What better time to reflect on January than with a glass of beetroot juice? Yeah I know beetroot juice sounds sick but why not surprise yourself in 2015 and give it a go. Anyway, how is January treating you so far? Have you stuck to your resolutions or are you already over it? I've already found a few things in January I'm currently obsessed with that I feel the need to share. Fun, new shiny things aside, I've also made a few lifestyle changes that I plan on sticking out as long as I can muster.
A Five Year PlanThe first thing I've had to do is actually reflect (of course I have, it's in the title) on where I've been and where I want to go. It sounds like I'm about to burst into song or something but I'm being serious. I'm in my final year at University, everyone is in my ear about graduate jobs and dissertations and full time employment and it's driving me even more psycho than I already am. However, I've actually sat down and thought about what I want to achieve and where I want to be which has helped take the edge off any 'future me' anxiety. I sometimes feel still 18 and it's so easy to forget how quickly time goes by and that I'm no longer a carefree semi-permanently drunk teenager. My main priority? Owning my own property. Taking the time to plan how much I'm going to need to deposit on the house of my dreams and how quickly I can get on the property market means I won't end up a 30 year old house guest in my dad's home. Take a few minutes to decide where you'd like to be even in a years time and what you need to do to make that possible, you'd be surprised how it shifts your way of thinking.
Trusting My Gut
Instinct that is. It's easy to subconsciously tap out of your own body and not even realise it. Sometimes I can feel something is wrong, whether it be with myself or within a situation, and although I can feel it, I ignore it. When it comes to having to make decisions, minor or otherwise, feeling 100% about it is what should take priority. I recently had an incident where I fainted (for the first time ever) in the uni library (it was as embarrassing as it sounds) and I felt out of myself for a few days after. That morning I had said to Tom I had felt off and I had debated missing uni to 're-center' myself but I didn't listen. Although a minor example, it's so important to remember that you know what is best for yourself, whether it's to do with your health, your career or an important personal decision. Listen, observe and connect. This year I plan on being entirely selfish when it comes to myself.
The 3, 2, 2 Week
I've managed to find an eating schedule that works well for me so far and I plan to try and make it as permanent as possible. I like to eat, I really do, but I'm an easily influenced eater. Basically, if it's in front of me or a viable option I will eat it without thinking and without stopping. Afterwards I usually feel horrible and unwell and I don't look forward to eating my next meal. When you eat mindlessly I think you lose the joy of eating all together and it is no longer exciting but more monotonous. I've started to mix up my week with the following - 3 days a week I will eat as though I am a vegetarian, 2 days I will eat as though I am vegan and the other 2 days I allow myself anything I feel like. I've found that on the days I allow myself to eat whatever I like, I am savouring the meals and not over indulging. Equally, I've found I'm fully satisfied going without any meat or dairy on the days I don't have it. Contrary to popular belief, eating vegan or vegetarian doesn't leave you undernourished and emaciated and staring at the fridge longingly. In turn, I listen more to what my body is craving rather than stuffing my face with anything just to fill the void.
Yoga With Adriene
I am hands down obsessed with this damn woman. As part of my commitment to myself to become more mindful and to regularly practice yoga I have been trying to do at least 1 (if not 2) or her videos a day. Luckily this January she has started a new series called '30 days of yoga' which has made regular practice extremely easy. Her videos are so great because she is so easy to listen to and she is so fun and best of all the series is free. Now that daily yoga has become a habit I feel pretty lost and restless if I miss a practice. If you are new to the practice or finding it difficult to commit to a daily practice I cannot recommend her enough. You can find her videos here if you want to give it a go.
Tom and I were kicking ourselves knowing we'd walked past this place so many times and never bothered to go in. It really is golden. We first tried it before going to see The Curious Incident in the West End and we've been back several times since. I find it pretty hard to find good thai food, or really any good asian food for that matter as I've grown up surrounded by flavourful and pungent dishes packed with spice and all the rest. I've always found that a lot of places lack flavour because they're catering for an english audience which means I end up paying for a bland meal. Busaba does not skimp on flavour or spice and the menu selection is fantastic. It's very easy to eat nutritionally here whether you choose a warming coconut and lemongrass soup or a veggie dense stir fry. When I eat, I like to consider how the ingredients I'm digesting serve my body which I admit is pretty gross and borderline obsessive but it means I usually end up really enjoying my food. My favourite thing about Busaba is the atmosphere. It's littered with golden buddhas, burning incense and huge wooden tables giving it a very zen spa-like feel. Even better, throughout January Busaba are offering 50% off all food so you can give it a go and decide whether it's worth going back. You can find the menu here if you're interested.
I bought a cheap pack of these off ebay to see how they'd look in preparation for summer but I loved them so much I kept buying and sticking and shimmering. These little darlings are basically transfer tattoos that every child with a kinder egg has tried at some point in their lives. However, these ones come in silvers and golds and look amazing on bronzed skin. I think Beyonce kicked this trend off (of course) and everyone else has hopped on board. This time round I bought the proper branded ones from UniqueFreak and not some random 99p ones in the hope that they would last much longer. You can find cheapy ones here and a large pack of 4 from uniquefreak here.
So that's it from me for January...is there anything you've discovered this year that you're loving?