January, For Me

Familiar sights: Sheffield City Centre
Familiar sights: Sheffield City Centre

Main Highlights 🚀

Online

Career, Learning & Community

Personal

  • 🎂 I got to spend time with my family for my dad’s birthday, yay for flexibility!
  • 💪🏼 I started CrossFit and have enjoyed every minute of it 😃
  • ✨ I’ve got back to my love for working out and treated myself to purely health and fitness-related purchases 😂
  • 🧘🏻‍♀️ I’m on a 50-day meditation streak with Calm!
  • 📚 I’ve carved out more time on the weekends dedicated to reading. My favourite read this month has been “A Manual for Being Human” by Dr Sophie Mort.
  • 🫂 I’ve taken myself on more solo dates
  • 💜 Matt and I are watching Superstore together, this is my second rewatch of the show, but it brings me joy knowing Matt likes it now too!
  • 🎶 I’m low key loving TikTok. I get it now.

Things that made me happy 🙏🏼

After a pretty turbulent year, I wanted to take the time to look inward and get into the habit of meditation. The last time I felt so chaotic was in 2016 when I suffered from depression and severe anxiety. I turned to almost two years of daily meditation that helped me get through all the changes during that period.

Now that I’ve got myself into a better routine that consists of 10 minutes with Calm in a comfy seat in front of my SAD lamp (as part of light therapy), I’m already feeling lighter.

Calm app on my laptop
Calm app on my laptop

It’s so easy to get so into the nitty-gritty of our daily lives and end up sinking (and risk drowning!) Some of my days still feel like that. Meditation hasn’t fixed it all, but I know every morning I have calm before another busy day, and every night I have some quiet moments to reflect, relax and take a much-needed deep breath.

I hope that future me re-reads this and reminds me why meditation is so good for my well-being.


January In Photos 🖼

Pauline in a Italian restaurant
Whilst at Sheffield, I took the opportunity to go back to my favourite Italian restaurant. However, the food changed and it wasn’t as good as I remembered it. It was still worth the trip!

Quote of the Month 💬

Going inward. That’s the real work. The solutions are not outside of us. Get to know who you are because you inevitably become one as you search for the hero within.
– Emma Tiebens

✨ Have a great February everyone 👋

2 responses to “January, For Me”

  1. congrats on working on meditation! its something that im sure is really great but im not sure why it has been so difficult for me to start meditating. it is something im working on this year so im excited for that!!
    have a great feb as well!

    1. Thanks Kiki! 🙏🏼 I hope that you manage to kick start that meditation habit of yours. 💜

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