Everything Awesome From July
Ok, so where did July go? How are we in August already? The last 31 days have whizzed by and I'm not sure I'm quite ready for a fresh month yet. I hate myself for starting these posts this way but I cannot quite believe how fast 2018 is going. I have to admit, I'm kind of done with the heatwave that we're experiencing in the UK right now and for someone who has always been a summer forever type of girl, that is saying something. We're just not equipped for this heat ok. I promise there won't be too much weather chat in this post and here is everything awesome from July!
I had to mention the brief rain spell we had in the North in the last few days of July. Part of me cannot even believe that I'm talking about rain, it makes me feel like a true Brit but I've never been happier to see rain in my entire life. Everything was so dead and dry not to mention dusty so a weekend of rain was very much needed and everything is springing back to life already. Because it rains so much in the UK we take it for granted and I can't remember in my lifetime ever having such a dry summer and seeing the grass and greenery fade to beige was quite strange. So many leaves were falling from the trees that it felt like Autumn but it was 30 degrees. It's still lovely that the weather is warm [thankfully, the second heatwave hasn't hit at the time of writing this] but a few rainy days here and there will make a for a beautiful summer.
LETTERS FROM A HOPEFUL CREATIVE & the return of AT HOME WITH...
I'm still listening to podcasts daily and a couple that I've been absolutely obsessed with have been Letters From A Hopeful Creative and the return of At Home With. Letters From A Hopeful Creative comes from one of my dearest friends Jen Carrington and Sara Tasker, a brilliant content creator. In this podcast they take letters from creatives, topics they've covered already are comparison and envy, Instagram anxiety, running a business with chronic illness and lack of self-belief. And provide the listener with the most wonderful honest advice. This podcast reminds me very much of Dear Sugar but for creatives and every time I listen to an episode, I feel like I'm getting a pep talk that I didn't even know I needed. As I know Jen away from the internet world hearing the heartfelt advice that she gives on the podcast is so special and it's the same as the conversations we've had as we've grown in our own creative businesses. And then there is At Home With, which comes from Lily Pebbles and Anna Newton. They go into the homes of businesswoman that they admire from the online world and the beauty industry. They talk about everything from interior choices to how their business grew and it's always an interesting listen. Both are absolutely brilliant podcasts that if they aren't already on your podcast subscription list then they should be.
A NEW BLOG ROUTINE & 7 years of from roses
July marks my blog anniversary and this year I hit 7 whole years of blogging with From Roses, which feels absolutely bizarre and incredible all at the same time. This little online space has changed so, so much in the past 7 years and although I struggle to see it 90% of the time I am so proud of where it is right now. And with 7 years of blogging came the realisation that daily blogging just simply isn't for me anymore, the blogging world has changed so much that fast-paced blog posts aren't really a thing anymore. It took far too long for me to be able to admit to myself that I just simply couldn't post every single day anymore and that was a pressure that only I'd put on myself. What pushed me to finally make a change was putting out a poll over on my Instagram and the results were fascinating so now I only post every other day and already, I feel so much better for it and it's been such a positive change.
NO BUY JULY
There is something that goes around online called 'No Buy July' and the challenge is not to purchase anything that isn't a necessity in those 31 days. It wasn't something that I purposely set out to do at the beginning of the month, infact I set out to do something completely different. I originally went into July with the intent to wear something different every single day and I did it. It was such a fun thing to do because it showed me what I was really wearing in my wardrobe and the things that I could probably get rid of as they don't bring me that much joy as other items do. Something that I'm quite guilty of is wearing the same things daily and get myself stuck into quite a rut with my style and then I talk myself into buying something new to get out of it and I don't need to do that. I've also learned that I'm incredibly guilty of hoarding shoes, I can get rid of clothes in an instant but for some reason, shoes are different so that is something I definitely need to work on. This is definitely something that I'm going to do when autumn swings around so I can do the same thing for my A/W wardrobe!
favourites from the internet
- Please Can We Stop Asking Women If They're Pregnant - The Anna Edit
- Life Lately: June & July - Like Neon Love
- Seven Days Of Self Care - Cider With Rosie
- Money Diary: Freelance Writer In Hertfordshire On Changeable Income - Daisybutter
- Meet Frankie - A Pair & Spare
- For The Love Of Bread - Cider With Rosie