I’m totally in Crimbo Limbo, the odd bit of time between Christmas and New Year. I’m enjoying no morning alarm and having some lazy days with the kids (well as lazy as you can get while looking after 3 kiddos). It’s given me a bit of time to be reflective on 2015. I thought I’d write a round up of the things that I have loved in 2015. I would wholeheartedly recommend all of these things for your 2016.
I’m completely obsessed with this amazing Pixar animation. It was my top film of 2015 by far. If you haven’t seen it get the DVD immediately! The characters are adorable and there are so many clever touches. It is such a positive message for children to embrace all of their emotions. It made me very nostalgic about Sofia’s younger days. Rolando watched it with Sofia and cried (and then cried again when he saw it again!) It was a reminder that my kids are growing up so fast and that I should savour all of the special moments with them.
The Theory of Everything
I watched this film with Rolando on his birthday. This is a totally different film but equally brilliant. Eddie Redmayne is incredible in his portrayal of Stephen Hawking, I was so pleased he won the Oscar for his performance. I loved the human story at the heart of this film, the development of the characters and their relationships over a lifetime. I also enjoyed spotting familiar sights from around to Cambridge, where we live. Tissues are required!
This is a very recent discovery (recommended by a fellow mum of three including twins at http://www.from3to5blog.wordpress.com). This is a guided meditation app that is designed to give you some daily calm. Even in the short time I’ve been using it I can feel the benefits. You start off with a series of 10 minute daily meditation sessions, called take 10 (which is free) There is a very wide range of additional content to work through (which you need to pay for). It is like buying a gym membership for your mind. I would recommend this to anyone who finds life stressful or is experiencing anxiety. I’m really looking forward to continuing with this in 2016.
The Gratitude Diaries
This is my favourite book of 2015. Written by Janice Kaplan it details her year long experiment with finding daily gratitude. Unlike some self help type of books there is a lot of knowledgeable expert content and sound science. It is very well written I love the authors friendly conversational style. I actually felt a bit sad when I finished this book and bought it as a Christmas present for my mum. It really influenced my thinking and have given me a different perspective.
Cambridge Botanic Gardens
On a bit of a whim I bought an annual pass to Cambridge Botanic Gardens. It has more than paid for itself. It has fast become my happy place. Even though it is in the centre of the city it feels miles away from the cities bustle. Being in such a beautiful place is like therapy, it is so relaxing. The kids love having tonnes of space to run around and explore. It is also very manageable to take the three kids here on my own – no worrying about them getting run over or breaking things! Although the big pond and water fountain have led to a few near misses. It was great for picnics in the summer and beautiful to see the Autumn colours too.
Have you enjoyed any of these things too? What have you loved in 2015?