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T5W Rewind – Current Favourites that Aren’t Books

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam@Thoughts on Tomes over on Goodreads.

This month’s topics for the Top 5 Wednesday series are Rewind topics – which means we can choose any previously used topic throughout the series. As I am relatively new to T5W, I am excited about this opportunity! 🙂

I have chosen the topic of “Current favourites that aren’t books” as I find it currently very fitting given I read four books in March and three in April. 😉 My boyfriend, our dog and I just return from a week and half long trip in Dartmoor in West England with today being the last day of our holiday. Our washing machine is currently working over time, I’ve managed to unpack most of our things and I am finally finding time to sit down and make another list. I love list making! 🙂

Without further ado, let’s talk non books, shall we? 🙂

All of those activities below are for me to enjoy but being surrounded by the ones I love is what matters to me the most. People are my favourites that aren’t books and I feel truly grateful for all those special souls that are in my life. 

  • (Rock) Climbing

Climbing in Kalymnos

It you read my previous T5W post you know that I enjoy climbing. I call it my vertical meditation. I love how fully present I become when I climb. It’s me and the next move.

My curiosity is satisfied as well as having to piece together, at first a seemingly impossible sequence of moves, can be a fun puzzle to solve. If you don’t tear you hear out first in frustration of course.

I also appreciate that climbing takes me to some breath taking places in nature. I got to see some stunning places such as the isle of Lundy where no cars are allowed and where seals kept us the only company on those beautiful long granite sea cliffs.

And I also love the climbing community. Climbers are a fairly chilled bunch of people… must be all that vertical meditating I reckon… 😉

  • Hiking / Scrambling 

 

Nature is amongst my top values. I get fully recharged when I walk in nature. The last week and half was amazingly restorative. Walking on the moor, listening to bird-songs, meeting Dartmoor’s wild ponies and feeling an utter sense of peace and quiet. That’s happiness in my books.

I enjoy walking with my boyfriend; we have quite a few Pathfinder circular walks guides that we enjoy exploring together. I also love hiking with my sister around my native woods in the Czech Republic. I usually have great conversations during all of those walks with my loved ones. I equally enjoy walking on my own with my little dog though. I can sort my thoughts out that way really well and unplug from it all.

  • Yoga 

yoga in gower

When I’m on the mat, I feel like I’m home.

I enjoy moving gently with every breath I take. I also love how yoga teaches me to stay mindful and to get into an observer state. That ability to notice my thoughts and allow them to stay without having to react to them.

I also enjoy dedicating my practice at the beginning of it to someone. If you play sports – try it sometimes. I found, when my practice is not only about me, but also about someone else,  it gives me that tiny bit of a push I sometimes need when things get quite challenging and I want to give up.

  • Listening to podcasts

I love listening to various podcasts on a regular basis. Currently, my favourite podcasts are:

Do you listen to any of these?

And do you have a podcast you could recommend me?

I love exploring new podcasts on a regular basis. 🙂

  • Travelling

Because I enjoy exploring new places, seeing different cultures and meeting interesting people.

I don’t necessarily have to travel to exotic places though; I equally love travelling somewhere local where I have never been before or just taking a new route to places I normally go to quite regularly.

There is always so much to see when you change your direction. 🙂 Cheesy alert: I believe it is the journey, not the destination that this is all about. 🙂


There you have it. Now over to you friends.

What are your current favourites that aren’t books? Fancy sharing some of them with me?

20 thoughts on “T5W Rewind – Current Favourites that Aren’t Books”

  1. What a lovely post. You really do enjoy the outdoors! I’ve done rock climbing a few times but it’s always indoors and controlled. haha. I’m a chicken when it comes to heights! Traveling on the other hand, I LOVE! I wish I could afford so much more of it.
    I’m just now getting into some podcasts. The one I’m really enjoying right now is Anna Faris is Unqualified. It’s just fun sometimes and can give me a good laugh. I just had some bookish ones recommended to me- Book Riot, Get Booked and The Book Review by NY times. I haven’t listened to them yet but they are bookish!

    https://booksarethenewblackblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/t5w-books-ive-read-because-of-booktube-blogging/

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    1. I’m also scared of heights. It does get better with time though.. at least that’s what I’m trying to believe. 😉
      Thank you for the Anna Faris’ Unqualified podcast, I will go and check it out. And I will check those bookish ones out as well. That may be fun to explore as I never listened to any of those. Thanks! 😀

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      1. Haha! As they say, exposure helps overcome fears and phobias! So you are onto something 🙂
        Okay, I hope you like them!! I need to listen to them more.

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  2. Rock climbing looks so cool.. I only did it once indoors but I loved it then as well. I also wanted to do other climbing where you go on a trail and are secured over some distances (I forgot the name for it). I do (or did) geocaching which is hiking with a gps. I especially like doing it when I go on vacation so I get to see some nice places of the country. Only Yoga doesn’t seem a sport for me, I can’t be so calm.. same reason why I don’t like massages :-). It was very interesting to see your non-bookish hobbies!!

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    1. I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed climbing. I think what you may be thinking is via ferrata? I could be wrong. If you are thinking via ferrata I really recommend some beautiful ones in Austria and in my beloved Dolomites in Italy. I love the rockiness of the Dolomites and it can be so beautiful there.
      You are so right that hiking during holidays can be very satisfying. I love walking everywhere to get a feel for that new place.
      Ha ha, fair enough. It took me a while to get into yoga, I know what you mean. 😊
      And thank you, glad you find it interesting. 😊💕

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  3. I’m getting back into Yoga right now. I need to stick with it this time though. 🙂 Annotated is a good bookish podcast I enjoy also Myths and Legends and Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations are really fun.

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    1. Hope you enjoy your yoga journey. Do you take classes or practice at home? I do a mix but then to enjoy face to face classes a bit more than YouTube ones or my own made up ones. 😊
      I like Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations too, I completely forgot about them. I’ll check those other two out. Thanks! 🙏

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    1. Ha ha, it’s actually a fairly easy climb even though it may not look like that…. I love countryside walks too. We have beautiful rolling Somerset fields and I love walking through them on a regular basis.

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  4. Ahhh, I always get the sense of peace emanating from you, and I love it. I also am desperately obssessed with nature (I literally become depressed if I can’t hug a tree for a day lol) and rock-climbing sounds like a great opportunity to become one with it. Not to mention, the community sounds great! I love chill people. 😉

    This is such a lovely post! I feel like you really know what to value (people + nature), and it’s nice to get that reminder slash affirmation through your posts here. Keep it up! ❤

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    1. Ha ha, I know what you mean by hugging a tree. 😊 Thank you so much for you kind words. They mean a lot and I really appreciate you taking time to write such lovely comments. ❤️

      I’m still not entirely sure about all of my values but have worked most of them up. It’s interesting that whenever I get grumpy or angry, it’s usually because I am not honouring those core values of mine. I will write a book related post about it, once I form the concept so it’s not me rambling for ages (as I can) 😊😘

      PS. I really recommend giving climbing a go. Bouldering gyms don’t require any equipment to own – you can rent climbing shoes there and it’s a lot of fun. 😊🤞

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      1. Mmm I think I get that. I tend to fall into a bad mood or become depressed when I start sacrificing my own values in order to achieve my career goals (like not taking time to appreciate family or notice the little things around me) because then it’s me forgetting what defines me, and that whittles away at my core happiness (if that makes any sense haha)

        And ooh, thank you very much for the advice! I didn’t know it was quite so simple to hop onto a bouldering wall (I really did think it required a lot of gadgets and whatnot) so I will definitely put this on my bucket list. Probably will drag my mother along for the ride as well. 😉 Cheers!

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      2. It makes perfect sense! 🙂

        I hope you and your mum have a great time if you decide to give it a go. Warning though: it is highly addictive!! 😀

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  5. This is a great list! You sound really active and chill 😀 I love hiking, but don’t do it enough. And I absolutely love travelling- so agree that it’s the journey not the destination that counts- no matter how cheesy that sounds!

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    1. Yay to a fellow journey appreciator. 😊 There is something magical about travelling, the anticipation of it being something I love as well.

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