It’s the little things that matter when it comes to self-care

January is traditionally the time for self improvement, new life goals or big changes, with New Year’s resolutions and trends like Dry January and Veganuary. But it’s also the deepest darkest month, the glum period after Christmas, and the time when it’s acceptable to stay in all weekend and be cosy on the sofa.

So I gradually begun making some small changes at the end of the month and start of February instead, largely in an attempt to stop myself falling indefinitely into indifference and laziness outside work hours.

These are things I began doing, or continued doing with increased purpose, which I believe are good for both mental and physical health. Continue reading

My Year: 2015

It feels almost too late, since 2016 is now well underway, but it’s now or never! Here’s a look back at what I got up to in 2015.

  • 10945583_10152996344155482_6627562778457779264_nIn January I graduated from Kingston University with a Masters in Journalism and found out I won the MA Journalism Prize. It was a lovely day in and around the Rose Theatre and it was nice to get dressed up and celebrate.
  • I got a cat who I’ve totally fallen in love with!
  • A sunny and relaxing trip to Tenerife, including a splash-happy trip to Siam Park and a dolphin-filled boat trip.
  • 2015-08-28 23.05.56And a wonderful trip to Vienna, a city I loved, with two great friends.
  • We celebrated my dad’s 50th birthday with a lovely family party and meal out.
  • I went to loads of gigs including McBusted, S Club 7, Paloma Faith, Caro Emerald, Boyzone, Kaiser Chiefs, Josh Groban, 2Cellos and Gareth Malone’s Voices.
  • 11048652_10152621376471653_3943616858937907335_nWhile comedy included the likes of Josh Widdicombe and Christian O’Connell at Stand Up For Shelter, James Acaster and Michael McIntyre.
  • And I saw several great musicals: The Commitments, Jersey Boys on tour, Sweeney Todd, Sunny Afternoon, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
  • Though I usually prefer musicals, three fantastic plays I saw were The Vote, The Ruling Class starring James McAvoy and The Elephant Man starring Bradley Cooper.
  • Fun London activities that stand out were a trip up The Shard for birthday drinks, the awesome FriendsFest, and late night events at London Zoo and the Natural History Museum.
  • And I went to two great Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, both featuring the John Wilson Orchestra.

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