Friday, 2 February 2018

Hello 2018!

Well, it's been a little while hasn't it?!
Sorry for the quietness over here on the blog, but i'm back and happy 2018! (I'm not sure how long you are aloud to still say that for!)

I've seen a lot of posts going around about new year resolutions and have a fresh start for a new year, taking on new hobbies and jobs, but I thought i'd take this blog post to recap what happened last year and what I am looking forward to for 2018!

To be honest, 2017 wasn't a favourite year of mine, my health played a big part towards that, but there were a few things that made me happy. At the very end (a few days before Christmas!) of 2016, I moved in with my long-distance boyfriend of 9 years and I got to live with him for the first time. All the food shops and watching Netflix all seemed very exciting when its something you've been thinking about for so long. We learnt how to live together, how to tolerate each other (!), how to get into a routine and also put up with weird things we both do! This year will be the second in our lovely flat in Surrey and it really feels like home. This is also the second year being used to living in Surrey, somewhere we have never lived before (I lived in London before this) so getting used to a new town and a commute was exciting. I like having the escape from a crazy city and being 5 minutes drive from rolling hills and cute country pubs. I also like commuting giving me time to read more and bring able to actually save some money from not paying London rent prices!

I also got to work at some different places/companies (I'm a freelancer for those that don't know) expanding my portfolio and experience and meeting some gals that I hope will now be friends for life! I think its hard when you are older to make new friends, so I'm grateful I made a work family recently and that I still see now that I have left that job. The work I completed this year allowed me to get better projects and a promotion for my next role which I am proud of myself for.

I also had an amazing holiday this year, travelling through a bit of Southern Europe. I was never keen on Europe as a 'main' holiday destination as I have always thought of it as being 'somewhere to travel when I'm older' - because it's so close to travel from the UK and a bit cheaper for flights to heading further afield, but backpacking through it for a few weeks really allowed me to explore some different places and almost feel like I was travelling again.

Speaking of holidays and switching my thoughts to what I am looking forward to this year, I am excited to travel lots! I have a few places planned, a few weekends away, a wedding abroad and I want to plan to go away for more mini breaks over long weekends, even if its within the UK. I feel like there are lots of cute towns just a short drive away for me to explore and discover even more cosy cute pubs!

This year I also want to work on my health. I think I say this every year, but I'm going to try and start again - eating healthy, excising more and taking time out for my mental health. Mental health is important for everyones wellbeing and I feel that it is being talked about more recently which I think is amazing. Just talking to someone or taking time out for yourself is vital to get everything level and feel better and taking time out last year for my mental health and getting help has helped me enormously.

I also want to work on my blog, Youtube and Instagram more - working it around my full time job and having more regular content - I have a few projects lined up, so watch this space!

This is also the last year before I turn 30, and I have a mini bucket list to accomplish - including saving money to possibly buy a house, travel places, smash goals and have the best year ever!

What are your goals this year?

Sunday, 1 October 2017

5 Favourites about Autumn

Happy October! It's that time of the year where the leaves are turning, jumpers are on and it's beginning to look a lot like Autumn. I'm a total summer fan, but Autumn comes in very close second. Here are my favourite things about Autumn and ways to get winter ready and super cosy for the countdown to the end of the year (and Christmas!)

Friday, 15 September 2017

Up There Design Rooms Review - Split, Croatia

Now, if you've been on my Instagram recently (follow me here) you'll know that i've just gotten back from a little trip around Eastern Europe for a few weeks. Whilst I was there, I stayed in the 'Up There' Design room hotel in Split, Croatia, and LUVED it. Being a Graphic Designer, I love a good graphical, design hotel, so thought I would share my recommendation with you all.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Time Saving Tips

Now, I’m not sure about you, but anything that saves me time is something I want to know about. Everyone is super busy these days and just a scroll though my ical shows that I don’t have a free weekend for at least the next two months! So I thought I’d share with you my top time saving tips for all you girl bosses out there trying to juggle everything.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Healthy Alternative: Seaweed that tastes like Bacon

Happy bank holiday weekend everyone! I've just gotten back from a holiday travelling, eating and sunning myself in Eastern Europe - 'eating' being the key word there. Does everyone else's healthy eating seem to go out of the window when on holiday? I mean, it's a requirement to have an ice-cream a day on holiday right?!

So now that I am back to reality, I am back on the healthy train, cutting down on the cheesecake ice-cream (yes, I discovered that's a thing!) and trying to have some healthy alternatives back in my diet. So when the guys at Seamore food got in touch and asked if i'd like to try the 'I Sea Bacon' bacon/pasta alternative, it couldn't come at a more perfect time!

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Etsy: Date with a Book

I love sitting down on a Sunday afternoon with a record playing, cuppa in hand and settling down with a book cosy on the sofa - so when Kate (from Etsy shop: Crafting Kates) got in touch about sending me 'A date with a book' I was super excited to do just that!

The idea behind this concept, is that you buy a mystery book (you can pick the genre if you are more fussy!) and it comes through the post wrapped ready for you to read.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Do good deeds

These days whenever you turn the television on or read a newspaper its all sad and upsetting news. Sadly our world these days can be pretty dark, but then you come across some small stories that make your day and cheer you up. There is nothing better than the feeling of doing something good, helping someone out or doing a good deed. I feel like the world needs more of this and being inspired by pride a couple of weekends ago, I'm going to share 20 ideas for some free (and super cheap) good deeds for everyone to go out and spread the love.