Mindfulness – My Next Steps


Hey! 

It’s February!! Can you believe it?! What’s more shocking is it seems I’ve already broken my New Years resolution – I only posted once in January. What a let down I clearly am!! 

However, it’s time for a change. I love my job and what I do but I need to make more time for me. I keep saying it but I never seem to see this through, until now. Maybe. Hopefully. 

I was visiting my local Waterstones and spotted the book ‘A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled’. I do feel quite frazzled, tired, emotional, wondering how I am still standing. Therefore, it appealed. Ruby Wax however, is a new one for me. I was never a fan of her TV shows. Maybe I’d like her writing better?! It’s worth a shot. 


I’ve no idea if this book is going to help me or even change me. But, and I’m hanging onto this but, I feel like I need to do something. No one can carry on at such a fast pace, working 12, 13 or 14 hour days. It’s bound to catch up with even the best of us at some point. I just want to get in a clear head space, to have some ‘me’ time. No stress 2017 is my motto – even the kids are reminding me of this. I don’t feel stressed but I do feel frazzled

I’m going into this with my eyes wide open. I love reading anyway so the worst case scenario is that I’ve just read another book. Not such a bad thing really. Yet, if I can feel a little less frazzled that would also be delightful. 

So, I’m going to bed with my book to start the next chapter. Wish me luck. Oh, and if anyone had read this, please let me know what you think! 

Big love all xx

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Made In Hull – UK City of Culture 2017


Hey guys! 

Happy New Year! I hope the first 8 days of 2017 have been treating you well. 

You may or may not know that Hull (where I currently live and work) is City of Culture for 2017. There will be a huge range of events happening over the year and I can’t wait! You may have even seen the firework display on the news. I have to say, it was very impressive! 

The first event was Made In Hull. Running for a week, it shows the story of a city and its people via a range of installations about the city. Lights, images, sounds, people. What has happened in Hull’s history and what is in store for the future. 

I managed to catch the last evening of the light show. There were thousands of people there; dancing, cheering, laughing, welling up. There just was a real sense of community. I’m not from Hull, but even I, the permanent tourist, got caught up in it. 

The light show on the City Hall was incredible. I genuinely do not have enough words to describe how moving, emotional and utterly awesome it was. So, I’ve got some pictures for you!


We are Hull! Bring it on!!!! 

2017. Hull’s story. Be a part of it. Make memories, wherever you are. Tell your story. We certainly are. 

Big love xx

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NYE – Roll on 2017

Hey guys! 

Before it gets a bit crazy and everyone is in the roll of festivities for New Years Eve, I just wanted to wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 

This community really is amazing. I’ve spoken with some incredible people with blogs I’m in awe of. I’m lucky to be a part of that and to know such lovely people. 

Surprisingly, I have no big plans for 2017. I don’t plan on changing who I am or making any grand gesture. What’s the likelihood of sticking to it anyway?! What I do plan on doing is changing my focus and outlook on things. 

This image kind of sums it up perfectly. So much so, I’m going to print it and pop it up in my classroom. 


Whatever your plans are for this NYE I hope you all have a fabulous evening. I wish you health, happiness and peace for 2017. For me it’s a meal with my family, a big knit and a thick scarf. (See pic below) Then, we will crack open a bottle and sit watching the fireworks on tv. It takes all sorts I guess. 


Big love guys. Make 2017 your year! Xx

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700 Followers! 


Hey everyone! 

I hope you all had an amazing Christmas filled with love and happiness. I had a lovely day with my parents and a flying visit to my nan. It was just wonderful really. I wish the same for you all too. 

I couldn’t believe it when I saw I reached 700 followers on Christmas Day. I’m so shocked! I don’t think I deserve 700 lovely followers. I’m unpredictable, unreliable almost, but with the best intentions and a lot of love for this community. Thank you for continuing to stick by me even though I vanish for weeks on end. I promise you I am trying to sort my work/life balance. I’ll get there eventually. 

Anyway, you guys are so awesome! To show my appreciation, I’ve uploaded a picture of my gorgeous bunny, Smudge in his Christmas hat. I hope you find this as cute as I do! 


Big love to all xx

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It’s Christmas Eve!! 

Hey everyone!

What a day to make yet another comeback. I can’t believe it’s Christmas Eve. I’m not quite ready (not my style at all!) 

So, I want to wish you all a very festive, peaceful and lovely time of year. Enjoy the next two days. Fill them with love! 

To spread the love further, I’ve included some of my favourite Christmas quotes from the Penguin Twitter feed. Lovely! 









Aren’t they amazing? Thanks Penguin. 

All that’s left is to share with you the obligatory Christmas tree lights of Stratford. Enjoy! 


Have a great one guys! 

Big love to all xx

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A Belgium Weekend Adventure 

Hi all,

Hope you’re all good.  

Can you believe it’s December?! I can’t. I’ve no idea where November went. I feel like I blinked and missed it. (I feel like I say that every month, let’s face it.) But, last weekend I went with a group of friends on the ferry to Belgium. I’ve never been to Bruges before. It’s just so beautiful. A day there was not long enough. The autumnal trees were also rather gorgeous! 


Despite the cloud, it was still so wonderful. I felt peaceful and calm. Sometimes we just need that space and tranquility. 


So, we went exploring, did a lot of shopping, drank some beer, went to the beer museum and mooched about the Christmas market. Bliss!


This was one of my favourite shops. It had so many beautiful Christmas things in. The window above was just stunning. I’d wish to see it again, honestly. Oh and the chocolate! Mmmm. 


This has to be one of the best weekends ever. I loved it. I will be going back. Bruges, you stole my heart. 


I hope you’ve enjoyed my photos and my little weekend adventure. I sure did! Christmas is on it’s way guys, lets do this!! 

Big love xx

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Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them – Film

Hey everyone! 

I’ve missed you all immensely. I hope you’ve all been keeping well. My absence can only be explained by getting a cold and feeling rubbish followed by long, long days at work. However, this weekend has been quite delightful. I went to an 80s night last night (tutu and all!) for a friends birthday and today I finally managed to see the gorgeous Eddie Redmayne in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Boy oh boy, it did not disappoint. 


A brief outline for you… The film follows Newt Scamander in 1926 after he has just completed a global trip to find and document the range of extraordinary magical creatures. Newt arrives in New York on a brief stopover, which could have easily gone without incident. However, (the rather adorable) Jacob, a muggle, becomes involved after a magical case gets misplaced and some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape. 


I loved it. I can’t wait for the next one. I’m feeling genuinely excited that there will be 5 of these in total. But, and don’t hate me for saying it, I did miss Harry, Ron and Hermoine. I know they are much later in time, but growing up with them makes me feel like I’m part of their gang! It was still awesomely awesome though! I’m off to find myself a magical case now! 


Big love & I promise my absence won’t be this long next time. X

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