Weekly Meal Plan 24/02/2016

I’m obsessed with reading and watching videos about people’s meal plans. I find them so fascinating, seeing what people have for dinner every week. I realise this probably makes me a bit strange, but I’m sure I’m not alone in this obsession. I write a meal plan for Saturday-Friday at the beginning of each week, and then mid-week I alter it if I need to. Do you think I used the word week enough in that sentence? Anyhoo, here’s what I have planned for next week –

Saturday – OUT (I’m going to a dear friend’s hens do and will be out for dinner)
Sunday – Slow cooked chicken w/ rice, broccoli, and garlic bread
Monday – Chicken caesar salad w/ garlic bread
Tuesday – Burritos! (we have some kind of Mexican food every Tuesday)
Wednesday – Lamb wraps
Thursday – Thai Green Chicken Curry
Friday – Fish and Chips (hehehe)

Weekly Goals 22/02/2016

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve started working weekly goals into my routine. I’ve found this to be quite motivating for me to stay on track with the day-to-day things that tend to fall by the wayside, even though they’re things that make a big difference in the quality of my life. I can’t claim full ownership of this idea though, to be honest I stole it from Kimberley (thanks Kimberley!) because it seemed like something that would really work for me. And it does. Usually I would include workout/fitness goals in this list, but as this week is going to be quite full on for me, I don’t want to commit to anything I flat out know won’t happen. So with that in mind, here are my goals for the upcoming week –

* Drink over 2 litres of water a day – This seems like something that would be fairly easy to achieve, but I’m amazed at how many days would go by where I would drink 1 litre or so and just forget to have any more after that. I have a lot of digestive issues and drinking the right amount of water each day helps me a lot with that, so it’s a priority for me. I can see this being included a lot.
* Make time to go through my skin care routine every night – Lately I’ve been flopping into bed with a face full of makeup, and my skin (and lovely sheets) are paying for it.
* Finish one book – I’m doing my best to avoid a reading slump this year (having my four book rotation is helping with that), and having this weekly goal is helping me to be motivated to read as much as I can. Reading really is so beneficial for me, it’s a great way of winding down and switching off without staring at a screen, and it’s always been a passion of mine so it’s something else I’m making a priority.
* Do one meditation session – I feel like meditation is one of those things that I get a lot of benefit from, but it’s hard to make time to do. But then again they do say that if you don’t have time to meditate, you obviously really need to meditate, because your life must be pretty hectic. My favourite kinds of meditation are chakra balancing, and stress relief. I get a lot of mental relaxation from the two.
* Make time to stretch / breathe each day – Yes I do breathe each day, obviously. However I like to take 5 minutes or so each day to stretch out my body and focus on taking long, deep breaths. You’d be amazed at how shallow my breathing is. I’m actually amazed I’m not dead yet.
* Make time every day to run through my affirmations and things I’m grateful for – Yes, I am one of those people. But honestly, don’t knock it until you try it. Taking a few minutes in the morning to focus on positive energy and all the things you’re grateful for can be a really wonderful start to the day. I tend to write down 2-3 things I’m grateful for in the notes section of my phone before I even get out of bed. Then either in the shower or on the way to work I say my little affirmations out loud. I’ve found these small steps have made a huge impact on my mood and how I view the world. If you want to start with something small, try working “money comes to me easily” into your daily affirmations – and then pay attention to your budget for the next few weeks. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Weekly Catch Up

I mentioned in my previous post that I’m planning to turn my content around slightly this year, and include more ‘personal posts’. My weekly wrap ups this year will be sort of like a journal entry, and a little insight into how my week has gone.

If you follow me on twitter you probably know that it’s been a bit of a hectic time for me lately. My partner Sebastian had surgery to remove his tonsils and adenoids, and the surgeon performed a UPPP (Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty – try saying that three times in a row) at the same time. The third is supposed to help Sebastian with his sleep, but so far it hasn’t done much to help. Mostly because he’s still recovering and his throat and nasal passages are still quite inflamed and sore. Anyhoo, the surgery itself went quite well but Sebastian had some complications that saw us in the emergency departent twice and him re-admitted to hospital. It was quite a stressful and exhausting time, and it seems like it took a toll on my body because this week I came down with a stomach virus. Great timing! At least on the bright side it’s better for me to be sick now rather than when Sebastian was in and out of hospital. We both need to recover ASAP because a) Sebastian starts his new job next week and b) one of my dear friends is getting married soon and we have events aplenty coming up. Send healing vibes!

Speaking of upcoming events, I still don’t know what I’m wearing to my friend’s wedding. I have a few options on the go, but I currently hate all of them. Don’t you hate it when that happens? Or maybe it’s just me…

The Walking Dead returned this week, and boy was it a doozy of an episode. I’d even go so far to say it was one of the best episodes of the entire series so far. I’m so glad I picked this show back up last year, it had fallen by the wayside for me but it’s gotten so much better this past season and a half. Sebastian and I have been watching The X Files re-boot every week, and I’m so sad that it’s coming to an end. 6 episodes is not nearly enough, and to be honest it feels like nothing has really happened at all. I was so sure the majority of this season would focus on the long-running conspiracy storyline rather than ‘monster of the week’ episodes, but it seems like I was wrong. Sebastian has also been powering through Dexter (I’ve already seen it all), and is up to the final season already. I’ve been catching episodes here and there – it really was a good show up until the last couple of seasons. I have no idea why they took things in the direction they did. Not my fave. We saw Deadpool on Valentine’s Day, which was a lot of fun. I think it may have been slightly overhyped for me, but I still enjoyed it. We also watched the Goosebumps movie this week, and it made me so happy. I think they did the Goosebumps books justice, although I would have liked to see more of the old-school Goosebumps villans. Slappy was done well, and thankfully the graphics were worlds above what the TV show used to offer. For my fellow Goosebumps fans, this blog is worth a read. Music-wise, nothing has inspired me lately. I’m looking forward to one (any?!) of my favourite artists releasing a new album so I have something new to listen to. In the world of books I’m somehow 2 books ahead in my 40 Book Challenge for the year, which could be due to me having a 4 book rotation going rather than focusing on one book at a time. This definitely helps if I feel myself fall into a reading slump with a particular book, I have three others to fall back on.

Life on the whole at the moment is pretty stressful, so I’m trying to fall back on my little routines to help keep me balanced and sane. I’ve started writing weekly goal sheets, which is helping me tick off the basics that help me in mind/body/soul. I’ll share this with you next week, hopefully it’s something that will help others keep on track too. Oh, and guess who ordered herself a shiny new Plum Paper Planner?

Empties 19/02/2016

Hi there! long time no see. I’ve been thinking quite hard about what direction I wanted to take the blog in this year, and to be honest I’ve been wondering if I want to continue with it at all. I’ve decided for now that I do, but the overall theme of the blog may change slightly. I’m feeling the pull to lean more towards personal tracking and journalling, for myself rather than anything else. I don’t tend to read blogs anymore, so now I think if I’m going to write I may as well write for myself. I will still include a lot of similar content (what I’m reading, what beauty products I’m loving, etc), but I’m going to try and inject my voice into the posts a little bit more. Because I find that is one thing missing from a lot of blogs, and it’s one thing that has always drawn me to read (and keep reading) a blog. Here’s an old favourite to start with – Empties. Here’s what I’ve used up so far this year –

Bioderma Crealine H2O – Remember when this first became really popular in Australia and everyone went absolutely bonkers for it? This really is one of the best products for removing makeup, and it’s been a lifesaver for me on many occasions where my winged eyeliner has gone a bit wonky. To be honest, I tend to skip the step of removing makeup before cleansing my face at night, so I don’t think I’ll repurchase this just yet. I have a similar product from another brand sitting in my cupboard waiting to be used, and I think I’ll opt for that in the case of eyeliner disaster for now.

Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory – My blood runs cold every time I finish another bottle of this foundation, because it means I’m one step closer to the bottom of my stash. Lately I’ve been considering looking into a new foundation, mostly because this one is a bit of a pain in the butt to get my hands on. Any and all suggestions for a lightweight foundation for very fair skin are welcome!

YSL Touche Eclat in #1 – This is one of those products I buy every now and then when I’m feeling particularly spendy. I never repurchase it right away, because although I’d consider it a holy grail sort of product, it’s not something I can’t live without.

Lancome Hypnose Mascara – I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned it before, but I never stray from this mascara. If you haven’t tried this mascara yet, I urge you to pick it up next time you’re in the market for one. It’s honestly the best I’ve ever used, and I can see myself staying loyal to it for years to come.

Ecoya Reed Diffuser in Coconut & Elderflower – This mini reed diffuser was a gift with purchase at Freedom a year or so ago, and I’m so glad I was exposed to it because this scent is truly lovely and is now my favourite to have in the bedroom. I picked up a full sized version of this as soon as the mini ran out.

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle EDP – This has been one of my favourite perfumes for around ten years now. I can’t remember what first inspired me to pick it up, but I know I’ve nearly always had a bottle of this in my collection ever since age 19 or 20. I’ll always remember one holiday with friends where a male friend of mine picked up my scarf and took a great big sniff of it and exclaimed how lovely it smelled. All thanks to Coco Mademoiselle. I get a lot of compliments when I wear this scent, and when I tell people what I’m wearing they’re often disappointed because they already own it. I love that fragrance can smell so different on people, and I’m happy this one works so well for me.

2015 End Of Year Book Giveaway – Winners

A big thank you to everyone who took the time to enter the 2015 end of year book giveaway, and congratulations to EmmaBovary and Kellie, who were the lucky winners. I will be contacting you shortly via email to organize your prizes. Thanks again to everyone else who entered, and be sure to keep an eye out for more giveaways on The Belle Lumiere in the future.