My Month In Photos - August 2018.

Hello hi it me again, back with another monthly round up. Here to exclaim how quick the year is going and how on earth do we only have a few months left and where is time going and all those other sentiments.

I am normally a big lover of Autumn and counting down the days to pop all the pumpkin themed decorations up and prematurely wearing knitwear cos just so desperate but this time around I digress. I loved this summer, I loved the weather, I loved the sunshine, I loved the mood it put me in and I really wasn't ready for it to end. Soz not soz here's hoping for an Indian summer till like October?

Self Employed to Employed - Going Against The Trend.

I bet every tweet/insta story/blog post you've seen lately about freelancing has been about someone finally handing in their notice and going self employed. 

The working world is changing and there's more and more opportunities for people to create their own path and their own jobs. The online world is changing too and it's not taking the likes of Zoella and Tanya Burr to take their blog and channels full time. Now, with the right following and the sponsored opportunities, I am seeing more and more influencers taking their personal work full time and each one is a big tick for the community making us feel like we could do it too. 

Surprise! I Got A Job.

For those of you who follow me on Instagram it maybe it's such a surprise anymore that I have a new job. For those of you who only follow this bog maybe it's a bit more of one. For those of you who follow my illustration business maybe there's a bit of confusion. 

It's been 4 weeks now since I started a big girls grown up office job and it's taken me about this long to find the right words, plus the time, to explain what I have done and why I have done it. 

5 Minutes With My Advertisers - August 2018.

It's August and we're already well into the middle of the month and yet here I am only just writing up my roundup. Can I blame any more on my new job? 

Luckily this month I have a bunch of return advertisers who *hopefully* know I'll get round to it eventually and do them a service. This month I have four advertisers, who I think you'll all know by now. But in case you don't, here's an introduction to these fab gals.....

My Month In Photos - July 2018.

When I looked back to my bullet journal calendar for July I couldn't quite believe it all happened in the same month. If you'd asked me whether I had 5 different people staying in my house in the same month I'd have laughed it off but never the less, 5 I had. 

July whizzed by and it brought about the biggest change in my life probably since my niece was born three years ago. Enough waffling, you all know I got a job, let's just get into the nitty gritty shall we? 

Me, My Body & My Relationship With Food.

Me and my body have known each other for 25 years, 9 months and 8 days and a few hours now, give or take. My body has abled me to walk, talk, grow, learn, run and survive for all this time and I have been guilty of not looking after it well enough. 

We push our bodies to their limits. We pile on the stress, we pile on the pounds, we starve ourselves, we put them through fad diets and we get too much or too little exercise. 

Me and my body have had a funny relationship for a long time now - probably for most of my adult life and I am starting to notice it more and more. 

Auntie Guilt.

Whether we're a parent ourselves or not, we all know about Mum guilt. But what about the auntie's I hear literally none of you cry?

Well I'm here to tell you the auntie guilt is very much alive and kicking my friends. 

5 Minutes With My Advertisers - July 2018.

My poor July advertisers have had to wait a whole long time for this one. I try and get my advertisers round up done in the first kinda week of the month but alas, life majorly got in the way of this one. 

For the first time ever I haven't filled the six advertising slots available for the month and I suspect it won't be the last. The blogging world is changing and the world of blog advertising is changing I think. Maybe it'll stay in this format for a while yet, maybe I won't fill all 6 spaces, maybe it'll change and I'll come up with a new system. Who knows - but what I do know is I'm not the only one thinking it. 

A Love Letter To Summer.

For those of you readers who aren't from round these parts, the United Kingdom is, amongst other things (world cup fever, government falling apart etc, Brexit etc)....a heatwave. It's been going on a solid 3/4 weeks. Longer if you take it back to the beginning of June and ignore the sporadic rain we had after that. I don't know at what point we stop calling it a heatwave and start considering this might just be our summer but I for one am living for it. 

My Month In Photos - June 2018.

I didn't even know if I was going to write this post as we're already 10 days into July and I have advertisers to promote and social media stats to explore but I also wanted to eek myself back in to writing with a lil 'what I've been up to' post and seen as this monthly roundups are just that.....well I thought I'd best just check in. 

#diaryentryfrommyhome

I have also been feeling this year like home is more important to me too. The notion of home has always played a huge part in my life and that's been more to do with family than anything else. I have always felt like 'home' has meant different things to me, like I'd refer to my childhood house as 'home' when I was in university and my flat 4 hours away as 'home' when I was back with Mum and Dad. Both those places felt equally homely to me, both the house I had for a mere 2 years with a friend and the house my parents have been in since I was born. 

2 Years Of Bullet Journaling - A Birthday Celebration.

In May I had my two year blogging anniversary. Yes I remember the date well, yes I started mid way through the year the first time because I just couldn't wait till January to start what I suspected would be a new stationery addiction (and I was correct). 

It's safe to say bullet journaling has changed my life and that's no exaggeration. Aside from the major impact it's had on my productivity and the over haul of my organisation, it's generated a massive part of my audience and in some ways contributed to my Blogosphere Awards nomination because it definitely got my name out there to all those cherubs who voted for me. 

So here's a little appreciation to the humble bullet journal and our two year love affair;

The Perfect Present For The Happy Couple | Wedding Guest Gift List.

Today's gift inspiration list is gifts for the happy couple on their wedding day. Ok sure so most people ask for cash toward their home or their honeymoon these days but ya know, if in the unlikely event you have to actually think of a gift or you want to get creative then this is the list for you. My top recommendation would 100% be the personalised cheeseboard because 1. who doesn't love cheese? And 2. I bought it as a Christmas gift last year and it's fab quality and a great personalised choice. 

Dresses, Outfits, Accessories & Shoes | Wedding Guest Outfit Wish List.

Today's list - wedding guest outfits. Last year I did a wish list for people who hate dresses but this year I have added dresses I'd genuinely wear as a strong dress hater (I might be changing my opinion on that tbh). I've got dresses, separates, jump suits, shoes, headpieces, bags, clutches and jewellery so you can mix and match all the pieces and combine them to make the dreamiest outfit ever. And there should be something to cater for all budgets too so if you're strapped for cash you might find something that'll make you feel fabulous and make your bank account happy too.