My Week #57 – Back to Normality

*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.

How was your week?

my week #57 - Luna

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101 in 1001 – The beginning

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

Life Goals

  • Get married
  • 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).

Home

  • De-clutter office
  • 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
  • Decorate kitchen
  • 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

 

Travel

  • Go on honeymoon
  • Visit 3 European countries
  • Visit Japan
  • Visit York
  • Visit Harrogate
  • Visit Chester
  • Visit Liverpool
  • Visit Leeds
  • Take Emma round Jordan
  • Get custom mickey ears at Disneyland
  • Do a jumping photo in front of a Disney castle
  • Revisit Devon
  • Revisit Cornwall
  • 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
  • Actually go
  • 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
  • Try oysters
  • Try takoyaki
  • Make cousa
  • Make maluba
  • Make vine leaves
  • Make atief
  • 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 macarons
  • 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
  • Make cornbread

 

Activity

  • 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
  • Indoor skydiving
  • Harry Potter escape room in London
  • See 3 films in one day at cinema
  • Do Go Ape

 

Blog

  • Get to 2000 twitter followers
  • Get to 500 Instagram followers
  • Get to 100 Bloglovin followers
  • Launch a Youtube channel

 

Hobby

  • 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
  • Make something with wedding flowers
  • Make proper Christmas decorations
  • Read 50 new to me books
  • Watch 100 new to me films
  • Get 130 books on my amazon list

So that’s my list. 

I’ve made a separate page to keep track of my progress so let’s see how it goes! What would you put on your 101 in 1001 list?

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I Can’t Do All Of The Things

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Lesson learned.

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 can't do all of the things - jordan wedding

  • 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 can't do all of the things - dress fitting

I can't do all of the things - afternoon tea

  • 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.

I can't do all of the things - crystal maze

I can't do all of the things - 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 can't do all of the things - our wedding

Photo by our amazing photographer, Nikki Cooper

  • And for the last week I’ve just been sleeping, tidying, doing a little bit of work and chilling out before getting back to business.

So that’s it. I’m back baby!

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Burnout

I am burnt out. With everything that’s going on in my life at the moment, burnout was inevitable.

I’m shattered, my eye is twitching and I feel like I’m spinning plates like one of those circus acts.

So this is a quick note to say I’m taking a break until after the wedding is over. For my own sanity!

So see you in a month where hopefully I’ll be a whole lot more relaxed.

Enjoy the beginning of the summer!

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Blogtacular 2017

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.

Blogtacular 2017 - west elm party

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.

Blogtacular 2017 - Unicorn smoothie

Blogtacular 2017 - party food

Blogtacular 2017 - west elm

Blogtacular 2017 - flamingo

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.

Blogtacular 2017 - party talk

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!

Blogtacular 2017 - DF Mexico

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.

Blogtacular 2017 - Burrito

Then it was back to the hotel and a good nights sleep before the main event…

Blogtacular 2017 - entrance

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!

Blogtacular 2017 - decor

Blogtacular 2017 - crowd

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.

Blogtacular 2017 - Kat Molesworth

It was so difficult choosing which talks to go to but in the end I decided on;

Blogtacular 2017 - creative business masterclass

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!

Blogtacular 2017 - Emma Gannon

Throughout the day we were well fed, watered and the market was amazing to walk around during the breaks. So many pretties!

Blogtacular 2017 - dessert

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!

Blogtacular 2017 - notes and cookie

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?

Blogtacular 2017 - goodybag

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!

Is it time for next year’s Blogtacular yet?

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