I’ve had a bit of an odd week this week. If you follow me on social media, you might already know this, but I’ve had quite a bad bout of anxiety and a small panic attack towards the start of the week, and I haven’t been able to shake off the feeling of uneasiness. Saying that I’ve been looking forward to writing this post all week to have a little think back to smaller things that have made me smile. So here we are at the second instalment.
1. Making a Calendar
I didn’t know what to call this one really, but yep, I made my own calendar. Well, I say made, I actually just downloaded it off the internet, printed it, and colour coded all my plans for the first 4 months of the year. These include social plans, family plans, blog plans, important dates, birthdays and holidays. I know how much of a lame-o I sounds right now (especially with just actually writing the word lame-o) but it has helped me feel so much more control of my life (especially with how I’ve been feeling this week) and I hope I can keep on top of it and have things to look forward to.
2. Getting Organised
Following on from the first one, I feel like this week I have really managed to screw my head on and get organised with making plans for blogging, seeing friends and family, trips away and work: I even started a bullet journal! Last week felt like a bit of a blur with starting back after the bank holiday, and if I’m honest, I sort of felt like I was still in holiday mode. But despite feeling incredibly anxious towards the start of the week, I’m ready to take on January and the rest of the year. I’ve noticed as well that there is a lot of positive posts already in the blogging world about the new year, which is nice and refreshing after 2016.
3. Seeing Old Friends
This Wednesday I went to my friend’s for dinner, with another friend, both of whom I used to work with. We hadn’t all seen each other since before December, and spent most of the evening talking about weddings, holidays and babies (one of the girls is a new mum!) It was really nice to catch up with them both, and it’s one of my goals (see how I didn’t say resolution…) to spend more time with people I don’t get to see as often. We also had a shepherds pie with sweet potato, which was something I’d never tried before and loved! Definitely a winter recipe I’ll be cooking up this month.
4. Olympus Pen
Yes I did it, I finally bought an Olympus Pen, not that I have any idea how to use it, but I am officially the owner of an actual camera! If I’m being honest, it did come last week, but I stupidly bought the camera with no lens, so I then had to fork out more money for one to go with it… One of my blogging goals for this year is to learn more about photography and cameras, and I’ve already been in talks with a friend about doing a photography course in the next couple of months. I researched this a lot about what camera I wanted, and spoke to a few different people in the industry, and the Olympus Pen came highly recommended for those who are just starting out with their photography, which is 100% me… I’m even so much of an amateur that I took it out on the first day without the battery!
5. My Homeware Post
I don’t want to use this blog to talk about my own work, but it was more of the process of writing Wednesday’s blog that I loved. I’ve always been a lover of homeware and finding new bits here and there, and this was the first time I had ever done a homeware wishlist. It helps as well that hopefully at some point this year I’ll be a homeowner, and can maybe buy a few of the things on the wishlist (or if people want to surprise me with a housewarming present, I could get on board with that too!)
This weekend I took my very first trip to Oxford to see one of my best friends who is living there until the end of the month. Oxford has always been one of those places that has been on my list to visit, but I’ve never found the time to, so this weekend was a great excuse. We arrived on Saturday afternoon and spent the evening catching up, eating amazing food and drinking, and on Sunday took a walk around the city, which was just as beautiful as I imagined. The girlie weekend was definitely needed and I can’t wait for the next one.
7. My First Trip to Zizzi
Obviously, I needed to get something food related in here! Whilst in Oxford today, we went for lunch at Zizzi after we all seemed to be craving pizza. I’ve never been to Zizzi despite the fact I eat pizza about 4 times a week, so I was really looking forward to it. Although the restaurant was really busy, we got our own booth and spent over two hours eating and chatting in there and it was the perfect end to a great weekend with two of my best friends. And the food was amazing too (I had the Sofia Rustica – chicken, pepperoni, spicy sausage, chillies and rosemary)
8. We Blog MCR
This evening when I got home I had a message off my friend Holly who runs the amazing blog Holly Goes Lightly and is the founder of the We Blog MCR group which I am a member of, asking me to be the blogger of the week for the weekly newsletter. Although it isn’t quite being asked to Buckingham Palace for afternoon tea, it did make me smile, and ended my week on a high which is definitely what I needed – so thank you, Holly!