New year, new blogging schedule? If you read my post sharing my 2019 intentions, you’ll know I’m hoping to up my blogging game this year. After months of following an unsystematic writing schedule, this year I’m striving to be more consistent with my uploads.
So, in an attempt of sparking up some regular posting habits, I’m intending on uploading a Little Things post every Sunday. If you’re new around here, these are laid-back, life-lately posts in which I share a round-up of weekly favourites.
These are my favourite posts to create. I want to commemorate the little joys from my past week, whether that’s 2 things or 20 things. From TV shows and podcasts to new purchases and foodie finds, I hope you enjoy having a nose at what’s been on my radar each week.
Yes, this post is already a little longer due to my characteristic rambling, but here’s my first list of favourites for 2019.
Perfectionism Taking a Back Seat
This year, the perfectionist side of me needs to take a backseat. It needs to accept that not every post has to be 1000s of words long; not every post needs to be written meticulously as if it’s going to make or break my future in blogging. Yeah, I care too much. This week I’m reminding myself why I started blogging in the first place; being able to have my own online space where I can offload thoughts and share anything and everything. It’s time I stop putting so much pressure on myself.
The Happy List
I’ve rekindled my love for bullet journaling this year and besides weekly spreads and lists of goals, I’ve decided that each month I’m going to create a ‘Happy List’. This will be a monthly list which I’ll add to whenever anything brings a smile to my face.
The list begins with the moment my mum and I figured out how to recline our seats in the cinema when we went to see ‘The Favourite’ last week. You’d think we’d never laid down before. It’s safe to say we were a little over-excited. However, to be fair, it did feel quite luxurious to get comfortable in the cinema, rather than having a numb-bum half-way through the screening.
Similar to these blog posts, these lists are a way to conserve small memories which can too often find themselves lost amid the hustle and bustle of everyday life. As with a gratitude list, this is a positive and cathartic exercise that takes your focus away from problems and helps you to focus on what is good in your life. Goodbye negativity.
Sweet Potato and Lentil Dhal
I just about made it through the first week back at work after an invigorating fortnight of Christmas food and family time. After a day of chaotic kids and blasé teenagers, I love to have something delicious waiting for me after work. If it wasn’t for meal prep, I’d no doubt pour myself a bowl of bran flakes as a hungry quick-fix.
This week’s meal-prep was a batch of sweet potato and lentil dhal which makes for the perfect winter comfort food. I used a combination of a BBC recipe with this recipe when rustling up this meat-free meal, adapting them slightly to meet my taste preferences (abating the spice as much as possible). It’s packed full of flavour and perfect served with a cup of rice or even some extra veggies such as carrots and broccoli.
I spent the first few days of 2019 binge-watching ‘You’ and leisurely making my way through Christmas chocolate – start as you mean to go on and all that.
This show had me hooked. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably pretty clued up about the show’s premise. But to summarise, ‘You’ follows Joe, a bookstore manager who
relies on his savvy Internet know-how to make the woman of his dreams fall in love with him. He is willing to remove any obstacle that stands in his way of getting close to her. It’s been over a week since I finished it and I’m still not over that ending – I have so many questions? I’m also still baffled at how I can route for the psychopath protagonist. Don’t tell me I’m alone on this one.
Six of Crows duology
This reading year is already off to a good start: I raced through Leigh Bardugo’s fantasy duology. It was dark, rich, and inundated with incredible characters. Never have I ever been so captivated by such a beautifully-crafted a world.
What’s more? As of Thursday, Netflix greenlighted the TV production of ‘Shadow & Bone’ and ‘Six of Crows’, meaning the Grishaverse will be coming to life on our screens. It’s said that writer of Bird Box and executive producer of Stranger Things will helm the series, and of course, author Leigh Bardugo herself. I’m so curious as to how this epic universe mashup is going to go down. Netflix has been on their A-game lately so I have faith they won’t mess this one up.
‘Off Menu’ Podcast
Off Menu is a weekly podcast hosted by comedians Ed Gamble and James Acaster in which they invite guests into their make-believe restaurant to choose their dream menu. They discuss their favourite starter, main course, side dish, dessert and drink and things can get controversial. It’s kicked off with the all-important question; ‘poppadoms or bread?’ (bread ofc). It may sound like a random premise for a podcast, but, 60 minutes of comedians talking about their dream menu? I’m there.
This podcast literally makes me laugh out loud in public. The only downside is that it makes me feel hungry, so you’ll probably find me snacking away while listening.
Every week be sure to let me know what you’ve been loving!
So, what are some of your recent favourites? TV recommendations, foodie finds, podcasts you’ve been listening to, let me know in the comments!