First of all let me apologise for the lack of photos on this post, January has been a bad month for photography and the photo above is actually from my trip to Croatia last year! However, this doesn’t mean that January has been a bad month full stop. It’s been up and down like most months. Started off a little dark and dreary, but then mid-way through I took a vow of positivity with one of my work colleagues and suddenly everything seemed a bit happier. I’m learning slowly, it’s all in the brain… If you haven’t read my new year’s resolutions post, have a look here. I’m pretty proud of it and it’ll give you a better idea of my day-to-day January. Here’s a little look at the highlights reel…
My next post is about this so I don’t want to go on too much, but I do really love my terrarium. I got it from my boyfriend for Christmas, made it up last weekend and every time I look at it it makes me smile. Is that sad?
2. Silo, Brighton
I bloody love this place, it has a zero-waste policy and it’s got a quirky, yummy menu. It’s tucked into the North Laine in Brighton but a little away from the hustle and bustle. The coffee is great, the food is great and the staff are great. When you’re next there, try it.
3. La La Land
I’m such a cliche I know but I loved it. Yes yes they’re not the best singers. And yes maybe it’s not quite worthy of the Titanic number of award nominations. But it’s feel good and SO what we need this month when the news has been so grey. Also I loved the songs and I’ve been listening back to the soundtrack nonstop, perfect way to start/break up/finish the day. That and Ed Sheeran’s Castle on the Hill are permanently on my Spotify.
4. Water Log app
I touched on this in my NY Resolutions catch up but I love this app. I don’t want to jinx it but this may have broken my dry spell (dry as in I drink so little water!) I’ve drunk at least 1.5 litres a day (not counting my millions cups of teas) and have noticed a massive difference in me actively getting up and filling my water bottle (oh and in my trips to the loo). The app is really simple to use and just the action of noting reminds me to drink which is the main reason I kept failing. I can’t recommend it enough.
5. Tea Tourist
The lovely people at Tea Tourist sent me their January subscription box and as a tea addict I have been loving trying all the new flavours. A particular favourite is the Matcha Tea which has been giving me a nice little boost at work. It’s also helping me up my water intake (see point above!) Win Win!
6. Death in Paradise
I always wonder why I don’t talk more about TV on this blog. It’s a passion of mine and yet I rarely talk about it, I guess that’s partly because it’s part of my day job. I actually interviewed the star of Death In Paradise Kris Marshall back in December and confessed what a huge fan I was. It’s the only thing my whole family sit down and watch together and the Caribbean sunshine gives me a right good January boost.
7. Sending people flowers
Bit of a cheat, I’ve only sent one person one bunch of flowers this month. But selfishly it made me feel SO good and I’m pretty sure it brightened her day too. Be more spontaneous with your kindness, it gives you and the receiver the feel good factor.
8. Small Batch Coffee
I gave my boyfriend a couple of packets of this for Christmas to go with the coffee bean grinder I bought him. And I don’t know whether it’s the grinding your own coffee or the Small Batch beans in particular, but this has turned out to be the best coffee I’ve ever tasted. The other day he said to me he’d pick me something up from Costa and I said ‘no thanks I’d rather make my own Small Batch’. Trust me, I’m as shocked about that sentence as you are!