Sunday, 31 December 2017

Passion And Purpose

2017. I'm sure I say the same every year but honestly, what a year it's been. 

Starting with the positives, a standout highlight was my first trip to Southeast Asia to explore Vietnam and a small part of Cambodia, a trip which I enjoyed so much more than I thought possible.  I loved everything about it - the food, the people, the beautiful sights of Halong Bay, Sapa rice terraces and temples of Angkor Wat, just to name a few. At 27 I worried I'd left it too late to embark on my first backpacker trip but I was truly surprised at how easy it was to embrace the traveller lifestyle and not give age a second thought.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

The Handy Handbag

Today I return to the blog to rave about an impulse buy turned everyday staple.

A few months back I realised I was missing a smaller handbag which would fit just the essentials for evenings out and running errands. To further justify a new purchase, I thought about my trusty work backpack which though perfect for carrying supplies for the 9-5 was not so practical when trying to reach for items on the go.

In a moment of genius I convinced myself that carrying a second smaller bag would remedy this problem nicely. Some ASOS browsing later I found a contender, the ASOS Croc Boxy Cross Body bag and hit order minutes later. The rest is history!

Although small in size, the boxy shape means I can pack in the essentials and keep things organised. No rooting around for the oyster card or keys here. I was further sold by the details; a faux croc exterior and silver chain strap. I favour silver jewellery this days and not one for mixing metals liked how easily I could throw this bag on without having to cut down on other accessories.

Best of all, it was easy on the bank balance costing just £20. Winning both on price and details, this really is a handy little bag to have to hand.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Hello 2017

Wow, didn't 2016 just fly by. Despite the shocks and divisions it brought us, I had a good personal year overall.

I've stopped making rigid new year's resolutions but still like to use the time to reflect on my habits and figure out which areas need improvement and will lead to a more balanced lifestyle. 

In 2017 I want to work out consistently, i.e at least 3 times a week, including a 5-10k run. With so many great workouts available on YouTube and Instagram I enjoy the flexibility of working out at home and at my own pace but I also want to try out (and stick to) a group class like spinning or yoga.

I also want to continue working on my blog and publish more consistently. I'm constantly drafting up posts but do find it difficult to finish a lot of them straight away. Plus the pressure of taking Pinterest-worthy images when photography is just not my thing sometimes puts me off. I think if I just sit down and dedicate some time to learn about photography and basic photo editing it will slowly become less of a concern.

2016 was a good year for travel. I work full time so have to plan trips over the year but was pleased to visit 5 countries. I'm excited to plan a trip to Southeast Asia later in the year, and squeeze in as many European getaways as I can!

The final goal is to make better use of my free time. Less online browsing and more doing. Whether that's through reading, working on the blog or sticking to my newly created workout schedule, I just want to channel as much of my energy on positive and constructive things.

I really am excited to channel the new year and make 2017 my best yet. Hope it's yours too. 

Happy New Year!