Lights Out Night 4

I am starting to really enjoy sunset now. There is something so calming being in the darkness with one or two candles on. I wrote in my diary last night. It felt more introspective and thoughtful to write by candlelight. I felt like I could choose better words to describe with, write a more coherent sentence and lay out all my thoughts in an orderly manner instead of the jumbled garbage I usually spew up when writing in a diary. I went to bed at 9:15pm again. This is becoming my natural bedtime. But with BST in effect, I’m actually going to sleep at 8:15pm! I woke up at 5:20am. It was unusually dark for that time and thought it might be a cloudy day but today has been lovely.

At the start of this challenge I was excited but also apprehensive as I do love my electronic entertainment. I never thought I would be enjoying the arrival of sunset. I really want to continue this on in my life. Maybe I can during the week but at weekends have a little treat? There are TV shows I need to catch up on…

Lights Out Night 3

I didn’t feel as much of a withdrawal as I did the night before, even though I was playing games up till sunset again. Again with not much to do, I lay down on my bed and just think. This challenge is forcing me to think about stuff and I love it! I don’t know if it’s the low level lighting or if I’m changing a mindset but now when I think, I come up with solutions to problems instead of just getting overwhelmed. I went to bed at 9 last night, however due to anxious events happening the next day (interview), I could not drift off at all! I still managed to wake up at 6 though. If nothing was planned the next day, I think it would have been a very successful sleep.

Lights Out Night 2

Last night was a bit boring at first. I was playing games up to sunset so I had a few withdrawal feelings when the sun went down. I did think about packing this whole challenge in but I soon fought through the withdrawal and was setting up my day ahead and getting ready for bed. I found with the hour or so before I get tired it is the perfect time for introspection. Sitting and taking in all that had happened that day and even thinking about where you are in life. I was lying in bed for what felt like 10 minutes but actually 30 minutes went by! How did that go by so fast?! I settled down for bed at 9:15pm and woke up when my alarm went off at 6:00am. I was a lot more tired this morning. I could’ve easily slept in an extra hour or so. I even had to have a caffeinated beverage to get going today. I don’t know if this is down to diet or hormones or if it’s just because it’s Wednesday. It’s probably diet, my diet sucks right now (but it is one of my goals to change eating habits in the future!)

Let’s hope I can keep this up for the rest of the week! And if you’re reading this, why don’t you give it a try one night too. I am definitely going to be trying this again in the height of summer when sunset is much later.

Lights Out!

I am trying a challenge this week. The challenge is to switch off all electronics and all artificial lights at sunset. You are allowed candles or artificial candles as a light source and that’s it! This is so that the body can get back into a natural rhythm and sleep pattern. One of the challenge requests is to write a sleep journal and monitor your moods. And what better way to document it than on here!

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April Goals

It’s that time again! March was a hopeful month. Anticipating the arrival of spring and warmer weather. The latter never happens in Britain though. Major goals I accomplished in March were:

♣ finished decluttering
♣ finished calendar
♣ planted my butterfly attracting flowers (they’re sprouting already!)
♣ blog weekly updates

and the major goal of the month I completed was:

Spring Cleaning

I finally tackled the dreaded cleaning of springtime!

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Bonjour~

I am back from a mini break. I did not go anywhere, just a break from day to day routine and a chance to review the past quarter of the year. Let’s see how many of my goals I managed to colour in!

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8 out of 12. Not bad. The spring decorations are ongoing hence the shading. I personally don’t feel inclined to complete the rest of these goals apart from the recipes.

Here’s my new set of goals for the next 3 months. I have a lot more creative goals that I want to pursue this time.

spring 2017 goals outline

Let’s hope these are all coloured in soon!

Weekly Round-Up March Week 2

I am sitting here with a new member of the plushie family. Meet Eccojams the dolphin:

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Only a squid from a charity shoppe!

If you don’t know, I have quite a collection of plushies. There must be at least 20 in my bedroom! If only I can put as much effort into my goals as I do with buying plushies. Ah yes, my weekly goals. This past week was a bit of a slump. So much so that I only done gratitude on 2 days! Yikes. The only thing I really achieved was finishing decluttering. However I did say that was my primary focus for last week, so it wasn’t a complete defeat. The 2 things I am grateful for are hot chocolate and having one peaceful early morning which are very rare. It’s the simple things.

This next week, I hope, is a lot more productive. I am planning on spring cleaning, planting my butterfly flowers, finishing and printing my calendar, illustrating spring decorations and reviewing and writing up my goals for the next quarter of the year, which I will illustrate for this blog.