Behind the darkness of January’s grey days there is the hope that the New Year brings in fresh air and hope, and one looks to change. January has certainly fulfilled the brief of change. From dropping out, to getting a job, to then changing that job; it was a restless month. Life is busy and I’d rather uphold that level than slip into the treadmill of working 9-5 and ignoring the other very necessary aspects of life and living. There have been highs and inevitable lows as is life.

some highlights
pizza with good friends
the lunches I got at the café I worked out (wow ! were they incredible)
finding a coffee I like; a mocha should not be mocked as a coffee choice
starting a business and people actually purchasing @feltfancy check it out ;)))
finally reading the whole of Rebecca and realising what I’d actually been missing out on all these years
a long walk in the countryside
going to the ballet to see Swan Lake
recognising that I miss the café I worked at for two weeks more than I miss Bristol, which was somewhat freeing
watching Little Women in the cinema
moments of peace, writing, thinking
coffee shop catch ups with friends

what I’ve been reading this month
The turbulent nature of the past 31 days have meant I have read exceedingly less than I would like to, however this is changing due to hour lunch breaks and free weekends. I have, however, read:
Rebecca was an incredibly enthralling read that I would now, after finishing, recommend to everyone and anyone.
A Room with a View had me dreaming of summer in Italy. It was a lovely read and a needed escape.

what I’ve been watching/listening to this month
I don’t tend to watch a lot of TV anymore but I have to mention Sex Education for the very reason I binge watched it in two days. I would also recommend this superb French film called Nothing to Hide (superb, despite the fact it should not in my opinion be labelled a comedy). Both are fascinating insights into relationships with others.

roasted butternut squash with quinoa, spinach and feta
oat milk mochas
the Duck eggs @ The Dispensary Kitchen
honey yoghurt

sustainable life updates?
I haven’t written any posts on sustainability recently but I have ideas brimming. However, that doesn’t mean it is not always on my conscience. I’m still vegetarian despite moving back home (my parents both eat meat) and I have made the decision not to get back behind the wheel. The bus is a fabulous mode of transport, less anxiety inducing, better for the environment and means I can read. What more could you want?
I also didn’t buy any new clothes in January, despite starting a new job that requires smart dress. In the depths of my wardrobe, there is a vestige of smart items of clothing thus I am going to aim to not buy any new work clothes if I possibly can. Working has made me more conscious of where I put my pounds and the impact that it truly can make. A packed lunch with leftovers suits me just fine.
The sustainable student series is obviously taking a backseat till September, but it doesn’t mean now I life at home that the habits I fostered in my first term cannot remain. I’m refilling old shampoo bottles, still using bamboo brushes and no longer find a need for unnecessary purchasing of items. I’m also making full use of my local library to devour the literature.

How was your January? I’d love to know 🙂

lots of love, Eleanor


  1. erin grace 8th February 2020 at 5:52 pm

    Sounds like while January has been a busy one, you have had some great moments! I just got back from seeing Little Women and loved it, a real highlight for me, for sure. Hope you have a fab February – and hopefully get chance to read a bit more! x

    Erin // Everything Erin

  2. Libby-Jade 9th February 2020 at 9:08 pm

    Seeing Little Women was a fat highlight of January for me – have you read the book? Ah man, I can’t wait to go and see it again! Also, super cool you’ve created your own business! Can’t wait to earn some money over Easter and buy a pair of earrings. Hope Feb is filled with even more lush times (film rec for Feb – Waves!! Very poignant, very emotional but I saw it the other day and was beyond incredible)

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