You can’t always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on insideWayne Dyer
Hi guys! I’m back from taking a little break and am so excited to be back in the blogging community! With everything going on in the world right now I have needed to find new ways to distract myself and keep myself busy and so I thought I would share my lockdown favourites with everyone for some inspiration!
I have recently found the time to get back into reading again which is something I have missed from having a busy lifestyle. At the moment I have been reading a book called Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass which a friend dropped round on my doorstep to keep me entertained during lockdown! It comes from a series called The Selection and is basically a love story which is something I don’t automatically drift to when reading. However, this series is so addictive and whilst it isn’t the most challenging read and reminds me a little bit of a fan fiction, I can’t seem to get enough of it!
Like a lot of other people, I have been sucked into the drama of the series that is the Tiger King! I watched the whole series in a matter of days as I couldn’t switch it off, despite the fact that there were parts I found difficult to watch at first with my concern being with the animals. I do think that this is something that should be focused on a bit more in the series however there is a lot of other drama going on so there is something to interest a lot of different people. It also makes it more interesting with the fact that it is an ongoing case.
On a completely different side of things I have also watched the Taylor Swift documentary called Miss Americana recently which gave me a whole new level of respect for her. The documentary talks about her eating disorder, sexual assault case, political activism and creative journey and I would highly recommend watching it to get a completely different view of who you thought Taylor Swift was, regardless of whether or not you are a fan of her music.
As a massive Ariana Grande fan, I was so excited to hear she was bringing out a new song with Justin Bieber. I have been playing ‘Stuck with U’ on repeat recently and I found the music video really sweet of people isolating with their loved ones. The song was also a charity single to raise money for the First Responders Children’s Foundation which is a nice touch with everything going on in the world right now.
I started lockdown in the UK with snacking a lot of the time without even realising it and so recently I have made an effort to try and eat a little bit healthier. Something I enjoyed making were sweet potato crisps which were the easiest thing I have ever made and a healthier snack alternative. I also have made chicken soba noodles which were also delicious and I have linked the recipes if anyone wants to try them, I would definitely recommend if you’re looking for something healthier but still yummy!
Keeping a positive mindset and motivation during lockdown has been difficult but there are definite positives to the situation. Being locked down with my parents and my brother has meant that I have spent a lot more time with them which is something I really value as we all get on so well and usually are away at different points in the year and miss out on spending time with one another. This has also meant that my dad and I have taken up running with the goal of reaching a half marathon! I have never even attempted anywhere close to this distance before so I was nervous at the prospect of starting the training but I have been enjoying it so much and am making a lot more progress than I expected. It’s something that gives me a real boost in my mental and physical health and so no matter what the distance or the speed, I would really recommend trying it or finding a form of exercise that makes you feel good.
Patience is not the ability to wait. Patience is to be calm no matter what happens, constantly take action to turn it to positive growth opportunities, and have faith to believe that it will all work out in the end while you are waitingRoy T. Bennett
Thanks for reading my lockdown favourites. Let me know in the comments what you’ve been up to and any good recommendations you might have. This has been my experience with lockdown in the UK so let me know the situation in your country, I hope everyone is keeping safe and healthy! XOX