My 2019 New Year's Resolutions

Sunday, 3 February 2019
Long time no blog! The last few months have been very hectic. I've been focusing on my final year of university and the post-grad job hunt so unfortunately, the blog has had to be on the backburner for a few months. Having a little time off over Christmas has really motivated me to do some writing again, so I thought I'd share my new year's resolutions for 2019. And yes, I know it's February, but better late than never?

1. Continue rock climbing. 
2019 will be my third year climbing but it's only over the last few months that I've started to take it more seriously. Now I have my own equipment and some buddies to climb with, I'm really noticing myself improve. Over the next year, I want to carry on climbing frequently and hopefully improve to meet two mini goals: bouldering a V4 route and to climb to the top of a lead climbing route for the first time. 

2. Read 52 books (but not necessarily new ones).
Reading 52 books a year has been my goal for the last few years. A book a week is a good pace for me so whilst it's a goal I know I'll meet, I'd like to be a bit more mindful about how I get my hands on my books. First of all, I've got a few books on my bookshelf that I'd like to reread before donating to the charity shop. I'm trying to downsize my book collection so that it fits onto one bookshelf. And I'd also like to start using the library/my Kindle rather than buying more books. Not that I don't love books, but I'm moving so I've been trying to declutter.

3. Visit 8 new countries.
This sounds like a very ambitious goal but technically it feels like cheating. In January, I visited Dublin to hang out with Becky. I've also booked myself a trip to the Balkans for after my exams which goes through 5 different countries. So at the moment, I already have plans to visit 6 new countries within the first few months of the year. I'd also like to try and visit a new continent - I'm thinking maybe a winter sun trip to Morocco or South East Asia, we'll see. 

4. Eat less meat.
I'm becoming increasingly uneasy about the effects of meat on the environment. Whilst I can't see myself becoming a vegetarian anytime soon, I'd like to try and reduce my meat eating. I'm aiming to only eat meat 4 days of the week. And I'm hoping that once I'm used to eating less meat, it will be easier to eat it even less frequently. Send me your favourite veggie recipes, please.

5. Pass my driving tests.
I started learning to drive in 2015 but stopped after about 20 lessons. Which I really regret. I think that if I throw myself back into it, I can definitely pass both my theory and practical tests this year. Ideally, I'd like to do it either before or just after graduating in July. I feel like it's definitely something I just need to get out of the way before I start my 'adult' life. 

And those are my big goals for the year! I want to wish you all a very happy 2019. I'm hoping to also stay more up to date with this blog but I hope you can appreciate this is just a really busy time for me!

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Electro Brunch Feast at Gaucho, Edinburgh

Wednesday, 30 January 2019
I love brunch. When living in the States, it was a staple in my calendar. New York is big on bottomless brunches and I've definitely been missing it on returning to Edinburgh. Thankfully, the Argentinian restaurant, Gaucho, is on hand to help with that. Their Electro Brunch Feast is not one to be missed with bottomless food dishes and 4 drinks for £39.95. They recently invited me down to try it out and I was more than happy to oblige.  This is no ordinary brunch menu, with delicious steak and churros. Available on Saturdays between 11am and 4pm it's a fantastic bit of luxury to start the weekend off right.

Gaucho is located in St Andrews Square. This is a fantastic area and very up and coming at the moment. It's close to both the train and bus stations and is also located close to Princes Street if you want to go shopping before/after. On arrival, you'll find yourself in their upstairs bar area. The staff were so welcoming and friendly, offering me drinks whilst I waited up here for my friend. When we were taken downstairs to be seated, it was like stepping down into a tranquil getaway. With wonderful lighting and sleek furniture, the dining room feels instantly calming.