Hello, you lovely lot! I’m writing this post from our kitchen table while chain drinking tea, and very much enjoying the sunlight that’s shining in through the window. It’s my first official day back to work after our holiday and it’s safe to say that jet lag is kicking my ass a little bit. But despite being tired, my brain is also fizzing with new ideas for projects and blog posts that I want to write. Isn’t it amazing how a few days away can be just what it takes to fire up your creativity again?
Anyway, before I start working my way through that big old list of potential blog posts, I thought I’d start with a good old catch up. It’s been ages since I wrote a post like this, and well, life has been busy! As you’ll know if you follow me on Instagram, I’ve just got back from a long weekend in New York with my husband. We had the most amazing trip, filled with sunshine, beautiful views and allllll the delicious food. New York is without a doubt my happy place, and I felt very lucky to be back there again making some brand new memories.
It felt like our break came at just the right time for me too, as I was beginning to flag a little over the past few weeks. This first half of 2019 has felt, well, intense. I feel reluctant to even write that, as there have been so many brilliant moments - happy memories made with friends and family, business breakthroughs, gorgeous trips. There have been endless evening spent curled up on the sofa with my husband and cat, plenty of afternoons spent laughing with our pals, and more time spent outdoors than ever before. So much has changed in my life for the better, and I feel really grateful for that.
But it hasn’t all been plain sailing. Because it’s never always plain sailing for any of us, is it? There have been some tricky periods to deal with in my day job. There have been sleepless nights spent worrying about friends who are going through a shit time, or my grandparents whose dementia continues to get worse. I have poured so much of my energy into the plans and ambitions I have for myself and my career, and sometimes it has felt like that effort isn’t paying off. It’s safe to say that despite all of the positive progress and happy memories made so far this year, I have struggled to get the balance right, and as a result I’ve felt burned out and anxious.
Having some time away from all of that this weekend gave me the time and space to reevaluate and to remember what it is I’m working towards. I’m so clear about how I want my life to look, and I’m laser focused on what I’m trying to achieve with my work - quite simply, I want to inspire women to live their most joyful lives, whatever that means to them, and I want the same for me too. I think it’s that last bit that I seem to forget sometimes, and I want to remember that my work can be so much more effective when it feels super joyful for me too. What exactly does that look like? Well, I’m still figuring that bit out, but I think it means refocusing on the bits I love the most - creating content that resonates and delivering coaching and workshops that help people - and being more patient with myself while I do it.
What else is on the agenda for the next few months? Well, summer is finally here in the UK (and the weather actually seems to have gotten the memo!), and I’m really happy that this year I’m going to be approaching this season at a much slower pace. The past few summers have been hectic, filled with weddings and trips and house renovations, and while that has been amazing, I’m really looking forward to having more space and energy to enjoy the warmer, lighter months this year.
Other than my best friend’s wedding (which I am so excited for!) and a couple of gigs, we don’t have all that much in the diary for July and August, meaning that the next couple of months are wide open for new adventures and spontaneity. I’m envisaging lots of road trips, a couple of weekends spent camping in the great outdoors, and hopefully some time spent by the sea in Anglesey too. I’d also like to finish our garden makeover (our plans to do this earlier this month were thwarted by a burst drain), and perhaps plan a little trip abroad for the end of the summer too - do you have any suggestions?
I’d like to spend a bit more time on my health which seems to have taken a back seat over the past few months, and get into a better routine with exercise, sleep and food. I bought enough books in New York to see me well on my reading challenge, and I’m hoping to find some time to work on some creative ideas that aren’t related to my business too. And other than that? Hopefully just plenty of time spent with my husband and our families, lots of evenings spent in beer gardens, and watching as many sunsets and sunrises as I can manage.
Tell me, what’s new with you? What have you been up to recently? And what are you looking forward to this summer?