A little bit of a life update – February 2017

Hello again everyone! 
I’m not really sure where I want to take my blog at the moment – work and life is hectic and I’ve found myself neglecting my little space on the internet recently. 
That being said, I do have a lot of book reviews scheduled for the books I binge read over Christmas, so if books are your thing, stay tuned! 
I also have a couple of Maker Focus posts in the pipeline – these are a great way to discover some lovely handmade goodies from some little businesses across the UK – I know they’d really appreciate it if you checked them out – I’m a big fan of the #shopsmall movement (as well as having my own little side hustle in the form of an Etsy!) so keep your eyes peeled for more like this!

I’ve just settled back into the UK after spending some of January across the pond in New Jersey and NYC again – we actually left on Trump’s inauguration day, and it’s crazy to see what has changed in the world since. Although I actually did a politics degree, and have fairly strong views, I’m trying to keep my lil’ old blog a fairly positive place, so I’ll move on from this quite quickly – regardless of your views though,  you’ve got to admit big changes are afoot, and I imagine we’ll end 2017 in a very different place.

Onto more happy things, I’m getting married in less than three months now! I haven’t blogged much about my wedding plans, but it is all booked in, and my weekends for the foreseeable future are full of wedding prep – I may actually share some of my experiences as we’re DIY-ing some of it trying to save costs – it’s not going to be the garden party wedding I imagined as it turns out getting married outside is almost impossible but I am so excited about what we have got planned! We’re also trying to keep costs low as we’re saving for a house – is it bad that every regretful decline isn’t actually that devastating to me? Weddings are expensive yo. (That being said, only three people can’t make it, so not a huge cost saving there ha.)

I promised myself that I would try and shift my focus away from work at the weekends, and try and balance myself more. I’ve got a list of new things I want to try each month, and January’s was yoga. Although I wasn’t around for much of Jan, I managed to join a class in Southampton just at the end of the month, and I think I’ve found my new thing. I left my first session so much calmer and happier than I can remember being in a while, and I’m determined to keep it up. (I did ache immensely the next day, but I’m not sure if it was from the yoga, or pushing a car up a verge, but that’s a different story…)

I think saving for a house is the biggest thing that is playing on my mind – it honestly seems impossible – houses are ridiculous expensive in the south of England, and I don’t want a ‘starter’ house, so I’m setting my sights a bit high. I’d love to relocate somewhere cheaper (I miss Cardiff SO much) and our friends have just moved to Newcastle and they love it, but both mine and James’ connections are down here, not to mention the effect it would have on our careers. I think we should be able to buy in another year or so, so right now I’ll have to fantasize about decorating – the stack of home magazines on the coffee table is getting a little bit high right now. I know for sure I want a grey themed front room, and have been collecting throws and cushions a plenty. We also want a reading nook, and I want a utility craft room where I can solder silver – I can’t exactly do that in our rented flat -  as lovely as our landlady is, I doubt she’d be too impressed if we burnt the place down…

Anyway, that's enough rambling for now.

Things I want to learn this year:
Brush lettering (I didn't do this post photo btw, it was circulating on Insta - if anyone knows who's it is, let me know!)
Playing the piano
Ariel fitness
Stone setting

Have you ever tried any of them?