Thursday, 31 December 2015

New Year's Resolutions 2016

Where has 2015 gone? I feel like always start my New Year's posts this way. I'm always surprised at how quickly a year passes. I thought I would continue with tradition and post my resolutions for the coming year. I usually post rather serious resolutions, but I thought it would be nice to mix up the serious ones with some lighter (and certainly more achievable) resolutions this year. Some of these are repeats from last year, as always! Perhaps one of my resolutions ought to be to keep to my resolutions?

Anyway, in no particular order, here are my resolutions for 2016.

1. Spend more time with Figgy.

This is one of my more fun resolutions for this year. I often feel rather sorry for Figgy as I do not spend as much time with her as I would like. I spend a lot of time walking Bree, so I would like to spend at least ten minutes a day giving Figgy a brush or a cuddle. She's a very affectionate cat so she would love a bit more time for attention.

2. Stop listening to other people. 

This is something that I have noticed very recently. I tend to particularly harsh on myself because of what other people think about my life and the choices I've made, and I let it influence the way I think. I need to stop feeling so self concious all of the time and care less about what other people think, as it really does not matter.

3. Blog more and find time to write.

How many times have I said that I will blog more frequently? I would love to spend at least ten minutes a day planning posts or writing. Perhaps 2016 will be the year when I finally sit down and write up a blog timetable. Maybe.

4. Visit some unique little bookshops.

I thought this would be another fun resolution to have, although it might not be good for my finances! There's so many little bookshops nearby that I haven't visited. We visit Derbyshire quite a lot and I've ended up with a bit of a list of interesting bookshops. I need to actually get around to visiting them!

5. Plan at least two day trips out.

I have this resolution most years. I have managed to organise a few trips out this year, so I would like to do it again next year depending on finances. I'm trying to save to go back to university (for my phD) so I will have to see. It's always nice to get out for the day and visit somewhere new though.

6. Make plans for the future.

I've definitely made this resolution before. I need to sit and seriously think about what my plans are for the next few years. I would also like to find a job that I enjoy. I don't mind working in recruitment but it isn't as fulfilling as I would like, and I would love to be able to write. I've applied for 44 jobs so far this week so I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

7. Decorate.

I wouldn't usually count decorating as a resolution, but I think 'attempt to decorate' certainly counts since I have been thinking about it for over a year. I bought some lovely wallpaper back in 2014, and it is still inside my wardrobe waiting to be used. I keep telling myself that I do not have the time to paint, and need to find someone tall to help me (painting when you are 4'11 is a very tedious job) and it's now over a year later.

8.  Attempt to be a little more sociable. 

This one is most likely to be the one that I will struggle with, or give up on entirely. I almost always enjoy seeing my friends, but I would never call someone myself. I have a nice time when I'm out with people, but when I'm away from them I find it difficult to see myself as someone other people would like or want to spend time with, so I very rarely chase people or make arrangements myself. It's a little bizarre. I would like to try to speak to people more in 2016 regardless of how uncomfortable and anxious it makes me.

9. Find a new hobby (or rediscover an old one).

I think this one would be fun and add a little more variety to my life. My main hobbies are reading and writing. I would like to start baking more, or go out with my camera a little more frequently (I bought a new camera recently and I love it). I haven't quite decided on this one yet!

I hope you had a lovely Christmas, and I hope you all have a wonderful and safe New Year's Eve. I'm spending my evening curled up watching a film with Bree and Figgy. Bree really hates fireworks, so I'm staying in with her so she feels comfortable and safe. I don't drink, so I'm more than satisfied to spend my evening with a film, a pizza and dog/cat cuddles.

What are your resolutions for 2016?

Friday, 18 December 2015

Hogwarts in the Snow

It's less than a week until Christmas! I cannot believe how quickly the time has gone. I've finished all of my shopping and my wrapping, so I'm hoping to relax and enjoy myself next week.

I went back to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour yesterday, and thought I would share some of my photos with you. I couldn't quite decide which ones to share, so I apologise for the rather ridiculous amount of photos!

There's a lot of spoilers regarding the studio tour in this post, so please do not read it if you are planning to visit and would prefer it to be a surprise.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Why I Love December

It's my favourite time of the year again! It also seems that I must once again apologise for my inactivity on this blog. I've been busy with work and illness, and time just slipped away. This post was supposed to be posted on the 1st of December, so I really am behind!

The lovely Violette posted a list of reasons why she loves October (here), and I thought it was a really wonderful idea and thought I would write a similar post about why I love December. Violette's blog is one of my favourites, and I definitely recommend catching up on her Blogmas series if you enjoy Christmas as much as I do!

So here's my reasons for why December is my favourite month. I will have to apologise for the photos, it was difficult to find any 'normal' ones, so they all somewhat festive (and you've probably seen them all before on previous posts). I promise that I will post something new soon!

1. Dark and cold days.

There's something particularly cosy about walking into a warm house after a long, cold walk with Bree. I adore curling up with a book, hot chocolate and oversized blanket. I always find it difficult to relax in summer because it stays light for so long, so I really cherish dark autumn and winter evenings.Also, you can't really drink hot chocolate and curl up in slippers and a blanket in summer!

2. Christmas.

This one is rather obvious isn't it? Christmas is my favourite holiday. It's also the only time that I really get to see all of my family in one place, and since everyone else enjoys Christmas as much as I do, we always have a really wonderful time. I always enjoy the festive atmosphere - I love seeing Christmas lights and hearing festive music everywhere! I also enjoy buying presents. I find wrapping gifts somewhat therapeutic, so I look forward to it every year.

3. Food.

I'm not a big eater, and I'm really fussy when it comes to food, but I love Christmas food. It is one of few times of the year when it is socially acceptable to eat chocolate for breakfast. I always feel inspired to bake at this time of the year, and there's so many cute baking sets on offer. I'm making my traditional gingerbread cookies this weekend, and possibly some fudge to take with me when I go away for Christmas.

4. Films.

I apologise for the photo above; it was the only one I had that would fit! This point ties into the first one, but I find that watching films is so much more fun at this time of the year. I don't know if it is because it is darker, so I can relax and enjoy watching films more, but films are definitely better to watch in winter. I rarely watch films during the warmer months, but I watch films almost daily during December. It's nice to curl up with a hot drink and watch a festive film. There's also a lot of films on television at Christmas too, I usually record as many as possible to watch throughout the year.

5. Markets.

Again, this is related to Christmas but I thought it was worth a separate point. There's markets all over the place at this time of the year (we even had a farmers' market at work last week) and I love it. I like that you can buy something a little different from markets, and I love the food. They always smell amazing and it is much more relaxing than being trapped inside a store. I still haven't visited the Nottingham Christmas market though because it is too busy in the city centre for me at this time of the year!

6. The New Year.

This one is a bit of  a strange one for me. I don't actually like New Year's Eve and prefer to spend it curled up watching a film with my pets. I don't drink and I don't particularly like socialising, so I usually have a quiet evening and sleep through the New Year. However, I do like the feel of having a fresh start in January, and being able to leave all the negative aspects of the previous year behind. It's a good time for reflection, and I like being able to look forward to the year ahead.

I hope you are all having a wonderful December! I have another festive post planned for the weekend (it's something I'm really excited about). I hope you all have a lovely week!
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