First things first- a belated Happy New Year! I hope everyone enjoyed seeing out the old and ushering in the new, hopeful year ahead. I kicked of 2022 with a little break. From blogging and from pretty much everything I could put on hold without life grinding to a halt. It felt very indulgent.
This time of year is a good one for plans and resolutions, isn’t it? Last January, I made a handful of resolutions that came to mixed results ( success in writing more and shopping small. Not dwelling on the rest) and wrote a wish list post all about my 2021 travel plans. Some of them came to be, like Champing and a trip to London. Others stay on the list of places I’d like to get to but didn’t quite manage. Yet.
Towards the end of 2021, I lost my fizz a bit. Felt a bit flat, stuck in a rut. That’s not like me, and I didn’t like it.
Fed up with bad news, covid and the endless round of mundane things that keep life ticking over but then struggling to enjoy anything that broke the boring bits up. Gave me the old thrill of doing something. I’d find myself saying things like, ” Maybe another time ” or “Can’t see the point, it’ll get cancelled anyway “
Honestly, I think the past few years caught up with me. We’ve been on a bit of a roller coaster, haven’t we, both collectively and personally.
It’s okay to get down, but don’t stay there. When it comes to forging change, you have to just start. If you change nothing, nothing changes. All of that to say, 2022 will not be the year of resolutions for me, but the year of recharge.
What will that look like? Glad you asked, here’s the actionable bit…
Basic Self Care a.k.a Try To Be A Grown Up.
What can I say, on paper I am officially a sensible adult. I have a family, I run a home and all of that. I can also be my own worst enemy. I don’t always get enough sleep, I sometimes have one more drink than is sensible and my coffee consumption goes off the scale. I can eat really well one day, the next be on a meal plan that looks like it was created by a small child.
Back to basics for me. More water, less caffeine, good food. I’ve been browsing Liz Earle Wellbeing for recipes and inspiration. I mean, look at Liz… I’ll have what she’s having!
Focusing Less on Travel…
And more on exploring. I love to travel and still will when I can. But when I can’t, I’ll embrace exploring. Because to travel you have to go somewhere. To explore…well, you can go somewhere or you can explore your own neighbourhood. You can do it from your armchair via an online experience, a good book or a TV show.
I share my Netflix watches on here and 90% are International shows or movies. That’s because I love the feeling of being immersed and transported to another place. Show me something that captures me set in, say, Iceland, Germany or most recently Luxembourg (Capitani , worth a watch) and I’ll be googling flights , ferries, fashion brands and locally produced food & drinks before the end credits roll.
Staying Inspired & Encouraged
I’m a firm believer in external inspiration and encouragement. I’m all for positive self talk but I also think it’s vital to hear from other people, know their triumphs and failures, have a perspective other than your own. So I’ll be reading the books, listening to the podcasts, finding the encouraging quotes and doing the things that make me feel like I can.
And I’ll be doing these things as often as I can because encouragement and inspiration seems to have a limited life span. You have to keep topping up.
Filling my Cup Daily
Following on from my last point, fill your cup daily. What do you need to do to feel positive and good?
For me it’s being outside and around nature to make me feel grounded and content. I’m out most days with The Little Wolf (who has now outgrown his puppy nickname and is actually massive) but I’m guilty of sometimes having my mind elsewhere. This is a reminder to myself to take the time to stop and stare, listen and just be.
Being a Happy Square Peg
I’ve always been a bit of a square peg. I like it that way, even if it means people sometimes don’t get what I’m into. I’m curious about places, people and stories. I love going there and back to see how far it is, or going to a place that makes people say, ” what on earth are you going there for? “. I like finding clues that lead to stories, like a post box in the middle of nowhere on Salisbury Plain that turned out to have been there for long gone army camp. Backyard exploring at it’s finest.
I love exploring new places, and old abandoned ones. I like a bit of Urbex ( exploring closed or abandoned manmade structures) especially when I can convince Mr THL to come. It’s not everyone’s idea of a romantic date but it works for me. Speaking of romance, I like mine unconventional. Flowers are lovely, but just before Christmas Mr THL brought me home a pheasant and I was thrilled. Dead birds for the win.
I have taste in music best described as interesting, current playlist includes Russian dance music, a handful of former Eurovision entries and a bit of Miss Saigon. When I get into things, I get really into them. I can’t play it cool for love nor money, hence the name of the blog. Safe to say, I’m a bit of a square peg. And it doesn’t matter, as long as your happy and doing no harm, right? Let’s celebrate being authentic and all the things we truly enjoy.
So here’s to 2022, to encouraging and inspiring each other. To new adventures and experiences. To stepping into the unknown with a spirit of adventure and a sense of humour. To ditching the bossy, must-give-things-up New Years Resolutions and replacing them with things that bring a bit more loveliness into our days.
I’ve a lot of fun things planned for the coming months and I hope you’ll stick around and come along with me. Let’s kick it it all of with a chat in the comments; what do you think of my recharge over resolutions? Have you made any New Year promises to yourself?