I’ve been pretty open about the fact that feeling a loss of control when it comes to life has been my most dominant emotion these past few weeks. Having said that, I feel as though I may be getting my mojo back! Finally!
Whether it has been as a result of the weather, hormones or the fact that I’ve just been a bit unwell, I don’t know. What I do know is that I can see my mojo poking over the horizon and I couldn’t be more relieved.
I thought that I’d talk you through some of the things that I have been enjoying recently in a bid to help you find your missing spark.
That’s the thing about Jazz music isn’t it? Whether I’ve been at home with candles on when it’s pouring it down with rain outside or I’m driving to Oxford on the sunniest of days, I don’t know a time when Take 5 by Dave Brubeck has played and it hasn’t chilled me the eff out. Jazz just seems to have that magic about it.
Recently, I have been listening to a lot of Tom Misch who has such a fresh take on jazz music which is so inspiring. I definitely recommend listening to Water Baby, Wake Up This Day and South Of The River. If you’re a lover of jazz, hip-hop and low-key funk, you’ll be onto a winner.
Talking of driving to Oxford, I’ve been spending a lot more of my time there recently because no matter what the weather, I’m finding it a really inspiring place to be.
I appreciate living so close to Oxford a lot more now than I did when I was younger. It has a really laid back air to it which is so refreshing when you feel as though you’ve been a bit too caught up in the whirlwind of everyday life. It also helps that they’ve recently opened a COS there too but let’s brush over that.
You know those days where you can’t find anything to watch and spend a lifetime scrolling through Netflix in the hope that something will grab your attention? Well that is exactly how I stumbled across this beaut of a documentary.
Expedition Happiness follows a couple and their dog who decide to go on a road trip across North America in a refurbished school bus and yes, it is as awesome as it sounds.
I don’t know what it was, but I found Felix and his girlfriend Selima so comforting to watch. It’s human nature to seek comfort in others similar to you and I think that was why this documentary had such an effect on me.
The couple realised that with everything that they had (love, success, money and a beautiful loft) that they weren’t happy so decided to embark on this journey.
Watching Expedition Happiness gave me confidence in the fact that it’s so much better to follow your own path instead of feeling pressured by what everyone else is doing. This documentary will inspire you in a way that sticks.
This is my cat Flo and I had to mention her in this post because she is the ultimate sass pants.
I wear my cat lady badge with pride and I call Flo my shadow because she goes with me everywhere. She knows when I’m not feeling my best and I honestly don’t know what I would do without her. I love you buddy.
This may seem like a bit of an odd one considering that I’m going to be 27 this year but one of the things that has really been affected as a result of my OCD and anxiety is my ability to concentrate when it comes to reading.
For me, reading has become so difficult that I even struggled with re-reading the Harry Potter books and when you’re struggling with Harry Potter, shit really has hit the fan.
I had a conversation with my therapist about how I missed getting lost in a really good book and she suggested beginning with books designed for a younger audience. I loved Jacqueline Wilsons books and would pick them up to read over and over again as a child so it only seemed natural that I would go back reading her work. I decided to pick up Bad Girls and I have to say, so far so good.
It seems a lot of people that I know have been feeling shitty recently and I hope that everyone discovers exactly what they need to help them get their mojo back. No matter how big or small.
Hang in there folks. The skies will clear.