'The Sunday Post' was something I started at the beginning of 2014 and I actually really enjoyed writing them each week; that said my last The Sunday Post was way back in June 2014! Last summer I was completing my degree and my dissertation had completely consumed my life, I just didn't have as much time and so these posts just... stopped. I've been wanting to start them up again for quite a while now, so I thought now was better than never!
Life lately...Life lately has been pretty great, to be honest. If you can't tell from my overly cheesy grin, I'm feeling quite content with life right now and everything kinda 'fits'. When I graduated I almost felt as if I was in limbo; I'd spent the 6 years previous in education (2 years at college followed by 4 years at University!), and to go back to being a 'normal working person' was a bit of a shock to the system. It took me a few months to find my place again and I suppose, just mentally sort my head out!
I started working full time back in September, working 7 days a week at a job I actually really quite like. It did mean that the blog took a back seat for a while; it had to, but I finally feel like I've found the right balance now and I'm a lot less stressed juggling a full time job, running the blog full time as well as keeping on top of 'normal' life things like spending time with my partner, keeping the house in order (I sound like such an old woman!) and making time to see family and friends. But I'm happy, like really happy. I feel safe and secure with every aspect of my life right now, and for me that's a pretty darn important place to be.
3 Things that made me happy this week...
I think it's important to count your blessings, appreciate what you have and do what you can do life a positive life, so I thought I'd share a few things which have made me happy this week.
1. Feeling accomplished; By nature I am such a lazy person but over the past few months I've found myself setting targets, getting things done and overall being much more organised. One of these targets is to read for pleasure more often and I've been making time to read for an hour at least every single day in 2015 so far. In February I set myself a target of reading 3 books which I shared in my 'Reading in February' post - but by the end of the month I had actually finished a total of 7 books! I shared my thoughts on them in my 'Finished Reading | February 2015' post, but it left me feeling really accomplished; to have set myself a target and completely smash through it! Using Goodreads everyday has definitely helped (it's so addictive!).
2. Catching up with friends; Working 7 days a week can often leave me little time to spend proper time with friends. I often have friends over to ours for a catch up but being able to properly spend time with someone is few and far between! Yesterday I spent the day in Nottingham for a long overdue shopping trip, and boy did we shop until we were ready to drop! I spent more money than I have in a long time, but I didn't have any buyers guilt because I've been doing the responsible adult thing over the past few months and saving. Clothes, shoes, beauty, everything I wanted I came home with and after not spending money on myself (other than books) for so long, it felt pretty darn good to spoil myself! Of course, a visit to Jamie's Italian was a must, eating and drinking Proseco to my heart's content. It's nice to give yourself a day off every now and then, and yesterday was seriously overdue!
3. Non-scale victories; It's been a long time since I shared a weight-loss update and I keep saying I will, but I just haven't found the time/motivation I need to dedicate to a proper update yet. Whilst shopping yesterday I had a non-scale victory - if you're not sure what that is, it's a 'victory' to do with weight-loss that doesn't have anything to do with the numbers on a set of scales. This non-scale victory left me smiling for the whole day, and definitely lifted my mood. I used to be a size 8 in shoes, and wide-fit shoes at that. I started fitting into 'normal' shoes last summer, but I've now dropped an entire shoe size and gone down to a size 7 - it might not seem like a big deal to most, but the last time I fitted into size 7 shoes was my late teens, so for me it's a massive accomplishment! Of course, to celebrate I treated myself to some gorgeous new heels!
Currently reading...An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, Paperback £5.59, Kindle £4.96
I've read most of John Green's books now and like many, I'm a big fan of The Fault in Our Stars. I bought An Abundance of Katherines last year, mainly because I liked TFIOS so much I had to buy all his other books, too. I'm about a third of the way into it so far, and although it's a good read, I have to admit it isn't grabbing me as much as I was hoping and I'm finding I have to push myself to pick it up and keep reading. Hopefully I'll get more into it as the story goes on!
This week I was inspired by...
Inspiring women; I've started watching YouTube daily again and after sorting out a 'watch later' list earlier in the week, I've finally made my way through it. One of the videos I caught up with was 'Other Women Aren't The Competition' over on one of my favourite blogger ladies Megs channel Wonderfuly0u. I love Megs beauty videos, but my favourite videos by far are her chatty videos with one of my favourite inspiring ladies Laura (seriously, watch them all!). Other Women Aren't the Competition features not only Meg and Laura, but another blogger too; Emma. Sometimes you just need a little friendly reminder, and this video was the reminder I needed; other women, and their successes, are not the enemy.
Add this blog to your reading list...
A blog which leaves me in awe every time I visit it is The Private Life of a Girl. With phneomenal photography and the perfect variations of topics (and a perfect dose of inspiration), I really recommend adding this one to your reading list!
How has life been treating you lately?