10 Things You Should Do This January

10 things to do this month, january
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Yay! It’s the New Year  (I am also fully aware we have only 2 weeks left of this month, but still, high hopes as always) and you know what that means? Spring is on its way – I’m a bit early, I know, but ‘girl’s gotta plan ahead and get excited ya feel’. This year, I’m definitely planning to get the most out of the spring/summer and I think you should to, because I’m all about that YOLO life. To kick-start the year, how about doing all or a few of the things below that are currently on my bucket list…..

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1. Go on a road trip with your bestie/s

Call up your best friend, grab a car (if you haven’t got one, how about hiring from Zipcar?) and take to the roads for a fun day of food and laughter. Go somewhere you’ve never been before, explore the area and make some memories

2. Go for a run in the early morning

I’ve never experienced a crisp morning run until a week ago and this is something I will make a conscious effort to do this year. I was always told that the best way to get the body moving and the blood pumping is to exercise in the mornings and it feels so nice to watch the sun rise and the warmth of it on my skin. If you haven’t ran in the mornings before, I highly recommend it, it’s so worth it.

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3. Host a sleepover for your girl crew

The perfect month to do a little get-together after Christmas – get some food and drinks, ask your girls to bring over a couple of their favourite chick flicks (and pj’s of course) and a fun evening catching up and relaxing. If you fancy, throw in face packs and nail polishes and have a pamper night too.

4. Try out a new restaurant

Who likes to eat? Hands up! Whether you are by yourself or with company – how about trying out a new cuisine or a new restaurant. You never know, it may turn out to be amazing and you would have found a new place to add to your list.

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5. Visit a new city

If you can and your budget allows (I know January can be a tough month) – visit a new city, whether it’s in the UK or somewhere in Europe. More than likely, you will be able to find a last-minute bargain deal and it would be a great opportunity to explore somewhere new to you.

6. Treat yourself to a fresh bouquet of flowers

What’s the best way to feel like spring is approaching than to treat yourself to fresh flowers? Grab yourself a pretty bunch from the supermarket or your local flower shop, place them at home in plenty of light and watch them bloom. Flowers honestly make me so happy and they make the perfect photo prop.


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7. Go for a long walk

Not only is this my favourite form of exercise, there are so many thing to discover on walks. Ideally choose a day where it’s not too cold and not raining, put your most comfy shoes on and take a long walk. Take a friend if you wish and just have a good few hours catching up, grabbing a coffee and embracing the nature around you.

8. Discover a new cake and coffee shop

Cakes are my weakness, coffee is also my weakness, and pretty coffee shops are also a love – so when they’re all combined, isn’t that a dream? Similar to the point of trying out new restaurants, visiting cake and coffee shops is something I love doing. I’d take a book to read or my laptop to work on and just indulge for a couple hours. I currently have a little list of cute cafes on my phone to visit and I am making it a target to visit at least one every month for the year, who’s with me?

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9. Start a new book

I got back in to reading late last year after my partner bought me a second hand copy of Gone Girl and I’ve been hooked ever since. I about to finish that one and I will be starting The Girl On The Train after. If you enjoy reading, how about starting a fresh book this month to kick-start the year? Also, I’m looking for recommendations on books of any genre, so if you’ve read any that you think I’d like, please let me know, thanking you in advance.

10. Get in to a new, healthy hobby

As I’m getting married this year, my determination to get in to some sort of exercise routine is rift at the moment. I’m thinking to take up cycling and as I’m lucky enough to live 25 minutes’ drive from my workplace, it would be an ideal opportunity to get stuck in to a healthy hobby and routine of grabbing the bike instead of taking the car. I am aware cycling isn’t for everyone, there are, of course other healthy, exercise related hobbies such as netball, football or hockey.

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Do you have any exciting plans for the first half of the year?



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  1. 17th January 2018 / 9:18 pm

    Love this post so much! I’ve been enjoying long walks this January and treated myself to some flowers too! I’ve also booked to go to Paris next month so that’s pretty exciting xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

    • julie
      18th February 2018 / 9:28 am

      Yay! I love Paris! xx

  2. 18th January 2018 / 4:21 pm

    Love this! Definitely making the most of #5 by buying £30 flights to Dublin and visiting a new city !

    • julie
      18th February 2018 / 9:28 am

      Woop woop! Love getting flights for a bargain price. xx

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