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Today I want to share my January favorites with you. I do not have a lot since I spent almost the whole month in Belgium due to a family situation and only recently came back. It’s been tough times, very hard mentally, and favorites were obviously not my number one priority. However, I do have favorite things that helped me to deal with those difficulties or took my worries away even if it was for a little bit.
My January Favorites
1| Daisy Jones and The Six. OK, this book is very hyped up right now because of the upcoming show. I started reading this book last year but never finished. So this year I had to pick it up because I am definitely watching the show and really want to see how the book will be translated into the show. I really enjoy the book so far, I did not finish it yet but what I’ve read so far is really fun and interesting.
2| Everyday Witch Tarot. This was my favorite deck to use in January, it’s bright, colorful, and positive. Something that I really needed in January.
3| TAR. I watched this movie and can’t stop thinking about it ever since. What a great film, Cate Blanchette is amazing, and the visuals are really good as well. This is one of my biggest January favorites, I highly recommend it, and I will be rewatching this movie at least a few times. You can watch it on Peacock.
4| Idagio. This is an app for classical music, you can stream various musicians and performances. In January, I really wanted to either be in silence or just enjoy the music itself. There are limitations to the free account but still an overall great app for classical music lovers or those who want to learn more about it.
5| Letterboxd. This is the app and the website where you can track movies you watch, rate the, and write reviews. I used to be very passionate about cinema to the point that I watched hundreds of movies a year, analyzed them, and journaled about them and it influenced me to start filming my own mini-films. This is how I started my YouTube channel, by the way. I planning on starting filming for YouTube again, as well but that’s for later.
Anyway, this year I felt strongly connected to the art of cinema-making and have a goal of watching 100 movies. I missed out on so many great films in the last 5 years that I really need to catch up. Letterboxd is ideal place to create lists, add films to your to-watch list, etc.
I have been very happy so far with this app and here are the movies I watched this year so far.
6| Ama Lou. So I said I wanted to listen to music without any lyrics but there was one artist that I couldn’t stop listening to – it is Ama Lou. I’ve learned about Ama’s music a few years ago but for some reason only know her music was on repeat. My favorite songs are Trust Nobody (live version) and Lost My Home. Her voice is so unique and beautiful, I am listening to her music while I am writing this blog post.
7| Chicory. I started drinking chicory again as a replacement for coffee. At one point, my coffee dependency became too much and I decided to get chicory. Back in Belgium, I got Ricoré by Nestle that you can also find on Amazon. I have not seen it in the stores where I live. However, Cafe Du Monde also has chicory that you can get either in the stores or online. I have not tried it but I know it’s a very well-known and established brand. So buy at your own risk BUT I do plan on buying this Chicory once my Belgian jar is finished.
8| Passion Flower Tea. I love Passion flower tea because of its calming and relaxing properties. I have been buying this brand from Amazon and so far I am very happy with it. If you have a lot of stress and anxiety and have trouble falling asleep, I’d highly recommend it (after you consult with your doctor).
9| Kaz Rowe videos. Kaz makes historical videos and I watched almost all of their videos so far and learned a lot! I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for Victorian or Edwardian era information as well as Queer history.
10| Cunk on Earth. This is a Netflix show, a mockumentary and I honestly love how unserious it is yet there are so many things to think about. I highly recommend it if you know how to not take things seriously. I rewatched this show a few times and still play certain episodes in the background to boost my mood.
Do you have any January favorites? Share them in the comments if you have any or if you just want to recommend something.
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