How 2019 is going so far

I say it all the time but I swear the years are just starting to fly by. It doesn’t seem that long ago that it was Christmas and now it’s spring!? Apologies for bringing up the big C in April. Anyway, as we are pretty much at the end of the first quarter of the year, I thought that I would do a bit of a roundup on how 2019 is going for me so far and the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year.

Work

First things first, one of my biggest goals for 2019 was finding a new job and taking another step in my career. Well, I can tick that one off the list. As of five weeks ago now, I left my previous job and got myself a new one. This was quite a big step for me, like everyone, I’m not a fan of change and it can take me many emotions and a bit of time to get settled into it. After getting comfortable and making some great friends in my last company, it was quite hard adjusting to a new place at first but I’m getting there and feeling much more settled now and proud of myself for taking the step which I knew is what I needed. The below photos are me pretending I dress smart for work when I’m usually wearing trainers and a jumper.

Exercise

Last year I also decided that I wanted to put myself through Tough Mudder and create a challenge for myself, could have created many other challenges that won’t endure electric shocks and ice cold water but thought I’d be kind to myself right? Because of this, I’ve really ramped up my fitness regime over the past few months. This is mainly because of kindly being gifted a ClassPass membership. You might have seen me mention this on my Instagram but it is a new gym membership that recently came to Brighton where you can attend a variety of classes at various studios around Brighton. So you don’t have to stick to the same place every time and can find what is suitable for you. Now that I’m working in Brighton, it’s come at a perfect time and I’ve been trying out loads of the classes to help train up. Some of the classes I’ve been having a go at are boxing, cycling and HIIT, I even had a go at yoga as well. Anyway, I’ve found a new enjoyment for exercising which I never thought I would say, but it does mean that I want to eat a lot more, especially doughnuts, Krispy Kreme doughnuts as well… Fingers crossed that the beginning of May, I will be ready and not crying myself through Tough Mudder!

Watching

If you follow me on Twitter then you might have also seen various tweets mentioning characters from Game of Thrones (mostly Kit Harrington). That’s right, I have been reeled in to the fanatic. After months of Harry, my boyfriend, nagging me to watch it and join the GOT nerd fan club with him, I gave in. At first I wasn’t keen but then found myself wanting to watch the next episode and so on until I came to the end of season 7 and wanted to cry at the thought of it finishing. Now I’m sitting on the edge of my seat until the final season in a few weeks. Despite GOT being the main programme I’ve been watching, I have found the time to watch a lot of other programmes or films which I would recommend, so I’ve listed them all below to help those out who have been struggling to find something to watch.

  • The assassination of Gianni Versace
  • You
  • The Umbrella Academy
  • Velvet Buzzsaw
  • The ABC murders
  • Killing Eve
  • Sex Education
  • The chilling adventures of Sabrina
  • Russian Doll
  • Dirty John

Reading

That leads me on to what I’ve been reading this year. This was also one of my goals to get my head stuck in books more as I do love to read but I never found the time to. I must admit I started the year off reading every night but found I was just falling asleep and only getting a sentence further than the previous night. Whereas, now I have gone from a driving commute to a bus commute I have a lot more time on my hands to get through a good book. I have been mainly reading The Secret this year, especially with dealing with changes, to keep a positive mindset and achieve my goals. I read bits of it every now and then rather than religiously as it’s a good reminder for if I need a pick me up to change the way I think.

I also received some of the Penguin Clothbound Classics as a previous Birthday present as I wanted to read more classic novels, also they’re beautiful! I recently read Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass, which I must say is a very interesting yet weird read but I quite enjoyed it’s weirdness and got stuck in. I also started Pride and Prejudice which may take me a while as it might as well be written in another language. I’m also a massive fan of thrillers and years ago started a series about a Detective called Erika Foster which began with The Girl In The Ice, I’m now 6 books in and still gripped by the story lines as they are so well written. I’m also currently reading You Let Me In by Lucy Clarke about a writer who feels someone is in her house and again, incredibly gripping as I don’t seem to want to put it down.

Food

I’ve also set myself a new goal to explore my hometown of Brighton a bit more. Despite living here my whole life, there is so many unique places to eat that I’ve never been to and want to try. I’ve started writing a list of cafes, brunches and restaurants I want to visit and ticking them off.  One of them which I recently went to for bottomless brunch was at The Bok Shop, a chicken burger restaurant down on East Street. Me and Harry went for 2 hours of bottomless prosecco and a burger and side of our choice. I had a naked burger as I’ve given up bread for Lent but had avocado and sweet chilli jam on my chicken instead whilst Harry had the satay chicken burger. Up there with the best burgers, both were delicious, not too heavy either especially alongside all the prosecco… I’ve also found a new found love for Lost in the Lanes cafe. I’d only visited a couple of weeks before for a drink and cake and then revisited for lunch – I liked it that much! I love the interior of the place, a lot of the food is homemade and tasty and also the service is brilliant in there! The Bok Shop is on the left whilst Lost in the Lanes is on the right in the below picture.

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I also recently went to Solero for dinner, also down in the Laines, for an evening of tapas which were delicious and I enjoyed very much so with a decent glass of red. Another place I ticked off my list for dinner was The Pond. It’s a pub down on Gloucester road with food from Baby Bao, which is Taiwanese fast food consisting of bao buns. Again, couldn’t eat the buns because of Lent but they have other dishes such as spicy mac’n’cheese, loaded hoisin duck fries and pulled pork spring rolls. Honestly, some of the best food I’ve ever tasted. There’s so many more places I want to visit though and I’m slowly making my way through the list, I will try and share more of them throughout the year!

Anyway, that’s parts of how the past three months have gone for me, there’s so much more but then I might as well right a book. I’d love to hear how 2019 is going for you? What goals have you hit already or are highlights of the year so far? Let me know in the comments below!