Well, today marks my official first day back at work now that the wedding and honeymoon excitement is over. I've read enough blog posts about post-wedding blues to know that it is a very real thing. It's so strange to go through such a life changing event, especially in another country, and then come back and find yourself sat on the bus again, and at your desk again, and making small talk while making tea in the office kitchen again.
Fortunately I am prepared! When the stress of organising a wedding was at its worst, I started a list on my phone of all the things I was looking forward to doing when I had my life back, and when wedding planning wasn't the only thing I had time for. It also doubles as a list of things I am looking forward to in the coming colder months:
Find haunted house tour :: I'm going to do Halloween right this year! I would love to find a haunted house tour or walk in London, I'm going to dress up, hand candy out and watch It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. We've already bought our pumpkins too!
Road trips :: I'm going to need some countryside and fresh air soon, I think. A weekend away in some cottage somewhere is definitely on the cards.
Mince pies :: possibly one of the things I look forward to most in the colder months. They're my absolute favourite. Oh and mulled wine or hot apple cider.
Change up my makeup routine :: when getting ready for a wedding you don't really want to mess with your face, or risk any issues like breakouts or allergic reactions. For a while now I've been wanting to try out some more natural face products, using coconut oil more and soap less, that sort of thing. Now that I don't need to be so photogenic, I can try swapping my store-bought products for some more natural alternatives.
Unpack winter clothes :: I did that yesterday and it was SO good to see all my jumpers again!! Oh and hello cardigans, I've missed you!
Open a cookbook :: when was the last time I cooked a recipe from a cook book? It's been a long time, that's for sure. In New York I saw the Chelsea Market Cookbook and I'm thinking of buying a copy because the recipes looked so good.
Dinner parties :: putting those cookbooks to good use! We kind of don't have the space to have a dinner party in our flat, but I'm determined to find a way!
New planner :: I'm almost finished with this years planner from The Magic Notebook and I've started looking at which one I'm going to go for this year.
Start reading Jane Eyre and The Night Circus :: I read Jane Eyre every year at around this time. It's one of my favourites and I just find it puts me in a wintery mood. The Night Circus I think will also make it onto my yearly book routine, and it's been a while so I think I may start to re-read Harry Potter too. Hooray for comfort reading!