Things I learned & loved : July
It’s that time of the month again… where I look back on what’s cropped up and consequently what I learned and loved during July 2019! Well last month I was looking forward to summer, and boy did it deliver! We’ve been adventuring in the van, camping and enjoying a fabulous heatwave!
Summer is a TOUGH one for keeping motivated; the heat, call of the beer garden and beautiful peak district on my doorstep means I generally want to grab my sandals and head off for a paddle in the nearest stream with the dog, and an icecream the size of my head. But NOPE, I am enjoying one of my busiest summers ever and so the desk is calling - so how do I keep myself motivated?!
Simple self care - I schedule in lots of treats and down time: from ordering that book on my kindle, booking a lunchtime massage, or working from a local cafe with a delicious iced coffee, I am sneaking those summer holiday vibes into my work day.
I'm also spending less time on a screen - answering emails or watching TV - and instead making time for wide open spaces, forest walks and just sitting in the garden.
How are you adding summer holiday vibes to your work day!?
Listening to: Lemonade (Beyoncé)
The Gist: Beyonce's put her hand in every cookie jar of sound, making sure we hear her loud and clear — all genres, all listeners.
Why I loved it: With this album, Beyoncé is telling us that she's made it this far in spite of the system in place; you know — the overtly sexist, subtly racist one. She was served lemons. And she made the most fire, refreshing, delectable, thirst-quenching lemonade ever known to man. Actually, scratch that — ever known to woman.
Watching: Queer Eye Season 4
The Gist: Grab some tissues! An all-new "Fab Five" serve up hip tips, emotionally charged makeovers and heartfelt reveals that bring out all the feels.
Why I loved it: Can someone nominate me for s5 please? PLEASE?
Reading: Fast Vegan
The Gist: Split into three sections, you’ll find substantial meals, whether that’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner, as well as tempting side dishes and, of course, a sweet section.
Why I loved it: I live in a vegan house, and its easy to get stuck in a cooking rut. I love this book for getting globally inspired, expect the likes of vegan sushi, Mexican tacos, Vietnamese pancakes and American burgers – all of which can be on the table with minimal faff.
Visiting: Helvellyn (Lake District)
The Gist: The mountain of Helvellyn is the highest of Wainwright's Eastern Fells and the third tallest mountain in the Lake District at 950m tall. We first climbed it via Striding Edge 2 years ago, and revisited for a summer adventure!
Why I loved it: Big skies, full lungs, no screens and cracking views. What’s not to love?!
What else did I learn and love this month?
Wow this month has FLOWN by and its literally been a ‘fly by the seat of your pants’ one for me. Whilst I love having an organised diary, this month I have learned that winging it is okay in some places… after all I can’t control other people, the weather, or sometimes my productivity levels. Stuff still gets done, and fab feedback still arives.
The things I’ve mostly found out this month?:
I have a vile mood when I’m hot! This heatwave has kicked my butt and reminded me to invest in a good fan, its just not worth it!
I’ve been starting letting my hair do its own natural thang, thanks to discovering the #curlygirlmethod. Turns out there are pretty beachy waves under the frizz after all! You can follow my journey on my insta highlights here
I’ve been out with my camera AGAIN this month, this time for some video footage for clients’ behind the scenes shots! Learning a new skill (video editing) is filling me with all the excited vibes of going back to school!
What have you loved and learned this month that I need to check out? Let me know in the comments!