Sunday thoughts #1

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As one of my favourite days of the week, Sundays tend to feel cosy and relaxing. Later today, I’ll be heading out to buy some ingredients to make chocoloate chip cookies and then hopping on the train to go and visit some of my family. But this morning, I have no plans (bliss) so decided to share a few Sunday thoughts. I can remember writing a few posts like this years ago and always enjoyed it, so I might turn this into a series here on the blog.

Spring is on the way

After a long, very rainy winter, signs of Spring are popping up everywhere now. And with all the things going on in the world at the moment, it feels like a shift in seasons will make things feel a little brighter. My favourite thing about Spring is how the colour green washes over everything, like a fresh start. Plus Easter being just around the corner makes me excited for lots of Bank Holidays spent with family and friends.

DIY recipe books

I love food and cooking, which explains why there is nothing better to me than a new recipe book to browse through. I like to see the pictures of the dishes, and make a note of which meals I’d like to cook – even if I know in the back of my mind that I might not get around to it for a long time. (On the subject of food, this crispy mushroom and creamy pasta recipe is incredible. SO GOOD!) About a year ago, I started collecting all the delicious-looking recipes that I saw in magazines into a big A4 notebook, bound by elastic to keep everything in place.

If you enjoy cooking, I highly recommend starting your own DIY recipe book like this. The only downside to shop-bought cookery books is that there are likley to be at least a good handful of dishes that you won’t ever want to make, possibly because they are too complicated or don’t inlcude ingredients you’d like. This means that the best part about making your own is that you’re selecting meals you love and are excited to create!

Goodbye, Twitter

Earlier this month, I decided to delete my personal Twitter account. I’d had the account for years and from the ages of around 16 to 18, it was one of my favourite social media platforms to use. But then I sort of fell out of love with it. I started to have this overwhleming feeling that no-one really needed to know what I was feeling or thinking, or hear me piping to share my opinions in online conversations that were already very loud. So I stopped tweeting myself, and pretty much just became an observer. Just mindlessly scrolling, using it as a way to keep up with what’s going on in the world.

My boyfriend deleted Twitter a few years ago and says he never misses it. The thing that finally encouraged me to delete it was seeing everyone have their say on the terribly sad news about Caroline Flack. Even though I hadn’t sent a tweet in about three years, I suddenly couldn’t bear being a part of it anymore. So, I saved all the photo memories I had saved with the account and deleted it. Then that was it, gone. I feel like a weight has been lifted. What I hadn’t realised when I had the account was that I never ever finished browsing Twitter feeling happier than I did at the beginning – often it was the opposite.

I don’t feel a sense of missing out by not being on Twitter, which is how I thought I would feel. I actually feel reclived not to have to scroll through it anymore. If you’re thinking about deleting a social media account, I highly recommend it – it feels freeing!


And on that note, I’m off to buy some chocolate chip cookie ingredients!

 

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