LIFESTYLE | Hello January

Well, 2018 has arrived and it’s officially the 1st January. We’re welcoming a new year – some of us may be nursing hangovers, others may already be well into their new year’s resolutions and me? Well I’m off to go shopping and try and shift some of my birthday and Christmas money on a new pair of decent quality jeans. Fun times. Wish me luck.

January can often bring the arrival of mixed emotions – many people feel deflated that Christmas is over for another year or that they haven’t achieved the dreams they wanted to in 2017. But there’s a lot of things to look forward to this month, too.

If facing the gym five times a week or giving up caffeine is too much pressure, here’s five reasons why January is still going to rock.

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Maze Runner: The Death Cure arrives on our screens this month and if you’ve watched the two previous movies – or read the books – you’ll be just as excited as I am. If you’re not up to speed, the whole series begins with a boy called Thomas waking up in a maze with just boys and having no memory of who he is. I’d suggest catching up on the other two films about the dystopian world before watching this final one, because it’s definitely a story worth reading (or rather watching. Or both. As the books are amazing too). Starring Dylan r Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario and Thomas Brodie-Sangste (the now grown up cute kid from Love Actually), this film is one you won’t want to miss.
Maze Runner: The Death Cure will be released on the 26th.

In a month where everyone is skint and oh-so-serious, a lighthearted book like Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet is just the ticket. The book is a collection of short stories all about “how they met” (aka the meet cute!) by popular Young Adult authors of today. Though some are dubbed to be heartbreaking, some stories such as two teens hiding out from the police at a house party and a magazine intern meeting a rock star will surely put a smile on your face. The short – but sweet – tales will be a nice way to set the scene of 2018.
Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet will be released on the 2nd.

I haven’t listened to Fall Out Boy in a long time – at least not their recent stuff – but I don’t need to to be excited for their upcoming album, M A N I A. Everything they do is amazing. Still, I decided to finally catch up and listen to a few of their singles from the new release and I was pleasantly surprised. It’s definitely a huge step away from their classic sound, but it seems they’ve experimented more and more with each new album and this isn’t a bad thing. Patrick’s voice still sounds amazing, the lyrics are still bangin’ and the music is still good – if different.
M A N I A will be released on the 19th.

Today marks the start of Veganuary 2018! I’ve spoken about this in previous years, I know, and blogged about it a lot but if you haven’t already, you should totally try it. Here are some reasons why: The lives of 3.8 million animals were saved by people participating in Veganuary 2016, you’ll feel so helpful taking part, you’ll likely lose weight, you’ll become more creative with your food and, finally, a challenge is always fun, right?! I went from being a Mcdonalds addict/meat lover to a full on vegan in the space of one day back in 2015 when I first tried it. Since then, I’ve done Veganuary twice, dabbled in being vegan throughout the past two years and finally committed to becoming a full on vegan recently. Give it a go. You won’t be disappointed.
Veganuary starts now and runs until the end of the month!

Two years ago today, I started looking at my blog in a different way and re-launched the entire thing with a new name, layout and own domain. Now, it’s time for another change. I’m currently in the process of migrating my blog over to WordPress (god it’s scary!), trying to mix up my content and taking on a few other smaller changes (like more specific and catchy blog titles). It doesn’t look like much right now, but over the next week or so, hopefully it’ll all be up and running, complete with a shiny new sophisticated layout. Here’s hoping it all goes smoothly, anyway..!

What are you looking forward to this month? Let me know!Also, can I just praise how damn satisfying it is to start the new year on a Monday?!