During a catch up sesh with my lovely friend Emily the other week, we found ourselves admitting that, as much as we love socialising, we both feel like we don’t get enough ‘down’ time. We also spend far too much money on alcohol, club entry and hangover food – but do we really enjoy it that much? Definitely not enough to justify the price tag.
By the end of the conversation, we were both vowing to spend 2018 working on doing what we really enjoy, mutually agreeing that often a Saturday night spent in bed with a cuppa is more fun than a night out. I know, we sound ancient – but we don’t care!
The plan of action is as follows:
1. Limit going out to special events or when we genuinely fancy it
2. Cook meals, watch films & do crafts together instead (and encourage our friends to come too!)
3. Focus on a hobby that’s best enjoyed alone: in my case, reading!
As a child, I was an avid reader (as I’m sure many other bloggers/writers were too!), but as I’ve grown older, it’s kind of fallen by the wayside. I’ve taken action to reKINDLE (see what I did there?) my love of reading, in the form of lots of new additions to my bookshelf and the Goodreads Reading Challenge.
I’m challenging myself to read a minimum of 12 books throughout 2018 – that’s just 1 per month, and I’m already ahead of schedule! My list so far is made up of books I’ve already bought, books I’ve been lent and books I’ve been recommended, and I’m genuinely excited to read every one of them. There’s a good mixture of fiction and non fiction with both light-hearted and ‘deeper’ reads.
I’m still looking for recommendations to take the list up to 12 – and more, hopefully, as I should be able to smash that goal!
Have you read anything that you’ve loved recently? Maybe like me you’re getting back into it – can you recommend me something that’s on your bookshelf?