And so we find ourselves here, burrowing into 2017 and into the last of winter, somewhere that feels inevitable and altogether unexpected at the same time. I'm still riding on some kind of new year optimism that this year is better than last - I feel energised, more awake, ready to work hard. January was a hugely productive month for me and it looks like it's just the beginning of a hard-working season, which I'm ready for. I find I'm at my best when I'm tackling lots of new projects and staying inspired creatively.

Last month also rounded off 31 days of vegetarianism, which I'll be posting about soon, as well as 31 days straight of yoga. I'm happy to say I didn't give up on either goal (dry January might have encountered some hiccups), and both have helped bring me a sense of grounding and faith in my own determination - I have a feeling I'll be needing to draw on this for the rest of the year. We're all facing a barrage of news, politics - frankly, a hangover of 2016 that won't quit - every single day, and this is the time to be prepared to answer back. So with this sense of purpose, of action, and of steely determination even in the face of setbacks, I invite February in with the hope that I can continue to build on what I've started. I'd like to wish you the same.

SEE: Oscar season is upon us and as a result, my list of compulsory viewing is pretty huge. I'm excited to see Moonlight, Hidden Figures, Fences, and Manchester by the Sea - or try to! As you can imagine, it's going to be an undertaking. I'm also SO happy to announce - I got Hamilton tickets! I'll be seeing Hamilton, squealing my head off, this November. 

LISTEN: I'll be totally honest with you - since seeing it, I've been listening to little but the La La Land soundtrack. The opening number 'Another Day of Sun' has me dancing around my apartment, whilst the total earwig 'City of Stars' has haunted me for weeks after seeing the movie. Dreamy.

GO: Last weekend, we took a trip to the Cotswolds Wildlife Park, came face to face with giraffes and I shit you not, it was the highlight of my year so far. 

EAT: Spoiler alert about my veggie post, but I'm so excited to eat meat again. I had the biggest craving towards the end of last month for a burger, but I'm thinking I'm going to spend my 'meat allowance' (I'm planning on cutting down my intake to once a week) on a smashing Sunday roast at The Perch.

DRINK: I suffered with a little sore throat at the beginning of the month that kinda got into my sinuses and would not quit - luckily work have started stocking Fairtrade Lemony Lemonade in little cans, which got me through the worst few days with its combo of lemon and ginger - yassss.

WEAR: I can't really express how much I love this typewriter bag from Kate Spade. OKAY YES I CAN I BLOODY LOVE IT AND IT MUST BE MINE.

READ: So, so excited to start reading The Muse this month. I keep hearing the little snippets of Jessie Burton reading this on all kinds of podcasts I listen to and I just want to know all the secrets already. 

THINK: WERK. There was no other way to articulate this other than that spelling. I feel like a lot of things really galvanised in January and I just want to keep up the productivity and energy levels to get me through these dark winter days. Time to be industrious, get my head down and work towards a time when I get to enjoy the fruits of my labour (way wayyyy in the future somewhere). 

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  1. Very inspiring, thanks for sharing. Going to Cotswold has been on my list for so long, really considering going this sat! :)
    xx finja | www.effcaa.com

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    1. Aw, thanks for reading and commenting Finja! You definitely should head to the Cotswolds, it's beautiful! T xx

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  2. Well done on making through 30 days of being vegetarian! I did it for a week and got too hungry so I had to stop. Plus my doctor told me last week I need to dive into more protein, haha! I love City of Stars as well, it's one of those songs where it's equal parts delight and heartbreak...

    Cherie ✽ sinonym

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    1. Diving into more protein sounds like the past 2 days for me ;) hahaha, it was definitely interesting and has made me think more consciously about meat, but damn did I miss it! You're so right - you summed up City of Stars perfectly! T xx

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  3. Oooo the Cotswolds Wildlife Park sounds right up my street!

    Fatima x www.fatima-writes.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. You should head there Fatima!! It was so much fun :) Such a lovely day out. T xx

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  4. Well done for your month of no meat! I don't think I could even manage a week!


    annie | appletoothpaste

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    1. Aw thanks Annie - it was definitely tough but I'm glad I did it! T xx

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  5. Although I've been vegetarian for about four and a half years I completely get that it isn't for everyone, but that's great that you're trying to cut down. It does taste delicious and I was never grossed out by the thought of eating meat, it just came down to a moral decision for me so even though I know it tastes good it's not difficult for me to not eat it because I can't personally find a justification. But I don't believe it has to be all or nothing because that doesn't work for everyone, and cutting down to once or twice a week is still a big deal and if everyone in a Western country did that the world would be a different place. Also congrats on the 31 days of yoga too, both are big accomplishments that take a lot of motivation and willpower!

    littlehenrylee.net

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    1. Aw thanks so much Jessica - it was hard, but definitely worthwhile and something I'd do again. Yoga every day was SO GOOD - I really miss it! Planning to get back on the mat again tonight :) Thanks so much for always reading and commenting! T xx

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