Hi. Hello. Time to share some awesome things again.
Before I start. Honestly, my head has been in a peculiar place so far this month. On the one hand, I’ve definitely been happy and excited for the year ahead. On the other, I’ve just had a feeling of…unsettledness? I have no clue what it is, I just haven’t felt…normal.
Turns out, taking some time out to breathe has helped, though. To appreciate the little things, and give myself some self-care treats. I’m getting there. And I’m also super excited about some amazing things that’ll be happening in the coming weeks.
As a result, I haven’t really kept up with this little space on the internet as much as I could have done. So rather than a ‘loved this week’ post, this is just a bit of a roundup of recent things that I’ve enjoyed.
Along with some unpolished phone pictures. SO welcome.
A tidy home
Turns out, a day spent cleaning makes you feel mega productive. I also forget how much a tidy house can make a positive impact on my mental health. The bedroom is cosy and welcoming, scented with a vanilla candle, and I also made my side of the bed into a little ‘me’ corner, sticking up some of my favourite pictures. Home. It’s good.
(P.S Matalan do THE BEST candles)
ALL THE GIGS
Probably one of the reasons I’ve felt like I haven’t stopped, in the opening days of February, I managed to rack up five gigs in seven days. I think I forgot how to not watch live music.
It all started off with Black Sabbath at the O2. I do like their music, but they’re not usually a band I could justify spending £75+ on a ticket for. Luckily, I managed to win a pair of tickets through Absolute Cult and really enjoyed the show.
I also saw my favourite band, The Wonder Years, twice – once in London, once in Glasgow, and they were both absolutely incredible shows. Seriously, one of the best live bands around, and their songs mean a hell of a lot to me too.
On top of that, I saw their frontman, Dan ‘Soupy’ Campbell, perform for the first time ever in London with his side project Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties, and it didn’t disappoint. Ever since I first listened to We Don’t Have Each Other, I’ve been dying to see it performed.
Finally, I fulfilled a teenage Milly wishlist and ticked The Ataris off my bucket list of bands to see.
Then I went to sleep a lot for ages and I’m finally recovered. Mostly.
Books that moved me
As part of my ‘being lovely to myself’ routine of late, I’ve spent a lot of time with my nose in a book. Sometimes, you just pick up stories that are perfect for the zeitgeist of your life, words that appear at just the right time to hit a chord and move you more than you expected.
A story of teenage friendship, but not in the comfy, cosy, Sweet Valley High way, it tells a tale of obsessive friendship, dark behaviour and has some incredibly shocking moments. Even though I’m way off being a teenager nowadays, it wasn’t the age or the actual things that happened, rather than the feelings of being lost, unsettled and unsure, that struck a chord with me.
I particularly fell for the way that Robin Wasserman has created the voices of the girls narrating their story, and the way she writes is one I could only dream of emulating if I were to ever write fiction. Go read this book.
Really good coffee
As I’m now a fully signed-up member of the coffee club, it was time to welcome a cafetiere into my home, alongside some goodies I received from ThreeSixty Coffee. Their Peruvian Lima Province coffee is basically my perfect kind – strong and rich with a slightly nutty aftertaste!
Sky Box Sets
We have Sky Go on the PS4, and I’ve just discovered they have SO many TV shows on it. I blame seasons 1-9 of Criminal Minds for any present and future lack of productivity that will likely occur.
Learning from home
One of the things I’ve really wanted to do for a while is do some kind of course/qualification that’ll help me in my career. Now I’ve finally settled that travel marketing/copywriting is very much what I’d quite like to do for a fair chunk of my future, I feel like a marketing based qualification is probably a useful idea.
I have no formal qualification in the area at all – just experience, which is great. And I totally stand by the fact you don’t need a three year degree to work in an area. (Unless it’s, y’know, medicine, law, etc, which probably isn’t the kinda role you can get into after reading a Wiki article and playing excessive rounds of Operation with your flatmates). But sometimes it’s good to feel like you can back yourself up with a little bit of theory, plus, I LIKE learning, y’know?
In a case of perfect timing, NCC Home Learning got in touch asking if I’d like to try out one of their courses – and super conveniently, they have a Marketing Diploma. HOW HANDY. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be making a start on this and keeping y’all up to date with my progress. Wish my lil brain luck (and hope Criminal Minds doesn’t distract me too much).
This week, I have a post coming up with a tasty recipe I tried last night, and then I might be a little quiet again as I’m off to Budapest on Wednesday. SO EXCITING. And when I get back from there, you’ll probably be bombarded with all the posts, ever. Sorry not sorry, in advance.