Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Recent Favourites (in doodles)

September through October were a bust couple of months for me, from work, to general life stuff, to trying to manage the anxious wreck that is my brain. The last few weeks haven’t been great where my mental health is concerned, so I thought it would be a good idea to focus on some of the things I have enjoyed lately. I’ve never done a favourites’ post before and I thought, hey, why not express my recent loves through drawing? I invested in a new set of coloured pens a while back and I figured this would be the perfect time to out them to good use. That way I get to focus on all the things that have been bringing me joy and do some creative therapy at the same time.

For this edition (I might make this a regular thing, who knows?!) my favourites are largely autumn focused. I’ve been all about cosy nights in with pizza and films, snuggled up on the sofa watching Hocus Pocus. This is actually how I spent my birthday evening and it was one of the nicest nights I had in ages. I won’t lie when I say I’ve loved digging my jumpers out of storage and investing in some new, good quality knits. I’ve also got my paws on some new winter boots so I’m all prepped for the coming months – just waiting for it to be cold enough for me to wear my faux fur coat.

BOOKS. There have been some great books on my list lately but a stand out for me was The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. It was the perfect read for October and it was exactly what I needed – a dilapidated house, a family from a dying class, and creepy goings on. I’m all about creepy/chilling stories in the cooler months.

T.V. AND FILM. Aside from the Great British Bake Off (Kim-Joy is a winner in my heart), I’ve been watching a lot of Netflix lately. Last week I watched all of the Twilight films because I fancied something easy and cheesy to get lost in (don’t judge me, lol). On another end of the spectrum, the earlier seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race have been re-added to Netflix and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve been relying on YouTube to get my regular dose of Season Six clips and at last I can finally watch full episodes again. My soul feels cleaned.

MUSIC. I’ve also been in mood lately to listen to the same songs over and over again obsessively, which is more or less how I listen to music most of time, but my latest obsession is St. Vincent. More specifically, her song Los Ageless and its music video. The video gives me series Wes Anderson vibes and the song, I just can’t get enough of it. I heard it on the opening episode of the new series of BoJack Horseman and the soundtrack for that show is gold. If you haven’t watched it already, please do. Just get ready to feel.

I do find drawing/doodling very therapeutic and I would like to do it some more. I’m looking for ways to help manage my mental health and I think this exercise/post is definitely a healthy and helpful way to look at all the things I’ve enjoyed lately, and I feel good for doing something creative. Double whammy.

What have been some of your favourites lately? Any stand out books or films that you highly recommend?


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