Tis the season to be jolly…

Hello lovely ladies and gents,

It’s been a over a week since I last posted but I have a valid excuse.. the festive season is upon us and I’ve been out and about so much that days have just flown by!

So what have I been up to? Well, the last pinkbananashoes adventure of 2012 was hula hooping, and let me tell you – it. was. awesome! I officially have a new girl crush on my professional fire hooping teacher (I don’t remember this being an option at my career talk!?) I went along to the class one cold and dark Monday with my friend Elaine. We sprinted through a very dodgy looking estate in Vauxhall (very pleased I wasn’t by myself)  to find about 30 assorted people of all different levels hooping away in a school dance hall. Any shame faced guilt at being late was pushed aside by the lovely Anna who gave us a hoop each and sent us off to find a space (we passed on the middle to find a couple at the back. The great thing about the class was how informal it was, we had enough one to one attention to ask questions but in general we were shown a ‘move?’ and then left to practice. Turns out that there’s no one way to wiggle and, ok so I couldn’t spin it round my neck (yet!) but by the end of the class I was pretty certain that my career in the circus was still possible – and if nothing else, I DEFINITELY want to be able to rock a hoop as my party piece. This is one happiness activity I’d totally go back to.

And so it’s only 13 days till Christmas!

I was thinking about writing a piece about how to stay healthy over the silly season, but as I did my research about ‘the top 10 tips to make sure you don’t overindulge’ I just rolled my eyes. Why? Because, I LOVE Christmas. I love Christmas so much that it’s almost embarrassing. I start getting excited from the 1st December when shops start to trickle in the first Christmas tune to subliminally make you part with your cash early. Shamefully, I literally squeak with joy the first time I see the coca-cola advert. Holidays are coming… eek! I know that’s it’s over-commerialised and in times recession perhaps I should be as gloomy as the economic forecasting, but I just can’t be. For me, it makes the crappness of winter worthwhile.

Ok, so I admit it. I’m not a Christian and for me Christmas is about fun, food, family and friends and not the birth of baby Jesus (sorry if that upsets anyone and if it does you should probably stop reading as this post doesn’t get any deeper.) 

Anyway, for me to give me top tips for a healthy Christmas would be very hypocritical – although in a vague attempt to keep in line with all my hard work here, I’ll try to stick to my five a day and try to stop at only a handful of chocolates instead of a box. (I’ve already got ‘gym guilt’ but I’m pushing that to the bad of my mind till January when I’m very aware that I’ll be another statistic of people dragging their slighter bigger bums through the door.) 

So in tribute to my ridiculous love of the season, here are my top 10 favourite things about Christmas. This is probably not an exhaustive list and not necessarily in the right order but counting down… 

10. Christmas Sandwiches – Exceptionally delicious yet totally unacceptable to eat outside of December. Me and my siblings always manage one at about 10pm on Christmas day, fighting over the good bits of what’s left of Christmas dinner. In fact I should add general Christmas gluttony to this point – Mince pies, Christmas cake, mulled wine. mmm.

9. Christmas songs – Miriah, Bing, Wham. Oh man, I love them all. Michael Buble croons away often in my flat over December much to boyfriends gritted teeth. he panda’s to my ridiculous Christmas love.

8. Ice skating – my friends will tell you that I hate the snow (bah humbug honestly) I can’t stand the white stuff, i hate the cold and it’s just a pain the the arse. But I love Christmas Ice skating – this year we went to Somerset house. Awesome. The one time of year I wish I was Canadian… or just good at ice skating.

7. General festive cheer – everyone gets a bit nicer including cabbies, tube staff, shop keepers – all cheerier! (Bus drivers remain stubbornly joyless. fact.)

6. Acceptable alcoholism – Monday night drinking – Why not! it’s Christmas!

5. Decorating the tree – it’s always bee one of my favourite things to do. Mull up some wine and get on the Christmas tunes. Except this year when me and boyfriend accidentally bought a tree about 1/3 bigger than last year and spent about an hour moving our furniture around trying to fit it in. Me in hysterics and lovely boyf trying to solve the issue. Our living room is now a shrine to the massive tree.

4. Christmas lights – making even the crappiest parts of London look lovely.

3. Christmas sparkle – oh glitter how tacky you are for 11 months of the year. Come December, bring it on!

2. Christmas movies/Christmas TV Specials –  Miracle of 34th Street, Elf, White Christmas, Friends. A little bit of magic which just feels wrong at any other time of year. 

1. Presents!… ha. only joking. No. 1 is my friends and family. Especially as I now have a nephew and niece (and one more on the way!) Christmas is especially magic again. And I think that this time of year, religious or not, makes you appreciate the people in your life. So for all the parties and the inevitable hang overs. This is what I enjoy most.

So there you have it, a rather self-indulgent and frivolous last post for 2012.  I hope you have a great time – eat, drink (in moderation.. or at least give your liver a break by drinking enough water) and be merry! It’s been a really great experience starting to write this blog and I thank all of you who have reached out and let me know that you enjoy my ramblings. This is my last post till the New Year (providing that the Mayan’s aren’t right and we’re all about to expire.) 

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

A piece of mind on mind in peace.

So things have been a little quiet on the blog front as the pink banana shoes have been on foreign soil!

After a week of Greek sunshine, riding through vine covered countryside on the back of a quad bike and beach bumming – it was down with a damp and dank bump, back into reality last night (after a 3 hour extra delay in one of the world’s smallest airports, thanks Easyjet) Anyway, safe to say that trying to keep the blissful, sunshiney mood when you’re back in showery London isn’t easy. In fact, as we landed I could quite happily have gone straight back round to departures and departed myself somewhere else. But, life isn’t like that, and as the boyfriend tells me often – it’s now time to join the ‘real word’ (whatever that is) and learn to be happy when not adventuring. (Though, if anyone can tell me how to get rid of these itchy feet I’d love to hear it!?)

Its actually quite an exciting time for me at the moment, I’ve got a new job!!! Finally, after a year of pursuing a career which made me feel like a square peg in a round hole (or is it the other way around?) I’ve got through two rounds of interviews and bagged me a role in the charity sector. Something I can get my teeth into and feel passionate about. And that – is a good feeling. But it does mean that I need to have my feet firmly on the ground for a while.

To keep myself on this road to happiness, I thought it’d be a good idea to give myself a weekly mantra to follow – ‘A Monday Mantra’ (I know today it’s Tuesday so this week it’s a little late.) The idea being that I’ll have a goal to follow for the week and then share my experiences. (If you want to take the same one and share your experience too that’d be awesome) According to Google ‘A mantra is a sound, syllable, word, or group of words that are considered capable of “creating transformation”.’ Sounds good to me.

I’m going to try and do this in the least cheesy way possible, but use it more as a motivation to keep working towards the end result of this project, which was to get out their and live my life to the fullest. The more I read about the mind, the more I realise that people are often limited by their own self-belief and contrary, those with the strongest and most positive mind set are most likely to succeed.

And so with this in mind, (in the words of the Lion King) it starts.

With a new job approaching and a huge case of itchy feet, I feel that I need to learn how to calm my mind and focus on the positives which I’ve already got, so the Monday Mantra for this week is –

‘Be in the moment.’

I’m always thinking about the future and reflecting on the past.. its time to living in the moment and I’m going to try and write down 5 positive things about each day.  (Something I used to do when I first moved to London when things weren’t so rosey.) My sister and I are also going to a meditation class later.. the idea of having to quieten both my mouth and in my head seems impossible. But here goes.

Perhaps I’ll return in a week a vision of calm serenity instead of the bubbly, always dreaming about the future, noisy (‘Harriet you’ve got your outdoor voice on’ – was my mum’s favourite expression in the house when I was little) person which I am. I hope not actually. I’m happy with who I am. I just want to learn to be in the moment, so I don’t wake up when I’m 80 and wonder where my life went.

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What helps to calm your mind? (except a large glass of wine) Let me know.

More soon.

Peace.

Pinkbananashoes.

x

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