legend Sven-Goran Eriksson right at the end, which reads "to wish you were someone else is to waste the person you are". As someone who has, on occasion, wished she was someone else (namely someone more confident & self-assured), that sentence struck me like a knife to the heart & has become my new favourite quote.
*Sarah from More Than Adored posted about the simple things she's done to find her feet online again & I think it's a post we can all take something from as bloggers & creators, especially regarding posting popular content & not checking your emails/social media a zillion times a day.
*I haven't discovered much in the way of new music sadly (anyone else think Justin Timberlake's newie is crap?); so January's sort of been a month of re-discovery for me, kicking off with my 2nd favourite song of 2014, Megan Washington's Limitless. I still 💙 this tune to death & its got a wonderfully catchy drum beat, plus it has some slight personal significance for me.
*I tuned in briefly to the Triple J Hottest 100 countdown a couple of Saturdays ago & was pretty stoked to discover my #1 & #2 favourite songs of 2017 made it into the top 10. Ironically, Triple J listeners decided my 2nd favourite song of 2017 (Gang of Youths' Let Me Down Easy) was also their 2nd favourite song of 2017 - natch! I wasn't too disappointed with Kendrick Lamar's HUMBLE. taking out top spot. It makes up for King Kunta coming 2nd in 2015.
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What made you happy during January?