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My January in a nutshell (2021)

It’s so weird writing 2021 in the title!

Today I’m sharing with you my first wrap-up of the year, I know that most people say that January drags but for me it went by really quickly! It wasn’t a jam-packed month (because, you know, lockdown) but I still have some highs and lows to share with you.

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This is going to sound at worst like a clichΓ©, and at best like a New Year’s resolution (which it isn’t, because I don’t like them), but after far too many bouts of over indulging throughout 2020 I decided I wanted to sort out my health a little bit. This meant reducing the amount of alcohol I was drinking, meal planning, and cutting out snacks. In addition to this I set myself a challenge to complete a minimum of 10K on my exercise bike every day. I started January 1st and I’m pleased to report that I managed to achieve all of these, and I have definitely felt better for it. I’m going to keep this up going forward, a healthier lifestyle definitely suits me.

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This one may seem a little silly but stick with me – we got a new sofa! To some this may not be worth mentioning but for me this was a huge deal! Our previous sofa was just awful, so uncomfortable and with cushions that refused to line up, so it looked ugly as well. I’d wanted a new one for ages, but you know what it’s like, there’s always something else that you convince yourself is more important. Anyway, we finally bit the bullet and got a new one and I can’t rave enough about it! It looks good, it doesn’t need the cushions plumped every five minutes, but most importantly it is so comfortable!


I’ve had a fantastic reading month, I actually read 4 books, with two rated 3 stars, one rated 4 stars, and I had my first 5 star read of 2021! I know that four books isn’t a huge amount, and actually I’ve had many months where I have read far more, but it wasn’t the quantity that made my reading month so great, it was the fact that I just found myself back really enjoying reading again. I had a pretty big reading slump last year, and whilst things picked up again (particularly in December), I still didn’t feel quite back in the swing of it. I seemed to turn a corner in January though and I really hope this continues! I’d rather read less and feel how I do than speed through a bunch of texts and feel unfulfilled.

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Towards the end of the month myself and my daughter caught a cold and it made the pair of us feel pretty yucky for a good few days. It hit me harder than her overall but she was still all snotty, the poor thing. I rarely catch colds so it was a bit of a shock to the system to be honest, however my secret weapon is a big mug of warm milk with honey – if you haven’t tried it then trust me, it helps! I stick to honey and lemon water during the day, but the milk is my go-to in the evening.

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I must admit I’ve struggled with lockdown this month. I don’t know if it is made worse because the weather has been so bad, or if it is just because it has all being going on for so long. Either way, I’ve had major cabin fever throughout January. It’s definitely felt harder being unable to see family and friends, but also to look at my daughter who is fast heading towards two and to think of how much I wanted to do with her that I haven’t been able to, that really stings. Of course we will make up for it when we can, but yes it has been a difficult month.

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We had snow!!! I couldn’t believe it, because we never get snow here, I always have to sit feeling jealous as I see pictures of the snow everywhere else whilst for us it just seems to rain. However, January actually brought some snow to us. Let me share with you our snow story. So, we got up on Sunday 24th January and there was some snow out in the garden but not enough to even make a snowman. Rather than let that deter us we decided to chuck our coats on and go for a walk to see if there was any more nearby. Well, there wasn’t, so feeling rather deflated we headed home and consoled ourselves with breakfast. It wasn’t until lunchtime that a friend of mine sent me a video of her son playing in lots of snow, which of course totally baffled me. She told that me that we simply hadn’t gone far enough, so after lunch we set off again and found it. There was tons of it! It really made our day, it was the first snow my daughter has ever seen and she was running around in it having the best time. Such wonderful memories!

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Usually I share just one standout moment, but I couldn’t pick between two so I thought I would include both, you can’t have too much good news can you! So, January saw my daughter count to 11, I was so amazed! She was just wandering around the room playing with a truck and just counting over and over. I managed to get a video of it as well, I must have watched it 100 times! What was most amusing was that she was so nonchalant about it – typical kids eh. If anything she was annoyed that I was interrupting her playing to praise her. She’s such a character!

Now, onto some more random stuff…

We’ve been binge watching a huge amount of true crime documentaries throughout January – special mentions to 60 Days In (civilians go undercover in prison) on Netflix, and The Night Stalker (the story of serial killer Richard Ramirez) also on Netflix. I highly recommend both if you are into true crime.

January has also seen me (almost) enjoy cooking as well, so I’m intrigued to see where this leads. I have always hated cooking with a passion, I have a couple of dishes that I’m really good at (cottage pie particularly), and my eggs are second to none but otherwise I’m pretty rubbish. I would probably be better if I enjoyed it, but I would much rather be the one to wash up afterwards. However, with us planning our meals, and including much more variety I must admit that I have found cooking to be a lot more pleasant. I’m not overly confident that this will continue given my track record, but I am hopeful.

Finally, in case you missed any of my January posts:

My December in a nutshell (2020)

My 5 star reads in 2020

My lowest rated reads in 2020

The Blogger Recognition Award

How was your month? Any highs, lows, or standout moments that you would like to share?

Thanks for reading, I hope that you enjoyed!

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Until the next time…Jess x

20 thoughts on “My January in a nutshell (2021)

  1. Sounds like you had a good month of January. I’m so proud of you for the reading you did and the healthier lifestyle. I really need to be getting back into both. I’m sorry you and your daughter both had a cold. I’m glad I’ve only had one this season so far, because here in the Netherlands we need to self-isolate and get tested for COVID if we have cold symptoms.

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    1. It was pretty good overall, I hope yours was too! It is definitely easier said than done to embrace a healthier lifestyle, but it is worth it, so good luck! That’s interesting re the Covid testing, I wasn’t aware of those regulations. We did make the choice to isolate anyway just in case (even though I’m confident it was just a cold) but that was straightforward for me to do because I’m still on furlough currently. Hope February is treating you well so far 😊

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  2. Jess! I’m incredibly happy to see that you had quite a lot of highs in January. Congrats on your first five star read of the year and aww your daughter counting to 11? That’s such a milestone! ✨ Hoping that lockdown treats you better this month, have a wonderful February! πŸ’•

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  3. Sorry to hear you had a cold, but the high points you had in January are wonderful, Jess! 😊 Congrats for working on a healthier lifestyle, that’s a great commitment. And that’s so adorable that your daughter can count to 11, you must be really treasuring that. I agree, January went by so quickly! Time seems to go at double speed when we are in lockdown πŸ˜… I haven’t enjoyed this lockdown much either, maybe it’s because of the time of year.

    I’m looking for a sofa at the moment for my new flat – hope yours is a good one! And lovely that you had a good reading month. I hope February is just as good 😊

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    1. Thanks Stephen 😊 yes the healthier lifestyle is definitely a commitment but so worth it! And yes, I’m treasuring all the milestones with the little one because she’s growing so quickly! This year just seems to be disappearing already doesn’t it, but that means some better weather is just around the corner and like you say this time of year makes lockdown harder so some sunshine will do us all good I think 😊 It’s not as easy as you would think to find a good sofa is it, we picked ours up from argos in the end, it’s a leather corner sofa and so far so good 😊 fingers crossed you get a good one too! Wishing you a fab February too 😊

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      1. Yes I’m really looking forward to when the sunshine reappears! I’m glad the new sofa is looking good so far Jess, I just picked up my bookcase from Argos so might check out their sofas too 😊

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  4. Lows ?
    This is more of an ongoing and surely not local problem.. Great that you have a wonderful new sofa – but imagine this…
    What if it had been delivered to someone else, miles away ? Not sofas, just large packages… Four this week, for instance none for us…
    On the plus side, definitely essential journeys, meeting new people, and local roads are like an episode of Ice Road Truckers.

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    1. Yes I agree! Oh gosh, doesn’t bear thinking about, we actually had a small parcel delivered to our neighbour by mistake but luckily we know them well and they are right next door. Great that you’re finding the positives, it’s the best approach 😊


  5. Sounds like a good month. I spend half my life trying to sort out our sofa cushions! Great news about your daughter counting to 11. It’s one step further than 10! 😊

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      1. May be cusion compulsion is a thing?? 😊 I have this thing about not putting them diagonal. Hope your Feb is going ok. I have just had to isolate for 10 days. Can’t wait to get out!

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      2. Yes maybe we started it. Oh it was just as you say. As soon as you are told you can not go out it’s all you really want to do!

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