February.

New acquaintances,

Drinks in a bar

The introduction of an “appreciation jar”

After weeks of preparation, the baby shower was a success.

Cold weather intensified,

Travel woes multiplied

Distant memories of beach holidays fade.

Family gatherings, charity fundraisers… an array of events

Phone conversations and emails that don’t make sense

Already, we’re two months into the year.

 

February.

 

January

Wind, rain, snow.

Reading magazines, booking holidays, planning escapes.

Healthy eating, drinking water, the gym.

New dresses, new shoes, a haircut.

Lipstick, perfume, jewellery.

Emails, letters, bills.

Family, work associates, childhood acquaintances.

Application forms, interviews, a job offer.

Birthday parties, club nights, cocktails.

Conversations, dates, a new friend.

 

January.

january happenings

 

Hopes of Good Health (An Introduction to Veganism)

Eight days into the new year.

…Yet I already know of a few people that have fallen off of their resolution bandwagon! As I described last week, this year I have chosen to focus on more elusive concepts rather than traditional and tangible things like exercising, etc. As part of my ‘quest for happiness,’ aside from going out and socialising even more than I previously did (ha!), I have started looking at healthy eating. I’ve never been the biggest meat fan, but my plan to embark on veganism hasn’t been as smooth sailing as I planned. In order to re-focus and get back on track, I visited an organic vegan restaurant this weekend, Vitao.

The layout of the restaurant is quite narrow, with tables quite tightly packed together – yet once you get over the initial awkwardness, the overall feel is more intimate than claustrophobic. With authentic carved wooden tables, you feel as though you are dining at a friend’s house, and the slightly dim lighting adds to the overall warm ambience. The taste of the food was delicious. The service, similar to the temperature of the food, was lukewarm. Vitao is a self-serve kind of restaurant, where patrons are encouraged to select a plate size, are charged based on this, and then help themselves to a buffet style layout of meatless dishes. With selections such as Thai-green curry, a veggie version of the infamous Spanish ‘paella,’ a multitude of rice options and dhal, for a meat-free meal, I was full for hours afterwards. In spite of this, I would have preferred the food to be hotter. The mediocre temperature was a little disheartening for me.

Even more impressive than the meal though, was the beverage list. I have never been more spoilt for choice. With a plethora of healthy teas, smoothies and virgin fruity cocktails on offer, Vitao excels at offering customers a fun way of reaching their five-a-day. That beverages are their strongest selling point was confirmed for me by the amount of people that came in solely to order smoothies and teas whilst my friends and I were at Vitao this weekend.

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All in all, I’d go back, if only for the drinks menu.

Happy New Year (A New Dawn)

Happy New Year - 2013!

2013. Wow.

Although we are presented with an opportunity to foster change in our lives at every waking moment, it all seems so much grander at the turn of a year.  I think the end of one year and the beginning of another is so popular as a period of change because we like things to be comprehensive and holistic. Entering a new year allows us to look back at the one that has ended and review it as a complete, closed chapter in our lives. In this vein, I took time out today to do just that, and as a result, I feel confident about this year. 2012 was an… interesting year to say the least. It was much anticipated, in London especially – with the Olympics being here, and with us knowing that the whole world was watching… and on a more personal level, I started to feel a little stifled in a job and a company I’d been with since graduation. So 2012 culminated in me handing in my notice, and deciding to be proactive about change. I spent December on a beautiful Caribbean island, celebrating a wedding with family and friends; came back to London to another (surprise) family wedding, and had a very busy end to 2012 filled with lots of food, even more alcohol and hitting the clubs!

My main priorities for 2013 are centred on establishing and maintaining happiness in my life. I plan to stabilise my finances and build a more solid foundation for my future; to kick-start my career; to travel more; to spend more time with family and friends; and to laugh more.

We have one life to live. May as well make it a good one.