One of my favourite youtubers Caitlin Shoemaker does a video at the beginning of every month where she lists her favourites of the past month and sets two intentions for the month ahead. I love that idea and thought I adapt it a little to suit this blog. Every month I will list my favourites in different categories and will set some goals for the next month.
October has been very busy but also very beautiful. I loved that the weather got a bit more autumnal, the air is crisp and the leaves turn golden… It is such a beautiful time of the year! I am hoping November will hold some more magical autumn days and won’t be too grey. Next weekend my dad is coming to visit us which I am really looking forward to. On Sunday we will be running the Lancaster Half Marathon together – I am rather nervous as my training didn’t go as well as I had hoped but fingers crossed that I will make it to the finish line!
But now, without any further rambling, let’s get into my October favourites!
Favourite food: I have loved eating porridge for breakfast lately. How can you start your day any better? My current favourite is to mix apples, bananas and cinnamon in with the oats and top it with some buckinis, blackstrap molasses and coconut flakes. So delicious!
Favourite TV show: Edd and I have been absolutely obsessed with ‘How I met your mother’ lately. We usually watch a couple of episodes most nights to chill out and we both absolutely love it and already dread the day when we have finished all the episodes. I also have just started watching Vampire Diaries and I really did not expect it to be any good, but the storyline is very gripping!
Favourite song: In the beginning of October I flew to Hamburg to see a band called Blumentopf. They are a German rap band and I have known then since my early teenage years. They did their farewell tour over the last few weeks which meant I had to go and see them. I flew out and met two of my best friends and we had such a fun time and listened to a lot of German HipHop and after I came home I listened to this song on repeat (oddly not by Blumentopf but these guys are native to Hamburg so it was very appropriate to our trip):
Favourite book: I finished reading The Sleep Revolution by Ariana Huffington which changed my life. For many years I have had trouble to fall asleep and I often wake up many times during the night. Over the last year or so I came to see sleeping as ‘over-rated’. I thought the reason for my problems with sleep was that I didn’t actually need that much sleep. So I dragged myself through the day after 4 or 5 hours in bed, feeling overly emotional and constantly tired. Arianna Huffington not only lays out the latest research on sleep and shows how important it is to get enough zzz’s she also gives a lot of useful advice on how to deal with sleep problems. I cannot recommend this book more. It is really well researched and founded on various scientific studies whilst being an amazingly easy read. I am a bit of a fan girl of Arianna Huffington now. She is not only extremely intelligent but also very funny.
Favourite event/experience: I already mentioned this one above – my favourite experience this month definitely was my trip to Hamburg. It was so nice to hang out with my friends, listen to good music and explore this wonderful city.
Favourite youtube channel: You might know that I love youtube. I follow quite a few different people who vlog about lifestyle, beauty, veganism and other topics and my newest favourite youtuber is Kalyn Nicholson. She did a video every single day throughout October and all of them were just perfectly autumn themed and made me feel all cozy and helped me enjoy this season even more. Kalyn has a great taste in music, amazing style and is super creative and intelligent. Oh and she is vegan.
(Basically, she is perfect). You should definitely check her out!
Favourite product: I am in the process of replacing all my beauty products with brands that are vegan and cruelty free and early in October I bought the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser and I am so impressed! It gets off all my make-up without leaving my face feeling dry or overly oily but is super fresh and light on my skin. I can highly recommend!
On to my goals for November!
Prioritise sleep. After reading The Sleep Revolution I am actually quite excited about sleep! I no longer want to see it as an optional task but see it for its life-sustaining importance and make sure I get 7-8 hours of sleep every night.
Knit a cardigan. This undertaking should not be too difficult to complete as I already made a start. I took it up back in August but still am not finished – my excuse is that I spent all my time doing things for the blog! It is actually getting colder now so an extra cardigan could come in handy, so I am hoping to be posting some pictures of me wearing my handmade-(with lots of love and probably some sweat and tears)-cardigan within the month of November!
I hope you liked my little review and outlook of October and November. I really like to stop and look back of what little things I can be grateful for and to be intentional and plan out what I want to achieve.
What were your favourite events, books, shows and products last month? Do you have any big plans for November? Let me know in the comments below! See you here next Monday or before then on twitter, instagram or facebook.
Lots of love, stay bright and bold!