Livin' The Vida Lockdown: Day Five - Four Things I Want To Do Daily

Livin’ The Vida Lockdown: Day Five – Four Things I Want To Do Daily

Like many freelancers I’ve seen a drop in work because of what’s going on and while that is absolutely terrifying it also means I have more time and not much I can do.

I’ve seen people say that they’re going to learn a new language, decorate their houses or do something really amazing and creative. I’ll be honest, right now, getting up, dressed and showered is a sign of a good day. That said, I wanted to have little, achievable goals for my days in lockdown.

While these might not be amazing and they might not change or accelerate my life it’s something I can do right now to put a smile on my face.

Start The Day Reading

Today and last Saturday I started the day reading and it was really soothing. It’s no secret that I love books, all I do is read BUT being able to escape into another life or another world is a great form of distraction and counts towards my yearly Goodreads goal. So really it’s a win, win situation.

Write for 20 Minutes

A while ago I saw on Victoria Schwab’s Twitter that she said writing for 20 minutes at a time is how a lot of her books were written. Having dedicated time for writing and in short bursts helped her and I thought I should try that.

I might as well start now and who knows my book might actually get written. A first draft is a good start but if I make it into a daily habit then who knows.

Find A Positive Thing/ Silver Lining

It might feel like the world is on fire and everything is awful BUT there are some little things to be grateful for. I want to try and find something every day to bring a little light or a little hope.

Listen To Music

I’ve found that music is really helping me right now. Back when I was really depressed as a teenager music got me through a lot. I would have my iPod playing through classes where I could get away with it (whether the teachers noticed and didn’t care or just forgot I was there who knows) and at night when my anxiety was bad I would just play music until my brain calmed enough.

So I’ve been alternating between my positivity playlist, Apple Music playlists and albums I like to keep my brain at bay. Seeing as it’s something that is working it makes sense to try and do it every day.

What’s something you want to do every day? I’d love to hear below!

Livin' The Vida Lockdown: Day Four - Ups and Downs

Livin’ The Vida Lockdown: Day Four – Ups and Downs

I’ve got a few ideas of what to write for these daily blogs but seeing as we’ve got at *least* twenty-one days of this I’m going to try and spread them out.

If I’m honest I didn’t know what to write today. The positivity is running a little low and today has been hard. I’m having moments where I want to create lists of things I can do with the extra time I have, others where I want to just sleep.

I’m no stranger to ups and downs – living with a chronic health condition and a mental illness means that I deal with them a lot, but right now it’s different. I’ve spent the past few years building coping strategies but this is unchartered territory.

We’re all trying to work out how to make ourselves happy when we can’t live our normal lives. That said, even my introverted little heart is finding it a bit much not to go outside, because the fun of self isolation.

I think right now it’s a case of rolling with the punches. Is this new advice? Nope but it’s the only thing I have right now.

This probably isn’t the most riveting blog but I want these to be honest. This whole situation is tough and how I feel right now is just a part of it.

The Kindness of Others

Livin’ The Vida Lockdown: Day Three – The Kindness of Others

Tonight at 8pm I stood at my window and clapped. Living in a block of flats and trying to isolate means the window was the best option. And when I cracked it open all I could hear was hands clapping…and it gave me a little bit of hope.

I’d be lying if I said the past few weeks hadn’t been tough on my mental health – I think they have been for all of us. My anxiety and panic attacks have increased and most of my ways have coping have been taken away. To put it simply the world had become a pretty dark and scary place.

When I can though, I try and list the good things in this, the little bits of hope that come through. For me personally, I’ve had the support of a fantastic team, my neighbour has grabbed us some bits while we can’t leave the house while my family dropped over much needed pads. We’ve had so many offers of support from friends and family too. Also, I’ve been told that some of my wonderful followers have sent me things from my Amazon wish list. I am so touched.

While my brain might be trying to tell me that everything is awful and getting out of bed is more difficult, these little rays of sunshine do so much. In all of this, there is kindness, there are good people. I am not trying to play down that things are scary right now – they are, but finding hope in all this is all we can do.

From Rogue One, remember:

“What Is It They’ve Sent Us?” “Hope.”

Book Review: Diary Of A Confused Feminist - Kate Weston

Book Review: Diary Of A Confused Feminist – Kate Weston

Kat wants to do GOOD FEMINISM, although she’s not always sure what that means. She also wants to be a writer, get together with Hot Josh (is this a feminist ambition?), win at her coursework and not make a TOTAL EMBARRASSMENT of herself at all times.

Join Kat AKA the Confused Feminist as she navigates EVERYTHING from menstrual cups and mental health to Instagram likes and #TimesUp in her HILARIOUS, OUTRAGEOUS and VERY EMBARRASSING diary.

While I was working in a book shop over the Christmas period this was left in a pile of ARCS that we could take home and I was instantly drawn to it. A teenage feminist trying to navigate her life and feelings? Hell to the yes please, and I wasn’t disappointed.

There were times while reading where I wondered if I was too old for the book. Did I speak like this as a teenager? Were teenagers this petty over things? The answer is yes, I remember arguing with one of my friends over something ridiculous and then refusing to sit next to each other in our art class. In fact Weston has completely got the characters right.

While reading I felt like this had Caitlin Moran vibes to it (whos book How To Be A Woman changed my whole perception on feminism) there were important points but at the same time it was incredibly funny. It also took me back to when I was the same age trying to work out my on again off again relationship with feminism, because it is bloody confusing!

What skyrocketed my rating for this was the mental health element. There are some hints early on that Kat was struggling but seeing these explored was really excellent and I feel that it could help young people reading. As well as the anxiety that Kat struggles with the pressure to keep up and be interesting on social media.

This was a 4.5 star read for me. I think Kate Weston is definitely one to watch. When I got to the end I KNEW I needed a sequel which will hopefully happen.

Livin' The Vida Lockdown: Day Two - When This Is Over

Livin’ The Vida Lockdown: Day Two – When This Is Over

Well, we’re now into the second full day of the UK Lockdown. Firstly, thanks for reading yesterday’s post (you can catch up here), it means a lot to know you guys are reading along.

So, did the marvel of lockdown bring today – I took it a little easier and was a little kinder to myself. Ater working for a few hours I picked up and dusted of my Ukulele, started a new book and had my daily nap. I found doing this alleviated my anxiety at little, also having the sunshine coming through the window.

One thing I can’t help but keep coming back to though is ‘when this is over’. I know I’m not the only one who is missing the little things like being able to see my family, meet friends for a drink and take Bobbie or Max out for a walk.

To have something to look forward to I’ve started creating a list of things, big and small, that I’m looking forward to when life, eventually, gets back to normal.

Going to a beach

All this sunny weather we’re having has made me desperate to go to the beach and get some chips while soaking up the sun. I hope we have a great summer this year and can get outside.

Seeing all my friends for a huge catch up – including cocktails

I think a huge night out is in order because even an introvert like me can get a little stir crazy in these situations.

Seeing my family and family pets

This is probably the hardest part right now. I love seeing my family and having a quick catch up and cuppa. I haven’t been separated from my family for more than a week and a half since I moved back after graduation. I can’t wait to see and hug them all – particularly the pets.

Going to the Gym

I know, who am I and how did this happen? I haven’t written about it but before this all started I was having sessions with a personal trainer. While I’m self isolating focusing on exercise and food intake isn’t my biggest priority but as soon as it’s safe I’m looking forward to getting back to it. Also, last time I was there I lifted half my body weight, looking forward to seeing if I can increase that.

Carrying on with wedding plans

It’s just under 10 months until my wedding. It’s still going ahead, I’m still planning for everything we originally planned to happen. Obviously everything is on pause right now but I’m looking forward to when I can get back to it.

Visiting Ali at shows

As you can imagine it’s been pretty stressful seeing as all events are cancelled right now, meaning Ali’s not been able to work. I am so looking forward to being able to see him do his thing.

Treating Myself

I’m trying to be pretty frugal with my spending right now, so I’m not buying anything apart from essentials. So, you can bet that I’m planning on buying myself a new Juni, set of Dungarees or Mini Pini from Lucy and Yak if they still have my size.

Spontaneous Trips

Sometimes, when me and Ali are both home, we’ll go on a spontaneous trip out in the car. They’re not always that exciting but just getting out and doing something together is fun. Plus, there is a pub that does pretty good food opposite one airsofting shop and a comic book shop opposite the other.

What are you looking forward to? Let me know below!

Livin' The Vida Lockdown: Day One - The Start Of A New Normal

Livin' The Vida Lockdown: Day One – The Start Of A New Normal

Hello lovely people.

Yes, I am fully aware that you now have Livin’ La Vida Loca in your head after reading that title and you are VERY welcome.

While I was working today I couldn’t get rid of the niggling feeling that I wanted to make some kind of record of what’s going on right now and, of course, I wanted to share it with you. These are very strange times and for the majority of us we haven’t experienced a lockdown before. While BoJo won’t explicitly call it a lock down it pretty much is.

So, I got the idea to start writing daily about my thoughts, experiences and once I came up with that title it HAD to happen. Is this going to be an enlightening read? I have no idea. Will it make you laugh? I hope so. I can’t promise that it will be constant laughs and sunshine, but it might give you some comfort from your own thoughts.

It also means that some days you might get 2 blogs from me, aren’t you lucky!

What Did Day One Have In Store?

As for most of us it wasn’t the most exciting day of my life but there were a few silver linings. I don’t know about you but my sleep cycle is broken right now meaning no matter how tired I am I wake up at 6.30am…even though I have nowhere to go (thanks brain).

First order of business, Disney Plus+, yep I literally woke up and signed up. I’ve been waiting too long to watch The Mandalorian and get started on the list I made.

I wish at this point I could say I got up and did Yoga or something like that but, alas, no I dozed for another hour while Ali recorded me snoring. Nice. As a bonus when I did drag myself out of bed I got to have some breakfast while watching The Muppets, not the worst way to start the day.

The rest of the morning was spent working, emailing and internal despair. Standard. Then I hit a bit of a rock. My mood plummeted and I felt absolutely exhausted. This shouldn’t have surprised me as much as it did, stress makes my Fibro worse so all of this was bound to have an impact on my health.

I have come to realise that getting through the next few weeks is going to include daily naps. Which…is ok. I’m trying to tell myself that anyway.

While the afternoon was pretty similar to the morning I did get my boost of energy, managed to have a bath and even had a delivery of pads left at the front door (I really owe my family one for that).

Overall thoughts for Day One

I know my mental health is probably going to be very edgy. Going out and seeing my close family, visiting pets and going out for a drive when I’m not feeling great has been my way of dealing with it for years now.

It’s going to take work to stay mentally well during this time and I think the main thing is that I need to be kinder to myself. If blocking out an hour to nap gets me through this then that’s really not the worst thing I could do. If watching Disney and ignoring the news for 99% of the day makes me happy then that’s cool too. One day at a time.

More than anything though, I will get through anything to make sure the people I love are safe. Staying indoors for a few weeks vs losing someone I love? It’s really a no brainer isn’t it.

I’m not sure if these will be every day, even though that’s the plan but I’d love to hear what you guys are up to as well and how you’re doing.

Also, here’s Livin’ La Vida Loca for you, because you still have it stuck in your head and it’s a feel good tune. Until tomorrow all!

Things I Can't Wait To Watch On Disney+

Things I Can't Wait To Watch On Disney+

Today Disney+ came out in the UK, FINALLY. It’s come at a pretty good time when staying in an binging is socially encouraged. While I’m not normally one to watch a lot of TV, Disney is different.

Like many of you, this is what I was brought up on. Disney VHS tapes were piled up in my childhood home, my Mum and I went to Disneyland Paris whenever we possibly could (because coach trips to Disney were hella cheap in the 1990s…yes I am that old).

I’ve taken a peak at what we’re going to be able to watch and here are some things that I’m really looking forward to.

Star Wars (Obviously)

If you haven’t noticed I absolutely adore Star Wars. I have my own lightsaber, I cosplay as Rey and my hamsters past and present are named after characters. Am I going to sit and watch everything to do with Star Wars including The Mandalorian? Ummm yeah.

Marvel (Also, obvious)

Every Marvel film and I fully intend to catch up on ones that I missed and watch them in order of the stories. I’ve been waiting a long time to do this. Also looking forward to the new stuff that Disney will be putting out.

Hercules

So I’m planning to watch both the 1997 film AND the TV series because I absolutely love this movie. I know that it’s really inaccurate but it’s just so much fun and the songs were absolutely excellent. I remember watching a lot of the series on the Disney Channel growing up.

Robin Hood

C’mon own up, who also had questionable feelings for this fox? Go on, I know you did. Again this is another one I watched on repeat when I was younger, I absolutely adored it…or adored the fox. We’ll never know.

The Little Mermaid Trilogy

You might not have known there was a trilogy, so there’s an exciting surprise for you. The first Little Mermaid, the OG, has a huge place in my heart and is one of my favourite films of all time.

The second one is also brilliant and I still remember getting it on video and Christmas. The third one I didn’t watch as much but has a banging song. I would highly recommend.

Peterpan 1 & 2

Peter Pan is amazing which is why you queue so long at any and all Disney parks to go on the ride that has definitely aged and as an adult is slightly creepy.

Peter Pan 2 is set as Wendy is grown up with her daughter Jane who does not believe…have I hooked you yet? I hope so, I’m damn excited.

The Cinderella Trilogy

The same with our friend Ariel, there are actually 3 Cinderella movies that you might not know about. The second one is about her life learning to be a princess and one of the step-sisters trying to find true love.

Cadet Kelly

This was a Disney Channel movie that I had to watch whenever it was on. It stars Hilary Duff as a teenager who gets sent to a military school where her new step-dad works. I was (and still am) pretty much a sucker for anything with Hilary in it.

Kim Possible

What’s the sitch?

Not only was she a redhead spy school girl saving the world but she was also a cheerleader. Hellloooooo? Have you heard of anything more early 2000s. Kim was great and so was the movie which will ALSO be streaming guys.

Tarzan and Jane

This series was BANGING and much more fun than the film so I’m going to get through a couple of episodes and probably watch the film. Although that has *slightly* been ruined for me now I know Tarzan is Elsa and Ana’s brother.

Recess

Another of my Disney Channel staples, I always wanted to be a Spinelli, but I ended up being more of a Gretchen…

The Emperor’s New Groove

This is just so weird and so wonderful and a perfect distraction right now.

Freaky Friday (2003 version)

Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis absoultely killed it in this film. It was absolutely hilarious and is a pretty good feel good film and apparently as well as the original as well as a new version will also be available.

Herbie Fully Loaded

I really liked Lindsay Lohan ok?

The Lizzie McGuire Movie

Four words. Sing to me Paolo.

Moana

I have a confession to make…I haven’t seen Moana yet. I know, I KNOW! But this is my chance to finally catch up and probably fall in love with it like everyone else.

The Muppets

There’s going to be Muppet Movies and Muppet Babies, although my favourite The Muppets Take Manhattan hasn’t been seen yet I’m hoping it will make an appearance.

Tangled

Probably my favourite of the new princesses and I really do love the soundtrack a lot, plus When Will My Life Begin is pretty apt for what’s going on right now I think.

Wreck It Ralph

Again one of my newer favourites but Vanelope’s sass can get me through pretty much anything. Also there is a whole land that is basically all puns and if you knew the guy I was marrying you’d know that was very important to me.

Toy Story

So, definitely the first 2 because I adore them both. Also, confession, I probably prefer Toy Story 2 because it has Jessie in it and she was my go to dress up character when I was 5, Princesses were out and Cowgirls were in.

As for 3, I don’t think I’m emotionally stable enough right now and I haven’t watched 4 because how can you top that ending that made me a sobbing mess? Exactly.

The Suite Life

Another Disney Channel throwback for me, this was another thing I watched all the time when I got home from school. I also had a crush on both Dylan and Cole and I was right to, have you seen Cole lately?!

Disney’s Fairytale Weddings

I was never going to have a big Princess Disney wedding, no matter how much my Mum dream and tried. That said I do think they’re adorable and you can bet I’ll be snuggling down with a cup of tea and a stack to tissues to watch this one.

The Simpsons

A classic and I am so, so glad to have them all in one place.

This was not spon, I wish it was, but no I’m going to be paying for my subscription just like the rest of you.

What are you looking forward to watching? Anything to recommend? Let me know in the comments below!