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Life Lately | Life Dump

May 26, 2014

I’ve been putting together this post for quite a while now – adding and taking away for weeks, trying to get that ‘perfect’ Life Lately post. So here it is. An entirely random ‘Life Dump’, a mishmash of things that I’ve been thinking about. Lately.

001: I found a website that shows you your first ever tweet. It was pretty funny to look back at my very first Twitter account:

Nothing much has changed there then…

…and the same goes for the first tweet on my current account!

002: My sister sent me this link to a Buzzfeed page. Normally I’m slightly reluctant to look at Buzzfeed, partly because I’m usually in a place that I cannot explode with laughter, and partly because I think it’s an incredible waste of time. But this page was different. She emailed the link to me at 10pm and I was in bed falling asleep (oh hi I’m old) and I immediately wanted to rush downstairs and open my laptop or a notebook or find a scrap of paper and start writing, but I didn’t. I didn’t because I knew that I was oh-so tired and that I needed my sleep and that whatever was glowing inside me could wait until the morning. Or during my lunch break. Or the next evening. I’ve been thinking about inspiration a lot lately. I wrote this piece for our company blog on the pursuit of inspiration, and have been reading a lot about how other artists and writers find the inspiration to keep that spark going. I find it so interesting. That, and studio spaces. Curiouser and curiouser.

003: People that I pass by regularly, daily, and feel some kind of connection to for no real reason. I don’t know them, but every day when I see them I think about where they are walking. Where do they work, is it in retail or a dull office job or do they do something they truly love? Are they picking up coffee on the way? Do they live with friends or a partner, are they happy? Stupid questions that most likely stem from my ridiculous curiosity and obsession with people watching.

004: I think I might be at my most productive when I’m sat in my office alone, at 7pm, with some music playing quietly in the background. This is getting to be a problem.

005: I tried a brother puckin’ CRONUT! I’ve wanted to try one ever since all the hype began, but alas finding a vegan croissant is hard enough, let alone this beauty. It was pretty good, but I’m not sure how similar it was to an actual cronut. It kind of just tasted like a layered donut. Still, sweet goodness.

006: I’m really, really trying to blog more. It’s a frustrating kind of cycle – not enough time, want to make time, where does all the time go. Computer screens rule my life at the moment, and we have a love-love-hate relationship. I’m aiming for at least three times per week (gone are the days when I could blog daily!). We’ll see how it goes. Weekends that are mostly empty bring time for me to sit down and catch up, which I love.

007: I’m finally finding (making) time to catch up on blog reading. It’s been a long time since I’ve actually sat down and caught up on blog posts – I’m not quite at the stage of leaving comments, but hopefully that will come in time. I’m constantly reminding myself that I do have time. That I have all the time in the world – I just choose to spend that time in certain ways, when I could be looking at the bigger picture. What I would like to achieve in a day, and addressing how I can juggle everything at once. It’s not as simple as I would like it to be, but I’m getting there. More on that next.

008: I’m trying to find real balance in my life. Between working full-time, juggling a number of freelance projects on the side, blogging and health problems that do like to throw many spanners in my works, I feel like I need to address the wants and balance them with the needs and the nothings. The things that I want to do (all of the above, plus enjoy a very clean home, cook many meals for my hardworking other-half, read the pile of books and magazines by my feet), the things that I need to do (job, freelance work, blogging – yes, that’s going on the ‘need’ list) and the time that I (also) need to spend just stopping, relaxing, breathing and listening to my body (easier said than done. I left work early on Friday because I was exhausted and my body needed time to catch up on everything that had happened in the last week. Instead I came home and did three loads of laundry, cleaned the bathrooms and the kitchen, and tidied the bedroom and lounge. Sigh). One day I’ll get there. Hopefully. Do you have any tips on how to balance a busy life?

009: I’ve been going to the gym quite regularly and actually enjoying it! I think it’s time to ramp up my workout though. Can anyone link/recommend any good routines that they like? Generally I mix up the treadmill with the cross-trainer and rowing machine, plus sit-ups/plank etc. How long do you spend on each machine and what settings do you use?

010: I’ve managed to make sure that my morning and evening routine involves entirely vegan products – which I’m super happy about! I might put together a blog post on the products I’ve been using – some good, some alright – and keep updating as I try new things. I’ve also managed to make sure that one-by-one our cleaning products are all vegan, too. So far all of our hand soaps are, plus washing up liquid and cleaning spray. My showergel, shampoo, make-up remover, cleanser and toner and moisturiser are all vegan – next stop, make-up land. So far I have one powder brush that I know is vegan, and I’m putting together an ELF order to try out some of their products. I’m not throwing anything out – just replacing things as and when they run out. Are there any products that you would recommend? I’m looking to replace liquid foundation, powder, blusher, mascara, liquid eyeliner and lipstick(s).

So there we have it, completely random things that have been going on in my life. I hope you’re all enjoying this extra day off today! I’ve got a big freelance project I’ve got to get finished today, then I think a trip to the gym and the supermarket are in order. I’ve promised my evening to Mr T tonight and I think we’re either going to try a new restaurant or order a takeaway from our favourite chinese. A good old relaxing evening with good food and great company.

What have you got planned for this Bank Holiday Monday?
Can you help me answer some of life’s mysteries?!

10 Comments leave one →
  1. May 26, 2014 12:41 pm

    I think most of is spent an entirety trying to find that ‘balance’, but as long as you are happy, listening to your body and doing asanu things in life that work for you then your on your way. <3 sending love x

  2. May 26, 2014 12:41 pm

    Most of us spend* (typos!)

  3. May 26, 2014 4:11 pm

    What a lovely post! I’m just off to check out the links you posted. I’m definitely in a very inspired place at the moment, so much so when I wake up at 3am I end up writing notes for things like blog posts or how we are going to sort the flat out for bambino coming! For vegan make up theres a brand called Airborne: http://www.arbonneinternational.co.uk/ I haven’t tried it but they look good, also I’ve heard good things about Lavera foundation, but I’m not sure it’s vegan. Also I love Green People, especially the mascara x

    • May 29, 2014 1:58 pm

      I tried Arbonne’s foundation range but wasn’t too impressed – really thick consistency. Will look up Lavera and Green People – thanks for the tip!

  4. May 26, 2014 7:35 pm

    What is that tweet website? I’m super curious.
    As for the gym I do a lot of HIIT routines on the treadmill. I mix up the speed and incline to be difficult for one minute, and less difficult for another, for about twenty minutes or so.

    • May 29, 2014 2:01 pm

      I can’t remember the site but I think I found it through the main Twitter page. Sorry :/

      Thanks for the tip – have been mixing up the run with fast walking/running/fast walking etc. for around 30 mins – I actually enjoyed it!

  5. May 27, 2014 5:47 pm

    Love this post, it’s so positive and happy! I’ve tried some of the ELF stuff before and really enjoyed using it.

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