January has been quite a month has it not? 31 days has never gone so slowly. For a lot of us January is always a slow start to the year. We’ve had a few weeks off for Christmas, and come this month we have to jump back on the horse and pick up exactly where we left off.
I struggled to get back in the swing of things this month, I started back at work on the 2nd of January, and spent that first week longing to be back in bed eating chocolate and binge watching anything on Netflix.
Even though it has been a slow, dark and dim month for many of us, it has also been the beginning of something grand for a lot of us – we’ve really bitten the bullet, taken the bull by the horns, and set out a clear and productive path for 2018.
Thoughts and Feelings
If you’re like me, you’ve used January as a free-trial – it’s okay if some things have gone wrong this month, it’s only a trail. You’ve laid down the ground-work and you have prepared yourself for a great year; that can all start in February, as long as you’ve used January to get you there.
In January I managed to finish a few assignments for university, I bagged myself more internships, I got a few job offers, I went to see Hamilton and I got tickets to go back and see Hamilton in November, along with Wicked! too.
On the mental health scale, this month has been different. I’ve had days where I’ve struggled, I’ve fallen off the band-wagon a few times and I’ve actually gone against my own rules – but this is how I know I’m better than I was 6 months ago – I didn’t dwell on any of the negative experiences, I held my head up high and I moved on; I wouldn’t of done that this time last year. I know my own worth now, so I’d say this month has been a success.
January has been a time for me to get back in control of my health, wellbeing and basically everything to do with self-care. I’ve taken the time to focus on pure self-care over the last few weeks, so I’ve discovered a few favourites to keep me ticking over and to keep me feeling my very best.
I’ve struggled with very dry skin over winter, for someone with oily zones on my face, this excessively dry phase has me shook. When I went to Boots for some hair dye (hello grey hairs) I saw this on the end of an aisle and I decided to just give it a go. I’ve used Simple products for as long as I can remember, and I find they work so well for my skin.
Simple describes this product as a: Silky, lightweight moisturiser to transform dull, tired skin, replenishing dehydrated skin while you sleep. Your skin continually works to maintain hydration levels to keep your skin in its best condition. Simple Water Boost skincare range, dedicated to reversing the 5 early symptoms of dehydration: dryness, roughness, feelings of tightness, dullness and dry dehydration lines; to leave skin revitalised, supple and dewy fresh
For only £6.99 I think this is a wonderful product. You don’t need to use much and you don’t feel (like I’ve found with most sleeping creams) like you’ve got a thick layer on your skin. It’s lightweight and comfortable and leaves my skin feeling hydrated and smooth.
South Park: The Stick of Truth (£29.99)
I played The Stick of Truth when it originally came out in 2014. I thought it was one of the strangest, crudest and most inappropriate games I have ever decided to play – and I loved it. I, like many people, didn’t think they would ever release anything else, but as someone who loves the TV series, a superhero follow up felt like the perfect thing.
South Park: The Fractured but Whole (£49.99)
Now, I had to put this one in because I bought it this month after playing through The Stick of Truth. I haven’t played much through The Fractured but Whole (can we get a round of applause for the most imaginatively rude title?) but I’m pretty sure I’m going to love it. The action/fight elements of the game are designed better and the game play is just as fun (I could say ever better.) I won’t take about the stories for either of these games, but let me just say: if you’re a fan of the South Park series, their humour, and gaming, I’m sure you’d be a fan.
If you don’t know what CrunchyRoll is, it’s an anime streaming website. Since I got myself a ChromeCast and I saw on my GoogleHome app that CrunchyRoll was available to me… I’ve basically lost my free time to watching anime. If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know that I recently posted about my current anime recommendations, which included the likes of Food Wars!, Toradora, and Yuri! on ICE. Since I’ve finished these series I have moved on to a new collection, and they will be included in this months anime recommendations (coming soon!)
So there it is kids, if you like anime, and you need somewhere free to stream it to your hearts content – get yourself on CrunchyRoll. It’s free to use but if you want to get yourself a premium account, like me, you can – you get access to all anime/drama/manga, no ads, HD viewing and you can view on all available devices. If you’re new you can get a 14 day free trial of premium to see if it’s something you feel like you would need! Premium costs £4.99 p/m after your free trial ends.
I am in love with Thomas Shelby, is that appropriate to say? I started watching Peaky Blinders a while ago, but I never really got into it, but after series three was forced upon my eyes a few months ago from the BBC, I felt like I should give it another go – I watched the first series in one day. I’ve now started (half way through is a better statement) season two, and it has my interest peaked. Gorgeous characters, a compelling story and what more can I say? If you are like me and put off watching this, I’d say watch it.