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Yoga Practice, Notebook Obsessed & Slow Pancake Mornings

Happy weekend! This week my parents booked flights to visit me in Madrid for the end of February which I’m oh so excited about. I also enrolled on a Japanese course, 3 hours classes taught in Spanish every Friday. So, with the rents flying down and a new language on the horizon, I have a couple of things to push me through my monotonous weeks of tedious lesson-planning.

The weekend always seems to fly by, and as always I’m here with a half-finished, admittedly over-ambitious to-do list. Nonetheless, I intend on taking a little ‘self-care Sunday’ to invigorate myself before another cold January week.

Morning Yoga Practice

Yoga is something I’ve dipped my toe into a few times, however, it’s yet to become a pastime of mine. I remember nine-year-old me feeling smug after successfully reaching my feet to touch my head in the back-bending cobra pose. My primary school weekly yoga club days were probably my most flexible.

I picked it back up four years ago, ending my days taking part in Yoga With Adriene’s 30 Day yoga challenge. This time, my biggest achievement was touching the floor palms down, and then for whatever reason, I stopped.

Two things I’ve struggled with most since arriving in Madrid is stress-management and sleep. Hoping it would diminish the problem, I purchased a yoga mat. I’m now reintroducing myself to the practice and attempting Adriene’s ‘True’ 30 Day challenge.

Honestly, I questioned whether yoga was for me. I felt as if I was achieving nothing. However, the workouts are growing more intense, testing everything from my balance to my core strength. I’m still learning to stay present and to control my breath. Nonetheless, I’m 7 days in and I’ve already noticed that deep breathing has reduced my stress, and I’ve slept better during the past two nights than I have since arriving. Whether it’s mere coincidence or the yoga working its magic, I’m determined to stick with it. Who knows, maybe soon I’ll be boasting like my nine-year-old self again about my revived flexibility.

New Stationery

With my first Japanese class commencing next Friday, I deemed it the perfect excuse to buy a new notebook. My inner middle-aged woman is talking again, but there’s something about new stationery that makes me swoon.

Cute stationery, notebooks and highlighter pens

I probably spent over an hour pottering and running my fingers over the selection of notebooks. I only needed (wanted) the one. I came out with four. They were inexpensive, however, I already have a pink bullet journal bought with the intention of self-studying Japanese late last year. How many notebooks does a girl need?

I always find a use for them somehow. Notebooks come with the promise of organisation. I feel like my life is under more control when things are down on a list, written down on paper rather than typed out onto my phone notes. Justification aside, who can resist cute stationery?

Netflix’s Sex Education

Did I really binge-watch another Netflix series and become totally obsessed? Pretty much.

I was hesitant going into this, expecting another typical teenage coming-of-age series. However, it’s heartfelt, hilarious while still tackling important issues; abortion, male friendship, LGBTQ+, racial diversity, consent, anxiety, panic disorder, feminism, I could go on.

What’s more, it’s as if it’s set in some alternate dimension; the students rep varsity jackets and bright 80s gear while they use iPhones and play Smash Bros on the Switch. There’s an American high school aesthetic while it’s set in a picturesque town in Wales. It’s all sorts of confusing. But, it’s hilarious. Also, I need Eric as my best friend.


I love to take advantage of longer mornings by making a hearty breakfast. It is my favourite time of day after all. Lately, my sweet tooth has been loving a good stack of pancakes. What better way to spend a slow Sunday morning than with a towering stack of banana and blueberry pancakes? Nuff said.

(Recipe for these pancakes can be found on my Instagram โ™ก ).

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  1. That stationery is absolutely adorable! I love Yoga with Adriene, too. Just did a routine from her current Dedicate series. Hope you’re enjoying the True series ๐Ÿ™‚

    briana |

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thank you! I’m planning on doing the Dedicate series next, really enjoying it so far โœจ

  2. Thoses stationnaries are so pretty !!
    being an insomniac and hearing how good yoga has brought you .. I should maybe start that too XD My godmother had a yoga positions’ book when I was younger, and I rescued it when she wanted to get rid of it ahah

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      I’d definitely recommend trying yoga! I’ve been sleeping so much better recently, hopefully it stays this way haha

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      The way to my heart haha, thank you! x

  3. aimsysantics aimsysantics

    I am so with you on buying new stationary! I never want to use them though because they are too pretty ๐Ÿ˜‚ Haven’t tried yoga properly, but used to really like Pilates. I still dabble with Blogilates on youtube but haven’t been so good these last few weeks! Sounds like the yoga is working for you though!

    It may be a bit old, but I have been loving watching Luther from the beginning, oh and Silent Witness! Can you tell i’m a police / crime drama kinda girl? ๐Ÿ˜‚

    Loving seeing your Little Things posts!

    Aimsy xoxo

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Haha I’m exactly the same, putting pen to paper is too much of a commitment haha. Oh I recently started watching Luther and I’m really enjoying it so far, you’re not alone! Thank you โœจ

  4. Aww, new stationary is always something to get excited about! And now I want pancakes… Great post, I love these.

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Can never have too much stationery haha, thank you! Glad you’re enjoying them โœจ

  5. Everything you are doing sounds great x Best of luck in learning Japanese, it seems like such a difficult language to master!
    The pancakes also look delicious x I pinned your post ๐Ÿ™‚

    Laura /

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      I’ve started learning their alphabet and it’s definitely challenging! Thank you โœจ

  6. It is great that you’re taking part of the 30 day yoga challenge! I have so much respect for people who can do so many intense poses – it takes time to build up to it. It’s good that you’re sticking with it. I love your new stationery goodies. It is always nice to have some new materials to work with, hehe. Yum, your pancakes look delicious!! Thanks for sharing!!

    Nancy โ™ฅ

  7. This past summer I gave 30 Days of Yoga with Adriene a try and got five days in before I was interrupted with travels and never got back to it. I’ve tried the same challenge some years ago without any success either. But despite that, I do like yoga; I’m just bad at holding myself to it. I’m also bad at holding myself to learn new languages. But I have no problem going to yoga class or going to a language class and doing the work. Anyways, seeing this has motivated me to give 30 Days of Yoga another try ๐Ÿ˜› One way I’d REALLY like to exercise is to get back into swimming, as I used to swim competitively. I just need to find a pool in the city, which is harder than I thought it would be! I have one good prospect, but a winter storm just passed so I haven’t been out and about to scope it out. I will eventually though!!

    Those notebooks are beautiful!! All the way through middle school, I had a huge problem with stationary. I would buy a TON of it, but I’d hardly use any of it because they were all so beautiful that I couldn’t bear to muss them up! Once I realised that I wasn’t using all the stationary I was spending loads on, I forced myself to stop buying stationary, and now I only buy stationary if I know I’ll use it/if I have an immediate use in mind. Coincidentally, I just bought a new Moleskin journal off Amazon and it arrived in the mail yesterday! I bought it to use as my new planner. It’s weird– this is my first time buying a new planner for the new year! Usually, I only ever buy a new planner for the new academic year, but I just graduated last spring, so now I’m just going by the normal year!

    I haven’t watched Sex Education, but I binged Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, which I loved! As someone who loves organising, it was such a satisfying show to watch.

    When my roomie and I try to make pancakes, we never seem to be able to make a stack because we eat the pancakes as we go ๐Ÿ˜› By the time you finish making your stack, is the pancake at the bottom still warm?? Your pancakes look delicious! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      I’m always more dedicated if I have a class to attend too haha, but so far I’ve managed to stick with yoga! Fingers crossed I keep it up. Haha I’m exactly the same, putting pen to paper is too much of a commitment, but I have a few ideas of what I can fill them with. Oh I’ve wanted to buy a Moleskin journal for a while! I’ve heard so much about that show, I also love to be super organised so think I’d like it haha. Thanks for reading! xx

  8. Hey Evie! New blog follower here! Ok I too have been getting into the indulgement of pancakes๐Ÿฅž, the other day I made apple cinnamon, yum! I heard Netflix Sex Education was so good! I haven’t checked it out because even tho I like the 80s aesthetic, I thought it was another teen drama. After reading your post, I will give it a try. How cool is it your taking a Japanese course!! I too want to invest more in journals, they leave me feeling 10x more organized with my lists๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ

    Natonya |

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thanks for following! Apple cinnamon pancakes sound incredible, definitely going to be giving them ago soon! That’s what I assumed too, but it tackles so many significant issues in today’s society that it’s well worth the watch. Haha you can never have too many journals, thanks for reading! โœจ

  9. foreverseptember1 foreverseptember1

    The pancakes look well and truly incredible, makes me want pancakes right now haha! I’m planning on starting Sex Education on Netflix, it sounds fab!

    Lucy | Forever September

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      They taste incredible too, definitely making myself another snack over the weekend haha. Yes! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

  10. I did the Yoga with Adrienne challenge a while back myself. Her videos are excellent easy to follow and then I hurt my back and never got back into it ๐Ÿ™
    Hopefully you have better luck!

  11. Macey Gloria Macey Gloria

    Yay!! I hope your parents have a lovely trip spent with you, and that you’re able to make the most of your time with them. I do think I want to try yoga this year–it wasn’t one of my original goals, but I think I’d like to try it alongside meditation. Being more mindful has been a goal of mine since last year, and I’d like to see if those two activities help me with that. New stationary is always good, and mmm those pancakes look AMAZING! xx

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thank you, can’t wait! I’ve only been doing it for a week but it’s already helping a lot with stress-management and my sleep! Being mindful is an incredible goal for the year, best of luck lovely x

  12. I need to find an activity that I enjoy and gets me to exercise, as well. I’m glad the yoga is going well for you, keep it up!

    I’m a sucker for new stationary. Any excuse to buy new pens, pencils, rulers, stickers, notebooks, the whole shebang!

    I’m about to watch the last episode of Sex Education after I finish catching up on blogs! I am absolutely loving it – I love how diverse the topics they tackle are and I am absolutely in love with Gillian Anderson. How is she so gorgeous?! The American high school aesthetic tripped me out at first, but it’s grown on me now.

    Those pancakes absolutely delicious!

    Chynna |

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thank you! Yoga is definitely slower-paced, but great mindfulness practice. It was amazing right? I can’t wait for season 2! Thanks for reading x

  13. Casey street Casey street

    Angel your blog is beautiful! I’m definitely going to have a go at this challenge, hopefully I’ll feel more confident in myself by the end of the 30 days! And girl I’m totally with you, new stationary is the ultimate pick me up and Paperchase is just heaven for me! Also, those pancakes are photographed perfectly! I saw them on my feed quite recently and my mouth watered, oh my goodness!
    Love Casey x

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Ah thank you so much Casey! Nothing puts me in a better mood than a good stack of pancakes haha, thanks for reading x

  14. Those pancakes look DELICIOUS! I’ve been meaning to get more into yoga lately ๐Ÿ™‚ I definitely need something low impact.

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thank you! You should, I’m really enjoying it so far!

  15. Uh, you have totally inspired me to make stacked pancakes again next Sunday! I used to be in a habit of making them almost weekly and I think it is time bring that habit back. The way you feel about yoga is the way I feel about running. Once I get into a good routine, I absolutely love it but I fall off the bandwagon frequently. I am glad it is helping your stress-management and sleep ๐Ÿ˜Š.

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Haha glad to have inspired you, definitely a good habit to have! Ah that’s amazing, it’s always incredible finding a sport or hobby that works wonders for both your mental and physical health, thanks for reading x

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