New Year’s Resolution for 2019- Books!

It’s officially 2019, how did that happen? I know I might be a little bit late to the party, but I have made one proper New Year’s Resolution which I want to put out into the universe- I want to read more books this year.

I know how vague this sounds, so I’m going to put a number on it- I want to read 5 books this year. That’s not a lot for some people, but I can’t remember the last time I finished a book, so this feels like a challenge to me.

I hear people talking about being utterly gripped by books all the time, and I want in on this! I want the escapism, the cosy feeling of reading a book inside under a blanket whilst it’s grey and miserable outside, and I definitely want a break from my phone screen.

Now, the details. I want to read at least 2 fiction books, because I think this is where the proper escapism comes in. I don’t know if I’m ready to commit to a Harry Potter-esque series, but I want to lose myself in a glorious, fictional world. I think the other 3 books will be self-development books because these are the ones that make me excited; not so much the faddy ones which promise to change your life in 30 seconds, but I recently half read a book about near-death experiences, and I found that so interesting. I love the type of books that lift you out of your narrow box of thinking and give you a totally new perspective that you hadn’t thought of before.

So, here are the books I am planning on reading:

  1. My Story by Jo Malone
  2. Light is the New Black by Rebecca Campbell
  3. On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher
  4. The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein
  5. I’m still undecided- I need another fiction book to complete my list, so any suggestions would be gratefully received!

I have to admit, the other reason I like this New Year’s Resolution is because it’s totally lazy, and I don’t need to do any extreme exercise or diet to complete this. I don’t even have to leave my sofa, which is an added bonus!

I’ll keep you updated with progress on my New Year’s Resolution but let me know if you’ve read any of the books on my list- I’d love to know what you think of them!

Speak to you soon,

Anna

Blogmas Day 20: Christmas Wrapping

I’ve just got a small, cosy post for today because this afternoon, I have been wrapping my Christmas presents. In my head, this is one of those activities which is always one of the most exciting parts of Christmas, where you put a film on, wear some kind of festive article of clothing and happily wrap your presents by your tree. In reality, it’s more like spending half your time finding the end of the sellotape and choppily cutting just the right amount of paper to fit whatever you’re wrapping. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it.

I’ve gone for plain brown paper this year for my wrapping, with gold string (doesn’t this make you think of the song from the Sound of Music? I’ve had it stuck in my head for DAYS now), and as a bit of a curveball, I’ve got some gold star confetti which I might haphazardly stick on top as well!

I know they might look a little bit plain, but I like the simplicity of it. I can’t say that I don’t miss seeing cute little cartoons of festive creatures on the presents, but for this year, it’ll do.

See you tomorrow,

Anna

Blogmas Day 16: Festive Mood Boosters

I always find on a Sunday afternoon that my mood can dip as the thought of another week looms over me, and the realisation that I can’t have a lie in for a few days hits me! So for today, I wanted to share a few festive things that I use to help boost my mood:

  1. Festive Spotify Singles: I absolutely LOVE all of the festive song covers they have on Spotify. As I’m writing this right now, I’m listening to George Ezra’s cover of A White Christmas, and it’s helping me get through a lot of essay writing! I can’t recommend these festive covers enough, I think there’s even a playlist on there which has all of them in one place, which will definitely help to get you feeling festive.
  2. A Chilly Walk: When it’s grey and rainy outside, you don’t really feel like venturing out into the cold, however I really like bundling up in a warm coat, scarf and gloves and going for a quick walk. This really helps me to clear my thoughts, and breathing in the cold air definitely wakes you up!
  3.  Having a Cosy Evening: There’s only 9 days until Christmas now, and it’s only going to start getting more chaotic from here on in. I think this is the perfect opportunity to have a cosy evening in, so I am going to put on some fluffy socks, turn on the Christmas tree lights, wrap up under a blanket and watch something festive. The Gavin and Stacey Christmas special is definitely the next thing on my festive watching list!
  4. Eat Some Party Food: I don’t know about you, but one of my highlights of the festive season is the party food. I love any food that comes in miniature form, and now whenever I go to the supermarket, I get transfixed by the displays of beautifully arranged mini mac and cheese pots, burgers and beef wellingtons on the shelves. I’ve already bought some of those mini mac and cheese pots, so I might treat myself to a few!
  5. Watching/Reading Other Peoples’ Vlogmas and Blogmas: I love watching and reading about how people enjoy the festive season, and the Christmas challenges they do, and YouTube and WordPress are goldmines for this type of mood booster- I even used to watch Vlogmas videos in the Summer whenever I wasn’t feeling my best, to lift my mood! You almost feel like they’re your family as you’re watching them, which I think is so lovely. You can watch and read about people decorating gingerbread houses, doing a bit of Christmas shopping, wrapping their Christmas presents, it’s great for escapism for a few minutes.

So there are my recommendations for boosting your mood throughout December- let me know if you do any of these as well, or if you have any other recommendations, I’d love to hear them!

See you tomorrow,

Anna