Monday, 2 May 2016

Happy Mondays #15

I cannot believe last Monday was only a week ago. I genuinely think this has been the longest week of my entire life, most of which has been spent revising the most uninspiring of degree modules ever. I'm not going to pretend I've been super cheery all week, because that would be one ginormous lie - in fact, there have been a lot of days spent revising (and procrastinating) for 12 hours, broken only by mealtimes and sending "oh my god I am so bored" texts to my friends, and experimenting with Snapchat filters.  Painfully dull and totally all-consuming revision aside, I've actually had quite a good week with lots of things to be happy about and excited for...

1. Holiday booking 
This time in 40 days I will be in Greece with my best friend, sitting by a pool or on a beach with a beverage and, my god, is it going to be good. We fly the morning after I get my degree results, so it'll be the perfect way to celebrate or forget about the outcome and a much-needed and well-deserved week of sun and relaxation for us both. We haven't spent any extended period of time together, probably, since school so I'm really looking forward to hanging out and having the biggest catch up and chill time. It's also going to be my first ever trip to Greece, and I fully plan to eat my body weight in Souvlaki because Greek is hands down my favourite cuisine. This holiday cannot come soon enough!

2. Personal training
Aforementioned holiday and a decision to spend my last student loan payment in the most middle-class way ever has led me to start going to the gym and invest in a personal trainer. Weeks of revision has meant weeks of bored eating and, whilst much of this has been raisins and houmous (not together), much has also been Jammie Dodgers and dark chocolate. So I've decided that it's about time that I get over my uninformed hang-up about the gym, improve my fitness levels above that of a 50 year old, and tone tone tone. And, you know what? I'm really enjoying it. Having a tailor-made plan, and someone to check up on you, is a huge motivation and makes you feel like you're doing the right exercise to achieve your goals rather than aimlessly messing about in the gym and not really getting anywhere. I have, as a result, spent the last couple of days feeling so sore, but good sore, and I know it'll be worth it. I'm all about those big booty gains. 

3. Perspective
I've spent a lot of the last week thinking about stuff. I don't know whether it's because I've got a lot on my mind, feeling like I'm about to jump the last university hurdle and trying to work out what's next, or whether time spent on my own, at my desk, twiddling my fingers, inevitably leads to a wandering mind and some deep thinking. Either way, I feel like I've had a lot of time to think about the things that matter to me, the things that are important, and the things that I want. There's something very comforting about feeling certain, at least in what it is that you want, and I feel like I have a clearer mind because of it. Whether or not things will pan out that way is a whole new ball game, but feeling happier about my own mindset will do for now. 

4. Falafel 
I've been having crazy falafel cravings since being in Copenhagen and walking past a tasty-looking falafel stand in a food market. Last weekend my cravings were relieved, and I consumed more falafel than anyone needs to, and I don't think I need to eat it again for some time. Falafel with salad, falafel with kebabs, falafel in a pitta, falafel that escape from a pitta, rogue falafel ball that no one else wanted. I've also discovered that a falafel houmous combo, especially when eating that quantity of falafel, is too much. A chickpea overload, if you will. If it was possible to OD on falafel, I'd have done it. 

Happy, slightly grey, but BANK HOLIDAY Monday. X

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