#HoBBookclub and Appreciating the Little Things

Sunday 8 January 2017 by

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So it’s been the first week back at work after the Christmas break, and the first week in which people have really tried to stick to their New Year’s Resolutions, or start 2017 off the right way. For me, I don’t tend to have New Year’s Resolutions, as I’m not very good at sticking to them, and I hate beating myself up about failing them.

Instead, this week I’ve been concentrating on getting back in to the swing of things in London. I’ve been on a house boat, celebrated New Year’s Eve at a house party, had the girls over for brunch, and even indulged in a pint of cider at the local pub (no, I’m not doing Dry January). It’s been fun to be back in the city – it feels like it’s rousing itself after a nap. The tubes are filling up with people again, and the frosty snap makes it feel like the New Year has begun in earnest.

I’ve also managed to get my hands on this month’s bookclub read: The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon. Fresh out in paperback, this book is everywhere at the moment, and everyone loves it. Join the Facebook page to get involved if you’re reading it too, or use the hashtag #HoBBookclub on Twitter.

But for me, it’s been a relatively quiet first week back at work – I’ve relaxed by catching up on Netflix shows like Medici and Don’t Trust the B– in Apartment 23. I’ve indulged in pizza (I’m not doing a New Year diet either) and tried to battle the hordes at the gym. I’ve wrapped myself up in scarves and woolly socks and picked out new books to read and drank tea for hours on end.

I even had a chance to play around with my Christmas present – a new camera! I’ve been thoroughly enjoying my new Nikon Coolpix B500, and will be putting my new skills in to practice soon.

The New Year is easily a fresh start, and often it feels that way without even doing anything. But with 2016 behind us and a year of opportunity ahead of us, I’m just taking the time to appreciate the little things.

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