With all the 'New Year, New Me' resolutions going on at the moment, I feel a bit like I'm jumping on an already heavily-laden bandwagon with this one but please, allow me to explain myself.

'Meal prepping' is certainly not a normal thing in my kitchen...in fact, when I was introduced to the concept of a weekly 'meal prep' around about a year ago I must admit I thought the whole thing was just a tiny bit ridiculous. Sure, it looked super-duper pretty on Pinterest but, I thought to myself, who in their right mind has the time for this extreme kind of food-based organisation??!

However, since graduating from uni and starting full-time work, I've really been struggling to maintain a healthy diet. As anyone who's ever worked full-time in retail can understand, all I want to do after a particularly stressful day is eat lots and lots of cakes and cookies and brownies and biscuits and...well pretty much anything sweet and carby that I can get my hands on. This might be no bad thing every once in a while for the average frazzled worker, but for someone who's supposed to be sticking to a gluten and lactose-free diet, it's a serious no no. 

Needless to say, I've been a little bit poorly lately. My bad. 

So when the New Year came round and all those pretty meal prep pictures started popping up on Pinterest again, I gave it another thought. Perhaps this could be a way for me to maintain my recommended Low-FODMAP diet and not get too bummed out about it... 


So I took the plunge and, on the advice of Pinterest itself, invested in a few of these bad boys. I'm trying to go for the stress-free route where meal-prepping is concerned (I have mental images of myself drowning in tupperware, surrounded by mountains of poorly-cooked quinoa) and these containers tick a few of my boxes as they are not only dishwasher and microwave friendly but also easy to stack together and store away when not being used.


This week, my trial week, I've put together two different meal plans for my first four days at work. Here's what I came up with below:





I've tried separating each 'compartment' into different food groups- so I've got carbs on the left here (potatoes), veg, protein and fats on the top right (carrots and nuts) and then fruit and a little extra treat at the bottom.



Same again with this one- carbs on the left (pasta, gluten-free of course!), veg on the top right and then fruits and a treat again on the bottom right. 

Low FODMAP diets are really hard to stick to sometimes because you constantly feel like you aren't getting enough from each food group. Hopefully, by separating my lunches out like this, I can re-balance my intake of things like fats and carbs (which has probs been too high lately but, hey, it was Christmas!) and start upping my intake of the things I should be eating more of, like fruits and vegetables.  

I'm going to be trying out a few meal combinations in the coming weeks, so be sure to keep up with me on Instagram for all the latest meal ideas! And if you aren't already, make sure you're following me on my brand new twitter account...it's all change here :)

Do you have any tips for sticking to a healthy, balanced diet? I'd love to hear them in the comments below!


In the meantime,
All the love,

Sian x


Meal Prep: Gluten Free Lunches

Friday, 22 January 2016



With all the 'New Year, New Me' resolutions going on at the moment, I feel a bit like I'm jumping on an already heavily-laden bandwagon with this one but please, allow me to explain myself.

'Meal prepping' is certainly not a normal thing in my kitchen...in fact, when I was introduced to the concept of a weekly 'meal prep' around about a year ago I must admit I thought the whole thing was just a tiny bit ridiculous. Sure, it looked super-duper pretty on Pinterest but, I thought to myself, who in their right mind has the time for this extreme kind of food-based organisation??!

However, since graduating from uni and starting full-time work, I've really been struggling to maintain a healthy diet. As anyone who's ever worked full-time in retail can understand, all I want to do after a particularly stressful day is eat lots and lots of cakes and cookies and brownies and biscuits and...well pretty much anything sweet and carby that I can get my hands on. This might be no bad thing every once in a while for the average frazzled worker, but for someone who's supposed to be sticking to a gluten and lactose-free diet, it's a serious no no. 

Needless to say, I've been a little bit poorly lately. My bad. 

So when the New Year came round and all those pretty meal prep pictures started popping up on Pinterest again, I gave it another thought. Perhaps this could be a way for me to maintain my recommended Low-FODMAP diet and not get too bummed out about it... 


So I took the plunge and, on the advice of Pinterest itself, invested in a few of these bad boys. I'm trying to go for the stress-free route where meal-prepping is concerned (I have mental images of myself drowning in tupperware, surrounded by mountains of poorly-cooked quinoa) and these containers tick a few of my boxes as they are not only dishwasher and microwave friendly but also easy to stack together and store away when not being used.


This week, my trial week, I've put together two different meal plans for my first four days at work. Here's what I came up with below:





I've tried separating each 'compartment' into different food groups- so I've got carbs on the left here (potatoes), veg, protein and fats on the top right (carrots and nuts) and then fruit and a little extra treat at the bottom.



Same again with this one- carbs on the left (pasta, gluten-free of course!), veg on the top right and then fruits and a treat again on the bottom right. 

Low FODMAP diets are really hard to stick to sometimes because you constantly feel like you aren't getting enough from each food group. Hopefully, by separating my lunches out like this, I can re-balance my intake of things like fats and carbs (which has probs been too high lately but, hey, it was Christmas!) and start upping my intake of the things I should be eating more of, like fruits and vegetables.  

I'm going to be trying out a few meal combinations in the coming weeks, so be sure to keep up with me on Instagram for all the latest meal ideas! And if you aren't already, make sure you're following me on my brand new twitter account...it's all change here :)

Do you have any tips for sticking to a healthy, balanced diet? I'd love to hear them in the comments below!


In the meantime,
All the love,

Sian x



One of the tasks that was tip top of my list of stuff to do when I moved back home was buying a brand new desk. My room down here in Cornwall is quite tiddly and, before I got here, it had only ever functioned as a guest room for visiting friends and family- meaning no one had ever had a reason to put a desk in.


However, when I returned and started making the room my own, I realised that I was in desperate need of somewhere to sit and write that didn't involve me sprawling about in my PJs all day (i.e. my bed).  


So, after a few months of saving, I trawled the internet for a desk that was small enough to fit in my weeny room and came across this excellent pull-out desk from John Lewis. It's very practical for me because it means that I can extend the desk top when I need space to write and then roll it under again when I'm all done for the day. I was really lucky to snap this grey version of the desk up on a New Years sales offer, but I must admit I was a little uncertain about the colour when I saw it on the website. However, I still decided to take the plunge because it was such a good price... and I'm so glad I did because now I love its muted, light grey tone!


It also has all these little cubby holes for sticking all your stationery bits and bobs in, which is essential for me because I seem to fall in love with every desk accessory I come across!


Case in point- these sweet little jars of copper pins and clips are from Paperchase (I think they're so new that they're not even on the website yet but here are some similar ones!) and I had to get them because they go so perfectly with my shiny copper desk tidy and pen pot (also from Paperchase).


I also bought this handy little wire basket so that I could store all my techie stuff in a safe place whilst I'm busy at my desk writing a blogpost or editing some photos. I always find that I misplace the wires or SD cards I need just before I'm going to use them, so hopefully this little basket will help me to keep all those important items together in one place!


If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I was lucky enough to receive this personalised Chroma notebook from my good friend Shanalie for Christmas. I'm quite literally obsessed with it and can't help getting it out every now and again just to stare at the printed version of my blog logo! It's so surreal! :)


Another good purchase was this Eliot Desk Lamp- a sort of fake Anglepoise without the Anglepoise price tag! It's really great for focusing light on an area because it can be moved around and adjusted so easily- which is perfect for taking pictures when the daylight goes :)


So this is my current position! Sitting at my brand new desk with my little mug pug (a lovely gift from another lovely friend of mine, Chloe) and tapping away at another blogpost :) I feel so much more focused now that I have a designated spot for writing!

Where do you prefer to write- all tucked up in the comfort of your own bed or sitting all studious at a desk? I'd love to know!

In the meantime,
All the love,

Sian x


My New Desk

Sunday, 17 January 2016


One of the tasks that was tip top of my list of stuff to do when I moved back home was buying a brand new desk. My room down here in Cornwall is quite tiddly and, before I got here, it had only ever functioned as a guest room for visiting friends and family- meaning no one had ever had a reason to put a desk in.


However, when I returned and started making the room my own, I realised that I was in desperate need of somewhere to sit and write that didn't involve me sprawling about in my PJs all day (i.e. my bed).  


So, after a few months of saving, I trawled the internet for a desk that was small enough to fit in my weeny room and came across this excellent pull-out desk from John Lewis. It's very practical for me because it means that I can extend the desk top when I need space to write and then roll it under again when I'm all done for the day. I was really lucky to snap this grey version of the desk up on a New Years sales offer, but I must admit I was a little uncertain about the colour when I saw it on the website. However, I still decided to take the plunge because it was such a good price... and I'm so glad I did because now I love its muted, light grey tone!


It also has all these little cubby holes for sticking all your stationery bits and bobs in, which is essential for me because I seem to fall in love with every desk accessory I come across!


Case in point- these sweet little jars of copper pins and clips are from Paperchase (I think they're so new that they're not even on the website yet but here are some similar ones!) and I had to get them because they go so perfectly with my shiny copper desk tidy and pen pot (also from Paperchase).


I also bought this handy little wire basket so that I could store all my techie stuff in a safe place whilst I'm busy at my desk writing a blogpost or editing some photos. I always find that I misplace the wires or SD cards I need just before I'm going to use them, so hopefully this little basket will help me to keep all those important items together in one place!


If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I was lucky enough to receive this personalised Chroma notebook from my good friend Shanalie for Christmas. I'm quite literally obsessed with it and can't help getting it out every now and again just to stare at the printed version of my blog logo! It's so surreal! :)


Another good purchase was this Eliot Desk Lamp- a sort of fake Anglepoise without the Anglepoise price tag! It's really great for focusing light on an area because it can be moved around and adjusted so easily- which is perfect for taking pictures when the daylight goes :)


So this is my current position! Sitting at my brand new desk with my little mug pug (a lovely gift from another lovely friend of mine, Chloe) and tapping away at another blogpost :) I feel so much more focused now that I have a designated spot for writing!

Where do you prefer to write- all tucked up in the comfort of your own bed or sitting all studious at a desk? I'd love to know!

In the meantime,
All the love,

Sian x






As anyone who's read my blog for a while now knows, I am obsessed with the Cheltenham-based ethical clothing company Olive. I adore both their gorgeously unique clothing and their slow and steady attitude towards the whole shopping experience- this is no ASOS, items frequently sell out the evening they are put up for sale and often don't come back into stock for a good while. However, even though I'm unable to snap every single item on my wishlist, I find what Olive terms their 'creed of slowness' to be quite refreshing in the modern (and quite often bloodthirsty) world of online-shopping. 

Anyway anyway anyway, I'm in real need of a wardrobe refresh so I've been trawling Olive's website for inspiration for a while now and picking out some pieces for the new year. I love the way they put these little outfits together so I've chosen eight of my fave combinations to share with you, as well as the eight key styles I'll be looking out for throughout the seasons in 2016. 

Whether or not I'll be lucky enough to get my hands on an outfit or two is another matter- (although I might be planning a trip to Cheltenham soon just to go to their flagship store...) but I will certainly be basing my new wardrobe on the styles above- I love them so much!     

Are you a fan of Olive or any other ethical clothing companies? Have you got any plans to rehaul your wardrobe in 2016? Let me know if you do :) we can help eachother out!

In the meantime,
All the love,

Sian x


My Dream {2016 Wardrobe}

Tuesday, 12 January 2016





As anyone who's read my blog for a while now knows, I am obsessed with the Cheltenham-based ethical clothing company Olive. I adore both their gorgeously unique clothing and their slow and steady attitude towards the whole shopping experience- this is no ASOS, items frequently sell out the evening they are put up for sale and often don't come back into stock for a good while. However, even though I'm unable to snap every single item on my wishlist, I find what Olive terms their 'creed of slowness' to be quite refreshing in the modern (and quite often bloodthirsty) world of online-shopping. 

Anyway anyway anyway, I'm in real need of a wardrobe refresh so I've been trawling Olive's website for inspiration for a while now and picking out some pieces for the new year. I love the way they put these little outfits together so I've chosen eight of my fave combinations to share with you, as well as the eight key styles I'll be looking out for throughout the seasons in 2016. 

Whether or not I'll be lucky enough to get my hands on an outfit or two is another matter- (although I might be planning a trip to Cheltenham soon just to go to their flagship store...) but I will certainly be basing my new wardrobe on the styles above- I love them so much!     

Are you a fan of Olive or any other ethical clothing companies? Have you got any plans to rehaul your wardrobe in 2016? Let me know if you do :) we can help eachother out!

In the meantime,
All the love,

Sian x



Do you ever have one of those days when the thought of staying indoors gives you itchy bones?



Click play, sit back & enjoy the rest of this post!

I had one of those today.

So, rather than listen to the predictable little lazy voice inside my head telling me it would prefer us to stay indoors, watch Netflix and eat biscuits all day, I decided to bite the bullet, grab my trusty DSLR and drive off to a nearby disused airfield for a quick photography session.


I'm really into listening to film and video game soundtracks at the moment (thanks Spotify for getting me hooked!) and I found the perfect accompaniment to my little expedition across this barren landscape was the beautifully eerie sound of Gustavo Santaolalla's acoustic compositions for the video game, The Last Of Us.


Out on my own weird little safari tour of this deserted airfield, the music felt weirdly appropriate to the landscape around me...


...I could almost have imagined myself to be standing in a post-apocalyptic landscape if it wasn't for the neighing of nearby horses...and the tractor that hurdled on by just after I took this picture!


Weird and slightly spooky as my little adventure was, I was infinitely glad to get out the house for an hour or two and just spend some time listening to my music and sitting in my car, watching the clouds float on by :)

If you'd like to see (or hear?) what I mean about how The Last of Us soundtrack fits so beautifully with this landscape, I've popped a Spotify player down below with some tracks from the album so you can enjoy the two together in perfect harmony!




I'm hoping that one day I'll be able to go back to the airfield with all the right equipment and the intention of filming a short video of the landscape. It's such beautifully eerie scenery and I'd love to be able to edit it together into a film with some of the above music.

I'll keep you posted!

In the meantime,
All the love,

Sian x


A Little Adventure Outside


Do you ever have one of those days when the thought of staying indoors gives you itchy bones?



Click play, sit back & enjoy the rest of this post!

I had one of those today.

So, rather than listen to the predictable little lazy voice inside my head telling me it would prefer us to stay indoors, watch Netflix and eat biscuits all day, I decided to bite the bullet, grab my trusty DSLR and drive off to a nearby disused airfield for a quick photography session.


I'm really into listening to film and video game soundtracks at the moment (thanks Spotify for getting me hooked!) and I found the perfect accompaniment to my little expedition across this barren landscape was the beautifully eerie sound of Gustavo Santaolalla's acoustic compositions for the video game, The Last Of Us.


Out on my own weird little safari tour of this deserted airfield, the music felt weirdly appropriate to the landscape around me...


...I could almost have imagined myself to be standing in a post-apocalyptic landscape if it wasn't for the neighing of nearby horses...and the tractor that hurdled on by just after I took this picture!


Weird and slightly spooky as my little adventure was, I was infinitely glad to get out the house for an hour or two and just spend some time listening to my music and sitting in my car, watching the clouds float on by :)

If you'd like to see (or hear?) what I mean about how The Last of Us soundtrack fits so beautifully with this landscape, I've popped a Spotify player down below with some tracks from the album so you can enjoy the two together in perfect harmony!




I'm hoping that one day I'll be able to go back to the airfield with all the right equipment and the intention of filming a short video of the landscape. It's such beautifully eerie scenery and I'd love to be able to edit it together into a film with some of the above music.

I'll keep you posted!

In the meantime,
All the love,

Sian x



This Christmas I was very fortunate to receive a few books that have been on my literary wishlist for a reeaally long time. Strangely enough, considering all the time I spent at uni studying literature, it's been a while since I've had the chance to properly hunker down with a good read. Even more so, being the introverted little soul I am, not having the time to escape into those books has left me feeling a tad downcast as we enter into the new year.


So, armed with my fresh Christmas haul of literary delights, this year I've resolved to make time to settle down with a few good books and really get back into my reading again. I'm planning on keeping you informed and maybe doing a review for each one as I go, so you can check them out yourselves if you're interested!

Anyway, here's what I was lucky enough to get for Christmas:

My first choice is the Dylan Thomas Omnibus of stories, poems and broadcasts. Dylan Thomas has been my favourite poet for a while now as his work always contains a lovely, peculiar and weirdly comforting mixture of light and dark elements. I have a very peculiar and often surreal sense of humour myself... and for some reason, perhaps because my Grandfather was Welsh, the slightly dangerous and dark yet very melodic Welsh tone of Thomas' writing always appeals to me. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but once you get to grips with his world, Dylan can be ever so enchanting.

   
My second choice is a collection of letters penned by Virginia Woolf. I've read a couple of Woolf's novels before and found her general outlook on life to be fascinating and full of thought-provoking remarks and witticisms about what life was like for an intelligent young woman in the early twentieth century (some of which still apply today btw). Her letters are supposed to be equally as intriguing and, this is perhaps a bit weird and macabre of me, but I'm particularly interested in reading the last letter in the collection... a note she left for her husband before she drowned herself. Woolf is a literary hero of mine and to have this little insight into her life outside of her novels is a really exciting prospect to me.

My third choice is Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird because, unbelievably, even after taking English A-Level and studying English at university, this novel has never been dropped into my lap. I am, however, quite glad of the fact that no one ever forced me to analyse ever page of this classic and that I can now go away and read it at my own pace without having, after finishing it, to write some lengthy, drawn-out essay on its clever use of symbolism and/or colour themes. I've heard marvellous things about this one, so I think it's about time I caught up with everyone else and got round to reading it!

 
My final choice is Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. This is the only Austen I have yet to read and I'm really nerdily excited about being swept away amongst all the usual Austen tropes...ballgowns... ribbons... handsome dark strangers... big country estates...you know the sort of thing. The period-drama world is endlessly comforting to me and I love the weird predictability that comes with a Jane Austen novel- the usual story of the plain but clever protagonist who's not so clever when it comes to blokes but knows how to deliver a serious burn to the nosy aunt or snooty future mother-in-law. It's all just magical to me, so I'll be sure to let you know whether this one delivers on that front! It's also in a glorious new edition- slightly smaller and squarer which makes it the perfect size for slipping into your handbag and whipping out when you fancy a quick read :)

Those are my literary picks for the new year, I'll be sure to keep you updated on my reading progress as I go along! What are your book recommendations for the new year? I'd love to know of anything new and exciting to add to my collection :)

In the meantime,
All the love,

Sian x


A Few New Reads

Tuesday, 5 January 2016


This Christmas I was very fortunate to receive a few books that have been on my literary wishlist for a reeaally long time. Strangely enough, considering all the time I spent at uni studying literature, it's been a while since I've had the chance to properly hunker down with a good read. Even more so, being the introverted little soul I am, not having the time to escape into those books has left me feeling a tad downcast as we enter into the new year.


So, armed with my fresh Christmas haul of literary delights, this year I've resolved to make time to settle down with a few good books and really get back into my reading again. I'm planning on keeping you informed and maybe doing a review for each one as I go, so you can check them out yourselves if you're interested!

Anyway, here's what I was lucky enough to get for Christmas:

My first choice is the Dylan Thomas Omnibus of stories, poems and broadcasts. Dylan Thomas has been my favourite poet for a while now as his work always contains a lovely, peculiar and weirdly comforting mixture of light and dark elements. I have a very peculiar and often surreal sense of humour myself... and for some reason, perhaps because my Grandfather was Welsh, the slightly dangerous and dark yet very melodic Welsh tone of Thomas' writing always appeals to me. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but once you get to grips with his world, Dylan can be ever so enchanting.

   
My second choice is a collection of letters penned by Virginia Woolf. I've read a couple of Woolf's novels before and found her general outlook on life to be fascinating and full of thought-provoking remarks and witticisms about what life was like for an intelligent young woman in the early twentieth century (some of which still apply today btw). Her letters are supposed to be equally as intriguing and, this is perhaps a bit weird and macabre of me, but I'm particularly interested in reading the last letter in the collection... a note she left for her husband before she drowned herself. Woolf is a literary hero of mine and to have this little insight into her life outside of her novels is a really exciting prospect to me.

My third choice is Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird because, unbelievably, even after taking English A-Level and studying English at university, this novel has never been dropped into my lap. I am, however, quite glad of the fact that no one ever forced me to analyse ever page of this classic and that I can now go away and read it at my own pace without having, after finishing it, to write some lengthy, drawn-out essay on its clever use of symbolism and/or colour themes. I've heard marvellous things about this one, so I think it's about time I caught up with everyone else and got round to reading it!

 
My final choice is Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. This is the only Austen I have yet to read and I'm really nerdily excited about being swept away amongst all the usual Austen tropes...ballgowns... ribbons... handsome dark strangers... big country estates...you know the sort of thing. The period-drama world is endlessly comforting to me and I love the weird predictability that comes with a Jane Austen novel- the usual story of the plain but clever protagonist who's not so clever when it comes to blokes but knows how to deliver a serious burn to the nosy aunt or snooty future mother-in-law. It's all just magical to me, so I'll be sure to let you know whether this one delivers on that front! It's also in a glorious new edition- slightly smaller and squarer which makes it the perfect size for slipping into your handbag and whipping out when you fancy a quick read :)

Those are my literary picks for the new year, I'll be sure to keep you updated on my reading progress as I go along! What are your book recommendations for the new year? I'd love to know of anything new and exciting to add to my collection :)

In the meantime,
All the love,

Sian x



Wow, what a year. Looking back through all these pictures, it's so strange to think how much my life has changed in the space of twelve (very speedy) months! Graduating from university feels like a million years ago to me now, and the above picture of a very teeny tiny Penny is a very real reminder of how quickly time moves on...(she's about four times that size now!)  

I'm not really one for making New Years resolutions but I do have a list of things that I would really like to try out in 2016. Some of them are big things, some are them are small but I think, after such a wonderful 2015, my attitude this year is going to be... just give it a go and see what happens. 

Anyway, here are my six goals for 2016... if you'd like to take a look:

1. Start making my own videos.

I loved filming my 'Trip to London' vlog as it was a great way to remember such a fun day spent with family and friends :) In 2016, I'd like to branch out a little with my blogging and start filming short montages of all the outings and adventures I go on around where I live. There's such great scenery here, it would be a real shame not to share it with you!

2. Get a bit tougher.     

A while ago, I read an interview with Jennifer Lawrence where she spoke about her training regime for The Hunger Games series. What she said on the subject of fitness really stuck with me because I've never really been an advocate for the gym life:

'I'm invincible. I don't want little girls to be like, "Oh I want to look like Katniss, so I'm going to skip dinner," that's something I was really conscious of during training. I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong- not thin and underfed.' 

Look fit and strong, not thin and underfed. Isn't that an amazing outlook to have on body image? I think so. I'll be the first to admit that I haven't always had such a healthy view on the subject, so 2016 for me is going to be about unleashing my inner Katniss, which brings me nicely onto my next goal...

3. Try out surfing.

Cornwall is renowned for its fantastic surf spots so, this Summer, I'm going to try out surf school! I used to be a very keen swimmer so I reckon this could be a really fun activity for me :) roll on those warmer months!

4.  Learn flower arranging.

This one has been an ambition of mine for a really long time, so I'm hoping that 2016 is the year when I can make it happen! I always think, although I could be very much mistaken here, that flower arranging looks like such a soothing craft... and I also think it's quite an underrated life skill (is there anything more capable of bringing joy into a dreary room than a pretty bouquet?) which is why I'm determined to get the chance to learn such a craft.

5. Start writing something.

Either a book or a film. I've not quite decided yet- but I'm very excited about the prospect :)

6. Visit the Minack Theatre.

This is a bit of literary-nerd dream of mine but, having previously been totally enchanted by an open-air production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream at Arundel Castle, I'm desperate to relive the experience at Cornwall's Minack Theatre. It looks beautiful! 

The Minack Theatre- picture taken from Pinterest

So those are my six achievable things to try out this year... do you have any goals for 2016? I'd love to know what they are!

In the meantime,

All the love for the New Year,

Sian x


Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016

Sunday, 3 January 2016


Wow, what a year. Looking back through all these pictures, it's so strange to think how much my life has changed in the space of twelve (very speedy) months! Graduating from university feels like a million years ago to me now, and the above picture of a very teeny tiny Penny is a very real reminder of how quickly time moves on...(she's about four times that size now!)  

I'm not really one for making New Years resolutions but I do have a list of things that I would really like to try out in 2016. Some of them are big things, some are them are small but I think, after such a wonderful 2015, my attitude this year is going to be... just give it a go and see what happens. 

Anyway, here are my six goals for 2016... if you'd like to take a look:

1. Start making my own videos.

I loved filming my 'Trip to London' vlog as it was a great way to remember such a fun day spent with family and friends :) In 2016, I'd like to branch out a little with my blogging and start filming short montages of all the outings and adventures I go on around where I live. There's such great scenery here, it would be a real shame not to share it with you!

2. Get a bit tougher.     

A while ago, I read an interview with Jennifer Lawrence where she spoke about her training regime for The Hunger Games series. What she said on the subject of fitness really stuck with me because I've never really been an advocate for the gym life:

'I'm invincible. I don't want little girls to be like, "Oh I want to look like Katniss, so I'm going to skip dinner," that's something I was really conscious of during training. I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong- not thin and underfed.' 

Look fit and strong, not thin and underfed. Isn't that an amazing outlook to have on body image? I think so. I'll be the first to admit that I haven't always had such a healthy view on the subject, so 2016 for me is going to be about unleashing my inner Katniss, which brings me nicely onto my next goal...

3. Try out surfing.

Cornwall is renowned for its fantastic surf spots so, this Summer, I'm going to try out surf school! I used to be a very keen swimmer so I reckon this could be a really fun activity for me :) roll on those warmer months!

4.  Learn flower arranging.

This one has been an ambition of mine for a really long time, so I'm hoping that 2016 is the year when I can make it happen! I always think, although I could be very much mistaken here, that flower arranging looks like such a soothing craft... and I also think it's quite an underrated life skill (is there anything more capable of bringing joy into a dreary room than a pretty bouquet?) which is why I'm determined to get the chance to learn such a craft.

5. Start writing something.

Either a book or a film. I've not quite decided yet- but I'm very excited about the prospect :)

6. Visit the Minack Theatre.

This is a bit of literary-nerd dream of mine but, having previously been totally enchanted by an open-air production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream at Arundel Castle, I'm desperate to relive the experience at Cornwall's Minack Theatre. It looks beautiful! 

The Minack Theatre- picture taken from Pinterest

So those are my six achievable things to try out this year... do you have any goals for 2016? I'd love to know what they are!

In the meantime,

All the love for the New Year,

Sian x


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