We’re half-way through the year, so I wanted to pause and reflect where I’m at. I think I’ve come along way from where I was in January when I was still very much a broken girl, but there’s still a lot I’d like to work on.
I’m already well on my way with achieving my 2017 New Year’s resolutions. Blogging more was one of them…I’m definitely blogging more than ever, however, I’m still not where I’d like to be with it. Maybe my new timetable and new-found freedom come September when work starts up again will help. I do still procrastinate a lot, and the time I waste frustrates me, so expect more blogging from me, especially since things are looking up in all areas of my life. Who knows, I may have just found the very inspiration I need to get that happy writing buzz going again…I’ll keep you posted.
Another one was fitness. Again, I’ve still got a hell of a way to go to get back to my former self pre-breakup, but I’m on the right track. I’m back at the gym, I’m challenging myself physically as much as I can, I’ve taken up running (and even kind of like it), I’ve started lifting weights, and I’m trying to watch what I eat…baby steps, but I’m getting there. The most important thing is my mental health is back in check, and that’s the way I aim to keep it.
Another New Year’s resolution for 2017 was my goal to start being adventurous again in the kitchen. Splitting up with my ex had made me idle. It was basic uninspiring dishes, takeouts or just simply forgoing dinner for a liquid meal (wine) instead. Firstly, for a foodie like me, it was an awful rut to get myself into and secondly, it wasn’t helping the 2017 New Year’s resolution number 2.
I’ve been kicking ass with my goals and goal setting, but at the same time, I feel way more relaxed with going with the flow and seeing what will happen and where life will take me. I do have a tendency to overthink things and dissect every detail, and I’m going to try and take a step back from worrying too much if things don’t go the way I want them to.
In saying all of this, I’ve been thinking about a few things that I’d like to create more time for – three things to be specific. I did momentarily think about adding a few more things to the list to make it a bit more fun and challenging, but after giving it some thought, I decided against it – I didn’t want to push myself into doing activities that may or may not fit into my already hectic life.
So without further ado, here are the three things I want to make more time for starting from now.
Make Time For The Little Things and Photograph Them
To me, some of the most beautiful things in my life aren’t things or belongings – they’re people, moments, memories, pictures, smiles and laughter. There are so many small moments in my life that I simply just forget about…which is why I aim to photograph the small memories more too – I want to treasure those special memorable moments, because while I’m a grateful person, I do need to openly practice more gratitude.
From a good book I’ve just finished, a delicious hearty meal I’ve devoured, a pretty sunset, selfies with special people, to a cup of really great coffee, I want to capture the little things that will make the rest of 2017 and the years to come even better than I anticipate.
Follow me on Instagram @viczura to see the little things that make me smile.
Explore New Cuisines, Restaurants and Cafes
People who love to eat are always the best type of people.
I may be being stricter about what I consume and the calories, but it doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a great meal out. I love good food, and it’s even better with good friends and family – there’s no better way for it to be served!
When it comes to dining out at restaurants and going to coffee shops I can be a creature of habit. I absolutely love sampling new foods and trying new places to eat, but like many, once I find a place I like, I tend to keep going back to the same places time and time again.
Leeds is a hub when it comes to restaurants and exciting places to eat in Yorkshire. I do however think it can up its game with independent coffee shops – Costas and Cafe Nero just don’t cut it. I want to explore more restaurants in Leeds and wherever I travel to whether it’s going to be a new sushi bar in Leeds city centre with my girlfriends or a cool new bistro restaurant with the man of my dreams…I just want to keep things fresh and exciting in all aspects of my life, and this includes dining out.
I’m Going to Bake, and I’m Going to do it Often
Someone once told me life is what you bake of it. I rolled my eyes. I hated baking. The truth was I loved cake, but I just couldn’t bake to save myself, mostly because I’m inept when it comes to following recipes…I like to experiment and do my own thing (in other words measuring out things was a totally foreign concept to me).
I do love to cook and spend time in the kitchen, especially when I have people to cook for, but the sad reality is since I found myself single after so many years, I rarely spend time in the kitchen anymore. In the last few months, I have made more of a concerted effort, but this is not enough for me – I want to learn how to bake as well, and I’m going to step it up even more and say I’d like to do this on a weekly basis. I am supposed to be watching what I eat with my new health regime, so I’m going to have to find some willing guinea pigs to test out my new baking skills on.
I’ve been home in New Zealand visiting my family, and I’ve managed to get a bit of practice in. The raspberry and white chocolate muffins were gorgeous, my lemon drizzle cake was a little too moist (I got over-excited pricking holes in the sponge to soak up the lemon drizzle which resulted in a capsized middle). My banana cake recipe was a strange one (I wasn’t expecting the baking soda in hot milk to explode like it did), but it turned out deliciously moist like a proper homemade banana cake should be.
I’ve found baking to be very relaxing. I’ve even been able to tap into my creative side with decorating, although I still haven’t mastered the art of frosting. If truth be told, there’s something really magical about creating new things in the kitchen, so what better way to do it than to bake something new every single week? And if you’re lucky enough to know me in person and don’t live too far away, you may even get to sample some of my creations as well.