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Sunday, 1 February 2015

Currently #05

One of my favourite photos: from my family's Boxing Day walk

Reading :: How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran. From what I've gathered, there are quite a few opinions on this book and I can in no way comment on the book as a whole, having only read 100 pages so far. However, I'm enjoying it very much and applaud Moran for writing so honestly and wittily about very real issues that women face in today's society. So far I have particularly loved her chapter on feminism. Although I may not agree with every opinion she puts forward and could not myself publish such intimate details of my life, I think that she presents a great argument and it's always important to know about every side to such an argument. It's only been in the past few months that I've really begun to call myself a feminist, because it's only been in the past few months that I've really begun to understand what that word means. I think it's so important that it's talked about so if you're interested, I would highly recommend watching Emma Watson's speech at the UN and picking up a copy of this book. If nothing else, it's great at making me laugh out loud and I would propose you read it for that alone. 

Eating :: All of the food. Or that's what it feels like. I am being more conscious about what I eat at meal times but I'm afraid that that just encourages me to snack on unhealthy things before/after/during them. It's just so hard when cake is being offered round to say no. And I have been telling myself 'just say no Anna' but, to be honest, I don't really want to, because, let's face it, I want the cake. Oh well, I shall try harder next month. Or maybe I will work on that during Lent. Please tell me that someone feels my struggle too?!

Thinking about :: Next year (academically). I've begun to feel pretty excited for university having felt pretty much terrified for the past few months. Needless to say, I'm still scared and can't truly imagine not living at home with my Mum, but I've realised that it's actually pretty damn exciting and will hopefully be some of the best years of my life - that's what they say, isn't it? I've also been thinking about mindfulness. I know I'm quite late to jump on this bandwagon but I've only started trying mindfulness recently as part of my goal to live more in the present this year. I've just been doing 10 minute blocks at a time, every day if I can, and I must say, it's been doing wonders for me. The effect after 10 minutes is hard to describe but it's almost like taking a power nap; when I open my eyes I feel so refreshed and peaceful - it's bloomin' wonderful. 

Watching :: Gossip Girl and Revenge. GG still, I know! I've nearly finished re-watching it again. I just can't help myself, it's definitely my guilty pleasure. Revenge is also a bit of a guilty pleasure if I'm being honest. My Mum and I have both been hooked to the drama of it for a couple of years now and I can't really see that waning any time soon. I did give Wolf Hall a go but was disappointed having anticipated that it would be great, and found it very slow which was a bit of a let down. 

Loving :: That the days are most definitely getting lighter. I've had enough of the cold weather and am ready for spring now so, although I'd quite like a snow day or two, I'm welcoming all signs of spring (not that there are many yet). And the sky not being pitch black when I leave the house anymore is lovely and a sure sign that spring isn't too far off, thank goodness!

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