So this post is for all you nosy people (like me.) I’m gonna take you behind the scenes where all of the magic happens. Today I wanna give you a sneaky peek of my room. I personally love reading these kinds of posts because I for one, love snooping on people’s business (no shame.) It’s the most fun seeing where people live/work, I think it says a lot about them. You can tell a lot about a someone’s personality by the pictures on their walls or the number of inspirational quotes on their mirror (eight but who’s counting?)
And one of my favourite things is going for a walk and rubber-necking to try and see over people’s hedges. Okay that sounds bad but I just have a thing for pretty old houses and neat little gardens (the hedges are a little annoying though 😛 )
So as I was saying I love seeing behind the scenes and if you do too…then stick around. Because today mi casa es su casa…
Oh my word it is flipping freezing down here. I know there is all kinds of freaky weather going on around the world so I can hardly complain but phew…someone left the fridge door open because it’s winter all over again. The good thing about bad weather is that it gives you plenty of time to do cozy in-doorsy things. My very favourite in-doorsy activity is writing. Long before my blog came to be, I was scribbling away in flowery notebooks. I am a big believer in the power of words and I think journaling is an excellent way of using words to heal. It’s like self-therapy.
But the thing with journaling, probably something that’s goes through your mind every time you pick up the pen and try to write is it’s tricky to know where to start.
If I’m being honest this week hardly deserves to be reviewed. It was the first week of my break (yay) but I’ve been working on an essay all week which has been totally kicking my butt (boo.) I’ve literally been sat behind my laptop for the entire week. And when I wasn’t behind the laptop I was in the kitchen rummaging through the fridge for snacks to make the whole process slightly more bearable. But I’ve missed the week in reviews so I’m writing today because I can make a story out of anything.
This year is my blog’s 4th birthday (woo!) and that little milestone is happening next month which just so happens to coincide with another freaking huge milestone…my 21st birthday. So I figured instead of swamping October with celebratory posts I would spread them out (double the cake, double the fun.) And since this is my blog’s birthday party I thought it would be a great time to share the reason why it even exists. So today I’m sharing my reason for blogging. I’ve never really sat down and told this story before although it’s something I get asked a lot. It’s a funny thing how blog’s start out because most of us never expect to get as invested in them as we do. But here I am four years later and I honestly can’t imagine not being a blogger. So cue the confetti…let’s start the celebration…
I’ve realized recently that I’m a bit of a people-pleaser. I hate letting people down. I want to be seen as a reliable, dependable, person. Someone you can count on to always pull through. Someone who’s got your back 24/7. But I’ve also realized that, that is a completely unrealistic expectation I have put on myself. In fact it has caused me to end up in a bundle of tears and soggy tissues because I feel like I’m failing everyone.
I think the cure to this craziness is making sure we take care of ourselves. But how do we prioritize self care when we don’t want to let people down? How can we keep all of our commitments and still stay sane?
I hope you are having a great week thus far. This past weekend I went to this ‘Day in France‘ market that was happening. It was mostly food stalls which I was not complaining about. The French know their food. I have two words for you my friend, mini croissants. We also bought these grilled cheese sandwiches that were to-die-for.
I shared a few shots on Instagram but today you are about to be blessed with the rest of them. I’m also sharing all of my favourite links from around the web this month.
Do you know what’s freaking unbelievable? I’ve only got 7 weeks left at university. Eep how did that happen? I’m trying to soak it in and enjoy this time as much as possible but they’ve got us so gosh darn busy that, that is hard to do. It’s also shadowed by the ever-pressing reality that I’m gonna be out in the big, wide world soon and I have absolutely no clue what I’m gonna do with my life. I’m trying not to think about that but unfortunately by the time you are in your final semester you get asked every single day what you are planning on doing next year.
How you doin’? I’m pretty darn happy that it’s Friday if I’m honest. This week has been a little bit of a roller coaster let me tell ya. The other night I got home and had a little blub-fest because I felt completely overwhelmed. You know how it’s just one thing after another and you can’t handle it all and before you know it you are crying with your face in a tub of ice cream? That’s about where I was at on Wednesday night.
And you know in times like these what you really need is a comforting, feel good movie, am I right?
And happy Monday to all of you US folks. Since it is Monday I thought I would pop in with a bit of Monday motivation to help you make today awesome. If it’s Tuesday where you live (like it is down here) then let’s be real, you need this just as much as the others because any day that isn’t Friday is hard work. If you know me at all then you know I love a good inspirational quote. I make no apologies for being totally basic and smattering them all over my Pinterest, in my Instagram captions and on my bathroom mirror.
I’m currently jamming to Taylor Swift re-living my teen years (sans acne and awkwardness) and it is such a good time. Listening to this music always brings back memories for me and with that comes all the feels. To think how much I’ve experienced since I first heard these songs. To remember how far I’ve come, how much I’ve grown…and all the lessons I’ve learnt over the years. It makes me get a little teary. God’s been so good you guys. So today I wanna jump into a little bit of #realtalk about one of the greatest life lessons I’ve learnt so far.