I heard a bird sing in the dark of December. A magical thing – Oliver Herford.
I can’t believe it is the last month of 2019. Before I start reminiscing and reflecting on the past year, I want to make sure that I take every opportunity to fulfil my goals, make December a time of happy memories and try to not burn out as the year comes to an end. I won’t lie, I don’t feel in the festive spirit just yet (although buying Christmas presents certainly helps) because everything is different for me this year. Nevertheless, I am taking charge – starting right now – of this month and all the magic that it brings. So, as inspired by Rhianna of Rhianna Olivia, I am sharing what I want to do this month, filling it with happy memories rather than (as Rhianna so rightly points out) a month that usually gets waylaid because it’s easier to push doing things back to the new year when slates are clean and faces look at a year with eyes full of hope.
There are lots of things that I wanted to achieve this year, some of which I have, some that won’t happen. I’m making sure that I, at least, sign off 2019 with a few more good things in the bank that will keep me ticking through the cold months of January and February too.
Without further ado…
- See the Christmas lights at Sudeley Castle. I’m not too sure of what exactly is occurring on the grounds of one of the places that made me fall in love with The Cotswolds. All I know is that there are Christmas lights involved and my favourite children’s story, Peter Pan.
- Wander around a Christmas market. By this time last year, I had already visited three Christmas markets: Manchester, Birmingham and Chester. We’re heading to Birmingham at the weekend to get hot chocolate and amaretto, mulled wine and all the other festive drinks and food you could want, as well as shopping!
- Watch all the cheesy films on Netflix. I am a sucker for them. We watched A Knight Before Christmas and I cried. I’m soppy with Christmassy romantic films like that. Even if I don’t feel Christmassy on the inside, watching Christmas films always makes me smile (and cry).
- Buy a real Christmas tree. I’ve never had a Christmas tree that has grown from roots before, so I’m really excited to go and choose one. I don’t want a massive one because we also need to get all the decorations. Plus, for our home, I think a non-invasive one will be far cosier than a monster of a tree.
- Make more time for myself. I feel like I’ve been doing more and more of this anyway since the end of October. I’ve decided to pick up my books more and write in my notebooks, even journaling a little more. For me, it is always a time to reflect and to sit quietly with my thoughts, or even no thoughts at all.
- Have less screen time. I work on a computer (with two screens!) for 8.5 hours a day, five days a week. In between that, I scroll on my phone, work at my blog and even watch Netflix on my iPad. I’m surprised I don’t get more headaches if I’m honest.
- Make time for friends and family. It is a little difficult this year because I’m not at home. I’ll be going home the weekend before Christmas and the weekend after as I’m working during the Christmas week (technically still in retail), so I’ll have to squeeze everyone in. I’m so looking forward to lots of catch ups, feeling festive and even meeting a new puppy!!
- Get outside more. Going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark doesn’t bode well for the good endorphins and getting fresh air into the lungs, so I want to make sure that I get my body moving, my steps in (I never, ever hit 1k, let alone 10k on a week day) and wrap up warm against the cold, frosty air.
There are obviously other things I want to achieve this month to do with blogging, reading and other personal projects, but this post isn’t for those things. Instead, this is how I want to fill my time, creating memories for the last month of the decade and ending the year on a good note.
What are the things on your December List?
Love, Faye xo