Mai Mornings Playlist (+ Starting afresh)

Guess who’s back!?

*happy dance

It’s been a little over a year since my last post and in all honesty, I didn’t plan for that to happen. I certainly didn’t expect that it would take a full year to get back on track but believe me when I say, time can do wonderful things and sometimes somethings just need that; time. Time to heal, grow and rediscover were the main reasons for my absence.

If like me, you love a good update story you’ll be happy to know that next week I’ll be publishing a post catching you up and telling you what you can expect to see here on HelloHenrietta.com in the future. So as it’s been a very long minute I’d like to start by firstly apologising for my unexpected year-long hiatus and re-introduce myself with a few facts about me.

HelloHenriettacomHi my name is Henrietta, writing is my “thing” and I love to travel. I’m a huge fan of all kinds of music, a huge advocate for self-care, mental health and wellness, Fascinated (not sure if that’s the right word to use) by true crime stories, Obsessed with Wikipedia (My goal in life is to have my own page), I also have a penchant for Korean Dramas and like most people I have my personal struggles and sometimes those roadblocks get the best of me. 

I wanted to ease back in with a music post as it’s the beginning(ish) of spring and it seems fitting to make a return with something that brings me the most joy; music. Over the last several months, I have built a few routines that have shaped my days for the better. Today, I’ll let you in on one of my Morning Routine musts; a morning playlist. Sound’s simple but man is it effective.

A playlist to reflect the stillness and slow rise of the sun

 As soon as I wake, I begin what I like to call my ‘AM Habits’ ( You can look forward to a post on that soon). One of the first things on that mental (and physical) to do list is to take time in all that I do. This means no checking my phone and letting what I see dictate the mood for the day. Taking my time allows me to be present in every moment be it making my bed, deciding which elixir to whip up that morning or setting my intention for the day ahead. What helps during this mindful time is listening to silence (something I’ve grown to appreciate) or playing music that reflects that stillness of fresh mornings and the slow rise of the sun. 

I’ve created a playlist for May/Spring mornings; perfect for those mornings where you want to start the day off at a steady pace and gradually get to the place where you feel as though you can take the day on.  I really hope this playlist helps you start your day off on the right foot. Try playing this first thing in the morning as you go about your usual routine and let me know how your mornings differ if at all. I’d love to know! It feels so good to be back and have a creative outlet again ~ cheers to starting afresh. Have a great week!

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My New Year’s Resolutions | 2015

“LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST & DO WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY”

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Take more Pictures / Photo Journal

Taking pictures is a nice way to spark creativity! Other than a Journal I think it is the best way to document and treasure those moments in life that can otherwise easily become faded memories. I’ve always loved taking pictures but spent most of my younger years shying away from the lens. One day I was looking over some photographs and realised that I was missing from the photo’s even though I clearly remembered being there. It made me realise I was losing  out on keepsake memories and I vowed then to suck up my fear of the camera lens in favour of the memories. I’ve gotten better over the years and this year I’ve decided to take more pictures of the things I get up to and the places I go in a bid to have long lasting memories which I can share with my kids in years to come.

Join a Book Club

Last Year I made a goal to read more; which I did successfully. I even started to listen to audiobooks to get through more books. This year I’d like to join a book club. It may sound a little ‘grandma-ish’ but It’s a great way to socialise with people who love reading and like to discuss them too (with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine!ha!) Imagine having a TV Show that you’re hooked on and have no one to discuss it with…It would make every cliff hanger and every exciting moment unbearable to contain. I have friends who watch the same TV shows as me but no one to share my love of books so that is why I think joining a book club would be awesome.

 Personal Development

This resolution covers my quite a few different areas; Health, Fitness, Wellbeing and generally brushing up on my skills and continuing to educate myself through courses and reading. 

I’ve started doing yoga and I’ve been loving it! Taking out a few moments for yourself and setting intentions for the day is a great way to start the day. You may not think it but it’s also a great way to break  sweat and build muscle too. It’s all around beneficial  for the mind, body & soul. As well as yoga I’d like to start running this year.

Today marks a week since I embarked on a vegan lifestyle, predominantly eating a 97% plant based diet. I’ve chosen to do this for ethical reasons as well as the health benefits plus intuitive eating has always felt the best choice. I was a Vegetarian for 11 Years or so, so it naturally feels good to me. I’ve been easing into becoming a Vegan over the last few weeks and loving the difference in the amount of energy I’ve gained and i’m looking forward to where this new journey will take me.    

Write a Cookbook

This last one is a recycled resolution from last year. I failed to make it happen last year so this year I’m really hoping to tackle this one; writing a cookbook. Nothing fancy, not planning on publishing it, I just think it would be a really nice idea to start writing down recipes in a rustic/vintage book in the hopes that one day i can pass it down to my children and they can pass it on to theirs 🙂

So that’s it! My goals for this year, let’s see if I stick to them.

Hope you’re all having a great start to the year!

What are some of your New Year’s resolutions?