Welcoming Myself Back…

2020 has arrived and with it my desire of becoming a better blogger. When I started this journey back in 2016, I never once imagined the doors this would open me. I could have never imagined writing is now a paid thing that I do and one of my many jobs. And I can’t believe that after almost 20 years of writing and making stories up, I would be able to call this some sort of a job.

Now, with amazing things that come into your life, sometimes others are put on the back burner and you might lose touch with your roots. I think this has happened to me. I stopped writing here, stopped loving it. This was my happy place, the place where I was supposed to share whatever I felt like, whether someone was reading it or not. Even this, I’m writing this for myself. Getting the tips of my fingers used to writing again, just for the sake of writing. I’m not getting paid. I’m not on a deadline. I’m just typing and just being me…

I lost all this and 2019 was an incredible year with so many achievements but my creativity was put in a corner…

And 2020 started with lots of stress and lots of happiness too. We finally got our home, *we’re owners now! how crazy is that?!* but we’re still renovating it and it’s taking way longer than I had ever predicted. We’re living at my in-laws and even though we’re very thankful to them for having this option, we kind of just want to move into our home already. We want our privacy and not having to drive 1h twice a day to get to work and back. It’s been an intense 15 days to say the least.

But even though I’m exhausted and feel like I’m definitely catching up to those 26 years of life, I’m incredibly happy. I have a great feeling about 2020 and I love a good solid number! I’m predicting lots of surprises and amazing things this year and I can’t wait to experience them all.

I’d love to write about my goals for the year because as well as being a tradition of mine, I also really feel motivated when planning out my long-term year goals. But guess what? I haven’t even had the time to write them this year! I haven’t even put any thought into them!! Well, I do know I want to write more. Just write. 90% of what I’ll write won’t even be published. Just write. Let the words flow through my fingertips and cleanse my soul in the process. It’s a beautiful thing writing for the writing’s sake (not to quote Théophile Gautier or anything).

So, this is not a goal, not a deadline I’m giving myself, not gonna stress over this. But it’s a promise. I’m welcoming myself back into the writing world.

What I read… | October 2019

Hi! Another month gone, another “What I read”, this time, in October.

October was a strange month. I got into a little slump and couldn’t really pick up any book. I tried reading a couple but never finished them – I think I will at some point as I hate not finishing a book, but for now, I haven’t. They weren’t bad per se, but my head just wouldn’t shut up and I could never focus. In the end, I quit and decided to try reading shorter books that would get me wrapped up from the get-go.

In October, I read/finished 5 books. That might seem like quite a lot but I had a few days that were free and just cosied up with these books. I actually read them all (with exception of 1984) in the almost-last 4 days of October, which means that I didn’t read for over a month. Technically. I did read but never finished those books I mentioned earlier… My last book read in September was on the 18th and I only started “reading” again October 25th… But talk about a comeback!

I finally finished 1984 by George Orwell! That was a great read. I also read Kiss Me Tonight by Emma Hart, I Hate You by Ilsa Madden-Mills, The Roommate Agreement by Emma Hart and It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time by Kylie Scott.

They were all great and I really enjoyed them all. They got me out of my funk and I thank them for it 😁😁 My favourite amongst these was I Hate You – strong characters, slow but a page turner all the same. Great female character. All that I needed!

What did you read in October? Any special ones? Any favourites? Have you read my favourite book of the year??

My Favourite Book of 2019 (so far)

Hello! Another month gone, and my birthday month is on! Such exciting things happening in November. I’m going to Guatemala in a week and my birthday’s later this month – how more festive can it get??

But today I’m not here to ask you for gifts, I’m here to discuss my favourite book of 2019! Well, I know the year isn’t over, but I really wanted to share this one with you because I just loved it so much.

It’s a book I don’t think I’ll ever forget and sure haven’t throughout the year since I read it.

Okay, it’s Marriage for One by Ella Maise! I mean, it was just the sweetest, most beautiful story I’ve read and I couldn’t stop imagining Emilia Clarke as the main character and that made it all better! This was the collage I made for this book:

I’ve written a little more about it, by the way, if you’re interested in reading what made me love this so much. I’m not the best reviewer though so I’m sorry about that, but I 1000% recommend reading this this year! You still have a couple of months to do it, so just go for it!

What has been your best read this year? Why did you love it so much?

My Autumn Favourites 2019

Can we all scream in 3, 2, 1… My favourite season’s here! 🍂🍂🍂

Autumn is my absolute favourite season – it’s the time of crunchy leaves, warm boots, cardigans, beanies, big coats, a couple extra kilos, coffee all day every day, … ah it is the season! No, not Christmas, Autumn! (I do love Christmas too, though!)

So, today, I decided to share with you my autumn favourites. There’s quite a few, so grab a cuppa and let’s enjoy this together!

In no particular order:

Teddy coats are in but to me, the best thing about this one is that it’s on the shorter side and doesn’t look as bulky as others do. For me, that’s what I need, so I love it!

I’m enjoying being outside more nowadays and truly feel the need of going out from time to time so this type of jacket is great – it’s a wind-breakers but also waterproof (should be anyways) and with our trip to Guatemala coming soon, I’ll definitely take it with me.

I love a good pair of military-style boots! These just happen to be cheap and look great!

Don’t go for a basic looking jumper! These criss-cross ones are so popular right now, and I love them too – I mean, what’s not to love? They’re so cute!

I have many pairs of boots but what’s one more, right?? I find these boots just so chic!

Puzzles – because what’s better than a cosy night with your loved one playing games, drinking wine, chilling? We love it! We’re currently making this 1000-piece one – it’s taking its sweet time!

You just wanna be comfy at home and slippers are important – these ones have a hard sole and the softest inside. Perfect!

I LOVE this one – White Tea, Tropical White by Kusmi Tea. It’s the best, even in Autumn.

Coconut is great at any time and Yankee Candles are the best.

This IKEA vanilla ice-cream candle is to die for! Not a true autumnal feel to it, but I just love it!

Shithead card game – we love it!

Coffee latte or cappuccino with latte art on top

A good latte or cappuccino, always! Every day.

A warm blanket and a good book – just any book will do.

What are you autumn favourites? What other things make you feel cosy and warm this season?

How I Stay Organised – Hour-Blocks Daily Schedule

It’s very difficult to stay organised when you work from home; it doesn’t happen only to you, it’s a common occurrence to us all.

I try to stay on top of my game so that I don’t feel overwhelmed, but even so, I always manage to have a week or two in the month where I’m so lost and end up leaving things for the last minute. This is not fun at all, as then, I have panic attacks and just want to hide and cry.

I’m sure you don’t want to feel the same way, so finding a method that works for you is important. Find something that motivates you or, at the bare minimum, keeps you on track.

For me, that’s hour-blocks schedules.

I plan my days by the hour. No matter if it’s a smaller task of bigger one, I prefer to give myself an hour for each one. This will help me if I take a little longer on something and my next task is one that will take me 20 or 30 minutes.

I never plan on writing this one email to one person. I always plan as in “answer and send emails” or “prepare lessons” – it’s not just one individual task/action but a couple or several of them that are all in the same topic/subject.

By creating hour-blocks schedules, you’re giving yourself something to focus on during the day and because sometimes you’ll finish a task really early, you get to enjoy 30 or 40 minutes of break time. (I don’t recommend doing this always, but it feels nice sometimes!) On the other hand, I also like to get onto my next task and finish earlier in the morning or evening. Having a couple of hours left in the day with nothing to do is the best feeling ever and you’ll still feel productive because indeed, you worked hard and you deserve that glass of wine now!

How do you plan your schedule? What tips and tricks do you have that you can share with us?

How My Goodreads Challenge is Going… 3 months left!

We’re mid-October and I don’t know where the time has gone. I know everyone says this, but I truly don’t understand what I’ve done in 2019. It seems like just yesterday I was waiting patiently for the excitement 2019 would bring and now, here we are. 2019 almost over and 2020 making its appearance.

With that said, it’s time to go over our challenge/objectives of the year. One of mine was to read 50 books. I had started 2018 with the intention of reading 25 books and ended up reading over 40, so I thought that I would surpass myself this year and make it to 50.

As of now, I have finished 37 books. Out of 50. There are 10 weeks left in 2019 – 11 if you still count this current one. Now, you might be thinking, you’ll never get it done!, but I have to say you’re wrong – I hope you are, anyway. You see, I have a little 3-day holiday trip coming up and this one will be all about hiking, being outdoors and drinking coffee/hot chocolate with a book; I’m also going to Guatemala for 2 weeks in November, so I’ll need a few books to keep me company at least on the flights; and to top all that, I’ll be in the hospital for a full week so I might need some company too!

I have to say that I’m feeling pretty confident right about now, and I might even tempt to say I’ll reading over 50 books this year… What do you reckon? Should we all place our bets now?

My Goals for 2019: What I’ve Accomplished so Far

Every beginning of the year I set myself up with a few easy, long and short-term goals for the year ahead. Sometimes, they go really well. Sometimes, they don’t.

This is a post on what goals I’ve accomplished so far… less than 3 months for the year to end!

These were my initial goals for 2019 (read more about them here):

  • Get my A1C to 6.0% & get my morning BG to a normal range.
  • Create a solid plan for my school.
  • Buy an apartment.
  • Get more paid writing gigs.
  • Start my 1st novel
  • Read 50 books.
  • Plan monthly challenges related to money, health, food, etc.
  • Save some € every month.
  • Become a fiancée.

There were 9 of them, even though I usually go for 12, but I just couldn’t think of any others and to be honest, I felt like these were it for me this year. Doable and not over the top.

So the real question now is… how many have I ticked off my list?

Clearly, a few of these are still in progress – read 50 books, plan monthly challenges, save €€€ every month… But the others are done! Well, with the exception of becoming a fiancée… but this one’s not up to me, now, isn’t it? I’m so excited that this year has been this “productive” and I’m quite sure I’m going to also tick off reading 50 books, the challenges and money saving, but these have been going quite well so far.

What were your goals/objectives for this year? Do you remember to check your list every once in a while for an update of how you’re doing?

A Diabetes Update: Omnipod!

The BEST invention (so far) in the Diabetes world! Well, to me, anyways. The Omnipod is the easiest insulin pump I’ve found so far and I can’t wait to get it in December!

If you’re in the UK or Europe, you know you have to go through a week of training at the hospital to get a pump and here in France you need to book it a few months, if not longer, in advance. In August, I was told that I would do this week’s training at the beginning of 2020, but there weren’t any dates set yet. I was a little bummed out because I really wanted this pump before going to Guatemala (oh yeah! We’re going to Guatemala for 2 weeks in November!) but hey ho, you can’t choose and I was too late. Fast-forward to early September when I phoned the hospital to give them my final decision on what pump I wanted to go for, and the lovely nurse told me someone had dropped out of the training happening in December and I could get their place instead! You can imagine, I was thrilled!

So, now, I’m getting my Omnipod in December! How cool is that!? I can’t wait to share with you how it works and if I love it as much as I do now without having tried it out – I sure hope so!

Any Omnipod users here? Any tips or advice?

What I read… | September 2019

Reading should be a part of everyone’s life. They take you from this world and transport you to whatever’s happening in their pages, and they’re never too tired for just one more page or word. When life gets hard, anyone can escape it and become a new person. You just have to read…

And this is the reason why I read. I can’t always cope with what’s around me, so I run away, not far from home, but from my world. Just for a few minutes, or a few hours every day or once a week… And I can carry life around a lot better.

So, in September, I read quite a bit. I finally finished Rival by Penelope Douglas, I read Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward, The Day He Came Back also by Penelope Ward and Getting Schooled by Ali Parker. I also almost finished Accidental Rebel by Nicole Snow, but towards the end, I didn’t feel like picking it up as much. Do you see a trend here? 🤔

Let’s see what October has in stock for us… I’m praying for more tattooed book boyfriends! Isn’t everyone!?

A Life Update: Q&A

Hi guys! Welcome back! Or should I welcome myself back?

It’s been a while… a very long while. I’ve been caught up in a whirlwind of life changes and I just haven’t been feeling like updating this blog. It’s even hard to know exactly what to say now because I don’t know if I’ll take time to write a couple posts every week. Even just one seems rather challenging at the moment. I wish I could say that I don’t have enough time, but that’s never truly the reason, is it? When we truly want something, we make it happen. So, welcome back – she says to herself. I hope this is a long-ish ride and it doesn’t make many stops along the way.

I asked a few weeks ago over on my Insta what questions you have for me. What should I write about on this first post back. I got a few questions and those reminded me of a few other things I can tell you about, so here we go.

“What’s the best thing that’s happened to you in the past month?”

I can’t choose just one, but my top 2 are definitely buying our first home and finding out I’ll be getting an Omnipod in December! I have to say these two pieces of news are the best of 2019, no doubt! I’m really excited about moving into our new place and can’t wait to share with you what we’ll do around the house.

“What do you have for breakfast nowadays?”

Well, I’m the most boring person when it comes to breakfast. I always have the same thing and it’s rare I eat something different. I always have 2 slices of wholemeal bread with butter and a cup of black coffee. 😋 Occasionally, I’ll have oats and some fruit (lots of cinnamon on top).

“Favourite ice cream”

All-time best is Almond Magnum; but lately I’ve been only having a Snickers Ice-cream Bar – too good!

“A book I’ve read recently that has changed my thinking…”

Unfortunately, I can’t say that any book I’ve read recently has changed my thinking in any way… But a post with my monthly reads is coming soon!

“How’s your boyfriend doing?”

I hope he’s okay? Haven’t seen him in a while… 🤔 (jokes!) He’s good! Really excited about our move and everything the end of 2019 is bringing us. He’s also a little more cool than me because I only dream about what changes I’ll be making to the house and he’s more focused on the official procedures… to each their own, right?

“What’s up?”

Not my BG, that’s for sure! 😆 I crack myself up sometimes!

Excuse my dad jokes. It’s a curse… As you know from the previous questions, everything’s going well and new exciting things are coming my way.

“Anything saucy”

Well now, life is good. There’s been some ups and downs this year and it’s been a good end of summer/beginning of autumn so far, but I’ve had my downs too, don’t let this stream of poor-madly jokes fool you. But hey, this is the Internet and we never share the negatives, so cheers to all the positives!

Let’s see how long this lasts… See you guys soon! 😎