I have two main thoughts as January draws to a close: *Sweet Jesus, I’ve been paid!* and *Oh my, we’re already through the first month of the year?!* Such was the suddenness of January’s concluding that I’d completely forgotten to have a Hopes And Goals post ready to go, and am subsequently throwing this one together on January 31st.
Following the ambitions I set at the beginning of year, January was a little slow. I found myself feeling demotivated and demoralised, and fell behind on my morning writing schedule. Mainly as a response to these negative feelings, I did do a good job of relaxing – taking regular baths and spending lots of time on the sofa to take care of myself, which was good.
February looks set to be a busy month – I have a number of gigs lined up (including a play-through of The Used’s – who were a favourite band of mine in school – debut album), as well as an overnight getaway with some lovely friends from work. All these plans will definitely be a trigger for my anxiety, which has charmingly decided to crop up uninvited already. As such, this month will feature just two goals, since I want to make sure I’m not overdoing it.
1 | Add to my read-list
I’ve been really into reading recently, whether it’s on my way to work or taking time to wind down in the evenings. So far this year I’ve read one book, In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware. It was a really well-paced thriller which I couldn’t put down, and would highly recommend! With the exception of the book I am currently reading (Annihilation by Jeff Van De Meer) I have decided to read work written by self-identifying women only for the rest of the year, which is such an exciting prospect for me. I have Sphinx by Anne Garréta lined up, as well as some Margaret Atwood and Zadie Smith. If you have any other suggestions for me, please post them in the comments below!
2 | Get into smoothies
As I mentioned in the latest Vegan Eats post, I have recently acquired a Salter NutriPro 1000. It’s actually more powerful, and much less expensive, than the trendy NutriBullet and I would definitely recommend it if you are in the market for a super-blender-processor-type-deal (what are they even called?). My current favourite ingredients to work with are frozen bananas, peanut butter, oats, Maca powder, chia and flax seeds. On a side-note I am finally conquering a lifelong aversion to bananas, in that I have been able to peel, touch, chop and use them. I’m not likely to eat one as is anytime in the near future but this is definitely a step in the right direction.
What will you be up to this month? Be sure to let me know in the comments!