6 October 2016

MONTHLY ROUND UP | SEPTEMBER

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September arrived and departed so fast I had to check it even happened! Work has been the busiest ever, it is getting so much darker in the mornings and colder at night, which just makes the days harder to start! But, we are now into October, one of my favourite months of the year. I love the changes in the seasons and think we are so fortunate in the UK to be able to witness such beauty within nature. The colours, the low mists, the winter sun rises/sets, the trees becoming skeletons of their summer-selves and all the wonderful winter food and hot drinks to comfort the soul... who couldn't love autumn/winter time?

For now, let's look back at September, crazy month that it was...

:: I am most proud of...
What I am most proud of this month is my hubby's amazing new album, which is coming out soon. He puts so much work into his music and is extremely dedicated and talented; I envy him in so many ways for how much commitment he has to every single second of what he does. After months and months of hearing him repeatedly playing the same song parts over and over again, and tweaking this part and that part and asking me my opinion on whether some volume or other should be higher (I never know by the way...I am rubbish!) he has finished the album. I should say they have finished the album, as it is not just Joe's work, but he is the reason it gets turned into an album and I admire his dedication massively. If you are interested in hearing some of the music you can find the band, Minus Cube, on iTunes, Spotify or check out their website of course!

On a selfish side-note: I am also very proud of my weak little arms because I can finally do full tricep press ups! Hooray! I mean, I do have to drop my knees down towards the end of a set but I am so proud of myself for achieving that mini goal!

:: During September I have been most grateful for...
Sunday morning lie-ins with a hot cup of tea and some gardening programme or other playing in the background and amazing podcasts that inspire me to just keep going, despite September being one of the hardest work months I have had in a long time. I listen to podcasts to and from work and whilst I do artwork as they really help my head stay in a positive state. Without this input I reckon I would get down so fast. (If you are interested in an updated list of my favourite podcasts please let me know in the comments and I will do a separate post for you guys).

:: I have spent the month listening to...
All sorts! I put all my old Bryan Adams albums onto my phone recently, so have been enjoying them (mega BA fan over here, I'm not even sorry). I have also had Mumford and Sons playing on Spotify too.

:: I have spent the month reading...
Not much I'm afraid. I have dipped into a few business-related books here and there but have felt too tired to read! I have just started reading the new Gabby Bernstein book 'The Universe Has Your Back', and will try and talk more about that in a blog post soon.

:: I have been watching... 
Old DVD box-sets of Mistresses, the BBC series from a few years ago. I have had endless artwork to scan, so I threw this on and have been loving it! I highly recommend it if you fancy something girly, sexy and gripping. I have also been indulging in Wolf Hall, which was shown on TV recently, but ticks my 'Tudor' obsession box in a big way! Joe and I have also binge-watched the BBC series 'People Just Do Nothing', which is bloody hysterical! It is one of those series that you just have to take for what it is but it cracks us up :-) 

:: Looking ahead to the month of October I am hoping to release...
Some of the fears I still have around progressing with my business and just getting on with what I need to do, completely free in the knowledge that it makes me feel great to do it and it is the right thing for me to do.

:: I am looking forward to...
Heading off to Cornwall for a few days break. We last went away (for a holiday) in February and we couldn't be more ready to do it again. For me, going away means a few extra treats too; something that fills me with a little anxiety, after having worked so hard to lose weight, but also fills me with excitement to have a few goodies. I am thinking fresh Cornish fish and chips, a pasty at The Eden Project (kind of a tradition for Joe and I) and maybe some cookies too. As you guys all know, Cornwall is like my spiritual home, both of ours actually, so I cannot wait to get there, get unpacked and hear the waves on the beach whilst we drift off to sleep. Heaven.

:: I am setting goals to...
Complete one business objective a week. This may not sound like much, but little steps are better than no steps at all right? Progress of any description is still progress! I am also going to be working on some artwork that I can give away nearer Christmas time as a free download to my lovely blog readers, so stay tuned for that.

I hope October brings you all lots of good things. Do you feel excitement in the air at this time of year like I do? Comment below if you do!
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