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18.4.19

On being entertained by boring things




My darling hunksband doesn't understand how I can watch YouTube vlogs. He finds them insufferably boring and doesn't see how I could possibly be entertained by someone going about their daily life. I, however, cannot get enough of someone's day to day routine. I remember, the one time I went to Glastonbury in 2011, my friends and I were sat around the tent one afternoon during pre-drinks and one by one we detailed our morning routines. I loved it. I find mundane details about people's lives fascinating and when YouTubers say 'sorry the week's been so boring' I am lapping it up. I don't particularly care about exciting trips or action packed days out. Give me your weekly shop, tell me about your cat's flea treatments. I'll be on the edge of my seat.


I've always been like this I think. My favourite books are about real life, from Judy Blume and Jacqueline Wilson when I was but a wee nipper, to Sarah Winman and Rachel Joyce now. I don't want for superhero films and big CGI special effects. I guess it's a mix of being super nosy and getting to see simple, everyday things you would not normally see in someone else's life. I like finding out if people do the same things as me. 'I agree that Whole Earth peanut butter is the best peanut butter!' 'I also hate it when someone talks to me on the bus stop!'. It's like making a connection even if you don't know that person. And isn't that what life is about? Connections. Only joking, that makes me cringe to my core. But also it's a bit true. Sorry about it.


I also think there's a skill to still making it interesting. Take Hannah Gale for example. If you don't know her, she is a blogger who has a small child and instagrams a lot of her day to day life, talking about her fave Nakd bar flavours, what her child is watching on TV and how long it's been since she noticed her top had a baby sick stain on. It's 'boring', sure. But it's mega relatable. It's funny. It's cute. And I can't get enough.

So here's to being boring bitches.




7.4.19

12 Habits - Writing my blog for 15 minutes everyday




Habit number 3 - writing my blog for 15 minutes each day - was a revelation! I got so many blog posts done! I did have quite a few ideas on my blog ideas list, which I keep on Google Docs, so that helped with structuring my writing but I found that the more I wrote the more the ideas flowed. They flowed out of me with ease.

I now have another problem (of the first world variety, naturally) in that I have many blog posts just a 5 minute edit away from being ready, but a distinct lack of complementary pictures to go alongside them all. Blog photos are so much harder than writing.

For outfit posts I need a willing photographer that a) is half decent, b) puts up with me and c) wants to get up super early and traipse around Bristol whilst I nonchalantly gaze at trees, cups of tea and what not. My loving husband Rich usually fits the bill rather well, but I still feel endlessly guilty asking him to get up at the crack of dawn on the weekend and ferry me about. Also, I've had quite a few weekends away in London recently which scuppers this plan somewhat. Flat lays are easier but they still require setting up, fun props, good lighting and batting the cat away every 20 seconds.

Oh I don't know, maybe I just need to take the plunge and get in touch with some Bristol based blog photographers. Lord knows there are many of them. Scary though isn't it! And more expensive than my husband.

But anyway, back to the topic at hand, writing every day for 15 minutes comes highly highly recommended from me. I have to confess I didn't manage every SINGLE day, due to evenings out, days away, or sheer forgetfulness. I still wrote a hell of a lot more than any other month though, so was welllll worth doing.

Put on some tunes or some lovely white noise  (my fave is Isochronic Alpha Synth Tone from the White Noise app, which is actually the most 2019 name for a sound ever, but it is so pleasing and relaxing), set the timer for 15 minutes and it will go by in a flash!

My April habit is Yoga every day!

30.3.19

March things



Doing...


My friend Rosie and I signed up for a 10K in May! One of my 19 for 2019 is to run a 10K so I'm looking forward to completing it and ticking it off my list. I normally use the Nike run app to track my runs so I have set up a programme to train me for the run. I'm enjoying it but a) the language they use makes me want to hurl ('You're a rock star') and b) sometimes the tasks are confusing and come with little instruction.


Buying...


I had the most cracking treatment at the Lush spa at the beginning of this month, and bought some plastic free treats afterwards. I've been pleasantly surprised by the solid shampoo and conditioner, although I do think I am having to wash my hair slightly more than usual. The shampoo in particular has impressed me, as I thought it would pale in comparison to a 'normal' shampoo but it lathers and washes in basically the exact same way. Also bought the Scrubee body scrub/moisturiser body bar which smells HEAVENLY.


Reading...


The book Declutter was first on my list, I heard the author discussing it on Woman's Hour and it sounded handy, which it was. I feel inspired to tackle my wardrobe and tidy my full-of-crap drawers. I also read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which I found on our bookshelf and thought why not. It is better than I thought it would be, reminds me of American Psycho which is one of the best books I've ever read. I recently finished 'The Longest Memory' which is a book my parents were clearing out - it's about slavery told from various character perspectives. I wouldn't say it was a 'good' read, because the subject matter is pretty bleak, but it's certainly eye opening.

Internet articles I enjoyed this month include:

  •  these two Vogue pieces from their American Women: The West series - the photography from The Hills: New Beginnings and The Ocean Women of Oahu is so dreamy. 
  • This article about taking Instagram or blog photos outside people's homes has also been doing the rounds... it makes for a really interesting read about a very modern issue. 
  • As a millenial who can remember the thrilling, clunky whir of the internet starting up, this article recalling first internet experiences was a fun, nostalgic read. 
  • 'Slow Living' is quite the trend...this Stylist piece makes me want to run away for Wales for the weekend


Eating...


Rich and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary this on 5th March and as it was pancake day we indulged in a lunchtime treat at Rocotillos and oh Lordy they were G O O D. I had the choc chip stack with butter and syrup and I've already been again with my pal from work as it is 5 minutes away from our office. Dangerous.


Watching...


I've finally seen all 10 seasons of Ru Paul's Drag Race! It is the best thing in the world and I'm buzzing to start Season 11. I'm also loving Alan Partridge's return to the BBC, and enduring Season 5 of Dawson's Creek which I'm watching to listen along with one of my favourite podcasts, Dawson's Speak. In terms of films, I watched Green Book at the cinema which immediately went into my favourite film of the year so far category, and The Hate U Give on DVD which was emotional and excellent (and had a banging soundtrack).

What have you been doing in March?

10.3.19

12 Habits - Cold Showers



How bloody cute is this doodle? It was made by my friend Janine, who I worked with in Dubai. She is super talented and came to my rescue, as I racked my brains but could not think of an appropriate image to use for this habit without being reported and struck off the blogger register.

So, disclaimer aside, my second habit of 2019 is cold showers. I should point out that I did not have entirely cold showers, as in the shower water wasn't cold from start to finish. Instead I blasted myself at the end of each session with the cold tap for about 10 - 15 seconds.

A cold shower is supposed to have many benefits - from the obvious, like waking you up and cutting through morning head fog, to relieving anxiety and increasing productivity. Whether these benefits still count when just doing a blast of cold at the end of the shower I don't know, but they did the job of making me feel bright eyed and bushy tailed at 5:45am.

In fact, I like it so much that this is the first habit I'm going to carry on with. To quote Joey to Pacey in Dawson's Creek (current reference klaxon), it makes me feel alive. I can't really ask for more from a free habit to be honest.

Since I started this trick I've also had two compliments on my hair. Sure this could be a coincidence but I've been using the same shampoo for about 4 years  (L'Oreal Elvive Fibrology I see you) and last had a haircut in January so I can't think of anything else it could be.

If you want to try it yourself, ease in gradually by turning the hot down so the shower is cool for the first few tries, then once you've mastered that go full on cold mode for as long as you can stand it.


March's habit is to write/prepare blog posts for at least 15 minutes a day!


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