Tuesday, 19 January 2016

playing catch up.




January is a weird month, isn't it? Along with February, these two months make up my least favourite time of year. I always feel a bit in limbo; struggling to get back into my routines, at the same time as implementing a few new goals. The days are short and it seems impossible to get everything done. And on top of that, it's flippin' FREEZING.

Saying that, I've actually had a pretty sweet month so far. I've not had a lot of inspiration to blog since sharing my resolutions, the glowy soup and navy blue outfit, but I thought I'd show you what I've been up to, in case you don't follow along with me on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook.





I actually went back to work before New Year, and even though my Christmas break felt so short, it was nice to go back and catch up with everyone, earn some pretty pennies, and have a little fun with the lovely people I work with.




As a wedding gift to a future bride, I am writing lots of place cards by hand. So I needed to practise with a little phrase or two. This was my favourite, and kickstarted getting back into scribbling.




As with most of the population, I'm trying to move more! There are so many ways to get fit and I've dabbled in a few... I wish I liked running and I might give it another go when the mornings aren't so icy. For now, swimming in a lovely warm pool, and doing yoga in my pyjamas are my thing. 




Catching up with good buddies and sharing festive stories has been lovely this month. Lily and I met up at one of our favourite pubs on North Street (The Hare, FYI) and we were lucky enough to meet & cuddle this adorable puppy! I don't think I've ever seen Lily so happy.




Unfortunately, I managed to pick up a sickness bug, so I was out of action for almost a week. It did help with my aim to stop snacking on trash everyday, but I felt horrific and it made me even more behind on everything. As soon as I felt better it was time to try on my sales purchases (top from Zara) and take some selfies, obvvvvvsssss.




On a rare non-rainy day. Winter sunsets are my fav.




My big bro turned 30! And the weekend of celebrations began with dinner at a tapas place in Exeter.




The next day started with cuddles in bed with this curly-topped little lady, breakfast and dolls house games...




And then one of the best roasts I've ever had in a proper cosy pub - The Cott Inn, Dartington.





Of course, no family Sunday is complete without a chilly walk somewhere picturesque, so we had a little stroll around Dartington Estate





Leaving the seaside behind on a sunny day is the hardest.




Winter finally graced us after a mild Christmas, so drinking tea in a warm bath was essential one morning. I don't know if I'll ever get bored of beautiful, pink baths! 

On this day I had a yummy lunch with my friend Muffy at Bagel Boy (yummmmm and they're opening one near me soon!) and watched Star Wars, which, despite not really knowing anything about it, was really good! Very entertaining. 




Blankets while attempting to work were also essential. Why can I not get my brain in gear to really make some progress?!




The avoiding unhealthy snacks thing hasn't been too hard, but I made these sweet and spicy nuts to quell any little cravings I did have. Chuck nuts of your choice in a hot frying pan with honey, spices and salt to your personal taste. I used hot chilli powder and cinnamon. 




Hopped on a train to Bath with a nice little person and had a yummy veggie lunch at The Green Rocket, followed by an awesome exhibition of Grayson Perry's tapestries. Very much recommend. 




Bought myself some flowers to remind myself that Spring will be here soon. Not soon enough... but soon.




Pink porridge for cold mornings!





Practised my drawing with some pretty girls. Soon I'm going to venture out to hang out in a cafe and draw the people there. I'd also like to start doing life drawing again - if anyone knows anywhere good to do this in Bristol, gimme a shout! 





My brother from another mother, who I've known since we were mere dots, came to visit me after work and we had beer at The Steam Crane and food at Soukitchen. It's never not delicious. It's so nice to spend time with people who know you inside out, and it's just so easy. 




The next day involved finally donating 3 bin bags full of stuff to a charity shop, heading up to Ikea (and managing to not buy anything - I am a hero) and watching The Revenant. SO GOOD. I give it 8.7/10. 




Peaceful, frosty, clear blue mornings.




Sometimes you have to treat yourself to something simple. After a swim, I stopped in one of my favourite tea rooms - Margot May - for a pot of tea in the prettiest china.




Bloomin' lovely.


So, what's the plan for the rest of January?

Heading down to Devon again to catch up with my girls, and celebrate my youngest niece's 1st birthday, followed by a trip down to Cornwall to stay with my cousin and her wife for a couple of nights. I cannot wait to catch up with them! 

I've also got my brother coming up to stay with me in Bristol, and we're off to watch Minus The Bear as his birthday treat from me. I love having my friends and family visit me, I just wish I had more space to accommodate them all! I wish they visited more often... hint hint.


Other than these fun things, more hang outs with my nice humans, work, and trying trying trying to get organised. I need to get my butt into gear! It's hard when your routine changes every week, but I need to make it more of a priority. 

I've been dreaming of adventuring all the time, so maybe I'll book a little escape too. Somewhere a little further than Cornwall. Somewhere involving a flight. I need to start taking those chances.

More drawing, more organising, more planning. January is a month for making plans. 


How's your January been so far?



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33 comments

  1. Oh little one this is just LOVELY! That puppy we met was adorable <3 Let's do it again some time :)

    Love that top from Zara, I am off to check out what's left in their sales!
    xx

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    1. I miss him!! Did you find anything in Zara? Let's have another catch up real soon! xx

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  2. Love this post so much, your photos are so beautiful! X

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  3. This was a great post! :-) I would love to know what you take your pictures on- the quality is AMAZING!

    moremindfulyou.blogspot.com

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    1. Many of these (if not all, actually!) were taken on my iPhone 6s, and edited on VSCOcam!

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  4. My January has been hectic so far with tons of exams but it's nice to see you having a relaxing month.
    -Maddiexx
    Blog: Sundaysaresunny.com
    P.S.Your photos are effortlessly beautiful.

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    1. Sounds stressful! I hope you get to have some relaxation soon! x

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  5. Definitely agree that January and February are the least appealing months of the year! Love this post and the photos. x

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    1. Let's try to make them a little more appealing by doing nice little things :) x

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  6. You take such wonderful photos! I hate January and February too :(

    sirensandbells.co.uk

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    1. Hope your Jan & Feb aren't too bad!

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  7. I hate January and February too they always seem so miserable and cold but it seems like you have had the most lovely time so far and made the most out of what could be a completely horrible month! I love all of the gorgeous photos in this post too!x
    http://ashhoneill.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1


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    1. I do feel like I'm making the best of it! Hope yours isn't too miserable! x

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  8. Ummmm if you're trying to do fitness stuff you should definitely come to roller derby with me!! Its only a fiver for 2 hours including kit & teaching and its south of the river like yoooou! XX

    P.S so glad you're drawing again!

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    1. Sounds a bit scary though! Don't you end up covered in bruises?? Haha x

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  9. I'll nominate myself for the life drawing.

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    1. Welllllllll that is an offer that I simply cannot refuse!

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  10. January and February are my least favourite months of the year, but I'm definitely trying to make the most of it. And you seem to be doing the same. I love posts like this and you take beautiful photographs. Loved this post!!

    Love, Eline
    www.elinesreturnticket.blogspot.com

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    1. Glad you're trying to make these gloomy months good too! Thank you xx

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  11. Dr Sketchys in Bristol does alternative life drawing where you get to draw burlesque performers and aerialists, they do a performance then do all different poses! I have always wanted to go I just end up admiring their facebook page :) https://www.facebook.com/Dr-Sketchys-Bristol-509275919119867/?fref=ts

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    1. That sounds awesome!! Thanks so much for sharing with me Josie! x

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  12. I love this post. Also, every time I look at your selfies I get severe eyebrow envy. They are bloody perfect and I'm a bit obsessed with them! Sorry :( xxx

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    1. Don't be sorry! I feel like I should do a blog post about them, because without any make up they look rubbish haha! x

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  13. love the sketches lovely! all your pics are gorgeous. I agree with you about the sea-I miss the sea everyday. Bristol is awesome. But the sea!
    XO Amie
    Credit Crunch Chic

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    1. I sooooooooo wish Bristol had a seaside! I would never leave!!! Thanks my lovely, hopefully see you soon xxx

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  14. Aww your January sounds lovely so far, love all the pictures! I'm definitely gonna try and make those spiced nuts, they look super yummy!

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

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    1. Definitely make the nuts! They're so yummy!

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  15. What a wonderful catch up! This is probably the most productive January I've ever had- I'm doing well for once. I live in the north of Scotland though, so the days are still really short at the moment.
    www.thedevilwearstartan.com

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    1. Wow, nice one! It can be so hard to be productive when the days are so short, so good on you!

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  16. Sounds like a really busy month, and a good one, minus the bug.

    Buckets & Spades

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    1. It has been surprisingly so! I've now had a cold for at least a week too, so that's nice! Damn winter. Hope your January has been good! x

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  17. your lunch at the green locket looks amazing. don't worry about not being too into running as swimming is one of the best ways to get fit! it works your whole body and builds up stamina really well :)

    Sarah
    http://absolutelysarahx.blogspot.com

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