Today sees the first day of October and autumn proper. I’m ready to welcome the changing colour of leaves and late afternoon light. Now that all hopes of summer making a quick reappearance are well and truly gone, I can stop feeling cheesed off about the wet and windy August we had in the UK.
Sometimes I feel as if the months pass me by so quickly I don’t even notice. I’ve been told it’s helpful and grounding to find something each day that you’re grateful for, or to pin a goal to your wall so that you see it every morning when you wake. So far, I haven’t managed to do either. I’m hence taking this opportunity to reflect on the month passed.
September is always a bit of a here, there and everywhere month for me. I work at an event each year, which sees me working a period of long days and weekends with no break in between. This year, I took a little time off the week after it finished. Most of the week was spent watching Netflix, but some of it I used to reflect on the year and plan for the coming months, hence #StartOverSeptember.
I have finally managed to book myself on to a retreat, which is something I’ve always, always wanted to do. It’s really quite indulgent but just the booking of it has given me a sense of ownership over my own life. A feeling I find to be quite rare. I’ll be staying in a hut, open to the birds, monkeys and snakes, and I will have no access to electricity for two weeks!! HA! Am I mad?!
Booking the retreat set the tone - time to action things that have been sitting on my list for a while. Next up was enrolling at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. I’ve reached a point in life/my career where I feel like Alice in Wonderland – I’ve walked through the woods, fallen down the hole, only to find a set of doors and a whole world of new possibilities. It’s bloody exciting and I can’t wait to get stuck in.
Time spent on Netflix wasn’t all Sons of Anarchy… When I need a kick up the bum and my eyes opened, I find a food/health documentary does exactly that. This time I chose Finding Joe and Food Matters – both of which had many OH MY GOD moments. I highly recommend watching either if you need an injection of confidence/motivation/inspiration.
In other news, it’s been a year since I launched this website. Happy Birthday! To mark the occasion, Fodder + Plonk has a brand new look. Hip, hip, hooray!
Lastly, and I’m probably really slow on the uptake here, but I signed up to Headspace at the beginning of the month and have been dong my 10/15 minutes of mindfulness each day. I’m finding it really beneficial to take time at the beginning of the day to clear my head - it helps me put order to the day and tackle it with a calm approach, rather than bouncing from one task to the next and back again.
If you’ve missed any blog posts this month, here are some highlights…
In Conversation With:
Sonia showed us the world of Fair Trade, and beautiful, fashion - Sonia Padam of Eight Hour Studio
I talked about all things healing, exercise and foodie with Phoebe Wynn-Jones of [IM]Pressed Health/MBox
Spend the first weekend in October enjoying a long and lazy brunch - this Spiced Brunch Hash is just the ticket.
Everyone needs a hug in a mug at some point or another. Try a Super Hot Chocolate to nourish both body and mind.