5 Things I’m Grateful For This May and June (2021)

Since I didn’t get around to writing a gratitude post for May, I’ve decided to combine the last 2 months!

As always, feel free to share what you’re grateful for this month in the comments below too.


Appreciating Nature

Over the last couple months, I’ve spent a lot more time outside as the weather has got nicer and lockdown has slowly been eased. From coastal Cornwall walks, to walking home in the rain (with a wet pizza box!), to relaxing in the garden in the sun, I’ve really enjoyed getting out in the fresh air and making the most of my time away from screens. Nature has such a great impact on wellbeing and is one of my favourite ways to reset the mind, which leads onto my next point…

Taking A Break Away

In mid May, I took the first holiday I’ve taken in such a long time (due to covid) and travelled to Cornwall with my cousin! After spending so much time repeating the same everyday routine, in the same location, this trip was so beneficial for resetting my mind and rethinking my everyday habits, including starting my bedtime routine earlier to get my sleeping back on track. I’m grateful that we managed to get away when we did and that we had such a great time!

Driving Again

This month I’ve pushed myself out of my comfort zone to drive again after 3 and a half years. I booked a refresher lesson to get back into the swing of things and to practice roundabouts, parking etc. and then took a test drive of a car I might be interested in buying. It’s been a lot of organising and figuring things out (especially since I don’t know all that much about cars!) but I’m grateful for the progress I’ve made, and hope this will continue into the following couple months.

Joining Concert Band!

It’s been a year and a half since I’ve played clarinet in any sort of band/orchestra, but this month things have opened up and I’ve joined my local concert band! It felt so good to start playing surrounded by other musicians, and it was a great way to push myself out of my comfort zone and meet new people. I really enjoyed the mix of music, as it was very similar to that which I played at university, and I’m looking forward to starting on the new pieces next week!

Getting Back Into Blogging

In May I took a break from blogging as I just didn’t feel as inspired to post and share my thoughts, however June has been a really great month for blogging which I’m really happy about! I worked on this friendship blog collaboration with Niraj and I’ve got some more in the works too! I missed the feeling you get when you sit down and just pour your heart into something because you really have something to say, not just because you feel like you have to. And that’s a purpose I always want to have when blogging – I never want it to feel like a chore. I’m glad I reclaimed some of that inspiring feeling this month.

What are you grateful for this month?

Feel free to share in the comments below!


Update on my Holiday & Social Media Detox

As a few of you may have noticed, I disappeared for the last week. That’s because I went on holiday to Cyprus! I’ve never been there before so I was very excited about going! It’s the first relaxing holiday I’ve had. Normally, I opt for active holidays where I’m sightseeing and doing a lot of walking and exploring, but this time my Mum and I decided to have a chill holiday.

Most of the holiday consisted of sunbathing, swimming, reading and eating a ton of food (it was all inclusive so I had to make the most of it!). I finished two books – Normal People by Sally Rooney and This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay – both of which I will write book reviews of when I get round to it! I also properly tanned for the first time in my life so for once I’m no longer pale (or “insipid” as my Mum likes to joke).

I think going on holidays is a lot of fun but they’re also really beneficial for your well being if you go about them in a certain way. I decided that I would have a phone/social media detox for my time away to ensure I had the most relaxation I could, and honestly I’m so glad I did! Apart from the quick check of the phone in the morning or evening (to remind people that I am still alive), I left my phone locked away in my room and focused primarily on living in the moment. Which is why you haven’t seen any blog or social media posts from me recently.

I think it’s easy, especially in the modern world, to be stressed without even realising you’re stressed. We naturally want to be efficient and multi-task and do everything that we possibly can, but this takes a huge toll on us. It was only by removing myself from my phone and then returning to real life once I got home, that I realised how much my phone was causing me minor stress. Sometimes you just need to break away and return to fully realise how much something impacts you. 

In a week’s time, I will be starting university again and I’m determined to change up my lifestyle and minimise my stress level as much as possible. I’ll be explaining this in a future post, as well as sharing my goals for the rest of 2019 and 2020.

I really feel like a lot has changed in my life over the past few months and this holiday has really created a divider between my old lifestyle and the lifestyle I wish to carry through now to the future. I’m excited to start a fresh chapter! I hope you’ll tag along with me.

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My Bucket List for Summer!

I am so so excited for summer this year! The combination of going back home to be with family and friends, whilst having a variety of trips planned, makes me really look forward to having some time off and appreciating the good weather (which hopefully will last). I thought I would share my bucket list for this summer because I don’t normally do this kind of thing, but I want to make the most of it this year.

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I’m so going to recreate this photo with my face mask (except I will be wearing clothes)

  1. Try a face mask – This is going to sound crazy but I’ve never actually tried a face mask before. I’ve been given them multiple times but then I always end up forgetting they exist before I get round to using them. I’ll definitely be dragging along a friend to join me on this one.
  2. Nostalgic movie day/night – I want to spend a whole day or evening just watching a load of films I used to watch as a kid! Whether that is chitty chitty bang bang (my fav), lassie (because for some reason 8 year old me liked sad films about dogs) or Madeleine (about a girl who gets kidnapped but I promise it’s much more lighthearted than that!)
  3. Go to an escape room – I’ve always wanted to try these out because they look so exciting. Realistically, I’d probably just get frustrated and demand to be let out but it would be cool to have a go.
  4. Go to a cat cafe – Until a month ago I didn’t actually know these existed (I know, I’m ashamed), but if this isn’t my kind of cafe I don’t know what is. I might need to be dragged out at closing though…
  5. Have a picnic – This one is pretty nostalgic because I used to always have picnics as a child but I haven’t had one in years (it makes me sad). So over summer I’m going to buy loads of food, find a nice field, hopefully drag a friend along and sit in the sun with some music!

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    How are these so beautiful?!
  6. Make cocktails – My mum got given a cocktail set and it inspired me to make cocktails over summer. Her set actually just gives you instructions on how to plant herbs to put in the cocktails (which is pretty funny really) but there’s also a lot of cocktail recipes so I’ll be picking some of the best ones and attempting those!
  7. Trip to the beach – Although I’m not a massive fan of swimming in the sea itself (I swear I swam too much as a child and now I’m just uninterested), I love being on the seafront and going to seaside cafes and walking along the beach and eating ice cream! Ideally I’d love to go on a weekend trip to a beach in England with a friend – I’m not sure if it’s going to be possible but I can dream, right?
  8. Enter the lottery – Although I’m 19, this is something I still am yet to do! I honestly have the worst luck ever but I might as well give it a shot.
  9. Try painting – This is something I was discussing with a friend and we both said we wanted to try painting over summer. My granny used to paint and my cousin’s a really great artist so who knows, maybe I have a hidden talent? (yeah that’s very unlikely but it will be fun anyway)
  10. Live a day (or a few days) without my phone – This one came to mind as I was writing my post the other day about reigniting excitement in things that have become normalised. I really think being without my phone for a while will help me to live more in the present and hopefully inspire some writing! I also want to do a lot of reading over summer so a day without my phone will be a lot less distracting.

 

So these are my 10 goals for summer! If they actually become successful, I’ll hopefully write another post with some summery photos. I’ve also got a trip to Romania planned where I’m volunteering as part of the Angloville programme to help the locals improve their English (I’m actually terrified of travelling alone but I’m also extra hyped!!) and two other trips abroad with friends which will be lots of fun!

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Look forward to being this squirrel! 

I hope you all have exciting things planned for summer too! I know it’s exam season at the moment so it may feel like everything sucks and that you’re not enjoying the weather as much as you should be, but when it’s all over you’ll have lots of times to make the most of it. And I think creating a bucket list really helps drive you through exams and deadlines as you have exciting things to look forward.

Good luck to all!