2020 has been a difficult year for a lot of us, from dealing with the loss of family members to navigating life during a pandemic (which in itself comes with issues, both mental and physical). No one could have predicted how this year would have unfolded, yet here we are with no other option but to face reality. When will it end is the question that escapes everyones lips, the question that no one has the answer to.
I didn’t expect my blogging hiatus to end on such a doom & gloom note (sorry). I’ve pretty much abandoned this blog for so long, I no longer know how to write. Hopefully this is something I can work on in the near future but for now you’ll have to enjoy the rambling nonsensical workings of my brain.
What I really wanted to say is that we don’t know the direction/journey that life will take us on. If you’re anything like me, there will be resolutions that will remain unmet, but we can’t let that define us. This year has been too mentally taxing for us to then dwell on the things that we can’t change. All we can do is pick ourselves up and try again.
My prayer for everyone reading (and not reading ) this, is that 2021 will be kind to you, I pray that all your dreams, manifestations, prayers come into fruition.
Right, so I’m not entirely sure how but the new year/decade is upon us. It’s like the older we get our concept of time becomes basically non existent because how has the time flown by like that?
For the first time I felt overjoyed to be ringing in the new year, not that 2019 was a bad one ( I actually don’t remember most of it) but I had this strange sensation that the future would be a positive one.
This seems to be the general consensus with conversations surrounding the new year/decade, aside from the impending WWIII, 2020 seems to be off to a good start, so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how it all pans out.
The big R…
Taking the time out to reflect on the past year and setting resolutions can be pretty daunting (part of the reason I’m actively avoiding doing so haha). However if we have things we want to achieve it’s probably best practise to write them down, mainly as a form of accountability but also just to get an idea of where our head was at, at the time of writing.
With that being said, resolutions aren’t imperative, everyone has their own way of doing things that work for them. So you have to do exactly that & find what works for you.
I’m a very visual person, so I found that something based around imagery would benefit me the most, with that in mind I decided to create a vision board to use as a lock screen, which basically outlines the main things I’m aiming to achieve in 2020.
Some of you or may not have noticed that towards the end of the year I became extremely inactive, this was all for a good reason of course.
I was fortunate enough to spend the holidays in Grenada, amongst my family and best friend. Considering that nearly every family holiday takes place in Grenada, This was the first time that we’d be spending Christmas out there.
Unfortunately, I did get sick bang in the middle of the Holiday… I had a case of strep amongst an abundance of other things. I was not a pretty sight at all and I can say that pretty much everyone was fed up with my constant moaning.
Aside from being ill (just my luck ey) This trip was hands down the best I’ve been on. I was surrounded by love, friendship, beautiful scenery and let’s not forget the amazing weather. It was a great way to end the year and see the new one in.
A lot of reflection took place, which enabled me to see just how far I’ve come in the past year:
I started this blog
I left my job at pizza express and got an internship at a well known international company
Got my mental health under control
Travelled to Canada
Purchased a new camera
Started reading for fun again.
Although this may not seem like a lot, I feel as though I am already in such a better position than I was this time last year.
I also wanted to take the time to thank every single person who follows this blog and takes the time out to read, like & comment. It means so much to me ❤️I will definitely be doing a follow-up post about what we actually got up to whilst in Grenada & I might even put a little vlog together with the footage that I have, so stay tuned for that. For now, you can enjoy a selection of images (of me) below 🙂
Can you believe its the middle of January and here I am with no new year resolutions in sight (I’m working on it)!
The one resolution I do have, similar to that of last year – is to read more. Last year I discovered a gem of an app called ‘Goodreads’, it’s an absolute must for bookworms like myself.
Goodreads helps you to discover new books as well as add books to a virtual library, compartmentalising them into 3 sections: Want to read, currently reading and read. You can also see as a percentage how much you’ve completed & update your progress, throwing away the need for bookmarks (if you’re brave).
Goodreads have so many amazing features that can be explored both through their app and desktop site. My favourite is their reading challenge which runs throughout the year. I started mid-year in 2018 and managed to read 12 books. This may not seem like a lot, but balancing a full-time job amongst other responsibilities/activities, makes it hard to sometimes even fit in 20mins of reading a day. This year I have challenged myself to read 15 books, starting off with ‘It’ by Stephen King.
Anyway, that’s enough of me rambling on. Below is a recap of the books I’ve read in 2018, and my thoughts as to whether or not I would recommend them.
Please, if you have any suggestions on books to read, both fiction & non-fiction, then leave a comment in the comment section. 🙂
My year in books
The introvert entrepreneur: Amplify your own strengths and create success on your own terms
This book is a must for both introverts and extroverts alike! It is a great tool to understand how to use our energy source in a way that will enable us to succeed in the world of entrepreneurship.
A feast for crows
All my GOT fans make some noise!! This book is a very hefty one, so you need time and patience to get through this. The details and plot twists outlined in these pages ties up everything we’ve learnt in the TV series so far.
The memory illusion: remembering, forgetting, and the science of false memories
If like me, you have trouble sometimes establishing what’s real & what’s not, or even confusing someone else’s memories with your own, then you need to read this! Forensic psychologist Dr Julia Shaw, explains in layman’s terms just how our brains function and why we cannot rely on it too much.
He said/ she said
A pretty average thriller with some confusing plot twists towards the end
The girl on the train
I had to wait for the whole hype surrounding this book to die down, so in true typical Adina fashion, it took me years to finally get around to reading this. If you haven’t already then don’t bother.
The couple next door
This was the first ‘E-book’ I ever read, which at the time was only 0.99p. In relation to the price, this is a pretty good book with an interesting storyline. It’s not a must read but rather a book that will help to pass the time.
One word: Amazing!! I have a review up on this which you can find here.
You let me in
THIS BOOK HAS THE BIGGEST PLOT TWIST EVER!! Will leave you never wanting to put your home on Airbnb.
Why we sleep: The new science of sleep and dreams
Honestly, everyone needs to read this. Matthew Walker explains exactly why we need 8 hours of sleep and the dangers that lay ahead if we don’t.
The hate u give
Right, so everyone ranted and raved about this film, I purposely didn’t watch it as I wanted to read it first… You guys will probably hate me for saying this but omg (sorry)… Too many pop culture references in a bid to be relevant. The storyline had so much potential but I think this book will age pretty quickly.
Into the water
This is the second book by Paula Hawkins that’s made it onto this list. A tad confusing in some sections but miles better than her first book ‘Girl on the train’.
Slay in your lane
Stop what you’re doing and order this right now! There are so many gems in this book, so many I wish I knew back when I was 15. I won’t say too much as I really want to do a separate post about it (yes it was that good).
I know this is a pretty lengthy post, so if you’ve reached this far then thank you so much for reading 🙂 Hope everyone is having an amazing new year so far.