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Mini Adventure: Hiking in the City at Sunrise

Mini Adventure: Hiking in the City at Sunrise

Edinburgh has many charms, magical twists, and mysterious walks. But my first sight of Salisbury Crags and Arthur’s Seat – a tumble of mountainous hills smack in the centre of town – made me think, okay, this is EPIC.

Fifteen minutes from my flat is the foot of these trails, so why not walk them more often? When the weather got nippy enough to provoke excuses against morning runs, I suggested to Heleen that we walk up to the crags instead. And while we’re at it, why not go at sunrise? [Since it’s Scotland, on this day the sun was not up until well past 8am].

I carried my Instax, which was not equipped to capture the hills’ beauty, so instead I like to Heleen’s photos of our adventure:

Mini Adventure: Hiking in the City at SunriseMini Adventure: Hiking in the City at SunriseMini Adventure: Hiking in the City at Sunrise

miss xandra bee

 

 

P.S. This walk only took up about an hour, but if your reaction is ahhhhh I don’t have time for this, here are some Ways to Find Calm in the Busy Girl’s Day.

Energetic Affirmations for January

Energetic Affirmations for January

In lieu of a New Year’s Resolution, this year I am embarking on a Happiness Project-inspired year, using the categories Gretchen Rubin lays out in her book. For her, January is for Vitality, so this month I shall brush up on my already-formed healthy habits to stay energized.

Energetic Affirmations for January

  • Exercise More
    • Sign up for recurring yoga classes.
    • Go climbing once a week.
    • Sign up for a 10K.
    • Continue to walk a lot.
  • Spend less time behind screens.
    • Spend less time surfin the net, more time reading books.
  • Eat well.
    • Remember that veggies energize me, while sugar makes me sleepy and cranky.
  • Sleep well.
    • Drink sleepy time tea.
    • Wind down in the evenings.
  • Act energetically.
    • “Act the way you want to feel”

Energetic Affirmations for January

It sounds like a lot, but these are all habits that I have built up in the past, and this month is for boosting them back into shape.

Energetic Affirmations for January

My new project is collaging a vision board of sorts: sprucing up my favourite postcard depicting Mulan boldness, inspiring freshness with bubble wrap and a Gryffindor banner, zoning out into space, and channeling this tough chick. I’ve stuck them under my clear IKEA desk as a constant reminder of my super heroine intentions.

Energetic Affirmations for January

What habits are you working on this year?

miss xandra bee

P.S. For another habit-building technique, check out my Sparkle Steps guide :)

Mini Adventure: Lady in Glencoe

Mini Adventure: Lady in Glencoe

This Christmas the Monkey and I chose a weekend trip to the Highlands instead of exchanging gifts. We found an itison voucher for the Isles of Glencoe Hotel and took the opportunity to explore Scotland while we’re here.

Mini Adventure: Lady in Glencoe

^ the view from breakfast

Mini Adventure: Lady in Glencoe

It was too cold and drizzly to do any real mountain walks, so we took a flatter, hour-long journey to the Clachaig Inn, one of Monkey’s favourite pubs from a prior visit. I love using good food as an excuse for a trek.

On the way there, we spotted a pony in a pink blanket ^.

Mini Adventure: Lady in Glencoe

^ the Clachaig Inn

Mini Adventure: Lady in Glencoe

^ well-earned festive drinks and mince pies

We dream of mountains, draw them in crayon, yearn to recreate the memories we hold in pictures, but nothing compares to being dwarfed by their regal presence live, in person.

miss xandra bee

P.S. if you’re wanderlust-ing, here are some Kate Spade-Inspired packing lists.

Sunday Sampling: Best Blogs of 2014

Sunday Sampling: Best Blogs of 2014

For the final Sunday of the year, I thought I’d do something a little different. Instead of 7 articles, I’m sharing my favourite 7 blogs of 2014. Think of it as a very carefully selected blog roll.

♡ Light by Coco – I’ve been in love with Coco’s videos on stylish minimalism from the start, but her content has gotten even more creative and professional over 2014. She makes minimalism fun and really cool.

♡ Design Love Fest – Bri’s attention to detail and design has been a soothing inspiration for my own nesting projects. This year my desktop wallpaper changed every time she posted new ones.

♡ The Laughing Medusa – My sparkling blogger friend Sarah had me at “urban pixie” and she has seriously upped her game this year with her essays on self love.

♡ Gala Darling – This remains the first site I click to whenever I’m bored or feeling blue. I’m still working through her movie list whenever I need a boost, and I adore her new articles on modern magic!

♡ Into Mind – Absolutely gorgeous printouts and worksheets for tailoring your wardrobe and living mindfully and minimally. The Wardrobe Revamp really helped me rethink what’s in my capsule collection.

Zen Habits – The site that got me hooked on minimalism. Excellently written distraction-free articles that speak to the soul with down-to-earth authenticity. My best days start with reading a Zen Habits article.

♡ The Sweet Seed – My favourite Boston blogger, Valerie, emulates simple luxe with finesse. Every post is thoughtful, useful, and makes me sit up a little straighter to live up to its cool ladylike qualities. 

Plus, in case you missed it, my favourite blogs of years’ past:

2013 | My Life as a Teacup – literary love and everything cosy

2012 | Sparkles and Crumbs – for living your dream life in your head as you strut through the day-to-day

What have been your favourite blogs this year?

miss xandra bee

What a Minimalist Gets for Christmas

What a Minimalist Gets for Christmas

Merry Christmas! Here is a sampling of my presents received this year :) 

miss xandra bee

 P.S. It’s time to start thinking about New Year’s! See my guide on how to choose a New Year’s resolution.