It’s December! How did that happen?

The phrase seems to echo around the room, responded to by nods of agreement. This year has felt so different; there’s no one thing I can put my finger on, but more a year that’s brought change, excitement, nerves, new discoveries and plenty of good food. It’s the year I launched The Nod Magazine, the year I started a new job, the year that brought travel and big plans and a whole lot of thought.

Woman naked in bed wrapped in a bed sheet in a hotel room

Most of us are already counting down the days until we leave the office for Christmas, knowing that our email’s auto-respond will run until the new year. December’s calendar started filling up with festive gatherings in November; I’ve been shotgunning friends’ weekends for weeks now, and it won’t be long until I’ll have to resort to celebrating on a Tuesday night. The glitter is coming out at any opportunity, my notebook, phone and browser tabs are filling up with gift ideas, and mince pies have become a permanent fixture in my kitchen. Christmas is in full swing.

Blurred photo of Christmas lights and a Christmas tree

Above all of that is a persistent and consistent recognition of wealth when it comes to self and health. December, Christmas, New Years Eve, presents, parties, Prosecco. It can all become overwhelming, and there’s no better time of year than now to carve out time to yourself. Time spent alone – entirely alone – and a few pounds spent on yourself, even if it’s just to indulge in an extravagant festive latte. It’s easy to forget yourself in all of this, and this is a gentle reminder to be kind to yourself and invest in your health.

Woman standing at a Christmas market drinking a latte

December also marks the start of Vlogmas: a month long YouTube party of vlogs going live every day, from 1st – 25th December. To celebrate Vlogmas we’re going to be sharing a few of our favourite vegan YouTubers – we’ll also bring you another guide to keeping warm this winter: this time we’re looking down at our frosty toes and rounding up our favourite boots, wedges and wellies. So cosy down, take some time to yourself, watch a few vlogs and order yourself some cosy boots to inspire you to leave the house for emergency supplies (coffee and chocolate).

What will 2018 bring? Who can tell. But I’m sure it’s going to be a big one.