On my birthday every year, which also happens to be almost the start of the new year, I like to write a list of a certain number of items that I would like to achieve that year. I cannot believe that it has been six months since I wrote the list for this year as honestly, it feels like no time has passed at all, but this is something I am learning is common among other post-graduates. Does anyone else feel like life post-graduation passes by faster than life pre-graduation?
Since we are now over halfway through the year as of July 10th, I wanted to take the time to reflect upon the goals that I have achieved and set intentions for the next six months.
HEALTH & FITNESS
Veganuary involves eating plant-based as much as possible during the month of January. When I decided to participate in Veganuary this year, I was certain that I would only last a week maximum without consuming an animal product. However, I surprised myself by being able to complete the entire month of Veganuary only consuming one animal product, to my knowledge, which was a piece of birthday cake for my 22nd birthday. I was honestly astonished at how easy it can be to consume a fully plant-based diet if you actually try, although it does take some resilience as it meant I could not consume a wide variety of snack food including doughnuts, cookies and biscuits. I am definitely going to attempt Veganuary next year as well.
Visit All The Restaurants in Time Out’s Vegan-Friendly Box
In September 2018, my boyfriend Tom purchased Time Out’s Vegan-Friendly Box where you get 50% off at 8 London-based vegan-friendly restaurants. We currently have two more places to visit on the list and then I will be uploading a post all about our experience and the (mostly) delicious food that was consumed.
Try 6 New Fitness Classes
In April of this year, my boyfriend Tom and I finally got a gym membership to one of our local gyms and although we have not been the most consistent gym users, we are starting to get into a semi-regular routine. When we originally joined in April, we attended two of the classes held there: Yoga and Pilates, however, we have since decided to work-out by ourselves using the equipment and free weights. I may still try another four classes before the end of the year, perhaps boxing, but at the moment I am happy working-out by myself.
Hike Scafell Pike
Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England at 978 metres above sea level. Whilst I have not hiked Scafell Pike as of yet, I did hike Snowdon whilst we were visiting a University friend of mine in Wales, which is actually taller than Scafell Pike, standing at 1085 metres above sea level. I may still hike Scafell Pike this year but having hiked Snowdon, I know for certain that I am capable of hiking it, should I want to.
On the 30th March 2019, my two best friends from secondary school, Anna and Grace, and I decided to visit Liverpool for the weekend. It was definitely just as picturesque as it was in pictures and we had lots of fun walking around and exploring all of the different parts of Liverpool as well as eating at lots of different cafes. You can read my blog post about the weekend here.
Learn How To Make Vegan Carbonara
In June of this year, I decided to make vegan carbonara using a recipe that I had found online. It used vegan bacon pieces in place of bacon and the white cheesy sauce was replaced by tofu or cashew nuts and vegan cheese. It was a failure. The bacon pieces themselves were delicious but the sauce did not taste good at all and I ended up throwing the entire mixture away. I will stick to vegetarian carbonara for now.
Learn How To Make 3 Cocktails
I am a huge cocktail lover. Every time I visit a bar or a restaurant, I always want to order a cocktail but often these are quite expensive compared to non-alcoholic beverages, beer or cider. So I decided to learn how to make my three favourite cocktails at home: Sex On The Beach, Mojito and Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri. I was surprised at how similar they tasted to the cocktails you order at a bar and I will definitely be remaking them for any future flat parties. You can read my blog post here for all the recipes I used.
See Harry Potter & The Cursed Child at the Theatre
In July of this year, I finally went to see Harry Potter & The Cursed Child at the Theatre, having booked the tickets in October last year. The special effects were incredible but the story line and acting itself was not on the same level as that of the Harry Potter movies. The theatre was cramped and uncomfortably warm. Whilst I am grateful that I got the opportunity to see the screen play brought to life, I think I will stick with watching the films from the comfort of my flat.
See Waitress at the Theatre
For those of who you have never heard of Waitress before, it is a theatre production that tells the story of Jenna, a waitress in an abusive relationship with her husband, who falls unexpectedly pregnant. Wanting a better life for her unborn child, she becomes determined to win the pie contest so she can use the grand prize as her chance to escape to a better life.
I finally went to see the production earlier this year as a belated birthday present with my mum and sister and although I had high expectations of the show, it met every single one of them. Since there was unsold tickets, we got upgraded to better seats which each came with a free jar of pie including banoffee pie, apple pie and chocolate pie. This was such an unexpected touch and it made the experience that much more enjoyable. The production itself was incredible – I loved every single one of the songs and the actors did an amazing job. I cannot compliment it enough.
See Hayley Kiyoko Live
In February of this year, Grace and I went to see Hayley Kiyoko live for the first time. We have both been a fan of Hayley Kiyoko ever since Lemonade Mouth was released and it was exciting to finally see her live for the first time. She was incredible – her voice never faltered even though she was dancing just as much as in her music videos and we got to hear all of our favourite songs live in person. I would highly recommend seeing if you ever get the chance.
Move Out (Again)
In February of this year, my boyfriend Tom and I moved into a one bedroom flat. Tom was living with housemates prior to this and I was technically living with my parents at their house so it was nice to finally have a place to ourselves that we could call home. You can have a nose around our flat in this blog post.
Reach 1000 Followers
There are still a number of items that I have yet to complete this year. These are: to complete the 30 day meditation challenge, to visit Dublin and the Isle of Wight, to try six new hobbies, to start a travel journal, to learn calligraphy and photography, to read 25 books, to complete the zip line in Bermondsey, to practice driving and to meet a blogger friend. Still tuned till next January to see if I manage to complete them all.
How are you getting on with your New Year Resolutions?