My 2017 New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year everyone! ⭐️

I hope your Christmas break was a happy and blessed one. It’s hard to believe it’s been a full 365 days since my very first blog post! It was exciting, new and a massive accomplishment for me to open my heart to the internet. I’ll be honest, 2016 could have been better in a lot of ways but I can’t dwell on the negatives. I won’t… not anymore. New year, new me and all that!

My resolutions can sometimes be unattainable. I think I only achieved about a quarter of what I had intended last year but hey, life just goes that way sometimes. So this year, I’m trying to be a little more realistic but really sometimes you just have to think BIG… so let’s get to it!

Travel The World
I’d love to say we’ve planned amazing trips to exotic locations but alas, time and money cannot be forgotten. So with that in (constant) mind we’ve settled for a definite summer holiday to Spain, a potential trip to Italy and “the big one” is a huge maybe to Iceland. At the end of the day… this time last year, if you’d have said I’d go on a 3 week trip to Australia, I would have laughed saying it’s impossible. It’s not impossible, anything can happen! LOVE THAT!

Family Are Everything
This is a huge intention for me. My family live in Kent and I live in Southampton, so it’s a good two and a half hour drive if we want to see them. Usually we’re limited to visiting family on special occasions which is generally May and Christmas. I want to change that. I’d love to visit my Nannie and Grandad more especially, at least once a month. If I learnt anything in 2016, it’s that family are everything and you shouldn’t wait to see your loved ones. I missed saying goodbye to someone I loved so much and I have to live with that. I’ve learnt and I won’t make that same mistake again. I’ll make the time this year and carry that into the rest of my life.

Healing
Yoga is a dream. I get emotional thinking of how far I’ve come since starting. It’s fulfilled my life so much and I couldn’t imagine now not being a little yogi. I can’t express enough how much I intend to devote this year to being a better person inside and out. Drink more water, eat organic, more sleep, those affirmations… wow. I love this world and would love to share that feeling but you’ve got to discover it for yourself. If you’re reading this, join me in the Revolution… the 31 Days of Yoga! You won’t regret it.

Home Developments
I love our little home so freakin’ much (as if I haven’t said that enough)! It’s the best but it needs a few tweaks here and there… mainly the kitchen. Our “New Year Super Energy (!)” is going into redoing our entire kitchen. I’m going to have so much fun ripping out the old units (if they’ll let me!) Designing our own kitchen is going to be a great project for us and we can’t await to get the ball rolling.

New Little Addition
We’ve decided on a kitten this year for definite! I’ve been given the all clear by the husband who I think… let’s face it… was worn down by me saying I’d love a puppy so badly! (I joke of course! 😜) I love you so much Joel! Thank you for putting up with me and my crazy dreams and pet-broodiness. This intention could totally mean that other thing we all know I’d love more that anything in the world but I’m thinking about what is in my control and right now that isn’t just yet. Watch this space though… 2017 feels like it’s going to be AMAZING!

Katie ❀

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Merry Christmas!

The day is finally here! Be sure to eat lots of mince pies, play games, drink and be merry!

I hope you enjoyed my very first Blogmas posts! The daily ones kind of fizzled out towards the end as I ended up being a super busy bee! 🐝 But for the ones I did create, I know I’m going to love looking back on over the years!

I’ll be off for a few days now to enjoy my Christmas break with the family.

Wishing you all a beautiful and magical day! 💖

Katie ❀

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Winter Favourites

I’ll be sure to bring back monthly favourites in 2017 as they’re so much fun to write! It’s really nice take a moment and appreciate the things you’ve purchased over the month, as well as note the little things and people that have brought some happiness.

Here are some things I’ve loved this Winter so far.

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Breathe Magazine
This is a fantastic magazine. It’s full of wonderful articles on mindfulness, wellbeing, living, creativity and escapism. It’s a very new publication which started a few months ago (they have only just released the 3rd issue). It’s a bit pricey at £5.99 per magazine but it’s full of so much goodness. When you read through the pages you can instantly tell so much time and effort has gone into creating a fully informed, creative and beautiful magazine. There are creativity pages for relaxation or to simply learn a new skill i.e origami or letter writing. In all 3 issues so far they have provided a little notebook like a gratitude journal and colouring book. There’s how to’s on organisation, how to stay present at work, music to listen to, healthy recipes and real life stories to manifest change for you! I can’t rave about this magazine enough. I don’t buy any others now! Whenever I feel lost or sad but don’t want to delve into a book, I head straight for my Breathe magazine collection, pick out one and turn the page at random to find exactly what I’m looking for.

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Westworld
I absolutely loved the first series of Westworld but will admit, it was so confusing! I didn’t know what was going on half the time but the last three episodes made up for it massively. I think it’s great how they delved straight into the idea of what it means to be human and have consciousness. It’s full of shocks, twists and turns you don’t see coming. If you were on the fence about it, I would highly recommend watching for sure. Now I know how this series ends, there are clues that apparently were hiding in plain sight so I will be having a second viewing in the new year. We have time… the next series won’t be out until 2018!

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The Universe Has Your Back
I recently signed back up to FMTV and one of its founders posted this book as a must-read. In my time off, I thought “well why not?!” and purchased it in a bid to really try anything to get me out of my current funk. My faith and beliefs have recently been very important to me. I’m open to spirituality but am determined to find my own path, my own way and not be influenced. So the sceptic in me went into full gear when I read the first few pages of Gabrielle Bernstein’s book… I set it aside and didn’t pick it back up for a few days. I then had a night to myself and was drawn to it again and set an intention to read more this time… I did and now I can’t put it down! It’s all about opening yourself up to the Universe and knowing that it has your back (clue is in the title!) Fear is a main driving force in everything you do but you can choose how to perceive every situation in your life and I now choose to see the positive and be very self-aware of when negativity sets in.

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Rachel Brathen aka Yoga Girl
I am loving Rachel lately more than ever! I mean I’ve loved her for well over a year now but this Winter she has been up to so much! She is expecting a little baby girl in February; I love her pregnancy yoga routines and candid Instagram posts on how impending motherhood is so scary but incredibly exciting. She’s raw and intimate in so many ways, it’s beautiful to witness. Not only is she creating life but her and her husband have also been developing a brand new yoga studio in Aruba, travelled around the world to teach yoga to thousands of people and take care of many non-profit charities. I mean… she’s an amazing business woman! Where does she find the time?! She’s my inspiration and her mantra “Yoga Every Damn Day” rings in my ears whenever I step on to my mat! 

Not many actual items have come into my life worth discussing these past few months but I can’t wait to do my ‘What I Got For Christmas’ post again this year! Not long to go now!

Katie ❀

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Christmas Tag | Part 2

What is your all-time favorite holiday food/sweet treat?
That is a tough choice! I love Mince Pies or Christmas Cake or Pudding… then what about After Eights, Cheese and Grapes… I can’t pick a favourite!

Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?
Honestly… receiving them! I KNOW THAT SOUNDS SO BAD but honestly my family knows I’m terrible at buying presents. I’m really trying to get better!

What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?
Ooooo this is a real tough one. I’ve been really lucky my whole life with so many special gifts. My parents got me a telescope once and I LOVED it and I remember one year me and my sister got a new Playstation and that was epic but truthfully… I’m just looking back on old photos and the greatest Christmas gifts are the memories made with my family. The presents will fade and deteriorate but the videos and photos live on forever.

Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?
I absolutely fail miserably at wrapping. I’m hopeless!

Most memorable Holiday moment?
I have so many as they’re all on tape somewhere but my favourite moments were waking up on Christmas morning, our stockings being full but not waking all night and presents being right there! It was absolutely magical!

What made you realize the truth about Santa?
The sad moment is all caught on video. I think I was about 10 years old when I kind of had an inkling he wasn’t real but always denied that he couldn’t be. (My parents played the game so well for so long!) One morning, there was a toy Father Christmas attached to a piece of string in my stocking and I was curious what to do with him and then my Dad went “look you go like this” and bounced him and he started singing or something like that. I then looked at him and thought… “how could you know that…?!” It hit me. You literally see the cogs going in my brain. I wasn’t sad though, just more like… “wow, after all this time”. I sooooo miss that magic! I’d give anything to go back for just one more Christmas morning.

Do you make New Years resolutions? Do you stick to them?
Yes! I write them every year and I think I do pretty well. I ticked off most from 2016 and it’s so satisfying. I can’t wait to let you all know mine for 2017!

Katie ❀

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Christmas Tag | Part 1

Only 10 days to go before Christmas Day!

I have so much to do and buy still; the month has just flown by! I must admit, I’m running out of ideas for some posts, so I’m having to draw inspiration from other bloggers out there! I saw this great Christmas Tag post on Ciara’s Ramblings blog and thought I would split it out into 2 parts!

What is your favourite Christmas film?
Home Alone. I watch it every Christmas without fail!

Have you ever had a White Christmas?
I’m sure I have had a White Christmas when I was really little but in recent memory… no. We live in the South of England, so snow usually hits us is more in February time.

Where do you usually spend your holiday?
With our families either in Southampton or Kent. For the last few years we’ve been split between the both. This year we’ll be having Christmas Day at my parents, Boxing Day with Joels and then a few days in Kent with my extended family. It’s not Christmas without seeing them all and having our yearly games competitions!

What is your favourite Christmas song?
The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole

Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
No, we’ve never opened any the night before Christmas! My sister and I had stockings each that were filled with presents by Father Christmas (😉), so when we woke up on Christmas Day they’d be all full. We’d then take them to my parents room and open them all first thing in the morning on their bed. That was such a special time in my life and I can’t wait to do the same for my own children one day.

Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixin, Rudolph, Donner, Blitzen…? I really should know them all by now! (That list is definitely not right! haha!)

What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year?
When we open presents, we take it in turns so we can see what everyone has received. Joel was so shocked by this at his first Christmas with me! It made me realise it’s a real ‘Winch Tradition’ that we have to do every year.

Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
Our Christmas tree is fake and my Mum & Dad’s from years ago!

What makes the holidays special for you?
Family. The art of gratitude. The magic of Father Christmas. The excitement on our nieces and little cousins faces when they get something they really treasured. General time out, to take a few days to a week with no work or commitments and just eat, drink, chat and sleep. You really start to think about the end of the year and your goals for the next one. My Christmas’ are always full of so much love and magic. I couldn’t be more blessed.

Katie ❀

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My Top 3 Places To Celebrate Christmas

Even though spending Christmastime at home with family is so lovely and nostalgic, there are places around the world that I would love to visit at this festive time of year! Either for their shopping or amazing views here are my top 3 places (in no particular order as they’re all amazing, of course) ♡

Salzburg, Austria
My parents recently visited Germany and Austria for a short Christmas getaway. Their pictures looked so stunning! The markets, views, architecture makes it the perfect backdrop to get really in the Christmasy mood.

New York, USA
The ultimate Christmas destination! I’d love to walk the streets of New York with it covered in more lights than usual and festive Christmas trees on every corner. To ice skate in Rockefeller Center again and drink Starbucks hot chocolate all day, every day would be a-mazing!

London, UK
With London only being an hour away on the train, we should have visited here already but as the weather has been a bit rubbish and now the mad rush before Christmas has begun, we feel the Christmas trip to this amazing city will have to wait another year. I’d definitely plan a day of shopping along Oxford Street and Convent Garden, a Harrods and Selfridges splurge, whilst taking in the amazing Christmas lights and London’s general beautifulness.

Katie ❀

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Christmas Gift Ideas

There are so many lovely gifts out there to spend on your loved ones and one of my favourite past times is surfing through the ‘Gift Finder’ app from notonthehighstreet.com to get inspiration!

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‘You Look Lovely Today’ Canvas Pouch
This bag is so lovely and a nice size to fit essential make up bits and bobs.

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Family Tree Personalised Papercut
These frames are so popular right now and make a lovely addition to a family home.

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Personalised Children’s Story Book
It’s so hard to find the right gifts for children, so a personalised book in their name you know will be something they treasure forever.

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Personalised Grey Herringbone Scarf
Scarfs are always an easy purchase as they’re an essential for a winter wardrobe! This one in particular looks nice and long and cosy.

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Personalised Gift Ring Dish
This dish is more a wedding gift but don’t forget to look outside the box! I’d personally love this as a joint Christmas gift.

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Personalised Tin With Bath Bombs
Bath Bombs are all the rage right now. Lush in particular are favourites of mine but these look so lovely and christmasy! Perhaps an easy Secret Santa present!

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Personalised Welly Boot Family Cushion
There is a frame in this design but I came across the cushion and thought it was so cute and different!

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Question A Day Five Year Journal
I bought one of these for myself last year and can officially say I have filled it out every day! It’s a great nostalgia gift that is perfect for those who promise to stick to it!

Katie ❀

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