I can’t even describe to you how glad I am that it’s Sunday. It’s been one of those weeks where absolutely everything has gone wrong and I’ve pretty much been Giving Up On Life every evening. 4/7 nights were spent eating ice-cream directly out of the tub whilst watching Love Island, put it that way…! However there’s nothing I enjoy more than a quiet cosy Sunday — exactly what today will be — and I’m taking it to be a bit of a reset, which was precisely my word for January. You just can’t have it all.
The woman of my every-week, Sarah! | Lil lift selca at my part-time office.
You just can’t have it all
So much online content is wonderfully glossy and pristine these days that it can feel intimidating. Whilst of course mine *could* fall into that category, I also find it important to take responsibility and reiterate how normal my life is too. And when things are normal, they’re messy, unplanned, not how I want them. In between rose-tinted photographs and magic-woven copy, this week has looked a bit like:
- Trains delayed by hours, doubling my weeks’ travel time.
- Double-charged for every single train I’ve taken, on top of the delays.
- A cracked screen protector that I only applied last week, even though it was only in my handbag.
- My water bottle leaking everywhere.
- Milo’s groom appointment cancelled 40 minutes beforehand, despite me rushing to cram my workload and errands in beforehand.
- A missed MOT appointment that I was sorting for my Mum because she told me the wrong time, wasting 45 minutes getting there and back.
- The rescheduled appointment running over by an hour, wasting an hour of my working time.
Needless to say, I feel thoroughly defeated this week! I’m also ridiculously behind on my working week’s tasks and feel mildly stressed about it… However, as always, I feel like all of this happening came at a good time. It taught me that no matter how organised you are and how much to-do list-making you do, life gets in the way sometimes and you just can’t plan for that.
What matters is how you deal with the situations (badly, for me this week hahaha~) and how you pick yourself up and try again the next day. When Wednesday went tits up and I spent 4 hours on trains, instead of 1.5 hours, paying twice for the pleasure, I resolved to start Thursday with a fresh head. When Thursday went tits up and I couldn’t start my 5-hour working day until 4pm, I was grateful for Dad offering to make and bring dinner to my home office. When Friday went tits up because of late running, I… completely gave up and just enjoyed my weekend.
Basically… We’re all going to do better tomorrow, or next month, or next millennium(!)
Nothing better than a writing session, accompanied by my adorable Milo!
I’ve noticed an uptick in questions around my book habits and how I read so much, so if that includes you, let me redirect you to ‘The One About My Books’. Aside from that, I just wanted to take some time to remind you not to hugely stress about the number of books you read, the type of books you read… You do you. However if you’re hoping to read more, my top tips are to join your local library, work out what you enjoy reading, and just to make time for it.
I borrow lots of the books I read (30-40% probably) from my local library. It’s completely free and my service lets you borrow them for three weeks at a time. It’s also great for a no-pressure way to figure what you enjoy reading. Perhaps it’s non-fiction you like, or YA, or mystery novels… The possibilities are endless! And lastly, I’ve replaced my commute scrolling sessions and evening Netflix marathons with reading sessions; making time to read has absolutely transformed the way I read.
New hair and fresh nails!
In preparation for Chinese New Year next week, I’ve been somewhat busy getting my hair cut, my nails done and picking up new clothes to wear. There’s a full post coming about our Chinese New Year traditions, but it’s been so nice to essentially have a full vanity MOT! Nothing feels better than new hair (I’ve gone short again) and fresh gels (I visit House of Lady Muck in Topshop Oxford Circus and would thoroughly recommend! They use cruelty-free polishes) when you’ve been feeling ropey. It’s definitely helped with fixing all of the wrongs from my week, that’s for sure.
The Backyard Cinema with Harvey
For Christmas, Harvey’s parents gifted us tickets to the Backyard Cinema in London! And yesterday we finally got to go! Our first date was at an outdoor cinema so it felt really special to pop to another cinema experience. We saw Lion King, ate all the food, and then I drove us home — the ultimate treat when I’ve had such a bad run of it with trains this week.
Links I’ve Loved
- “You’ve Changed” and That’s Okay! via Megan Ellaby
- I’ve read Katie’s blog for years and years, and her 2020 resolutions were so empowering to read.
- These self-care ideas on Apartment Number Four were a joy to read! I’m just loving Victoria’s content at the moment.
- When I read Rosie’s post about overcoming a scarcity mindset, something slotted into place for me. It’s a truly brilliant read.
- I didn’t manage to create a city guide to Edinburgh, but this one on Arctic Sabrina will be a great read if you’re visiting soon.
- These Vegan Meatballs with Marinara Sauce on Cupful of Kale are a new staple in our household. Absolutely delicious!
- My girl Sian has refocused her blog content and this post is a wonderful glimpse into her self portraiture ventures. So glowy and beautiful.
- Notes on navigating new friendships as an adult, on Zoella.
- We really want to visit Paris together soon, so Tania’s vegan Paris guide came at the perfect time.
Posts This Week
- A Wondrous Winter
- How My Bullet Journal Keeps Me On Track in the New Year
- 12 Books I Pledge to Read in 2020
- + enter my giveaway on Instagram! You could win a personalised Papier bullet journal, preloaded with custom trackers and pages of your choice. (Ends midnight Sunday 19th January 2020.)
How was your week? And what do you do when you’ve had a bit of a bad run of things? Leave me a little love note below!