You may be thinking she is only in her twenties, what would she regret in her life? Well, the truth is no matter how old you are there is always going to be something you look back on and think you could have done it differently. If you don’t, then you have had a very lucky life. Not that I have had a bad life, it has been really good but, there are things I would change.
Youth is blunder; Manhood a struggle, Old age a regret
– Benjamin Disrach
Here is my list of six things I regret not doing:
1. Telling People What I Really Think-
Sometimes I have kept my mouth shut to my benefit, whether to avoid a confrontation or simply because I didn’t want to get involved in the first place. Opposingly, there have been times I’ve opened my mouth and would love to keep it shut now…not many but some. But I do regret not always telling people what I think because maybe I would have avoided dramas, or could be in a completely different place to what I am now. For me, this realisation socially only came a few years ago but, I wish it would have happened earlier.
2. A Smaller Social Circle-
I know most people probably wanted a larger social circle but, I always wonder now if I hadn’t coasted through school and had a larger social group, if would be close to people from secondary now. You see my close friends are a small group from university of about five people. And it is drama-free and pretty chilled group of people. I wish I had that earlier on.
3. Healthier Routines & Habits Earlier On-
If I had only gotten healthier habits and routines earlier like less fizzy pop and sweets and exercised a little bit more, I think it would have been easier to get into it later on. Currently, I am on a little hiatus whilst I get my health fixed but I wonder if I had kept on with athletics and running what I would be doing now? What I would have took at university?
4. Buying More Books…
I own around seventy already but, I would definitely buy more if I could. And expand my reading circle even more. Instead of reading a few classics such as Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray or Bram Stoker’s Dracula alongside my supernatural favourites and fantasy books, I would read more classics or expand my reading circle even more. But, I would definitely buy more.
5. Getting Out Of My Comfort Zone-
Had I gotten out of my comfort zone earlier on, I would have probably taken more chances much earlier in my life. This could be in applying for jobs, sticking with a club or sport, taken a year out before university or even going on holiday more. It may have led to a completely different life path than now but, I don’t think so. This is because I’m relatively happy with life now.
6. Getting Rid Of My Junk Earlier-
I collected a lot when I was younger and I didn’t get rid of it. When it came to sorting my room out for a new bed, it took a week to sort through the stuff and TWO people. That is a lot of stuff. Truthfully, I wish I had been cleaner and organised earlier. It would have been a lot less stress, and a simpler life.
So, last week I was unable to post which may have blown my resolution but, the horrible migraine I suffered from Sunday to Wednesday comes first. Health always comes first. I could barely look out the windows or at any screen, never mind typing out and posting a blog piece. It’s a good job I was off all week. NOW, to my blog post.
Over here, in the moody-weathered United Kingdom we’ve experienced snow. Yes, we’ve had it before but, it hasn’t snowed like this for about eight-years. As you probably experienced in all of your shops products have been low, milk has disappeared from the shelves quicker than the road runner doing a lap and bread? Twice as fast as that. It’s panic buying at it’s best, and if that doesn’t tell you we are less experienced than America or Russia or any of the other places that experience deep snow regularly, I don’t know what will. We are used to thunder and lightning, the constant pitter-patter of rain and even 20 degree heat (hot for us) but, snow? It’s like when you have the family you see every now and again but, not all the time. It just isn’t always cold enough here. So thank you, beast from the east. Maybe the young ‘uns will now know what proper snow days are, where you can’t or won’t leave the house for anything other than sledging, walking the dog or getting necessities.
What is odd though- is that we are in the last few weeks of Winter now and it would have been awesome to experience this over Christmas instead! As the song goes…
“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas…”
It is the most random time to have a snow event in the UK. Although, the weather here never does make sense. When it’s Summer, we tend to experience loads of rain and when its Winter? Not snow, but rain and oddly enough sunshine. Is it constantly opposite day for the UK. Imagine a moody, hormonal teenager- yes? You never quite know what you will experience with them on the day. It is a bit like experiencing hormonal whiplash. That is what it is like with the weather here. We basically live in the climate of a hormonal teenager.
I did venture out in this weather myself. I had to. I made the three-mile walk in deep snow, with snow falling to get into my local town. It was cold and wet, but at least I got this weeks workout in. Even saw a guy running in it, on his way to work! Crazy, but that is what it is like to live over here. We don’t always know the meaning of dangerous. It’s more about getting on with stuff no matter what. Illness? Take a tablet. Floods? Put on your wellies. Snow? Layers and walking boots are your friend. Extremely hot sun? Suncream up, and cover up but don’t stop what you are doing. I guess the constant weather whiplash made us a country of resilient individuals who just get on with it.
I once heard a group of tourists complaining about the heavy rain and extremely windy weather stating they were heading back to the hotel because they couldn’t shop in this. Meanwhile our high streets were filled with Brits who were going about their day, braving the rain and hoping their brollies would hold out. What is the lesson here then?
Well, it’s about the resilience of UK residents. No matter the time, place or weather- we are a nation of people who just get on with stuff.
Recently I produced a blog post writing an open letter to my younger self. This has myself thinking. What do I want to remember from now? What would I tell my future self? And so, here is a letter to my future self. Everything I want to say, know and do.
To Future Steph,
I have a few questions… Are flying cars real yet? Have we successfully built artificial intelligence? Who’s running the country…a robot? How’ve we done in life? Okay, I’ll stop asking, if we still have the same personality I know you want me to slow down. We are currently in our twenty-second-year of life… nearly twenty three, and we’ve finally decided what we want to do with life so, overall we are doing pretty well. And I hope we are still kicking arse now! With family, with work, with life in general.
So, it has been a pretty stressful time for us over the last few years but, we’re finally coming out of the other side. We graduated- dressed fabulously I might add, we have got a job and we are happy. I hope you still are. I just want to say that although there are things that may get you down in life- if you just stand your ground and believe in yourself we can do anything. I think we are doing pretty amazingly now. Oh, I thought of another question…has our brothers taste in music changed? Does he like classics such as AC/DC and not that stuff with beats and no lyrics….. If it hasn’t we need to do something stat.
Right, we are going on our first girls holiday soon to Barcelona and it will be beautiful and gorgeous. How are the girls? And who was the first one to have kids? We’ll be taking plenty of pictures to look back on so, if you forget about the adventure, there will be reminders. Oh, does Facebook still exist? As you can tell, we are still chatty and inquisitive but, I don’t expect that to change. Just remember to continue asking the hard questions, that will get you far in life. You are doing pretty good now I believe.
We are still keeping fit, standing our ground and trying to excel in life here. It’s the best way to achieve our goals. We’ve set a few new ones this year such as this very blog’s increasing traffic, and getting healthy, baking more for everyone and getting better. You know it is our year. WE DID THIS. Do we have loads of dogs? I think we do. If I know me! It is something we talk about and of course, we have more tattoos. If there is some way you can psychically tell me what we choose, I’ll get right on that. We are planning on two more tattoos this year at least. How big? And where? Well, we aren’t that far ahead just yet. We’ll figure it out.
How is the family? Is dad still embarrassing us with his dad dancing? I had a taster today and I’m scarred for life. You are probably still feeling the affect of that… I’m sorry, we should have closed our eyes. Is mum still baking bread and cakes? Or are they just travelling the world in their little motorhome while we worry? Currently, it looks like family life is getting back on track which is brilliant. Just remember- 1,2,3,4….7,8,9,10. Oh and if you want a laugh then just remember a few weeks ago when dad did a celebratory dance because he got the word ’emoji’ on Countdown. He’s probably still as competitive now. We are a few weeks into the six nations. Of course, you know the result so just send those positive vibes to the England rugby teams for us. Your the best.
Anyway, I think that’s enough for now. Although, we will talk again.
We’ve all gone through situations wherein, once the light at the end of the tunnel is close you wonder why you didn’t TRUST YOUR GUT. Because if you had trusted your gut, would you have ever been in that situation? Well that gut feeling, that INKLING you felt at the beginning of the situation. It was trying to warn you.
I like to start a daily prompt with a definition of the word. I find it helps when you’ve read the post. So here goes;
Inkling:a slight knowledge or suspicion; a hint
Cast your mind back to any time in your life. Whether it is meeting someone, or just witnessing something. Did you get that twinge in your gut then? You see, that was probably your brain telling you there is something suspicious happening. It was giving you a warning. And obviously, you shouldn’t only trust the inkling, you need to interpret that gut feeling because you are recognising these situations for a reason. So, it’s best to draw on those past experiences and ask yourself why? Why am I feeling this?
Now there are probably a few people who would rely solely on logic, disregarding the inkling/gut feeling but, are they truly disregarding it? Or do they still feel those same pangs and just pass it off as a logical response. But, psychologists and other professor/lecturer types have actually written articles on this with the idea that your ‘gut’ is actually a thing. Alongside that, we’ve all grown up with the age-old advice whether it is from our parents? grandparents? aunties and uncles? even friends? that you should “go with your gut”, “trust your gut” etc. As there are many different ways to say the same thing. If it doesn’t feel right, make the best decision for you.
This can also be said for taking jobs, interacting with co-workers and strangers, dates, randomers in the street. You utilise experience, logic and how you are feeling. It’s similar to the idea of being scared and your hair standing up on the back of your neck. While yes, it is a fear response there is some correlation between knowing when something isn’t right. Our bodies have developed simple ways to tell us, if something just isn’t right. Evolution at its finest. And we should trust those indicators because even if it isn’t a familiar situation, our brain and body is always working and it clearly recognises this situation.
In the end, it is truly up to you. But, if you get an inkling about a situation I’m a believer you should at least listen to what your inner self is trying to say. You never know- you may avoid that argument or worse if you trust that feeling next time. All I’m suggesting is, you could avoid some unnecessary stress if you rely on your instinct. And avoiding unnecessary stress is the best for anyone. It’ll make your life much easier. I think I’ll leave you with an age-old piece of advice that we should all consider. And you’ve probably heard it one-thousand times- TRUST YOUR GUT.
Who am I? It is the question we all ask ourselves throughout life. But do we truly know who we are? What part of yourself do you show to the world, exposing society to certain personality traits and what part of yourself do you choose to hide? Are you the secret bookworm? chick flick lover? sports fan? One Direction fan?
You see, there are people who choose to live their life out on social media- every event a photo opportunity, every holiday a chance to show people where you have ventured off too. And there are people who enjoy privacy, keeping some of their more favourite memories to themselves and the people who were there. And then, you have the people somewhere in the middle whom enjoy both a sense of privacy but, also reveal some part of themselves to the world. I think those people are the hardest to identify. Basically, we live our life based on the identity we create for ourselves and that identity is made up of a lot of different events, memories, genetics and so forth. It is that identity that even we don’t truly understand. So, just sit for a minute and ask…
WHO AM I?
I’ll tell you what comes to mind for myself. Well, first off I’m a graduate from University. So for myself, this signals the academic part of my identity- the person whom spent hours studying to get a degree. This further shows I’m a determined, smart individual who likes a challenge but this is the same part of myself that I choose to expose to the world and use to my advantage. It also shows my love of learning, you wouldn’t go to Uni and incur the debt if you didn’t like learning new things, if you didn’t want the challenge.
I’m a runner. I enjoy going for a run, it is a chance for an adventure and to explore. Again, I post my runs on social media so this is another part I choose to expose to the world. Why? Because I’m proud? Because I want to share my route with others who may want to go for a run? Yes, to both. I don’t however stop in the middle of a run to take a picture of myself because that defeats the purpose of my exercise. Yet, others do choose to do it. You see, that is a hidden part of who I am. The annoyance for those who stop in the middle of a run just to take a picture of themselves running, it is like when people exercise with a full face of makeup. Girl, if your makeup hasn’t moved at all while you exercise then you clearly haven’t done enough. It ain’t a beauty competition.
So you see, as you begin to think about who you are, using the exposed part of your identity you can begin to see the person underneath. And from my annoyance, you can dig deeper. Am I annoyed because they stop or put on the makeup? No. Or am I annoyed because they feel the need to tell the world what they are doing right in that minute? No. It annoys me, because it’s nonsensical. Some of these people, are the same ones who criticise others for doing it or complain when they aren’t getting stronger and healthier and fitter. It makes no sense. It’s nonsense.
I like the hidden parts of myself. I know them. It’s the me, I know. The one no one else can understand apart from myself. It allows for you to retreat into a version of yourself, for your eyes only. It gives you a freedom. Despite the fact that I can come off rather social, I’m truthfully not an extrovert. I’m an introvert. But, the identity I have out in society may not signal that as much as if you observed my true identity.
I just think it’s interesting to think about who you are? So, if you have some downtime just ask yourself who am I? Maybe you’ll reveal something you didn’t realise.
It is a fact of life- when we were younger, less experienced and innocent- a child we all imagined what life would be like. Who we would be when we grow up, who would stay in our lives and who would disappear. And nine times out of ten we all wished we could grow up faster. I’m 22, an adult-in-training and if I could go back to my younger self now there are things I would tell her. So, I’ve decided to write an open letter to myself. And maybe we should all do this. Is there anything you would have done differently or people you wished you’d have given more time too. The open letter is one way to get all of that out. Here goes…
To a redhead, blue eyed, freckled care-free yougster,
I’m here to tell you a few things. First off, that attitude you’re sporting at home is not impressive and in about a years time you’ll suddenly mellow out and wonder what all the fuss was about. If I could go back, I’d still push the same boundaries but not so loudly. However, I would thank you for this because without learning from that attitude I wouldn’t be able to harness the same confidence for job interviews, getting through university and meeting some amazing people. But we could have toned it down a bit.
Secondly, you’ll eventually get your own room at eight/nine so just put up with sharing for a little longer…He’s not that bad. Although, the trick of dumping his mess in his bed was the best thing ever because he always tidied up and it still works now. Maybe you could have gotten rid of some of the clutter before hand though because it took myself and mum a week to do when we finally sorted through everything. It was a pain and at heart we were all ready into the simplistic look so do yourself a favour and keep on top of the clutter instead of getting stressed.
And finally, embrace your hair. We are stuck with this for life so, just embrace it. The colour, the curls because now people try and dye their hair this colour and can’t. So, when someone teases you about your hair simply reply with “And? Your issue is…” That puts off the kids if they don’t know it bothers you. Also you are currently growing it out so you can wear you long, thick curly hair down more…so maybe tell mum you don’t want it cutting short that would have helped a lot. It’s a pain to grow now. Also, you are going to start to straighten it in secondary school so, it isn’t all bad. And when you start putting lowlights in and straightening it- nan does complain but you’ll carry on doing it regardless and she liked it actually once you didn’t put as many in.
Okay, so we’ve just started really getting into secondary school and focusing on studying. The first thing I’m going to tell you is that it is alright not to know what you want to do in life. As a kid, we wanted to be a load of things;
Nurse:Mum and dad can attest to the fact that this should not be your career choice. They had the bruises to prove it.
Teacher:You don’t have the patience for it. I remember getting bored every five minutes and wanting to do something else. Well you have more patience but if you do teach it would probably be at college level because you’ve now turned into one of those adults who can’t believe the mouth on young kids these days.
Athlete: So you fell down some stairs and that put a stop to that. But it’s all good because we like to go for a run now as it is a great de-stressing tool. Plus, by stopping the athletics you got to try out new things. For a start, you became more girly for a while. But, it’s all good because you’ve now settled on somewhere in between a girly girl and a tomboy.
And many other careers… But, at 22 we’ve finally made a decision. So it’s time to start trying to get into that. However, rest assured that you are young, we are still young and can try as many things out as possible. Life is not about money, it is about experiencing things, memory making and having fun.
We finally got that bookshelf and the double bed after years of asking. So it pays off. However, that book shelf is nearly full so the dream of owning a home with a library in one day may become a reality because we won’t be throwing away books anytime soon. The only thing we would probably change now is not asking for two colours in our room because as much as I still like blue and purple, turquoise was then and still is our favourite colour. And would probably match the curtains, carpet and bedding much better. Also, don’t put posters up…you get bored after a few months and now both the walls and doors are bare except for the faint marks of blue tack.
Thirdly, embrace the clumsiness. You not only fell down some stair aged 14 which resulted in a trip to the hospital, eight-twelve weeks of recovery and causing your mum stress on her day off but, the falling is going to happen a lot and you’ll always have bruises to prove it. Just last year, you damaged your ankle again which resulted in some very good friends convincing me to go to the hospital again but the year before that you couldn’t run for four weeks after hurting your knee while running. I’d say don’t push things when it comes to injury, don’t be stubborn but we still are now which gave mum and dad a lot of stress last summer.
Finally, you are now and were then a huge geek. With a love of action adventure films, marvel films, Doctor Who and many other sci-fi/ fantasy books, films and tv shows you aren’t exactly into the girly love films. You will sit and watch a few but they really aren’t your cup of tea. So, when you were putting on all that makeup, straightening your hair and attempting to fit in…well that is what sets you apart from others now. Basically, you should embrace your uniqueness because it’ll be much easier down the line and you’ll meet some amazing friends with the some of the same and different tastes as you.
You know when your parents tell you- you don’t stay friends with everyone in life? You should have listened much earlier. All the stress could have been avoided. In life, we don’t get on with everyone and if you’d have realised that sooner well a lot could have been avoided. Overall, if you hadn’t have gone through this though well, I don’t think I’d be the person I am now. It reminded me of myself, the person I liked who exuded confidence, embraced challenges and loved life and well, we are that person and more now. This doesn’t go without saying that some of the people you meet over these few years won’t still be in your life, and other still are and these are the people who are there for you no matter what. Just remember there are still those childhood friends who you still talk to, and even when you are busy know you will still be there. A click away.
You’ve applied for university and are waiting to get in. Well, you do. And we’ve just graduated with a 1.1 class honours degree so, we did something right. It is something to be proud of so as you make those difficult decisions, expel the negative energy and start to see your grades rise? Well you made the right decision. Be proud of getting an offer from all five universities, be proud of improving with your overall grade every year and be proud of achieving such an amazing result because it’s all us. We did it!
And finally, at 22 we are still an adult in training. We moved out for university which was the best decision in the end. At 22, we are still growing so don’t feel at 18+ that this is now the time you need to know everything in life. Because all that pressure isn’t good for anyone. Achieve the goals you set for yourself like you have so far. We’ve lost that weight, we run regularly, we eat healthily, we have some amazing friends and we are well on our way to becoming an amazing adult. Although, the best adults are those who never really grew up, the one with their inner child still joking about and laughing.
Still a redhead, blue eyed, freckled, but experienced slightly older youngster….
I got the idea for this post from a friend. We met for out new year catch-up as work schedules will make it difficult the next few weeks. It seemed like the theme of the day was having a clear out- of toys, of friends who don’t bother, of clothes. And that got me thinking- every year we talk about having a clear out but, how many of us do it? This ties in with a tweet I read recently. The poster said:
“Everyone talking about the people and things they are cutting off for 2018…I’ll cut you off as and when you deserve it…not a problem…bye.”
“If you spring clean your life of negative people or energy all year round you…never be miserable…”
And a facebook status wherein a completely different person posted a similar sentiment about not needing the beginning of the year to change? But, I’m not agreeing or disagreeing. I do set myself new year resolutions to follow and attempt to keep to them throughout the year. I just found it symbiotic that as I was wondering what to post about, the idea of a clear out in whatever shape or form kept coming up. Even in my family home, mum is on a mission to clear out and declutter. So, here goes.
Today I started with my own little clear out. For people who know me, and have lived with me- I like cleanliness, I don’t like clutter which is evident in the fact that my room is extremely tidy. Not a thing out of place. No little bits and bobs just laying around. Everything out has a purpose, something I use regularly. Every year at the beginning BECAUSE of all the new stuff we end up getting as I begin to put them away, I have a sort through. I may find a few hidden treasures and I throw other bits away. For me, this is good. As the saying goes “tidy room, tidy mind”.
Then again, I understand the idea to declutter your life. Even if you need a deadline to start it? Not everyone is as brave or as confident in themselves to declutter their own lives whether it be people, tackling your houses, tackling memories etc. The idea behind the clear out is a fresh start and with the new year just beginning people like to start afresh then and make a year of it. This way is gives them time. I can see the association between decluttering and the new year, new me stuff.
We’ve all been there. There comes a time wherein you may leave someone, something, or somewhere behind and it can be a great success (it was for me, I didn’t wait till the beginning of a year though) or it can be a failure. But, the new year brings a fresh start for a lot of people and it’s what they do in that year that defines them. So whatever you are decluttering, I hope you succeed. I hope it starts you on a new journey. And most of all, I hope it gives you peace of mind. In my own instance, I succeeded in life, I started a new journey and decluttering throughout the year always provides me peace of mind.
I’m going to end with a quote.
“Happiness is a place between too little & too much”- Finnish Proverb
It has been hectic over the Christmas period, what with working, finishing up the Christmas shopping, running in a Santa Run, seeing family and everything else the Christmas holidays entail. And now? It’s New Years Day. First of all, Happy New Year to you all. Can you believe it is 2018? So, my first post of the year will be about New Year Resolutions. We all make them, we try to stick to them and we succeed with a few but not everyone makes the whole year.
You know there are the popular ones that we all make at the beginning of the year i.e. lose weight, get to the gym, get a better job, achieve a goal we’ve talked about for a while or taking that trip you always put off. But, do we ever really complete them all? Well, I lost weight last year as I said I would, I got a 1.1 class honours degree- my goal for the year and I have a job, with hopes of getting a better one soon. So, I hit them last year.
This made myself think. If I did it last year, then I can do it this year so here are my New Year resolutions. We’ll see how many I can achieve.
1. Less Technology
And I feel I am on the way already. With a new phone, deleting a few apps that I don’t need and signing out of all my social media to only sign in when I need to- I’m on my way. I definitely feel like I have been on it less.
2. Carrying On With Last Years- Health and Fitness
I am determined to get all my health issues fixed, and continue to get fitter and healthier in general. I started the last couple years and I want to continue to succeed.
Determination is doing what needs to be done even when you don’t feel like doing it!
3. Get More Blogging Done
I definitely got more views and followers last year, and I want to continue this streak. So, I am going to be blogging at least once a week over the next year, and even more if I have a subject in mind. It is a little bit like therapy. You put yourself out there, talk about what you want- your dreams, or the things you’ve done/read/watched and people read it. I have to say my favourite post from last year is one I wrote rather recently about Brussel Sprouts.
4. It’s Up To Me
This I’ve already started. I’ll explain what I mean. Every year we end up doing things we don’t want to so, this year “it’s up to me”. And by that I mean, if I don’t want too, I won’t. Over the last few years I’ve undergone a transformation of sorts. I’m a confident person for the most part but, a few years ago that was shattered. It’s took a while but, I’m back to being me. So, it’s up to me. This year I’m doing me.
5. You Can’t Control Everything
And no that does not mean my room will suddenly turn into a gigantic tip. Clean room, clean mind. But, this year I’m going with the flow a bit more. It’s impossible to control every bit of your environment and I’m not going to try too either. It doesn’t mean I’ll be a pushover and do what everyone else wants, it just means I’m going to be more relaxed about things.
So this is my list. I hope to stick to these resolutions. It’ll be great blogging next year and saying I hit everyone. Because I am going to do it. But if I don’t, it is out of my control.
Not everyone has a lot of money at Christmas, whether it is because you don’t have a job, you are a poor student who needed to eat this semester, or you don’t like to spend a lot of at Christmas- this list is for you. There are cheap Christmas gift ideas to help you out, even though it is only a few days to go. I’m sure there are still people out there struggling. Sites such as Money Saving Expert suggest loads of cheap ideas for adults, family and kids so if you are struggling simply google cheap Christmas gift idea, set aside some time and get ready to give something useful and crafty to your family members.
Of course, some people don’t expect a lot for Christmas and you may be able to get gifts cheap through vouchers but, not everyone has that option. Here are five options for you:
1. Make Something
It’s simple, it’s easy and meaningful. Nine times out of ten, anyone would appreciate a handmade gift and for those who don’t? Well Christmas is about family, happiness and spending time together and NOT gifts so, in that case take it off them and let them be the grumpy person at Christmas whilst you have fun. Whether you teach yourself to knit, draw something, buy some card and use old scrabble tiles to spell out everyone’s- an original family tree type gift. It’s something and you won’t spend a lot. My nan makes something every year. A couple years ago, we had a very funny incident whilst she was in the middle of making loads of angels. They took on a rude shape before she finished them off.
2. A Favourite Photo
We all have memories. And your mum may talk about loving certain photos. So, remember what she said and buy a cheap frame from Wilkinsons. This gift is both thoughtful and can be given to friends too. We carry tons of photos on our phone and boots offers a cheap print off service. At most, you’ll spend a fiver.
3. Christmas PJ’s
It doesn’t matter where you buy the pjs, whether Primark or Tesco wait until the sales a week before Xmas and get them cheap. We all wear pjs, they are useful gifts and you’ll probably need a new pair by the end of the year. What are you waiting for? Buy some pjs.
4. Memory Jar
You buy food most weeks. Save your pickled onion jar, branston, mayo and rip the label off. Now find some paper in your house, write down some of your favourite memories but don’t fill it all the way to the top because then you can encourage the gift receiver to add their own memories throughout the year. Next Christmas you’ll be able to empty the jar and talk about some of your favourite memories from the year.
Everyone loves the presents they can eat at Christmas. You get to pig out on boxing day with these gifts. Pop to your local shop, pick up some flour, eggs and other baking items. Google a recipe and you’ll be set for Christmas. The person gets food for Christmas and you’ll have spent about £3-5 at most.
Love ’em or hate ’em, brussel sprouts cause debate across the nation. They aren’t everyone’s favourite vegetable, and people try to avoid them if possible unless you absolutely love them. Opinion is divided in my house, three people; myself, dad and nan love ’em and three others are forced to eat them once a year on Christmas day; mum, John and grandad. It is genuinely amusing to watch my brother cover them in mash potatoes and pull the face a two-year old makes when they are forced to eat something they don’t want or like.
Have you seen this years marmite advert? Wherein the people get a ‘genetic test’ to see if they are marmite lovers or haters…well that little boy who screams
“I hate it, I hate it” *and stomps off*
is my brother. I’m convinced there should be a Christmas themed version of the advert. Marmite makers? Get on it! If you haven’t seen it, here it is:
So, back to the sprout. I heard the most hilarious Christmas story on Radio 2 about confessions. It’s about brussel sprouts, a dog and a break-up after over the holidays. Here goes, this women had drifted from her partner and they’d decided to go to seperate places over the Christmas holiday. They shared a dog, and she took the dog with her for the holidays. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, well not in this case so after Christmas they decided to break up and he had the dog. Well before returning the dog to him, they’d got some leftover sprouts… the poor vegetable- it wants to be eaten and it is used a weapon… The dog had already had its breakfast but, she also gave him a bowl of sprouts. Let’s just say that would be one very long, smelly three hour journey back to his place. It had me in tears.
As you can see, the sprout gets a bad rap. Used as a weapon, left to go cold and abandoned in most houses but it isn’t all bad. I love a good brussel sprout. The more on my plate, the happier I am. But, it might not be up to you. I stumbled across a Facebook article from Derby University which suggested that loving or hating the brussel sprout is actually to do with your genes. So, it may not be your fault. For anyone interested, here is the link for you to read: Click here
For those who love ’em, carry on championing the brussel sprout and for those who hate ’em just because it could be a genetic preference it doesn’t mean you get to not eat them at Christmas (yes I’m talking to you mum). Embrace the marmite of Christmas, the brussel sprout is a brilliant little vegetable that deserves a little bit of love.