3 Daily Habits to Start in 2018

Feel stuck in a routine or standstill? Can’t move forward with your goals?

It’s the little things you do that often determine success or failure.

Just like many, when the New Year starts I spend quite a bit of time contemplating what’s next for me, what have I achieved during the previous year and how would I like to better myself. I try to be as realistic and honest as possible – that is the only way this can work, the only way to improve and change your life, steer it in the direction of your choice.
It seems like not an easy task to change yourself. Trust me, I get you. Sometimes, you just gotta do it for you. And if you’re struggling to keep it all together then take a breath and start with this challenge outline of which I found on zenhabits.net :

How to Develop a Habit
Do a 30-day challenge, focusing on just ONE habit.

  • Write it out on paper, along with your motivations, obstacles, and strategies for overcoming them.
  • Commit fully, in a public way.
  • Log your progress.
  • Remain publicly accountable — report on your progress each day.
  • Have support for when you falter — either in real life or online.
  • Reward every little success.
  • If you fail, figure out what went wrong, plan for it, and try again.

Read full article here

Last year, one of the habits I vowed to myself to start is reading every day. Now, I have a book with me anywhere I go and read (mostly) on my commute which adds to about an hour a day. For then I can’t have a book with me or forget to put it in my bag, I have the Kindle app on my phone with a range of books already downloaded, just in case. Now I feel anxious if I don’t get to catch up on my reading! I try to read a different type of book every time. I alternate between non-fiction and fiction, self-help, historical novels, autobiographies,…

If you don’t read much or at all, this is probably the first habit I would recommend to pick up.

As Todd Henry writes in his article on inc.com:

You can’t draw water from an empty well. Do you take time each day to fill yours? The quality of input that you curate often determines the quality of your creative output. As Steve Jobs once quipped, “creativity is just connecting things”, but to do so you obviously need things to connect.

I encourage you to set aside time each morning or evening to fill your well, to read inspiring or challenging books, to watch videos or listen to talks, or to otherwise fill your well so that you have something to draw from when engaging in your work.

 

There are a number of new habits I would like to pick up this year but I think I will start with these three:

1. Meditation

It trains the part of your brain that is responsible for willpower and self-control. Basically, meditation gives you the ability to train your mind, be more in control of your emotion, focus on your goals and ultimately – achieve them. Meditation also increases your sense of general well-being which makes you more positive and happier.

2. Excercise

I have an on and off relationship with working out, which, I guess, is not that uncommon. However this year I will make it one of my main priorities to have a more regular and frequent workout routine.

I read somewhere that most people who start sticking to a

fitness regimen will often find themselves adjusting their diet as well
even if they’re told not to. Two birds with one shot sound good to me!
It makes sense because if you’re working your ass off, you’re less likely to eat junk food right after because you know it undoes all your hard work.
Because these two habits basically come in a package together, it requires a lot of willpower to maintain – so if you can make them into full-fledged habits, you’ll be able
to take on smaller habits with ease. The more you train yourself to adopt new habits the easier it gets.
It is also likely that whilst you are working on a new habit, such as exercise and better eating as a result of it, feelings of being tired or foggy are consistently replaced with feeling better with every workout and/or choice of healthier dinner. And if you start feeling better on a day to day basis it makes it much easier to start adopting other good habits. This ability to improve your body’s day-to-day function makes fitness and diet an extremely powerful keystone habit.

3. Trying new things

Keeping your routine fresh will help you stay on track! I am a firm believer of this and whilst working on including more consistent habits of meditation, exercise and diet, I want to make sure to mindfully include new things to mix it everything up.
From cactus water to matcha tea instead of my morning coffee, making your daily routine exciting is the game changer.  It’s easy at first to stick to the same regime, but after a while, you’ll get bored. That’s why you need to switch things up!

It takes discipline & motivation.

In order to be motivated, we have to motivate ourselves every single day.

Motivation is like taking a shower.

Remember that every time you feel you are not and go take a motivational shower asap.

It’s up to you how much you’ll achieve, how far you’ll go or how fast you’ll get there.

Love,
Hewnly

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London’s best cafés: My Place, Soho

Sharing a wonderful review on one of my absolute favourite spots in London.

Dear Anna Bonet (the author of the thamesideliving.com), I could not agree more!

 

If my world revolves around anything, it’s probably coffee. So not only do I take assessing the cafés of London very seriously, but it’s also something that’s very safe in my hands.

Of all those I’ve been to so far (new ones pop up faster than I can say macchiato), My Place, on Berwick St in Soho, comes out very near the top.

When a colleague recommended it to me a few months ago on the basis that it’s where she goes to write her novel, I knew it must be good. It did not disappoint, and, since my first visit I’ve been back so many times that the staff are starting to greet me by name – something I haven’t experienced since living in a village in Wales.

Note that although the vibe is 100% cute coffee shop, they also serve lunch and dinner. However, while the food is…

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50 Quotes that Will Inspire You to Do Anything (3 min read)

To start the New Year!

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. —Vince Lombardi

Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. —Charles Swindoll

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. —Oprah Winfrey

Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. —Eleanor Roosevelt

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. —Jimmy Dean”

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. —Albert Einstein

I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. —Stephen Covey

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. —Henry Ford

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. —Alice Walker

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. —Amelia Earhart

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. —Aristotle Onassis

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Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart. —Ancient Indian Proverb

 Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, “I’m possible!” —Audrey Hepburn

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Monday Inspo: Interiors | Artwork

Happy New Year everybody!

Initially, I have planned my first post of the year to be a list of the most inspiring quotes to motivate myself (and you my dears!) but I couldn’t make myself to finish it. As I was researching for inspiration I found myself in the artsy part of Pinterest and then I thought to myself – art is what I want to share with you in my first post this year.

Isn’t it wonderful how a piece of art can complement and personalize your space?

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As you may have already noticed that when it comes to interiors I tend to go for more Scandinavian, modern and monochromatic look.

What about you? Share in the comments below!

Yours,
Hewnly

P.s. If you want to follow me on Pinterest click here

Gift Guide: Stocking Fillers Under £15

Yes, it’s that time of the year again!

I have spent a great amount of time researching for stocking fillers this year – going to spend it with my very big family and no-one can be forgotten!

I decided to share top 10 favourites with you, please see the list below:

  1. Bath Roses from Accessorize
    Absolutely beautiful and with 3 for 2 offer – a great value for money!
    Get one for £6, 3 for £12
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  2. Paperchase Gothic Garden Gold Bee Snow Globe from ASOS
    Stylish new take on the classic snow globe, £12
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  3. Ted Baker Citrus Bloom Black Mini Notebook & Pen
    £11.96
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  4. Beauty x Beast Pillowcases from John Lewis
    £12
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  5. Lightbulb Vase by London Garden Trading
    £12.95
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  6. Pixapet from Urban Outfitters
    Some serious 90s vibes! £10
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  7. Pineapple Tea Lights from Prezzybox
    Playfull touch for home, £6.95
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  8. Charbonnel et Walker Milk Orange Thins
    £13.50

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  9. Garden Trellis Fragrance Diffuser by Ralph Lauren
    £14.99

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  10. Prosecco Ring from Next
    £6

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I hope my list was useful 😉
As much as I would love to be done, I still have soo many treats to buy… Have any suggestions? Please share in the comments!

Kisses,
Hewnly

Food Aesthetics | Black

I was scrolling through my Instagram and saw this image!

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Image by Rachel Aust via http://www.instagram.com/rachelaust

I have been storing black been pasta in my kitchen for a while now but it never got me thinking of endless possibilities out there. Personally, all black food sounds delicious to me… and looks even better!

Ps. I won’t focus on vegan only foods here because everything can be prepared with vegan ingredients.

Now, feast your eyes…

Could we have a recipe for black ice cream, you say?

Well, here you go!

I will be reinventing this recipe in a very near future! #charcoalordered

What do you think of this new food trend?

Hugs,
Hewnly

Giveaway Winner

Thank you all who entered the draw!

I have used the random.com to determine which one of you is the lucky one. So without further ado.. my congratulations goes to… Franz Budny (@franzbudny)!

Dear Franz, please get in touch with me via contact.hewnly (at) gmail.com to claim your creativity set! I look forward to hearing from you!

If I won’t hear from you in 48 hours, the prize will go to Mama Muse Me who came second in the draw.

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I hope everyone enjoyed this little contest as much as I did!

P.s. I am already planning the next one, so stay tuned!