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!
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).
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.