Just a quick one today (or tonight/this morning as I’m coming at you with another 2am post – insomnia queen!). If you have followed my blog from the beginning, you may have seen my 30 before 30 post where I talked about…well thirty things I wanted to achieve before my birthday in May! Obviously Corona has affected many of these, in fact I think one was to “Get out more” πŸ˜‚ The AUDACITY of 2020 me thinking that would be possible. Travel desires aside, I mentioned how much I’d like to: Start a new hobby, do a creative writing course and similar things including keeping this blog going (not doing too bad with this one!). So in the interest of starting 2021 off on the right footing, I’ve begun to pull myself out of my Netflix binging coma and signed myself up to things to meet these goals.

Some of the things I have either joined or planning to join are:

  • I have joined Beth’s Bookclub. A virtual community that recommends a book to read each month, holds virtual events throughout the month (including author Q&A’s and Yoga) as well as an end of the month community chat to discuss the book of the month. It cost Β£6.99 a month or Β£70 for the year.
  • I have scanned Eventbrite for upcoming virtual seminars and signed up to my first one tomorrow night. I’m focusing on the wellbeing/motivational ones for now but there are loads on there, totally free, if you are interested.
  • I’m still really keen to start a creative writing course but am looking through different options. They range from free ones on sites like FutureLearn and Open University (OU also do paid diplomas) to paid night classes at my local college or virtual courses with publishing houses such as Curtis Brown. The idea of getting some writing seen by professional editors at a publishing house is tempting, as is the idea of a group course in real time rather than pre-recorded videos. However, I am supposed to be focusing on saving this year and not sure if spending Β£150+ on a course thats mainly for fun is the right move… what would you recommend?
  • I have joined a virtual morning bootcamp class, 3 mornings a week. I have my second at 6.30am today, since it’s 2am and I’m awake writing this it may be a struggle! I’ll keep you updated on that one…
  • Lastly, I’m making a commitment to be more consistent on my Instagram, social media can be a tricky tool to navigate however as long as I’m enjoying it I will continue. I like the idea of building a community on there so will be taking part in more challenges and creating more content.
A recent pic over on my Insta account

I can tell you that even looking into these things and starting to make commitments has re-energised my brain. This lockdown period has been tough on everybody but I think now can be the time we start taking some control back of our lives. There are so many things that can be done virtually so we can still be sensible and stay at home. So may I humbly recommend that whatever it is that makes you excited, engages your mind or would help motivate you to get up in the morning…do it. Sign up, commit, just put yourself out there! Whether it’s music, fitness, reading, art or photography etc.. find a passion and let it grow! Life is too short to not make the most of it…we’ve learned that now more than ever.

Let me know if you are thinking of starting anything new this year, I’d love to hear from you. And any advice on creating better sleeping patterns (also a #30before30 goal of mine) – do share 😴

Thanks for reading,

Stacey x