4 August 2019


^^ This little bear is everything in the world to me! ^^

Hey my loves, I am still alive, despite failing to post anything for the last two Wednesdays and only managing to post my 'Sunday post' on a Monday (insert crazy faced emoji here!). I’m going to have to ask you to forgive me for my sporadic posts for about another week or two; I have so much work on with Leaf Lane Studio that I am somewhat lacking in time for anything else right now, which is beyond ideal because this space means the world to me. There is one specific project I’m doing that, once I have that sent to the client, will mean I am much more free to carry on doing other things again, so bear with me!

PS: I usually link in the weekly vlog with this post, but it is still in its early edit right now, so hang fire, it won't be long!

Let’s leap right on in to today’s weekly gratitude list shall we?

:: It’s funny how in the midst of one of the busiest times ever I feel at my most alive, despite the fact that I can barely stay awake, feel like I’m dragging myself about and like I can’t string a sentence together. But what I am feeling is like my hard work is paying off. Obviously the way I’m feeling is far from ideal but that only stems from the fact that I have a part time job going on as well, which also happens to peak during the summer season in terms of how much energy it requires to do that job! But I am aware it is only a temporary feeling of tiredness and am doing all I can to ensure that I am looking after myself to my best ability until everything settles back down again. I am super grateful for all the opportunities that are showing up for me right now, they feel so good and I am excited to push them all forward.

:: The one, slightly negative aspect of all of this craziness right now, is that it is easy to have a tunnel vision away from all the meaningful things in life, the things that keep me calm and relaxed every single day. This week I was forced out of my 'busy brain' whilst training at the gym. I was upstairs on the cardio equipment, when I suddenly snapped out of my business related thoughts and realised I could smell the sea. Not mind blowing particularly, because my gym is a stones throw away from the coast line, but I hadn’t stopped to take it in for so long that it suddenly knocked me off my feet to become aware of it again. I felt annoyed with myself for allowing life to blur out the things that really matter to me in this world. When I left the gym and head to the shop to pick up some food, I stood in the car park and just took some deep breaths and reminded myself how lucky I am to be able to smell the fresh ocean air and to be seconds away from it most of the time. I am so grateful for that, and I won’t be letting myself get that wrapped up in life again in a a hurry. 

 ^^ Cornwall in the sun is the best ^^

:: Following on from the first two points, I have mentioned before that I want to take regular trips out to have a ‘meeting with myself’ for the blog and business, but I still haven’t actually been able to fit that in. This busy period has really shown me how important that kind of time will be, and so, once that project has been emailed to the client, which should be in the next two to three days, I am going to schedule a morning or an afternoon a week (or even just a couple of hours after work one day) to take myself somewhere and just reflect, plan or scribble down some ideas (or simply draw if I’m tired!). I’d like to get myself to some pretty coastal places locally that I can walk, take photos and stop for a while and sit. I have missed that time alone in nature over the last month or two. I hadn’t realised how much I needed it; I have become far to familiar with the house!

:: Stepping away from the heavier subjects and onto a slightly random one, caffeine. I am a tea drinker through and through; having tried coffee over the years in various ways, I just never took to it at all, despite loving the smell of it soooo much! Recently, for some unknown reason (and before anyone jumps to conclusions here, no, I’m not pregnant!) I woke up craving an iced coffee, yes, specifically an iced coffee! So, off I went to get myself my first ever iced coffee and spied a ‘salted caramel iced latte’, and it wasn’t terrible! Obviously the sugar content isn’t ideal but I’m not making a regular habit of having these, it was just a nice change and, my goodness, it really woke me up!

^^ I love my new 'Over thinking and also hungry' tshirt from Shein ^^

:: I got myself a few new tshirts this week from the brand Shein, which I hadn't heard of until they popped up in my Instagram. I wanted some basic, cotton tees to wear training or just around the house when I'm working, and I didn't want to pay a fortune either, because I will be making a mess with paints or, quite inevitably, getting Gizmos claws stuck in them (like every God damn thing I own!). These tops were so affordable and I have no complaints about them; all I will say is do your research on sizing, because they come up small. I had already read reviews so I managed to order the right sizes for me! I am super happy with all three; I have the 'Overthinking and also hungry' one, which is me through and through, 'UM - the element of confusion', which I thought was hilarious and a cute sunset print one too, I love them all!

:: I am really into listening to audiobooks whilst I do the cardio-slog at the gym, and have just downloaded a book I have wanted to read for a long time, The Salt Path, by Raynor Winn, a book about Raynor, and her husband Moth's, journey along the South West coast path, after finding out he had a terminal illness. I will keep you posted on what I think as I get into it, but I feel like it will be one of those deep, thought provoking reads that will make me cry (at least I can say it is sweat from the cardio right?). If you have read it, or listened of course, let me know what your thoughts are, did you like it?

:: All my new products are now ready to go on sale in my shop, I just have to photograph them all this coming week, and they should all go up by Friday! You can expect a sticker, cards and a tear-off note pad too, all to go with the to-do list I released a couple of weeks back! I am planning a couple of Christmas releases too, which won't necessarily be Christmas in theme, but will be out ready for you to buy them as stocking fillers for all your friends (of which there are hundreds right?!)... pushy sales woman alert! I can't wait to start working on all my new ideas!

Thank you so much for reading todays post. I won't promise a Wednesday post as yet but I am positive there will be one, and hopefully a vlog too! Stay tuned as always and thank you so much for sticking around, I honestly appreciate each and every one of you.


1 comment

  1. I've just finished reading The Salt Path and could not put it down. Very humbling. Husband just started it, after my recommendation. Glad you are looking after yourself and I always enjoy reading and watching your posts. Great to see a photo of Gizmo too


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