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morning monday... raise your glass...

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...or rather, as it is a Monday morning, raise your coffee cup.

I'd like to make a toast, to everything you've achieved this year. I bet if you think about it you've managed to cram a whole lot into the last 11 months. Maybe this year has been the best of your life or maybe it has been one of the worst, in that way that years can be sometimes. Maybe you can't believe how fast it has gone, maybe you can't wait for it to be over. Either way you're probably thinking this toast is a little premature.

Maybe it is.

But in the run up to Christmas it is easy to be distracted by delicous syrups in lattes and sparkly things on trees. Santa's never ending to do list and one too many mulled wines. It's easy to be distracted, and we should be, we should revel in it. I know I will be but first I want to tie up all the loose ends. I want to look at my life, and the goals I set myself at the beginning of the year and work out what is left to do, and what can wait till the new year.

Before I get tied up in wrapping paper, so to speak.

I need to get my house in order. Metaphorically and literally. Even though I will be going home for the holidays, I want to get my own flat spruced up, I've neglected it recently. Something to do with not having time to host dinner parties, so no real reason to make it fit for others to see. I want to get my paper work sorted, bank statements filed, bills paid. If I buy a filing cabinet I will be a real grown up right?

I want to make a final push on the old health front. I know not really the time of year is it? But do you know what? Yes I am going to treat myself as much as everyone else, but I'm also going to block out some time to work out. I've been working and gallivanting too much recently, and I need to reset. Time to make sure I'm getting my 8 hours sleep, 8 glasses of water, and a little more than just 8 minutes exercise a week.

I want to take stock. I know I'm always harping on about this aren't I? But truth be told, recently I've been working myself up a little about what the future holds, where my next steps will take me, and where I want those steps to take me. Thank god I have this blog, I need to block out a few self indulgent hours, go back through this year and these posts and work out exactly where I've been, then maybe I will know where to go.

And last but by no means least I want to spend some quality time blogging. I've loved writing up my train diaries recently, because you can't just whip up those posts, I have to sit down and really think about what I want to write and which photos I want to use. I want to make that much effort with every post. Plus I have two guest pots I'm writing for other blogs, and they deserve to be the best they can be so watch out for that!

How about you? Are you spending a bit of time evaluating the year too, or are you too busy evaluating as many mince pies as humanly possible. Either way here's to you and all you've achieved and are yet to achieve in 2014. Happy Monday!

Live life & give in to the festive season x

11 comments

  1. This year has gone ridiculousy fast! I would like to get my flat in order before the holidays, too... specifically the spare bedroom, which is a tip!

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  2. Had mulled wine last night actually! So delicious… But a little too hot for Miami "winter."

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  3. I am trying to take the rest of the year on a day by day basis. I have a pretty long to-do list even with the year drawing to a close, but I am trying to soak in as much of the remaining days as possible. Life is full of challenges and many of them have been packed into the last eleven months or so. But I try not to let lists get in the way of living if I can possibly help it. :)

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  4. I think that is a very sensible way to go about things! I'm definitely soaking up each day at the moment, this time of year really makes me want t slow down and appreciate little things. Like the sun on my sofa in the morning x

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  5. Yes probably! I have tp admit as much as I love the sunshine, I wouldn't give up the joy of a cold Christmas. Or rather the joy of warming myself up with mulled wine over a cold Christmas xx

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  6. I definitely start thinking about the year gone by now and then panicking when I realise all the things I haven't done this year ... eek!x

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  7. Other than Christmas shopping my overall to do list isn't THAT bad. I tidied my flat last night and it has made me much more motivated, something about being in control of innaminate objects makes me feel more in control of my life in general xx

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  8. I've completely rearranged my living room, after doing the same thing with my bedroom just a few weeks ago. I guess because I rent, and the furniture isn't mine, doing anything I can to make it feel like it is MY space really helps. I'm so much more productive when I have a real little 'nest' to be proud of xx

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  9. A lovely post as always! All of sudden things in my life seem to be changing very quickly (for the better) so I have had no time to take stock at all, but I am sure once I have some down time on my holiday I will look back and be quite pleased with how this year has gone, it wasn't the best and it wasn't the worst but it has been the year where things are starting to move in the right direction if that makes sense? Enjoy the rest of your week. xxx

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  10. I've definitely felt my life shift massively this year, and while it might not have had some of those monumental moments I would say it probably has been the best year of my life so far. Just because of how much ground has been covered! Sounds like a holiday is exactly what you need! Xxx

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