Let's Have A Little Catch Up

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Hello, you lovely lot! Boy have I missed sitting at my laptop and typing out these little posts for you all. You may or may not have noticed that I've taken a week or so away from blogging, and if you follow me on Instagram (which you totally should!) you'll have seen that it was because I've been off gallivanting around New York with my family.

I decided to treat the trip as a proper holiday and switch off completely from blogging and work - it's very rare that I get to spend more than a day or two at a time with my parents and sister, and of course, as a total New York fangirl, I wanted to soak up every single moment of being back in my favourite city.

I'll be sharing more about what we got up to on our trip later in the week, but we had an amazing time and the break was just what I needed. It felt like a real holiday, complete with afternoon naps, lazy mornings reading in our apartment, and plenty of cocktails thrown in amongst the sightseeing and shopping. As a result, I've come back feeling like a completely new woman! I always worry about taking my foot off the gas for a little while, but I never regret it when I do.

We arrived home on Saturday afternoon, and whilst I've felt a little bit sad that our trip is over, it's also felt really good to be back home knowing that we have lots of down time to look forward to. For the first time in recent memory I don't have any trips abroad booked - in fact, I have zero idea when I might next get on a plane. If you've followed my blog for any length of time then you'll know that this is unusual for me - searching Skyscanner is my favourite hobby, and I tend to get itchy feet if I stay in the UK for too long.

Dress - Topshop | Bag - Topshop | Earrings - Topshop (old) | Sandals - Kurt Geiger (old)

But during the last couple of months I've felt a really strong yearning to spend some proper quality time at home. I've been craving routine and domesticity over adventure and exploration, and I'm looking forward to leaning into that craving for the rest of summer and well into autumn. We might decide to sneak one more little trip into 2018, but for now I'm excited to just hang out at home and embrace everything that we have right here on our doorstep.

More time at home also means more time to spend on things other than working and travelling, which is something I'm really excited about. I've mentioned before that I've got a little side project that I'm hoping to launch in September (watch this space!) and I've got lots of ideas and plans for this blog too. I still have tonnes of posts to share from our travels so far this year, and I also want to create more content about getting the most out of everyday life, which is something I'm so passionate about.

On top of all of that, I'll also be relaunching my e-course in the next couple of weeks. If you didn't already know, I released How To Grow Your Blog With A Full Time Job back in January, and I had some great feedback from the students who participated in the course. I thoroughly enjoyed watching them all get stuck into the new content each week, and I've used their feedback to improve the modules and make the course even more relevant for anyone trying to grow their blog in their spare time. If you'd like to be the first to hear about the relaunch, make sure you're signed up here - the places will be limited so that I can dedicate enough time for any questions and 1:1 support.

Other than that, I'll be spending my time doing more of the things I love - working my way through my to-read pile, pottering around in my kitchen cooking up a storm, and making the most of this beautiful city I live in. I feel like I've spent so much time away from Leeds this year, and I want to reconnect with the place I've called home for almost a decade.

As ever, I'll be bringing you all along, so make sure you keep an eye out for new posts. I'm really excited about what the rest of 2018 might have in store for me, and I'm determined to create some brilliant content to inspire you all to get the most out of it too!

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