What got Team Loulerie through January

When you work in retail and online, the lead up to Christmas is absolutely hectic. January is my rest time and time I very much look forward to. Yes it’s a bit grim and a bit grey but it’s a lovely time to pause look back at last year and plan for the year ahead. 
A few things that got me through January were lovely catch ups with friends I didn’t get to see before Christmas. It was lovely to see them at a time when it was more relaxed and things had died down. I loved my dinner in Charlotte quay It’s got a gorgeous view, amazing staff and a warm, cosy atmosphere. If you are looking to break dry January this is the place!
They have amazing cocktails and delicious food. 
I also love just taking a moment to give myself some quiet me time and get back out on my favourite walk by the sea with a lovely oat flat white from hatch
For years I felt the pressure to meet up with friends and go to all the dinners in December which is my busiest time of year and I just felt exhausted. Instead I do my meet ups in January when I can really relax and enjoy spending time with family and friends. 
What also got me through January were some really exciting catch ups and planning meetings with my team, it’s a great time of year to reflect on all you have achieved and set new goals. Having a clear vision for the year ahead is what keeps me excited. After 16 years of running my business it excites me that no two years are ever the same.
For me, the lead up to Christmas is always such a hectic time. Between running around buying gifts, Christmas nights out, and working full time in retail it seems as though I don't get a minute for myself. This January I've really shifted my focus to having 'me' time.
My absolute favourite way to clear my head is a beach walk to get my steps in along with a happy out oat cappuccino (they always go down a treat!). 
I made it a January goal to try something new fitness wise and have started taking bike, row, ski classes which I've been absolutely loving! It's so nice to have something to look forward to every Saturday morning and being part of a group setting/ team environment gives off such feel-good energy. 
A weekend staycation is always something I look forward to. I recently spent the weekend at the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill. It is in the perfect location right on the Salthill promenade by the sea and within walking distance of Eyre Square in the city centre. So many amazing food spots and cosy pubs with live music. An absolutely gorgeous weekend getaway!
Travel is something that always excites me about a new year. New places to see, food to try and sights to see!
I recently travelled to Zürich, Switzerland and had the most amazing time. The people there were so helpful and friendly, the transport system was exceptional and the food was delicious. Zurick is well known for the fondue, which is still the case for me as a vegan!
I had a four day travel pass which gave me unlimited train, bus and boat journeys. In this time I visited four cities:
Maennlichen, Wengen, Grindelwald and Wilderswill- all of which were breathtaking. The pass also gave us discounted access to museums and mountain tours so it was definitely worth it!
I think my highlight of the trip was the 'Royal hike Experience'. From Wengan we took a cable car and then hiked to a viewpoint at the top of a mountain that was shaped like a crown (hence the name 'Royal' hike.) This is a must do if you are ever travelling Swtizerland!. 
I think that going out for nice food and a drink is a great way to get through January. It is a fun way to escape the 'January blues', and it can help brighten up your day by having something to look forward to. Plus, it is a great way to catch up with friends and family. 
I also went for lots of walks this month, it's a great way to get some fresh hair and clear your head. 
Wishing you all a wonderful 2023.,
Louise x