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.
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.
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 ♡ ).
Every week be sure to let me know what you’ve been loving!
What are some of your recent favourites? TV recommendations, foodie finds, podcasts you’ve been listening to, let me know in the comments!