MY MONTH AS A VEGETARIAN

I'm not usually the type of person to post 'update' posts on the blog, but this year I finally achieved something which I've been meaning to push myself to do for years and I'm really proud of myself that I've finally transitioned and stuck to it! In August, I became a vegetarian. Yay! I can already hear the sighs of people who have been a vegetarian for 18 years thinking to themselves 'you're proud of yourself for one month?' But we all have to start somewhere, right?

FIVE WAYS TO LOOK AFTER YOUR MENTAL HEALTH DURING AUTUMN

Autumn really is a lovely time of year. The colours, the warm jumpers and cosy knits, the chance to add yet another coat to my ever growing collection and the feeling of things starting to get a little more festive. The change of season is always something which I find to be refreshing. A fresh start and a chance to take on new goals and refocus. For so many of us, Autumn is a wonderful time of year, but alongside the festivities, it can be a tough period. September marks the start of colder months and shorter days and this is something which can be difficult for a lot of people.

IKIGAI: THE JAPANESE SECRET TO A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE


I have to admit, I'm slightly obsessed with books which promise that they can help me to improve my mental state and my life at the moment. I'm always open to finding out how people from across the world have learnt to achieve happiness. I was hooked by the Danish ideas of Hygge and Lykke, and now my eyes have been turned to Japan, who are sharing their own secret to happiness: Ikigai.

DEAR SUMMER


Dear summer,

I've enjoyed your company this year, although often you felt like you weren't yourself at all. Often you were cold and wet and dark and much more like winter than your usual warm self. But what fleeting time I had with you? Those days that stretched out and allowed me to feel warmth on my skin? Those days I hold close to my heart, so thank you for allowing me to spend them with you.

WHAT I READ IN AUGUST

This year has flown by, but then August came along and seemed to last an absolute lifetime. August was a really busy month for me. One filled with travel, visiting friends and throwing myself head first into work. I visited Brighton, Liverpool and Bristol and spent too many hours to count tube hopping around London. Even though it was busy, I still managed to slot in a little bit of time for reading. If it wasn't for all of those long train journeys that I did this month, I don't think I'd have read half as much as I did! In September, I'm going to try to go back to making time in my schedule to read, instead of just picking up books when I'm on the go. But anyway, back to August. Here is what I read over the last month.

IS LONELINESS ADDICTIVE?


If you're an introverted person like me, you'll know the contentment which comes from being alone. Whether you like to stay at home and watch movies all day in the comfort of your own quiet flat, go to coffee shops solo and watch the world go by, or shop on your own and spend time wandering around lost in your thoughts, there is something easy about being in your own company. It's a time when you can be truly yourself and only have to focus on what's going on on the inside, without any anxiety or stress of what other people may be thinking or saying. For me, being alone is the easiest state of being. A time where I can really reflect and be myself. When you're introverted, being alone is great, but is loneliness itself addictive?

HAPPINESS & THE LITTLE BOOK OF LYKKE


This month I told myself that I was only going to be reading books which I already had on my shelf, but then a gorgeous little hardback arrived on my doorstep to change my mind. This book was The Little Book of Lykke by Meik Wiking, a fantastic writer whose name you may recognise from the cover of his last bestseller, The Little Book of Hygge.

I absolutely loved The Little Book of Hygge when it first came out and Hygge was a concept which I was really excited to read and learn about. It's no secret that Copenhagen is my favourite city in the world, it's a place filled with such happiness and joy, so when I found out that The Little Book of Lykke promises to show you exactly why Denmark is often referred to as 'the worlds happiest country', I was sold.