June is over already, can you believe it? For me, it’s been a good month with a few short holidays and the most beautiful sunny weather. I’ve started running again and spend my weekends in the sun. Not too bad! Now July’s here, my birthday month – I turn 24 in only a week. That’s why I thought it would be a good idea to make July a month to strive for slow living goals. I want to implement a few habits I should have started practising already and refocus on my goals for the year. But first, let’s recap my June goals:
+ Have a vegan day: This totally worked! I actually realised how much of what I eat is vegan anyway, so on days I wasn’t eating out/with friends a vegan day was no problem at all.
+ Switch off for one day a week: No comment. This didn’t happen at all. Maybe next month?
+ Turn my home into an urban jungle: Yes! I started growing my own avocado trees (thanks for the guide Siobhan!) and I got some more plants at the nursery. It’s really addicting, so I can’t wait to buy some more. I’ve also gotten into the habit of buying fresh flowers every week and it makes my home such a happy place.
+ Take ill-fitting clothes to the tailor: Didn’t happen. Soon, hopefully!
+ Make my own-iced tea: With the heatwave last week I definitely made some iced tea. Just very simple with earl grey tea and some lemon. Do you have any favourite recipes?
3 out of 5 – not too bad, right? And now:
5 slow living goals for July
+ Do nothing else while eating: I’ve started to eat at the table, without the TV or my phone nearby this week and it’s so hard! I don’t really want to admit how difficult I find it to do nothing besides eating – no scrolling through Instagram, no e-mail, nothing. I really hope this gets better over time, we’ll see!
+ Get enough sleep: I have gotten about 5-6 hours of sleep every night lately. Not completely catastrophic, but I’ve noticed that I’m tired all day every day as well as quite addicted to coffee again. I want to go to bed grandma-early and wake up refreshed every morning.
+ Start some kind of journal practice again: I feel like time is flying by so I want to be able to remember it in some way and reflect on the days. It needs to be something simple though, maybe a gratitude journal? Any tips?
+ Completely switch off on holiday: I’m going back to Uganda in two weeks and I seriously can’t wait! Just like last time, I want to stay away from the phone and internet completely.
+ Stop multiscreening: Another one that will be quite hard actually. I want to stop looking at my phone while watching Netflix and actually only do one thing at a time. Maybe this way I’ll actually remember what I’m reading/watching on TV!
These are my five slow living goals for the month. Nothing ground-breaking, but essential habits for a happier life I think. Did you try implementing these? Did it work? Let me know if you have any tips!