For once I’m in agreement that January seems to last forever. This year its felt like the longest month, I’m not sure whether its because I’ve found getting back into the swing of university has been hard after the holidays, or whether time has decided to go slowly for me.
I will say that January has been a good month for me nonetheless, I’m focusing on being healthier, exercising more and just taking care of myself generally. I’m close to losing a stone (which I’ve progressively lost over five months), and Sam has signed me up for a 5k run which I’m a bit terrified of doing, but its an aim right? You never know unless you try, and I keep saying that over and over in my head.
With regards to the start of my bookish new year, I have set myself the aim of reading 80 books. I’m currently a book behind, eeek. I snuck in a cheeky Penguin Little Back Classic in last night to bring my total of 5 books read in January, and I’m juggling reading three books currently that are quite large; Outlander, The Best of Adam Sharp, and re-reading Me Before You. Here are the books I managed to read in January:
The Night Is Darkening Around Me by Emily Brontë
I’m on a book purchasing ban (unless its for university purposes), and yet I still manage to get hold of new books- oops! Thank you to the publishers who were kind enough to send me some of these, and of course to my Sam for buying me the adult Enid Blyton books- I’m getting round to them I promise!
Aside from all this, January is my birthday month and this year it was a little different but all in the best possible ways.
For the past couple of years I have been away to Belfast and Prague, and this year I’ve delayed a trip to Berlin for February. The reason for this is because I wanted to bring my favourite person, Sam with me.
So on the Friday the 13th (eeek!) the day before my birthday, I got myself up and went to the hairdressers for a much needed cut! I’m now back to my ginger ways and I can honestly say I wish I was born ginger, I feel it suits me a lot more than dirty/ash blonde! After my hair cut, I arrived home with a few notes in the door saying that a delivery person has missed me and I thought great now I’m going to have to go over to my nearest Post Office centre. Walking into the kitchen I see a balloon outside my back door bobbing around in the wind, and I open the door and there’s a bouquet of the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen from Sam. It was a little embarrassing actually because I had my Dad teasing me, but seriously that’s the cutest thing that’s ever happened on my birthday. The flowers have sadly died off now (I’ve kept them for nearly a month haha), but there was one that was still in colour and so I’ve pressed it into my bullet journal for keepsake- do any of you do this? I’m not one to throw things like that away because they genuinely mean something to me. I keep train tickets, concert tickets, cinema tickets, like anything that’s said where I’ve been. So I’m on cloud nine and just feeling thankful to having such a thoughtful boyfriend, and go about my day as normal trying to get university work done.
In the evening Sam was coming down for the weekend which I was so excited for, and again grateful that he wanted to spend my birthday weekend with me even though he’s rushed off his feet with his school placement. I arranged to meet him at the station at about eight o’clock, and so I’m being the lazy person I am watching TV and minding my own business when the doorbell rings and I presumed it would be my aunt popping round with my card for tomorrow. Then the next thing I know Sam comes through the lounge door with a big bow on his head, and I was so surprised I told him off (standard me) for being such a secret squirrel and gave him a hug. I’m getting a little tear thinking about it now, and I know I can bang on about how wonderful he is but seriously he’s the best. He has made me the happiest girl alive, and I feel so incredibly lucky to have him.
My birthday weekend rounded off with spending time with Sam, seeing some of my family and being spoilt rotten with books, gift cards, and jewellery and then a family meal out at a Thai restaurant.
Some people want extravagant birthdays but honestly this one was the best yet because I had my Sam by my side, my family around me and just enjoyed being in their company.
February is the month that I’m going to Berlin, and even more cute I’m going on the week Valentine’s falls and I’m so excited to be spending it with Sam and it being our first time away together. My family are coming too which is nice, but its a break for Sam from his school placement where he’ll be halfway through and its a break for me from being swallowed up by university work.
February always seems to fly by, but hopefully the brighter weather will be on its way and more memories will be made with my favourite people.
I hope you all had a great January, and that February is even better!