Back to normal & back to work

Today, I’m back to normal. After all the festivities of Christmas and new year, an after a month of having a poorly hubby at home recovering from an operation, we are finally heading back to work and back into our normal routine. I know many people went back to work last week, but today pretty much everyone is at work and the children are heading back to school so I know that most of you will be feeling the same way that I do today, which is slightly anxious, overtired and a little bit flat. They don’t call it Blue Monday for nothing!

The second week of January usually has a lively back-to-school atmosphere, with more cars on the road, child-focussed Christmas TV schedules abandoned and Chris Evans back on the BBC Radio 2 breakfast show (I don’t even bother listening when the replacement radio presenters are broadcasting over holidays!), so that means that the whole country is waking up earlier and getting into the swing of 2014. I am excited about what the year has in store for us and I’m keen to get back to my full-time blogging work, but after such a prolonged period of rest, I’m wondering how I will get on – will I even remember how my regular schedule went? I’m sure I had a routine that I used to follow each day to keep me on track but all I can think about today is lunch at 12:30!

And that brings me onto another thing that I’ve got mixed feelings about – getting back into a normal eating routine. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has abandoned their usual healthy eating plan in favour of eating After 8’s after 8 AM and replacing lunch with a pot of Pringles? Every year I think that I’ll only over-indulge during the one week of Christmas, but this year I actually started my festive eating schedule before my birthday at the start of December and I’ve been steadily munching my way through snacks, chocolates and big roast dinners – with the intention of finishing it all up before today. Because today I will stop the scoff and get back to normal – if only I could remember what I used to eat! Has it really been that long since I cooked a proper dinner? I’m going to have a look through the old Slimming World recipe book and write out a list!

happiness gratitude jar new year craft project for 2014

Gratitude jar by Rhian Thomas via Pinterest

But on a more cheerful note, the new year is not just about depriving myself of Lindt and knuckling down to work, it’s about aiming to create a creative, happier and more productive version of me! So I can happily report that I’ve been writing interesting and humorous entries in my new mustard-yellow diary (instead of the usual ‘ate this, went there’ records) and I’ve been collecting together notelets, Post-its and writing paper in order to start my happiness jar – a similar idea to this gratitude jar above that I found on Pinterest. I think this is a great idea for keeping track of positive moments and keep my mind’s-eye looking out for special moments. It can only be a good thing to take time out to appreciate and record natures miracles or joyous events, and I’m already looking forward to opening it up at the end of the year – or whenever I need cheering up at any time! Sounds good, huh?

So I hope you have an easy transition back into your daily routine, whatever you’re doing and you can always chat with me if you need a bit of cheering up or some grumpy commiserating! I’m @Cassiefairy on Twitter or leave me a comment below 🙂

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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