5 Favourite Friday

5 Favourite Friday

I’m writing this from a Bella Italia in the middle of London. Not bad eh? I thought I would round up my favourite things from this week.

1) Kindle Unlimited

I got an email recently telling me about the Kindle Unlimited deal where it was £1.99 for 3 months. Until this point I hadn’t really looked at kindle unlimited and didn’t know what it actually was. I’m an avid kindle reader and amazon prime subscriber.

It turns out Kindle Unlimited is where you can read essentially anything that’s on Kindle Unlimited can be read for free while you’re subscribed. I’ve found a ton of Kindle Unlimited books to read so will be sharing those on my Good Reads(link) .

It’s certainly worth checking out if you’re an avid reader. The best thing to do is see what unlimited offer first before you sign up because they tend to be less well known authors so I’ve chosen things based on ratings and subject but don’t know the author’s work.

2) Hannibal TV Show

My other half has a serious love for the TV show Hannibal so I thought I’d give it a go. It follows Hannibal as a psychiatrist set before the Silence of the Lambs film. The main focus, however, is the crime scenes and Will Graham, an FBI agent with an interesting way of empathising with the killer to solve cases.

I’ve just finished the first season and it’s so good! So many twists and turns that always keep you guessing. It also strays from the somewhat disturbing idea of cannibalism and is eluded to in beautifully presented meals. It makes it all oddly appealing looking. :S

3) Tarot Cards

I will shamelessly say that I have been looking for some tarot cards since Christmas when Kalyn Nicholson got some and showed them on camera.

I am intrigued by how they work and what they can teach me and others around me. I ended up picking up the classic cards and also some positive cards. They’re all so beautiful in the positive pack and I’m so glad I got them both.

So far they have been eerily good at predicting how my day has gone or will go. I did a tarot reading for a lot of my family and some of us got luck and abundance. We then went and bought some scratch cards for the hell of it and I won £10.

I’m thinking of starting a weekly or daily post where I do my cards and show you guys and see how well they prophesise my day. Let me know if that’s something you’d be interested in?

4) The Tim Ferriss Show – podcast.

I’m fairly sure if you’re from the states then you’ll have heard of Tim Ferris. For those of you who haven’t he is essentially motivational speaker and life coach. He also has a podcast and apparently a TV show I have learnt recently.

The podcast interviews amazing people and provides insight into their lives and how other people can become successful in their everyday lives.

It is seriously good at motivating me to live my best life and also helps me to get out of bed in the morning and be productive! Certainly worth a listen if you need some motivation.

5) Screen Unseen

If you have seen my Instagram or twitter you may have seen that I’ve been to Odeon’s Screen Unseen a few times now and absolutely love it! The premise is that you will see an advanced UK screening, guaranteed not to be a horror and aged between U and a 15. That’s all you know. Tickets are £5 so it’s a lot cheaper than regular tickets.

The movie of choice is hinted at with 4 hints during the month on twitter but they’re always literally the hardest to work out ever. Like ever. It’s roughly once a month on a Monday.

Recent films I’ve seen are;
Brigsby Bear 🐻
3 Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri 🗡️
The Shape Of Water 💦
and finally I, Tonya. ❄️

As you can see there have been so many award winning films already and to see them for £5 is crazy. Definitely worth a look!

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Motivation Monday

Motivation Monday/ Tuesday (oops) Update 2

(I fell asleep so early last night so I totally never finished this in time. Oops… zzz)

Week 2 update is here! I can’t thank everyone who read my previous post enough. It’s done so well that I’ve had more views than last month already. It’s also really helping me stay accountable!

Bullet Journal

This one is staying but evolving. I used my habit tracker for half the week then stopped so I need to make sure I stick to it. I’ve also made a wishlist spread as well. I’m looking to add a few more collection ideas such as books to read and weight I’ve lost as well.

DRINK WATER

SHOCKER. This one stays as well. I have done better but still nowhere near good enough. I’m going to really push this one this week in particular.

Take more pictures

I bought a beautiful new camera and have been using it occasionally when I went out but I’m having issues with my rear facing camera on my phone meaning I’m now taking fewer photos than ever. I want to try and get into the habit of carrying my camera with me most places.

Keep an eye out on Instagram to see how this one goes ;p

Read before bed and switch off

This is one that I think has a lot of bearing on my sleep and how I feel the next day. Unfortunately, I’ve gotten to a point where I can’t really sleep unless I have something on the TV. I want to try and get ready for bed a half hour before I want to sleep by and then read or plan the next day for half an hour. Any luck this will help the quality of my sleep!

Larger Goals

Lose Weight

This one is getting there, I’ve definitely worked harder at the gym when I’ve been recently. Saturday I smashed my 5K time by 4 minutes which I think is huge. I still need to work a lot more on my food as I’ve been indulging a little lately.

Weight Update: 0lbs +-

Run A 5k

As you saw above this one is going well for me. I’ve managed to make my 5k time 4 minutes quicker and I feel like it’s only going to get better. I’m going to plan a 5k training plan and put in my bullet journal. I’m also going to sign up to the 5k this month too.

Overall I feel like this week has been okay!

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Lifestyle

August Goals 2017/ July Report

So, I thought it would make sense to do my August goals but also to update you guys on how my July goals went. July was my birthday month and I had so much fun exploring and doing what I wanted to. Not saying that that is an excuse…

July 2017 Goal Report

1. Lose 10lbs – Weight loss is something I’m really struggling with at the moment and my weekend away in Cambridge meant I ate terribly. I only lost 2lbs but with the way I was eating and treating my body, I’m surprised I lost anything.

2. Read/ finish 1 book – Technically I have been reading a book but haven’t finished it yet. I got “The Million Dollar Blog” by Natasha Courtenay-Smith. It’s really interesting and I’m learning a lot about blogging as I go along. Expect a book review on this one really soon!

3. Go to the gym 14 times – This one I actually did the opposite of… I actually cancelled my gym membership. I’m currently looking to move away from my home town in the next few weeks and gyms in the city are more affordable. I’ve been going for runs outside and will be trying yoga this week.

4. Practice self-care once a day – If you recall I actually wrote a post on self-care and actually managed to do one thing from the list every day which I am proud of. I can see a change in myself because I am a lot more relaxed and my Fitbit that I got for my birthday has shown my average heart rate is slightly lower.

5. Blog once a week – YEP! Nailed it! I am so proud I’ve managed to do a post a week, even if it has been a bit hectic at times. I’ve also managed to grow the Instagram and Twitter following for the blog as well and met some lovely blogger ladies.

August 2017 Goals

1. Meditate – This links closely to last month as I was practising self-care regularly. I’ve found that meditation helps me to relax which is important as I’m a worrier and stress out quite easily.

2. Lose 10lbs – So I hopped on the scales this morning and had an unfortunate shock. I’ve actually put on weight since updating the top of this post. I’m going to start using MyFitnessPal to track all of my calories in and out. It’s quite awesome because it syncs to my Fitbit and any extra steps I do will be added to my calorie allowance!

3. Plan next trip – I’m one of those few people that have yet to leave the UK. I really don’t travel very far at all if I’m honest. Last weekend  I stayed in Cambridge for a long weekend for my birthday and it was so amazing. This has made me want to go somewhere else new. I have a passport so it’s just a case of booking the trip and saving up! I’m thinking about going to Spain or somewhere hot 🙂

4. Workout – Last month I said go to the gym 14 times but I think leaving it more open ended may be more helpful. I’m going to try and go for a run every other day and practice yoga as well.

5. Research the benefits of minimalism – I’ve been looking into minimalism and am unashamedly addicted to declutter videos on YouTube. I’ve heard a lot about the benefits of minimalism and I’m currently in a small room that is way too overcrowded. I need to actually get rid of a lot as 70% of it I don’t know I have or don’t use. Does anyone have any suggestions for where to start?

What are your goals this month?

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