Stories of 2019 #21

January, January, January… it just keeps on going. No one has any money, it is only getting colder when we are now all ready for summer and the food cravings have kicked in after being so good on our New Year health resolutions (hello chocolate). 21 days in we are and still 10 to go. You know it is getting hard when the iconic Facebook memes start popping up – just reminding you of how long this month is!

They call it Blue Monday. Apparently surveys suggest today is the day we all feel ‘blue’ and will moan for an average of 34 minutes… I mean I must be an over-achiever in the moaning department as I do not just stick to a Monday to moan and I am way above 34 minutes. So, that is something to smile about. Women also call this their ‘ugly day’. I am actually laughing at these facts as it just makes me think how us women are all the same. Have you ever had a day when you have said, “I am having such an ugly time at the moment.” Because I can hear myself saying that!

But my thoughts are, life is too short to be blue and yes, January is long, but would you not rather time slowed down a little bit rather than flashing right before your eyes? So, if you do feel fed-up and grumpy today (like I often do ha ha), here are some ways I get out of a rut.

Have a bath // Load it up with bubbles, bath bombs, salts, oils. Everything. You deserve it. Light the candles and sink into this warm, soapy heaven.

Read a book // I am on my 4th book of the year (Bryony Gordon’s – Eat, Drink, Run). I am out-reading my mum, something I never thought would happen. But I absolutely love reading. Especially before I go to sleep I always read for an hour, sometimes more if I am coming to the end. There is nothing better than getting lost in a book to make you feel better.

Get outside // Wrap up warm and set out into the world. Leave your mood and worries in the house! Take in the surroundings, stop of a cup of tea and wander around for as long as you would like. In the midst of writing this post, I went for a run. Filled with terror of what people may think of me of that I could not do it, I just thought pull yourself together India just go for it! And, do you know what, it felt so amazing to be outside and just thinking about running rather than other things. I love being outside and doing exercise, it just makes me feel so good!

See friends and family // Speak to people, socialise, sometimes you just need to make the effort. Pick up the phone or walk round to their house and have a good ole’ chat.

Watch a film/series // I am currently watching series 5 of Grace and Frankie… I cannot recommend enough! Les Mis on the BBC is also incredible. SAS: Who Dares Wins is another good one. There are so many series I could go on for days.

Dance and sing // Turn up the volume on your favorite song and sing your little heart out, whether this be in the shower or in your room. My song obsession at the moment is a bit random… Whitney Houston, Step by Step. Cook // I love cooking, creating something that is going to taste amazing (well, fingers crossed). The task of chopping is soothing and I really enjoy

Or, if none of that works just get an early night and dream into Tuesday.

As Bryony Gordon has said on Instagram today BUGGER BLUE MONDAY.

Have a good day all my readers!

Stories of 2019 #7

‘Go to bed early and wake up early. The morning hours are good.’ – Jeff Bezos

Early mornings in my Body Shop headband // 07.01.2019

I have always, well every since I went to university, got up at 7am on the dot, made my coffee and porridge and settled down in a comfy spot to start my day. However, I would scroll through various social media to check at what everyone had been up to. Nothing very productive or good for me first thing in the day!

I have been inspired to change up my morning routine and adopt the ‘power hour’, a term coined by Adrienne Herbert. An inspirational lady whose story is worth reading about. If you follow her on Instagram you will see she wakes up at the bright and breezy time of 5:45am (!!). She claims that this is the most magical hour of the day. When you are up when the rest of the world is asleep, you can get a head start on your day.

Even though I was not doing much, I used to love waking up before the whole house at university and just having that moment for me. So, with it being the first Monday of the new year, I am not going to have ‘just a few more minutes’ after my alarm clock has gone or sit watching a YouTube video. I am going to wake up and do something for me and my goals, whether that be writing a blog, read a magazine or do some stretching.

Listening to the guests on Adreinne’s Power Hour podcast such as Ella Mills of Deliciously Ella and Fiona Murden, I have been inspired by the benefits they have achieved from the ‘power hour’. Well, Ella is one of the top plant-based blogs in the world, has a range of products and a deli in London… I mean any thing she is doing, I want to know.

With my alarm set of 6:30am, I ready to conquer the day!

Stories of 2019 #3

“Skip the diet. Just eat healthy.”

Lunch 02.01.2018 // Vivera kebab salad

Have you joined the Veganuary tribe? Have you been thinking about the idea of dipping your toe into the world of a vegan diet? Well, since coming back from Australia I have been trying my hardest to eat a vegan diet as much as I can. And, most importantly, if I have slipped up here and there, I have not punished myself because sometimes it can be hard and you know what, I am human and people make mistakes! It is all a process and about learning along the way.

What I enjoy most about following this plant-based diet is that it gets me cooking and I find cooking very therapeutic. And there is so so so much out there now to try and lots of restaurants popping up, it is an exciting time to be making the change to vegan. For example, some of my favorite supermarket brands are Vivera (the vegan kebab is so good), Oatly and Violife.

Sometimes I do find myself just having a stir-fry of veg and rice and I do enjoy this dinner but after a while it gets boring so I now am a proud owner of a variety of vegan/vegetarian cookbooks to add some spice into my life!

Joe Wicks // Veggie Lean in 15
Nina Olsson // Bowl of Goodness
Lucy Watson // Feed Me Vegan
So Vegan in 5 // Roxy Pope and Ben Pook

P.S The Veganuary website is packed full of information from eating out and what to order, to what’s best to order in a certain cuisine and free recipe books. Take a look and see how easy it is now to have a plant-based diet.