25 Feb 2019 29 comments

Five Things For February.

Looking back on February…

I read something recently about how we should celebrate our small victories in order to appreciate the bigger achievements – a sentiment that totally spoke to me. I’m one of those people who is motivated by milestones, no matter how tiny they may seem, and I love getting reflective – it keeps me on track in the long-run!

February totally flew by for me, which I suppose is to be expected since it is the shortest month. It’s been a fun month all in all, mostly uneventful but in a good way – easy and breezy for the most part!

01. A spring update is in progress in our flat and I’m so relieved to see some of the more tedious jobs being ticked off. It’s been quite stressful having our home in a state of disarray but it’s got to be done, and Jordan and I are both feeling so much happier now the main rooms have a fresh lick of paint. We’ve managed to declutter and find homes for things, and I think we both feel a lot clearer-headed for it. Of course, I’ve covered every surface with fresh flowers in a bid to make it seem like spring is on the horizon but I’m deffo kidding myself. IT’S FREEZING.

02. I’ve been getting back in to my fitness lately after a bit of a winter lull and I feel incredible for it – I know I’ll never truly be one of those people who lives for the gym (or in the gym) but I’m doing my best to live a healthier life, and it seems to be doing the trick. I’ve been sleeping better, I have more of a routine and I’m happier too, I’ve even got used to the early morning walk there!
I can’t express how good it feels to have a personal trainer, I don’t think I’d go to the gym if I didn’t have someone motivating me – I really recommend doing even just one session a week with a PT if you’re thinking about getting into fitness, it’s really worked for me.

On my wishlist right now…

03. I always thought I’d want to work from home forever, but lately I’ve been feeling so fed up of working alone and spending all my time at home. When I took on my assistant, Shauna, I thought working with someone would help, but then when we were doing work to our flat I started working in her office space and I haven’t looked back!
I love the set hours, walking to work, taking an actual lunch break that isn’t at my desk, and most of all I love coming home. I always said that I wanted to create a place that I wanted to come home to, but that didn’t work since I wasn’t ever leaving! Now when I get home in the evenings I feel so happy to be back. Plus, there’s no temptation to be sacking off work to watch Netflix so we’re always flying through our to-do lists!

04. I feel like the year is already off to a good start, I said it had been a slow and steady beginning which is usually the case for me – January is always a quiet month but I relish that time because I feel like I can really get my shit together.
I sorted a lot of boring business stuff, found my groove with work and having an assistant, and just generally sorted out my life! Now that that’s all taken care of, I’ve been able to throw myself in to work and it feels like everything has fallen in to place.
Sometimes it annoys me that I constantly have my fingers in several proverbial pies because it never feels like anything is getting done, but then everything sort of comes together and it makes it feel worth it!

05. The only thing I’m not really feeling very certain of at the moment is my wardrobe. I’m so over winter and it’s taking a bit of a toll on how I feel about myself in general. I’ve worn jeans, big jumpers and Dr Martens for the last couple of months – an outfit that I never look or feel very good in, but it’s too cold to wear anything else!
I know I’ll feel a lot better when spring rolls around so I’m holding out hope for that, and just trying to forget about it until then. I want to be back in midi dresses and basket bags and sandals and bare legs and little jackets… hopefully it won’t be long until I feel like myself again. I feel so uninspired by winter trends by now!

Not a bad month all in all, although I cannot believe we’re almost through the second month of the year! How is everyone else feeling about the start of 2019?

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  • Going to an office really helps your productivity. However, being able to either go to the office, or work from home, is the best alternative, because there are some times when you just perform better at home.

    xx
    http://www.dianaoffduty.com

    • Hey Diana. This rings so true. Some days it just suits better and having the option certainly has its benefits. x

  • Amy

    It’s easy to get into the habit of only celebrating the big wins. I love the idea of keeping track of progress and enjoying smaller milestones.

    http://amyevans.co.uk – Amy

    • Totally agree! No matter how exciting big goals are, they can set us up for failure. I think that breaking it down into small chunks is key to maintaining happiness and motivation. x

  • February does fly by so fast, where did the days go? Indeed it also meant for a wardrobe change, something I cannot wait to do. Love ♥️your thoughts as always!

    🌸🍃ROSES FOR FRIDAYS 🌸🍃| by mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

    • Hey Mia, February sure has come in quick! I’m looking forward to March and for it to start getting a little lighter outside. Cannot wait for Spring trends to come through either, pastels please! x

  • Megan Elizabeth

    I feel like refreshing the wardrobe is always a fresh start! I’ve very recently started slimming world to lose weight whilst trying to go to the gym a few times a week. BTW, how is it March this week!?!?

    http://www.itsmeganelizabeth.blogspot.co.uk

    • Hey Megan, well done you for putting your health and fitness first. Can’t believe it’s nearly March either, I was literally just saying this to my assistant this morning! x

  • That’s so nice to hear that you’ve found your place in an office space! I am debating whether to rent out an office space myself because I do find it so difficult being at home 24/7

    http://www.petiteelliee.com

    Ellie x

    • Hey Ellie, thank you, I feel so much better having a bit of a routine back in my working life – and feel so motivated. With being at home at all times, it can be quite tricky to get into a rhythm with it and not go into cabin fever mode. I think the key to this is taking regular breaks to get up and out of your working space for fresh air, even if it is just for a few short minutes. Coffee shops are great to split up the day a little too. Plus Wi-Fi! x

  • An office space sounds like a great idea! Sometimes it’s nice separating work from home!

    Deanna | luxandvitae.com

    • Oh for sure, keeps me so motivated and I love just getting out the house and fully ready in the morning before starting the working day. Makes such a difference. x

  • I’m so looking forward to Autumn here in South Africa

    Candice | NatalyaAmour.com

  • I can’t wait for spring to roll around so I can stop wearing jeans and a jumper, I can actually start wearing midi skirts!

    Lucy | Forever September

    • Me too! I can’t stop looking at Spring clothes and keep reminding myself that Spring isn’t quite here yet in Scotland. At least I am optimistic! x

  • Can’t wait for the spring too <3 🙂 And aww, I'm glad that things are going well with your assistant and that you're finding a balance!

    XO, Elizabeth T.
    http://clothestoyouuu.com

    • Thanks Elizabeth, always appreciate your feedback! Hope you are well. x

  • I’m also so excited for springtime! It’s my favorite season ❤️

    Arianna | Southernbelleforever.com

    • It’s the best isn’t it! Cant wait for a wardrobe refresh! x

  • So many people talked about January being such a long month but it whizzed by for me. I’m freelance in the film industry and the start of the year is usually dead but this January I was rammed. It was just what I needed to set me up for a positive 2019 and I’ve been really enjoying spending my days off busy with my blog and other bits and pieces. The weather we’ve been having has made me so excited for spring and even moreso summer!

    Having an office space sounds so beneficial, I do like when I get to work from home but I reckon if I had to do it every day I’d feel very much like you.

    http://www.rafflesbizarreblog.com

    • Hello! I’d much rather have a fast paced January than a slow one, how exciting! Literally the dream. That sounds like a really nice work life balance you’ve got, something that took me a long time to get to grips with. Still a learning curve for me but progress over perfection eh?

  • I can’t wait to see the house updates.
    It’s interesting, I also heard that some (work from home) people who work prefer working in an office settings.
    Best wishes with everything.
    https://www.nancyugo.com/2019/02/my-current-5-foundations-quest-for.html

    • Thanks for the comment Nancy, plenty more updates to follow! x

  • Spring is my second favorite season!! I want to see already your house update!

    http://www.blossomikebana.com

  • Lisa Autumn

    YAY to spring!

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  • So excited for Spring!! Have seen lots of beautiful dresses starting to appear in the New In sections of my favourite online fashion websites, making me so excited!

    Varsha Baker – Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

  • It’s so crazy to think that it’s already March?! I love having PT sessions and I agree, they seriously help with motivation. Also, you honestly wouldn’t know that you don’t like dressing for Winter – all of your outfits are always so gorgeous and well put together, I adore your fashion style xo

    Char | http://www.charslittleblog.co.uk