Little Victories | January 2017

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Little Victories | January 2017

People usually say that January feels like the longest month of the year. Well, it’s flown by for me so I’m a little concerned about how quick the rest of the year is going to pass by!

I feel like I’ve had to dig deep to come up with a list of Little Victories for January. It was a bit of a strange month for me personally, which is why I didn’t post a single Weekend Blog post. I haven’t stopped the series; I just haven’t felt like sharing much about my personal life online.

But coming into February I’m feeling much more positive and excited to get on with my life. So let me kick off February by recapping on some positive moments from last month:

Little Victories | January 2017

  • I celebrated my birthday on my birthday for the first time in years. I took the day off, played mini golf and ate lots of Mexican food (read the post here).
  • I built a set of draws that I bought from Ikea all by myself. I only cut myself once.
  • I did about 10 days of the 30 day Yoga Revolution challenge. I know it wasn’t the full 30 days but even 10 days of exercise in a row is a big achievement for me.
  • Tyrone and I had our first date night of 2017. We went to Bella Italia in New Brighton and then went for a walk along the waterfront, even though it was pitch black and freezing!
  • I finally put my new blog theme live. What do you think?
  • We started and finished season 1 of A Series of Unfortunate Events and I loved it! I read the books when I was younger and was disappointed by the film, but I feel the show really redeems the series.
  • I finally mastered the art of making brownies. I’ve learned that if they don’t look ready to take out of the oven then they’re probably cooked enough!
  • I got an exercise bike to help me with my home work outs. My nan bought one a few years back, but never used it, so she kindly passed it on to me. I’m hoping it’s going to really help build my hip muscles.
  • Tyrone and I bought tickets to go and see Brian Cox talk about Space and stuff in May. We thought it would be something different and I’m looking forward to it.
  • I went swimming for the first time on my own in years, and I loved it! I’m slowly kicking anxiety’s ass.

How was January for you? Did you have any victories, big or small?

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  1. i enjoy reading entries where people have a positive outlook towards the next month or year. maybe it’s because i don’t have such positive outlook and i just accept whatever happens; it’s like, if shit falls down then it falls so i don’t really set a positive expectation. lol well that sounds really bad, doesn’t it :))

    a series of unfortunate events! i think it only took me 2 days to watch all the episodes and omg i can’t wait for season 2. 8 episodes are too fast though imo but oh well… i’ll take what i can have. i didn’t grew up reading the book so maybe that’s why i wasn’t completely disappointed by the film. i love the film’s visual though; the costumes, setting, lightning and everything. i also think jim carrey is still the better count olaf as opposed to neil patrick harris but no hate, just saying. the bauldelaire kids in the series also look a lot more confused than the ones in the film – again, not complaining and i like both. i like how klaus in the series is also a lot angrier and easily annoyed / pissed. the series is just <3 is what i'm trying to say.

    january was a tiring month for me. lots of anxiety and mental breakdowns and arguments with the parents but eh, what's new.

    • Holly

      I started this series to force me to look at the good aspects of each month. I’m one of those people who always focuses on the negatives in life.

      I had to pace myself because I wanted to watch them all in one go. But we did finish it in about a week. I also can’t wait for season 2!

  2. Congrats for the 10 days of yoga. x It should be exciting to watch Brian Cox. Where and when is the show?

  3. I’ve really enjoyed this new series you started, as I’m a strong believer in the “little things.” Plus, I just love the positivity. 🙂 Also, January always goes by really fast for me, too! It’s hard to believe we are already a month in to 2017!

    I really like the new theme! I like that it still has the same colors and “empfire” feel, but with a refreshed, new look. I really like the scrolling menu, and the featured images for all of the posts really makes a difference! I can tell you put a lot of work into this and it really paid off! Good job Holly!!

    Haha! I struggle with cooking brownies the right amount, too! My coworkers all really love my brownies, but I stress out about them all the time, wondering if I’ve cooked them enough or too much! I consider this a big victory, not a little one! 😛

    • Holly

      Aww, thank you Becca. I’m so happy you like it!

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who struggles with making brownies!

  4. Happy belated birthday to you — we’re both January babies, haha! I always like January because it’s my birthday month. I did feel like this month was a bit long, but it also flew by! I can’t believe it’s already February.

    That yoga challenge — good for you! Unfortunately, I can’t stand yoga, especially when they throw in the meditation into it X_X Instead, I much rather do pilates. I found that to be more stimulating and rewarding.

    Yay for mastering brownies. I like baking, but I haven’t baked in a while. I should do some soon. And woot for the bike! Hope that works out well for you.

    • Holly

      Thank you! And a happy belated birthday to you too!

      I can see why yoga isn’t for everyone. I like Yoga with Adriene because there isn’t too much “woo-woo” in her videos. I haven’t tried pilates but I’m considering joining a gym (!!!) where they do pilates classes. So I’d love to try it out if I get a chance.

  5. Amy

    Glad to hear all the positives from January. Doing 10 days of the Yoga challenge is great! I wish I’d been so motivated with my exercise routine this month, but I did so badly. 20 minutes in a whole month!

    I can’t build IKEA furniture to save my life. I always make Andy build it, because I know I’d be a disaster. I struggle to build Lego sets with the instructions!

    I love the new theme, by the way. It’s so much cleaner, and easier to navigate and I love your post header images (that is so not technical). Your coding journey is so inspiring! I wish I had to motivation to teach myself like you did!

    My main victory for January was actually sticking to my diet, and making progress towards a healthier lifestyle. I’m not eating a bag of Twirl Bites a night anymore, which probably sounds like a really weird victory, but it’s an achievement for me!

    • Holly

      I think it’s so hard to find the motivation to work out in the winter months. Like, I just want to stay in my jumper rather than swapping into work out clothes!

      Haha I actually love building Ikea furniture. I guess I just like being noisy with a hammer!

      I’m so glad you like it! That’s very sweet of you to say.

      Hey, that sounds like a big achievement. I will regularly sit there and demolish an entire bag of those Cadbury “sharing” chocolates, haha!

  6. I felt like January flew by pretty quick for me too. Hopefully, February will be an exciting month for you!

    It sounds like you had a pretty fun birthday celebration! It’s great to not be at work when it’s your birthday ;). 10 days of yoga is always better than none! Your new theme looks great. I like the R&D work you’ve put into it!

    I gotta look into A Series of Unfortunate Events! It’s one of my childhood classics :). January was full of small victories, as the usual ;).

    • Holly

      I loved A Series of Unfortunate Events so much that I’m re-reading the books. But it’s funny because I’m reading each book in a matter of hours when I think that once it took me a year to read once book!

  7. Cat

    Sounds like you had a fun time on your birthday and the date night! I think exercising 10 days in a row is a good achievement. I’m not sure if I’ve ever done that. I normally take a break every 6 days or so because I feel like I deserve a lazy day, haha. That’s nice that you have an exercise bike now too!

    Congrats on mastering brownies! That’s on my to-do list for baking. I’ve made cake-like brownies a few times, but that’s not really what I want. I want the chewy kind!

    January actually felt kind of long for me; I think mostly because work was stressful. It was a productive month at least! I hope you have a good February!

    • Holly

      I’ve learned my lesson that I probably shouldn’t work out everyday. I ached so much everyday doing the yoga challenge.

      I hope your February is less stressful.

  8. I always love reflecting on the month to celebrate what I’ve done – it’s always nice to read what other bloggers have done in the last month to make the most out of the days! 😀 Because time does fly!

    I have said it before but I love your theme, it’s so clean and ugh – so proud of you!! <3

    Well done on doing 10 days of yoga, I've done 1 yoga session every week because I prefer lifting but it's been really nice to relax XD

    • Holly

      I’m so glad you like this theme!

      We bought some weights last year and surprisingly I really enjoy lifting. I want to join a gym so that I can into lifting more.

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