After a brief, unplanned hiatus I am back and ready to take on a new month! We may be a week or so into November, hurtling towards the festive season at a nauseating speed, but there’s no reason for me to not share my goals for the remainder of the month. So here they are:
1 | Be more chill
Living and working in the city is not often conducive to inner peace and tranquility. In fact, I often find myself irritated by other people’s selfishness: queue jumpers (could I be any more British?), space invaders and smokers who use me as a walking ashtray as they blow their cloud of filth in my general direction in the street are just a few hazards of the outside world I find myself way too riled up about. And so, I’ve adopted an alter ego of sorts; a “Chill Nadia” who doesn’t let bad weather, loud music or late trains upset her.
2 | Reclaim my commute
Speaking of public transport, I’ve been making an effort to use my time on the Underground wisely. For a while, I was investing in more sleep and spending my commute doing my makeup, but this soon became more stressful than it was worth. I had to hustle to get a seat, and as my makeup routine has expanded I found it too difficult to do everything with my compact mirror and a bunch of strangers around me.
Instead, I’ve been doing my makeup at home (so long, extra sleep!) and have been using my commute to read. Right now, I’m working my way through Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill, and am planning to re-read The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood next. If you have any reading suggestions for me, please leave them in the comments!
3 | Prioritise self-care
It must be something about the winter approaching, but as the nights grow darker and the days colder, I find myself more in need of physical and mental care. After a rough day last week, I indulged in the simple pleasure of a long, hot bath, with lavender candles, a sprinkling of LUSH’s Creamy Candy Bubble Bar, and a backlog of YouTube subscriptions to work my way through. Going forward, I want to make time for a weekly bath (perhaps on Tuesdays, as these tend to be the toughest days for me) as well as indulging in other simple treats like hot chocolates, hot water bottle snuggles, face masks and home manicures. Bliss.
Clearly, I’m having a pretty relaxed November! What are you up to so far this month?