It’s been a funny old week this week. Halfway through Monday morning I received a text from the Junior school asking us to pick up our kids because the boiler had broken! This turned into having my eldest daughter at home for that afternoon and for the following day! It’s a good job I work from home, though it did scupper plans for my Tuesday morning run. I loved getting out last week and trying to get back into the routine of exercise in the morning. The fresh air did me so much good.. though I was aching for days afterwards!
Enough about that lets go onto those wonderful little things from this week, grab a cuppa (or a glass, depending on the time of day..!) and have a read.
I DID IT! I actually managed to finish this book before the end of January, I honestly didn’t think I was going to do it. Usually reading one book in a month is more than manageable for me but January is a busy beast and I’ve hardly had a moment to stop and get into a book, let alone more than one. I did enjoy The Interestings, it’s completely character driven and not plot led at all, so if you like gripping story lines then this kind of book isn’t for you. I enjoyed the depth and the way the characters grew over time. It’s a book that will stay with me, as you kind of think of the characters as being people you know.
I’ve just started two books (!), the first being Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and Matt Haig’s How to Stop Time. I have a feeling I’ll move through both at a much quicker pace than The Interestings.
I was really inspired by these this week –
I’ve followed Sarah’s blog ever since I started reading blogs back when I was on maternity leave seven years ago! If I’m ever in need of inspiration for what book to read next I’ll always check in and see what Sarah’s recommending. January’s round up is no exception, I’ve already adding a couple of them to my Amazon basket.
Like Sarah’s blog, I’ve been following Katie’s for years too. In fact we started out in the blogging community at the same time and I’m so very pleased seeing how Katie has made her blog such a huge success. Katie has great taste when it comes to homeware and styling rooms and this post shows that off so well.
Another home related post from another longstanding blog love. Fritha’s home is gorgeous and full of personality and colour. Go have a virtual nosey around.
I absolutely cannot recommend this film strongly enough. My eldest and I watched it together on Saturday afternoon and found it incredibly inspiring. The way that these women worked so hard in the face of such prejudice and made sure that they were indispensable is some we can all learn from. My girl was appalled with how differently people of colour, and specifically women of colour were treated in society only fifty or so years ago. If you’ve not seen it, then definitely add it to your list.
and now for something completely different…
I Made My Shed the Number One Restaurant in London
If you’ve got a spare ten minutes, you absolutely must watch this video.
‘The Shed at Dulwich was the number one rated restaurant in London, with foodies, celebrities and bloggers trying to get a table. The main obstacle for them, however, was that it didn’t exist.’
With my eldest school being off school I had to work around her a little and I squeezed in some time to do some baking with her and my neighbour’s daughter. The chocolate chip cookies didn’t even last the day!
I’ve been working hard this week on the Start Up Life section of this blog and more specifically the Start Up Stories interviews. There are so many exciting and interesting stories lined up for this year, I can’t wait to share them with you. The first of the year comes from Robyn Swain, you might recognise the name as she’s been doing a lot of my photography over the last few months. Robyn shares what it’s been like setting up her photography business and reflects on what she’s learnt since starting out.
Um.. move along.. nothing to see here
The other day a video of the live version of this song popped up on my timeline and it brought back so many memories. I absolutely loved Moby and had his album Play on so much as a teenager.
Not going for a run earlier this week means I’ve not had my usual podcast fix, though I’m hoping to change that today (Friday) as I catch up on a couple of my favourites, including finishing off the Hashtag Authentic epsiode ‘Using Pinterest to Make Your Work Go Viral, with Megan Auman’
Tomorrow we’re heading off to the Lake District for the day, my husband has planned a surprise family day out for us. I’ll definitely be taking my camera and hopefully I’ll get some nice shots while we’re there. I don’t know exactly where we’re going or what we’re doing but I’m sure it will be fun. Here’s hoping it doesn’t rain too much! No doubt I’ll be all over IG Stories that day 😉
Have a fantastic weekend!
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Morgana is a social media coach for small businesses and entrepreneurs, specialising in Instagram and Pinterest. Based in the North West of the UK, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She particularly enjoys a Netflix binge watch and cannot function without black coffee and dark chocolate digestives.