JOURNALING 

I know, I know, you read that heading and groaned. I don’t mean pages and pages of journaling. I just mean that we’re living through history and I, for one, think it will be really interesting to look back in a few years and see what was going on and how I was processing it. I’m using a ‘One Line a Day’ journal so it just takes about 2 minutes each evening. Any notebook would work, once you add the date, but I use this one that I got as a christmas present and love: One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book. If you don’t think you will actually take out a notebook everyday, add it to the notes on your phone and then maybe once a week or something, add it to your journal or notebook.

HOROSCOPES 

I don’t take horoscopes very seriously and rarely read them but I really enjoy seeing the characteristics associated with my horoscope. I’m the first day of virgo and my friend recently sent me an Instagram post about virgo traits and she underlined the last point which said “writes tasks they’ve already completed on their list, just so they can cross it out”. I’ve never felt so seen. If I was to describe myself it one sentence, this would be it. I might put it in my Instagram bio.

LOCKDOWN LATEST

Some of the things I’ve noticed or want to share from week 642 6 of lockdown:

  • Is it just me or are we starting to get used to being on lockdown? It’s just becoming my new norm. I think there’s an element of that, that comes down to the fact that I’m an introvert and being at home is how I recharge but also, the past two weeks I have been on Easter holidays. This lockdown is much easier when I’m not trying to work from home.
  • This mini episode of the ‘A Beautiful Mess’ podcast. Elsie Larson interviews her 4 year old Daughter Nova and it’s 7 minutes of pure joy.
  • I’m much more eager to smile at strangers. I’m absolutely the type of person who has my face in my phone when I’m in a queue or a lift but these days I find myself looking up and smiling at strangers. I went to Lidl during the week and when the security guard waved me in, I made eye contact and said “thank you very much” and he said ‘it’s my pleasure”. I’m making a mental note to do this kind of thing after lockdown. Stop, slow down, make eye contact, be grateful.
  • My One Little Word for 2020 was Joy and after the first week or two, I stopped associating with it. I kept meaning to pick another and didn’t. I realised this week that it’s the perfect word for this year. The one thing I’m doing these days is trying to find something that brings me joy. I’m also finding joy in much smaller things.
  • You’ve probably read the poem ‘And the people stayed home’ by the Irish American teacher Kitty O’Meara but if you haven’t, check it out. Sile Seoige reads it out at the end of this podcast episode and I could listen to her all day. It’s also a great episode about navigating these strange times.

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Anyway, that’s enough from me this week…catch ya next week…maybe!

Ali x

P.s. the beautiful flowers in the photo above are from Bouquet Box, I have a monthly subscription and I love them.

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