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Mid-month favourites and goals

Last week Edd and I were on holiday – we stayed in a little village in the Lake District by the sea. There was a lot of nature and no wireless internet so I didn’t do any blogging. It was nice to have a break from emails and Facebook and to just hang out, play board games and read books.

But I still wanted to write a favourite posts as I do that every month. So here it comes – some of my March and early April favourites and my goals for the next few weeks!

Food:

I have been obsessed with currys lately. Dahl is an all-time favourite of mine and green curry made with coconut milk is a staple in our home. Last Friday some of our friend’s invited us over to their house for dinner and cooked this divine vegan curry – it was so delicious. Lots of vegetables and such a thick and creamy sauce. I learned a new trick – apparently to get the nice and creamy consistency you add in some almond flour. I will definitely be trying that out!

Book:

As part of a book club initiated by the amazing Hannah McNeely I read Mr Fox by Helen Oyeyemi. It was a very interesting read. It is a re-telling of the fairytale Bluebeard. I don’t really know how to describe the book without giving too much away. I really enjoyed it even though it was confusing and a bit graphic at times, but it also had  these moments where I nearly jumped up and shouted: Yes! This! (Which is normally a sign of me liking a book).

So, what I want to say with that – I would recommend reading this book. The author Helen Oyeyemi is only 26 years old (same age as me) and has already published 5 novels! I am equally impressed and jealous of her talent and success – but she most definitely deserves it. Even though she tackles subjects that are serious and even difficult, her writing is beautiful and easy to read. I am planning to pick some of her other books in the future.

Music:

You have probably heard this song as it is on the radio all the time and like a lot of other people I am completely obsessed. Coldplay have done it again… This is such a great anthem for summer I feel. It makes me dream of dancing through the night and chilling out in the sun.

Product:

I have finally bought a new laptop. The one I was using before is now nearly 10 years old and it was so so slow and took the joy out of doing anything technological. (So basically it took the joy out of life haha). This new machine is an absolute dream – I am still amazed everyday that I don’t need to re-boot every hour and that programs open in seconds rather than minutes. Despite my minimalist and anti-materialist convictions I have to admit that this buy has made me quite happy.

Event/Experience:

My favourite experience in the last few weeks was definitely our holiday. It was so nice to spend some quality time with my husband, to read, write, knit, watch films, eat lots of good food, drink wine and just relax! This has been our first holiday since our honeymoon a year ago and I think we definitely want to try and do this more often. Even after just one week of being away I feel so re-charged and inspired to live life to the fullest and give my best in all the things I do.

Below are some pictures of some hikes that we went on, we walked along Hadrian’s wall one day and around Keswick which is my new favourite place on earth. It is this lovely quaint town surrounded by mountains and they had lots of places that sold vegan cake – how much better can it get?!

My goals for the next few weeks:

As you might have read in my previous post – I am currently doing the 100 Day Project. The basic idea is to commit to do a creative action each and every day for 100 days. I chose to writing. The project started one week ago and for the next 13 weeks or so I will be writing every single day for at least 10 minutes. My goal is to keep on top of that and maybe to narrow my focus a little bit. So far I have been journaling, I wrote a few haikus and jotted down some ideas for stories and blog posts. I am thinking about introducing a theme for each day of the week – one day blogging, another day poetry writing,… etc. But I am still figuring that out. So far I have been really enjoying it but I also already missed a day – when we were driving back from holiday I just completely forgot. I am not worried about this as that is just life. I will do my best to be as diligent with this as possible but there is no point beating ourselves up when we fall of the wagon – it is better to have some grace with ourselves and to get back into it the following day. If you want to follow along my progress follow me on Instagram where I am posting a few sentences each day of what I have been writing.

Other than that I want to get back into a healthy routine of exercising regularly. I went to the gym early this morning and it is just the best start to the day!

 

What are you grateful for these days? And have you got some big goals for spring?

 

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7 Comments

  • Reply DR April 12, 2017 at 1:04 am

    I love how you write. Its like you write with an innocent simplicity, a respectful understanding of the simple beauty life can offer you. You talk about being on holiday, away from the world of Facebook and 4 inch connectivity with your husband, like its disappearing into a different dimension. Talking about all the new things you’ve done and how you are experiencing what you’ve bought is inspired- to never stand still and experience everything the best you can. I may not have been here long, but i hope you keep going this way forever. DR

    • Reply Britta April 12, 2017 at 1:05 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words, that means a lot!

  • Reply Ana De- Jesus April 12, 2017 at 11:48 am

    I love curries as well they are divine. Daal is so good as is green curry but I never thought of using almond milk as I normally use coconut, great shout x

    • Reply Britta April 12, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      Did I write milk? I meant almond flour! It is life changing haha.

  • Reply Elizabeth O. April 12, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    I love curry! It’s one of the best recipes there is and since I don’t eat meat, it’s perfect with veggies and seafood as well. I think it’s nice that you’ve been trying out different flavors.

  • Reply Lindsey April 16, 2017 at 11:35 am

    I too am a total curry nut, regardless of the weather! I do love a vggie curry and lamb too. Served with rice, bread or good bowl of goodness on its own.

    • Reply Britta April 21, 2017 at 8:57 am

      Curry is the best! I wouldn’t eat lamb as I am a vegan haha but curry all the way 😊

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