Closing May’s Chapter

Diary, Lifestyle

It’s so nice to sit now and type out my May chapter, after having looked forward to it for much over a week. Finally, and especially in comparison to April, I have faced a month where blogging feels like a habit. And not a bad one. It has been a month where I have been able to both find inspiration without becoming stressed and spend time on my blog every day without losing sleep. Now, as part of my day, I feel I have harmony with the Blogosphere.

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Generally, too, I have been much more involved with the community aspect. As you may know I have been taking part in Mahriya’s (My Bookish Life’s) recent Typewriter project/challenge. We have already completed the first two tasks which you can view on her blog. I’m having a lot of fun and it’s been a good exercise to keep the inspiration flowing – it hasn’t been super easy so far in a really good way! I can’t emphasise enough how important the community is to a blogger. Still in my 7 months of blogging I have not seen anyone who hasn’t been supportive of anyone else – basically we’re all very good at if you don’t have anything nice to comment, don’t comment! If no other incentive for you to reach out to other bloggers, it does improve your *stats* too…

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My main excitement and happiness for May came just last weekend. I took a trip to Brighton just for a day and a half, but I had wanted to go for so long it felt amazing to finally do so. Mostly I wanted to go because that’s where a lot of my favourite bloggers are – I didn’t intend to meet any of them (and I didn’t) – I just wanted to see all the fuss! Honestly speaking, it wasn’t what I expected from seeing vlogs / reading posts. Actually I would go as far to say I was a little disappointed. Nevertheless we explored the town and in the end I am in LOVE with it. Of course, being the highlight, I have vlogged my trip for the video of my May Chapter so I won’t spoil the details now. But, what I will say is Brighton taught me a very valuable lesson – just because it looks perfect from a distance, doesn’t mean it will be perfect close up, and that’s OK because perfection doesn’t necessarily = happiness. Even the smallest things can bring mountains of joy. My only small regret is that I didn’t dive in enough, but there’s always a next time!

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 Speaking of diving in, I did try *too* many restaurants while I was in Brighton. I was thinking I would share some in a separate post as I know a few of you are foodies! Let me know if you’d like that.

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Wow, the end of May. Here goes – I will see you in June for more adventures!

 

Lots of love,

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Spring Thoughts

Diary, Inspiration, Philosophy

As the temperature is rising and the Summer is approaching, I thought it would be nice just to reflect on the Spring we have had. Tomorrow I will be heading to Brighton which I feel marks the beginning of my Summer adventures – of course this will be featured in my May chapter (stay tuned!). For now, here is some *artsy* photos I took this month containing quotes to sum up my Spring:

I will also just drop this here for your viewing pleasure – and a little bit more insight!

Until the last day of May, take care everyone

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Closing April’s chapter

Diary, Lifestyle

I think April was a bit of an odd month for my blog. Nothing really seems to have tied down recently and it has left me wondering what kind of blogger am I anyway?! A lot has definitely changed since I started – aside from the fact I still don’t really know what I’m doing… and I think this month has really made me realise just how many blogs are out there.

Spring BBQ + Homemade Burgers

Diary, Lifestyle

Last Sunday the temperature reached 25 (degrees Celsius)! This was quite a phenomenon for us and after running errands in the morning, we decided to make the most of it and BBQ. It appeared the rest of the country also had the same idea as there was a buzz of people around the shops and the summer sections were running out of food! Nevertheless, getting into the garden and relaxing in the sun was just perfect. Kind of strange too as I didn’t realise how much I needed that!IMG_1266

My boyfriend and I never do anything unless we do it 100%, so we decided to make our own burgers. The recipe is super simple and I thought it would be worth sharing because they’re good even when you’re not BBQing!

Ingredients

Minced meat – you can use beef or quorn mince, but we used turkey.

Lemon

Thyme

Salt

Pepper

Egg

There isn’t really a strict measurement for each ingredient. For the mince it depends how many burgers you will need and what size you would like them. The seasonings can be adjusted to how flavoursome you would like and we just needed one egg.IMG_1238

Method

It’s best to use your hands – for speed and ease! In a large bowl, kneed the mince until ‘smooth’ but still able to stick together. Then add each seasoning one at a time, mixing/kneeding/folding them in thoroughly before adding the next. Lastly add the egg and mix until it’s soaked into the mince.

Then all you need to do is form the mixture into ‘burgers’. We managed to get six all together.

Before BBQing we added a little olive oil so they wouldn’t stick. And Wala! They were delicious!

If you’d like to see more of what I got up to, stay tuned for a vlog coming soon.

Spring cleaning

Diary

When it comes to writing, spring is possibly the worst season of the year for me. With so much to do and so many distractions after spending winter cooped up, unfortunately it just gets pushed to the bottom of my list. In my limited time of blogging, this is the first spring I have encountered and for the first time in my journey I have seen a real lull in my creativity.

What I’ve always known about any passion, is that I can’t focus 100% if there’s something else to be done. This is why spring is so perfect. I pull out the same list every year – tidy room, get myself looking fabulous, make plans, decide where I want my writing to be at the end of the year, set aside time and get on with it!

As you can tell, I have been busy – finally – preparing for this year. At least this is what spring always feels like to me. It’s the time to declutter.

So I have been cleaning and organising like mad. Making plans and schedules for blog posts has been accomplished – yay! I’m slightly worried my creativity won’t uphold, but March does mean a new short story is due and it’s almost done – double yay!

For anyone else feeling their writing inspiration slipping, I wrote a post on writers block at the beginning of this year.  Here’s a cheeky plug ~ Over coming writers block.

I would urge anyone to take the time to declutter. I know some places in Asia have a specific day allocated to cleaning the house top to bottom – maybe a bit extreme but tidy desk/room/house = tidy mind. Besides, in England it is still raining ready for the world to be reborn, so what’s there better to do? No excuses now.