It’s been a little while since I’ve done a diary style blog post so I thought I’d treat you all to a catch up of sorts about what I’ve been up to recently. It’s been a fairly relaxed few months with a few exciting things happening such as our trip to Amsterdam which I wrote about here, some great weekend trips to London and Oxford and an inspiring project which I’ve been taking part in. I’ve also started doing some volunteering too which I’ll tell you more about.
As we roll into the last few months of 2019, everyone seems to be looking to 2020 in preparation. We’ve begun our 2020 planning at work and whilst it seems like we’re wishing away the rest of 2019, it’s a gentle reminder that we’re edging closer to the end of the year.
A new year is always seen as a fresh start but what about September? The beginning of the academic year is as good as start as any to begin making changes in your life.
In September, I signed up to 100 days to 2020 which is a daily prompt/ weekly podcast project encouraging you to reflect on 2019 and plan for 2020. I joined the Facebook group and each day a prompt is posted which helps me make the most of 2019. Members can comment on the post and share their answers to the prompt. I’m enjoying the project so far (I love a list so writing the prompt in one of my many notebooks and listing all my musings is bliss). Find out more about the project here.
I will probably do a separate post with some goals for 2020 but I think it’s important to not get too caught up in planning these as I don’t want to feel a sense of failure if I don’t keep to them come the end of January. It’s nice though, to fill these cold, dark evenings with a sense of something important and it won’t be long before I’m scribbling away furiously in a notebook, making a list of all I’d like to achieve next year.
Making the most of 2019 has been the focus for me over the last couple of months and I’ve carried on being proactive in finding ways to fill my time. I’m now a social media volunteer for my local Cats Protection branch. Although I don’t get to pet the cute cats on a daily basis, I feel like I’m doing my bit (and utilising my existing skills) to help out the branch with their social media presence. It doesn’t take too much time out of my week as I needed to fit it around my job and it’s been enjoyable creating content for a charity completely dedicated to improving the lives of cats.
In other news, we went on a speedboat up the Thames recently which I highly recommend if you’re looking for something unusual to do in London! It’s also a great way to sight see the city. We were lucky that the weather was pretty glorious and we finished the day off by taking a walk round St James’s Park, mooching round Leicester Square and drinking over priced gin in a swanky bar over looking Trafalgar Square.
I also took a visit to Oxford back in July to see my Auntie and Uncle. I have most definitely fallen in love with the beautiful city and need to go back to explore their wonderful bookshops and finish looking round the Ashmolean which is the most stunning museum. On our trip there, we visited the oldest pub in Oxford which was built in the 12th century, walked along the beautiful river to see the punters and looked round the impressive Oxford Uni. Definitely a highlight of July.
I don’t really remember much about August if I’m honest. I attended The National Cat Awards at The Savoy which was amazing as always. Rich came up to London with me and stayed the night which was a welcome distraction to calm my nerves before the event. We went to Brighton Pride one weekend which was good fun but exhausting (I’ve never seen so many people in one place) and had a busy bank holiday weekend doing a few things (some of which I genuinely can’t remember).
Back to September and I enjoyed a weekend away in Canterbury with some friends early in the month. We stayed in an Airbnb, explored the city, went punting and did a bit of shopping – it was perfect! It was then a friends birthday, another friends wedding and then came our trip to Amsterdam in mid September which was fun but maybe not quite as good as I had been expecting. Read my post on why I liked the city but didn’t love it.
The last thing to note was my extremely unnecessary but completely lush purchase of a teddy coat. It’s caramel, it’s fluffy, it’s warm and I’ve been wearing it as much as possible. Coats are my weakness and this one makes me feel like a sassy blogger.
And now it’s October! We went and saw Keane last weekend. They were great live and it was a lovely evening of singing along to my old favourites. Next on the gig list is Billie Eillish which isn’t until next July but I’m incredibly excited already! I’ve been wanting to see her for a while and was lucky enough to get tickets when they went on sale last week.
The rest of October is looking to be a fairly busy one with meeting friends, family birthdays, Seaford bonfire night and finally a haircut and colour.
What are you up to this month?