Things I’ve found solace in lately | pt. 5

While there’s moments when life feels ‘back to normal‘, I find myself feeling in flux still. I’ve enjoyed seeing and catching up with friends again (safely) and I’m so looking forward to the festive season beginning but I’m also enjoying having those safe moments in the comfort of my own home and just chilling out. Maybe it’s the November version of me – I always seem to hibernate a little during November as a way of trying to build up some energy and enjoy the peace before the madness of Christmas begins. It’s a moment of rest and serenity for me although, it is usually littered with a few Christmas shopping trips or some ‘brainstorming‘ for gifts. In these moments of rest I’ve really been enjoying my more creative hobbies/past-times so I wanted to share a few of my favourites with you lovely lot.

Colouring books – Without sounding like a total kid, when it came to my birthday I asked for quite a few colouring books. I really enjoy popping on a podcast or something on audible and colouring for an hour or two. It’s so peaceful and relaxes me so much that I really lent into that when it came to my boyfriend wanting present ideas. He got me a Twilight one (team Edward foreverrr!) and a Schitts Creek one. I love both of them and they’re great additions to the ones I have on my shelf too -like Gilmore Girls, Game of Thrones, and Tim Burton. As it happens, my mother also got me a Beetlejuice one which was such a surprise -I’m a bit of a darker one when it comes to my favourite films so I’m shocked she would even know what to look for.

knit kits – I found a real love of knitting during the pandemic. I learnt years ago but never found the time to pursue the craft properly and then an international pandemic came along and helped me out. I spent most of 2020 knitting, even knitting at least one thing for everyone in my life for Christmas, and now it’s got to the point where I feel a little lost if I’m not working through a project at any given time. In all honesty, I’m usually knitting items for other people so this year there’s been a few things on my list to knit for myself. Lauren Aston does some incredible knit kits, some of which I have done already but I listed some on my Wishlist and was lucky enough to receive the Santa hat one from my boyfriends parents. I have actually done this one before but I did it for my mom and knew I wanted one for myself but never got around to doing it. So after receiving this gem, I stuck on a Christmas film (during Halloween, might I add) and got to knitting it, with hot chocolate to hand too.

Last Christmas I actually made a point of knitting something for almost everyone in my life, which was insanely hectic. Although, I’m not making that commitment this year, I will no doubt be enjoying knitting a few bits leading up to and over the Christmas period… I would actually love to share a few things I’ve knitted with you all so stay tuned for that!

Books! I’ve been spending a lot of time reading lately. Whether it be through audible or curling up with an actual book, I’ve really enjoyed it lately. I think the cooler weather really stirs up the need and desire to just immerse myself into fictional places. I’ve also really been diving into my reading list lately as I completed my Goodreads reading challenge during October and while it was lovely it felt a little disheartening. I should’ve done it far higher. I made my challenge for 36 books for 2021, thinking that 3 books at month will be a challenge -I should say that I think I made it a lower number because I was reading chunkier books at the time like those by George. R. R. Martin. I have since edited it to 45 but I’m already 4 books ahead of schedule and it’s early November as I write this so I think next year I’ll have to take the plunge and just go for the full 50! Anyway, because of all these contributing factors I have been absolutely loving my books lately. The books I’ve been reading will appear on my end of year roundup and no doubt, you’ll see a few reviews here soon.

What have you been enjoying lately? Let me know

Cheerio for now!

things I’ve found solace in | pt. 4

I know I haven’t been around these parts lately but I’m hoping that will improve soon. Life has been so crazy lately and there are so many great things that have kept me going but for now I just wanted to share these few bits below.

This piece by Daniel José Older. I came across it through a Skillshare course and have been returning to it on a regular basis since. The idea of showing up and having to write is one I’ve struggled with at times, and definitely felt as though I’m forcing something. This piece goes on to state how if we do this, we’re ultimately doing a disservice to ourselves. We’re not living, observing and experiencing all those wonderful things that ultimately inspire our writing. I personally loved this piece and will forever return to it.

This video was somehow recommended to me and I absolutely love it. The shots are incredibly beautiful and Laura’s voice is so calming, you can’t help but feel at peace watching it. Wild swimming is something I really want to get into so it’s definitely given me a boost to look at some local spots I can try this out at.

This tour with Rajiv Surendra’s apartment felt like a tour of his soul – so damn beautiful. What struck me throughout the video was that, while everything he owns is incredibly beautiful and well-made, it is also functional and serves its purpose. A lot of the items in his home are handmade by either himself or someone else, either a friend or individuals he has outsourced in his desire to get his hands on something. He referred to himself as a butcher-baker-candlestick maker at one point which really tickled me but is so on the mark when you observe his living space. I’m a huge believer that our living arrangements say so much about a person. Rajiv’s definitely illustrates the thoughtful, organised and beautiful soul that he is. I absolutely love how everything is his home is thought out. He recalls multiple stories where he has outsourced a company or individual to hand-make an item he’s trying to find -which I adore the concept of working closely with artisans to get exactly what you desire. I cannot recommend this video enough. I will also be living by the saying we’re too poor to buy cheap things from here on out.

I hope you get a chance to check out some of the above, they really are great. I have a few things lined up for this space so hopefully all goes well and we’ll chat soon. I hope you’re well.

Cheerio for now!