Chapter 2 of 12

Chapter 2 of the year already! It’s February and we must keep bringing those goals, so treat the beginning of every month like the beginning of every year. Set goals and crush ‘em!

Today I want to do a recap of my January achievements and focus on my February plan.

It helped me to make a review of what I achieved so far.

I am always perplexed by January and I always feel overwhelmed by the setting of goals, the stress to start the new year, the finances after Christmas…it is such a long month!

Well I am happy that January is over, and this is my ‘wrap-up’ of it.

-Start running twice a week

I started running twice a week for 30 minutes in a slow pace. It’s been very hard with the cold, the rain and the all-around miserable weather out there, but I did start.

I do a warm up first of 15 minutes of skipping and then jog for half an hour. The truth is I don’t like running but I have to get more active to achieve my goal and I have to push myself even when I don’t like it.

Manage to lose 1.5 kg

Smoothies in my first week of January! I re-introduced kale, spinach, and pineapple in my diet. Eat your greens, exercise and watch how quickly you’ll drop sizes.

I won’t lie to you, I  probably had 3 days when I had pizza and chocolate. But managed to get back out there and get rid of those calories. If I can do it, so can you!

-Cutting down sugar in the morning

Sugar is the biggest enemy that we have in our diet. It is really hard to quit so I decided to take it slow. I choose to not have any sweets for breakfast such as jam and butter on toast or any fruit yogurt. I swapped for avocados on toast, I made some homemade granola and I ate fresh fruit and cottage cheese.

As I said before I had few days where I couldn’t negotiate with myself and I had to have a few chocolate bars. I know, I know. I was not very proud of me on those days…

Rebuild my blog from scratch

I owe you an apology for not being in touch for a while. My blog has disappeared! I haven’t saved anything of mine as a back up so my recipes, photos, articles were all gone. I had to rebuild it. Re-install WordPress and my theme… And I am still working on it. Please be patient a little longer, everything will be back on track soon. I believe that the Universe has given me another chance to make it better this time around.

-Started a new Travel and Tourism course!

Well I’m starting 2018 as a student, yeaahhh! It’s been awhile since I was at school so I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully with my blog and the course I can be a better travel writer.

February goals for me include doing better, than I was in January. Fingers crossed, I would like to go running 3 times a week instead of 2. I’d like to cut sugar in the evening, after dinner especially. Write more, fill my blog with more content. Share more, love deeply…

What are your goals for February ? Let me know down below

What to love about February ?

February has been associated with romance and called the month of love! It is funny because February is freezing cold, dark and short for most of us. I’m intrigued by the fact that people officially conclude that it is the most romantic time of the year.

Well I guess that is because Cupid is supposed to be flying around on Valentine’s Day! Or because both a fierce winter and a cosy atmosphere is appreciated more with a love affair! Everything starts with love and I’m ready to start February with love!

So here is what to love about February

January is over:

Ching ching.. It’s finally Pay day after 31 days. It’s been way too long. I could not wait for January to be over!

Cold but sunny:

a few more weeks and spring is on the way. Look on the bright side, the sun is already shining more.

28 days only:

Hell yeah! The shortest month of the year! What else can I say?

Cancer day:

 4th of February is World Cancer Day.

This is a day to bring awareness and education about the illness. I have some members of my family who were taken too soon and some who are still affected by the awful condition. It is a subject that is very important to me. Just give your support, love and provide help to others. There are so many activities on World Cancer Day to participate in, such as marathons, concerts…So don’t forget every little contribution will help to beat cancer sooner!

 



Nutella Day:

 5th of February we celebrate the world famous chocolate spread Nutella. Enjoy your yourself but don’t get as nuts as the French did a few weeks ago. Yeah, Nutella was at huge discount .It was all over the news, there were fights in the supermarkets for jars of Nutella. Imagine that!

Mardi Gras festivities:

As a child I used to love Mardi Gras, in fact I still do. I remember being at school, making all sort of fancy dress out of cardboard. There was always a fair, too. And the bonbons that we had at school, the crepes, beignets, cakes… Good times back then. It’s different for me now, but I really wish to spend Mardi Gras in New Orleans one day. I hear there is another level to it there…(New Orleans is on my bucket list!) Many festivities going on here in London: live music, parade, check the programme out here http://themetropolist.com

Pancake day: 

Everyone loves pancakes, there’s no real need to have a special day to remind us of that, but it is nice to have a day to celebrate this simple, comforting, gourmet food. Either sweet or savory, with cheese and ham, chocolate spread or jam…I love it all and so do you.

Valentine Day:

Happy Valentine’s day! This year, with a twist: the 14th of February is the day people most explicitly go about showing the love and affection they feel for their partners. I suggest on this occasion for a change, take a little more care about you. And a little more each day after that. Love starts with you, first and foremost. Celebrate self-love, find out what you like, what you want by finding and appreciating love for yourself with which you will be able to connect to and love others. Stop waiting for roses and chocolate, start loving yourself and the rest will follow!

Chinese New year :

Chinese New Year is approaching fast.

16th of February, and it’s the Year of the Dog.

I can’t wait for this, there will be a lot of festivities taking place in Chinatown in London. Parades and cultural activities will be held at Trafalgar and also at Leicester Square. Find out more here  http://www.timeout.com

This is what to love about February. Share what your love of this month is about.

It’s Christmas (Have it your way)

Christmas is the annual polarizing few days that everyone is looking forward to – either to arrive with all its glitter and glory or just to be over…

The 2 supposedly most amazing days of the year when everyone is getting busy with X-mas shopping, spending hours in the kitchen to prepare a feast to their loved ones and on the other hand, it can be the darkest time of the year for those in mourning, those who are sleeping rough, or plain and simple, alone.

At Christmas everyone is getting emotional and overwhelmed, sometimes even those who are telling you that they are a bah humbug.

There is something magical about it, the Universe is connecting everyone to each other to be more grateful, more social, spread more love and joy. Precisely this may make some apprehensive about the holiday season, but I believe no one should let circumstance turn it into black magic.

Here are a few thoughts on why not to cry at Christmas, even if you are to celebrate it in an unconventional manner.

I am always reconnecting with some family that I haven’t talked for years, just to wish them a merry Christmas which makes it special, no matter what.

In 2017, some friends and family invited me to join them at Christmas. But this time I decided to take my 3 days off for myself because there is nothing wrong with that. Yep, I was on my own for Christmas – by choice.

I am not gonna lie, it felt very strange for me to not be in the kitchen for hours and prepare hundreds of biscuits but it was actually nice to do nothing.

Spending Christmas solo is not boring, or sad!

Make it fun for you, do what makes you happy. You are the only one who knows what you really like, right? So invest in yourself and embrace it.

Here’s how I spent Christmas in 2017

1.Planned ahead

You definitely don’t want to leave your grocery shopping for the last minute. Shops and supermarkets are closing earlier on Christmas Eve. There is a Bank holiday on Christmas Day so make sure you make a list and write down what you need.

2.Favourite movies / music

I watched a lot of my favourite holiday movies. From romantic comedies to Christmas movies, the list is long. And yes, I do love some classics like Home Alone or Love Actually! I watch the great old classic with Eddie Murphy coming to America, it always makes me chuckle. I played some great music that I love, from Jazz to Soca. With no one watching me, I even bust out some moves in my living room.

3.Simple food are the best

I made my own pizza from scratch. I made my own dough and made an awesome pizza a la Lindsay, with some sautéd potatoes, beef meatballs and ricotta.. so good. I made some fried chicken wings and Creole rice as I was back to Reunion but of course it would have been better if it was cooked on a BBQ, but can’t have everything.

Feel free to cook what you want! Make a feast. If u want a roast chicken or lamb, just do it. Everyone is different, cook whatever you like.

4. Pamper yourself

That’s my favourite thing when I’m taking time for myself. I made my own pedicure, had a bath, made my own facial .Learn to take time for yourself and enjoy it.

5.Outdoors pause

Step outside if you are bored, go for a jog or nice walk, go an enjoy some fresh air. I went to skip for about 20 min in the morning it was nice and quiet. Give yourself a chance to reconnect with the Universe , take some deep breaths, and feel the energy flowing around you.

Spending Christmas with my self has taught me that I am my own best friend, that I know myself and I know what I like. It’s a great way to reconnect with yourself and being grateful for the life you have.

This was truly one of the most peaceful holidays I ever had. No obligations, no compulsory visits to places where I didn’t want to be. This year, Christmas was everything I wanted it to be.

Have you ever spent Christmas alone? What are your thoughts on it? Did you like it? Hate it? Let me know down below.

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