My word for 2019 – GRIT

I am the queen of giving up when things get tough. I start so many things full of enthusiasiam with a gung ho attitude but when the novelty has worn off I soon lose interest and motivation. Like when I decided I’d get up before the kids to have time to get ready for the day ahead. It sounds great on paper and I felt so good, and of course rather smug, when I did it for the first few days. This positivity didn’t last long though and I soon found myself hitting snooze and falling back into old habits of sleeping as long as possible before hauling myself out of bed and rousing the children in a more panicked way than I’d have liked.

Rather than setting a list of resolutions at the start of the year, I choose an intention or word that I’d like to focus on. Afterall, with what I’ve already said in mind, you just know that all my resolutions will be broken in a few days anyway! I spent some time over Christmas reflecting on what my word could be, previously it’s been balance (2018), and grace (2017) but this year I felt I needed more of a bold, challenging word. It may sound rather an odd choice, grit, it’s certainly not a fluffy, serene word. It brings with it a sense of determination and that is exactly what I need in all areas of my life.

I’m so good at taking care of myself when it comes to setting boundaries, taking time out, having a bath and reading a book. Yet when it comes to looking after my physical health, I’m not so good. I’m talking prioritising exercise and eating well. Like with getting up early I often start well with making positive changes to my eating habits and setting time aside to go for a ‘run’ but as soon as my motivation starts to wane, even slightly, I chuck it all in. Running is another perfect example – I cannot tell you how many times I’ve started couch to 5k but I can tell you that I’ve never completed it.
Grit and determination are the side of self love that too often get brushed aside.

When the going gets tough I get going

If there’s an easy option I’ll take it, every time.

I feel like I never push on enough to see my goals met, it’s as if I self sabotage just before I achieve anything, before I reach that tipping point.

I’ve spurred on by the choice of this word and change of mindset by my family, my daughters and my husband. My eldest daughter, for example, is one of the most determined people I’ve ever met. Long term readers will know that she swims for a swimming club and a lot of our time is spent taking her to training and galas. Seeing how far she has come and her attitude to her training never fails to inspire me. She pushes herself and is so very self motivated. A lot of people have asked if we push her or make her go to the training sessions, especially those early morning ones, but hand on heart I can say that apart from the odd occasion she is the one that is up and raring to go. She sets herself mini goals, like leading out her lane or working on her time and she smashes them. The joy she gets from swimming is incredible.

I want some joy like that in my own life. That sense of achievement that comes with pushing on and seeing goals and dreams realised. Whether it’s prioritising my physical health my ring fencing my time to exercise or challenging myself to make healthier choices – and stick to them!

Do you have a word or intention for the year ahead? I’d love to find out about it if you do.

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My Five on a Friday

It’s Friday! How are you today? Had a good first week of December? We’ve got our tree up and house decorated – just need to get some lights for outside over the weekend and then we’re sorted. I finally remembered to book my Christmas food shop and order my turkey, not quite finished with all the present shopping yet though. I started the week feeling rather stressed about all things Christmas but after ticking off some of those bigger jobs hopefully I’ll be ready in time!

Here are my five things that I just have to tell you about –

 

1. Shopping small

Last Sunday my youngest girl and I visited the Etsy Made Local event in our city. It was held at the Harris Museum which is such a beautiful building right in the centre of Preston. I made a few little purchases and with my daughter being with me I made such to take some business cards so I could order some presents without her knowing! 😉

 

2. Pinterest

I’ve been in love with Pinterest ever since it hit the UK, there’s something about pinning ideas and inspiration to boards that makes me feel calm and organised – even when I really haven’t done anything! I only wish it had been around when I was planning my wedding! This week I had another coaching session with a local business owner helping her to utilise Pinterest to drive traffic to her website. Pinterest can do so much for a retail business!

 

3. Becoming a glasses wearer

Last week I booked myself an opticians appointment after months of moaning about getting tired eyes and headaches. Surprise, surprise – I need glasses! Not surprising really when I spend most of my waking life looking at one screen or another. So this morning I’ll be picking up my new glasses that I have to wear when I’m working or looking at my phone. Keep an eye out on IG Stories to see me with them.

 

 

4. Mrs Maisel

I was so excited that this much loved pilot got a commissioned for a full season, and now season 2 has just hit Prime. Watch it, you can thank me later.

 

5. A Christmas works do for the CWS Creatives

Tonight is my groups unofficial works night out! With all of us being self employed we don’t get a works do at Christmas so we are getting together for drinks and having our own. I’m so excited!

 

 

 

So there’s my mini list for the week. 

I’ve really enjoyed the simplicity of writing these posts and hope that you enjoy reading them.

 

So go on, what are your five things?

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My Five on a Friday

It’s Friday! How are you today? Had a good week?

I’ve had a jam packed week yet as tired as I am I’m also feel really positive. My house may be looking rather neglected but I feel like I am making so much progress with my business, and after all I’ve got Saturday morning to rally the troops and blitz the house. I’ve got a few lovely new things to share with you this today including a little hack that has led me to get a much better nights sleep. So here we go with my Five on a Friday.

 

 

1. Downtime

My friend Kerry (@Kerryvillers) has changed my life with this little revelation. On the iphone you can now set your phone to limit your screentime (Settings – Screen Time -Downtime) and I’ve set mine to keep me out of social media between the hours of 10pm and 6.45am. I don’t kno about you but I lose hours to aimlessly scrolling in the evenings as well as resorting to going on my phone during the night when I can’t sleep. When Kerry shared about this feature on her IG Stories I just knew I had to give it a try. One week in and I haven’t looked back, if like me your phone is like an extra appendage then why not give this a go? You can set your limits and you can override them if you need to. Ideally I want to change it to 9pm, but one step at a time!

 

2. A few little Christmas touches

It’s nearly a month away! I’d love to tell you I’m prepared but sadly that’s not the case. I’ve done a few bits but need to spend some time this weekend actively planning and getting a load done so I feel like I’m on the right track and on top of things. We are going for a more minimal Christmas so I’m hoping that once I sit down and write everything out I’ll see there’s not actually much to do. Well…. I hope so anyway! I have added a little festive feel to my home after picking up this decoration at Sainsburys earlier in the week. I love the minimal Scandinavian feel and for our first Christmas in our new build (with white walls!) I think it will work really well. The bonus being that there’s a lot less ‘stuff’.

 

3. Inspiring women 

On Wednesday I had my CWS Creatives November Meet Up, basically a room full of super inspiring women all running their own businesses. I always leave the Meet Ups feeling validated and encouraged, with so many of us on the same page and at similar stages with our businesses. I’m really excited for what the New Year will bring for this group, both online and in real life. I’ve got so many ideas and plans!

 

4. Tom Misch


It totally pays off having friends that are younger and a lot cooler than you are. After hearing this guy on one of these said friend’s IG Stories I knew his music was going to be my new obsession. He’s not been off my Spotify all week. I’m like this with music, if I hear something I like then I listen to it 24/7

 

5. The perfect primer (gifted)

I was gifted this primer a few months ago and have really been putting it to the test. I’m quite fussy with what I put on my skin, with it being senstive I’m not a fan of constantly changing up the products that I use. I am really trying to take my skin care routine seriously now after years of neglect and StriVectin Line BlurFector Instant Wrinkle Blurring Primer has been such a good little addition. I use it after my moisturiser and under my foundation and it definitely helps my foundation go on smoother and gives it a great staying power. I don’t chuck any old products I get sent on my blog and I’m super picky with recommending anything but this deserves it AND it’s cruelty free. 

 

 

So there’s my mini list for the week. 

I’ve really enjoyed the simplicity of writing these posts and hope that you enjoy reading them.

 

So go on, what are your five things?

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My Five on a Friday – 16/11/2018

What a busy week! It’s been a good one, but oh boy am I ready for a weekend with very few plans.

You might have noticed that I’m changing things up a little round here and taking some inspo from my friend and fellow blogger Jess Soothill and sharing five things on a Friday. 

 

My first workshop

I ticked off a huge goal for my social media coaching business this week. I hosted my first ever workshop! This one was on Instagram and aimed specifically at indie retailers, makers and small businesses. We started small with 6 spaces and managed to sell out (phew!). The attendees had an hour with me and an hour with photographer Robyn Swain. The main thing we learnt is that we had more content than time! All in all it went swimmingly and I can’t wait to do another one.

 

 

The Back Up Plan

I’ve been meaning to read Alice’s book, The Back Up Plan* since she first announced it and finally I picked up a copy. Alice’s blog, More Than Toast, is one of the first that I read all those years ago, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I’m lucky enough to call Alice a bloggy friend after meeting up a few times in ‘real life’. Now as for her book, I hardly put it down after buying it on Friday evening and then finishing it up on Sunday! Alice shares about the break down of her marriage and how she navigated her way through it with two children under two. It’s not a self help book, but rather a memoir and it will have you feeling inspired by all she’s achieved since.

 

Taking time out

With business stepping up a gear over the last few weeks I was starting to feel rather overwhelmed. After a dropped my girls at school this morning I decided to go for a walk to clear my head. On one hand this made me feel a little anxious as I was acutely aware of the amount I had to get done but I knew deep down that spending half an hour away from my desk would make me more productive. I was right – thankfully! Taking time to clear my head and enjoy some fresh air worked wonders and I got straight on with my to do list as soon as I got home.

 

 

Medals

My littlest girl has joined her sister and started swimming competitively for our local swimming club. She had her first gala at the weekend and managed to come home with a gold and silver in her age category! The look on her little face when she got her medals was priceless.

 

Getting organised

Trying to set up a business and run it successfully while also working around family life is a nigh on impossible task, and this week, as I’ve said, I was starting to real feel it. This led me to get serious about finding anything that would streamline my processes and free up my time to get on with work. I’ve now set up the online booking and calendar system Calendly which means that my coaching clients can book in with the time I have available, cutting down all the back and forth messaging trying to find a date and time that works for both of us. Whoop!

 

So there’s my mini list for the week. 

I’ve really enjoyed the simplicity of writing these posts and hope that you enjoy reading them.

 

So go on, what are your five things?

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My Five On a Friday 9/11/18

I’m changing things up a little round here and taking some inspo from my friend and fellow blogger Jess Soothill and sharing five things on a Friday. 

Harry Potter

My eldest is still as HP obsessed as she ever has been and unsurprisingly most of her birthday presents last week were Harry Potter related. Carrying on the theme I ordered a Harry Potter birthday cake from The Brinscall Baker, and I’m sure you’ll agree it’s pretty awesome! It tasted amazing too, chocolate and caramel, yum! We went with a the Ravenclaw colours as Niamh is certain she’d be sorted into that house. The bespoke topper is by Betsy & Els and finishes it off perfectly.

 

Pinterest

This week I delivered another bespoke Pinterest Power Session this time a two hour session for two local businesses owners, (and fellow CWS Creatives). It was so much fun and I can’t wait to see how they both get on with all the tips they’ve learnt. 

 

Podcasts

Long term readers of this blog will know that I love a good podcast, but you might be surprised to hear that I’ve fallen out of the habit of listening to them. I think I’ve been rather overwhelmed with work so adding another voice telling me things was a step too far! This week, however, I’ve dipped my toe back in. First with The Liturgists and then with Hashtag Authentic. I’ve really enjoyed it and think I’m back in the podcast zone.

 

Feeling like a grown up with a skin care routine!

For those that want to know how I got on with Beauty Pie my products arrived over the weekend and I’ve been using them religiously ever since. To catch up on what Beauty Pie is and what I order pop back and have a read of this. Whether it’s just psychological or not it’s too early to be sure BUT my skin feels so much better. It’s clearer, feels softer and almost plump and dewey rather than patchy. I’m sure the top beauty bloggers are quaking in their boots after that review…!
Take me to Beauty Pie

 

The Good Place

I’m going to put myself out there and say that The Good Place is one of the best things on Netflix. 

 

FYI There are so many awesome Good Place gifs. I literally lost an hour of my life scrolling through them and laughing. This isn’t the best one but most of them had huge spoilers.

 

So there’s my mini list for the week. 

I’ve really enjoyed the simplicity of writing these posts and hope that you enjoy reading them.

 

So go, what are your five things?

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My Five Things on a Friday

I’m changing things up a little round here and taking some inspo from my friend and fellow blogger Jess Soothill and sharing five things on a Friday. Starting from today I’ll endeavor to share a mini list of five things each Friday from that week.

Beauty Pie

Thanks to @mutha.hood on Instagram I’ve been introduced to Beauty Pie, the ‘Netflix of the beauty industry’. You pay a subscription that gives you members prices on premium skincare and beauty products. After moaning about the state of my skin and running out of both moisuriser and cleanser on the same week I thought I’d give it a go. I’ve ordered: 

Super Retinol (+vitamin C) night renewal moisturiser £8.77
Super Healthy Skin™ Daily Moisture Lotion £6.34
Super Eye Energy Peptide – Infusion Cream £7.15

I’ll report back with how I get on with them. FYI I am no beauty blogger so don’t expect a detailed comparitive review!

If you click this referral link you’ll get your first month free and I’ll get free shipping on my next order 😉

Take me to Beauty Pie

 

Birthdays

On Wednesday it was my eldest daughter’s eleventh birthday, yep, she was born on Halloween. She was actually due on the 4th of November but I went into labour the night of the 30th and gave birth in the morning of the 31st. I still remember crying to the midwife about not wanting a Halloween baby after the clock ticked past midnight! 

 

Spotify

I honestly don’t know what I’d do without Spotify, especially when I’m at home on my own in the day working in my office. This week Sampha and Moses Sumney have been on heavy rotation while I’ve been tapping away on my laptop.

 

Yoga

In the summer I started doing yoga every Wednesday night at a local class and I love it. I’ve tried yoga classes a few times before and have done it at home to Yoga by Adriene on Youtube but this is the first time I’ve practiced consistently. I’m really enjoying it and look forward to the class each week, I’m amazed when I think of the improvements from when I started to now. I won’t be doing any advanced poses any time soon though!

 

The Office

I’ve just discovered that the US version of The Office is available to watch on Prime Video. I don’t know how but like with Parks and Recreation, I didn’t see it the first time round so it’s all new to me. What can I say, I’m hooked and I fear for my productivity levels over the coming weeks!

 

So there’s my mini list for the week. Now, I need you to wish me luck, I’ve got a house full of pre-teen girls sleeping over tonight for my eldest’s birthday. I think I’ll need ALL THE COFFEE when Saturday morning rolls around.

 

What are your five things?

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An Autumn Survival Kit

It’s no secret that Autumn is my favourite time of year. The change in season starts to bring golden leaves falling from the trees, a cool breeze, extra layers of clothes and cosy evenings. I must admit my love of Autumn probably started as a child because September is my birthday month so it always had some excitement… though I can’t say I’m quite as excited about getting older these days! September still holds that little bit of magic, like a fresh start and a hope of things to come.

With Autumn beginning there comes a change of routine, especially when you’ve got older children. School is back, along with all the clubs, activities and commitments. Routine rules and organisation becomes key to survival. With work and life kicking up a gear I like to try and include some treats to survive this busy time of year and embrace those darker evenings.

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall” – The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald

Self care has become such a buzz word, or should that be phrase? Either way it’s cropping up everywhere are the moment – not that this is a bad thing – sharing the message that we all need to look after ourselves in the midst of our busy lifestyles can never really be bad. I’ve written about self care before and simple ways to include it or small changes to help you embrace it.

In this post, however, I’m going to have a little fun and share with you my Autumn Survival Kit List. These are all inspired by things I already own as well as a few things I’ve got my eye on. Whether it’s a good coffee to face those darker mornings with, a cosy blanket and book for the evenings, a warm (but stylish) stylish coat to brave that cooler wind, or an additional to your skin care routine to give your skin a little more love.

 

 

Petite Burgundy Revere Collar Longline Coat – New Look |  Normal People by Sally Rooney | Avid Readers Club jumper – Joanie Clothing |

Coffee by Girls Who Grind Coffee | Keep Cup | Let’s Do This note pad – Rifle Paper, Trouva | OPI Black Cherry Chutney – Beauty Bay |

Age Defy Facial Oil – Green People | Kankan backpack | Yellow blanket – Habitat

 

Chuck in a lush bath bomb and face mask and we’re on!

Of course you don’t really need anything to survive Autumn, this is just a bit of fun and a way to share the things I love about my favourite season.

 

What’s on your seasonal survival kit list?

 

 

 

Love Autumn and just want some more seasonal gloriousness, check out my dedicated Pinterest board

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