Daily Project

Good evening lovely people.

I have decided not to post on here daily, my daily posts will be on my instagram. I may post a roundup at some point in the week, perhaps on a Sunday. I am yet undecided.

Here are my daily posts so far 🙂

 

Monday Musings #2

Hello my lovely! I hope you woke up today, wherever you are, and the sun was shining, and you felt ready for the week ahead… Maybe that’s a little optimistic, but I do hope your Monday wasn’t too stressful, at the very least.

I am currently sitting in a slouchy armchair in my parents kitchen, waiting for some tatoes to boil so I can crack on with the rest of dinner. Today was quite a productive day at work – no I didn’t conquer the world, but I did get lots of little bits and pieces done, that I normally wouldn’t have time or the resources for. A stress free start to the week, so good stuff there.

Productive Weekend

Over the weekend I went through all the boxes under the bed, put some bits on eBay and organised the remaining clothes/cameras etc.

I found and unused sketchbook under the bed and spent most of Saturday night drawing. I always forget how much I love drawing until I start again, and I can’t believe I wasted so much time not doing it!

Since starting work I have fallen into a bad habit of getting into pj’s (no problems there) and sitting on Netflix or iPlayer rather than doing something productive. I’m now going to make a conscious effort to draw every day, even if it’s just for 20 minutes. That still leaves plenty of time for TV, dinner and other bits and bobs.

The Week Ahead

After a few hectic weeks at work, and not feeling too well I finally feel in control of my work schedule. I bought a storage.it weekly planner and I feel so much more in control of scheduling my time and different meetings and activities at work. It’s truly a great diary – particularly the added bonus of a pocket for extra bits and pieces. It’s amazing how planning your work day in advance can clear your mind of added stress and disorganisation.

This Weekend

I am really looking forward to this weekend. Mr’s exams will be over, and we will be having dinner Thursday, then out for drinks with friends on Friday. I feel like we can finally make plans and perhaps book a holiday – at the moment we are thinking of going to a few places in Germany including the Black Forest (hello dreamy landscapes)

Want/Need

I’ve become really good with telling myself ‘I don’t need that’ when I see something I like in shops or online. Even if I’m waiting in a queue to buy something, I have frequently left because I realised I don’t need something and it will be a waste of money. However I have been thinking of buying a new phone. The phone I have at the moment is a cheap smartphone, as in, less than £100 cheap. The storage is bad and the camera is even worse. I’m considering buying a Samsung phone, which I know I always like. However instead of just rushing out to buy it because I have the money, I’m going to purposefully save the cash over a few weeks and see if I want to spend the physical cash when I have it.

 

Anyways, i’m off to do some drawing before bed. Have a great week.

Al. xx

 

 

Sketchbook Doodles

I’ve picked up my sketchbook again. It’s been a good few months since my creative juices have been flowing, and it feels so good. I’m a little rusty, but find drawing so therapeutic, so will definitely be drawing daily, and will hopefully improve and be up to scratch much quicker

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Here’s to finding your happy 🙂

I hope you have all had a lovely weekend, have  a good nights sleep and a productive week

Al . xx

Weekly Roundup

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I’ve felt a little uninspired to post anything on this blog, not because I dislike blogging, I really enjoy reading the lovely blogs I follow on the way to work in the morning, but I’m not a natural writer, and I think that’s put me off a little. I’ve also felt a little uninspired by the Minimalism thing – this was the main reason I started a blog, and yes I do agree with the principles of living a more meaningful and purposeful life, but ultimately it’s a little boring reading about it all the time, let alone writing about it. So where do I go from here? Well something I think I will do to get back into the swing of posting is start writing weekly roundups – something I have seen a lot of my favourite blogs do. So here goes!

This week has been a little chaotic to be truthful. Work was so busy I barely had time to eat lunch, and on a couple of days I didn’t. This was fine the first day (Tuesday) but by midday Thursday it started to take it’s toll and I felt absolutely exhausted. Friday morning I worked a half day which really rejuvenated me, and this weekend I have spent doing life admin and relaxing, so i’m feeling on top of it all again – Because of this I have decided to dedicate a short amount of time Sunday looking over my diary to prepare myself for the week to come.

Today I went to the supermarket and bought a few bits and pieces for the week for lunch. I really struggle with lunch as not many places near work have vegetarian options, and I really shouldn’t be wasting my money on overpriced sandwiches anyway. So I picked up some stuffed mushrooms reduced, for Tuesdays lunch, tomorrow I have left over frittata we made this weekend, and I bought some nice bread to make sandwiches myself. I also made a beetroot salad, so I’m quite excited for my packed lunches and to make sure I look after myself this week. No more exhaustion. No more low sugar levels.

This week we changed our sheets over from my favourite jersey duvet set to a poly cotton set. I absolutely love the jersey set, but i’m glad it’s getting warmer and the days are getting longer and brighter. Plus I forgot about this zigzag pattern duvet cover and I think it looks really lush.

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I finally found some work shoes that fit! It sounds so silly but I have THE most awkward feet ever, no shoes fit them! During my second week of my new job my dog ate my work shoes and I haven’t been able to find replacements (look at that face, she could get away with murder!) This weekend I found a pair of quilted pumps that fit, just in time for the warmer weather!

Lastly I have started to draw again! Since finishing my Fine Art Degree in July last year I have hardly made anything. I felt so uninspired, as if University crushed my creativity – To be able to pick up a nice illustration pen and doodle without the pressure of critique and grades is so enjoyable. I really like the doodles I have done and can’t wait to continue to practice. Drawing has always enabled me to zone out, off into another world. So to feel that way again is so brill. I may even post some of my drawings on here another day.

So how has your week been?

xxx

 

Weekend ‘To Do’ List

As mentioned in my last post, here is our Weekend ‘To Do’ List.

Parks/Gardens + Other

  1. Primrose Hill + London Zoo (Sloth)
  2. Richmond Park – The Isabella Plantation
  3. Severndroog castle
  4. Hampstead Ponds + Kenwood House
  5. Shadwell Basin
  6. Skip Garden Kings Cross + Kings Cross Nature Reserve + Wellcome Collection
  7. Kew Gardens
  8. City Farms
  9. Red Cross Garden + Borough Market
  10. Battersea Park
  11. Culpeper Community Garden – Islington
  12. Gardens off Essex Road
  13. Holland Park – gardens
  14. Walthamstow Marshes
  15. Abney Park Cemetery 
  16. Victoria Park + Broadway Market

Walks

  1. City Tree Trail
  2. East End Walk
  3. Inns of Court Walk
  4. Woodberry Wetlands + Parkland Walk
  5. Lee Valley Walk + Otter Discovery Trail
  6. Capital Ring
  7. Little Venice – Warwick Avenue

Museums and Galleries

  1. Design Museum
  2. Science Museum
  3. Natural History Museum
  4. Isokon Gallery – from 4th March
  5. Royal Academy + Serpentine
  6. Tate Extension + Postmans Park, St Pauls
  7. William Morris Gallery + Epping Forest or Walthamstow Marshes
  8. Barbican
  9. 221b Baker Street
  10. Anselm Kiefer at White Cube
  11. British Museum The American Dream

Day Trips

  1. Hitchin – Lavender Fields
  2. Box Hill
  3. Brighton – booked
  4. Cambridge
  5. Eden Project (probably a weekend)
  6. Heriot-Watt University Trip
  7. Open house

Food/Drink and Shopping

  1. Franks Bar – in summer
  2. Skygarden
  3. Portobello Market
  4. Jam in a Jar
  5. Cahoots – Kingsley Court, Carnaby Street

What’s on your ‘to do’ list? If you have any suggestions of places to go in the UK please comment them below!

Ally. xx

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