I’m not sure how it happened, but here we are on the cusp of a new decade. The last year has positively flown by, I’m still feeling unsettled by the way time moves, but I’m hoping a little reflection will help me end the year with closure, rather than feeling like time has been stolen from me!
It’s been a strange year in a lot of ways. I started 2019 with my only goal really being to prioritise my health and rest. And I’ve definitely stuck to that for the most part, it’s been a year of making decisions that promote healing, for both my body and my mind. So I feel like I’ve not achieved all that much in 2019, but actually, a year of looking after myself was exactly what I needed.
2019 saw the biggest shift in how I plan my days and weeks. Instead of seeing my diary as a challenge to be filled, I’ve left it as open as possible, allowing myself the space to rest, but also to prioritise what truly makes me happy. By leaving room in my diary, I’ve spent more time reading, writing, and stomping around in my Timberlands in the forest. I’ve switched up my work schedule to allow for more flexibility, slower starts in the morning, movement and time spent outside in every day, and honestly just time to flake out on the sofa when I need it. It’s been a really great way to spend my time this year, and I feel better for it.
It’s been a weird year for travel! Off the back of 2018 which saw us take a lot of big trips, we’ve slowed down for 2019. Partly because of my health and partly because of work commitments, we didn’t plan any vacations, instead saving our time up for our big trip over Christmas. That doesn’t mean that travel was completely off the cards though, I’ve been lucky enough to take a few quick trips for work and for fun, as well as exploring the UK a little more.
This year’s travel highlights included a slow camping trip with my mama, a girly few days exploring Bruges with my pal Kelly, some staycations in London with Con, an overnight stay at the luxe No 131 in Cheltenham, a quick flit to Ibiza for a Hen do, my first ever trip to Liverpool, and time spent in Cambridge and Norfolk for a dreamy wedding! All in all, not bad, and I’m looking forward to adding Toronto and Buffalo to the list before the year’s out.
2019 was the year of reading for me! I set a Goodreads goal of 60 books for 2019 (super ambitious and today, December 18th, I’m not quite there, eek!), and it was the year I really embraced my one true literature love, YA Fantasy. You can see my full list of 2019 reads here, but my favourites included Serpent and Dove, The Cruel Prince Trilogy, The Deathless Girls, Girls of Paper and Fire, & Normal People.
My 2019 highlights
- Spending more time out in the forest, getting muddy and feeling at ease with myself.
- Being a bridesmaid at the wedding of two close friends.
- Finally sitting down and making a start on the book that’s been in my head for years.
- Finishing off our balcony and spending time in our cosy home.
- Travelling to Bruges with Kelly with Mini!
Favourite 2019 Discoveries + Purchases
- My InstantPot! Making dinner has never been so easy, I love this thing!
- Lush bought out my favourite scent in perfume form, so now I can smell like Yog Nog out of the bath too!
- Glass Keep Cups, cute and practical, I keep one in my car and one in my handbag.
- Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise in Bette, the perfect one and done eyeshadow shade. Oh and the Urban Decay Naked Honey Palette, because damn I love every shade.
- More stationery favourites than I can count, but specifically my Legami Milano notebook, and the Pilot Juice 0.38 pens Daphne sent me from Taiwan!
- The Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Foundation. Flawless skin in a bottle? Sign me up.
- The new additions to my Mulberry
obsessioncollection in 2019. My lambswool scarf keeping me warm, my gorgeous new purse, and the Bayswater Backpack too.
All in all, whilst 2019 certainly had it’s rough patches, it was a great year, and I’m hoping to bring more of the slow, intentional living into 2020!