And so, just like that, we’re at the end of the year.
They seem to rush by so quickly, in a flurry of laughter and tears; hopefully, yours has been more full of the former. Now, with Christmas on the horizon, the balmy days of Summer and the crisp Spring air are distant memories. The festive period will be a busy one for me; I’ll be heading to Sweden on the 22nd to celebrate with my in-laws, so I’ve plans galore beforehand to fit in friends and family in the UK.
November was a pretty good month, in terms of sticking to my goals. I’ve been making the most of my time on the underground and finally finished Only Ever Yours – an unsettling but important read, to be sure. I’ve been trying not to let the selfish actions of others irritate me too much, which isn’t as easy as it sounds when you live and work in a big city! Prioritising self-care has become second nature to me – my weekly baths are such a treat. Candles, LUSH goodies, bubbles and a YouTube subs list to work through…you get the idea.
So what are my hopes for December?
1 | Be a morning person
I’m cheating a little with this one because, despite having once been addicted to tapping Snooze, I am now getting up at 6am 3 days a week to head into central London early and pack in an hour of writing before work. For the last two weeks I’ve been committed to this routine – I get into Oxford Circus, where I work, around 8, and head to a nearby branch of Costa to work away at my novel. It’s so rewarding to do something creative before 8 hours of mundanity. Whatever your creative hobby is, I cannot recommend morning sessions enough.
2 | Get baking!
‘Tis the season to indulge and concoct tasty (vegan) treats for yourself and your loved ones. I am excited to try my hand at mince pies following Sarah’s guidance and eagerly await Steph’s gingerbread recipe too.
3 | Be thankful
Looking back on this year, I’m in a much better place than I was a few months ago, and have a lot to be grateful for, from the beautiful holiday I took to Crete in June to my transition into veganism. There are some truly horrible things going on in the world right now, that make my heart ache to think about, and sometimes all I feel able to do is look inwards and be thankful for what I have in my life.
What will you be up to this festive season?