19 for 2019 – An Update

19 for 2019 – An Update

So this year like any other is flying by. How is it almost Halloween? At the beginning of the year instead of traditional goals or resolutions I tried something different and made a 19 for 2019 list.

That’s 19 things to do in the year of 2019. Let’s see how I’ve got on in the first two thirds of the year:

  1. Go trampolining with mum – DONE
  2. Get to target at Slimming World (the happy weight not the super skinny one) – nowhere near. We’ll see how this one goes. I can only hope and try my best.
  3. Finish Florida 2015 scrapbook. Yes you read that right and no I haven’t finished it yet! – DONE – check it out here.
  4. Make and finish wedding & honeymoon scrapbook – Kind of started, nowhere near finished.
  5. Finish Tangled jigsaw – Started, not finished.
  6. Visit York – DONE – Topher and I visited for our 2 year wedding anniversary
  7. Make 5 recipes from Mowgli cook book I got for my birthday this year – not made a single one yet. I think I’m going to have to marathon it.
  8. Get a denim jacket and sew my patch collection onto it – Half done. I have the denim jacket and I have sewn some patches but not my whole collection yet.
  9. Vlog Japan – Currently I just do musical roundups of trips. I partly attempted to vlog our honeymoon but kept chickening out. This time I want to go for it. – DONE – check out my vlogs here. I think we’ve caught the vlogging bug!
  10. Put up a towel rail and fix the towel hook in our ensuite. A niggly job that I’ve been putting off! – Half done. The towel hook is done, the rail is not yet.
  11. See something at the theatre – DONE – We saw The Book of Mormon
  12. Archive and organise my mountain of paperwork – DONE – so much shredding!
  13. Scrapbook and organise the giant box of sentimental bits and bobs I’ve accumulated over the years. – not even a little bit
  14. Take the tape off the walls, polyfill the holes and touch up the paint in the living room. I can finally call the room finished when I’ve done that! – Not yet though I did put up frames and make a gallery wall as well as a shelf so the room looks a lot more done now.
  15. Do a 30 day yoga challenge. Long time readers will know my back/arm/repetitive strain issues so I want to see if yoga will help at all. I’m not doing the gym any more so need to do some kind of activity – DONE
  16. Finally do indoor skydiving – this has been on my list for years – Not yet and honestly I’m not sure if I want to anymore. I think it was a different me who wanted to do it.
  17. Get a savings app to track my spending better – Nope
  18. Rejig blog layout and transfer photos to new storage platform. I’m currently with Flickr and with all the new changes, I have just over a month to get all my 7 years of photos off there. A huge job! Half done. Sorted the photos but haven’t done anything to my blog layout. Not sure if I want to or not.
  19. Open a new savings account and actually have something in there at the end of the year. – Half done – opened one and we’ll see if theres anything in there at the end of the year.

So 9 out of 19 approximately. Not bad but could be better. There’s still just over 100 days until the end of the year so I’ve got time. Interested to see how many more I can squeeze in under the wire! Watch this space.

How are your 2019 goals coming along?

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Kyoto: Our Japan Food Diary

Kyoto: Our Japan Food Diary

So looking back through my photos to put this post together it turns out that we ate basically nothing in Kyoto. So this is going to be a short Kyoto food diary.

We only spent 36 hours in Kyoto so here’s our food diary.

Bento Box

kyoto food diary - bento box

Bento boxes are by definition “a single-portion take-out or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine”. Thank you wikipedia.

So when you take the shinkansen/bullet train it’s practically the law that you get one. At least that’s what I told myself. Getting a 6.30am train from Tokyo to Kyoto meant that Topher and I needed breakfast so this was a both convenient and delicious solution.

I got myself a salmon onigiri (which is a filling like salmon, tuna, etc. surrounded by rice and wrapped in seaweed to make a triangle shape), a milk tea and a bento box. The bento box consisted of deliciously marinated beef on a bed of sticky rice.

One thing to mention is that this bento box was cold. And yet it was so delicious I still dream of it now. Bento boxes can also come hot but I went with this one. If you’re in Japan get one whether you’re riding the shinkansen or not.

Nishiki Market

After a jam packed morning we headed to Nishiki market for lunch.

Salmon Sashimi & Sea Urchin

kyoto food diary - sashimi

As a lover of sushi and seafood, this salmon sashimi was right up my street. Perfection! The sea urchin on the other hand I could take or leave. We just wanted to tick it off our bucket lists. The taste was fine but the texture was…interesting. I’ll leave you with that.

Torched Scallops

kyoto food diary - scallops

I say torched because the guy literally blow torched them there and then before handing them to me on a stick. These were the best things I ate all day. I hadn’t seen them on any blogs or vlogs – I just saw a woman with them that day and hunted the market until I found them. Recommended.

Tako Tamago

kyoto food diary - octopus

Yes indeed that is an octopus you see. And not just an octopus; a glazed octopus. And not just a glazed octopus; a glazed octopus with a quail egg inside its head.

I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this taste-wise as much as I did. It was actually pretty nice. But only if you like seafood. If you don’t then steer clear of this eccentricity.

And unfortunately those are all the photos I have. For dinner and breakfast the next day we went to a convenience store (kombini) which you can actually see on our Kyoto video here.

And the next day for lunch we headed to another branch of our beloved Sukiya which I first spoke about in my Tokyo food diary. And that’s it!

Stay tuned for my next instalment where we head to Osaka.

If you can’t wait for that I’m happy to tell you that all of our Japan vlogs are up on my Youtube channel. Enjoy!

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Currently Loving – August 2019

Currently Loving – August 2019

I’m currently still easing myself in, ok? Drink every time I say currently.

Currently Watching

Loads of vlogs on Youtube. I’m really enjoying watching more than reading at the moment so vlogs are perfect for filling in my downtime. I watched loads of travel vlogs for Japan before we went in April and since Topher and I are off to Florida in October it’s all about Disney.

I’ve also got Topher into watching RuPaul’s Drag Race so we’ve been catching up on past seasons together. So many funny moments!

And even though we got rid of our Cineworld unlimited cards (damn you uncomfy seats) we went to the theatre for the third time in our 10 year relationship. Go see the Book of Mormon!

Currently Reading

I’m slowly getting into reading blogs again but right now I’m more into books. After joining the library last year I’ve read more than I have in years. Plus I always know I have my lunch hour to catch up on my reading. Currently reading a lot of chick lit as it’s the perfect way to shut my brain off. I also enjoy historical fiction, mysteries and the odd non fiction too.

Currently Listening

I don’t listen to as much music these days – it’s mainly podcasts I’m tuning in to. Lots of Disney, comedy, organisational and self improvement. I stopped listening to business ones when I quit freelancing last year as I just want to listen for a hobby now.

Currently Making

I finally started my honeymoon scrapbook the other day! I miss being creative for fun so this seemed like the perfect project to start with. Plus I need to get this done before I start my Japan trip one and I can’t wait for that. I’ll do a post when I’ve actually done a few pages.

Also along the same lines, I’ve stepped away from the world of bullet journaling in favour of a planner. It’s something I’ll do a full post on soon. I bought a planner that I can decorate every week which has been so fun. It’s the perfect injection of creativity while pushing me to be more organised.

And also I may have mentioned that I vlogged our trip to Japan. Well – all the episodes are now up on my youtube channel. Check them out here.

Currently Wearing

New tights. Snag tights. My life has changed. It’s so nice to go through a day of work with tights that stay up. That is all.

Currently Feeling

It’s hard to say just one emotion. I either seem to be up or down. Right now I’m up but last week I was really down. I really think the weather constantly changing isn’t helping me – I’m like a sunflower. I need light and sun.

But it’s ok as I’ve come to realise this:

currently feeling

Currently Planning

Trips! Topher, Emma and I are heading down to Devon for a week and I can’t wait for some downtime. Definitely bringing some books with me. And maybe even a sketchbook?

Also did I mention I’m going to Florida? ha ha.

Currently Loving

Topher and the cats. But then that’s all the time! So grateful for my little family. They’re always there to cheer me up when I’m not feeling my best.

Oh and my garden. Topher and my parents laid some new turf down and I am living for how lush it looks. No more dandelions!

What are you currently into?

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Remembering my “Why”

Remembering my “Why”

Flashback to December 2011. I was 23, in one of the most mind numbingly boring jobs and desperate for a creative outlet. I wanted somewhere to share my love of fashion, art and pretty things. So Nomad Seeks Home was born.

Over the years I loved having a place I could turn to write about the things I cared about and have some fun. Plus it’s almost 8 years later and I have a diary of my twenties I can look back on which is so cool.

So back to the present day. I’m 31 and you may or may not have noticed that I’ve been finding it difficult to blog regularly over the last year or two. I won’t lie, it’s been a real struggle. There have been many times where I’ve considered packing in the whole blog all together.

The reason behind it all is my mental health. When I was freelance I struggled a lot with it and it definitely effected my blog in the end. I found myself being caught in the comparison trap and even though this wasn’t my main source of income, I felt the pressure.

Eventually I felt trapped in the whole cycle of “what’s the point of creating if no one cares or comments or likes etc.” So I didn’t create anything.

Even after I quit the self employed life and took the pressure off, I still found myself pushing my laptop away and even withdrawing from social media. I think I needed the break. But it’s been a long time and I miss it.

Recently I had a bit of a breakthrough and it all started when I walked into Zara. Weird I know but the collection they had in there a few weeks ago was so bright and colourful it made me excited. I haven’t thought about fashion in years – at least not the way I used to.

I miss having that feeling and blogging gave me that feeling. It’s the same feeling I got when I bought myself a new planner. I really want to blog about it too. I want to share – even if no one is listening. Just because I love it.

So to get my love of blogging back, all I need to do is remember my why. Why did I start? I wanted to have somewhere to gush about all the things I loved and had no one to talk about it to.

I’m smiling as I type this because I can literally feel my blog love reigniting. I know because of my mental health there will be a lot of bad days but it’s all about grabbing the good and making the most of it. I always feel better when I’ve done something. So that’s what I’m going to do.

Do something.

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Kyoto: Our Japan Travel Diary

Kyoto: Our Japan Travel Diary

Time for the next instalment of our Japan Travel Diary: Kyoto!

If this is the first post you’re seeing please check out:

Tokyo – What we did

Tokyo – What we ate

Our Japan trip vlogs!

Now onto Kyoto. We only spent 1 night here and had a day and a half crammed full of activities so here we go.

Day 1

We began the day waking up at about 4am to check out of our hotel and get the subway from Shibuya to Tokyo to catch a Shinkansen (bullet train) to Kyoto just after 6am. So an early start!

The shinkansen experience was amazing – miles better than our trains in the UK. Though we were in the regular economy carriage it was amazingly clean, comfortable and well taken care of. We got bento boxes which I’ll go into more detail on in my Kyoto food post coming up next and just watched the sights of the Japanese countryside whizz past.

Oh and we saw Mt Fuji!

After arriving in Kyoto around 9.30am-ish we made our way to our Japanese style apartment we were renting to drop off our bags. Big thanks to our host who let us do that!

Next we were off to our first tourist destination of the day…

The Bamboo Forest in Arashiyama

It was pretty busy but it was just after 11am by the time we got here so if you’re looking for those instagramable photos of empty paths get here early! As I mentioned we were only here for one night so our early morning get up was saved for Fushimi-Inari on Day 2.

Arashiyama

I thought the cherry blossoms in Tokyo were pretty but they had nothing on the ones we saw in Arashiyama! Kyoto cherry blossoms bloom slightly later than the ones up in Tokyo so we got luckier with our timings for this part of the trip.

Monkey Park Iwatayama

Not only do you get to hang out with monkeys at this hilltop park but you get an amazing view of Kyoto! Though be prepared for a 20-30 minute hike uphill…Definitely worth it though. The Japanese macaque monkeys roam freely and it was cool to see them chilling out in their natural habitat.

Nishiki Market

By this point we were starving so we headed to Nishiki Market for lunch. This place is a haven for foodies as the street food here is exotic and plentiful. More on about what we actually ate in my next post!

Tea Ceremony

Doing a tea ceremony was on my bucket list so before we left on our trip out to japan I found this place online that is based right near Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto. It was a great experience and was fascinating to learn about the history behind tea ceremony’s as well as having some tasty matcha. Even Topher enjoyed the matcha.

Kinkaku-ji

Also known as the Golden Pavillion, this was a must do for Topher and I. Kyoto has a ridiculous number of shrines and temples which you would have to spend years visiting to get round them all so you just have to pick a handful if you’re on a short trip. This was one of ours. How gorgeous is it? We got here about 4.30ish so just before it closed at 5.

Yasaka Shrine

Our last stop of the day was Yasaka Shrine. Afterwards we wandered around the streets of Gion until it got dark and we realised how shattered we were! I’m not even sure what this place below is called just that we stumbled upon it and it looked pretty.

We got back to our apartment and this place was huge! It’s a definite must do to try and stay somewhere like this. We couldn’t really afford to stay in a pricy ryokan which is a traditional Japanese inn so this was a great alternative.

Though one downside was that we did both get a bit freaked out during the night as we realised the place reminded us of the horror film The Grudge. Both of us had the thought but didn’t want to freak the other out so didn’t mention it at the time! Something we definitely laughed about the next morning.

Day 2

Fushimi-Inari Shrine

This was right at the top of my Kyoto bucket list so we got up super early and headed to the south of the city to arrive at the bottom of Mt Inari just after 6am. Something that I highly recommend if this is something you want amazing people free photos of. It was just us, a handful of tourists and some super polite photographers who had the place to ourselves. Perfect!

It is a long hike though so decide amongst your group how far you’re willing to go! If you just want some cool gate photos you don’t need to go far at all. If you want the amazing view of the city you only need to go halfway. If you want bragging rights for getting to the top of Mt Inari, then you will be doing the entire thing. We did the entire thing.

I cannot stress enough that if you just want the gates and the view you don’t need to go to the top. There is no view at the top as there is a hut in the way. There is a shrine but that is it. Oh and this cool sign that proves you did a crap load of cardio. Yeeeessssss. But this is definitely a tired face that regrets wearing a jacket on top of a jumper!

This is the view that you get halfway up. Pretty!

I’m glad we did the whole thing though. Such a beautiful place. By the time we got back to the bottom at around 8am there were a lot more people streaming in so the 6am arrival was worth it for our photos and footage we got. I’ve also seen on vlogs I’ve watched where people arrive around noon and the place is packed! So if you’re going decide what time works best for you.

Philosopher’s Path

I’d heard great things about this walking trail so added it to my must do’s. I wasn’t sure if we’d catch the cherry blossoms but we did so that made it even prettier than I can imagine it looks all year round.

This was the last thing we did in Kyoto before heading back to the apartment, getting our bags and heading to Kyoto station to catch a train to Osaka. So I’ll just leave you with this photo of a building across the street from our apartment that made us giggle.

So stay tuned for my next post: What we ate in Kyoto!

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