New Year’s Resolutions-February & March Update

The past few months have rushed by, yet somehow felt slow at the same time. The months have been improving but I have struggled with grief, a lack of ‘me time’ and life being very busy. That said there’s been lots of wonderful moments and I’ve done pretty well with my resolutions. So here’s a look at how I’ve got on the past two months.

1-Eat Healthy and Exercise

Tick and tick! I had one unhealthy eating week when we was away in February, but other than that I’ve been pretty good.

Exercise I have also kept up. I exercise at least four times a week, doing a mixture of squash, badminton, running, walking and weights.

In February, I introduced going for an hour’s walk/run through a nearby forest every Sunday morning, which I really enjoy.

2-Read More

I have definitely achieved this! I’ve started using my time on the train to read, rather than just checking social media and it means I’ve read a lot more than usual. So here’s the books I got through in February and March:

-The Cry by Helen Fitzgerald

I watched the TV series ‘The Cry’ late last year and therefore wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy reading the book shortly after, but it is different and I preferred the book to the show.

It’s about a couples baby who goes missing and finding out what really happened and why.

Would I recommend this book? Yes.

-The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

This is a very popular book about the Danish way of living and why they’re one of the happiest nations. I have to admit, I found the start of this book slow as it spoke in depth about different lights, light fittings etc, but it got so much better.

It spoke about lighting candles, good food, close friends, gatherings, cosiness and thankfulness. It described why Denmark is a happy nation and how to achieve that same happiness from simple things, a postive read.

Would I recommend this book? Yes.

-Watching You by Lisa Jewell

Possibly my favourite book I’ve read this year, this thriller threw a lot of unexpected curveballs into the story and kept me gripped until the end.

Would I recommend this book? Yes.

-You Let Me In by Lucy Clarke

Whilst this thriller wasn’t as gripping as Watching You, I did like the in-depth description of the house by the sea, the sounds, the feeling of someone being inside the house and the suspense.

I would say the ending seemed a bit hurried and wasn’t as good as it could have been, but I still enjoyed it.

Would I recommend this book? Yes.

-Lonely Planet Bali & Lombok

Would I recommend this book? Yes.

And here’s a book I couldn’t finish.

-If She Did It by Jessica Treadway

I tried to get into this book several times, but I didn’t enjoy the clunky slow paced writing, the descriptions, dialogue or setting. I only got a few chapters into this book each time before giving up.

3-Do 2 New Things Per Month


In February:

I tried the vegan pizza from Papa John’s for the first time.

Went to a travel show at the Olympia in London.

Attended a Bohemian Rhapsody Sing-along at the Prince Charles Cinema, London.

Me and my partner stayed in a Zen lodge with our own hot tub for a week.

We ate vegan food at Aubrey’s restaurant.

And I made my own chickpea & spinach curry and a chocolate share and tear croissant.

We tried The Vegan Boss breakfast at Boston Tea Party.

Visited Salisbury Cathedral & city and the town of Fordingbridge.

And spent an afternoon at the Museum of London.

In March:

I tried the Yoga Fire curry bowl at CookDaily, London.

I made vegan pancakes for Pancake Day.

Went to the Vegan Life Live event in London.

I met my cousin for cake and tea at the lovely Vida Bakery.

Tried a cauliflower fried ‘chicken’ burger at The Railway Pub & Kitchen.

Met my friend for cocktails and indoor golf at Junkyard Golf, followed by pizza at Paradise Slice, London.

And finally, went for dinner at Spice Box, a vegan Indian restaurant in London. I tried a dosa waffle for the first time.

4-Travel/Go For Days Out

Whilst away in the New Forest in February, we visited the city of Salisbury and the town of Fordingbridge for the first time.

We also explored the town of Ringwood and the village of West Lulworth.

We had lots of lovely days out to Beaulieu, Durdle Door and Monkey World, as well as many others mentioned above in things I did for the first time.

5-Save Money

I was going pretty well until March. I booked in for microblading, had quite a few days out and also booked a flight to Thailand. That said I have been giving myself a budget to reduce myself spending too much on things I don’t need.

6-Use My Phone Less

This is a bit hit and miss. I definitely spend too much time on my phone and social media, but on the train I have been reading books and using that time more carefully. That said I still have a lot of work to do to use it less.

So that’s how I did in February and March. Let me know how you’re getting on with your New Year’s Resolutions.

14 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolutions-February & March Update

  1. I was so happy to see your post, have missed you and your lovely photos and stories about life. they always make me happy and smile. I know your grief will linger, and you are taking such amazing steps to overcome, be strong my dear. absolutely love that you are reading more, those were some good choices. take care and love this update from you

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    1. Aaw thanks so much Gina😊 Always happy to see a comment from you💕 Thank you for your kind words, I hope you are well. I have been reading an awful lot more and I love it😊 It really helps the imagination and it’s great to get lost in a good book💕 xx

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      1. i am good Dannijane. reading is my passion and pleasure, I think you are so right about getting lost in a good book, I could be buried in it and not want to go to work even! hope you are doing good too.

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  2. You are doing great with your reading and exercise! I like thrillers too, but at the moment I’m loving more easy, girly reads 🙂 what is your favourite topping or flavours to have with pancakes? When do you go to Thailand? x

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    1. Aaw thank you😊 I really like chick lit style books in the summer, as they’re more light hearted😊 I love banana, maple syrup/caramel sauce snd whipped cream. What do you have?😊 I go mid-June to Thailand, going backpacking xxx

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      1. I haven’t read chick lit stuff for a while, I’ve missed it a little bit I’ve got a few lined up on my list to read 🙂 normally I like a bit of melted butter or syrup with pancakes, they aren’t too common in New Zealand. Ooh enjoy your trip xx

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      2. Aaw really? I think the UK has quite American tastes. But Shrove Tuesday/Pancake day is more crepe style pancakes as it’s a UK thing. It’s a book about happiness and looks at all different areas of life and has little writing tasks. It’s like a self help book but not if that makes sense lol. It’s a popular book here😊x

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  3. Your blogs always make me so hungry! Haha that pizza and the Indian food looked amazing. 😍😋 Can’t believe how many books you’ve managed to read too! I’m always trying to read more but the only time I seem to get is at night so I only end up reading a couple of pages before falling asleep. Hope you have an amazing time in Thailand! Can’t wait to see your pictures from the trip. 😊 x

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    1. Aaw😊 The food was really good, the Indian restaurant I need to return to soon it was amazing! Yeah I’ve got better at making time to read. I guess I’m on trains a lot so that gives me some time to read. Aaw thanks hun, I’m excited😁 x

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  4. Wow, Dannii!! You’re doing so great on your resolutions. You’ve knocked a ton of books out & it was lovely reading your thoughts on them. 🙂 & you seriously eat the best looking vegan food I’ve ever seen!!

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