*New purse! *The one time Pickles doesn’t move when you place one of his toys on his head.
*Tried takoyaki *New haircut
Getting back to normal is hard
I feel like I’m in some weird limbo where I’m tired all the time. But I’m slowly getting back into it. So glad we didn’t go off on our honeymoon right away – I think we would have just slept the whole time. And this is a jam packed holiday so I think it definitely wouldn’t have had the same impact.
Honeymoon planning is in full swing
I have numerous spreadsheets on the go and I don’t even care if that sounds a little bit overkill. This is my first adult holiday that is not Florida and I have to admit that I’m a little bit nervous. Particularly about driving in LA. And getting around in San Francisco. New York I’m cool as a cucumber but I think that’s down to it being a lot more familiar territory (I’ve been twice – once with family and once with uni). Planning is definitely reducing my anxiety though. We all have our things right?
Word of warning to those newlyweds who are both changing their name:
It’s a pain. And I haven’t even started changing our names on bills yet. But I know it will be worth it when it’s all done. We’ve done the bank and I’ve sent off for my new (and second of the year) passport. It is pretty satisfying getting things ticked off the list. Next week is definitely tackling all the bills.
I tried takoyaki
We got restaurant vouchers as a wedding present from Topher’s work so we decided to go to Yo Sushi. The menu has really expanded. They now had street food which included takoyaki. Since it’s on my 101 in 1001 list I had to try it. I have to say I was kind of underwhelmed. But of course I’m not going to write it off. I’ll just have to try the real thing when we go to Japan one day.
Since Topher is now off from school, we decided to go make use of our Cineworld Unlimited cards this week. You generally have to go see at least two films a month to make them worth it and with the wedding taking up so much time we hadn’t seen any this month.
So that had to be rectified. We decided to be ambitious and tick another 101 in 1001 off the list – see three films in one day. We saw Despicable Me 3, Dunkirk and Baby Driver. I really enjoyed all three for different reasons. I definitely recommend them.
So what is 101 in 1001? Think of it as a bucket list with a deadline. I bloody love a good list. But in the past when I’ve made things like things to do in a year, 25 before 25 and even 30 before 30, I’ve never succeeded. Never even come close.
101 in 1001 is 101 goals to achieve in 1001 days. That’s 2.75 years. I’ve seen them online including on fellow blogger, Becky Bedbug and have always liked the idea of them.
So I decided to make one myself. I actually meant to post this on my 29th birthday but with my blogging break it came and went. I started the list on time on the 26th June but now I’m going to share it with my readers.
The key to a 101 in 1001 list is to keep it realistic. You have to do a mix of small and big goals so that there’s a better chance of you completing them all. So here is my list. I started on 26th June 2017 and the deadline is 24th March 2020.
101 in 1001
Get to a full time minimum wage income with my freelancing and business
Make £12,000 matched betting
Get to £5000 in savings
Decide what our path is with children (yes/no/adopt/foster/etc).
De-clutter guest room
De-clutter store cupboard
De-clutter cupboard under stairs
Finish decorating living room
Finish gallery wall
Find frames for maps and hang up
Decorate master bedroom
Make vinyl mats for the fridge
Plant sunflowers in the garden
Make a herb garden window box
Put border round garden
Make a brick BBQ
And use it
Make a scratching post for the cats
Get to a point where everything has a place
Go on honeymoon
Visit 3 European countries
Take Emma round Jordan
Get custom mickey ears at Disneyland
Do a jumping photo in front of a Disney castle
Book a trip back to Florida with the gang
Appearance & Health
Cut my hair short again
Dye my hair
Get to my target weight
And stay there
Make a capsule wardrobe
Join a gym
Try quitting sugar for 30 days
Culture & Learning
Visit the Imperial War Museum
Learn Arabic (or at least be taking lessons)
Visit the People’s History Museum
Do all the courses on my laptop
Take a swing dance lesson
Visit the hat museum in Stockport
Food & Drink
Try a cronut
Make vine leaves
Find kanafe locally
Visit 50 new to me restaurants (in the UK)
Use my ice cream maker
Bake a loaf of bread
Have afternoon tea at 10 new places
Fill recipe book
Have hot chocolate at Bonbon
Make an apple crumble using apples from the apple tree in the garden
Try as close to a corn dog as I can get (look in Jordan at cinema)
Try a cruffin
Ride a Segway
Win a crystal at Crystal Maze
Sleep in a treehouse
Go to a drive thru movie
Have a picnic in the park
Go to Junk Yard Golf
Do all the rooms in Lucardo
Do breakout rooms
Go to a comedy club
Go to a murder mystery evening on a train
Harry Potter escape room in London
See 3 films in one day at cinema
Do Go Ape
Get to 2000 twitter followers
Get to 500 Instagram followers
Get to 100 Bloglovin followers
Launch a Youtube channel
Make 5 scrapbooks
Get a better printer
Get a compact camera
Learn manual mode on camera
Finish a colouring book
Master my own style of brush lettering
Get a washi tape holder
Make something with ribbons from wedding
Make something with my leftover wedding dress fabric
I can’t do all of the things. Something has got to give. I can’t simultaneously have two blogs, a business to promote, VA work to do, house decorating, cooking, cleaning, an entire wedding to plan including DIY’s and just general taking care of myself. Nope, it’s not happening.
It’s unsurprising that I was tired all the time, not eating properly and my eye wouldn’t stop twitching. So stressed. It was my own fault of course – note to self and you guys, if you’re doing wedding DIY’s get them done as early as possible.
And you may ask where was Topher in all this? He was just as stressed as I was and couldn’t help me since he was juggling two jobs.
So something had to give. In June I took the decision to stop blogging and promoting both Nomad Seeks Home and Begin.Create until after the wedding was over. Only concentrating on my freelance VA work, as well as getting some Slimming World ready meals in, I would try and do less things. Topher also handed in his notice at his second job.
Now that the wedding is over, we both feel so much better. He’s off from school for summer and I am slowly trying to get back into a routine (which includes blogging of course!). I can’t imagine what would have happened if I had tried to keep going and doing it all.
That is my advice to you. Please don’t try to do all of the things. Let some stuff slide, ask for help and just take care of yourself.
So what have I been up to since I last posted?
We were guests at two more weddings, one of them being in Jordan. That certainly was by far my shortest trip there ever! 3 full days…
I turned 29. In all the wedding rush, I almost forgot about my birthday! The last one of my twenties. I spent the day doing my final dress fitting and having afternoon tea with my parents followed by girly films with Topher. He had never seen Mean Girls and that needed to be fixed!
I had my hen party. It was such a good day. Crystal Maze in Manchester, followed by afternoon tea and finally a sleepover at mine with games and amazing cocktails.
We got married! I’ll do a full post on this soon. In answer to the inevitable question, “so how’s married life?” I’ll answer, “exactly the same!” I mean, how could it be any different when you’ve been in a relationship for over 8 years and living in sin for almost 5 of them, right? One thing’s for sure, it’s so great to be able to say the word husband. Is it just me or does the word fiancé sound kinda pretentious?
I had the best time at Blogtacular 2017. Seriously can’t believe it’s taken me so many years to go.
I decided to document the weekend in video and made a little music video that you can watch right here below. Apologies for some shakiness and spinning in places. I’m still learning!
Now please excuse me while I photobomb you with ALL OF THE PHOTOS. Actually for me, I think I was pretty chilled – I’ve been known for taking 1000 photos in a day.
I only took 150 of Blogtacular itself so I know I was way too busy having fun. That and I was also tweeting, videoing, instagraming and Instagram storying (check me out making up words) simultaneously.
So it all started on Friday at the West Elm party.
After safely making it down to London by train on first class (thank you Virgin sale a few months ago) and eating all the free snacks, I checked into my hotel. After a quick breather, I made my way over to West Elm on Tottenham Court Road.
Lots of people! I immediately got in line for a unicorn smoothie and chicken slider, then made my way further into the store to get chatting with people.
Since I knew I wouldn’t be go to the video talk the next day, I attended the informal group chat with Xanthe Berkeley to gather some wisdom.
I can’t believe how quickly the two hours went. It was over before I knew it and suddenly I found myself outside following a group of ladies with the promise of tacos!
Did you know Wahaca has a little sibling? I sure didn’t but I was happy to eat a delicious burrito at DF Mexico and chat to more people.
Then it was back to the hotel and a good nights sleep before the main event…
First things first. As soon as I entered the venue where Blogtacular was held and I saw the decorations all I could think of was “Why didn’t I know about this business a year ago?” The décor was all done by Pop Pop Papier and it is pretty much what I was after for my wedding! Ah well, I’ve done something similar myself (though minus the balloons as my venue won’t allow them). So pretty!
Anyway, back to the conference. The event was kicked off by a speech from Kat Molesworth, the organiser with a guest appearance from the fire alarm! There was then a keynote by Natalie Lue before we had to go off to our selected sessions.
It was so difficult choosing which talks to go to but in the end I decided on;
The day ended with a closing keynote from Emma Gannon. Her book has been on my amazon wishlist for a while so since there was a bookstore at the conference I decided to take the plunge and get it. And of course since the author herself was amongst us I had to get it signed!
Throughout the day we were well fed, watered and the market was amazing to walk around during the breaks. So many pretties!
Overall it was an amazing day.
Highlights of my day definitely included blogger bingo during the creative business masterclass session, discovering Honeywell Bakes’ amazing biscuits, generally meeting so many lovely people and giving doodle note taking a go. So fun and I can actually understand my notes now!
The goody bag was amazing too. In particular I’m trying to figure out what I could bake that would be worthy of Baking Time Club’s awesome sprinkles. Any ideas?
I’ve come away with so much knowledge and I can’t wait to start implementing it. Though maybe after the wedding – I’m shattered!