10 things we should do more often

11 November 2014

There is always time for champagne. Always.

001. Writing letters: It's amazing how good putting pen to paper feels. Hands up who actually has handwritten a letter this year? I bet a majority of you haven't, and it's not your fault either. Internet, email and phones are partially to blame for the lack of writing letters, but I promise you, you won't regret buying some cute letter paper from Paperchase and sending something lovely to a friend. After all, there is nothing more exciting than receiving mail.

002. Baking cookies: This is something that a lot of people do for themselves (we all love a bit of indulgence), but what about baking and giving them to people you love, just because? I baked a batch of choc chip cookies yesterday for Jonathan to take back to base, and wrapped them in a little parcel with a bow. Not only does he get to eat yummy morale food, but he can share them with his officer friends - always a good day!

003. Walking: Whenever I need to clear my head, the first thing I will do is take Max for a walk. It doesn't even need to be a long walk. Sometimes it's just good to get out of the house, breathe in some fresh air and take in your surroundings. It's incredibly therapeutic.

004. Pamper yourself: Seriously, not enough people do this, and I don't even mean the 'Sunday evening routine' where you have a bath, put on a face mask etc. I mean really pamper yourself. Book that spa day you've been wanting to do for ages with someone, have a massage and whilst you're at it, go for the champagne afternoon tea deal too. You deserve it!

005. Watch your favourite childhood film: There is absolutely nothing to hide about being in your mid-twenties and wanting to watch your fav films from your childhood. They hold special memories for us, and it's good to relive those memories like we're 7 again. These films can 100% include A Little Princess, All Dogs Go To Heaven, Fly Away Home and every Disney film ever created.

006. Try new things: Not all of us are good with change and can find new experiences scary. However, they say you should do something that scares you every day, so if you're afraid of heights, try Go Ape with some friends. If you're being a bit 'samey' with your dinners, buy a food magazine and try a new recipe. Whatever the result, at least you tried something new, and a new experience always means learning or appreciating something you didn't before.

007. Eat the burger: If you're craving a burger, then eat the damn burger. Life is too short to be constantly worrying about calories and clothes sizes, and you need to enjoy food occasionally. So if it's the burger you want, eat it totally guilt-free. If I died tomorrow, I'd like to know that I had a yummy meal beforehand.

008. Turn off technology: Sometimes, we get so wrapped up in our phones, TV, cameras, laptops etc that we forget what we already have. I turn my phone off at night so I can sleep better, I don't have the TV on as background noise and I put my laptop away when I'm not using it.

009. Treat someone: Nothing says 'I value you' more than a small, meaningful treat. This can range from a gift in the form of flowers or jewellery, to the something simple like a Starbucks when out shopping. Last week, I visited my parents and cooked dinner for them every night - simple, but meaningful. It took the weight off them when coming home from work and I also made them dinners they hadn't tried before (remember that 'trying new things' point? Exactly!)

010. Smile: It's scientifically proven that even on the worst days, kidding yourself into smiling can make you feel better. I'm the sort of girl that smiles at strangers as I walk past them in the street - smiling is contagious and you never know, you could be reminding someone that they can get through a tough time. Regardless, smiling releases endorphins and gives us all a positivity. Time to show some pearly whites!

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  1. Definitely agree with number 1, where we've got such limited internet I've been writing lots of letter and postcards...and received some too. It feels so much more special than a quick tweet / Facebook message!

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  2. This is a lovely list and so true! There is nothing nicer than receiving a hand written letter or postcard. I still send postcards when I go on holiday. I miss the good old days of penpalling! I will admit that I have no shame in watching my favourite childhood film over and over again! My list includes Robin Hood (Disney), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Who Framed Roger Rabbit to name but a few!

  3. Great list and lovely post! I really need to walk more to!


  4. Wonderful list! Watching childhood movies is a big must! x

  5. I love this post, just the positive pick me up I needed! So glad you're back to blogging!


  6. Tamsin -

    #5 I think that's one of the many reasons I love Christmas so much. From December 1st to the 25th it's a full schedule of childhood Christmas movies. The nostalgia is so real. But it brings me home.

    And #7, I live by the "If I die tomorrow...." line. If you're gonna go, go happy. Eat the burger, drink the margarita, enjoy the chocolate.


  7. I really need to get back into writing letters again I used to love it and had loads of penpals when younger and emails took over. Its nice to receive happy mail :-) I also need to learn to switch off technology sometimes x


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