Hello, lovelies and welcome, spring!
Can you believe the first month of 2018 is over? I sure can’t! I actually don’t mind January, I like its freshness and chance for new beginnings, a blank page as such. That being said, I’m quite ready for winter to be over and I’m very excited for Spring!
I thought I’d give you a little life update and catch you up on what I’ve been up to lately. I love reading other bloggers monthly edits or ‘life lately’ style catch ups so thought I would start my own series of them here for 2018. Monthly diary entries as such, that might be fun to read back on at the end of the year!
In terms of trying to become more organised, I kickstarted my year by becoming a notebook nerd! I have a gorgeous new diary which I pop all my meetings, events, celebrations, birthdays, appointments and deadlines. I also have separate to-do lists, notebooks for blogging as well as a bridesmaid planner for my besties wedding and for all the Hen Party planning! I know it might seem like a lot but being able to scribble everything down when it pops into my head allows my mind to be a little less cluttered. I know there are apps for that but I’m an old-fashioned pen and paper kinda gal! I keep everything together in my mini-command station as well as a tiny notebook in my handbag which I can scribble ideas in when I’m on the move.
One of my favourite things about January is the little bit of downtime it brings and this year, our January was full of cosy weekend afternoons and nights in. I took this time to binge on lots of Netflix shows! Some of my most recent favourites are The Crown, Call the Midwife Mad Men (I finally finished it!) and Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries.
This month I finally hit publish on a post I have been meaning to share for a while – my personal story with an anxiety disorder. I was truly terrified to share it and by doing so, I would lose readers and followers but I’m so glad I did. It is my most popular post of all time and so many of you took the time to message me sharing your own stories, struggles as well as caring words of encouragement. I have a long way to go but I’m more determined to work on healing and it finally feels like a weight off my chest not keeping it to myself anymore.
I’m making an effort to read more this year and have set myself a challenge to read at least 1-3 books a month. From cheesy chick-lits to books on mental health I will be spending an hour before bed each night winding down with a good read. I will be reviewing them in a new mini-series here on A little Vintage Lady called A Little Vintage Library! I’ve just finished this months batch and feeling pretty proud of myself for sticking to my goal!
I’ve also started dancing again (after about 10 years!) for a charity event in my local town. To be honest I’m both loving it and terrified at the same time! But, I have promised myself to get back and do more things like this than I used to love to gain more confidence and it also helps my journey towards more positive mental health.
- Reading: Coming Up Roses by Cath Kidston.
- Watching: Call The Midwife, The Crown and Anne With An ‘E’.
- Loving: Cosy evenings on the couch with cuddles from Betty (and Mr Vintage Lady, of course!). All the beautiful spring arrivals in the shops. Enjoying what’s in front of me — my daily activities, my lifestyle, my surroundings.
I hope your year has gotten off to a great start? I’d love to hear how you’ve been doing – Let me know in the comments below.