Reading Playlist

I love to read a good book once in a while! However I wouldn’t call myself a bookworm because I could never read 100+ books in a year – but nonetheless, I do enjoy indulging in a good book at times! As I’m writing this I am currently reading The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, which is my 2020 motivational book! Attempting to start the year on a high!

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Blogging Goals For 2020

Sometimes it is super important to set yourself goals to work towards in any aspect of your life- everyone has goals as aspirations right? But often we can create a huge list of unrealistic goals and end up disappointed in ourselves when we haven’t achieved what we want. This was a major lesson that 2019 taught me, after setting myself some new year resolutions and after a few weeks of really pushing myself, I caved in and ruined most of the resolutions right off the bat.

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Taking a Look Back at My New Year Resolutions..

So if you’ve been here long enough, you’ll remember my new year resolution post! Along with the 12 books I will read “challenge” I set myself. If not.. go give them a quick read 😉

Basically, I set myself a book to read each month with the intention of writing a post about each book and getting myself back into regular reading as it’s something that I never had the energy to do and got lost in all the other “exciting” things going on in my day-to-day life. As it was January and I was super motivated and willing to stick to this, I started reading the first book of the year, Animal Farm by George Orwell – A classic! and to my expectations, I read it within a few days. From that moment on I started purchasing the rest of the books for the year and was preparing to move onto Norwegian Wood by Murakami (which I still haven’t read.. oops) and in the midst of all this planning, I got a new job. Exciting? yes oh my god. Time consuming? yessssssss.

From the minute I started my new job, my blog and reading went downhill and I never really managed to find time to sit down and read/write simply because I was knackered. Me being me, of course, saw this as a huge failure and I was always beating myself up about it and felt like I had let myself and everyone else down – because I was so set on completing this challenge.

My amazing writer friend, Stephanie (if you haven’t checked her out, DO IT NOW! You won’t regret) was sort of my saviour in this “feeling-like-a-failure” situation as she reminded me that everything else that has happened in the last few months, has changed so much and going through change with a job etc isn’t exactly easy. It got me thinking about the whole situation and I’ve learned so much from it.

Whenever I set myself resolutions, I will 100% never stick to any of them, therefore will always feel a huge level of disappointment when I quote-on-quote fail. It has taught me that in order to achieve the things I tend to set myself at the start of every year, I need to just work on them as they happen on a day-to-day basis. If I want to read a book, I will read a book. If I don’t have time, I will wait until I do have time – not reading and feeling like I failed is not a logical way to get back into reading and is never going to give me any enjoyment when I read – it will start feeling like a chore?! That is not something that I should even be thinking about.

This goes for all the other resolutions that I set myself, why do I have to tackle a habit or start new hobbies alllllll at once? If I take my time, ease myself into things – doesn’t matter whether it’s the 1st of January of the middle of July – it’s still going to get done eventually. Trust me if you ever feel like you’ve failed (focusing on your resolutions), always remember that there is no time limit on tackling something or reaching a goal. And they certainly do NOT have to be completed in a single year or a time frame. Success and happiness comes with time and consistency and not tiring yourself out, you’ll just come crashing back down.

Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough – Og Mandino

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My Favourite Movies

So I have to admit, I’m not a movie person in the slightest! I’ve not watched any of the Harry Potter films, Spiderman or Batman… honestly you name it I’ve probably not watched it! Oops. However I do have 5 favourite films that sit in a neat little pile on my shelf and I watch on a regular basis. So I thought I’d share!

DIRTY DANCING

Surprise surprise this is number one! OMG this film is like no other, it’s been my favourite for years and everything about it is completely perfect. I recently went to see this in the King’s Theatre in Glasgow and apart from the heat in the building (lol) it was absolutely AMAZING and I want to experience it again and again. Of course like most gals, I have a huge crush on Patrick Swayze and his role in the movie is insaneeeeeee.

GREASE

This film of course is obviously going to be on the list, you cannot say you like 70s/80s films if this isn’t in your top 5! Grease is so girly and gives me girlfriend envy – I need some sleepover buddies. Not to mention that John Travolta is to die for – such a heart throb <3

GHOST

This film was released in 1990 and I wish I was around to experience it when it first aired. Again starring my favourite celeb Patrick Swayze (insert heart eyes), it’s such a lovely and romantic story and of course definitely brings on the tears. The song Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers famously known for it’s appearance in the super sad scene in Ghost is a perfect fit and will pretty much ALWAYS make me cry. Why can’t they make more movies like this!

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

If you didn’t read my blog post about the books I (was) going to read this year then you won’t know that I’m a HUGEEE fan of anything Stephen Hawking related. This film is a beautiful and inspiring take on the amazing and unique life lived by Stephen Hawking and portrays the love towards him by his wife and kids. It is definitely a rollercoaster of emotions but shows you how this extraordinary man discovered so much about the universe that maybe we wouldn’t have known today if it wasn’t for him – he was a complete gift to this world.

MY GIRL

My Girl is a story about a little girl called Veda. She is the cutest and sweetest girl you will ever come across and her little story is amazing. This film always makes me cry no matter how many times I watch it…. obviously can’t give out any spoilers but trust me, there will be tears! Not to mention that Veda is on my baby names list as i’m all for unique and quirky names. If my future kids turn out like Veda I’d be over the moon 😀

 

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