It has been far too long since I last posted on here, but I am back and ready to get sharing again!

Since I last posted back in October, we have entered two lockdowns, celebrated Halloween, bonfire night, Christmas, rung in the New Year and celebrated my birthday. But today’s post I am going to write a life update about what has happened in the last four months.

Halloween for me is one of my favourite times of the year, the air gets cooler, nights get darker and it just has a really nice feel about this time of year. This year, as there was still restrictions in place, it was kept low key where me and my friends went to a local pumpkin patch called Cattows Farm in Leicestershire. If you haven’t been already you should as it has the biggest selection of pumpkins in the country! So after looking through 100’s of pumpkins I picked my five ready to carve. This years editions weren’t my best but I am still rather chuffed with what I created, have a look for yourselves below:

Next up we have my absolute favourite time of the year Christmas! This has always been the best time of the year for me, it’s just full of happiness and it’s spent with your favourite people, and this year although was different to previous years was still just as nice. Our Christmas decorations saw an upgrade, we watched more christmas films than usual as we were home more, ate lots of wonderful food, played so many games and just spent time as a family. Here are some of highlights from the crimbo period:

New Year much like Christmas was low key and we just celebrated as a family. We played board games and a gross game of bean boozled, twisted with beer pong which was awful but so fun! We rung in the New Year together and hoped for a much more positive 2021. Although as predicted on the 8th January we was plunged into a third lockdown, which we are still riding out with the hope in March we will have a little more freedom back.

This meant I spent my birthday in lockdown, which only seemed fair as everyone else I know celebrated theirs in lockdown already. Also you know what, although I missed all of my friends, it was a great birthday. We played games on the Nintendo Switch, had a takeaway and just chilled which was really nice.

Since then, not a lot has happened, I have been working from home so apart from my walks and the odd shop for essential items I have stayed home. Last weekend got exciting as we got so much snow…more than I had ever seen. So of course the 27-year old I am, I made a giant snowman as tall as me (not hard as I am only just over 5ft). My greatest achievement of 2021 so far. Enjoy the snowy, magical pictures below:

I really hope you enjoyed reading my small life update as much as I did writing it. Although times are tough we will all make it through this together!

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Back to Reality

Hello everybody, it has been a long while since I last posted on the blog, but I guess life had just got away with me. But I am back and I want to give a new life update about what I have been up to in the last month or so. I really hope you enjoy reading.

Since I last posted there have been a few changes in my life; I have been taken off furlough, been on a short holiday and hit a big milestone in my self care journey that I started this year. Although this time has been unprecedented, I really feel like I have used my time well and I am really proud of the direction I am heading. I just can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings and take you all on this journey with me.

Self Care & Self Love

In my post about being on furlough, I spoke about the self care and self love journey I had begun to change my life for the better. This has been a rollercoaster of a journey but has been one of the most rewarding ones I have ever been on. Mentally, I notice that I am more positive and the little things that would always get me down or upset no longer do so. One thing that I had never thought that would happen whilst on this journey is that I no longer hate or dread doing exercise. I now look forward to my morning walks before work and even trying out new exercise routines. Physically I have noticed the biggest difference. When I first started this journey in March my walking pace was 20:35 per mile now it has gone down to 18.05 per mile which is just incredible and never thought I would be able to do this as I just didn’t like walking, now I can’t imagine life without my daily walks. But this biggest physical change I have is that I have finally lost just over 1 STONE!!! Which I just can’t believe. I am so proud of the journey I have been on. Especially as at the beginning, even though I wanted to lose the weight I just imagined I would stick with the routine for a couple of weeks then stop. But to hit this milestone means everything. It is far from over but I can’t wait to take you all on this journey with me.

Here is one of my progress pictures. The left was back in March and the right was just 1 week ago.

Returning to Work

At the end of April I received a call from my manager explaining that they would like me to come of furlough and to return to work. I was so happy to get the call as it hadn’t really sunk in that I didn’t work for nearly 4 months, even now after being back for 4 weeks it still feels very surreal I was off for so long. But I have never been so excited to go back to work and finally get into a new routine. Although I had been on such a journey whilst being on furlough, it was nice to get back to some sort of reality. It was also nice to finally see colleagues or even people that I hadn’t seen in months was great and my employer made me feel so welcome to come back and let me get back into the swing of things which I was so thankful for. I have now been back in the office for 4 weeks and it is so nice to be back and so lucky to have a job as I know so many may not be so fortunate.

Holiday at Burnham-On-Sea

It has hard to imagine that normally at this time of year I would be about to go on my summer holiday overseas, but this year with the global situation me and my family decided to take a 4 night break to Burnham-On-Sea. We stayed in the Haven Caravan Park situated on the beach front, which was just beautiful. Although there were hesitations about going on the holiday with the COVID-19, there was really nothing to worry about. Haven were very professional and did everything they could to ensure they were COVID secure and put all of our minds at ease. The break away was what we all needed to get away and just enjoy some proper fresh air and see the beautiful areas around Burnham-On-Sea.

Whilst we was there we took a couple of day trips and the first day trip we went to was Weston-Super-Mare which was only a 15-20 minute drive from our caravan which made it even more perfect. The day was sunny and very warm and made walking across the beach front such a beautiful experience and even had a cheeky ice-cream on the promenade. The next day we visited a very popular destination in the UK, Wookey Hole which was around 40 minutes away. This was a great family fun day out and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves looking at the caves and the history as well as the different activities they had for you to do, including mini golf. Our final day we visited another popular destination, Cheddar Gorge which was 25 minutes away. Oh my it was such a beautiful place to visit, the views were breathtaking looking at the gorge and the small village of Cheddar. Of course the visit included trying Cheddar cheese in Cheddar which was really yummy. It was such a nice day out and would definitely recommend a visit, I think I shall even return when it is back open for tours to really experience Cheddar and the spectacular views.

Here are some of the pictures that I took whilst I was on Holiday:

I really hope you enjoyed reading an update of my life from the past couple of months. Don’t forget to like, subscribe and share some of your adventures too.

Thank you for reading, keep safe.

Life on Furlough

In this post I am going to share with you all how I have been using my time on furlough. I will give some of my tips of how I have kept myself busy during this crazy time. I hope you enjoy!

Since being on furlough and being off work, I have used this time to make sure I have been self caring and being productive so I can use this unprecedented time to my full advantage.

Self Care

At the beginning of the year, I set out my New Years resolution to be a year of self love and self care. In the first three months leading up to lockdown, I had used the time to sign up to my local leisure centre for swimming and to join a Korfball team (a post about Korfball will be uploaded in the upcoming weeks). Prior to lockdown I was doing swim sessions 2-3 times a week before work and 1 – 2 hour Korfball session, but I really wasn’t seeing any benefits. As I was seeing minimal results, I took the opportunity with resources being provided in lockdown to workout 5 times a week and to try and walk at least a mile a day (Joe Wicks and his PE Sessions have been amazing and are free). To me this was a major increase to my fitness and I have seen such big results in my physical and mental wellbeing.

Additionally, in the last month I have changed my eating habits to try and eat cleaner and healthier food. Before lockdown, I would find myself eating out at least once to twice a week which I have seen the effects this can have on your body, mentally and physically. Using the app MyFitness Pal has been a fantastic help, ensuring that I don’t exceed calories on too many foods, as well as being able to track my weight loss. Now I am not saying that I am eating perfectly everyday, as sometimes you do need to listen to what your body is telling you. A treat every now and again is going to do you the world of good too, I personally just try and think of the journey I have been on and how far I have come and I now know when to stop.

Something else that has been essential to my self care mentally, is making sure that you have time for family and friends. I try and remember that I am not the only person going through this and that my family and friends are too. One way that I have kept in touch is by doing weekly quizzes. This is something fun you can do in an evening for an hour or too and to catch up with your loved ones. Zoom is a fantastic video platform that is free and allows all of your friends and family to join in at the same time.

Being Productive

From the beginning of lockdown in the first week or two I really did struggle to be productive. However, I knew that I couldn’t keep that up lifestyle of staying in and watching TV all day. I really needed to do something with my time, the first thing I thought of was what can I do to strengthen my professional skills for my career? As someone who works in the marketing industry I had a look at some free courses to do on LinkedIn. One of these was a beginners guide to Google Analytics, which is free to do and I have so far completed over half of the course. At the end you receive a certificate to say you have passed the course, and will be something I will be able to add on my professional CV.

If you are reading then you can also tell that I created this blog! The reason I did this is because I love to read blogs and I want to be able to connect with readers like yourselves and become part of a wider community. I have opened my mind creatively too, which when you are doing your full time job can be sometimes hard to do, so I have really enjoyed created this blog.

If I was to give any advice of how to spend this time productively, it would be to write a list of what you want to do. I started by making a 10 year plan and ways I can help achieve that plan. What stages I need to take and at what times to make this 10 year plan successful. But also making smaller lists that can be down during being off work such as reading more, doing an online course, or even organising your space better, just so you have a sense of achievement when you are able to tick them off your list.

Good & Bad Days

During this unprecedented time we are all going to have good and bad days, you are only human! Something that I have learnt is that not every single day is going to be productive, and that is OK. Somedays I wake up and feel amazing and have so much energy for the day, but then others I have no motivation and I want to lounge about watching Netflix all day, and that is OK too. You just need to take each day as it comes, no one expects you to have this new way of life figured out and that is OK too! We will all get through this together and will come out stronger on the other side.

Thank you for reading, I hope you are all staying safe.

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