It feels great to be back to in London from a great break out of the city. Life can get claustrophobic sometimes in London, despite it being home. Even if I don’t leave the country, I find myself coming back after this particular festive holiday period the most refreshed, reset and ready to start the new year.
I think any excuse to shake old habits and make changes and resolutions in your life that you have always wanted, new year is a great bandwagon to jump on. I always like to remind myself that it can be used as a benchmark and really it’s only a date in the diary which can actually be self applied at any time of the year or your life.
For me this year it’s generally the usual which is maintain a healthy and organised living. I have made an attempt of explaining my trail of thoughts below. I hope it’s inspiring.
It’s so easy to spend hours in front of the TV (I do love Netflix), movies and Instagram. However reading allows you to actually use your imagination a little bit more, slowing you down to a more mindful state of thinking.
Cook more food at home
Nothing is more pleasant than a great meal cooked from scratch at home using fresh ingredients. There are so many amazing cookbooks and healthy recipes out there now that can be really inspiring. Some of my recent favourites are Jamie Olivers new book Superfoods, Hemsley and Hemsley, and Deliciously Ella are a few of my favourites.
Take more photos of anything and everything.
Get creative. I have a few old cameras lying around that I haven’t touched in ages. Especially film cameras which are always so much fun because you don’t know the outcome of the pictures so are more inclined to just snap away and see what happens.
Get rid of negative thinking.
It’s so easy to get into a rut of negative thoughts especially in January. Don’t beat yourself up about stuff that you didn’t follow through doing or things from the past because you literally can’t do anything to change it. Onwards and upwards, there is pretty much always a solution or positive outcome to anything, it just depends which way you look at it.
The book Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway is a good one. This was recommended to me by the lovely youtuber and blogger Patricia Bright over breakfast once and it inspired her to do a lot of the things she does now.
Avoid procrastination and get on with it.
Plan cultural trips away.
The further away from school days I get the more I somehow seem to miss some great weekend city breaks. I love escaping to a new city worth visiting without shopping or sunshine in mind. I’d love to get to Berlin this year at some point, and Copenhagen too.
Go to the countryside more often.
Whether it be a friends or family home, an air b’n’b or a hotel, a little weekend escape into Britain is always so worth it. I spend new year in the Highlands in Scotland which was such a lovely escape to unwind and reset and spend some fun times with friends without phone reception. With long walks, hot whiskey Toddies and wholesome dinners, we were winning all round.
Avoid the below, no matter how cool it looks.
As much as we try and deny it – it’s just bad. whoops.
Don’t forget about your loved ones, family and your friends.
A happy happy happy new year from me.
Kavita Cola x