I am often told that I live on my nerves and need to stop rushing around and relax (easier said then done) so last year I tried to be a bit more proactive in stopping for 5 minutes and appreciating my day. I download the app 1 second everyday which was a huge help! You literally record 1 second of your day, everyday and then you can save a whole montage of your week, month or year. For the whole of 2019, I managed to record a clip and uploaded them to my Instagram each month.
I loved it because it made me stop and take in what I was doing but I still found that I was recording the moment with my phone to save and share, instead of just saving it for myself, in my brain. It’s so easy to get caught up in the mundane day to day life but each day is a gift and I want to acknowledge that; so I have started being more mindful in just stopping and looking and taking in exactly where I am and what I am doing. Whether that be on my commute to work or out and about with friends and family. I’m hoping it will help me to not feel so stressed at times and give me a breath of fresh air. There are so many moments in a day and I don’t want to miss out on any of them.
Have you ever tried mindfulness meditation?
Queue the countless blogposts of people listing things they are going to give up etc. I want to do things differently this year so instead of writing a list of things I’m going to give up like chocolate and alcohol, here’s some things I’m am going to take up or try to do harder so 2020 is the best
1. Take up and language – last year I tried my hardest to get some more Spanish under my belt and I loved it so this year I want to try my luck at Italian. I use the app Duolingo as it gives me daily reminders and it’s so fun and easy!
2. Get back to photography – incase you didn’t know, I have a degree in photography but sadly I only really use it for blog photos so this year I want to start taking my camera out more because it’s literally collecting dust
3. Learn to cook and bake more – I’m actually the worst cook, unless you want fajitas or beans on toast for the rest of your life. So I want to learn some more recipes because I actually really enjoy cooking
To celebrate the new year, my family and I headed to Finland for a few days to make some memories in the snow. We went about 19 years ago when I was 7 but I don’t remember too much so I was so excited to get back.
After a bit of a rocky flight and having to land in a different airport due to the snow; we made it to Finland and we’re taken to get our snow suits and boots (quite ugly but quite comfy)
Our hotel was so small and cosy and was just full of people doing the same excursions as us which was so nice as everyone was so friendly including the reps and hotel employees.
The excursions we booked were a husky ride, a snowmobile ride to see the Northern Lights and a reindeer sanctuary and I can’t even tell you how incredible they all were. The huskies were definitely my favourite, especially the dog cuddles at the end!
In between trips we were able to stay in the hotel but there wasn’t too much to do so we tried to get out and explore as much as possible. Our hotel was actually in Sweden but was right on the border so we often walked through to Finland, especially to get some gloggi which was hands down the best mulled wine I have ever tasted. Also pretty cool to say that the day we flew home we went to 3 countries in 24 hours.
I had the best holiday with my family and completely fell in love with Lapland and am so happy I have some new memories that I will actually remember. I am so gutted to be home and back to work but looking forward to so many more adventures. Not to give anything away but I think I should start brushing up on my Italian!
– Hannah X
Wow! The end of blogmas; it’s always such a bittersweet time but I loved every minute of it! I am currently sitting in my new Christmas PJs watching Elf thinking about how grateful I am to every single person who has read my blog and interacted with me in some way. I think you are all great and want to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
Lots of love,
I can’t believe there are 2 days left to go until Christmas Day, the whole of December has flown by! Today I’d thought I’d share my Wishlist which isn’t much of a list but here goes!
Foreo Luna 3 – I have seen these being promoted by a lot of influencers and bloggers and I am so intrigued to give it a go. I often feel like my make up never really removes and I do suffer from dry skin so this looks like it will do wonders for me
Kate Spade Pink Bag – I have been lusting over a Kate Spade bag for so long now and this is honestly the bag of dreams. I usually gravitate towards a black bag to go with everything but I want a few brighter colours to add a pop of colour. Look how dreamy it is
Pandora Ring – I love Pandora jewellery and have been eyeing up this ring for quite a while, I look it looks so dainty and girly
Where to begin; I guess all I can really say is thank you. Thank you for allowing me to travel and explore the world with some of my favourite people. I have made so many new memories that I will look back on with so much happiness; even the time I got food poisoning in Lisbon.
Thank you for highlighting how important my own happiness is and that I am/should be the only person that has control over that. This one we are still learning but we’re getting there. Thank you for all of the opportunities to grow and develop both personally and professionally.
Thank you for allowing me to follow my love for blogging and digital content. I have met and continue to meet so many people and it’s a world that I am so grateful to be a part of
Of course, there has been a few lows which I’m still struggling to deal with, especially the loss of my best friend in the world, my Grandad but I’ve ended the year surrounded by people I love and I’m about to spend the end of the year with my family in Lapland; somewhere that is so special to us! I am so excited for 2020 and all that it has in store. I’m determined to make it my roaring 20’s so stay tuned!
If it was acceptable to listen to Christmas music all year, I definitely would. Here are some of my favourite Christmas songs.
Mistletoe – Justin Bieber
Does this song need an explanation? I am not the biggest Justin Bieber fan (forgetting the fact I have seen him live 3 times) but Mistletoe is an absolute classic when it comes to Christmas and this time of year. It needs to be turned up as long as possible.
Last Christmas – Wham!
One of my favourite festive songs. It’s just so catchy and I just can’t help but sing along.
All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
I mean arguably THE ultimate Christmas song right.
Driving Home For Christmas – Chris Rea
This is definitely such an underrated song that no one really appreciates. It’s just so beautiful, I used to always listen to it on Christmas Ever when I was driving home from work because I was literally driving home for Christmas
Baby It’s Cold Outside – Michael Buble & Idina Menzel
This song always makes me think of that scene in Elf and gives me the ultimate Christmas feels. Nothing better than having to sing both the male and female parts together.
I love living in London, especially this time of year because the city is full of pretty fairy light and it’s just a great atmosphere. I also think there is so much to do like Winter Wonderland, ice skating and Christmas Markets.
Every year I make it my mission to walk around Covent Garden and see the big tree because it always makes me feel the most festive
Have you ever visited London at Christmas time?
I love hearing other people’s Christmas traditions, so I thought I’d share mine with you
1. New pyjamas
I thought I’d start off with my favourite one and that is getting my pyjamas Evey year to wear of Christmas Eve. My parents try and tell me and my sister that we are too old for it now but honestly, that is what I look forward too the most (aside from the food)
2. Beach walks on boxing day
This is something we used to do when we were kids and we recently bought it back last year. There is something so peaceful about a crisp walk along the sea front breathing in the salty air
3. Winter Wonderland
I can’t get through the festive period without going to winter wonderland at least once, it’s just such a good atmosphere and makes me feel so festive. Me and Jack have already planned a few visits
I love a date night and if I can make them Chrsitmassy I will (sorry Jack haha) Here’s a few of my favourite festive date night ideas
Cosy night in with Christmas films – I love a cosy date night, wrapped in blankets with snack and films so why not make the films Christmas themed! I mean that to me sounds like the perfect combination
Dinner – Dinners out are always fun and most restaurants have Christmas decorations to help get you in the festive mood. To make it extra Christmassy, go somewhere that offers a roast dinner/festive menu
Christmas Markets / Winter Wonderland – I love going to Winter Wonderland in Hyde park and try to go at least once a year. It can get pretty busy but I personally love walking around with a mulled wine listening to all of the Christmas songs and seeing what items people are selling on their stalls