Working a 9 to 5 (or in my case, a 9 to 9) job can leave you feeling, well, meh. It’s all too easy for life to become a bit monotonous and senseless – you get up for work, scribble some make-up on your face, office, lunch, coffee, train home, dinner in front of Eastenders and then bed, only to do the same thing all over again the next day. It’s not a good way to live, and I’ve found it takes me a lot of effort to avoid slipping into. I’ve said it before, but it’s the small things that can really make a difference, that can turn your senses up such that life is a little less grey and a little more multi-coloured.
I am genuinely rubbish at running (think Phoebe in Central Park) but it makes me feel good so I do it anyway! I hated running at first, it would always give me a stitch and I felt like I was making no progress at all with it (I’d reach the end of the street and would feel like I’m dying), but over time it has gotten easier. I get a rush running around the lake at Burgess Park as the sun is going down – it’s worth the pain for the pretty view alone. I also think it’s been good for my mental health, I’m not quite sure why but life seems a bit more together since I started running.
My first thought when I wake up in the morning? TEA! I know this makes me awfully British, but I can’t function without a decent cuppa. I’m quite particular about my tea. It has to be in my favourite mug, with just a dod of milk, and the water has to be boiling hot. My in-laws once bought us a kettle for Christmas which allowed you to choose the temperature of the water – needless to say, it went straight back to the shop because there is only one acceptable temperature for tea water and that’s boiling (Texans…).
Whether it be a weekend break in the Cotswolds or a super duper trip to Japan, I can’t get by without having a holiday on the horizon. It’s almost impossible to work late nights without knowing there’s some reward at the end of it. A new city to discover, the seaside, a dip in the pool – the prospect of new adventures keeps me sane on grey, rainy days in the office.
Anyone who has followed Take Courage for any amount of time will know all too well how a shop filled with rails of vintage clothing and bric-a-brac gives me heart flutters. When we head to Sunbury Antiques Fair, I can feel my adrenaline kick in as we park the car – I’m itching to get to the stalls and find all the treasures before anyone else does! Some people get a buzz from hard drugs, I get a buzz from vintage hunting.
Playing the ukulele
I started learning to play the ukulele when I sat in the Corporate department for three months. 3am finishes were a daily occurrence, and I couldn’t take it anymore – I needed something new in my life, something fun and relaxing and frivolous. The ukulele is all three of those things. When I’ve had a bad day, I just pick it up, serenade Chutney, and life gets a little rosier.
I eat out far too often than my bank budget (and waistline) allows, but there’s nothing I love more than sharing a burger with the Texan, or catching-up with friends at one of my favourite restaurants in London. I have barely planned a thing for our trip to Japan, but I have already planned all the places we’re going to eat at! For me, eating out is a treat which I can’t do without on a Friday night.
How do you live your life with your senses turned up? Are there any small things that you do, without which your life would become a little too meh for your liking?
Twining’s have launched a weekly competition where you can win prizes on their Facebook page – all you have to do to enter is post a photo on the theme of the week using the hashtag #drinkitallin on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. This week’s theme is – you guessed it - "How do you live your life with your senses turned up?". You can find more info on the Twining’s Facebook page!