Breaking free from monotony

This month, I made a promise to myself. A promise to make the most of the life I live. To say “yes!” to whatever opportunities…

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This month, I made a promise to myself. A promise to make the most of the life I live. To say “yes!” to whatever opportunities are thrown my way and to just take life by the figurative horns. The reason for my rekindled spontaneous ‘say yes’ attitude is simply that I’d found myself slipping into the monotonous routine of work, eat, blog, sleep, repeat. My life had just become this never-ending cycle of sameness. Months passed me by without even realizing. I was existing but I wasn’t living. I was merely wasting time. I felt lonely and unfulfilled. I was itching to do something. I was frustrated with the monotony that my life had become and realized it was time to put a stop to it. Routine sucks. Routine makes you complacent. And routine is seriously boring.

So, this month I’ve shaken things up. I’ve consciously broken free from the monotous routine that has enveloped my life these past few months. I’ve thrown in fun things and let’s just say, it pays off. I’m happier. I’m getting up in the mornings with a new found love for life. So, what exactly have I been doing…

My ban.do diary has become my life-line. A super cute life-line filled with stickers, colourful illustrations, fun weekend to-do’s and compliments. Scheduling in fun activities or hang-outs with friends reduces the risk of evening rolling around and you being with 0 things to do. It reduces the chance of slipping back into that endless cycle of boredom. Spontaneous meet-ups with friends are a rarity in my life. With everyone going through life at varying speeds and times, it’s important to plan in advance. Plus, planning fun things in advance means having something to look forward. It’s refreshing to open my diary and see the exciting things that are going on in the weeks to come.

As well as planning ahead, I’ve also got a kind of mid-week ritual. Well, that’s if you can call going to pub quiz every week a ritual. My life has become a series of pub quizzes with my work colleagues. It’s a fun way to break up the working week. Especially when your quiz involves things like Disney, Harry Potter, live birds (yes, actual real life owls and eagles!), live reptiles and fun games. I never thought I’d be one of the people who looks forward to going to pub quiz. But, it’s such a laugh. I’m rubbish at it. But, maybe I’ll learn something from it. It’s a great way to have a laugh with friends and forget about those mid-week stresses of work.

Travelling is a great way to break up routine. It doesn’t have to be a week-long vacation to an exotic country. Simply getting out of your home-town and experiencing some place new is enough. Even if it’s just for a day or two. Earlier this month, I went camping with a couple of friends from University. It was so lovely to be out in the wilderness of Wales for a couple of days. We hiked up Mt. Snowdon, chilled around a camp-fire, had a stroll through a quaint seaside town and a long drive home (including a near-death experience, but that’s a story for another time). It’s amazing that just a couple of days away can be all you need to restore some happiness in your life.

The best thing about my mini camping trip was being able to catch up with my friends. It was a long over-due catch up. I hadn’t seen them in over a year so there was a lot of stories and laughter to be shared as we updated each other on our lives. With my friends living in various parts of the UK it’s difficult to schedule regular meet-ups. But when we do eventually catch-up it’s as if nothing ever changed. This month, I’ve been planning activities with old and new friends. Whether it’s a coffee date, shopping, meal, day-trip or a walk. I’m not too fussed what I’m doing as long as it’s with good people. Surrounding myself with good company paints a massive smile on my face. My friends are all pretty different and I love that.

As much as I love spending time with friends, I also enjoy having alone time. But too much alone time and I’m at risk of falling back into that uniform slump of boredom. So whilst my diary may be chocka I still try to keep at least one evening free where I can just do nothing. Planned nothingness can be a godsend. If you’re constantly busy you’ll end up burning yourself out. A relaxing evening restores harmony and balance. It’s a moment for me to reflect on all the amazing things I’ve done, to appreciate everything around me and to find some peace.

I’ve also been keeping my mind active through learning. I am a major self-confessed geek. I love to learn. So to keep my mind sharp, I’ve been doing some learning. I recently completed my TEFL course and when that was finished I moved on to do a Digital Marketing course, which I completed this month. Learning new skills is a productive use of the free-time I have in the evenings. It’s something that I enjoy and it’s gives me something to strive towards.

On the topic of learning, in September, I’m starting a 8 week rock climbing course. This combines two things I love: learning and exercise. Bonus. I’m ridiculously excited for this. It’s another thing to add to my diary and it comes with the prospect of planning fun-packed rock climbing trips with friends in the future.

Other fun things that I have to look forward to include the NW Meet, a blogger event hosted by the lovely blogger couple Katy and Sam. The NW Meet will be the chance to finally say ‘Hi’ to some of my fave bloggers and you can definitely expect a blog post about that. I’m also joining the Town Committee. Saying that makes me feel as though I should be an American housewife who lives in a house with a white picket-fence, the perfect husband and 2.5 children. But stereotypes aside, joining the committee means I’ll be involved in planning some fun events around the town from galas to balls to festivals. Talk about being busy.

With all that, rock-climbing, pub quiz and all the other plans I squeeze in between, it’s fair to say it’s going to be a jam packed few months. I’m beyond excited for the adventures ahead and the memories to be made.

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4 comments

  1. Wow, I loved this post – thank you so much for being so open and sharing your feelings on here. I think those ban.do diaries are so cute but the one that you have is my favourite and sadly it had sold out before I could get it! I think for me personally, when I get a new diary I'm motivated to do more things – even if it's just to have more activities to write down in the diary!!
    Megan x meguana.co.uk

  2. I feel so inspired by this post! I can really relate to how it's easy to get in to a routine and end up missing out on lots of fab opportunities. I definitely need to see my friends more and just get involved with life more! I'm going back to university soon, so I'm going to make it a priority to get more involved and fill out my planner more… I'm thinking about writing for the uni newspaper and joining some societies 🙂 Thank you for this post, it's fab! x

    Polly Cat Contemplates

  3. Sounds like such an amazing few weeks ahead. Thanks for sharing this! I'm scared of falling back to a mundane routine too. University was so busy and full of opportunities that I keep comparing it to back home. Time to definitely develop new hobbies – rock climbing sounds awesome!

    Julia x

  4. I can totally relate to this! I have a habit of saying no to things and then feeling lonely because I have nothing social planned. I definitely need to say yes more and start getting more involved with things. I've only got one more year of university left and I'd really like to get more involved in sports societies, even though I feel like I'm too late I just have to push myself! I absolutely love finding blogs where I can really relate to the blogger and I think I've found it today with grandiosedays, yay!

    Imogen // imogenscribbles.co.uk

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