HOW I'M SELF ISOLATING ALONE

My "working from home" has quite frankly come to a halt. There is only so much I can do with the limited resources I have when thrown into this self-isolating-working-from-home situation on a Sunday evening by Whatsapp. I've never worked from home before and I'm certainly not used to no human contact for more than a few hours. The only way I can describe how this feels is to compare this to that intense revision period before summer exams at uni. You know, those intense 2 weeks of cramming?

I live by myself so I don't have anyone to talk to and when there's not much to do, I resort to going on social media just like everyone else. People are using their platform to tell others to self isolate and rightfully so but I can't help but notice the majority of these people are the same people who are surrounded by their partners, friends and family. They're the ones preaching about how important it is to self isolate while still parading their social lives indoors. It's one thing staying inside with other people but it's a complete different story for those staying indoors by themselves. It's extremely lonely. I rely on being outside, being surrounded by people, even if they are just strangers, to boost my mood. I rely on human connection. That's not to say I can't be with myself, I'm not uncomfortable being in present with myself but I'm saying I need a healthy balance of both and when one of these is stripped away, my mental health starts to take a toll. Without the human connection, I fall further into the pits of self isolation, so deep that it gets quite difficult to pull myself out of. I often need a helping hand.

With no end date in sight of how long this is going to last, I've drafted up some ideas of what I'm planning to do during this period and what I need to do stay positive in this awfully difficult time.

1. Minimalise social media screen time
Minimalise and reduce dramatically. I'm still on my laptop all day and I've a tendency to look at social media every so often throughout the day to know that there IS civilisation out there. It's taking a toll on my mental health as I'm watching the Instagram stories of people I follow sharing their self isolation time surrounded by people and it creates a toxic cloud over my head as I reflect on why no-one is around me?

2. List clothes on Ebay
I'm always putting new items up on my Depop (you can have a browse here) but never on Ebay, I always found it time consuming to put it on Ebay whereas it was just SO easy to upload via Depop. Increase the chances of making more money eh?

3. Watch credit card videos
There's been a negative energy surrounding credit creds since the dawn of time and I too was caught up in the bad rep of credit cards (refer Confessions of a Shopaholic). This year I've made a vow to myself to get a credit card and to get my finances in order. It was made apparent to me that I'm spending money regardless for no benefit when I can spend that exact money and get rewarded?! Not everyone is best suited for a credit card and it's up to you to do your own research.
4. Do a Chloe Ting workout
YouTube has recently suggested me a workout video by Chloe Ting and up until now I had never heard of her but it seems like I'm late to the at home workout bandwagon as anyone who has ever worked out at home has heard of her. What better way to try working out at home than now for days I don't go to the gym?

5. Go for a walk
I'm lucky enough to live very close to some well known parks in London and I have an array to choose from within walking distance that requires zero use of public transport. There is no reason to not go for a walk in a park for fresh air as long as you're aware of social distancing.

6. Watch films
Pretty obvious but they help to transport you to another world forgetting the current existence of this one. Even if temporary, it does help to pass the time.
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BEST OF 2019

So I've scrolled relentlessly on my phone collating all my favourite outfits of 2019 and this doesn't even hit the nail on the head. Nevertheless, I love these images as they were all taken at different points in my life last year. Enjoy!

REFLECTING AFTER CHRISTMAS

What a whirlwind this year has been. I don't even know what day of the week it is anymore but post- Christmas, who does? After Christmas is usually just a waiting period until work starts. It's like getting ready early and then you don't know what to do with yourself. 

I came back to London a couple of days ago after spending the most delightful Christmas at home with the best company. My Aunt and Grandma visited from Hong Kong and my boyfriend, George, who also came to see the puddles of Manchester. As with every household, a lot of food was consumed, Monopoly was played (and won by me) and films were watched. Attempted to watch that knight film* Vanessa Hudgens is in but 20 mins in, we called it quits. It was SO very bad I couldn't keep watching without hurting my eyes and ears for that matter! 

I've been away from my phone the majority of the past two weeks while I was away in Amsterdam and Manchester. Life got the better of me and I just wasn't in the mood to share any pictures like I usually would. On some days, a lot was happening behind the scenes and sharing the highlight reel was the opposite of what I felt like doing when it was far from how I felt. Aside from those moments, my Christmas holiday has never felt merrier especially with so many people in the house at one time. I spent less time online while I was in Amsterdam and more time learning about the world. Literally. There was an international card game in the flat we were staying at so we spent 2 nights out of 3 quizzing each other on the countries of the world. It was nice to slow down at home too, living in London you forget how to walk slow and feel peace when commuting. I took George to the MOSI, I hadn't been in a long time and boy did it bring up flashbacks of my weekend trips to the museum. We both got giddy learning (me re- learning) about the cotton mill industry which is one of the aspects Manchester is known for. Took a detour afterwards past Revs (if you know you know), towards HOME. All while George was singing Wonderwall and shouting:

"woo liam gallagher"
"I love oasis"
"when do we get to meet liam"

*The film was The Knight before Christmas 
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