The idea behind Head and Heart is “a monthly capture of my feelings and doings, in the raw” where you take time out once a month to reflect upon and share a more personal side to yourself on your blog.
So here goes, my first Head and Heart post:
What I’ve been grateful for
You know the saying “you don’t realise what you’ve got until it’s gone” well this saying is spot on. Our beloved ducted heating died this month, cause of death old age. It died peacefully, waking up from sleep and doing its thing one morning. Then not waking from its afternoon nap to do its thing that night. It died right in the middle of the cold snap. Having no heat made my nose run as I cooked dinner. So a new one was purchased. I am now very grateful for the heat and can appreciate the difference it makes to our home comfort.
Having time out
I really value my me time and try to have a me day every second Saturday. Sometimes this isn’t possible, so I try to maximise the amount of time I have to myself whenever possible. This month I’ve really valued my alone time and have used it to think about what I want to do with my time, and appreciate the quiet. I will resolve to have more of these moments more often.
Spending time with my sister
Apart from me time, the other person I spend a lot of time with is my sister who I’m really close to. She’s leaving me next month to study in California for a year! I’m devastated, so have been spending as much quality time with her as I can.
What I’ve been thinking about
My lack of motivation
I’ve been incredibly lazy this month and haven’t been going to the gym on a regular basis for weeks on end. When the alarm goes off at 6.45am the first thought that goes through my head is NO! I’m one of those people who go over and over something in my head for ages if I’m annoyed with a choice I’ve made. Like, I should have gone, why didn’t I go? Then I harass the hell out of my sister with how I felt by not going. The thing is I love going to the gym. I feel so happy afterwards and always regret not going. So, enough whinging and more doing! I need to remember and replay in my head one of my three create goals for this year, which is to create a healthy lifestyle for a healthy mind, body, and spirit.
Sometimes I feel I am way to relaxed in making choices. I was laid back when I agreed to buy a house with my boyfriend in an area I don’t love, laid back in accepting jobs I’m not totally passionate about, and laid back in doing things with my friends that I don’t have time for, or don’t feel like doing. It’s time to start thinking about my feelings before making a choice. I am going to start listening more to my gut, from now on if something doesn’t sit right, then I will sleep on it.
What I’m excited for
Japan has been a massive travel to do destination for some time. The buzz, craziness, and overall coolness (is that a word?) is just somewhere that I want to see as soon as I can. So finally in October I’m going and I can’t wait. There’s so much to see and do! I tend to over plan my trips so much that I can never remember what I’ve done when I look back at my trips. So this time I will be more relaxed, there’s still a plan in place but there’s plenty of room just to explore. You can see the places I’m planning to visit on my Japan Pinterest board. Since writing this post I visited Japan, you can read about it here.
What I’ve been doing
This is the first month of this blog and A LOT of time has been spent on playing around with its design – maybe too much time. I tend to get in to the nitty gritty of things but am now at a stage where I’m happy with it and need to get some posts going. You can read more about how this blog came about here.
It’s been all about blogs this month. I feel like this wonderful world has been happening in the background and I’ve only just stumbled across it. I am really getting lost in people’s lives and adventures and I can’t wait for you all to get lost in mine.
What I’ve been reading
- How to work for yourself: 100 ways to make the time, energy and priorities to start a business, book or blog by Bryan Cohen. This is a really good resource about how to save and make time for your creative outlets.
- I’ve got your number by Sophie Kinsella. I first became a Sophie Kinsella fan after reading all of her Shopoholic books. However, I’m undecided on whether I liked this book. In Sophie’s books that I’ve read the main female character always escalates situations in her head and they often get lost in their own little fantasy world. The endings are often at times very predictable. Whilst still a good book, I definitely liked some of her others better.
What I’ve been spending money on
I need a wardrobe overhall says all girls all the time. I’m over my long cardigan and jeans look so have been buying jumpers to mix it up a little.
I’ve jumped on the online shopping bandwagon very late I know! I’ve only just discovered how fun and easy it is to shop online. I bought some black boots from Asos and did some shopping centre shopping as well buying Adidas shoes for walking the streets of Japan.
Coffee table books
Now that I type this I realise that I’ve spent a bit of money this month. As well as jumpers and shoes I also randomly bought some coffee table books to jazz my living area up a little.
I love designer markets and when I discovered that the Finder’s Keepers market was back on I booked in in my diary straight away (more about this great market in a future post). Something I bought here was a gorgeous little Cranula from Pop Plant it was exactly what I needed to place next to my coffee table books and the container is gorgeous.