04 February 2020

Happy Blog Birthday

I actually cannot believe it......my blog is a whole year old 🥳🥳🥳




I never would've dreamed, after writing my first post, stressing over whether I'd be able to write a second one, that I would actually be writing a birthday post.

I cannot even put into words, how proud I am that a year after starting this blog, I'm still going and how great its been received. The experience of writing and putting my journey out for the world to see, has been one of my greatest accomplishments to date. I'm so grateful for all the people that have read my blog and left me amazing feedback. It has made my journey that bit more special.

There have been so many ups and downs since I first started this blog and I am so appreciative that I have had the opportunity to share it with so many people. I had doubts about whether I'd get past the 1st post and now I have 47 (48 including this one), I couldn't be happier about how far I've come.

So firstly I'd like to thank everyone, that has engaged with me over the last year and been apart of my blog journey, your feedback and contributions have meant the world to me. Secondly, I'd like to thank myself, for having the courage to not only start my blog, but the consistency to stick with it. It has been my rock in hard time. I love writing it and being apart of the blogging community. It has given me one of the best gifts you can get from life.....  a passion. I'm excited about continuing it and couldn't be happier that it has been such a big part of my pursuit of happiness.

So......Happy Blogaversary to me 

Below are links to just a few of my favourite posts.

As I go into my second year of blogging, I'm  excited about the prospect of where another year could take me. I hope everyone reading this will continue to be apart of this journey. I have loved writing every post, even if some of them have been Debbie Downers.

Have a great day, remember you're a unicorn and don't let anybody shit on your rainbow 💖

21 January 2020

New Year, New Decade

Why hello 2020.....



Its the beginning of a new year. A time where most of us look at how we can get the best out of the next 12 months. There is going to be some "New Year, New Me" going on in my life. I’m ready to change certain aspects as part of the Better Me Movement. Lets be clear though, I’m not going from who I was in 2019, to moving to the woods, growing my own and food and living off the land in 2020. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.... but if you know me or have been following this blog, you’ll know that I’m simply not built for that life. I don't need a life of luxury, but I do need my favourite hoodie and toilet paper. 

My main motto for this year is“ Looking After Myself” I have it written on my whiteboard on the wall opposite my bed, so it’s the first thing I see in the morning and the last thing I see at night. A visual reminder. I’ve spent most of my adult life looking after others and I don’t regret that, but now it’s time to look after myself. I'm not just talking about being a bit more selfish and putting my needs first more. There are a couple of other things I have in mind.
  • Physically (Working Out) - Not just to lose weight and gain a better shape, but to have a stronger healthier body.
  • Eating (Learning a better balance) I eat quite well , but I also have times where I binge eat, so I'd like a better relationship with food.
  • Focusing Inward - Looking to myself rather than others to discover what I want and what’s best for me
  • Appearance - Playing around skincare, fashion choices, make up, hair - so I that I like the epic princess I working towards becoming
  • Hobbies - Finding more as well making more time for some of the ones I already have, like reading, writing more and watching cartoons
  • Mindfulness - Looking into ways to be calmer, less stressed and more in the moment
  •  Happy - Reminding myself daily to be happy in the life I'm living rather than waiting for the above to happen before I'm happy
Yeah....that was more than a couple. A lot to get through. But I’m taking the "Focus on the step in front of me, rather than the whole staircase" approach.

So apart from starting the new year with the worst cold, it’s been a pretty productive couple of weeks. I’ve started back with HIIT workouts - forgot how difficult they were when you’ve had almost 3 months off. I've been getting in those 10 min meditations 3-4 times a week. I'm doing dry Jan - with the exception of a dinner and lunch for dads 60th birthday I've stuck to it. Have started  2 new books “Still Me” by Jo Jo Moyes and "Victim of Thought - Seeing through the illusion of Anxiety" by Jill Whalen. I’m making the effort to read for pleasure and self help. Watched “You” Season 1 and 2. Joe Goldberg will have you so hooked, you'll be  seeing the 'next episode starting' message on Netflix at midnight and still not turn off your TV. The fact that I watched both seasons in a week tells you how good this show is. So clearly for pleasure. However, with the amount of tips you'll get about how easy it is to end up dating  a gold medal stalker....also self help. Great entertainment, but will probably have you doing background checks on the guy you met in Starbucks. 

As previously stated, my dad celebrated his 60th birthday




 As it was a big one, we went all out to make it memorable. This consisted 4 days of celebrations. Lots of food, lots of laughs and even more cake. It was great to see so many people join him, in making this birthday so special, so a big thank you to everyone that was apart of it

 
Deraliye 
Deraliye



We kicked off his actual birthday with me taking him to my nail shop, so we could get joint pedicures, followed by our usual daddy daughter birthday lunch at Deraliye



Deraliye 


The next day he was surprised by his girlfriend with dinner and an overnight stay at The Collective - Canary Wharf - judging by the pics of this place,  I'll be adding it to my list of places to visit.

The Saturday we had a dinner with family and friends at Gem Restaurant. A cute little restaurant tucked away in upper street. They have the main eating area upstairs and a space downstairs for group bookings. There were 2 other parties celebrating birthdays, which added to the fun of the night. That coupled with the  live music and a belly dancer for entertainment created a great atmosphere. They offer set meze menus for group bookings which comes with free flowing prosecco, wine and juice. I will say there wasn't as much food offered on the night as the menu options stated, meaning we had to hit McDonald's on the way home and they also stated the free flowing included cocktails, which when we got there, were told it didn't, but it wouldn't stop me going back to Gem for dinner with a smaller group as the restaurant itself was rather intimate and cosy and I found the staff lovely. 

The Sunday we went for lunch with more family & friends at Fishworks in Covent Garden.  They also have a restaurant upstairs and an area downstairs. I was very satisfied with what I ordered and had complete food envy over some of the dishes other people had. I will definitely be making another trip back, to this restaurant to sample more of what they had on offer. I had the scallops for starter and they were probably some of the best I've ever tasted. I had the mackerel for main course which came with tenderstem broccoli and cauliflower puree. Now I don't normally like cauliflower, but there was not a trace of it left, when the waiter came round to clear my plate. I finished then meal off with a peach and passion fruit eton mess, which if I had room would have probably ordered another one. 

Fishworks

Fishworks




So, you may have noticed that I've made a few minor changes to the blog. I hope you like it, but if not, I do, so there's that's 😅 Wishing you all a great start to 2020, Lets Do This.👍

Have a great day, remember you are a unicorn and don't let anybody shit on your rainbow 💖

30 December 2019

So Long 2019

I say it every year, but seriously....... this flew by. It's like I blinked in Dec 2018 and opened my eyes about to go into 2020.




Its seems crazy that in less than 48 hrs, at least 50% of us will be exchanging party clothes for gym wear. We'll be writing the date as 2019, before crossing it out for 2020 for at least... 2 months, whilst sending our easyjet apps into overload booking  holidays.

So as I'm wrapping up the end of another year, I've been looking back over the past 12 months. Looking back at the things I've enjoyed as well as the things I've learned. I've also taken note of the things I'd like to work on next year. Its been a tidal wave of a journey of experiences I never could have dreamed of or could have seen coming. But most importantly its given a sense of optimism for 2020. Great things are going to happen.
I thought I'd jot down a few highlights....

5 Things I'm Grateful for


  • My Family
  • Visiting Geneva
  • Working on myself
  • Eating meals with less or no meat
  • Re-Kindling friendships and letting go of others

4 Things That Made Me Happy

  • Trying Fondue
  • Reading more
  • Listening to Jazz Music
  • Being Nominated for The Liebster Award

3 Things to work on in 2020

  • Loving myself
  • Yoga & Meditation (I know they're 2 different things, but...its my blog so .. yeah..lol)
  • Learning Spanish

2 Things I Regret

  • Not travelling as much as I'd have liked
  • Overthinking

1 Epic Thing that came from 2019

  • My Blog

As I've been stuck at home for whats felt like an eternity, there's not much else that's gone on in my life for me to write about. So I'm going to end this post and this year with a few quotes I've found inspirational. I wish you all loads of Love and loads of Laughs in 2020. May you smile more than you cry. May your focus be on point, your head and heart be at peace and may you be wrapped in a blanket of comfort so that loneliness cannot find its way into your life 😚




                        



Happy New Year Luvlies 


Have a great day, remember you're a unicorn and don't let anybody shit on your rainbow 💖