New Year’s Resolutions-February & March Update

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With everything being a little crazy at the moment, I never got ’round to sharing how I got on with my new year’s resolutions in February. So instead I’m doing a double update and here’s how I got on!

1-Move

Achieved! We’d been desperate to move for quite some time, partly to be closer to my job but also for various other reasons. It was quite the challenge to find somewhere closer to my job, spacious and within budget, but we did it!

In March just as we was giving up hope of finding anywhere soon, we viewed a ground floor flat/apartment with it’s own garden. Mid-March we moved in and I’m delighted we moved when we did, as now we’re on lockdown we might not have been able to for quite some time.

2-Eat Healthily & Exercise

Yes and yes! I had a few very unhealthy days in Amsterdam in February, but if you can’t treat yourself on holiday then when can you?

Other than that I kept to my usual exercise regime of four workouts a week and if anything, I started to eat healthier than usual in March (because of Coronavirus).

3-Read More

In February I read two books.

-Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

-Lonely Planet Pocket Amsterdam

Funnily enough I hate the Eat, Pray, Love movie. I remember thinking it would inspire wanderlust and feel like a real journey, instead it was dull, slow and lacked any clarity.

It’s funny how different the book is to the film, because everything is explained fully in the book. Gilbert struggles in an unhappy marriage for years before leaving her husband, whereas in the film it seems a snap decision. The book tells a great story, it makes you feel, smell and imagine Italy, India and Indonesia. The book inspires adventure, passion and the wanderlust I was longing for from the movie.

Would I recommend? Yes.

In March I read:

-Zen by Shunmyo Masuno

I loved this book! It’s beautifully written so you can read small chunks each day and really absorb it, which I did throughout the month of March.It’s such a positive book that looks at different scenarios and events in life and how to deal with them and find inner happiness.

Would I recommend? Definitely. It’s very uplifting and calming, so a great read especially at the moment.

4-Do 2 New Things Per Month

Done!In February we visited Amsterdam for the first time, where we visited new museums, restaurants and took a boat ride along the canals.

We went to Lightopia at Chiswick Gardens.

And much more.

In March we moved into a new flat in a new area!

Ate a delicious vegan roast dinner at the Prince Arthur Shoreditch.

And again, many more things.

5-Cook One New Thing Per Month

In February I made vegan shortbread. I found the shortbread nice enough but a bit doughy.

In March I made vegan Hunter’s Chicken. I used vegan chicken topped with ham, cheese and barbeque sauce (all vegan of course). I’ve never had real Hunter’s Chicken but this version was simple and tasty.

6-Buy Less/As Ethically As Possible

The past couple of months I haven’t bought myself much, but I have spent a lot on buying essentials for our new flat (ie. Microwave, new hoover, etc).

My no-buy rule is more about not buying lots of unnecessary items, so even though I’ve spent a lot more than usual it’s been on things that are needed.

7-Travel/Backpacking/Go For Days Out

In February we went to Amsterdam for a short break.We’ve also had lots of lovely days out to Kew Gardens, Lightopia Festival and Richmond Park.

7-Use My Phone Less

I did pretty well on this during February and March. I definitely started checking my phone more towards late March when Coronavirus became very serious, but I feel like it’s unusual circumstances so I wont beat myself up about it.

I feel like overall I’ve done really well! The next few months or so I wont achieve several of my resolutions such as travel/days out because of the current situation, but that can’t be helped.

Let me know how you’re getting on with your New Year’s Resolutions.

15 Replies to “New Year’s Resolutions-February & March Update”

    1. Aaw thank you😊Yes we’re pretty settled. With everything going on it feels like we moved ages ago not 3-4 weeks back haha. We’re very glad we moved and that we found a place with a garden! Because it was brown flour etc they had a slight savoury taste, so even with a load of sugar it wasn’t overly sweet😊 x

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  1. Ah you’ve done amazing hun, congrats! ❤

    I'm so happy you got to move when you did, it definitely happened in perfect timing and now you can be settled in your lovely new home ❤

    Amsterdam is such a fun place to visit, the canal ride sounds lovely ❤ & that cookie looks so good, hehe.

    I love the way you described Eat, Pray, Love (the book), so well written!! I definitely prefer the book to the film, though I've only seen the film once or twice (well the first time I watched it, I didn't really pay attention lol).

    That Vegan hunter chicken looks incredible hun! You are the best vegan blogger ❤ I definitely want to try that meal, it looks delicious.

    Glad you had a successful couple of months hun,

    stay safe & see you soon xx

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    1. Aaw thanks so much hun💕 I am sooo glad we moved and so glad we found a cute place with a garden. You’ll have to come see it in the future😊 I loved ‘Dam, such a lovely city to explore and the best place for food😍 Thanks hun. Aah the film was just not the one, it’s not as deep as the book nor does it give me as much wanderlust! Yes definitely hun, I might post more vegan recipes and cooking on here😁 You too lovely, hopefully see you asap! Xx

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  2. You’re doing amazingly with your resolutions! I’ve failed at all of mine haha. So lucky you got to move when you did, our house got delayed yet again because of corona 😭 And to have a garden during this time too is ideal!

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      1. Yeah it makes sense obviously. No we have no idea but it was ahead of schedule so hopefully it won’t be too much longer! 🤞🏻 You really appreciate a garden so much more during all of this!

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  3. Congrats on the move! I am so excited for you guys! Your flat looks adorable! And I love tat it has a small garden attached to it! You nailed your resolutions the last few months! That food looks delicious! I totally hear you about not traveling, but you get a pass on that one with all the craziness going on! Hang in there and stay safe sweet lady! ❤

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    1. Aaw thanks so much! It was so hard to find a place with a garden so we wasn’t trying for it, but I’m so glad we have it😊 Definitely. I mean I can’t help that resolution if we’re barely allowed to leave the house, but I’ll still do my best with the resolutions I can do😊 You too lovely😘 xxx

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  4. Well done!
    Congrats on the new flat! I’m glad you found a place BC – before Corona.
    I’ve been to Amsterdam a few times, and I loved it! There’s so much to see and do!
    I like the idea of cooking or baking something new once a month. Looking at all the yummy food, I’m getting hungry!

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    1. Haha thank you! We moved so close to lockdown, glad we did or we might have been waiting to move for months! I loved Amsterdam, the food was great, good attractions and scenic too😊 I’m definitely baking or cooking more than one new thing a month at the moment haha x

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