Eight ways I’ve been beating the January blues

January can be a pretty miserable month if you let it. It’s dark, cold, long, a long wait till payday and all the festivities are over. There are lots of comments about the January blues, and January being the longest month ever. To make it even more challenging, some people then choose to give things up (dry January, veganuary etc) or try and start 101 new habits to make the year the best one yet. I’ve never hated January (it is my birthday month after all) but I can usually see where people are coming from when they moan. This year through a combination of different things, and some willpower to really try and think positive, I’ve definitely managed to keep any sign of January blues at bay and I’ve actually really enjoyed the month. So what have I been doing?

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A few things I’d like to get out of 2024

Every year I try and write a short overview of my hopes and aims for the year ahead, to accompany my review of the year. I’ll be honest, the older I get the more difficult I find these to write. Partly it’s because I’m actually pretty satisfied with my life overall, which I’m well aware is a great position to be in. But it’s also because the things I’d really like now seem quite big and whilst I can do a lot to move towards those aims, whether they happen or not will ultimately be out of my control.

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How I’m really feeling about turning 30

Time is ticking down faster and faster until I turn 30 and it’s been occupying my mind more than I care to admit. Conversations with other people about it have inevitably been a mix of laughing it off because thirty is still really young, gently making you feel worse about turning older (“well you’re already in your thirtieth year”) or a similar level of freak-out. However a conversation with a friend recently helped me realise that I’ve just got lots of thoughts on different things at the moment, and somehow I’ve just wrapped them all up in changing age.

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A first timer’s guide to New Delhi: three day itinerary

This is my three day travel guide to New Delhi – an itinerary which will suit first time visitors to the city.

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I stopped eating meat for Lent but I’m not vegetarian yet

Apart from a two week period when I attempted to be a vegetarian in primary school because I was easily influenced by what my friends were doing, I’ve been pretty happy as an omnivore. I don’t eat meat with every meal, but I’ve also been happy to eat it. So what made me give up meat for Lent and how have I found it?

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