Five Things I’ll Change About My Life After Lockdown

Lockdown has been a real eye opener for me and made me question a lot of things. Do I really need to spend hundreds of pounds a month at the pub? Which of my friends have I missed seeing the most? Do I give myself enough time to chill out? Anyway, it got me thinking about how life will be different when we go back to ‘normal’ (whatever that may be) and what things I’ll change about my life after lockdown.

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So here are the things I’ll change about my life after lockdown…

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A few months ago I wrote a blog post about things I want to make more time for and that, of course, included reading. Up until that point, I’d read sweet FA but since lockdown, I’ve THREE books. Yes, THREE! I’m sure some people could probably read three in a week but for me, that’s a big achievement. I’ve surprised myself by actually enjoying reading as well which I was not expecting at all! After lockdown, I’m going to make sure I carry on reading and hit my 10 book goal!

Shoot photos from home

Shooting outfits has always been tricky for me working six days a week and then dragging Toby or Sam out on my day off to stand in the rain or wind and impatiently click the shutter button 600 times for me to realise my hair looks wrong. Can you relate? Shooting photos at home with the luxury of great lighting, a tripod and a viewfinder minus people staring or the need to get changed in the car has been a big hit for me. I’ve noticed an increase in engagement on my Instagram and I actually enjoy taking the photos so who knows? Even though we can return to shooting in the big, bad world, I might continue to stay inside and create my content from the comfort of my own home and sliders (which are conveniently cropped out of photos).

Explore my local area more

I really am blessed to live in the countryside (except for the pheasants which will always scare the shit out of me), especially at a time like lockdown where I had fields upon fields to walk through and explore and my friend’s farm just five minutes down the road. But with more support for independent shops and local businesses arising in the village Facebook groups I’m apart of, it’s made me realise just how many places I haven’t visited. So after lockdown, I’d really like to discover new cafes, restaurants and shops as well as get out the house more and explore my local area whether that’s wandering through woods to find the perfect picnic spot or driving to a nearby village I haven’t visited before.

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Spend less time at the pub

Fucking hell I really can’t believe I just typed that but it’s true. Before lockdown, I would spend at least four or five nights a week at the pub. That doesn’t necessarily mean I was getting drunk but it normally involved a lot of late nights, beer and portions of chips (with ketchup and mayo because I am THAT person) which was hitting my bank balance H A R D. The last however many weeks have taught me that I don’t need the pub to survive and that ALDI’s stubby beers are waaaay cheaper than an Amstel top at my local.

Spend more time in the garden

We are so bloody lucky to have our own garden and I can’t believe it’s taken us until lockdown combined with 25 degree heat to realise it. I really do feel for anyone stuck in a sweaty flat in London with no access to a bit of greenery because it’s really made this whole thing much easier. From now on, I’d really like to spend more time in the garden; planting, weeding, deadheading, hoovering the grass (yes, you read that right – it’s artificial!), having BBQs and making the most of the outdoor space we have!

Is there anything you wanna change about your life after lockdown?

29 Comments

  1. 28/07/2020 / 08:58

    Love this! So many great changes that may have a massive positive impact on one’s mental health as well. Haha, I was just shooting some flatlays on my living room floor and goodness it’s hard without proper lighting equipment. Such a nightmare, but thank goodness for editing programs! The photos turned out okay in the end, despite the lighting problem. Also exploring local areas is a good point that I will be focusing on much more now. I live abroad and for 3 years I haven’t traveled within the country almost at all. There’s so much to see and experience so now is the time to get acquainted with where I actually live ;D x

    Teresa Maria | Outlandish Blog

    • Katy
      Author
      28/07/2020 / 13:31

      So true! Even though lockdown’s been a shitty time for some people, I think a lot of us can take positives from it. Oh absolutely, enjoy exploring! x

  2. 28/07/2020 / 10:24

    Love these post-lockdown reflection posts people do. A bit of insight as to who’s learnt what from being in lockdown and who maybe hasn’t? 🤔 One thing ive realised is how much more I value quality time and chats with friends and the little need to actually spend money to meet someone. Glad to hear lockdown has opened your eyes up to some things you might’ve taken for granted.

    Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures
    https://johnnystraventures.com

    • Katy
      Author
      28/07/2020 / 13:32

      So am I, they’re so interesting to read aren’t they! x

  3. 28/07/2020 / 10:26

    Great post! Thank you for sharing! I totally agree with you about going to less pubs and spending more time in the garden. I think I will be a lot of things differently now.

    • Katy
      Author
      28/07/2020 / 11:08

      It looks like lockdown has made us all reflect on our lives! x

  4. 28/07/2020 / 10:58

    Times will definitely be different after lockdown. Like you, I will do more staycations and support my local community more often.

    • Katy
      Author
      28/07/2020 / 11:09

      That’s so great to hear 🙂 x

  5. 28/07/2020 / 11:01

    I agree with you. Having a budget is so important. But to really save money, you need the discipline to stick to it.

  6. 28/07/2020 / 11:40

    Really love this! There are some amazing things that have come from lockdown which will really help us live more positively going forward. I also want to do more photoshoots at home and keep up with the amount of reading I’m doing!

    • Katy
      Author
      28/07/2020 / 13:33

      Absolutely! That sounds good to me 🙂 x

  7. Kayleigh Zara
    28/07/2020 / 14:18

    I really want to continue to explore my local area too! I really have done alot around it and in isolation when I went on walks I did move exploring than the entire time I’ve lived here! Shooting content from home sounds great too x

    • Katy
      Author
      28/07/2020 / 19:49

      It’s so exciting discovering new places just a stone’s throw away isn’t it! x

  8. 28/07/2020 / 14:54

    I agree with you. Just like every coin has two faces, same do lockdown. Before lockdown, I used to spend too much money on outside meals. Due to some medical condition, my dietician always advised me to cut down on outside food and eat home-cooked meals. But during the lockdown, I learned so many easy and healthy recipe and even love started cooking at home. The surprise is my health condition is under control even when I am sitting at home most of the time. Now restaurants are open but I am reluctant to visit any.

    Another positive is I was passionate about writing in my college days. But once I started the job, I couldn’t get time to writing. Since lockdown, I started blogging and people are started enjoying it. Now I can’t live a single day without writing. I believe lockdown helped all of us to recognise our true self and not like the world wants to see us.

    • Katy
      Author
      28/07/2020 / 19:52

      That’s amazing – what a transformation! That’s really exciting about your blog too.. Lockdown has certainly had its benefits! x

  9. 28/07/2020 / 14:58

    I’ve been thinking exactly the same as you in terms of going to the pub less, I surprisingly haven’t missed it during lockdown! I’ve always loved reading and I’m so glad I could stuck into it more during lockdown, a great post Katy! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

    • Katy
      Author
      28/07/2020 / 19:54

      It’s a weird feeling not missing the pub as I thought I was reaaaaally going to miss it haha! It seems like lots of people have got stuck into reading in lockdown which is great 🙂 x

  10. Serena
    28/07/2020 / 18:03

    Love this post! I want to explore more of London and the UK this summer!

    • Katy
      Author
      28/07/2020 / 19:54

      Yes definitely! x

  11. 28/07/2020 / 20:29

    This is so awesome!
    Once things get more normal I want to spend more time exploring places around my neighborhood as well.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Katy
      Author
      29/07/2020 / 10:08

      Thanks 🙂 I think a lot of people have that mentality now which is so good for local businesses!

  12. 29/07/2020 / 23:24

    It’s funny really I think a lot of things have changed. For one I never thought I’d be that person to purchase most things online but it is proving quicker than getting into the shops in person anddddd takes away that anxiety and frustration. Photo shoots at home is something that will be done for at least a while longer. Who needs to know it’s just the top half you got dressed up, that’s just between you and the camera lol. Great post : ) xo

    http://www.juanitalikes.com

    • Katy
      Author
      04/08/2020 / 13:18

      Haha exactly, nobody needs to know you’re secretly wearing slippers! x

  13. 01/08/2020 / 14:43

    These are some great things that will you will not change. Exploring your local area is a great one, I definitely did more of that through lockdown. I also appreciate time with family and friends even more! Thank you for sharing.

    Lauren | http://www.bournemouthgirl.com

    • Katy
      Author
      04/08/2020 / 13:19

      It seems like so many people are looking forward to exploring more of their local area which I think is so lovely! x

  14. 07/08/2020 / 11:21

    Yes, preach it! I agree with all these points – in lockdown, I’ve definitely appreciated where I live (I live by the sea) so much more and the fact I have a garden. Lockdown has been a eye opening experience for everyone! http://www.dellalovesnutella.co.uk/

    • Katy
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      10/08/2020 / 11:46

      Oh I do wish I could live by the seaside, you’re so lucky!

  15. 07/08/2020 / 14:52

    I love your positive take on things, it’s really lovely to see.

    For me, I think we’d make the most of actually doing stuff and making memories. I’m a stay at home mum and my husband works from home so we’re always kind of cooped up anyway and I think that lockdown has made us realise that we did take for granted all of those day trips we said we’d do and never did because by the weekend we’re all exhausted and just want to chill haha. So hopefully we’ll start doing little adventures when things settle down a bit. 🙂

    • Katy
      Author
      10/08/2020 / 11:46

      Thanks so much Hayley 🙂 That’s so lovely! Enjoy all your future adventures!

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