I’m writing this on a Sunday night with a stew on the stove and Friends playing in the background. It has been one of those delicious no-plan weekends that were few and far between in my diary in 2019.
As a couple we’ve cleaned, cooked, walked and talked this weekend and I’m heading into my first full week of work since before Christmas feeling super motivated.
Why? Because we did lots of things that made me feel better. And because I’m trying to be more positive in life, I thought I’d share them here.
1. morning yoga
I’ve never done Yoga before. I do remember a half-arsed attempt at pilates once where me and my pal couldn’t stop pissing ourselves over the idea of emptying buckets with our pelvises. But yoga? I never really thought it was for me.
However, having spent the 20-minute walk from work to the train station huffing my way up a hill, I decided I was best easing myself into exercise this year. Not that yoga is simple, it isn’t, but I suppose it doesn’t have you gasping for breath like a HIIT session.
I opted for a beginners video from Yoga with Adriene and although I toppled over approx four times and couldn’t get into some of the positions, it was definitely a mindful way to start my day.
2. HealthY breakfast
Weekends are one of the times I struggle most to eat a healthy breakfast. Unlike the week where I always make a pot of overnight oats to take with me to work, on weekends I crave bacon butties and slabs of delicious white bread dripping in Lurpak butter.
This weekend I avoided the call of the Warburton’s Toastie from Tesco, and made myself a lovely pepper and mushroom omelette. I know it’s super simple, but this small change in my weekend breakfast routine has meant I’ve generally eaten better than usual. I’ve also not been burdened with the deep feeling of guilt that comes from inhaling four slices of white bread so there’s that too.
3. Passion project
I’ve spent a hella amount of time this weekend on my passion project, this little blog. I feel like my brain is whirring with ideas of where I can take it and what I can do with it – it’s so bloody exciting.
I know the most important thing for me to do is be consistent, so that’s what I’ll be working on throughout January. I want to get posts out twice a week and build my community on Instagram. Spending time on something I’m so passionate about has lit a bit of a fire in me and got me feeling motivated.
4. CLEANING THE HOUSE
This weekend my husband and I finally took the Christmas decorations down and blitzed the kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedroom.
I love putting up the Christmas tree but all the decs create so much clutter and there’s something so incredibly calming about packing them all away for another year.
We gave the rooms we spend the most time in a proper deep clean and the house just feels so much warmer and more welcoming. We’ll be trying our absolute best to keep on top of everything so we can continue getting the house sorted over the next few weeks.
5. Researching something new
I’ve been low-key obsessing over Victoria from Apartment No 4’s posts on manifestation this week and I’m really intrigued by the concept.
Because it felt like something that needed a bit more research, I spent a good 40 minutes after my yoga session inhaling all her posts about the subject. This is time I’d usually spend scrolling social media and it felt good to do something productive instead.
Although I’m still not 100% confident of the practice, I’m hoping to get started with my manifestation journey in the next few weeks.
So that’s it, the five things that have got me uber motivated this weekend. What do you do to light a fire in your belly?