Revisiting my Winter bucket 2020/2021! ๐ŸŒจ๏ธ…๐ŸŒ„๐Ÿ™

Hi everyone! How are you today? I hope you’re well ๐Ÿ’. I took the opportunity to type this post out on a morning that felt very much like Spring had arrived….and then it started to rain so I scrapped it ๐Ÿ˜”๐ŸŒง๏ธ (I have a low level of tolerance these days ๐Ÿ˜‚). When I came back I turned the whole thought process around and decided I won’t give up on this post! Instead I’ll allow that one morning of sunshine to be enough for me to throw the towel in and OVER Winter (I basically gave up on something else in the end โ„๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚).

The season is done for in my eyes. It may come as no surprise to regular readers because it has been a top subject for a while but right now I’m taking back the power by saying goodbye to it ๐Ÿ‘‹. Dramatics aside, this post was not on the agenda today, in fact it was nowhere near it!

I have been debating whether or not it’s even worth revisiting my Winter bucket list because the more and more I tried to think of things to say, the words never came. That is until I stopped trying ๐Ÿ˜‚. I think a good thing to do when you’re not in the mood for writing a post or anything really is to work on something else and then you’ll feel compelled to go back to that first thing ๐Ÿ˜Œ.

Most importantly, I know I’d regret it if I didn’t somewhat close of this chapter before moving onto the next one because I’m really looking forward to Spring and thereafter ๐ŸŒž. I don’t want a part of me to get left behind trying to conjure up stuff to say when it’s best if not forced. I’mma write from the heart and be honest, I can’t remember a lot but I guess that was just a shutdown from the year moving into this one (winter is weird how it gets to be a part of 2 years ๐Ÿ˜ต). Let’s dive deep into what I wanted out of the season and what I got ๐Ÿ˜ฌ:

Eat foooood ๐Ÿ

My options have become a lot more limited since I set out with this goal ๐Ÿ˜… but I did eat food so goal complete! (Couldn’t lose with that one ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚). I have found some of the foods that are good for me and don’t cause adverse effects with flare-ups which is great!! Beforehand I thought I knew all that I could and couldn’t have but now I’m becoming much more aware of other possibilities and substitutes ๐Ÿฅ”.

Amongst other things, sugar isn’t on the cards and must be avoided (I’m doing surprisingly well with this but I guess it’s like the no cheese thing, if you know the pain you can get then you don’t wanna put yourself through that no matter how tempting it may be ๐Ÿ™Œ). Mistakes get made but only because I’m human ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‚.

Not all replacements taste as delicious as the real deal but it’s a learning curve. Throughout Winter I got to try loads of different meals that brought me back to those days when we could eat out yet they were made at home and didn’t have anything that would get to me so it was a win/win situation ๐Ÿคฃ.

It’s not massively tricky to find stuff that you want and have it be appetizing at the same time but everyday is different so loads of options are needed. I don’t want to overdo one thing and leave a foodie phase that could have been spaced out! ๐Ÿฅ• Otherwise I’m just further limiting myself in having to think of ideas that aren’t out there/available yet to cater for my needs. At the end of the day I don’t wanna eat samey samey stuff all of the time so I’m keeping open-minded about what is out there, doesn’t contain the things I cannot have and tastes GOOOOD ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‚.

Have fun with festivities ๐ŸŽ

This was probably what went well the most out of all on this list! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐ŸŽ„ I thoroughly enjoyed myself in the leadup to Christmas regarding everything festive and most of it got written about in my December Favourite’s! There was a load of gingerbread in various forms, a pantomime and an overall sense of magic hung in the air that is sought after and I thought would pass by after the year we had. It didn’t and for that I’m left with some beautiful memories that I’ll never forget! โญ

Crafts ๐Ÿ–Œ๏ธ

I made a Spring wreath for our front door a few weeks ago! ๐ŸŒป There was a Christmas one before that but I’m not sure if it was put together in Winter ๐Ÿค”…..we’ll say it was anyway! (Oh Lucy, how creative you’ve been ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‚). I’d been meaning to replace the festive apparel on our front door so when the Spring workshop sprung up from the floristry school I am with it felt like it was meant to be! ๐Ÿ’ซ

I won’t lie, it was a lot more tough going than previous crafts of that nature because of my hands playing up but I’m pleased to have gotten something I set out to do done! ๐Ÿ‘ It’s so windy outside lately, I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of the foliage has taken off but ah well ๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜‚.

I also designed a vase on Pottery.ly to see what it was like which may or may not count as a craft but it had me all creative! ๐ŸŽจ I got bored and deleted the app afterwards but here’s the masterpiece anyway:

For a first attempt I don’t think it’s bad! (I might just get the app again because I want to have a look around and see what people who have used it for ages have done! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ). How come implications of ocean waves spring to mind when I try to empty it for artsy inspiration pulling purposes? ๐ŸŒŠ Nevertheless I just go with it ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ„.

Get better at planning for my bujo earlier ๐ŸŽจ

Ahaha well this is awkward because as you may already know, I’ve put bullet journalling on hold ๐Ÿ™ˆ. I announced it in this post where I chatted about why I decided to switch over to using planners/diaries instead. This is exactly what I mean when I say that the opposite happens when I want for something to happen bucket list-wise ๐Ÿ™„ I drew attention the area and it literally caved in ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ˜‚. I don’t plan on getting back into journalling again, it feels like the right decision was made although it is strange looking back at this goal and remembering how I had a completely different perception of the whole thing ๐Ÿ˜ต.

Try to do something meaningful everyday โšก // Embark on new ventures ๐ŸŒŒ // Have fun! ๐ŸŽ†

I’ve found that throughout Winter and perhaps this recent time of lockdown I have been more open to starting things I would have most definitely put to a side before! It’s like things have happened that made me realize you only live once and that emotion can at times be stronger in some moments than others but I get the gist of it and have carried that into everyday.

Even when I can’t move or get about the place I try to maintain a positive outlook and if I’m not feeling it then I accept that and don’t force (because then it most definitely won’t wanna hang around ๐Ÿ˜‚). Moods can be up and down, sometimes favouring one end more than the other. Strength can be found in both.

I have learnt a lot a lot about myself and also things that are outside of me, be it through a screen taking in nuggets of information or by finding ways to keep sane like by bringing the outdoors in and creating an indoors veggie scene that is growing weekly with new additions ๐ŸŒฑ (I’m very excited about it!! Tis a similar joy I get from my succulent plants. There’s something special about nature and it’s nice have a part to play in its story).

In terms of meaningfulness it varies from day to day but even the simplest of acts can bring about a change within or out there ๐ŸŒ (taking time for yourself can also impact those around you in a way โœจ). I tried new things and in turn see things differently too. I’ve learned how not to do things and vice versa. Above all, in amongst the craziness and days where it felt like I was back in bed way too soon (time is a real concept I tell you) I did have fun! ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ’ซ

Thanks for reading guys! ๐Ÿ˜„ Are you with me on wanting to see the back of Winter or no? Is it sunny where you are? I’ll try not to be jealous but the feeling is overpowering ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‚. We need more of those bright days where things just instantaneously lift! Channel and send them my way, yeah? ๐Ÿ˜‚ I’ll refrain from posting my spring bucket list until I’m sure the season has arrived and it isn’t just a hallucination ๐ŸŒž. Take care, stay safe and have a lovely day (a bit of “light” homework there ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ˜‚). I’ll see you very soon! โœจ๐Ÿ’•

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  1. Ok wow you are so talented, like if i tried to make a wreath, it would probably look like an overgrown patch of grass. Much like you, Iโ€™ve put a hold on bullet journaling as well, I still love it, but I just donโ€™t have time for it, and I get so frustrated when I mess up a spread. Every time i flip back to a spread I did poorly on I feel like I wanna tear my hair out lmao. Very unhealthy, I need to stop being such a perfectionist. Do you have that struggle too, or is it just me? Also, let me know if you ever get a sudden burst of motivation and suddenly decide to go back to bullet journaling !! ๐Ÿฅ‚

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    1. Aww thank you!! You’re too kind ๐Ÿ’ž haha the Spring one is looking like a very minimal patch of grass now since a storm hit ๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿ˜‚. That’s good you’ve set journalling aside until the time feels right! I think I do feel that perfectionism slightly because I’d often feel like if a spread couldn’t be completed to a certain standard it wasn’t worth it at all but I needed to realize that’s not the point! Looking back at one of the months I remember feeling so proud of a spread that I don’t really like anymore so I believe it’s all a perception thing and if you’re happy in the precise moment of doing it and lose yourself in the craft that’s all that matters ๐Ÿ™Œโœจ. Ahhh I for sure will! You too, I’d love to see your next creation! ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ’•

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    1. Thank you!! ๐Ÿ’ž Saw yellow petals out of the window yesterday in the middle of a storm so guessing the Spring wreath didn’t make it through the night ๐Ÿ˜‘ not the best time for it seeing as it was a lot more delicate than the Winter one and the weather never really changed ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  2. Those wreaths are gorgeous! ๐Ÿ’ž It sounds like you had a pretty good winter, and I hope winter is out the door. We recently just got a dumping of snow and it just snowed for days, so Iโ€™m over it now! ๐Ÿ˜…
    Thatโ€™s pretty awesome that you can just go with your moods and accept them. Iโ€™m trying to accept my moods, but itโ€™s really hard. I think winter lockdown has been the hardest so far and itโ€™s really affecting my mood! Iโ€™m hoping for Spring soon!
    Lovely post! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜† Haha oh no ๐Ÿ˜‚ yeah its easier to accept the worst of them when I’m out the other side but I’ll admit in the moment it can feel neverending. It definitely has been the hardest! Within all of the others here there was something to enjoy like sunny days and then Christmas in the second one, right now it’s tough to see that with this constant Winter โ„๏ธ. I hope Spring finds its way to you soon and sticks around for much longer than this! ๐Ÿƒ Thank you very much ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ’•

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