If lockdown has made me realise anything, it is that in the last year I have allowed a lot of the things I love doing to slip out of my life. Whether it was time, or motivation, working too frequently or never really clocking off – I am now making up for lost time.
These are the plans and goals I aim to implement once ‘normal life’ resumes.
- Sitting at the window in Federal NQ, drinking an iced vanilla oat latte and munching on a basic bitch breakfast of avocado on toast.
- Urging the tram to go faster as I race home with still-warm sourdough bread, purchased fresh from Lovingly Artisan at Altrincham Market.
- Guiltless walks down Bridgewater Canal, hand-in-hand with my boyfriend. No aim or end goal – no ‘daily exercise’ excuse, just a canal path tour and a whole lotta’ loving.
- Keeping my craving for writing up. It was originally lost to spending too much time propped up against the bar instead of writing about it and working too hard. I have the bug again, and my creative juices are flowing. Mmmm.
- Attend a real-life barre class at BLOK London. From living room to class room.
- Swim. Swim fast; swim long; swim slow; just do not stop swimming.
- Keep studying Greek Mythology. I have been rinsing The Open University’s free courses, and I have no plan to stop. I had no idea how much I missed learning!
- Visit my friends. Trips to Devon and home-home are on the cards. I want a big reunion with lots of prosecco and lots of gossip.
- Get involved with a Parkrun! Heaton Park every other Saturday morning? See you there.
- Drink coffee in Foundation Coffee House on the regular. Even if it is just for an hour before work with a book. I need that fix.
- Enrol on a food photography course.
- Margaritas in Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn’s outdoor area – the ultimate sun trap.
- Keep up the baking. I want to bake something new every week; whether it is cookies or cakes, hot-crossed buns or a cheesy bread loaf. In fact, I really want to master pastry. Croissants and coffee for breakfast? YES PLEASE. Star baker – I am coming for you.
- Making time for a weekly date night. Whether it is Hooch & a slice from Crazy Pedro’s, or bottomless brunch at Peter Street Kitchen – the weekly date night is sacred.
- Organise a Christmas London visit.
- Be ‘plant based-ish’. I want to put less pressure on myself to be plant-based. I want to be able to eat what I want, when I want, with restrictions from myself. Food is to be enjoyed, not to be struggled with.
- Finally, keep myself in the present. I had lost so much of myself over the last year, and lockdown has helped me regain a feeling of who I really am and what I want from life. I want love, I want warmth, I want a job I am proud of and I want happiness.