And just like that, we welcome September!
For whatever reason, September has been one of my favourite months for YEARS. I love the fresh start that it offers, school style, and I really love how it signifies the turning of the seasons. Whilst autumn doesn’t start until the tail end of the month, I’m definitely already gearing up for all things crisp, orange-tinted, cosy and warm.
If you’re a newsletter subscriber, you’ll have received an email this morning full of my plans for Daisybutter, this month. And if you’re not, be sure to sign up at the bottom of this page. I’m really excited for September, and feel finally regenerated and ready to tackle some big goals head on. I spent my summer meandering about like a total Pisces, but I’m ready to get productive and to stop dilly-dallying around. (Damn I love that phrase.)
Milo and Elkie
We’ve been dog-sitting Siobhan’s adorable pup over the past fortnight. She’s an absolute delight to look after and it’s been so much fun having a two-dog household! So, my sister and I replaced our Couch to 5k trips with lengthy lake-side walks with the two hounds. We managed to catch some pretty dreamy late summer sunsets and hit our 10,000 step-count goals as well. All the pup productivity.
I smashed my beloved KeepCup on Friday – I am SO clumsy IRL, I’m surprised it hadn’t happened sooner – and after spotting it on my Instagram Stories, Siobhan was kind enough to treat me to a new one, alongside some vegan cake from my favourite local café. It was such a thoughtful sentiment, I feel incredibly grateful to have made such a wonderful friend locally.
House-sitting for Ghenet and self-care Saturday
Now, though, we’re in London house-sitting for Ghenet whilst she’s gallivanting around New York! We’re looking after her sweet one-eyed cat Rex who makes the ideal working-from-home assistant. Harvey and I haven’t lived in London for a while now, and it’s been nice popping out in the evenings to explore the area. Last night we went into town and foraged for all of the vegan food, and the evening before we headed to POP Brixton for drinks and burgers. I’m also making full use of living in a fellow blogger’s home – so many Instagrammable corners!
After a long summer of not really feeling like my best self, I booked a mani-pedi at House of Lady Muck yesterday. How crazy is it that a simple beauty treatment will have you feeling like a whole new woman?! It’s safe to say I feel ready to take on Monday and the week ahead.
Dear reader, make sure you make space and time for some self-care, tonight or during next week.
A thank you
I wanted to take a minute or two to say a huge ‘thank you’ for the outpour of support I’ve had on my newest Being British-Chinese post. On Monday I wrote about cultural appropriation and ignorance, and have since received more than 60 messages, DMs, emails, comments and Tweets about it. I’d really love to devote more airtime on this blog to my experiences and life as a British-Chinese woman living in England, and it truly warms my heart that it’s been so well-received.
For the longest time I felt as though I shouldn’t, couldn’t, use this space to talk about bigger issues, but now I’m happy to do so. As long as I have an opinion, I’ll share them on here. It doesn’t matter if one person or five thousand people read the post, if it makes an impact I’m happy to divulge. And actually, I’ve realised that this is where my niche lies: my unique experiences as a British-Chinese woman, a minority in my country. Of course nothing really changes on here. I’ll continue to write the same posts, just with a more refined nuance running throughout them.
Links I’ve Loved
- Olivia shared everything that she does and doesn’t post online. I’ve followed her for a number of years and found this fascinating!
- As a cliche millennial, I’ve been curious about manifestation and positive affirmations for ages. Jodie’s post was such a lovely, informative read.
- 15 no-heat lunch box ideas; because we’ve all been there with a microwave-less office. Or the microwave is just too grim to use.
- More and more of us are changing up the way we work. wit & delight shared a great article about what to do when the hustle hasn’t yet started.
- I’m SO proud of my friend Sian for sharing this honest progress journal and how she plans to move forward with her photography business. It’s a great read if you want to learn more about a freelancer’s process.
- Finally, Cookbook Club 101. I am SO down for this idea!!
Posts This Week
- How to Spend 24 Hours in Covent Garden, London
- On Cultural Appropriation and Ignorance
- How I’m Embracing the September Start
How was your week? As ever, tell me a story from your week in the comments.