How did we get here?

Mojo is a funny thing. Sometimes I have so much of it overspills out of my pores. Sometimes I have none at all and all I want to do is lay in my room in the dark and not do anything. That’s how I’ve been feeling lately, mainly due to external forces but partly my own doing, as well. 

But here I am, writing a post after what seems like a lifetime. How is everyone? What have I missed? I’ll be attempting to catch up with the blogosphere once this is posted. It’s not that I haven’t missed the blogosphere, it’s just that I got to a point where I couldn’t bear to do anything. All I wanted to do was watch TV (mostly Steven Universe) and eat a lot of crap.

My writing has suffered so badly because of this. I haven’t written properly in months; not even a smidgen. Camp NaNoWriMo is next month, so I will be attempting that in order to get my creative juices flowing.

It’s been hard, people. I cannot lie. Even writing this now requires a lot of effort from me but the thing is I do want to do it – I just have no energy. I have been drained. It’s so weird. I’m slowly getting back to my old self, though. It had gotten to a point where people at work were starting to notice that I wasn’t myself but slowly but surely. I’ll be fine. Self-care is so important.

So, where do we go from here?

Blog Revamp โœจ

As I’m sure you’ve noticed I have a new blog layout! It’s nothing fancy and if you’ve followed me for a long time, then I’m sure you know I love a minimal design. But seeing as I’m trying to creep back into the blogosphere, I thought I might as well come back with a new look. 

Writing ๐Ÿ–Š๏ธ

As I mentioned, I’ll be attempting Camp NaNoWriMo next month. I really want to make some headway on my book. I have 50k+ words down already, for God’s sake. I hate myself for being such a procrastinator and I know the book will not be written by itself. I’m doing some brainstorming and coming up with some new ideas. I’m refusing to go back and touch what’s already been written because I know I’ll get sucked into a black hole and never come out to actually continue the story.

I’ll also be making a conscious effort to post more on the blog and my portfolio. There was once a time that I could churn out 3 blog posts in a day and nowadays it takes me a whole day just to think of half a post. That needs to change. Writing has always been my first love, and need to keep nurturing that if I want to get anywhere in life.

Reading ๐Ÿ“š

I’m the sort of person who reads about 50 gagillion books at the same time. At the moment I’m reading:

  • This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Dรญaz
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • The Waste Lands by Stephen King
  • How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life by Lilly Singh
  • Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan

I also still have a summer reading list from like 2015 that I have yet to complete. To be a bookworm. If you have any other suggestions for new reads, though, my inbox is always open. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Fitness Journey โ›น๐Ÿฝ

I attempt one every year and it always fizzles out, but I’m trying really hard this year guys. I’ve been to the gym more frequently with Mutay and it’s been amazing. I’ve found I don’t have to post every time I go to the gym just to hold myself accountable. Not everyday social media. Do the #gainz for yourself, right? Been busting that 4.4L of water every day – my skin is a lot clearer than it used to be, although not the best. I think it’s because I love alcohol too much, but irrelevant.

Self Care ๐Ÿ’†

I’ve realised that self-care doesn’t mean locking yourself in your room and wallowing in self-pity. Actually, I knew that already and I’ve written before about what to do to cultivate positivity. I must confess that I sometimes don’t listen to my own advice. Have you ever found that it’s so much easier to give other people advice, but when it comes to listening to yourself it is so much harder? Television is so cathartic for me. It is my greatest escape tool and I will always default to it when nothing else works. I’ve been listening to podcasts and music. Simple pamper sessions: sheet mask, painting my nails, bubble bath, Netflix – they do wonders for me. Little, little things to try and get me back on track.

Clear Out ๐Ÿ—‘๏ธ

The thing I’ve been attempting to do since last year is clear out my wardrobe. There are so many clothes that I own that I know I will never, ever wear again but for some reason, I’m still hanging onto them. I keep telling myself that on my days off, I’ll start my clear out but I never do. I have no idea how I’m going to get around to it, I just know that I need to. Especially as I basically just wear the same clothes everyday, anyway. It’ll be so refreshing, as well.

That’s where I’m going from now on. You know that song by Miley Cyrus? The Climb.

There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose
Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb

Hot damn. Deuces, for now. โœŒ๏ธ

 

As my cousin would say: #iworkouttoeat

Last weekend I had the opportunity to try out 1Rebel‘s ‘Reshape’ class and lets just say something definitely got reshaped during those 45 minutes.

Located near Liverpool Street, 1Rebel is a boutique fitness studio and easily one of the fanciest gyms I’ve been too. They specialise in three classes at this location: ROUNDS, RUMBLE and RESHAPE, and all I can say is “Wow.” Teaming up with Simplyhealth and Joe Blogs, I arrived at 1Rebel around 10.30AM feeling fully prepared. I had my gym clothes on already, my water bottle was filled (which I didn’t even need because there was plenty of water going around!) and I was filled with excitement.

How quickly that turned.

Reshape is HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and not for the faint of heart: 45 mins of intervals between a treadmill and weights, and you will finish so fatigued that you’ll sit down in a daze wondering how the hell you made it through. The great thing? Bryony, our trainer for the session, was so energetic and so focussed on us reaching our best, you can’t help but push through. Although I had to pull myself back a bit through the session, I never stopped. Coupled with the amazing music, it was one of the best/worst workouts I’ve had.

The vibe at 1Rebel is amazing, and as soon as you enter it feels like you’re walking into a nightclub. The changing rooms were out of this world – rain showers (with body wash, shampoo and conditioner to use!), make-up counter and hairstyling centre (GHD dryers and hair straighteners!). You’ll have to bring your own personal essentials, but everything else is there to make yourself look fresh again. There are fresh towels, lockers and massive mirrors so that you can check out that six-pack you accumulated. I walked out feeling like a lady again after that intense workout. I looked like I hadn’t even worked out! Flawless, baby.

After the workout, we were treated to Simplyhealth‘s super yummy recovery smoothies. I opted for the Super Sassy Smoothie: Coconut water, spirulina, apple, lemon, avocado, honey, ginger, spinach & chia seeds. Did you know? The chia seed is nutrient dense and packs a punch of energy boosting power. It was really tasty! We were also given a LifeBox packed full of super health foods, clean eats and refreshments.

“Our mission is to create the most incredible box of natural health food, beverages, supernutrients, spice mixes, snacks, information and guidance to provide you with the ultimate in nourishment, sustenance and health whilst also inspiring you to be creative with the box ingredients and get you on you own journey to a healthier lifestyle. For Life.” – LifeBox mission

I have been making more green juices/smoothies as of late, so I’m really excited to try out the different superfood blends. As soon as I opened the box the smell of the Yogi Tea was so wonderful.

I am no fitness pro, but if you want a full body work out that you feel for the next few days afterwards I would definitely recommend 1Rebel. Tips before entering a session: mentally prepare yourself. As I mentioned previously, this is not for the faint hearted. However, if you are truly about changing your body for the better then it’s all worth it in the end. 

Thank you to 1Rebel, Simplyhealth and Joe Blogs for a fantastic experience!

I also had lots of fun hanging out with Genevieve of FitBeauLife ๐Ÿ™‚ Here are a few photos from the event:

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