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31 December 2019

Have I Ditched My Habits From The Start Of 2019?!

I made some goals (not resolutions) at the start of 2019 to kick out some habits which kind of took over my life and affected my wellbeing. I even wrote a post about it so I knew that there was no denying what I had set myself to do!




What I've learnt over these last twelve months is that breaking a habit is easier said than done. It's like trying to stop your nail biting habit, or for others, maybe smoking or drinking. The theory is that you can break a habit in a matter of 21 days. Nah, that's a load of crap! Saying that, we're all different, it may take that 21 day period to break a habit for some. However, I can safely say that I'm not a part of that group. The habits I had listed that I wanted to stop took a longer period of time to break.

Have I Ditched My Habits From The Start Of 2019?!

27 December 2019

Blog Reads Of December

It's almost time to take the Christmas decks down and pack away the Christmas tree for another 11-12 months. We're also nearing the end of 2019 and we're about to enter a new decade, which pretty much seems daunting in a way.



I've read so many blog posts this month. A lot of Christmas themed ones (obvs the best time to write them) and also Christmas-less themed ones. Even though I've been panic buying Christmas presents, sorting out cards and getting annoyed with my wrapping paper for not folding properly when wrapping presents, I've still had time to sit down with a cup of hot chocolate and scour through my favourite blogger's posts.

Blog Reads of December

22 December 2019

Single All The Way: Why Being Single At Christmas Isn't All Bad

"It'll be lonely this Christmas, without you to hold"
 
 
Ok, before I start necking down the mulled wine and scoffing all the Quality Street tin chocolates, let's be real here - being single at Christmas can kind of suck sometimes. Maybe because there is one less present to open under the tree. It's always nice to cwtch up to someone at Christmas, watch cheesy festive films over a hot chocolate and just flake out on the settee. Waking up together on Christmas morning and opening your presents by the tree. Maybe even going for winter walks through the park. Right, that's it, where's the vodka? Someone please pass me the Smirnoff!


Before I start getting maudlin and imagine myself becoming a nun and joining a convent, let's think of the pro's of being single during the festivities! There are some, I assure you -


15 December 2019

Christmas Markets

A few weeks previous, I took a trip to Cardiff Christmas Market then more recently, I took a trip to Bath Christmas Market. Both lovely markets but completely contrasting from each other. Cardiff's certainly wasn't as big as Bath's, but I loved the Welsh feel about it (well, being in Wales, it would be wouldn't it?!). Bath's was on a grander scale, albeit a lot more busy.




Bath was one Christmas Market I had always wanted to visit. Purely for the setting and just to visit Bath itself. I enjoyed the time I had there very much, it was lovely to see all the different stalls that were situated on the picturesque streets of Bath. There was really something there for everyone.


Christmas Markets

9 December 2019

Christmas As A Kid: The Traditions I Miss

Apart from the Scrooge's and Grinch's out there, the majority of us all love the mince pie and tinsel season. Christmas in terms of buying presents has evolved so much over time. Nowadays, my friends who have children of their own are buying their kids iPad's, iPhone's or X Box's. Every present they get now seems to involve a plug socket and a hike in your electricity bill.



When I was growing up, the most my presents would need to make them work were batteries. Other than that, 95% of my presents didn't come with wires or involve anything electrical. It makes me melancholic to think how Christmas has changed so much over time.

Christmas As A Kid: The Traditions I Miss

4 December 2019

Tips For A Stress-Free Christmas

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Christmas is ultimately the busiest and most frantic time of the year. We're all running around like headless chickens trying to get everything done for the big day on the 25th. I do love the hustle and bustle at Christmas, even though we're all running up and down the aisles trying to find the perfect gift, we all have an aura of festive happiness about us which in turn, makes me happy.



However, Christmas, for quite a few of us, can cause a lot of stress and tension. I'd love to say that I'm as calm as anything at Christmas, but, me being me, I stress about who I need to buy for and what in the hell I'm going to buy them! There's always that one person you don't have a scooby doo what to buy them, they seem to own everything on the planet.


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