Preparing For The New Year

WOW! This is the last post of 2020. Can you imagine? The ending of this year feels so much more meaningful and monumental because of all that we have been through, don’t you think?

When I think of a new year, it feels like an opportunity for fresh starts, but I have honestly never looked so forward to it. And to get things started on a really positive note, I rounded up some of my best productivity and motivational posts from the year! From lessons I’ve learnt in my 20’s to finding myself discipline, here are some of the best HL posts to help you prepare for the year ahead.

Clearly, I have been carried away this year! Can you tell I am passionate about these topics? You definitely do not have to read all of them but I wanted to list all the ones that I think will serve YOU the best.

Hope this helps you feel motivated and ready for the new year. I will see you all in 2021!

Happy New Year my lovelies!

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Proverbs 16:3

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.”– Proverbs 16:3

This verse though! It is such a good reminder. I love the idea/notion that if I know in my heart that what I am doing is God’s will for me, then I can stop trying to put all the weight on my shoulders. I can stop stressing and start trusting. I can stop trying to do it all myself and surrender it to God.

There might be some people out there that would say it is a little crazy; and that is fine! That is to be expected. But I am telling you, there is nothing like the peace and confidence that comes from being obedient and submitting yourself to the Lord’s plan. It is like finding out the test was cancelled! Such a relief.

My consistency on my blog is coming back and I am excited. I hope you are too!

Love Always,

Liz Fashanu

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Things I’m Doing Right Now to Keep Me Happy.

What a year we have had right?

There is no doubt 2020 has brought so much of negativity, but I have always been (or tried to be at least) a glass half full kind of lady. I do not always succeed at it, but lately, I have been trying to remind myself of all the GOOD and everything making me feel happy right now. We have SO much to be grateful for.

I really want to spread that positivity to you guys too so I decided to write a little list! I am not saying this simple post will change your life, but maybe it will give you some ideas for what you can do for yourself in this area! 🙂

Being vulnerable with you guys

I have spent some time writing up a few future posts for my blog and one thing I have maintained is being open and honest about me. Sometimes it is hard to decide how much of my life to put online, especially since we know not everyone is looking out your best interests. Although there is so much I do keep away from socials, I find being open with you guys and sharing certain aspects of me kind of therapeutic for me. It reminded me how much of a community I have here and I feel so much love and support. All of that to say, if you have something weighing on you or on your mind, share it with someone! Being vulnerable is hard, but can make you feel like a weight is lifted.

Walking

During the first lockdown when gyms were closed, I shared how much I loved my prayer walks. Well, when gyms resumed I split it between outside walks and uphill walks on the treadmill. We are only a few days into the second lockdown and I’m already missing the gym SO much, I had really found my mojo! But that will not stop me anyway, full time walks outside it is! It feels SO good to get outside, breathe deep and move – even if it is just for 20 minutes.

Giving myself grace

It is so easy for us to apply so much pressure on ourselves. We want to get everything perfect and have life floating at all times. I have really taken a step back the past few weeks to just enjoy my life, my career and ensure I am being present in my life. Giving myself grace is something I have been learning to do for the last few years because as much as I hate to admit it, I can not do it all! So anytime recently where I have beat myself up for not doing “enough” I remember to give grace and it’s so cathartic.

Spending quality time with loved ones

Whether that be a quick Facetime call, WhatsApp voice-note or even calling to check-in. I am ensuring that I am being more intentional with spending time with my loved ones. Since we are so restricted with meeting face to face, we have so many other platforms to stay in contact and I really am trying to utilise them all!

Working out

I use the term “working out” loosely now that gyms are closed again! I had built up a very good streak before Lockdown 2. I really do feel better when I move my body so it will be lots of walking and stealing mum’s bike to cycle for the next month! I do enjoy home workouts too and will continue to incorporate a few a week (Chloe Ting and Fitness Blender are my favs).

Studying the bible

Whenever I feel like I am getting overwhelmed or too busy, getting back to studying the bible always makes my heart feel full.

Sunday planning to get ready for the week

Sometimes I am really on top of this and honestly, sometimes I am not at all, but I have been lately and it is been making such a big difference in my work week! I know it does not feel fun to think about work on Sunday, but if it can make the week even a little easier, it is so worth it. Highly recommend!

Using and experimenting with candles & essential oils

2020 has been rough in a lot of ways but it was the year that I got into essentials oils and I am so grateful for that! They make every day happier for me, T K Maxx does a range of amazing candles that I love that I am obsessed with!!

As I said, I know this is not a life-changing post, but I hope it encourages you to do something for yourself that makes you happy!

Love Always,

Liz Fashanu

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