Lovely quotes / 13

Monday, 19 March 2018

“We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversations with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk.”
— Thomas Moore

“In March I’ll be rested, caught up and human.”
— Sylvia Plath

“Somewhere in my throat there must be gold, even if it does sound like tin.”
— Franz Kafka

“One home, with all the books, all the flowers, is enough.”
— Katherine Mansfield

“Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it.”
— Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

“She pressed a palm to the pane and the web disintegrated. When she pulled her hand away, a moist print remained on the glass as evidence of an iffy existence.”
— Steve Yarbrough, The End of California

“March, all that deceptive light but no fruits yet.”
— Talvikki Ansel, “16 Stanzas in February,” Field


Pinterest mood board / 5

Saturday, 17 March 2018

A walk around Clumber Lake

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

My mum and I decided to go to Clumber Park yesterday to walk around the lake and make the most of the sunshine.

There are daffodils shooting up everywhere and even some snowdrops still hanging around. Spring is finally showing its face and I'm excited.

I enjoy walking as a form of exercise because it's easier on my 90 year old knees and it's also nice to be able to take in the scenery at my own pace.

One of my favourite things to do at Clumber is squirrel watching. They're so tame, they couldn't be less bothered about people. We also spotted quite a few blue tits and I never realised how tiny they were (I've only ever seen photos of them). 

When we'd finished our walk and got back to the car, it started chucking it down. I love timing things perfectly. 🙌

It was a lovely peaceful morning spent in nature. I'm excited for more days like this in the summer.


A life update in verbs / 6

Friday, 9 March 2018

Watching: Jessica Jones S2, Call the Midwife S7, and Jane the Virgin S4. Because the weather's still rubbish all I've been doing on my days off is watching catch up TV and YouTube in bed.

Listening to: A lot of Queen, and George Ezra's new song 'Paradise'.

Reading: The Simple Things and Country Living magazines, two of my regular reads. Their March issues have me very excited for spring and being able to spend more time in the garden reading and bee-watching.

Eating: Pancakes. Like, almost every day. And I'm going through a cheese toastie obsession, but I swap out normal bread for Warburtons sandwich thins because it doesn't make them feel as stodgy.

Drinking: The usual water and OJ, but I've been thinking about all those gin and cranberry juices I'll be drinking in the summer poured over ice.

Loving: The fact that the sun has been rising earlier and earlier each day. Light at 6:30am is a welcome sight.

Wearing: On Wednesday I debuted my new stripey Fat Face number I bought in York (in the colour 'Dandelion'). It fits like a dream and feels so soft and comfortable. It's rare I buy something from Fat Face and it isn't utterly perfect.

Feeling: Quite deflated. I haven't talked about this on my blog yet, but my colleagues and I have been made redundant because our place of work is closing. I've been job-hunting since January and have had little luck so far. Work's difficult now because we're incredibly low on stock, staff are unmotivated, and customers are few and far between. Not a fun time. I just want to find a new job already and move on, y'know? I am not a patient person.

Thinking: About how I can step my blog game up. I'm always thinking about this, but more so recently. I feel like my content is good but I never get any feedback or comments. It's as if I'm talking to myself, which is fine (I'm used to it believe me) but not ideal. I'd like to try and get some sort of community on here and encourage conversation. I would love to socialise more with readers and other bloggers, so if you're in a similar boat or you want to help a girl out, feel free to strike up conversation with me on Twitter or leave some constructive criticism below. I just want to feel like I'm part of something and not just blogging on the sidelines and looking in.

Wishing for: A job offer please and thanks! Oh, and some warmth so I can leave the house without a coat on.


5 things I do to unwind after a long day

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Photo by Conner Baker on Unsplash

1. Have a bath or shower.
I love getting in from work feeling sweaty and gross and diving straight into a hot shower. I love washing all the cakey foundation off my face and rinsing the smell of coffee from my hair (I'm a barista, fyi). I feel like when I've had a bath or shower it means work is officially done for the day. Good or bad day, it's over with and I can finally put my feet up. And whip that damn bra off.

2. Watch something funny.
I watch a lot of YouTube and I follow quite a few comedy channels. I love a good laugh (who doesn't?) so watching something funny will improve my mood and chill me out instantly. True relaxation to me is wrapping myself up in bed like a burrito and watching videos on my iPad until I get square eyes. 

3. Put my baggiest, fleeciest, cosiest clothes on.
Fleece-lined joggers, oversized jumper, fluffy socks, no bra, and no cares. One of the most satisfying things in the whole world is taking off a tight, uncomfortable pair of jeans and wiggling into some baggy joggers. My belly is just so happy when it doesn't have big metal buttons and zips sticking into it. I can practically hear my skin breathing a sigh of relief.

4. Read a magazine.
Two of my favourites are The Simple Things and Breathe - both very wholesome, down to earth reads that leave me feeling inspired. If typical women's fashion and celebrity gossip magazines fry your brain, I'd try looking into lifestyle magazines. As well as the two above, I also recommend Oh Comely, Frankie (an Australian mag, but available in large WHSmith stores in the UK), and Creative Countryside.

5. Spend my evenings outside (in the summer, of course!)
Obviously I won't be doing this in the middle of winter, but when it gets warmer and the day's get longer, I love to relax outside. I like setting my feet free and getting them a bit dirty in the garden and I love sitting on the patio and watching the bees. Gardening is also something I enjoy when it gets warm, and tending the garden at 7pm after a tiring day is pure bliss.

What do you like to do to unwind?


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