Sometimes changes happen without you really noticing it. And it’s only when you sit down and think, do you realise how much effort you’ve been putting into in your life, ready to see a difference.

Today’s post is all about the new changes I’ve been making in the current months, and maybe more importantly, why I’ve started making them in the first place.

KNOWING MY LIMITS

I’ve always been pretty good at knowing my limits, but last year I really pushed myself past them, and it never ends well does it?

I’ve really started tuning into my body and mind more, and if it feels like I’m cramming too much into my day, I make the sensible decision and delegate where I can. For example, when I’m writing this, I’ve just got back from work. In a few hours I have a couple of errands to run, plus my dad also needs picking up from the station. Then I’ve got to zoom back in time to have my dinner and go to my yoga class. For me, that seems a bit much, especially when I want to have slower days in the run up to the wedding. So I’m asking Dan if he can pick my Dad up for me instead. It’s not about being lazy or selfish, it’s about knowing when you’re stretching yourself a little too thin than what is good for you.

EXPLORING MY IMAGINATION AND CREATIVITY

All my life I’ve had a wild imagination, and it’s nice to be using it for a positive reason, instead of over-thinking. Of course, I’m talking about my Instagram! I’m loving coming up with different ideas and how I can showcase my creativity. Plus, it’s fun that it involves Harvey (my dog too). Head on over and let me know what you think.

EMBRACING FAST, AND SLOW DAYS

I’ve always been the type of person to love days at home, but I find if I have too many of them, I easily start feeling really down and lonely. On the other hand, if I have a few too many busy days in a row, I get really burned out. Luckily, I have a great support network and I’ve managed to create a great work schedule which means I have one day off work, aswell as a few afternoons too.

That way, I look forward to planning things for me to do and spending my afternoons how I’d like- catching up on Netflix, reading outside, blogging, baking etc. And when I am busy, instead of it becoming a slog, I really embrace it and make the most of the company I’m with.

All in all, I’m really happy with how things are going lately, and I hope my positivity shines through this post too!

 

Have you made any new changes recently?

 

On Sunday 22nd July, we finally got married! It’s been 18 months in the works, but I’d do it all over again tomorrow. It was the most magical day surrounded by our family and friends. When I get the photos from the photographer, prepare for a whole week of various wedding blog posts- I’m so excited to type them up and share the day with you!

 

xx

 

I always love seeing these posts by other people, so I wanted to do my own update of what I’ve been consuming lately. What isn’t better than watching Netflix with a cup of tea and an afternoon snack, am I right? I want to give a massive shout-out to Panasonic for working with me on this post. How good does the Panasonic bluetooth waterproof speaker look? I know Dan would love one so I’m definitely putting it on my Christmas list for him!

READING

I mentioned on my Instagram the other day that I’ve started re-reading the Harry Potter books. It’s been years since I read them, and to be honest I can’t remember all that much about any of them (apart from the first one). I’ve just finished book 2 and I’m absolutely loving disappearing into the magical world of wizardry every day!

 

WATCHING

In terms of TV, obviously Love Island. Where Netflix is concerned, we’ve just finished Season 2 of Sneaky Pete which was really good and definitely worth a watch. I’ve finished Grace & Frankie too which is one of my favourites. We’re also really loving The Good Place which is a light-hearted comedy that we’re speeding through at lightening pace at the minute. Plus it’s only 20 minutes so watching 2 episodes whilst having dinner doesn’t feel too long.

 

LISTENING

I’ve done a few posts on it before, but basically, podcasts are my jam. I listen to them every single day, whether that’s on a dog walk or cleaning the house, they’re usually my go-to. In terms of recent ones I’ve discovered so I’m not repeating myself, I’m obsessed with Hashtag Authentic by Sara (super excited to listen to her new one with the amazing Jen Carrington), The Fringe of It by Liv and Charlotte and There Are Other Ways by Fiona Barrows.

 

What are you reading, watching and listening to lately? I would love to know!

 

If you would of asked me this time last year, I would of say I was hands down, a Winter gal. I love wrapping up warm and staying inside getting cosy, but after quite a stressful Christmas period last year and if I’m honest, a shitty winter, I’m in love with summer.

And I really don’t want it to end. This is so unlike me, I love Christmas so the thought of being nervous about these sunshine filled days ending is not what I’m used to.

Maybe I just needed a bit of warmth on my skin, to wake up to bright blue skies, to spend the weekends laying on the grass and living more slower.

I love throwing on a dress and not worrying about putting make-up on, I love knowing that whatever happens that day, I can sit with a cup of tea in the sun and read my book. Or take Harvey for a walk and see all the flowers being in bloom.

I love that when I wake up, the skies aren’t grey and looming and making me not feel as positive as I want to be.

I’m not sure what the aim of this post is, maybe you might have some transition tips for me? I know it’s quite a way away, but I really don’t like dreading things! Especially something that I found such solid comfort in before.

Maybe I just need to remember that just because last winter wasn’t as good, doesn’t mean this winter cannot be magical.

Are you loving this Summer too?

 

As I mentioned in my July goals post, one of them was cutting down on sugar. I had the idea to document how the first week went.

I use ‘cutting down’ on sugar as I’m not getting rid of it entirely, I still eat dark chocolate, fruit, honey etc. This is more cutting down on refined sugar and only indulging in a small treat everyday.

DAY 1

Unfortunately for me, day 1 concided at the same day as my period came. I know, right? Talk about bad timing! I was craving all the sugary things. Thankfully, my willpower seemed to of kicked in at some point, so the only sugary things I had was a bit of ketchup at a family BBQ, and some jam on my toast in the evening.

 

DAY 2

Day 2 felt a lot easier, and I really started to look at how much sugar was in the things I usually reached for. It might seem silly but I already felt a bit lighter and healthier, which I’m definitely not complaining about! I treated myself to a yoghurt snack bar and that was about it for the sugary things that day.

DAY 3

Day 3 was a bit of a revelation. I had so much more energy than the previous days, and less sugar crashes too! I didn’t have any sugar treats today as I really didn’t crave any, whoop whoop.

 

DAY 4

Okay, so by day 4 I knew I needed to do a bit of healthy baking if I wanted to keep on going with this and not reach for the bourbons. I made some healthy cookies from Deliciously Ella that were soooo good, and ones I’d definitely make again! I also made myself a mini pizza on a nann bread so I had some tomato puree on that too which contains a bit of sugar.

DAY 5

Day 5 didn’t start off too well, as we ran out of porridge so I had to have some Special K for breakfast. Granted, it’s not the healthiest, but it’s not as bad as having coco-pops, so I’m not being too hard on myself. I also treated myself to a diet coke as we watched the England match in a pub, although it always gives me a massive stomach ache after.

 

DAY 6

On day 6 I didn’t sleep well so I was feeling super tired, which I must say really makes the sugar cravings kick in! I had some vegan Ben & Jerry’s after dinner which was delicious, I love something sweet in the evening as a treat 🙂

DAY 7

I experimented with coconut sugar in my tea on day 7, which I have to say isn’t too bad actually! I had two ‘milk and cereal’ biscuits which I actually didn’t really enjoy, but reached for them anyway because we didn’t have much in the house.

 

VERDICT: All in all, this week really opened up my eyes as to how much sugar I usually consume, and most of it is without even thinking about it! I’m proud of how I did this week, and kept the biscuit consumption to a bare minimum which feels good as I now know I don’t *need* them like I thought I did.

Physically, my body felt a lot more energised and my stomach a lot flatter, plus mentally I felt so much more in control of my body and I feel so much healthier with cutting down on sugar. I’m definitely going to try continue it for the foreseeable future.

 

Have you ever cut down on sugar before? How did it go?