November | Hopes And Goals

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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?

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3 thoughts on “November | Hopes And Goals

  1. Ahh! I feel like this post could have been about my life, Nadia. I’ve had to adjust to commuting on public transit since I started my new job, and even though I’m three months in now, I still struggle not to hate everyone and everything around me. But books help me quite a bit, too, I find. I’ve been reading Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, which has kept me oblivious to everything else, thank goodness.

    Also, LUSH forever. Guardian of the Forest bomb and Christingle are my obsessions. I’m also completely hooked on Rosy Cheeks face mask. I also 100% agree that Tuesdays are the worst.

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    1. Glad you can relate! :D It can be super exhausting getting public transport but equally as exhausting when we let every little thing bother us. People won’t stop being annoying and selfish so it’s up to us to switch off from it. I’ve heard a lot about Donna Tartt – I think I was a bit scared of the size of The Goldfinch haha but maybe one day I’ll give her a go! Thanks for the LUSH tips – I’ve been meaning to try one of their fresh face masks so I may well go for that one! Seems like you’re enjoying the new job lots, hope all is well :)

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