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 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)


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



Monday Musings #1

Hello friends! I hope you have had a lovely extended weekend, and feel rested and refreshed. I have just sat down in bed with a hot cup of lemon and ginger tea and some rubbish tele in the background – lush!

I have been feeling quite tired and run down this week, an extension of the snotty cold I am getting over, but I’ve still had a super productive weekend. So here goes, another list, because as I have said before, I do love a list!

  • Spring Cleaning and Getting Organised – this weekend I have focused on organising the bedroom whilst Drew is away. I have gone through my cosmetics/toiletries, the desk, hoovered and polished all surfaces. I’m now going to change the sheets and prepare for a good nights sleep.
  • Coffee – I realised my annual coffee costs (takeaway cups) is probably around £600. That is money I cannot afford to lose! I now haven’t had a takeaway coffee in 5 days. I always want to treat myself to a coffee, but every pound adds up and I know I’ll regret it if I don’t try and save the pounds a little more.
  • Talking of finances I have a new tactic to curb my spendingWhen I’m thinking of buying something I like to think how many hours I’d have to work to pay for it. For instance, I’ve been coveting a Surface Pro 4 for a while, technically I can afford it, but I would have to work around 2 weeks to pay for it. That’s a total of 75 hours to pay for the Surface Pro…. Maybe I don’t want it quite so much! This is also a good one for those cheap purchases. A £5 impulse buy would take 30 minutes to pay off – I don’t want to have to work 30 minutes to pay for impulse purches!
  • Lust Lists – I’m going to make a lust list for any items i’m interested in buying and see how much I really like them in a month or two. My second Lust List is for the items I already own: My tan ankle boots, Gap Body Long Johns, the bag I use every day (almost) without fail. Making a lust list of your own items is so much more positive than things you need to spend money on. Why don’t you give it a go?

What’s on your lust lists? Any tips for pinching the pennies? I’d love to hear some suggestions in the comments 🙂