My Slow(er) Living Challenge: Week 2

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Hello you lovely lot! How are you all doing this week? I'm back with another review of my slow(er) living challenge - you can catch up with my other posts here if you're interested!

THE CHALLENGE

This week's challenge was the one I was most looking forward to - reading for an hour a day! I'm a total bookworm and find reading SO relaxing, so I knew I was going to enjoy this one.

DID I MANAGE IT?

Pretty much - I managed at least an hour of reading everyday except for Saturday when I had an early start was out at the races all day. I did make sure I made up for it with some extra reading yesterday, so I'm calling this week's challenge a success!

I did quite a lot of travelling for work this week which meant I had plenty of down time to dedicate to reading. I think that maybe I would have struggled a bit more if I'd been at home all week, as I can usually always find something else more important that needs to be done, but I've enjoyed reading so much that hopefully I'll be able to use that as a motivation moving forwards.

I found that having a Kindle has been a lifesaver this week - it meant that I wasn't having to lug a spare book around with me on my London trips, and I had no excuse to give up on the challenge once I'd finished the book I was reading. I also really enjoyed getting stuck into some magazines - it's rare these days that I ever have any time to flick through a glossy, but this week I read both Stylist and Red magazine cover to cover. It really made me remember why I used to loved magazines so much!

WHAT HAVE I LEARNT?

I'm coming away with a few learnings this week. First up is the fact that nothing switches my brain off quite like reading. All of the books I read this week were fiction titles, and I think that getting lost in the worlds and stories of made up characters was the perfect antidote to a busy week.

Secondly, I realised that on the days when I read before bed, I dose off much more quickly! I suppose this is an obvious one, but I really did notice a huge difference, and so moving forward, I'm committing to putting my phone away and getting stuck into a good book for half an hour before bed time.

Finally, it was so much fun to carve out a good chunk of time every day to do something I really enjoy! It made me realise how often we just go through the motions of the day without ever stopping to think about how we actually want to spend our time. That's definitely a lesson I want to remember moving forwards!

WHAT’S NEXT?

This week's challenge definitely lives up to the word "challenge" - I'll be trying to eat only home cooked meals for 5 days this week. Sam and I both love to cook, but we've definitely got into lazy habits of eating out or relying on ready meals too much. All of the travelling I do for work can make eating fresh, home cooked food difficult too.

However, I'm going to give it a really good stab! I spent most of Sunday afternoon prepping and cooking up a storm yesterday, so I'm off to a good start at least...