Hope you are having a lovely week – busy no doubt! It’s a bit colder and it was dark the other day at 3:46pm, but that’s okay as there’s lots going on this winter to make you happy.
For one, the wedding season has extended to all-year-round and winter weddings seem to have become super cool (excuse the pun). Sadly I missed a good friends wedding a few weeks ago but I’ve got two weddings in winter 2015 to look forward to and one in the summer. I think I prefer dressing for winter weddings; the only decision I struggle with is tights or no tights? Maybe a decision that should be made on the day depending if I feel the legs are in an aesthetic mood or not!
Lots of us plan great things in the winter – ski trips, winter sun holidays, festive celebrations even a winter city break. No longer should we just endure winter and long for the lighter nights but instead embrace winter to the max. Besides, if your mentality is anything like my brother then there’s not long to go until spring’s here anyway. His birthday is at the end of February and he says it marks the official end of winter – optimistic!
I’d like to achieve things this winter – I’m going to try to become a better cook. It’s not that I’m bad at cooking, it’s just that I would like to expand my horizons a little more. I watch lots of the cooking programmes on TV and love doing food shows at QVC, but I may even take the next step and attend some cooking classes to get extra advice and inspiration.
Having all the right kitchen equipment like KitchenAid and Bamix, both of which are on my wish list, is important. When I was in Thailand travelling a few years back I did a week-long Thai cooking course in Chang Mai, an amazing place which is considered the city of the north. It’s a very beautiful ancient city built in city walls, very rich in diversity and cuisine. The course was all-embracing, from the buying of the produce to the preparation and the cooking. Each morning we’d go to the local market to source the freshest native produce for the dishes we would prepare that day.
If you have ever visited a real locals restaurant in Northern Thailand, you will know that the food is so much more authentic than the restaurant copies over here; it’s all down to the freshness of the ingredients. Naturally I’ve forgotten everything I’ve learned, but it was a great experience. I’d like to generally make an effort to change my diet too, nothing crazy or hard to manage, but just good fresh home-cooked food, and steering clear of packaged and processed food.
In addition it would be good to adopt a holistic approach to health and well being. It’s not just about exercising, training hard or counting calories; it’s important to factor in some relaxation and calming elements to your life. I have a Pilates reformer at home so I’m going use it more often, and I’m also going to incorporate some yoga and meditation.
I used to think that was all quite hippy-ish but I’ve realised that life can be fast paced and stressful, that’s when we forget to take moments to be mindful. So my New Years Resolution is ‘more balanced’, two words, simple. I read this little passage the other day that I loved and it helped everything to sink in, so I have shared it with you. Let’s achieve something this winter – what’s your NY resolution and why?