23 August 2017

COLLABORATION CORNER WITH PETA FROM PE-TA.COM



You guys may remember that I recently put up a blog post about collaboration. Well, today is the first collaboration on the back of that post and it is featuring one of my favourite on-line buddies ever, Peta, from the amazing lifestyle blog www.pe-ta.com. I am so grateful to this talented, sweet and beautiful lady for agreeing to do this little Q & A and am so excited for you guys to get to know her more. 

Peta is honestly one of the cutest humans I connect with on-line and, as I re-read her blogs ‘about’ page for some more ideas for questions for this post I realised just how many things we have in common. First of all there is our total love and adoration for our little fur babies; Petas cats are extremely gorgeous, not to mention talented because they manage their very own Instagram page (@fourkaats), how clever! Aside from the cats, we share a mutual  love of socks, stationery and obsessions surrounding favourite foods and songs, which we will eat or play repeatedly until utterly bored of said food or song! 

I literally adore this lady and know you will too, so let’s jump into the Q & A!

PS: Check out the very end of the Q & A for a list of links to all of the places you can find Peta online and head right there to check her out!


^^ Goregous Arthur (insert heart-eye emoji here!) ^^

For anyone who hasn’t read your blog or seen your YouTube channel can you start by telling us a little bit about you and give us an insight into your life and what you get up to!

Oooh I feel like I'm introducing myself to a room full of people for the very first time. Eek! I'm originally from Cornwall in the UK but currently live in Barcelona, Spain. I'm one of those people who can never sit still for long. Watching a tv show or a film without doing something else at the same time is near on impossible for me, and I'm always doing something.

I'm a complete cat lady and live with my four furry friends Katie, Arthur, Tina and Albert. By day I'm an English Teacher specialising in teaching the language through the art of theatre. By night I blog, create videos, experiment in the kitchen and really enjoy all that the blogging world and social media has to offer.

I'm a very optimistic person who always looks for the positives in things. So for me blogging and social media is all about connecting with like minded souls, making new friendships, and learning through and about others. It's a constant source of content that feeds my never ending curiousity.
I'd say I'm quite a down to earth person, with an addiction to tea that does verge on the ridiculous side. I love food, chatting about food, making food and eating food. Due to health reasons I have to follow quite a strict diet which is predominantly plant based so coming up with new recipes and meal ideas is really important for me. I get bored easily!


^^ Whenever Peta posts a recipe picture on her Instagram I am instantly peckish! ^^

How did it come to be that you are living in sunny Barcelona? Do you have any plans to move back to the UK or do you think Spain is where your heart is?

My family moved to Barcelona when I was 12. I have spent well over half of my life living here. Living in a country that is not your motherland for such a long period of time does mean that it can often feel like your heart is split between the two. England feels like home whenever I fly back and yet as soon as I see Barcelona when the plane is coming into land I feel like I'm home again. I'm not sure what the future holds, but for the time being the Spanish way of life warms my soul every day.

I adore reading your blog; it always feels like I am spending some time with a really good friend, which I think is so lacking these days on-line, what with all the sponsored product posts and too many people trying to portray their lives as something completely different to what they actually are. You are always so open, friendly and consistent, do you think that there is more need for other bloggers to return to a slightly more raw type of content?

Aww thank you so much Lucy! That is the exact way I want someone to feel who reads it. I always try to write as if I'm writing to a friend. I think we're currently living in an age of comparison. It's easy to share the highlights reel of life, but being honesty and real is more important to me. I don't want anyone to ever read my blog or see any of my content online and feel bad. I really think there is a huge need for more bloggers to return to that raw style of content. I find myself searching for it every day at the moment. I don't want to see the beautiful pinterest worthy homes, or designer handbags. I want raw, honest life; that's what brings us all together and makes this whole being an adult thing that little bit easier. Because my god is it tough!!

I know you do a lot of recipes (they always look so good!) and your Wonderful Wednesday post is also a favourite of mine but what are your favourite things to blog about?

Usually the random thoughts going on in my head. As I said before, adulthood is really rather tricky and writing about it gives me a place in which to organise my thoughts. Whenever I'm struggling, I find popping it all down on paper (or screen!) usually helps me clarify what's going on up there.

I really enjoy recipe creating - the recipes posts are first and foremost for me so that I can remake the dish again. I was terrible for coming up with food ideas and not writing them down. Making a delicious meal and then never being able to re-create it again!

Wonderful Wednesday posts will always have a place in my heart, I really enjoy both writing my own and reading other people's gratitude lists and weekly round ups. I'm not sure why... maybe it's the Nosey Nora part of me?

You obviously work super hard on your blog as it is always consistently filled with new things; what new content would you like to implement/where do you see the blog going in the future?

I have an endless list of things I'd like to do with the blog and directions I'd like to go in. Food and my recipes are a big part of it. I've recently started a "Spanglish Vlogs" project - it consists of a vlog style video with a few words or phrases in Spanish so that viewers can pick up a little Spanish as they watch. The Wonderful Wednesday posts will definitely be staying and I'm looking into ways I can support other creatives with my blog - guest posts, Q&A's etc.

Anyone who has seen your videos or read your blog couldn’t help but notice your lovely man, Fraser, who lives in Cornwall; you guys are super cute! How long have you been together? Any advice for anyone in a long distance relationship?

Fraser and I have been friends nearly our whole lives, we grew up together in the same town in Cornwall and he became my best friend about eight or nine years ago! We got together just over a year ago, it just felt right. It's crazy to look back and think we were such good friends for so long and weren't a couple, it feels like we've been together forever. My advice would be, if it's worth it you'll make it work. It's really bloody tough, and the goodbyes can make you feel like your heart is breaking. But the hellos and waiting for them to arrive will give you butterflies in your tummy for a long time. Knowing when you'll see each other next is really important but above all communication is key. We usually chat on the phone once or twice a day, face-time a good few times a week and when we're out and about doing things we send each other photos or quick messages. Including the other person in what you're doing can be so helpful.



I think you and I are both advocates for the whole ‘community over competition’ thing, which is one of the many reasons why I love you so much, so, let’s give some love back to some of your favourites… bloggers, YouTubers, Instagrammers, anyone you love to follow (I will link them too honey!).

Oooh yay!! I am one of those people who really obsesses when I find new people online. I literally follow them on every platform going. I would just like to say that Lucy your blog and instagram are one of my favourites to follow. Reading your posts always reasures me, your a huge inspiration. Here are the wonderful souls I am currently head over heels for:

Our Cornish Home - This is my lovely friend Kim, who I met when we were both bridesmaids for our best friend Laura. She has such an amazing eye for interior design and both her blog and Instagram inspire me to make my home even more of a home with her fab advice and posts.

Hannah Morris - Hannah makes beautiful videos of her travels in the UK. I don't think Britain is given enough exposure when it comes to travelling and Hannah does such a great job at doing this!

A Branch Of Holly - Holly is such a beautiful person inside and out and has some of the best, up to date no frills advice on blogging and creating an online business in all the land. Super helpful tips you can implement in a flash.

Marie Jacquemin - I have only recently found Marie on Youtube so I'm still in that oh my god you are pure genius phase. Her editing and shots are stunning and really inspire me to keep working on my own video skills.

Carly Rowena - Carly's videos always always always motivate me. She's such a happy, friendly person who is a fab fitness inspiration.

Sally Tangle - Sally is the brains behind Wonderful Wednesday and her blog is such a lovely cosy heartwarming down to earth place.

I could literally keep going all day long, but I'll stop now! Whenever I meet up with friends for a cup of tea and a catch up one of the first things I say is "Oh my goodness I have sooooo many people for you to follow". I just can't help my little self!



Let’s finish on a quick fire round….

Favourite book - Eat Pray Love - it never gets old, I always learn something new.

Favourite band or song - The Piano Man by Billy Joel or Reach For The Stars by S Club 7... yup I'm that girl...

Most loved quote and why - This changes allll the time, I love so many quotes. At the moment the one I'm trying to keep in mind is "You can do it all, just not all at once"

The podcast you enjoy the most - Has to be Emma Gannon's CTRL ALT DELETE I find it so interesting to listen to the incredible humans she interviews!

What inspires you most in others? Kindness and courage.

Favourite period in history that you wish you could visit for a day. Oooh the 50's I think, I love the fashion and cars. I used to run an online vintage shop and the 50's were my favourite decade.

Most treasured moment of your life so far - The moment Fraser and I became a couple. There's a whole blog post about it if you fancy a read, it's a proper rom com moment*
*side note from me... I just read it, it's gorgeous and I may have cried (click here for the post!)

Favourite part of your job - Show night, where either everything goes wrong or everything goes right but the kids are putting their absolute all into the theatre production they have worked so hard to perfect in a language that isn't their own.

Three things you couldn’t live without (let’s exclude Fraser and your fur babies from this list!) Tea - it's an obsession I tell you! Some kind of creative outlet and my camera. I love capturing moments and life in all it's craziness.

Most precious thing you own - A t-shirt of my Nan's. She passed away last year and I was given so many of her clothes, this particular t-shirt is very special to me though as I remember her wearing it on many occasions.

What five things would you take to a desert island with you? Tea, my camera, my fur babies, Fraser and a food processor.

Finally…
If you could teach the world one thing, what would it be? That food is medicine, it can be used to prevent and cure so many illnesses. We are what we eat and I think slowly but surely the world is opening up to that idea.

Here's where you can find this gorgeous lady (go and say hi!):
Check out her wonderful blog here
Follow Peta on Twitter
Follow Peta on Instagram
Follow Peta on YouTube
Follow Peta on Pinterest
Add her blog on Bloglovin

A million 'thank yous' to lovely Peta for agreeing to be on my blog! If you enjoyed this then please let me know in the comments! I am planning on more guest posts happening on here too but, if you are a blogger/vlogger/creative and want to do a collaboration please just shout! Drop me an email to fromlucywithlove@outlook.com :-)

Right guys, I will love you and leave you to go and check out Petas blog!
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20 August 2017

WEEKLY GRATITUDE



We are about to enter the last week and a half of August which just feels insane to me! It is this time of year when, as a kid, I would start paying attention to the 'back to school' adverts on the TV and just wish I could freeze time forever! I swear that this summer holiday has gone by faster than ever this year; it is my first summer not working in a school on various activities and, I have to say, I have missed many elements of it. I used to help run a summer school, right at the start of the holidays, for all the soon-to-be Year 7 students get to know the campus, meet teachers and, more importantly, meet new friends. Whilst the schools aim was to ensure that some curriculum was taught within the programme, my priority was to try an lessen the chance of anxiety for the kids who were highly likely to be terrified all summer long. We then did a really fun few days of activities right before they started with us in September. It was lovely to see kids walk in, looking slightly scared, but then see someone they met in the summer school in July and see the smile spread across their faces. Anyway, huge tangent there but, you know me!

Lets move into what we are here for!

:: This week has been cloud and rain central but, on Tuesday, there was some light relief and the sun showed its pretty little face again. Although I have been my usual amount of crazy-busy-in-a-flap-trying-to-launch-a-business self, it was nice to sit in the garden with a lovely cup of tea for 15 minutes and feel warmth! The house gets pretty damn cold because of its insanely thick stone walls, so it is often warmer out than in, but the heating went on over night twice this week to help the situation because it felt like deep winter inside!!

:: On the same day as the sun came out, a sunset walk on the beach was had and it was beautiful. It was pretty empty on there due to the time of night, just a few hyper dogs running in and out of the sea and couples wandering along together. I love watching dogs play on the beach, it reminds me of our old Collie, Bobby, who wasn't the best with water but used to enjoy it! Whenever I walked him down by the river, close to where mum and dad live, he used to bark at the water and, if he ever got in, he would kind of grab water with his mouth and dip his head under! 

:: On Tuesday I did the most insane spin workout of my life! I absolutely love having a workout like that. I put together some music on Spotify, similar to the choreography I would have taught a few years back, and just go for it like I am in a class and I totally went for it this time! I had all this energy that needed burning off and, by the time I had finished I felt so much better! I don't have a cardio-focused workout when I am in the gym (I do weights first then end with some steady state cardio for 20 minutes) so I like to hit it hard on the spin bike once or twice a week as I love that exhausted feeling I get from it! 




:: As some of you may already know, because I have put some pictures on Instagram already, I picked up my Fleur range of wedding stationery from my lovely printers in Penzance this week. I got straight onto the photography that same day and finished it Friday. I have plenty of editing to be doing but am, so far, pretty happy with the results! Don't forget, I will be working on other products too, not just wedding stationery, but am initially focused on launching that! If you want to keep a closer eye on what is happening and when I would love it if you signed up to my newsletter! Just head over to www.leaflanestudio.com and join the family (you get two freebies just for signing up - if you aren't seeing them within a few days please check your junk folder!). If you want all the info first add yourself to my Facebook Page and follow along on Instagram too!

:: Yesterday, on the way out the house to run some errands, we spotted a very tired looking bee, struggling to move along outside the door. Having given it some sugar water and making sure it was in a safe place to recover we went out. It wasn't there when we returned so I am hoping it got a new lease of life and returned to its duties! I absolutely adore bees so will always try and help them out if I see one struggling.

:: Whilst working this week I watched a couple of films on Netflix and Channel 4 OD. I am so grateful to be able to have a couple of hours taking photos and having a film on in the background because I am the worlds worst at being able to sit still and watch a film at the moment as I always think I should be working on something, so it was a nice way to feel like I was having a treat for myself, whilst still being productive! The first film I watched, Miss You Already, I have seen before and, whilst I love it so much, by the end, I was sat by all my props and wedding stationery booing my eyes out!! What an idiot! The second film was The Lovely Bones. I had read the book when it very first came out and everyone was hyping it up but hadn't got round to the film. I noticed it had a few days left on Channel 4's catch up thingy so gave it a go. It was a pretty beautiful, yet a psychologically strange film. Have you guys seen anything you recommend recently?



:: Yesterday lunchtime, after a pretty rubbish start to the day (total exhaustion struck out of nowhere) I took myself back to bed for a nap. I don't remember Gizmo joining me but, evidently she did as, at one point I seemed to send her flying onto the floor... poor little bear! I felt terrible. She sat there looking up at me as if to say 'mummy, what on Earth was that about?!' but, thankfully for me, she is very forgiving and swiftly jumped back up, snuggled in behind my knees and held my hand with her paw (she's a proper hand holder!). I am filled with gratitude for this bear every single day. She lights up the whole world. She, however, won't be feeling as loving toward me on Tuesday next week as I have to take her to her new vets for an MOT!! 

:: This week I have been super grateful for such lovely conversations with the even lovelier Peta from the blog www.pe-ta.com. We have had several chats via Instagram and it has helped me feel a bit more connected to people this week. You guys should definitely check her out but also, she is featuring on this very blog on Wednesday next week. I am so excited! I asked her if she'd do a Q & A and she said 'yes please!' so come back on Wednesday to read that because, honestly, this girly is awesome and I would l o v e you to our collaboration out!

Whatever you guys are up to this week coming have a wonderful time and don't forget to pop back on Wednesday! If you want to be reminded of posts and have a chat about life, follow along on my Instagram as that is where I spend the most time in terms of social media for sure!
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16 August 2017

THE BEST WAY TO RE-FUEL THE SOUL



You definitely know by now how much I love being out in nature and, as I mentioned in Sundays post, I went for a long old walk on the coast path on Saturday morning, towards Cudden Point, where the views in both directions are the most beautiful ever. The weather was perfect for it too; there was some rain on the horizon (which did catch me out a bit, but that was totally fine with me) and the clouds were stunning, throwing the most wonderful shadows on the ground. All the colours changed so often with the sun light; the sea and fields looking so bright when it came out that it was breathtaking, but moody and grey when it disappeared, changing the feeling instantly. I love it all, in every kind of weather, all lights and all conditions because it is so incredibly uplifting. When the rain hit, right on top of Cudden Point, it made be feel totally connected to everything and I could feel my spirit lift with it. There is a lovely cliff edge up there, where you can safely lay on the rocks and take it all in. I want to head up there again soon, armed with my sketchbook and water-colours and just throw down all the amazing colours and textures I can see.

There are no words for how a walk like that makes me feel, so I figure I will stop typing and just pop up some photos... let me know what you think in the comments and tell me what your favourite walks are too, I'd love to know.




“The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides and in its depths it has its pearls too” 
― Vincent van Gogh, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh



“We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.” 
― Mother Teresa

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13 August 2017

WEEKLY GRATITUDE



Happy Sunday! How has your week been? Anyone else had the heating on?!

As usual, it's been insane this end guys but it's all good really as the dream is edging closer every single day. Recently I have either been so hyped up that I work late or so wide awake early in the morning that I have the strange, crazy-early morning TV for company (what are some of those shows about!).

Let's jump into the weeks high points!

:: Having had a MAD day on Tuesday, what with getting up to work at 4am and finally giving in to a nap at 3pm, I couldn't resist having a bit of a blast of music whilst I finished off some work that evening. My song of choice was a live version of 'Yellow' by Coldplay and did I turn it up! Live music is one of my favourite things and it has been over 6-7 years since I have seen any I think. I would l o v e to see Coldplay live, they are on top of my list along side the Foo Fighters, Matchbox Twenty (again!), Counting Crows (again), Bryan Adams (again, again, again!) and Metallica! Who has been your fave live?

:: This week I discovered the Tony Robbins documentary on Netflix. Despite hearing a lot about Robbins, I have never listened to or read anything he has done (shame on me!). Many podcasts I subscribe to mention him hundreds of times so, when I saw it appear in my feed I started watching it. I admit that I haven't finished watching it yet because I started crying at the opening scene where Robbins talks to a guy in the audience about why he feels so down and suicidal... I was a mess because it was so interesting to see how differently he approached it... so I will finish watching it and report back, but I wanted to mention it for those of you that like a straight talking, no bullshit kind of documentary about ways to kick your dreams up the arse and get on with what you want to achieve.

:: I have had some awesome training sessions this week and have been focusing so hard on my goals. I have noticed recently, having been given some unilateral leg work to do, just how much weaker one leg/glute is to the other and have been desperately trying to bring my attention in to the weaker side catching up and actually feeling the muscle contract when I work it, rather than just going through the motions. This has mean that, on some exercises, such as Bulgarian split squats, I am having to drop to a crazy-low weight, but I am getting so much more out of the exercise now.



:: Work on Leaf Lane Studio has really stepped up to sixth gear now and I have been pushing so hard. I want to get launched asap and all three ranges are now completed and just awaiting being printed and popped onto the website. I am super excited and will be announcing the launch date soon.

:: Something that really cheered me up this week was a conversation I had with my poor old mum on Tuesday. Unfortunately I don't think it cheered her up, but I laughed so hard my cheeks and stomach had cramp! Mum mentioned something to me that made me giggle and, to be fair, it was her own fault because when you start a sentence with 'okay, don't laugh, but...' you are asking for trouble! Bless her socks, I was laughing before she even told me anything but it was only about how she was thinking about getting a bike, which is not funny whatsoever... BUT... when you have been up since 3.30-4am and are slightly delirious, everything is funny. I immediately had that bit of music in my head from The Wizard of Oz, where the witch is going along on her bike (click here to refresh your memory!) - before I dig myself a hole, I am not saying my mum is a witch, it just sprung, uninvited, into my tired head and I got the giggles. She then told me she was thinking about a fold up bike and, well, you can imagine how that added to the moment! Sorry mum, you go get that bike! Don't forget the helmet :-)

:: Yesterday, before the village kicked into life, I head out on a walk on the coast path toward Cudden Point. It is so, so, beautiful that way and being surrounded by all things nature was just what the doctor ordered really. I'm going to do a little blog post of photo's on Wednesday, so stay tuned if you fancy seeing some more of Cornwall coast life!

:: I can't write this weeks gratitude list without mentioning the most amazing sunset I have seen in a long time. We have had some beautiful evenings here in Cornwall but, more recently, with all the stormy skies we've had, they have been incredible. On part of the coast path that winds its way from Perranuthnoe through to Marazion there is a wonderful spot to watch the sun going down and it was there that I took the photo below. It was truly magical to see.

:: Finally, and still on the subject of skies, last nights meteor shower was pretty beautiful. I went out sporadically from 10pm, even though I knew there was a rare chance of seeing anything then. However, I wasn't disappointed as it was super clear and the moon was no-where to be seen at that time. Between 10 and midnight the show was slow but stunningly beautiful. What made my night even better was seeing the Milkyway for the very first time. I was blown away by it totally. I sat back in the chair outside just staring at it and wanted to stay there for hours and hours. I kind of wish I had stayed there for longer as, when my alarm went off at 2am, to catch the best time for more meteors, it was so cloudy and the moon was bright and  high in the sky. At least I had seen some though and it was gorgeous! Did you guys catch any shooting stars?

I hope you all have a beautiful week next week; come say hello on Instagram!

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9 August 2017

DON'T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER



You guys know me enough by now to understand that I like honesty and I like being totally open about mental health and what it is like to live with it. Hopefully you also realise by now that I talk about the days I feel are significant to me to try and help someone else, not to look for any sympathy whatsoever.

I have been sailing along quite nicely for a long time and suddenly, last Friday, I was hit with unbearable anxiety. What's strange about it is I hopped out of bed feeling super happy and all was great in the world. As I sat at my computer happily typing away, I started to feel a bit breathless, like a panic attack was going to strike out of nowhere. I did what I always try to do, ignore the stupid thing, but within the hour I was shaking and feeling like I had a hand around my throat.

Still, I decided to get on with the day regardless and try to go into Penzance as planned. As I drove around, looking for a car parking space I felt physically sick, faint and tearful; the typical result from a severe anxiety attack. What then doesn't help is that I then starting beating myself up about it, with things in my head like 'for f**ks sake, why are you such an idiot, everyone else is ok, why can't YOU be ok?' or 'why did you even leave the house, you should have stayed home' or the classic 'you shouldn't be out, everyone will look at you'. Thanks a lot brain, you dick head. Lucky for me I know all those voices are a load of crap, so I try to just push them to one side but they still do damage sometimes; thankfully nothing lasting these days though.

Anyway, I left town, giving up on the illusive parking space I was looking for and head to the gym, by which time I was shaking like there was some kind of sodding earthquake happening beneath my tootsies. I couldn't breathe, I couldn't see straight, I felt sick but I got in the gym and had the worst workout I have attempted in weeks. I felt so ill in there and must have looked like I right jittery wally; I don't think I looked up once.

When I finally got home I pulled my poor old worn out body to the shower. It's strange how much a shower can help you feel better isn't it? It always works for me. I followed the shower with a lay on the bed and a power nap (another amazing healer... sleep).

BUT... and here are all the positives to come from that day (sometimes you have got to really want to see them, but they are there!).

I did leave the house - one point to me / zero to anxiety
I did try (several times) to get parked and to overcome the negative words in my head - another point to me
I did get to the gym, go inside and have a workout - another point
and, more importantly, I did listen to my body and my mind and try and chill out when I would usually have pushed on. That, for me anyway, is the biggest win of all.

Why did I tell you that story? Because I want anyone who suffers with any form of mental health issues or anxieties whatsoever to know that you are not alone. You cannot judge a book by its cover because, on the outside, someone may look super confident but inside, they may be somewhere dark and lonely at that moment in time. Always be kind and never, ever judge right away.
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6 August 2017

WEEKLY GRATITUDE



As I write this I am feeling super duper happy! I have just picked up my new proofs for the Fleur range for Leaf Lane Studio from my printers and I absolutely love them! These are the new, edited version of the range and I am so pleased I made the changes I did. This whole process takes such a long time because, ultimately, if I am not quite happy with what I am having printed I will have to spend a whole lot of money to get re-prints, take new pictures and amend the website, so it is worth slowing it down a bit sometimes and taking a few days away from staring at the ranges!

How has your week been? I love hearing about what you guys are up to so be sure to scroll on down to the comments and tell me the highlights of your week or what you have got coming up this month!

Right then, happiness, gratitude and other things that have made this an awesome week!

:: Weather permitting I have ventured into the garden each morning before doing anything else, just having a little mooch about, looking at the new flowers, watching our bird families waking up and feeding and admiring the view from the little gate at the end of the path. I really enjoy this time as it seems to fill me up with gratitude for the whole day.

:: With my business, Leaf Lane Studio, so close to launch date, I have been trying to let people know that I have a newsletter and a couple of freebies to offer new subscribers. I had a few new people sign up this week and always have a little cheer when someone does! If you, or someone you know, has recently got engaged and you think they may benefit from a super helpful Wedding Planning Checklist and a guide to wedding stationery, then send them over to www.leaflanestudio.com where they will be able to sign up and get the freebies to their inbox! I get newsletters out once or twice a month at the moment too, but that will increase when the business launches. If weddings aren't your thing you should sign up anyway because the other products won't be too far behind! I would love to have you join the Leaf Lane Studio family!

:: I am still waking up regularly at 6.30am (apart from a couple of mornings this week when I was already downstairs at 5am!) and am doing so much better for having that routine in place. I am certainly one of those humans who functions much more efficiently for routine; if I am slow to get up or fall back to sleep, I am lethargic and lazy and don't seem to reach my full potential at all.



:: Yesterday a couple of my friends from my old work came over in the late afternoon for a catch up over a bit of food and a little walk on the beach. The tide had just gone out so the beach was pretty empty and we spent a good hour walking, paddling and watching the sun set on the rocks. It was lovely to have a bit of a reminisce and catch up with what's been happening. My face was hurting so much from laughing by the time it came to say our goodbyes; certainly a sign of a good evening.

:: Whilst I was working on some box-sticking this week, I threw on an old box-set of Sex and the City, which I haven't watched for years and years. It started with the one where Carrie turns 35. I remember watching it years back and thinking that I was so far away from that age and seeing it all totally differently to how I do now, at 36. It was like watching a whole different programme; just having a few more years experience under my belt (not that sort of experience!) meant that I laughed harder at so many more things! I am looking forward to watching all the others because I had forgotten how much I love that show!

:: The world champion athletics is on! Hurrah! That always cheers up the week and gives me an injection of motivation for training.

:: Having earnt a little bit of money last month I could finally afford to get myself some more protein and I am oh so grateful for that! It was timed very well, as the place I get mine from had a 35% discount on all protein. I now have 5kg of the stuff winging its way to Cornwall; better clear some space huh?!

:: I'm normally a bit of a liquid eyeliner girl and love doing a flick as a bit of a staple, signature look everyday but, because I have been pushed for time in the mornings and super busy, I have recently dug out my Mac kohl eyeliner again in the shade 'teddy'. It is a super pretty shade of brown with a slight shimmer to it, but nothing over the top. I love rediscovering things that I haven't worn in ages!

That is all for this week lovely guys and girls but I am coming back on Wednesday with a post that is a bit of a personal one. Have a wonderful week and I will see you on 'hump day'!

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2 August 2017

TAKING STOCK | JULY



Goodbye July you wintry little monkey! Last year I was laying on top of the bed, windows pushed wide open, sweltering and red hot every evening and this month I have been getting into bed with two layers on. I mean, I know us English are known for our endless weather chats, but can you really blame us after this month? I have every single wardrobe possibility still in my cupboard, from flip flops to fleece lined walking boots, because you just never know anymore!

Weather rant over!

This month has been insane! Let's dive into the highlights!

m a k i n g :: new wedding ranges, paintings, website content, sample packs and mess from my first business photo-shoot!

c o o k i n g :: and eating carbs with almost every meal without putting on weight, amazing. Seriously though, I had developed a real issue about food and I was desperate to sort it before it became part of my mental health issues (because I am just getting those under control and there is not room for another thing!). My wonderful new coach, Serene, wrote me a food plan, with several choices for each meal, which is good for me as it stops me panicking about what I can't eat and can eat. So far my brain has settled again, which is good. If you are looking for an online coach I highly recommend Serene, she's great! (Click right here to go to her site).

d r i n k i n g :: the usual, vodka, whiskey and beer (as if!)... water, obviously!

r e a d i n g :: I haven't had time to read much and am still trying to work my way through From Atoms to Angels, but I kind of need to concentrate to read that and, right now, my mind is otherwise engaged! I have a list of books I want to read as long as my arm though. I think I may have to go down the audio-book route but they are pretty expensive :-(

w a n t i n g :: all the Gym Shark clothes <3

p l a y i n g :: inspirational and spiritual podcasts. This month I have been loving Connie Chapmans 'Awaken Radio' podcast, specifically the episode 'Being Your Authentic Self & Loving Who You Are' with Mary Hyatt.

d e c i d i n g :: that I need to step back from YouTube for a few weeks in order to move forward with other things. It takes a long time to film, edit and upload a video and, right now, it is super hard to find that time without crippling myself totally. Thank you so much to those of you that sent me wonderful messages on Instagram and YouTube about that decision, it won't be for long anyway!

w i s h i n g :: I could find a pause button sometimes!

e n j o y i n g :: trying out new protein bars. My favourites this month have been the 'One' bar in salted caramel (YUM!) and the Warrior Crunch bar in white chocolate.

w a t c h i n g :: The Handmaid's Tale on Channel 4. It has just finished (on a right old cliff hanger too) until next year but, if you didn't see it you really should! I am sure it will appear on Channel 4 On Demand soon. So dark and so scary but so brilliant.

l i k i n g :: my new gym split so much, right now I do four gym days, broken down into: push (chest, shoulders), legs, pull (back, biceps) and then glutes and triceps. I am loving it!

w o n d e r i n g :: whether to book in for my new tattoo soon (sorry mum!). I want to get it as a mark of Leaf Lane Studio launching. It is a representation of achieving something I didn't think I had it in me to do and, regardless of the outcome, which I am hoping will be positive, it will still be a huge achievement for me. I want to get a little, delicate, crescent moon done but have two places in mind so I just need to work that part out then I am set.



l o v i n g :: my new routine in the morning. I feel so much better for it and am so much more productive for making the effort to get up much earlier than I was doing.

h o p i n g :: to have some fabulous ladies guest posting on my blog real soon. I am just doing some little Q & A's for them to do and we will be set! (sorry girls, I have been slow but hopefully you understand!).

m a r v e l l i n g :: over how one conversation can change everything.

n e e d i n g :: a decent camera! I did my Leaf Lane Studio photos with an insane set up in order to make the photos look like they had been taken on a decent camera but one of my investments, as soon as it is reasonable to do so, will be a nice camera to shoot products with.

s m e l l i n g :: honeysuckle, cut grass, the ocean and sweet-peas!

w e a r i n g :: boyfriend jeans and stripes, my usual uniform!

f o l l o w i n g :: my intuition and motivation and just getting to work!

n o t i c i n g :: so many snails inside the house... they are coming in the bathroom window when it rains the little buggers!

k n o w i n g :: I am getting super clumsy. Granted, I have been really tired recently but I am covered in bruises and bumps from all my tripping up, walking into things or dropping things on myself. Seriously, I think all this work is damaging my ability to human!

t h i n k i n g :: that I shouldn't be trusted with a hot glue gun (see above!) - I have three mini-burns on the same finger from my late night box-sticking job the other night. Send help!

That was July then, onto August! I am positive it will be a great month and filled with all good things but hopefully less glue gun burns! Have a lovely month guys and girls!

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