Thursday, 18 December 2014

Taking risks...

I am my Father's Daughter (well...I better be or parents have some serious explaining to do haha). What I actually mean is I am very much like him in the fact that I am a risk taker.  When my Dad was my age he made the decision to leave the security of his job and start his own business and here I am about to embark on the same adventure. It's a completely different type of business but I am entering the realms self-employment and being my own boss.  It's been something I have been thinking about for a number of months now and now I feel it is the time to make changes...it's a scary but exciting time for me.  My new adventure is hopefully going to be taking me overseas but the destination is currently unknown. After the recent horrible time that my friend has gone through I have decided that it is time to live life to the full and do things that require a little bit of risk taking and fulfil the things I have talked about doing for a while now.  I have no commitments in terms of relationships or children at this stage in my life so it is perfect for me to see what the world has to offer.

My career changes have been on my mind for a while

Speaking of my Dad, life is about to get a little busy the next couple of weekends. Tomorrow I am driving home to Wales to see my family there.  I haven't been able to get home to see everyone in my beloved Wales for a little while but the weekend before Christmas seems as good a time as any.  I'll be heading there towards the end of next week so that I can surprise my little brother and sister by collecting them from school for the last day of term before the Christmas holiday.  Regular readers of my blog will know that my young siblings love it when I turn up and collect them from school.

Excited to be heading home
My birthday was amazing, I had a great time and it was nice to spend time with my friends and start to grow old gracefully haha.

It's almost Christmas and I'm excited to spend time with family and friends.  This year my friends and I haven't had the opportunity to go out dressed in Christmas outfits to enjoy the silliness of being out having fun together.  We have all been incredibly busy the last few weeks and so as it's Thursday I'm going to do a #throwbackthursday and post some pics of one of our best nights out for Christmas together.








Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Putting things into perspective...

In just six days it will be my birthday and I turn the grand old age of 27.  It's crazy how soon it has come around, it doesn't seem like two minutes since I was turning 26. While I'm embracing this next chapter in my life it comes at a sombre time.  This week came the heartbreaking news that my best friends Mum had passed away.  I can't even try and begin to imagine what my friend is going through trying to come to terms with the loss of her Mum.   I worry about her and how she is going to cope and while I know deep down she is a strong girl, losing her Mum is surely one of, if not the hardest situation to have to come to terms with. I feel helpless because I know nothing I can say or do is going to help. All I can do is be there for my friend and support her however she needs me to. 

Love this girl and would do anything for her




This news has certainly hit home about how fragile life is.  It has put into perspective what is really important in life and how we should all embrace life and live it to the fullest.  It has made me re-evaluate things and before receiving this news I planned on writing a blog post about it only being a week until my birthday and how excited I was for it, but whilst it is still something to look forward to it just isn't that important in the grand scheme of things.  I've also been thinking about my own future and the fact that there is so much of the world I haven't seen yet and so many things I haven't done and whether this would be the perfect time to put that into action.  Over the coming weeks I'll be looking at how I can best put this into action ready for the new year. 

It has also made me ring my own family and tell them I love them because I would be lost without any one of them.


Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Going back to basics!!

I'm going back to basics in many ways in my life and I'm starting with my skin care regime.  I have tried a number of different lotions and potions over the years.  As time has gone on they have become more and more expensive as I have succumbed to the advertising tactics of companies that have sucked me in thinking that their product was the product I HAD to have and it would keep the wrinkles away and I would continue to look youthful as I got older.  I know I'm not old by any stretch of the imagination (although my birthday is now less than a months away...yes, the countdown is officially on haha) but I am a firm believer in starting something like this early and the rewards will come into fruition as I get older.  Despite the cleansers, toners, moisturisers costing £30, £40, £45 per item I was finding that my skin still felt dull, tired and most of all I was noticing dry patches on my face.

Then I came across this little beauty!!


I had never seen or heard of this brand before but it was in the supermarket and I wanted to try something new and thought it was a cute box with every step of skin care I could need for my face and the best thing was...it was just £10 for the box.  When I bought I thought if it didn't agree with me then at least I had only spent £10 on it and not more money.

I have to say...I love this set and this brand.  I have sensitive skin and my skin feels so clean and soft. So far I have used the product three days in a row both morning and night and it feels like I've had a facial by a professional beauty therapist every time (although I'm not as good as they are at it haha). Before I used to seriously dislike having a skin care regime but now I actually look forward to the ten minutes I allow myself at the start and end of the day to pamper myself a little bit.  I will definitely be buying NSPA again and have even told my Mum that if she wants to buy me another set for Christmas then I would be very happy with it...it gets a definite 10/10 from me.

My skin care isn't the only thing I have taken back to basics...my hair care is also another one at the minute.  If I put all of the shampoos, conditioners, hair treatments, styling products such as heat defence sprays, products to define curls, products to de-frizz my hair and curls, then there's the ones that help straighten my hair etc ...then I'm pretty sure I could open my own hair care store haha.  I see new products in stores promising to do this and that and I buy it but then never use it, or it doesn't seem to fit my hair.  So I have stripped it all back again starting with my shampoo and conditioner...and have bought a simple fruit based shampoo and conditioner...nothing with elasticity or thickening serums in...just simple fruit based ones...I am quite precious about my hair...and again...I love the results.

This new back to basics is simplifying my life and I love it...just have my work life and personal life to simplify and my whole life will be sorted...but I don't think that will be as easy to figure out...haha.

Tomorrow is Guy Fawkes Night here and I'm looking forward to going to a Bonfire and Fireworks party...eat hot dogs, jacket (baked) potatoes, drink hot chocolate with baileys in and have a good time with friends.  Tomorrow night signals the start of winter for me because I love being outside on Guy Fawkes Night and it's cold, so I have to wear my nice thick winter coat, hat, scarf and gloves to keep warm and eat comfort food...again...it's the simple things in life that are great and...I cannot wait!!


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Yep...we're all about the bass...

Yet another busy period at work!  Not fun! I find office politics so not fun it's unbelievable.  I just cannot bring myself to get tangled up in the web of that kind of rubbish, so I have found myself just sticking my headphones in and listening to music at work and keeping myself to myself when contentious subjects are discussed.  That is except when I'm wandering around singing to myself to the catchiest song there is out there at the minute...which obviously got my bestie at work singing too...


...I cannot help but love this song...I know...I hate me too!! haha

I feel like I got into a little bit of a "work rut" the last few months but I feel that although things are stupidly busy that I am getting to a point where I am accepting of my crazy caseload and the work that I do.  My work recently has been recognised by the powers that be and that makes me happy. I mean don't get me wrong I don't need constant praise (my boss would happily tell people that I am my own person and I dance to the beat of my own drum at work haha) but I am pretty content.  I don't know if a co-worker telling me that they're leaving has made me a little happy (don't judge me, she is one of those that thinks she is better than everyone else haha) or whether I am moving in a direction that I want to work wise...who knows...but I'm embracing it regardless.

There has been one thing that has bothered me the last month and that's the news about my  friends Mum.  Although I have always adored and appreciated my Mama, I have been more bothered (not the best word but not sure what one I want to use) about my relationship with her.  The only thing I can attribute that to is the news of my friend's Mum.  I cannot imagine my life at the age I'm at right now and having to come to terms with the fact that in the next twelve months I would lose my Mum.  I cannot even comprehend it and I find myself having more conversations with my wonderful Mum about things.  My Mum is devastated that my friend and her family are going through what they are going through and in whatever way we can we are being supportive.

Just some of my wonderful and amazing family...








...I'm so lucky to have amazing friends and family.

This week has been an important week for me.  I am starting my journey to find out if I am coeliac. I've had my blood take this week and I'm impressed with the Nurse that did it because there is no bruise and you can barely see where she took the blood from.  I'm hoping that the tests come back negative but it's something I need to find out.  I feel there is something underlying to my constantly feeling tired issue.  I find myself sleeping well at the minute and no matter how little or much sleep I have I am always tired in the morning.  So later this week will be when I find out if all is ok or if I need further investigation.  I'm hoping I'm not because I love pasta, rice and noodles too much to give them up haha.


Sunday, 5 October 2014

I am not a robot...

It's been more than a month since I last wrote a blog post and life has had some incredible highs and some seriously shitty lows.

Earlier this month I was devastated to find out from one of my best friends that her Mum had been diagnosed with cancer and that it was terminal due to the cancer returning and spreading throughout her body.  This sent complete shock waves throughout our friendship group and we are all still struggling to come to terms with the news...not only for ourselves but for our friend.  We  have no idea what she is going through we can only just assume what she is thinking, feeling and all we can do is be there for her throughout this awful time. Her family are struggling to come to terms with things at the moment and it's my job along with all our friends to make my friend smile or feel as ok as she can during this horrible time.

In order to do that we are pretty much letting our friend decide what she wants to do.. How we are feeling isn't important right now, the most important thing is that she is ok and she feels supported...and she decided she wanted to go on a night out last night...so her wish was our command.

It was really nice being able to catch up with each other.  We don't always get the opportunity to see each other as much as we like but when we do get together it's like we have never been apart...that to us...is the sign of true friendship.

This is us seven years ago...

So sweet and innocent

This was us last night...

What a difference 7 years makes...but still so sweet and innocent right? haha
It was so nice to be able to spend the night having fun, laughing, dancing, drinking and just being us.




My favourite picture of the night of course has to be this one...

Juuuust a little drunk!!

Work has also taken over as usual.  I have to say at work I have been super sonic busy and there are days when I want to sing this to my Manager...


...My Manager just seems to want more and more at the minute and I think he needs to be reminded that I'm not a robot and that I can only work so many hours in the day.  Instead of complaining though, I just keep doing my job and hope that it quietens down for me.

Today marks the start of another day of fun with my friends and to shake off any hangover I danced and sang to this song in  the shower haha...


...what can I say...I'm loving Ed Sheeran so much right now...is he single? haha


Monday, 1 September 2014

What does my watch tell me???

Oh...boy!!

Saturday night was a great night...and yep, I had a few a lot to drink!  I had so much fun and it was so good to just relax and have fun with friends.  I had a bit of a headache Sunday but it was completely worth it because I haven't laughed so much in as long as I can remember. It wouldn't be a party without me taking some foolish selfies and making random faces haha...

having to breathe in in the dress haha

Say Whaaaaat??




Sober and smiling haha

"Where did my straw go??"

I'm surprised I could breathe in my dress haha




Kiiiiiiiisses :)

One of my favourite people

Kisses for my gay boyfriend :-)




You having a good feel there hun? haha

My beautiful girlies

Ooooo where are your hands haha



"Lets take a nice selfie" haha

Space Hopperrrrrrr - awesome gift


Besties



I've been able to enjoy a few days off work recently which has been pretty nice but it's been expensive haha.  I have spent some quality time with my Mama but that has come at a price haha...treating her to breakfast and Starbucks (embarrassing moment when one of the Barista's recognised me as I walked up to the counter and knew what my order was...this Starbucks is in a busy mall and so I was mortified that he recognised me AND knew my order haha...I obviously go there too often hahaha")

Not only did I have to treat my Mama to breakfast I ended up buying all sorts of little bits that I needed and then things I didn't need haha...My Mama is a bad influence and every shopping trip with her is always expensive haha.

I have to say I am enjoying time off work even if I'm just doing every day mundane chores such as doing laundry.  The last little while has been so stressful that I have become intolerant to people's bulls*** and just don't have the time to play people's games.  I'm too old for that kind of crap. 





I wish I could put into words how tough work has been and how stressful it has been.  Lets put it this way...I don't actually know where the month August went. One minute it's the 31 July and the next it's 1 September.  Which means I can officially say....IT'S THREE MONTHS UNTIL MY BIRTHDAYYYYY haha...the countdown is on hahaha!!!

Speaking of birthdays I have to say a wonderful happy birthday to my friend who's birthday it was yesterday.  I hope he had a wonderful day :-)