Happy Sunday! I hope you’re all having a wonderful long weekend, my gosh these are just the best, aren’t they?! I’m forever forgetting when Bank Holiday weekends are, but it’s been a dream to incorporate them into my freelance schedule in a bid to try and get that work/life balance right. Sorry for missing last week’s instalment, too: I spent the day celebrating my Uncle’s 50th birthday at a barbecue (I ate endless Linda McCartney mozzarella burgers!) and kinda just fancied having a posting break.
This week has felt like the longest week ever and it’s been a complete blur, to be quite honest. I can’t pick out one day from the other, because it’s all felt like an absolute rollercoaster. I was so proud of my blog posts this week as well, and I’ve been completely unable to find the time or headspace to promote them! #bloggerproblems As I write this post, I’m still bed-bound and suffering from a grim fever and cold duo. Nothing quite beats having a blocked nose coupled with getting extreme sweats every other minute(!) Needless to say, I’m feeling very sorry for myself and am finally taking some time out to just laze around and watch lots of Netflix. (I’m currently ploughing my way through ‘Safe’ and ‘The Alienist’.)
Weathering the storm
After a relaxed Monday spent pottering and then working at some briefs for a client, my week was completely turned upside down on Tuesday. I work in-house two days per week for one of my long-term clients and so I headed in, grabbed my morning coffee and settled down to work, before our entire office was called in to a meeting to be delivered some awful news. It isn’t in my place to disclose the news, but it really shook my team and I up and I ended up having a little meltdown because it was so unexpected. In short, I stand to lose one of my biggest clients which will have a huge knock-on effect on my business. However, it did also spur me on to hustle a little harder with Daisybutter to improve it even more. A huge thank you to anybody that messaged me on Twitter, Instagram and through an email this week, because you are simply the greatest and your endless support doesn’t ever go unnoticed.
A bad week
If that wasn’t enough of a kick to the teeth, on my journey home on Wednesday afternoon, I was then subjected to a hideous torrent of racial abuse. Stood on a train platform waiting for the next train, the doors opened and an entire carriage of boys began yelling profanities, mocking Chinese accents (I cringe when people do this because, seriously, it’s 2018 kiddo) and telling me that I ‘deserved to die’ and ‘be thrown out of the country’. Not one person on that platform looked at me — some looked away — or helped me. I’ve touched on similar topics countless times on the blog, but it was still a shock and it reduced me to tears on the platform. Nevertheless, I got on my train shortly after that, reported the incident (for the first time ever, what a milestone to note, eh?) and headed straight to the gym where I bashed out 5×5 55kg squats. SO many 5’s! And my personal best for barbell squats 😉
Making my own tea blend with teapigs!
I’ll be sharing a more in-depth post about this later, but I then had an incredible time at a teapigs breakfast event on Thursday morning. teapigs is a beloved British tea brand who’re renowned for their sustainable efforts and, of course, delectable tea selection. Personally, I always have some of their delicious peppermint tea in my cupboards because it’s great for improving digestion and solving bloat issues. Anyway! It was amazing to be reunited with Amber (who is one of the sweetest people I know!) and finally meet Natasha for the first time. We were treated to an amazing breakfast spread and endless cups of teapigs’ Everyday Brew, before learning all about the tea-making process and the matcha process too. I had no idea how complicated some parts could be! Then, we got to blend our very own teas! I had a whale of a time making my custom ‘Cuppa Chai’ named after yours truly, I’m yet to sample any as I’ve been so ill, but I can’t wait. A full post will be published soon, but hop over to my Instagram Stories to see everything as it happened!
Finally, I think burnout might’ve finally got me (or that post-gym hour I spent sans coat/hoodie/jacket, walking to the local library…) because I’m currently ill. I couldn’t even get out of bed on Friday and instead spent the day sleeping a LOT, reading books and watching Spider-Man: Homecoming. I find it hard to do absolutely nothing at all, so believe me when I say this is restful! Thankful as ever for my incredible boyfriend who brought me chocolate, Vogue and fresh cut flowers. He is a dream.
Links I’ve Loved:
- I Think About This a Lot: The Last Scene of The Hills – The Cut
- My 9 to 5: Natasha Ngan, Young Adult Fiction Writer – Coco’s Tea Party
- What Is Cultural Appropriation? – Tape Parade
- Raw Chocolate + Oat Truffles – Joy Felicity Jane
- Our favourite children’s books. – Cider with Rosie
- The Best Herby Potato Salad – Half Baked Harvest
- Vegan Roasted Aubergine & Chickpea Curry – Cupful of Kale
- Why You Shouldn’t Shop Like A Blogger – A Little Obsessed
- The Daisybutter Guide to a Wedding Guest Wardrobe – Daisybutter