Bonjour lecteurs! Time to post my monthly highlights! And today, you have a double dose as I didn’t do one last month. Indeed, I got really sick at the start of December 2020 (not Covid related!). So I took it very slowly. But we had some lovely days out over the last two months. Visiting Leeds Castle was definitely one of the highlights! As well as some local adventures. And it goes without saying that we did a lot of crafts too! What have you been up to over Christmas?
Leeds Castle & Royal Military Canal
As Kent was in Tier 3 at the start of November, we were left with little to do. But it did not stop us and we had a gorgeous autumnal walk around Leeds Castle just before it all kicked in.
I have already done a full post on it, but once more I can not recommend enough to get an annual pass. It is one of the top attractions in Kent and as it is a large open space, you can still enjoy walks there! En plus, it looks so different from one season to another!
The same weekend, we also enjoyed a walk along the Royal Military Canal.
Constructed during the Napoleonic Wars as a defence against the French, it is a beautiful 28 miles canal that leads all the way to Folkestone.
It is so long, you can do different bits each time! I regularly visit it on my bike as it is very local to us and each point I have stopped by always amazes me. Really worth a look!
Time At Home
The rest of November & December 2020 was made of time at home with a good book and some yummy food for me!
And I also tried and loved Wuka period pants. I must say that I have totally switched off!
But also some pampering time with new brands I discovered.
And Baba? Well, he did plenty of crafts! Ask my house! Sparkles are yet to be found even now!
No need to say that he had a blast!
Local Adventures In Kent
The rest of the month and December involved a lot of walks and other adventures in Kent.
We spent as much time outdoors as possible before the weather really got bad.
Au programme, scooting time for Baba and some cheeky Frenchie poses for moi ?
Our Big Frenchie Christmas Giveaways
Don’t worry if you missed some of our competitions last year 🙂 We have more coming up this year!
Time For a Break
December 2020 was a very slow month for us. While Baba was still at school, I suddenly got really sick for over two weeks and was not able to do anything. Nothing to do with the horrid covid my darlings ?
I just think it was time for me to pause. The last quarter of 2020 has been really difficile both mentally and physically. Therefore, my body just shut down. I needed to stop.
I was really upset at first. I had so much to do! But I took it slowly. It was so refreshing eventually!
But Baba was over the moon and got really spoiled. So that is all that matters!
November & December 2020 – Reflections
November was all about making the best of nature back in Kent. We truly are lucky to live in the Garden of England and we made the most of it.
December 2020 started with a shock and me being so unwell for a fortnight. But I needed to listen to the signs and rest.
To be fair, it did me some good. I was not much working and barely on Instagram. I did not miss it at all!
And guess what!? I think nobody noticed my absence either! It was good to be reminded that I needed to be gentle with myself and not set too many targets and things to achieve.
And now more than ever, as schools in Kent are close and I will be back homeschooling as from tomorrow, I shall remember that it is ok to not do it all!
Following on what happened last month, I have reviewed 2020. And to my surprise, I have achieved so much despite it being a crazy world! I am very proud of it, but I am also very aware that I stretched myself quite badly at times, to the point where I was physically unwell. I experienced anxiety and more…
Decisions about 2021
So I made some decisions for 2021 that I will stick to. I have thoughts about my goals and targets. Unlike other years, I have decided to lower my expectations so that I don’t put too much pressure on myself.
Have you made the same choice for this year? Did you pause over last month and reflected on what you really wanted for 2021?
Will you put less stress and pressure on yourself as a maman?
I hope so! Wishing you a very Bonne Année 2021! May your dreams come true but without any pain or disappointment.
Remember, you rocked it in 2020 so you can do it again!
Disclosure: This post features some sponsored content I published last month but it is merely a list of my highlights of the month! A post for me to remember but also to reflect and move forward. I hope it will inspire you to reflect too.