6 January 2021

6 Little Things to Do in 2021

Going into the new year and lockdown 3.0 hasn't been easy to say the very least, am I right? I know I'm not wrong. And, although I was feeling somewhat optimistic about the year ahead, I'm also absolutely shitting myself with the amount of uncertainty surrounding well, every aspect of my life. 

Everything is up in the air for us all thanks to our lovely Boris, so I'm able to find solace knowing I'm not alone. It just feels hard to comprehend what's next for us all, so it's best not to even try. But, what we can do is focus on the details we can control without setting goals or our expectations too high. In fact, my 2021 things to do list isn't a list of goals at all. Just ways to feel or things to consider when we're capable.

Watch that show everyone has been insisting you binge

We all have that one series everyone has been dying for us to watch (that can usually be found on Netflix), but no matter how hard they plea or, how good the plot sounds, we just never do. Well, until this year...maybe. 

Today I'm the friend telling you to get the snacks out, get your favourite pyjamas on and start watching something new. Something all consuming and worth every minute of your downtime. You won't regret it. Nope.

Whether it's Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Good Wife, Lost or Sons of Anarchy, this year might just be the year you find time to sit down and get watching. And, just to confirm the above mentioned shows are all ones I've watched and LOVE. Shows I will watch again, maybe even this year too because why not?! 

Get outside, even just for five minutes

Okay. Yes, I want you to enjoy lazy days and watch TV but, you should also take a break and spend time outdoors too. 

With the amount of time we've all been spending inside over the past year (omg, it's almost been a year?!), we owe it to ourselves to step outside when the sky is clear. 

Aimlessly walk, explore your local area and breathe in fresh air. You don't have to walk for long, a few minutes will do. But, I promise you'll feel awake when you return home. Your brain will feel less foggy and your mental health will pick up little by little. 

This year, after a wonderful walk around my local National Park, I've vowed to take myself on a little adventure at least once a week, and it's been lovely so far.

Say goodbye to the toxic relationships in your life

Whether it's a dwindling relationship, the world's most unreliable friend or a relative who makes you feel worthless, this year you must let them go. Save yourself. Save your sanity and take control back. If 2020 taught us anything it should be that time is precious and not to be wasted on those who bring us down. 

I took my own advice on this matter towards the end of last year and decided that communicating with a certain someone only caused my mental health to decline. When I stood back and sought advice from another family member or two, I soon realised I wasn't the problem. The way they were making me feel had absolutely nothing to do with me and everything to do with their unaddressed issues. Thus, goodbye to that relationship in 2021. 

Make new friends online 

It's the strangest, loveliest feeling getting to know someone who lives elsewhere in the UK or abroad and making a profound connection beyond those of your existing friend group. 

Last year I connected with so many wonderful creatives and these days I'd most definitely call them my friends. I wouldn't of found them if it wasn't for my blog or Instagram but, you don't need to be a blogger to make lasting friendships. We all share so much of our lives online that it's so easy to find common interest and reach out, especially when sometimes you might not feel like talking to a real life friend or relative. 

These days, some of those I seek advice from, inspire me to be a better person or relate to me wholeheartedly, are other 20s women I've never met and, I kind of love that. So, don't be shy. Engage, respond and open up to new friends.

Cook something new occasionally 

Something you might not know about me is that I'm an absolute foodie. I cook dinner every night for myself and my partner, and I love every moment. I spend a lot of time in my little kitchen and find cooking entirely cathartic. I want you to find that same spark of joy when you're cooking this year because the ultimate act of love can be found through creating a delicious meal, even if it's just for you...especially if it's just for you actually.

We all have household staples like spag bol, curry or a stir fry but, every now and again why not join me and try something entirely new? Over the past year doing just this has opened up my world! I'm a better cook than ever simply because I realised that a lot of dishes I might have thought were out of my depth were actually much easier than I'd imagined, or at least worth the extra effort. So, grab your recipe books, research some new dinner ideas and get creative! My current favourite? Beef stroganoff.

Be gentle with yourself

Above all else just be nice. Treat yourself with the love and kindness you deserve. Things have been rough after all and, you don't need any extra angst in your life. 

Wake up early, drink water, eat your favourite breakfast and pamper yourself. 

Sleep in, don't reply to messages straight away, order that takeaway and drink your best gin.

This year it's your time to live unashamedly, put your needs first and do whatever makes you feel good. Every. Damn. Day!


  1. I love all of these. It's great to acknowledge that a step so small can snowball into major positive shifts in life, and these are all great "little" ideas to start with!

  2. I feel like 2020 was a great year to identify some of the more toxic relationships in our lives. With 'in person' plans cancelled, we had the opportunity to see how not seeing some of these people impacted our overall health and happiness. What did I realize? There were people that I was seeing ALL THE TIME due to mutual friends, mutual events, etc. that I desperately needed to remove from my life.

    1. Most definitely. We've had plenty of opportunity to evaluate some of the most important relationships in our lives and truly conclude who / what we value and what we deserve moving forward x

  3. Great tips - most of all be gentle with yourself. I'm not very good with that and definitely need to work on that

  4. These are all great things. I tried to keep myself busy with work and recipe development in the first lockdown and Christmas prep got me through the second so number three is dedicated to the binge watching I've been neglecting! I'd love to work on some more online friendships too x


    1. I love that you've been cooking a lot, that makes me happy. Christmas food honestly got me through the last lockdown too! I picked up COVID late November and once my taste / smell came back I cooked my heart out and now pack a lot of punch into all my meals x

  5. Anonymous07 January

    so true! getting outdoors even just for a few minutes can instantly clear up the mind !

  6. I've been trying to take daily walks and cooking new things whenever I can as it keeps life a little exciting for me! Thanks for the suggestions gal x

  7. I love all of these. I am definitely also wanting to make new online friends! All the best with your resolutions.

  8. Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes! I agree with each and every single one of this - especially about going outside and saying goodbye to the toxic relationships. Loved this post!

  9. I love these! In fact we should all be aiming to do them. I definitely need to improve my cooking skills. I love baking and will branch out and try different things. But when it comes to cooking I usually just stick to the same things. It’s time I expanded my culinary horizons x

  10. I've definitely been binging on netflix!

  11. These are lovely. Definitely trying to do all of these this year haha

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  13. I nailed the top one wooooo! Everyone was telling me to watch How To Get Away With Murder and I finally watched it all. So glad I did!

    Katy | www.katystephenson.com


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