During the summer I made a really conscious effort to try and do new things. I find myself getting stuck in a rut all too often and frustrated with my day to day routine. So here are some of the new things that I'm trying to work into my routine for Autumn/Winter.
GETTING OUT OF THE HOUSE
Recently I've not been all that well and paired with 4-5 hours sleep it's not been a good combination. So I've spent a lot of time inside trying to rest and get my energy levels back up. And even though I'm a total homebody and thrive from being in my own company. When I'm inside a little too much I find myself getting serious cabin fever and my productivity levels hit a serious low which isn't great when you work for yourself. Luckily we're only just getting into Autumn so we still have a little while left to enjoy the warmish weather. Those days make it much more desirable to get outside as when it's grey and rainy it's hard to build up the energy to leave the house. So I've made a little deal with myself to try and leave the house at least once a day to break up my routine a little more and have more days working from a coffee shop.
SAY GOODBYE TO RUNNING
For so long I've tried to make my relationship with running work but between chronic stomach pain and joint issues, it's been difficult for it to even slightly work. In August I started to notice the cartilage in my knees was really hurting and it's not something that's eased up at all. So I think it's finally time to give in and admit maybe running just isn't for me. I'm looking forward to trying out different forms of exercise and seeing what else can work. I've always believed that if the form of exercise you're doing isn't something that makes you happy then it's time for a change as it should be something that's at least somewhat enjoyable.
KEEP SHARING ON IG STORIES
It felt like I was one of the last people in the world to get Instagram stories. Snapchat isn't something that I ever thought I was interesting enough to use and generally didn't see the appeal, I always thought it involved a lot of selfies which isn't something I enjoy doing. But when I started watching other people's stories it showed me that you can use the platform in many different ways and it pushed me to try it out. Even though I don't live the most exciting life and spend most of my time working and then in my down time I'm normally found to be watching Gilmore Girls or knitting it's still fun to share a little more. And of course, there is a whole lot of Bella to be seen which I think is the best thing personally. YouTube isn't something that I've had the urge to start so IG Stories has been a really nice in-between for me to share little snippets of my day. And as ridiculous as it sounds it's made me feel a little more real and personable online as I know there is only so much you can take from my blog. So here's to many more pictures of Bella.
GET BACK INTO A GOOD ROUTINE WITH FOOD
When my boyfriend arrived home from nearly a 3-month tour in the USA he brought with him a lot of Red Velvet Pop Tarts and Birthday Cake Oreos. Over the summer I got into such a good routine with my diet and I reduced my not so good for me sugar intake dramatically and the difference it made was pretty remarkable. When it comes food I'm a big advocate of balance and everything in moderation but right now I'm just eating a little bit too much sugar. And of course, when your diet isn't it's best it's kind of obvious that it's going to have a bad effect on your body but I forgot just bad it can make you feel. I'm never going to cut sweet things out my diet entirely but right now I need to get back to eating wholesome meals instead of Pop Tarts for lunch.
OPERATION USE UP
Not too long ago I had my big annual beauty declutter and it highlighted just how much skincare I own and how much I need to use up before it goes off. My two biggest weaknesses are masks and cleansers. A lot of them only have a few uses left so they've been pulled to the front my collection to be used up. There is such a weird satisfaction that comes from finishing a product that you've had for a long time. Masks are one of my all time favourite products to use but they're something that I forget to do way too often. However once I'm back in a good habit of using them I always kick myself for not keeping up with them because they make such a big difference in my skin especially with how congested it tends to get.
STOP SAVING THINGS FOR 'BEST'
Something I'm absolutely terrible at doing is saving things for best and then never using them. I don't live a fancy life where I go out for a dinner on a regular basis or go to luxe events so my best is my day to day life. And if I want to wear a really full-on makeup look to sit in front of my laptop all day to work then I can. I think this is something that we all struggle with and feel like to use our nice things than we must have a huge reason to do so but we don't. Wanting to use them is reason enough.
What new things are you doing this A/W?
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