Happy New Year!
I hope 2017 is treating you well so far. We had a lovely slow start to the year, meeting friends for lunch on New Year’s Eve then spending the evening on the sofa with hot chocolate and Harry Potter, before watching the fireworks at midnight. Our four days off together were spent clearing out and cleaning and basically hibernating at home.
Going back to work on Tuesday was a bit of a shock, and not a particularly good start to the year work wise, but things improved from Wednesday so feeling a little more positive now. The chocolates in the staff room also hindered my healthy eating resolution so I’m thinking of officially starting 2017 again on Monday with my positive pants on!
Here are my first Little Loves of the year.
This week I …
I’ve still been reading Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up from last week. It actually really inspired me, and along with the thought of possibly moving house this year, spurred me into action and I have had an amazing clear out. I started with clothes as the book suggested and have taken 5 whole bin liners of clothes to the charity shop. I then went a little of course and tackled the spare room as a whole, which is not recommended in the book, but was definitely needed. I feel amazing for it and can’t wait for the weekend to carry on tidying. The house feels lighter and fresher and when its done I think it will feel like a much calmer and more relaxing place to be.
As part of my clear out I’ve collected 60 books that I wont read again, they’re currently listed on eBay if anyone is interested haha. I’m keen to carry on reading lots this year (all recommendations welcome, I’ll pretty much read anything) but am going to try and use the library more, as although I love my house to be filled with books, I am running out of space to store them!
Some of the Harry Potter films on TV and its made me want to read all of the books and watch the films from the start again. We also watched the new Sherlock which I loved, it got me really excited for the new series. We caught up on some other Christmas specials like Bake Off and Take Me Out.
Some new year’s resolutions, although I rarely stick to them. I’m hoping this might be my year! I want to focus on the little things, be more present and find reasons to be grateful everyday. Being healthier is always a resolution of mine too so I’ve been loosely back on slimming world with the intention of being 100% back on plan next week. I’ve cooked lots of slimming world friendly meals like this cauliflower crust pizza. Tidying my house wasn’t a resolution when I first wrote them, but after receiving the Marie Kondo book for Christmas it has become the one I’ve made most progress with so far!
I also made my second Christmas dinner of the season for me and Tom on New Year’s Day. Its become a tradition of ours since we don’t spend Christmas together so we open some presents and eat another Christmas dinner together on New Year’s Day instead. I also made an apple crumble for pudding, to make the most of the feasting before the January diets started.
Pyjamas for the first two days of the year! It was lovely to be home and cosy and hibernating for a couple of days before facing the world again. I also wore some new boots that I got in the Next sale, I was so close to buying them at full price so was super happy when they were reduced to £12. But then I wore them for lunch on New Year’s Eve and they literally ate my feet! I have massive raw blisters on both heels so I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to wear them again boooo.
and saw lots of fireworks on New Year’s Eve. I also heard lots of children in my class wishing me a Happy New Year and telling me they had missed me, which is always nice and makes going back to work a little easier!
We have another weekend of no plans which is lovely as the end of last year was so busy. I’m looking forward to doing some more tidying and sitting at my newly organised desk to write some blog posts, it hasn’t been clear enough to use for a least a year.
I hope you all have a good week. I’m linking up with the lovely Morgana at Coffee Work Sleep Repeat for this week’s #LittleLoves and am looking forward to reading about what everyone else has been loving this week too.
Thanks for popping by,