January Love List

Immy May

Erm, u ok Jan? Why leave so soon?

At the start of the month I set out a list of fresh goals for the year ahead. Obvs in my shiny new Bullet Journal with new pens etcetcetc. One of the goals was to post regularly (erry Weds & Fri FYI) with a vlog published on YouTube every Monday evening. Surprisingly, I have stuck to it *pats on back*.

Not gonna lie, it has been sliiightly challenging due to daylight woes (c’mon Spring, we need u) and working full time, but with an extra smidge of planning and prep – you can do it. Oh, and apparently it is getting lighter by two minutes per day, so that’s good. #BloggersRejoice

In general life, this month has been full of chuckles. A few mini adventures, special moments and new experiences. Of course, there has been a few hiccups along they way. On a global level, I am kinda hoping this dark episode Black Mirror might end soon. But I also know that strength, kindness, support and a good laugh will always shed light and unite us.

Anyway, enough rambling, here’s what I have loved this January.

1.

FAMILY TIME

Center Parcs

As you probs know by now, Center Parcs may well be my favourite place on Earth. I can’t tell ya how special it was just to bask in the company of my family and loved one for a week. I need to make this occasion happen more than just once a year.

2.

ROYAL BALLET, WOOLF WORKS

Yo’ gal went to go see a ballet at the Royal Opera House! My uncle managed to bag us a couple of tickets for Woolf Works by Wayne McGregor. OH. MA. DAYS. It was magical, completely gripping and I wept rather a few tears. If you have the opportunity to go along to a ballet, absolutely do it – I will remember the experience for a very long time.

3.

GAL PALS

girls night1

I am so SO happy I went to this gals weekend in Manchester. Money is pretty right at the mo, but it was so worth spending a bit of time with these lovely ladies. I can’t wait for our next get together! Have a watch of the vlog here.

4.

USING MY LUNCH BREAKS WISELY

I’ve been in a pretty damn January state of mind this month #NewYearNewMe. As an effort not to spend all my pennies in various cafes, I have tried to make my lunch hour as jam packed as possible. I’ve got into the habit of heading out for a run for 30 mins, then gobbling ma lunch / showering for the other half hour. It makes me feel like I’ve got ma sh*t together, full of energy for the rest of the afternoon and that I can get home later and pop ma feet up.

7.

SAINSBURY’S VEGAN CHEESE

Sainsbury's Vegan Cheese

I have been adapting more and more to dat vegan life recently. Not entirely intentionally, I just love how there is SO much out there for us free from folk. As you probs know, I absolutely friggin’ LOVE cheese. A big ole board of the stuff is my idea of heaven, and that ain’t gonna change anytime soon. However, it is really great that we have a vegan alternative, that actually tastes pretty damn good. Have ya checked it out?

5.

YOGA

Yoga is a big part of my life at the moment. It is  such a lovely way to focus on both mind and body for an hour. It is also a helluva good work out and makes you feel vuuunderbar afterwards! I am practicing around three times a week with my increds teacher down at the gym, but if you want to get involved from your lounge / bedroom – definitely check out Yoga with Adriene, she is such a babe.

6.

LUSH LOVE

Lush Rosy Cheeks

I got a laaavely LUSH facemask for Christmas and ohmygaaad it is dreamy. It smells divine and has done wonders with my rubbish winter skin. I need to invest in goodness from LUSH more often, it is the best.

7.

YOUTUBE

I have reeeaaally been enjoying da vlogging this month! It is my first venture onto YouTube, and although it is scary to start a brand new platform, I have really loved creating a new video each week. It is a bit of a different kettle of fish to blogging, but I am slowly getting into ma groove. If you fancy a ganders, I’m over here… I would also massively appreciate a cheeky subscribe too hehe >:)

8.

AFFORDABLE ACTIVE WEAR

TK Maxx Activewear

As I have been doing a whole loada yoga, I have been getting my mits on more active wear. Let’s be honest tho, I am that gal who wears active wear y’know, for brunch and stuff hehe. TK Maxx is a gem for affordable active wear from amazing brands, Primark has some lovely bits and pieces too!

What have you been loving this month?

February is going to be a crazy one. Just a few days of work, then off to lecture at my old uni once more, THEN Thailand arrrrrmaghaaaaaaaaad I could not be more excited. Squeeeee!

Ix

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  • Ooh yay February sounds like it’s going to be AMAZING! It’s so cool that you go back to talk at your uni, that’s such a grown up, successful thing to do! I haven’t tried the free from feta yet, I really should get hold of some and give it a try! And I looove Yoga with Adrienne! Going for a run in the lunchbreak is such a good idea and one I should probably start… maybe… one day… eek! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

    • Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeee I am so excited Lucy! I can’t wait to get out there and see what it’s all about! Thank you, so honored to be asked back! Ooh yes you have to, it is really yummy! The base is coconut, so it is a different taste but the texture is really similar! Yes, she is amazing isn’t she?! So easy to follow! Lol I know, it is a bit much really isn’t it?! SO friggin’ keen. Have a great Feb my love :) Immy x

  • Sounds like you’ve had a fab month lady and I am SO jealous of your February plans xxx

    Sophie Cliff

    • It was so lovely, hoping to bring the New Year momentum into February fingers crossed! Heeheee, so excited I could burst! Have a lovely February lady :) Immy x

  • I have vowed to myself that I want to go and see a ballet this year or next, at some point while I still live in Berlin at last! I feel like I need to see one to know if it is for me or not. I have not decided who to ask to go with me or what to see yet though :D
    I feel like my first cinema trip on my own next week is a step in that direction though :)
    How lucky you are to be going to Thailand! How long are you going for? :) Have fun there! I haven’t been yet but I have heard it is gorgeous!

    Love,
    Jenny
    Jenny Side Up

    • Yes you absolutely have to! I am very lucky that my uncle works at the Royal Opera house and has the odd ticket! Definitely whilst you are out in Berlin – how incredible, I have always wanted to visit! My boyf was pretty skeptical but he absolutely LOVED it. It is just so impressive and beautiful to watch. The one we saw was quite contemporary in choice of music / style and costume which I really liked. Oh good, I need to do that for myself too. I think it is really important to appreciate your own company like that! Teehee, I am super excited! We are off for 2 weeks, it is gonna be fun! Will definitely take all the snaps / shoot aaaaaaaaall the video so I have lots to share :)

      Thank you so much for stopping by lovely lady! Immy x

  • Laura Torninoja

    I can’t WAIT for those sunny evenings – not too long now! I’ve actually checked, and on the 19th of Feb the sun sets at 17:30 which means it will be light when I leave work. YEEESS. It might be slightly sad to count down days to it but I’m absolutely done with this darkness :’D

    Thailand should be AMAZING – enjoy!! xx

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • I know me too, such a dream! Ugh YES that is so lovely, just makes me feel like there is life outside of work if ya know what I mean?! Trust me dallin’, I think we all secretly are >:) Immy x

  • Ahh I love your photos!! I am so impressed how you keep on top of it all, I hope I can keep as motivated as this. Definitely can’t wait for it to get much lighter, definite rejoice! x

    Natasha | natashatodd.blogspot.co.uk

    • Thank you so much Natasha! :) I know, a bit mad – although I think my prep before Christmas did me well lol. Trying to do the same for the rest of this month! Yaaaaaaaaaaaas! @lauratorninoja:disqus’s comment has made me SO happy haha! Immy x

  • Sounds like a lovely month! January did go crazy quickly though I agree, but alas hoorah for lighter days and longer nights! I’ve also been getting back to yoga and it makes such a difference with mindfulness.

    The Little Things x

    • Thank you Louise :) It went by in a flash! Yaaaaaaaaaas so happy about lighter days! It really does doesn’t it?! I am trying SO hard to practice on all the poses… Especially the crow position haha! Immy x

  • I love active wear. Also how gorgeous are all your friends?! x

    • Me too! Think I may be a liittttle addicted at the mo! Ah thank you my love, they are such babes aren’t they?! Immyx

  • Hayley Rubery

    Yayyyy congrats on your new YouTube venture love, just followed you – can’t wait to catch up on your videos! <3 I reallyyyyyyy need to get my butt in gear and start publishing more.. this years goal! Bloody love your Centre Parcs pictures, you look SO happy!

    Hayley xo
    http://www.frockmeimfamous.com

    • Oooh thank you chick! Hope you enjoy ’em :) I know, it is a mish to keep it all up! Thank you dalling, such lovely memories looking back on them. Can’t believe it was almost a month ago now :O btw, have the most AMAZING time in NYC gal, cannot wait to hear all about your adventures! Immy x

  • I absolutely love the workout leggings!! I should really start doing yoga again haha And well done for keeping to your schedule, wish I could say the same :-P x

    http://www.sandrafsilva.blogspot.co.uk

    • Thank you my love, they are so nice aren’t they?! Was well happy when I found them in TK Maxx. I am really trying to stay regular with yoga, it really makes such a difference. Thank you chick, it is struuuugggles haha! Immy x

  • I think family time is what I miss the most being so far away from home. Looks like you had a fabulous time! OMG activewear is life. In the new year, I always need a new outfit to get me motivated to move in any way I see fit.

    http://whenhealthymettasty.com

    • I bet :( I hate how spread out we all out, this week I spend with them is so important to me! YAAAAAS love some good looking’ activewear to get me feeling motivated! It has the ability to put me in a productive mindset, even if I am just doing a short sesh… or y’know, the house work >:) Immy x