I’m a little bit excited about this today because I’m here to tell you all about something I’ve wanted to do for ages and – finally – I’ve got it kicked off. My online book club!
In a busy, busy world it’s so important to slow down and take some time out for your own peace of mind, and – for me – reading is one of the best ways I’ve found to do that. Whether it’s an afternoon with endless cups of tea on the sofa as you lose yourself in a story, or a quick 15-minutes grabbed deep in the pages of your latest read on your commute home, reading is a great way to both exercise your mind and relax it.
Now, one reason I’ve never got on with book clubs before is that life happens and so I can’t always dedicate the time needed to keep up with the rest of the group. Or, I’ve struggled with the book that has been chosen and so lose interest. So, I’ve taken that mindset and decided that my book club is going to be different.
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What a month it has been! I started this year with all the grand plans to blog more and I have a list of things I want to share with you, but that all fell by the wayside when I was booked in last minute for knee surgery. I had just a few days to get everything sorted for it and now I’ve had it done, I’m not allowed to stand on it for 6-weeks, so I’ve been stuck on the sofa/in bed since then.
Luckily my employers have let me work from home for this time period, so I’ve had no time to get bored but after spending a day staring at the laptop, by the time the end of my working day comes, the last thing I’ve wanted to do is spend more time on it working on the blog. So, I’ve been logging off and filling my eyeballs with watching films and reading books instead.
First thing’s first… Happy New Year! 2019 has arrived and if you’re feeling anything like me, you’re looking forward to eating vegetables and drinking anything that has zero alcohol content again! It’s been a fun week or so but I am seriously ready to detox.
As cliche as it is, I like to take this time of year to reflect (as I did in yesterday’s post) and to look forward to the year ahead and what I would like to achieve. I stopped setting new year’s resolution a few years ago as I literally never kept to them, but instead I think about small, more realistic, manageable goals that I can add in to my everyday life and that I hope will benefit me. I did this last year and I have to say, I pretty much smashed it and all those little changes I made really did improve my quality of life.
So, with that success under my belt, I thought I’d do the same this year!
All across the world today there are people, just like me, who are looking back on the year that has passed and ahead to the year that is to come. It’s the perfect time to review what you’ve done, what you’ve learnt and how you’ve grown as a person, and to begin planning adventures and intentions for the year ahead.
If you’re a regular reader of blogs you’ll be inundated with people clicking ‘publish’ on their own version of this post today, but I like to write these every year – they’re great to look back on as a way to gauge how far you’ve come. I don’t set New Year’s Resolutions as I know it’s pointless because I’ll never stick to them, and tomorrow I’ll be writing about my hopes for the year ahead (so be sure to check back to read that) but in the meantime – how was 2018 for me?
I think Instagram might just be my new favourite social media platform. I used to be hooked on Twitter, chatting with people from all across the world, reading news and opinions, and laughing at videos of animals, but with the various political happenings of the past couple of years I soon noticed the tone had changed and suddenly it seemed to be the go-to online community for every Tom, Dick and Harry to spout their toxic attitudes. Instagram, albeit definitely suffering from a few faults of its own, seems to be a much happier environment and so it’s where I find myself most often when I’m scrolling endlessly and mindlessly.
So, with the end of the year upon us and my annual reflection upon what has passed in the last 12 months as well as what I hope for the year to come, I also like to make use of a website called Top Nine which allows you to see which were your most liked photos of the year on Instagram. I’ve done this every year for the past few years and sometimes it can be quite a surprise to see which pics have got the most attention!