Glasgow Women’s Running Race Series 10K Recap

I had a great time running in the Women’s Running Race Series 10K in Strathclyde Country Park at the end of August. This was my second 10K, which I’d signed up for after seeing an advert for half price entry on Black Friday at the end of 2016! So it was actually the first 10K I signed up for as a bit of motivation.

The only other 10K I’ve run was the Edinburgh Marathon Festival in May this year. It’s a very hilly course and it was an unseasonably hot 24 degrees! This was a totally different experience. It was a much cooler and cloudier day and the course was almost completely flat. There were 5K and 10K options which both went alongside the Strathclyde Loch, and the 10Kers went all the way round. I was also running solo unlike in the EMF and I did miss the chat from Craig!

I’ve only got the Edinburgh Marathon Festival 10K to compare it to, and one of the best bits of that experience was the amount of support from spectators. I was a wee bit worried and how I would manage without all that- would I just get really bored? Would it just feel very, very long? I just like a smile from someone else when I’m out running, I find it very motivating! Actually, I was running when we were on holiday in Portugal in July and because of the heat I had to go out quite early in the morning. This coincided with the closing of the nightclub in Vilamoura and so I ended up with lots of support and high fives from the 7am revellers most mornings!

Well I did miss it, but the stewards along the race were so, so lovely and the other runners were a supportive and friendly group. There was a lovely atmosphere of encouraging each other as the race went on. Someone came up to me afterwards to tell me she’d been just behind me for the last 3km and that I’d been good motivation for keeping her going! The whole thing had quite a relaxed feel and it was really well organised.

I didn’t have a time goal and I was really quite happy just to be there and take part. I managed the hilly EMF 10K in 1:06 so I was expecting that without the hills I would finish somewhere between that and the one hour mark. I was absolutely delighted to finish in 59 minutes! I’d tried to stick within sight the 60 minute pacer throughout and passed her about halfway through, I think. I was pleased just to run it full stop, but to finish that wee bit under an hour was even better.

And what now? Part of me would like to run further and go for a half marathon at some point, but part of me is really quite content with an hour of running at the most. For the moment, my sister has made me an absolutely incredible running challenge map through the four Disney theme parks in Florida. We love Disney! We’ve picked our favourite spots and Megan has made them into a map where I can colour in squares for every kilometre I run. I’m so excited to get started and I think it’ll keep me going for a while!

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August Favourites | 2017

What a quick month! I love writing these posts- it’s so lovely to look back on all the things that have made me happy over the month. Here’s what made me smile in August!

Craig surprised me at the airport. I was so focussed on finding the Stanstead Express that I almost walked right past him but it was such a lovely surprise when I landed from Portugal.

Yorica. It has totally “free from” ice cream and toppings (no lactose, no gluten, no nuts, no eggs) and is almost as good as the real thing! Totally worth the slight taste compromise for a happy tummy.

Running through Golders Hill Park past the zoo. When Craig chooses a route I just follow blindly as my sense of direction is nil. You know what I don’t normally see on a run? Lemurs! Lemurs meditating in the sunshine! Very exciting.

Dreamgirls on the West End. I was blown away by how brilliant this was. I’d go back to see it again immediately if I could!

When I was down in London I spent a lovely sunny afternoon catching up with my oldest friend, Zoe- we see each other when we can and it’s so nice to chat with someone who really has known you forever.

Visiting Kew Gardens. It was so peaceful and we could have spent all day there- just as well as it’s pretty pricey!

Foil, Arms & Hog at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This was a very good show, as comedies in my Fringe experience can go either way, much recommended if they’re back next year or touring.

A lovely surprise parcel arrived from my lovely friend Louise with a selection of Danish goodies and teas!

I’ve been to the Edinburgh Book Festival a good few times. This year I saw John Boyne and an event called Visions of the Future: Youth Mental Health with my best book loving friend, as well as Victoria Hislop with my mum and David Bellos, who has written a book about the writing and impact of Les Misérables, with Craig. All were brilliant. I love the chilled out atmosphere of the book festival and the chance to indulge my true book loving self!

I went back to Body Balance this month after a wee break- it’s my favourite fitness class and I always leave feeling so zen.

I finally watched the last ever episode of Pretty Little Liars. I somehow managed to stay spoiler free, even after waiting six weeks to watch it! I’m still not sure how I feel about it, but I do think it was a very PLL-esque way to go out.

I ran 10K in Glasgow in the Women’s Running Race Series in 59 minutes, which I was absolutely delighted with. It’s a whole seven minutes faster than my first one, but this one was a lot flatter!

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My Summer Holiday Reading Roundup

I’ve been very lucky to have a gloriously long summer holiday in between finishing uni and starting in the real world of full time work. This is the first time since I was 15 when I’ve actually not worked at all over summer! I’ve loved having time to just read for fun and have made huge progress on my ever growing ‘to read’ list. I’ve even completed my goodreads challenge of 26 books in 2017 with 4 months to go! I’m delighted as I really felt like I didn’t read as much as I would have liked to last year and I’ve been trying to squeeze in reading time where I can.

Without any further ado, here is what I read in the summer of 2017!

 

The Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent

This was one of those books that had great reviews but I just felt like I didn’t quite get it. I struggled through the first two thirds of it. I’m glad I stuck with it though because it actually turned out to be quite lovely in the end. 3/5

 

Holding by Graham Norton

This was a great holiday read. A body is found in village in Ireland. A policeman accustomed to the quiet life is tasked with unravelling the secrets that people have held onto for decades. It was a very gentle murder mystery which was also very funny in parts too. 5/5

 

Anne of Avonlea (Anne of Green Gables, #2) by L.M. Montgomery

I love Anne of Green Gables and after watching Anne with an E on Netflix I thought I’d read the sequels since I’ve never read any of them before. This one concentrates on Anne’s teaching in the Avonlea school as well as the two small children she and Marilla end up taking care of. Said children irritated me quite a bit, as well as the clear favouritism towards one of them, but Anne and her escapades are just as delightful as they were in the first book. 3/5

 

Anne of the Island (Anne of Green Gables, #3) by L.M. Montgomery

And so the next installment follows Anne to Redmond College in the city of Kingsport. She just has the most adorable university experience in a cosy house with her best friends and a cat (and of course, a live in chaperone because it is the 1880s). I really liked the new characters in this one and it was lovely to read about Anne growing up a bit. She also turns down six proposals (I’m sure this wasn’t supposed to be as funny as I found it to be) before deciding maybe she does like Gilbert Blythe just a little bit after all. Aww. I literally have no better word than ‘delightful’ to describe the Anne books but they are like hot chocolate with marshmallows in book form. 4/5

 

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

I liked the idea of this, about the concierge of a grand Parisian apartment building, and I thought I was going to enjoy it. Unfortunately, I found the majority of the characters very unlikeable and there were too many long winded discussions of philosophy. It was so slow and it felt quite pretentious. It did get much better though and the last 10% was much more engaging. 2/5

 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I don’t think I’ve read a young-adult book for a while but I’d seen quite a lot about this. Starr witnesses the shooting of her unarmed childhood friend at the hands of a policeman. She has a lot of important decisions to make as she decides what she wants to do next. It was moving, it was funny and it was thought-provoking. 4/5

 

My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises by Frederik Backman

This was honestly quite adorable. Elsa’s grandmother is her superhero and they have this wonderful world of stories. When she dies, she leaves letters apologising to the people she feels she has wronged in her life which leads Elsa to learn more about her. There was lots of storytelling within the story which I ended up skimming, but I did think this was really endearing. 3/5

Strong Looks Better Naked by Khloé Kardashian

I’m such a Kardashian fan and I was so pleased when I found out Megan was bringing this on holiday and I’d be able to read it after her. There was nothing particularly groundbreaking in this and it probably could have been an online essay. But it offered some good advice and some Kardashian gossip. It was absolutely written in Khloe’s voice, which depending on how much you like the Kardashians could sway you either way! 3/5

 

This Must Be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell

This tells the story of Claudette and Daniel across different times and places. There were so many characters and it jumps back and forth but somehow it all plays out into a very messy love story. I thought it was fantastic. No one in this novel is perfect by any means, but that’s okay. They don’t have to be. They’re all flawed to varying degrees and even with the best of intentions things just don’t always work the way they want them to.  Also, I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover but this one is gorgeous. 5/5

 

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

Megan Abbott writes such dark books and I love them. This one is in the world of competitive gymnastics, which I know nothing about! There’s a feeling of suspense and uneasiness when you’re reading it, and you don’t know who to trust or believe. 4/5

 

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

Any ‘real life’ friends of mine, How to Stop Time is probably going to be your Christmas present! I loved this so much that I took reading breaks because I didn’t want to finish it. It’s the story of a man born in the 1590s who ages a year about every fifteen years. We meet him as a 400 and something year old history teacher in London. Of course it’s about time and what we do with it, and it’s about humanity. Very inspiring and beautifully written. Read it!  5/5

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

One word to describe this would be ‘whimsical’! I love the writing and how honest the main character Lily was. And I really did learn loads about the secret life of bees! 2/5

 

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

Cyril Avery is adopted by Charles and Maude Avery as a baby and never allowed to forget that he’s not a real Avery. This book spans 70 years of Cyril’s life in Ireland and further afield. It’s so darkly funny- you know in that way when you’re not really sure if you’re supposed to be laughing? It’s also heartwarming and very thought provoking. 5/5

 

Goose by Dawn O’Porter

I really enjoyed Dawn O’Porter’s book The Cows and remembered that I’d read the first of her young-adult books when I saw the sequel for 99p on kindle. I liked Paper Aeroplanes, but just felt like this book was less about the friendship which made it so wonderful and I missed that. The voices of the characters seemed so young and naive for being eighteen too, but I don’t know if that was intended or not? It was a very quick easy read with some really nice moments. 3/5

 

P.S. from Paris by Marc Levy

I thought this was going to be cheesy- incognito actress running away from her marriage crosses paths with American author living in Paris whose literary success is acutely localised in South Korea- and it was certainly quite frothy, but I enjoyed it more than I initially thought I would! 3/5

 

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July Favourites | 2017

July is my favourite month of the year- there’s a marginally more optimistic chance of some sunshine and I have lots of birthdays to celebrate, including my own!

Birthdays 

I had a very relaxed birthday at home with my family and Craig. We went to Loudons for brunch then Craig and I spent a rainy afternoon  at the Jacobites exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland. We had homemade currywurst and Tesco’s GF and LF Carl the Caterpillar cake for dinner. My sister, my nana and two of my best friends have also had their birthdays in July too so it’s been a busy month! 

Graduation 2.0

I graduated again, hooray! This time was to celebrate the completion of my PGDE. I’m lucky to have met such lovely people along the way and I’m excited to see what comes next for us all! 

Summer Reading 

I’ve been on holiday in Portugal and have enjoyed lazing by the pool reading. It feels like such a luxury! I’ve read quite a few books I really enjoyed, but in particular I loved How to Stop Time by Matt Haig and This Must Be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell. 

Disneyland Paris (and Paris Paris) 

My sister and I went to the happiest place in France because it’s Disneyland’s 25th birthday and we just couldn’t resist a trip! We also spent some time in Paris, the city where I spent my Erasmus year and absolutely fell in love with, which is as beautiful as always. 

Family holiday to Portugal 

I’m just back from a sunny holiday to Vilamoura in Portugal where I’ve read on a sun lounger and done very little else. So relaxing. 

Amorino

My friend Sasha introduced me to Amorino and I’m so glad she did! It has delicious ice cream and sorbet. I can eat all of the sorbets on my (modified) low-fodmap diet as they don’t contain any lactose. I’ve eaten a fair amount of it in July between Paris and Portugal! 

Despicable Me 3

I’ve not seen Despicable Me 1 or 2, but I enjoyed this film so much more than I expected to! It was also advertised everywhere in Paris and it was very funny to see the minions hiding along the Champs-Élysées. 

Learning how to drive again (and getting a car)

I passed my test almost four years ago and then never drove again. Living in the city centre, I just didn’t need to. However, I’ll need to drive to work in August so I’ve had some refresher lessons and I’m back behind the wheel of my very first car. I was very nervous but it’s been less painful than I’d thought! 

Catching up with friends

It’s always so lovely to spend time with friends I haven’t seen for a while. 

Rimmel London 60 Seconds Super Shine Nail Polish in Ethereal  

I’ve been borrowing my sister’s nail polish (and have now bought my own, don’t worry, Megan) since I went on holiday to Croatia- she said that since it was a pale, pearly colour it wouldn’t be too noticeable when it started to chip. She’s right and I’ve literally not worn another colour since. It’s perfect for summer!

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June Favourites | 2017

Where did June go? It was a crazy busy month and just seems to have disappeared! Here are some of the things that made me happy in June.

Cheap train tickets to London
Virgin East Coast had seats on specific trains to and from London for £15 each way at the start of the month, so I ended up spontaneously visiting Craig the weekend after he’d been up to Edinburgh. I also managed to catch up with two London based friends which was a lovely bonus.

Finishing uni
I’ve passed everything and I’m graduating this week!

Beautiful Lies (De vrais mensonges) film
I loved this Audrey Tautou romcom. A hairdresser receives a love letter, and sends it anonymously to her mother to try to cheer her up. Lots of crossed wires, hilarity ensues, it all ends happily ever after. A lovely light hearted film!

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
I watched the first episode of the television programme and then had to read the book! I found it very interesting and ever so slightly terrifying too. It’s pretty powerful and I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

Reunion in Barcelona
My friend Anna is based in Perpignan at the moment and I haven’t seen her since this time last year. Martha and I flew to Barcelona to meet up with her and we had a fab few days in the sunshine exploring the city and eating tapas and ice cream (and reenacting scenes from the Cheetah Girls 2).

Weekend in Grasmere
I spent a weekend in Grasmere in the Lake District with my family to celebrate my mum’s birthday. We were so lucky with the weather, which was possibly a wee bit too hot for the somewhat ambitious walks my dad had planned! If you’re interested in a couple of fodmap friendly places to eat in Grasmere, have a look at this post here.

Holiday to Croatia
Craig and I went to Split in Croatia for a week and had a fab time. It was also really nice to be able to spend a whole week with Craig now that he has moved to London for work. My holiday highlights were visiting Krka National Park and the speedboat day trip we took to see different islands.

Schär chocolate chip buns
These are far from the healthiest free-from product, but they came in so handy for breakfasts while I was in Barcelona and Croatia. They’re tasty, keep well and passed my ‘being stuffed in hand luggage’ test. 

Anne with an E on Netflix
I’m a big fan of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables and I was so excited for the series on Netflix. I absolutely loved it but I can understand why people who like an adaptation to be 100% faithful to the book might be disappointed. I thought it added some more depth and I liked how they explored Marilla’s background too. Also, AmyBeth McNulty who plays Anne is almost exactly as I pictured her when I first read it!

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Edinburgh Marathon Festival 10K Recap – 2017

Last week saw my biggest running achievement when I ran 10km as part of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival. I wanted to challenge myself beyond the 4/5km I can quite comfortably plod along a couple of times a week. It was a really great experience- much more fun than I’d thought, actually!

If you’re familiar with Edinburgh, you’ll know it’s very hilly. The 10K route is gorgeous, but it’s quite tough. There’s a very steep hill at the start for about 2km, and another incredibly steep hill coming out of the innocent railway cycle path. Of course, what goes up must come down and so there were also downhill stretches where we could catch our breath.

This is the first time I’ve run in an event with so many other people, and so I was very conscious of not going too fast and trying to keep up with people around me. I really just wanted to finish! We had a slow start up the aforementioned hill but must have paced ourselves well as we had energy left in the last kilometre to fly towards the finish line. My time was 1 hour and 6 minutes, which I’m absolutely delighted with.

Now, I do like an inspirational quote. One of my favourites is something Nelson Mandela said: “it always seems impossible until it’s done.” Now you may laugh and roll your eyes, and I agree that this was intended for much bigger things than my running a 10K. But it’s something I’ve found I really really love about running. It all seemed crazy at first. Running for three minutes seemed crazy, running for eight minutes seemed crazy, as did fifteen and twenty when I made it up to that. But I did it, and now I’ve plodded along for over an hour! I get to keep doing things that I once thought were crazy and unachievable and just “not for me”, and it’s the best feeling!

I really enjoyed the structured training, increasing my long run at the weekend and trying intervals and hill runs throughout the week. The atmosphere on the day was just brilliant, so positive and friendly. Would I do it again? Yes please!

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April Favourites | 2017

I’ve got something a little bit different today- I love reading these kind of posts on other people’s blogs so I thought I’d share the things that have made me happy this month!

 

 

  • Seeing my best friend (and eating our favourite ice cream)

I finally made a trip down to see one of my favourite people for the first time in about nine months. I was feeling so unwell but since Katherine is an absolute gem of a friend we had a lovely relaxing weekend. We even managed to squeeze in an Amorino ice cream (all their sorbets are totally lactose and soy free, including the chocolate one, hooray!) and it almost felt like we were back in Paris. 

  • The return of PLL

Pretty Little Liars is back and I’m delighted. I’m happy because I love PLL, excited because there’s finally going to be an ending, and a wee bit sad because this is the final half season.

  • Fodmap friendly baking

Craig has made this absolutely delicious fodmap friendly cake not once, not twice, but three times this month.

It was recommended by a fellow low-fodmapper, and how very grateful I am. It’s quick and easy (so I’ve been told) and it’s seriously yummy. The recipe is here if you’re interested- it’s gluten free but Craig used Greek yogurt instead of sour cream to make it low-fodmap too.

  • Dawn O’Porter’s book signing

I took a trip through to Glasgow and met up with another Paris pal to go to Dawn O’Porter’s Glamour Book Club event for the launch of her new book The Cows. Dawn O’Porter is such an inspiration. It was a fab evening and I loved listening to Dawn talk about female solidarity, the pressures of being a woman and why we should be taking YOLO seriously. And that brings me onto…

  • The Cows by Dawn O’Porter

I finished reading The Cows in two days and would definitely recommend it. It’s a bit lighter than anything I’ve read recently, as well as being intelligent and very funny. The themes could be considered quite provocative and I think that’s the point- Dawn O’Porter wants to challenge us to think about how we judge others.  

  • Bryony Gordon’s Mad World podcast

I’m always looking out for new podcasts to listen to. I was very excited to hear about this, and even more so when I found out the first guest was none other than Prince Harry! Bryony Gordon’s podcast is basically encouraging conversations about mental health. I think it’s a huge deal for someone as high-profile as him to advocate looking after your mental health and I was amazed at how open and honest Prince Harry was in his episode.

  • Trip to Alnwick Castle

Craig and I had a fab day trip to Alnwick Castle, via Lindisfarne. We stopped at Lindisfarne on the way down since neither of us had been before.

Unfortunately the castle is closed for renovations at the moment, but the island itself was still very interesting to see. We then drove down to Alnwick and spent a rather chilly afternoon there exploring Alnwick Castle.

It’s absolutely beautiful and a must for any Harry Potter fan! The last time I was there I was young enough to take part in the flying lessons on the lawn used for filming the scenes in the Philosopher’s Stone…I’m maybe a bit too old now but it’s still pretty magical.

  • Submitting my final piece of PGDE coursework

My final piece of academic writing has been submitted! Keeping all fingers and toes crossed that I’ve passed everything. I’ve just got one more placement to go!

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The Worst 6 Things About Living with IBS

April happens to be a very exciting month…it’s IBS awareness month! I’ve found that people can have a few misconceptions about IBS and the impact it can have on someone’s life. And it’s no wonder, because it’s so taboo to discuss digestive health. I would like to think of myself as being quite an open person, so here I am ready to break that poo taboo and share with you the worst things about living with IBS.

    1. It’s not just having an upset stomach.
      There are all the digestive symptoms to deal with- constipation, diarrhea, cramps, bloating, flatulence, indigestion, a gurgling tummy- but then there’s also the nausea, back pain, headaches and fatigue. Pick a few in combination.
    2. It’s unpredictable.
      If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that I follow a low fodmap diet to relieve my symptoms. The majority of the time this really makes a huge difference. However, I’ve still occasionally been surprised by a flare up- so for me that’s cramps and spasms with extreme bloating and either constipation or diarrhea. And prior to eating low fodmap, every meal was a gamble to see what it would do to my tummy.
    3. Stress makes it worse.
      Healthy mind, healthy body. Unfortunately, the opposite is also true. If I am stressed, there is no telling what my tummy will do. This year I have actually aimed to get all my uni work finished a few days before I normally would, so I can factor in time for my tummy to turn against me. I also struggle with anxiety and this only exacerbates any IBS symptoms.
    4. It impacts your social life.
      It’s all about the FOMO. I know you don’t need to drink alcohol to have fun, but it’s quite isolating to be 21 and it just not be an option for me. Going out for drinks is tricky to navigate when I can literally drink water or orange squash. I also have had to cancel plans if I have a flare up, which is frustrating and makes me feel very guilty.
    5. Eating out is a nightmare.
      I just hate sitting there saying ‘Can I have this, but without…’ and reeling off the list of ingredients I can’t eat. I’m quite a picky eater anyway but felt like I was finally getting better, and now I feel a bit sidelined by the restrictive low fodmap diet. I suppose I’m lucky in that I’ve never been a foodie, but I do love the social aspect of food. Now it just causes me stress. And that takes us back to point 2.
    6. It’s an invisible illness.
      If you have a sports injury, the assumption is that it hurts. But all the nights I’ve woken up in crippling pain, or the times I’ve sat through a lecture counting down from 10 over and over again to try to cope with the pain, nobody sees that. This of course is also a benefit, because at least I look healthy. Someone actually said to me ‘I don’t know how you can look so healthy when you eat such a restricted diet’ as if they were suspicious about the validity of my health or my restricted diet, I’m not sure which. Granted, sometimes I do look six months pregnant by the end of the day, but apart from this you wouldn’t know the impact it has on my life. And as with other invisible illnesses, it’s very tricky for people to understand or take seriously.

I don’t want this to be all gloom and doom. Living with IBS is limiting, potentially embarrassing and just downright unpleasant, but I am relieved that it’s IBS and not something life threatening. I think it’s great that I’m now much better informed about what exactly I eat and what goes into my food. I’m also much more in tune with my body and how I’m feeling. If I’m following the low fodmap diet my symptoms are under control and I can feel ‘normal’. I do try my best to stay positive, because like it or not this is now part of my life!

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World Book Day: My Favourite Books

Happy World Book Day! 2017 is an extra special year, as it’s the 20th anniversary of the day dedicated to the excitement of reading.

I’ve always loved books. I was that child who was constantly reading. At night, I used to wait until Mum and Dad went downstairs then sit by my door so I could read from the light in the hall (sorry if this is a surprise but I’m sure I wasn’t as sly as I thought I was). I read anything and everything. Some of my earliest memories are going to the library with my granda and him taking books out on his card for me. Now, whilst I don’t have as much time for reading as I would like I rarely go anywhere without my kindle and try to squeeze reading time in whenever I can.

I love World Book Day and that it exists, because reading has been such a huge and formative part of my life and it’s wonderful to see its importance being celebrated! I thought I’d share a few of my favourite books to mark the occasion. Here they are, in no particular order at all.

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My 2017 Goals

Happy New Year!

With the start of a new year comes the inevitable new year’s resolutions. Resolutions are a bit much for me because, realistically, I just know I’m very unlikely to keep them and I don’t like to put unnecessary pressure on myself. Actually there was one year when I was nine and I totally stopped biting my nails overnight, after years of trying, but I think that’s the only time I’ve ever managed. However, I’m a big fan of setting smaller goals for myself and whilst I know you don’t need to wait until the new year, there’s just something about the clean slate that makes me put a bit more effort in.

In 2017 I will…

Run 10K
It turns out I really like running and I’ve settled quite happily around the 5km mark. I want to give myself a challenge this year to make it up to 10km.

Go on Duolingo more often
I used to be really good at going on Duolingo but I’ve since had to start my Danish and German trees from the bottom again because I just couldn’t remember enough. I’d like to better at it this year!

Read 20 books
I love reading, and I’ll never manage to read as much as I want to. I use goodreads so I’m now very aware of how many books there are on my ‘to read’ list! 

Watch The Godfather trilogy
I’ve just never watched The Godfather and it feels like one of those films that you should have seen, so 2017 is going to be my year to get that sorted out!

Try to like broccoli, rocket and salmon
I used to be the pickiest eater ever (or at least that’s what it felt like to me). I’ve got much better, but have now had to cut a whole load of foods out again with my low fodmap lifestyle. I just don’t like any of these but I know I should, so I’m going to try. 2016 was the year of the courgette for me, so who knows what I can achieve in 2017 😉

Write in my journal 3 times a week
I’ve kept journals on and off for years, and it’s so nice to be able to flick back through them. I’m going to try to write something at least three times a week. It’s actually a really therapeutic way to end the day- depending on what your day’s been like I suppose!

Cook more
Craig (voluntarily) does most of the cooking, and now that I’m basically having to make everything from scratch it is quite the undertaking. It’s not something I particularly enjoy but it’s something I need to get better at.

Be kind to myself
I think I’ve been getting better at self-care this year, and it’s something I know I’ll need to keep making a conscious effort to do when life is super busy.

I know it might seem silly to set goals like this but I just think that if you don’t at least try to make a change, then nothing will change. And really, all you can do is your best. I’m excited!

Let me know if you’ve set yourself any goals! Wishing you all a wonderful start to the year and all the best for 2017.

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