It’s been nearly two weeks since I posted on here (thank you for being patient with me!), and while I’m not yet quite ready to talk about why I left, today I wanted to sit down and write why I’m grateful.
Family. We are all in the midst of grief, and while at times it breaks you to your knees, we are a super close family, and together we stay strong. I feel so lucky that we all have each other and that we really care about how other people are feeling.
This weather. Guys, it is HOT. I’m eating ice-cream every single day. It is pretty glorious and I’m also horrendously sweaty, so there you go.
Podcasts. I’ve got loads of podcasts to get through on my phone, and I’m really enjoying having a massive backlog of interesting episodes that distract me and take my mind off things.
Treating myself. I’ve bought myself a few new pairs of summer shoes, and some slogan tees. Next up on my list is a whole load of new reads!
Taking it easy. Listening to myself, and knowing when too much is enough. Slowing down, and just taking it one day at a time.
Our first wedding anniversary. We’ve just got back from our overnight trip to Lincoln (would you like a post on this? Let me know and I can whip one up!) but spoiler: we loved it! I want to go back so badly.
I’m back this Monday morning with a new happy things list! Let’s dive in..
#1 My new hair cut (ironically not shown in the above picture!) I’ve had a good old 4 inches chopped off my hair and it feels so much better! I go in different phases whether I like long or short hair on me, but since it grows super fast I don’t mind switching it up every now and again. It feels super light and fresh for summer now.
#2 Good books. I’ve read some super good books lately! I’m sure I’ll mention them in a post soon so look out for that if you’re interested.
#3 Love Island podcast. If you’re obsessed with the show like I am, you need to download this immediately.
#4 Baby giggles! I made my nephew really giggle for the first time last week, and it was joy!!
#5 Ice-cream weather. I have a white chocolate Magnum the other day and it was DIVINE.
#6 Booking a trip to Lincoln for our first wedding anniversary. I’m so excited! The place we’ve booked overnight looks incredible.
#7 Spending some sister time together. She’s the best.
#8 Summer clothes. I like to wear as less clothes as possible (I have a super hot body temperate, so I’m always warm) so I’m all for summer dressing.
#9 A great weekend. I had a movie night and a takeaway with my dad on Saturday, and yesterday has just been a lovely chilled one.
#10 Gel manicures. Because to have polish on my nails that doesn’t chip for at least a week guaranteed? Yes please.
This month’s goals are a little different, but we’ll get to that in a minute. First, lets recap and see how June’s went..
Have fun! Well, June has been an unexpectedly really hard month with a lot of struggles due to family issues. Unfortunately not much fun as happened, but there has been some good days in there nonetheless.
Morning and evening meditations. I definitely did more meditation this month, but not quite morning and evening ones. For some reason this is something I always aim to do but never really manage it! It’s a shame but I have stuck to some kind of short meditation practice daily, which I’ve benefitted a lot from.
Find some new reads. I definitely did do this one! I’ve read some great books lately (I’ll share in a post soon I’m sure!) and I’ve got a big list of ones I want to read next which is exciting.
This month I’ve decided not to set myself any new goals. This is for a number of reasons, how I’m feeling at the moment with a lot going on, and another being that there isn’t anything I particually feel like aiming towards a lot in July. I’m excited to have a month off and come up with some really good ones I want to do in August, there’s no point setting luke-warm goals if you’re not passionate about them!
I’m hoping for a nice, calm and positive July, where things start to smooth out a little bit.
Since this is going out on the first day of a new month, I thought it’d be nice to use this post as a catch-up. These are usually one of my favourite posts to type out, they feel super therapeutic and also like I’m just chatting to a friend.
It’s been quite an unexpectedly challenging month, but there’s been some good things too. I’ve just got a fresh hair cut (and I ended up spontaneously chopping off 4 inches, standard me!). I feel much more myself with shorter hair. I feel like it’s a bit edgier and less girly, which I like. Plus it takes me even less time to wash it, winner.
The weather has been so good this weekend and I’ve tried to make the most of it! It’s been one of those ‘unplanned’ ones which means I can do whatever I want, and I love times like that. I’m definitely a summer baby.
In other news, of course, I’m obsessed with Love Island. I’m pretty sure I spend most of my day talking about it but I can’t help it and at this point I’m not even ashamed. (I love Anton incase you’re interested). I’m heading back up to London this week to spend some time with my sister and nephew, which I’m really looking forward to.
I feel like this month I’ve just been jogging along trying to keep my head down and stay positive.
Other random updates include watching Stormzy at Glastonbury this morning (amazing, I love him) and really enjoying going out for my runs a couple of times a week.