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Introducing Little Miss Independent

Hello gang, how did August, aka Taylor Swift month treat ya? I am typing up this blog post, sipping on a glass of Nosecco, in my brand new flat, watching one of the greatest 00's chick flicks 'She's the Man', and well I am officially in the heights of adulting...

This month was one of plenty of change, since moving out. From grinding at work, gaining more independence and a delightful spa trip with my mum and sissy, it was one that went by in the blink of an eye. With change, comes reflection, and well in this post, I wanted to share the realness of living alone, learning to love being alone and tips and tricks to looking after your own space when you are one busy gal or guy. So let's get into it.

2023. 12 chapters. Let's do this.

Before we get into the nitty gritty, the tips and tricks and the meat of the post. Well, a bit of backstory, I found my new flat in mid-July and just knew it was the right fit for me. When I started working at Me: Mo I decided the next step of my journey was to start looking at flats, with the objective of living near a train station for the commute, as well as reintroducing that independence I missed since moving from London back to my parents. So, there I went, I moved in over the last weekend of July, just a busy gal, a mood board and a dream.

Check out all the home inspiration here. Because a video tells 1000 words.

Since the hectic move, I have now been living in my flat for a month when this blog post goes live, and well it has been an utter dream. I am utterly blessed. Honestly, it is so dreamy to wake up and decide what you exactly want to do with your day. Besides all the heavenly Instagram aesthetic, the endless bowls of creamy risotto, mocktails on a Wednesday night coz why the F not, and all the good vibes. Even Little Miss Independence gets the case of loneliness.

Mols Tips and Tricks on Navigating Loneliness

  1. Create Hobbies and Interests: Engage in activities you enjoy and are passionate about. As you know I am a bookworm, a podcast lover and have recently found a new love of cheffin' it up.

  2. Stay Connected: Make an effort to maintain social connections with family and friends. I call my grandparents on the weekly, maybe more for my benefit than them.

  3. Join Clubs or Groups: Participate in local clubs or online communities that align with your interests. I have joined a FB group chat that plans London-based events, hopefully meaning I can make new friends with the same interests as me.

  4. Practice Self-Care: Prioritise self-care routines that promote your physical and mental well-being, and make you feel f***ing great. This includes regular exercise, journaling, and healthy eating, and I mean, who doesn't love a cheeky face mask and a bath?

  5. Maintain a Routine: Daily structure helps with those feelings of isolation and gives you a sense of purpose. I do my best not to sit in bed in the AM and doom scroll. Wake up, I move my body and get outta the house for my daily HGW and Pret.

Moving out on your own is not all bleak and grey, and there are fun ways to make the whole living on your own experience the best (and happiest) experience.

Mols Tips and Tricks for Moving Out

  1. Decorate Your Space: Let your creativity shine by decorating your new space with items that reflect your personality. From funky wall art (mine is from Homesense) and aesthetic plants and all that jazz, transforming your environment into a reflection of yourself can be a fun and fulfilling project.

  2. Explore Your City: Discover local cafes, parks, shops, and hidden gems. My top tip is to subscribe to the Pret subscription or one similar, as it does save money and can be your daily little luxury. I also recommend joining a gym, gets you 1) out of the house 2) talking to people 3) moving your body.

  3. Try New Recipes: Cooking can be both enjoyable and rewarding, and it's a great way to treat yourself and friends to delicious meals. I recommend chucking on a podcast episode as well, so you almost have someone to talk to.

  4. Create Personal Rituals: Establish personal rituals that make your new place feel just like home. Whether it's a weekly movie night (it is Harry Potter Season), a morning pilates routine, or a relaxing bubble bath with a glass of nosecco. These rituals add comfort and consistency to your life, and give you something to look forward to!

Lastly, living alone means your on your own to do all the bloody jobs, and no matter how much TikTok pushes this whole ''Sunday Reset'' aesthetic down my throat, I don't want to spend a whole day tidying. By incorporating these hacks into your routine, you can enjoy a clean and organised living space with minimal effort.

Mols Tips and Tricks for Spring Cleaning

  1. Bed-Making Routine: Make your bed as soon as you wake up. It sets a tidy tone for the rest of the day, instantly makes your bedroom look more put together, and makes you feel generally put together.

  2. Clean as You Go: Instead of letting dishes pile up or leaving messes for later, clean as you go. Wash dishes immediately after meals, wipe down surfaces after cooking, and tidy up after each activity.

  3. Set a 10-Minute Daily Cleaning Routine: Dedicate just 10 minutes each day to cleaning tasks, so you don't get hella overwhelmed and maintain a consistently clean environment, that I live for.

  4. Enlist the "Two-Minute Rule": If a task takes two minutes or less to complete, do it immediately. This prevents small tasks from piling up and becoming overwhelming. Trust me, future you will thank you.

ICYMI: Check out my new Reel series: The Living Alone Diaries here for even more inspiration on what to do on your lonesome and all the vibes for romanticising your life.

This Month’s Vibe: Just pure happiness and gratitude for myself

This Month's Little Moments That Mean the Most: A mocktail, a brand new episode of The Summer I Turned Pretty, and all the relaxed vibes

This Month’s Favourite: The interiors of my flat, sorry not sorry, but I'm obsessed (side note: majority is from Dunelm

This Month’s Win: Completing the 2 week Power Pilates programme from Form, it was a great challenge to keep myself going and push my flexibility skills

This Month’s Rec: Going full-on do-not-disturb mode and enjoy a luscious spa weekend relaxing

This Month’s Motto: Don't waste your angel energy on toxic people

And that's a wrap! If you can't wait another month for September's blog post, I got you! Keep up with The Life of Molly every day and check out my IG here!

Love Molly xoxo


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