Love love love list: March 2017
Oof, March was a mixed bag. Things with two children started to become a little bit easier, but thrown into the mix we also had two trips to A&E, one for my husband and one for Theo. Not ideal. Fortunately they are both on the mend, but it was a little bit stressful at times! But on the plus side, here are the things I’ve been loving lately…
- This post from Sara at Me & Orla (I think I might link to her every month, but really – love her blog!) really struck a chord. Unlike her, I’ve never lived in extreme poverty, and I’ve always been fortunate enough to a) have parental support financially when I needed it and b) have a job, but I think my relationship with money is still quite similar. When I first moved to London I earned very, very little, and after paying my rent and bills, there was generally not a lot left at the end of the month. Now I’m on maternity leave, and I’m going to be struggling a bit financially again until I go back to work but the situation is ENTIRELY different. I live in a house, I have two kids, one of whom is in nursery two days a week, when I’m at work, I can generally afford to buy things I see that I like, I have savings… Although money can’t buy you happiness, it can certainly buy comfort, which is one of the contributing factors, surely…
- Speaking of happiness, this month I read Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, which I loved. I actually worked at the publishing company when this was published some years ago, but never read it. Why didn’t I? Really lovely account of one woman’s journey to make herself happier, with lots of insights into small ways you can improve your life, too. It’s really made me think about ways I can change my own attitude as well. After all, the only person you can change is yourself, right?
- I also read Karin Slaughter’s The Good Daughter. This would have been a work book had I not been on maternity, but I haven’t read her before, so was keen to give it a go anyway. It was great! Apparently it’s a standalone, but I kind of hope it ends up being a series as I felt really invested in the two main characters by the end and would love to see them again.
- And finally, a friend of mine sent me Standard Deviation, which was incredible – I so recommend you read this! It’s very funny and clever and I read it so quickly as I just didn’t want to put it down. I really hope this does brilliantly for 4th Estate!
- Ugh, and people still say we don’t need an International Women’s Day or feminism… See also.
- I cooked some veggie chili, as recommended by Jo when I was looking for more vegetarian recipes, and even though I got the spice levels a little wrong (I used a teaspoon instead of a pinch when roasting the sweet potatoes), it was absolutely delicious.
- This is a very accurate portrayal of my house vs my Pinterest boards.
- I visited Boxpark in Croydon which I loved, mainly because a) there was a place selling donuts and gelato and b) it’s 25 minutes door-to-door from my house. Apparently Croydon is getting cool?
My seven goals for March were to:
- Drink 4 pints of water every day. I managed this most days. I found that in order to manage them, I have to drink one pint in the morning, one with lunch, one by around 5:30 and then one in the evening. It’s definitely hard to maintain though!
- Go outside every day. I managed this every day apart from one, and it was easier than I’d anticipated. Yay.
- Create pile of items for eBay. I’ve got this up in the loft. Now I just need to do something with them…
- Read at least one book. As you can see above, I did more than just one!
- Blog 3x times. Just about managed this. I think 3 is probably a reasonable amount for me to manage right now, so hopefully I’ll do the same again in April.
- Organise filing. I HAVE DONE THIS AND IT FEELS SO GOOD. I got rid of so much paperwork. There are no longer file folders without labels on them! So pleased to have this ticked.
- Spend at least 20 minutes one-on-one with Theo. Again, I managed this on most days. He, obviously, doesn’t think that’s enough time for just the two of us, but it’s a start, while Bee is still so little.
All in all, not a bad result (although they weren’t particularly challenging!). Want to know what my seven goals for April are? I’ll be sharing them tomorrow on Instagram so head over and follow me there!
What have you been reading and doing this month? Read any good books or blog posts lately?