Life lately. This is a topic which I have not sat down and wrote about for a while. Beauty is the main feature of my site and whilst I adore it, it is not the be all and end all. My posts lately have been beauty orientated so I thought it was about time I published something a bit more personal. So, what have I been up to lately? How is life treating me? Well, I must say that over the last few months it has been quite a struggle for various reasons; some of which I will openly discuss on here whereas others I will keep to myself.
This year has had its ups and downs which I am sure we can all relate to one way or another. Sometimes it helps to write things down and to get it off your chest, whereas in respect of the good things it is nice to reflect and remember those good times by writing a post such as this. It has been almost an entire year since I wrote the last post in my Life Lately series, I can’t quite believe it really has been that long.
One of the positive things about this year for me so far is that I have had the opportunity to travel a little bit. Travelling is something I have never really been able to have the chance to do in the past, however this year I have been luckily enough to visit Marrakech, Cape Verde, Bath and the Cotswolds. It has been so nice to see different parts of the world and our country, as well as being able to experience different cultures; I really hope that next year I am able to do the same. The next two places on my list to visit would be Rome and Iceland.
The world of work is something which takes up the majority of my time. As you know, my blog is my hobby alongside my 9-5 job which is a blessing in disguise as it is almost impossible to blog as regularly as I would like to. For those who do not know or have just stumbled upon my blog, I work in the legal property sector and it is extremely busy and quite stressful, especially on a Friday!
In regard to my career, I have to say that things are going really well for me now, I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel in respect of something I have being working towards for the last two years. The start of 2018 will hopefully be the next step on the ladder for me, I am not too sure how much it will affect my blog commitments, although I plan to still be blogging and sharing with you updates and my latest beauty discoveries.
Whilst I enjoy my job and thrive off being busy, I have found myself working later and later meaning that I am sacrificing my evenings at home and also becoming increasingly more tired. It is a habit I am falling into and I am more than aware of it, however I am finding it very difficult to break.
I am really excited about a few changes coming this way very soon in respect of my blog. I have, after what I think is over two years, finally settled on a new blog name; hallelujah! Yes, I know, I can’t quite believe it either. After going back and forth between several ideas I have settled on a new name and I think I love it, part of me is scared whilst the other is really excited for this new chapter. The site will also be moving over to WordPress. I have done my research over and over and so many other bloggers have recommended the switch over to me that I have finally decided to take the plunge.
In some respect, this links in a bit with work as I know it is having an impact on me in respect of how tired I feel. Of course, being tired impacts on your life so much, it is hard to sometimes express how tired you are as people tend to just shrug it off with ‘oh just get a early night’, however I know that I am mentally and physically tired which is incredibly draining. Unfortunately, I am a worrier, I always have been and most likely always will be. I get stressed out and irritated by the most stupid of things, even I know it is on some occasions ridiculous.
Lately I also think that my diet has been incredibly poor. Generally speaking I used to eat quite healthy, although there is no way I will give up my mini chedders anytime soon. That being said, I love my salads, fruit and veg, yet I seem to not reach for those kinds of foods very often these days which I also think, correction, I know that this is contributing to feeling miserable and lethargic. It almost feels sometimes like I have no motivation to look after myself.
Long term readers of my blog will remember my beautiful cat Oliver. Sadly, we lost Ollie at the start of September and I have been heartbroken ever since. He was seventeen years old and he had been with us since he was a kitten. Unfortunately, we lost him really suddenly which made it even harder to bear, I wasn’t ready to lose him (not that I ever would have been), I wasn’t prepared. I loved him with all my heart and I miss him so much. To many people they may struggle to understand, they may think he was just a cat, however to me he was my best friend and my little soldier. I have very few friends in my life, I am talking of the human kind here, therefore losing him really has taken its toll on me, I just try not to show it.