Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #86

This week my list came easily and quickly. Writing in a notebook everyday has allowed me to get thoughts down on paper. Sometimes it's just a train of thought. Words jumbled on the page about things I've done that day. Sometimes a list of things that have made my day better, like this but even smaller moments that are sometimes missed. And sometimes I just get my thoughts about a topic down, or even questions I'm asking myself. Either way I like the routine and it has made this list a hundred times easier to write. I can go back through my week with a record of what I've done. It has also made my writing easier. I always talk about the importance of practise in sport, but maybe I need to transfer this to more of my life. Practise is helping me write. And now after that ramble it's on with the wonderful...

1. Ice cream. This Sunday I finally took myself into the gelato palour that I always walk past on the barbican and mean to go in. I was certainly not disappointed. Banks of different flavour gelato mean I'll be back to try other flavours, but I settled for Ferrero Rocher. Sitting people watching and eating at the marina was a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon, especially as it was followed by a bit of cricket...

2. Training. As mentioned above, I also managed to squeeze a bit of cricket into my Sunday. It was the first session back with my uni squad. I was apprehensive going into it because as I may have mentioned my ankle has been causing me a lot more pain. However, I really wanted to get playing again and I'm so glad I did. I smiled all the way through and felt so much better afterwards. I'd felt achy all week and actually felt so much better for exercising. And my ankle? Not too bad. To top it off we have a great bunch of new members.

3. Bloggers night out. On Thursday I was lucky enough to be invited to a blogger's night out at the barbican leisure park in Plymouth. It was a lovely evening of cocktails, great food and seeing Blake Lively in a suit (and the rest of the film). The best bit for me was meeting some lovely local bloggers who I hope to keep in touch with.

4. Autumn spotting. I'm loving these crisp, clear autumn days at the minute. It makes me want to be outside all the time, so I'm having to force myself to study inside, but I'm also making the most of this time of the year. My camera roll is full of trees in every golden colour. I walk along the pavement deliberately crunching leaves and skip outside to capture the golden light. Every season I fall in love with that season, but golden light time might just be my very favourite.

5. Drives to nowhere. To catch up with no particular direction other than to adventure. At anytime of the day or night.

6. Friends who say love you lots. The very best phone calls end with love that's vocalised. Love that overrides the crappy, stressful week that they've had and means that you here it from the other end of the country. We need to tell each other how much we love each other more.

7. Bargains and the restorative power of Waterstones. Saturday I woke up from the worst night's sleep feeling rough. Like my insides had been all jumbled up and my head was full of cotton wool. Two little things really put a smile on my face that day. One was the calming atmosphere of a mooch around Waterstones. Looking at the beautiful covers and feeling the atmosphere. The other was finding a soft, perfect-for-placement top in the H&M sale to find it had another quid off when I got to the till.

8. Really being interested. University this year is really really interesting me. I might not be saying that in a few weeks time, but for now I'm really engaged with what I'm reading and doing. I sit in the library most days and find that hours have gone past while I move from article to article finding out more and more perspectives. Long may it continue!

9. Cosy naps. I've talked about my ankle pain, but I'm not sure I've talked about my medication. I'm on pretty strong painkillers which make me quite drowsy. This means pretty much everyday I have to take a nap or my eyelids will just close on me anyway! It's now getting to the season where I can get really snuggled up without completely overheating and this week this has meant some of the cosiest, comfiest naps.

10. Bake off night. Walking to the top of the hill to watch the sunset, stroking as many dogs in the park as possible, stopping on the way home to by brownies, making an epic omelette, catching up with mum on the phone, watching the bake off with warm brownies and ginger yoghurt, in bed writing this by half nine. Bake off night done right!

I've really enjoyed writing this week! For more wonderfulness check out  JoHelenMichelleSarahSallyCatSamEl Kerri's, and Peta's and Ellie or follow #WonderfulWednesday on instagram and twitter.

Kate xx

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #85

Hello, and how has your week been? I'm feeling so happy right now. I'm full to the brim with ideas and thoughts at a mile a minute. This gives me a renewed sense of energy and I'm really working on me right now. Several of my flatmates are living away at the moment because of placement so I'm on my own a lot which is giving lots of time to focus on me and what I want. I feel like this week I could talk for hours about all the good bits so let's get on with it...

1. Designing my life. This is something I have been thinking about a lot this week. The concept of making decisions that help my curate the life I want to lead. To be the most me. It has included listening to my body when it says it's sleepy/ hungry/ in need of a good stretch etc. It's saying yes to the opportunities that genuinely excite me. It's creating goals and working out how I can get to them. I feel that some of the inspiration from this comes from what Laura Jane Williams talks about. I have linked her twitter here as she always talks with such wisdom.

2. Sunsets. I have found that our bathroom sky light is the perfect place to watch the sunset from. I've been cracking the window open and breathing the air just as the colours are lighting up the sky. Maybe it's just we, but this is when I can really feel the seasons changing. Obviously I have seen the leaves change colour and crunch through them as I walk, but the cool, crisp air that hits me when I'm looking out of the window really feels like autumn. It was mixed with just a hint of bonfire, that got me excited for that celebration too.

3. Plans. My brain is such a fizz of excitement right now. Although I could do with just a little more summer break, uni life is really inspiring me right now. I have mindmaps and notes littering my desk and pinned all over my walls. I'm constantly thinking of new ideas or ways to look at things. It's been ages since I've been this engaged in my learning and it's really exciting me. Long may it last!

4. Journaling. This weekend I listened to a wonderful podcast by Sarah from Me and Orla which you can find here. It was all about journaling and happiness. What struck me was the wide range of positive emotions that we experience not just the gratitude that is often journaled about. It has got me picking up my journal and just writing. All the thoughts and feelings and wonderful things that come into my head. It feels like an extension of these little posts but more of a stream of consciousness. A way to capture tiny moments, but also how I feel about them.

5. Art. Saturday was spend completely by myself, but wrapped in culture. I walked without much of an aim, but to see as much of the Plymouth Arts Weekender as I could. Meandering throughout Plymouth I stopped off to look out to sea, look up at beautiful architecture and look at some fantastic art. I met some lovely creators who really inspired me. They took time out of their day to explain their processes and help me with ideas I could use in the classroom. I particularly enjoyed Plymouth University's show at Royal William Yard. My favourite pieces were a beautiful installation commemorating the suffragettes that went on hunger strike and some life drawings with such movement in them.

6. Being outside. I have learnt that I feel so much more happy when I build time into my day to spend outside. From as small as taking a walk outside, it makes me feel so much calmer and motivated. This week I have taken myself out for coffee, sat on benches writing or just looked out to sea. This is something I'm continuing to build into my day. On instagram I saw #airhour which is inspiring us to go outside for at least an hour a day and has really spurred me on in this.

7. Not being able to put a book down. It has been a long time since a book has hooked me so much as Skylarks by Karen Gregory did. I felt like I was back to being a child as I read it late into the night. It's a fabulous young adult book about sexuality, class and money. It has really made me think about the privilege that I have and the disparities and injustices in society.

This week has felt quite cultural. I'm drawing on such a range of people and events for inspiration and it's really enriching my life. This is something that definitely needs to stay! For more wonderfulness head over to check out these lovely ladies: JoHelenMichelleSarahSallyCatSamEl Kerri's, and Peta's and Ellie or follow #WonderfulWednesday on instagram and twitter.

Kate xx

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #84

Here I am back in Plymouth and already back in the swing of university lectures. It was nice to have last week back here to get back into Devon living before university kicked in. It meant I could unpack slowly and find a home for everything. When I first walked in the door it really didn't feel like home, but in the last week I've made it more me. Postcards of previous adventures and photos that make me think of friends and our wonderful memories are up on the wall and I feel a bit more settled.

1. Double Bed. One of the lovely things about living on my own again is having a double bed. Over the summer I was in accommodation for work and back at my parents where there were single beds. At work I'm fairly certain it wasn't even a single. I was too long for it! So a double bed is an absolute luxury. It's been absolutely lovely to spread out again. I can get really cosy and use the whole space.

2. Theatre. This week I decided to go for a spontaneous trip to the theatre. I had an email for cheap young adult tickets to The Unreturning at Plymouth's Theatre Royal and decided to go solo to the show. The play was absolutely incredible. There was such emotion and physicality in the show, with brilliant staging. I highly recommend it!

3. Rain and snuggled. Last week was a bit of a wet and grey one so it gave me a chance to get snuggled in my new room. I took a trip to the library and settled down to read before my uni work gets inevitably busy.

4. Getting organised. September always brings new year vibes for me. I'm a lot more motivated at this time of the year than in January. I've ticked all of those adult things off my list that have needed doing for weeks. Lists have been made, dates have been put in the diary and stationary has been purchased. I've even rung the bank! All in, I just feel a lot more ready for the year knowing I've got myself in order rather than having to catch up.

5. The sea. This year I have a sea view from my room and it is my favourite thing about my new house. I have already started every day my taking two minutes to just stare out of the window. I love watching how the sea and sky changes with the weather. The bright blue skies making for calm seas, the misty hazy mornings and the low sun which turns the sea silver. I've also missed being able to walk for just a few minutes to hear the waves and breathe in the calming air.

6. Post. I really really enjoy getting great post. It breaks up the monotony of adult post. This week my friend who got married this year sent me a couple of photos of her and me at her wedding. They were such beautiful memories and tiny moments of the day we'd shared. It was such a lovely gesture and has made me want to send more lovely letters.

Now I'm looking forward to a bit more sunshine over the weekend so I can get out and explore. I'm incredibly lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country so I'm determined to make the most of it while I live here. Do you have any exciting plans for this week? For more wonderfulness head over to JoHelenMichelleSarahSallyCatSamEl Kerri's, and Peta's and Ellie or follow #WonderfulWednesday on instagram and twitter.

Kate xx

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #83

How are we all on this drizzly, mizzly Wednesday? Do you know I'm feeling pretty good. I've had a week of chilled time, a little bit of work and a lot choosing the things that make me happy. This is just what I've needed after a busy few months especially with the home comforts of staying with my parents. It's helped my ankle too. A bit of rest and a few painkillers have done wonders and I'm vowing to rest up just a little bit because I just get so sleepy otherwise (an unwanted side effect of the painkillers, but a great excuse to take plenty of naps). This weekend I head back to Plymouth with my mum for a few days. I want to show her round a bit more and we're going to watch War Horse too which I'm very excited about. So all in it's been a pretty good week and I'm looking forward to even more next week. Now on with the little moments that been making my week special...

1. Chocolate orange cake. Top of my list and well deserved too. This was a light, moist chocolate sponge sandwiched with orange butter cream and marmaladey candied orange covered with rich chocolate ganache. Eaten before heading to the theatre and shared with my mum. I would fully recommend the cake selection at Jarrold's in Norwich.

2. Sunset walks. When the sky changes colour I like to get out and watch so this week I took myself to the middle of the village common and just stood. As the colours faded from the sky the only sound to keep me company was the grasshoppers and I was calm.

3. Proper belly laughs. This week I helped a lovely friend with his cricket coaching. I'd forgotten the joy coaching with him gave me. We had a fantastic few days finishing with slip and slide fielding. The children had such fun and made me proper belly laugh with their funny antics and trying to spray me with water.

4. Misty morning walks. Goodness autumn came with a crash this week. Monday morning rose shrouded in mist and I was out of bed in a flash. I decided to take a walk into the village to post some letters and to fully appreciate the beauty of the mist. Every plant was adorned with jewel-like cobwebs and the sun weakly peeped through. It reminded me of morning walks when I was little and my mum making up stories of the flower fairies who had painted everything silver for the autumn.

5. Empty beaches. Looking down miles of coastline and not seeing a soul seems like perfect exploring. This week I found a beach a little of the beaten track, but close enough to a local landmark to see able to Southwold's pier and lighthouse. The sky was blue, the sand golden and I had a wonderful time walking and exploring. I would hugely recommend Covehithe as a hidden treasure, but shhh don't tell everyone!

6. Comfy, cosy days. Recipe for the perfect afternoon/ evening... best friends, bake off, fajitas, toasties, cake, wine, nachos, fairy lights. What I'm trying to say to say is yesterday I ate my weight in good food, caught up with my lovely lady after her wedding and honeymoon and watched tv. Because not all plans need bells and whistles, sometimes the best ones are the comfortable easy ones.

7. Humanness. I've been thinking about what it is to be human and I think it's feeling and sharing that with another. From the long hug to try and hold in the pain of grief to the collective out rush of breath when that thing your friend was dreading doesn't materialise and listening, really listening to the words someone needs to say.

That motley collection is what has been brightening my week. Now it's your turn: check out the other lovely ladies JoHelenMichelleSarahSallyCatSamEl Kerri's, and Peta's and Ellie or follow #WonderfulWednesday on instagram and twitter.

Kate xx

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #82

Hello lovely people and how do I find you on this Wednesday evening? Today has been a busy one where I've been coaching all day with some of my favourite people. However, my ankle is still pretty dodgy so you now find me in bed, feet up and iced with my painkillers making me way too sleepy to be cool at this time of the day. Anyway, no moaning allowed because this week has been pretty darn lovely. Here's some of the wonderful...

1. Home. There's simple pleasures in being fully comfortable in a place. You know the routine and can pick your way through the clutter in pitch darkness, because everything is exactly the same as you left it (although they got a new toaster and shoved loads of stuff in my room and thought I wouldn't notice!). It has been lovely slowing down a bit and living at my parents.

2. Tea shops. Because meeting people for tea and cake seems like my main job right now and I'm really not complaining.

3. Family. I spend long stretches of time away from my family and I haven't been home properly since Easter so it's been all sorts of lovely to just spend time in their company. Chatting, watching the tv and walking the dog. All the mundane, everyday things that I miss out on when I'm away.

4. Golden Light. Behind sunsets I think golden light might be my favourite. This time of the year it bathes everything in such a magical glow. My favourite time of the day to take a walk is the golden hour just before sunset.

5. GBBO. I will not be available for the foreseeable future on Tuesday nights. I will be sat on the sofa with enough snacks to last me the hour and a quarter and anyone that tries to disturb me will be shushed. I'm already very excited that next week's episode will be viewed with the company of lovely friends and the promise of dessert in front of the tv.

6. Mamma Mia. Feel good film. I sung, I cried, I couldn't concentrate properly because the young Donna was too ridiculously beautiful.

And just like that another week is through! The weeks seem to be zapping through and soon I'll be back at uni. I'm making the most of this patch of slightly easier time. Meanwhile the other lovely ladies have Wonderful Wednesdays for you: JoHelenMichelleSarahSallyCatSamEl Kerri's, and Peta's and Ellie or follow #WonderfulWednesday on instagram and twitter.

Kate xx

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #81

This past couple of weeks have been tough guys. Living on your own is. Some days I feel like all I do is wake up, go to work, come back to my room and sleep. I don't seem to have had a conversation that doesn't revolve around the weather or work in weeks and I just need a hug. That's why I'm super excited to say I finish work on Thursday and can drive back to Suffolk. Just in time for a wedding at the weekend and seeing my family and friends. In weeks like this it's even more important to find the little things that brighten your day...

1. Brownies. Thick, chocolately goodness that really hits the spot when you're looking for some comfort food. Served with a big dollop of sweet cream and a smile from the lady in the kitchen because she's deliberately saved you the biggest bit.

2. Dinner together. For the last month I have been sitting at a table on my own for most meals. I eat as quickly as I can because there's always jobs to do. I have my food last and need to be first out of the door. So eating together for once is such a luxury. Having a conversation and not having to bolt my food is a pleasure.

3. BBQs. Can't beat a good bbq in the summer and this week my boss made us one to celebrate our last night off together. After a few false starts with lighting the bbq we tucked into some lovely food as the sunset.

4. Clouds. Because clouds can make the most beautiful patterns in the sky. This week I've snatched moments in my days to just watch the clouds. How they move with the wind and wisp across the sky. A moment to breathe and be calm.

5. Photos. This week the photos taken by the disposable cameras at my friend's hen do came back. They may possible be my favourite collection of photos ever. They capture the laughter and happiness that weekend. The little moments that probably would have been missed if we'd not had those cameras. These photos capture our friendship and that's worth so much!

6. Chocolate. Because some days all you need is to stuff your face with some dairy milk!

And now back to today, I'm counting down the hours until I can jump in my car and get on the road towards Suffolk. For more Wonderful Wednesday head over to these lovely lady's blogs:  JoHelenMichelleSarahSallyCatSamEl Kerri's, and Peta's and Ellie or follow #WonderfulWednesday on instagram and twitter.

Kate xx

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #80

Hello everyone and welcome to Wonderful Wednesday brought to you on a Thursday! It's been pretty hectic around these parts as I'm working long days so I've been neglecting my Wonderful Wednesday posts. However, some lovely lovely messages from the rest of the gang on twitter have got me tip tapping this out on my morning off.

Without further ado let's get down to the wonderful...

1. Sunsets. Today is not the day I stop raving about them. But when you can sit at the top of the hill and watch the sky change colour in a warm breeze and not a soul in sight who can really blame me?

2. Lovely comments. Isn't it just lovely to hear you've done a good job or that someone is grateful for something you've done? This week some of the coaches have left some amazing comments and it makes me all fuzzy that they've taken the time to do that.

3. Wonderful friends who check in. I'm away from my home, friends and family for another two weeks still and whilst I'm having a lovely time I do miss everyone. So it's been just lovely to have friends who message or call just to catch up. Or alternatively so that I can counsel them when they're driving through a thunderstorm!

4. Views. The views here are incredible. You can see for miles and every time I head over the hill it takes my breath away. I might be miles and miles from the sea, but the views aren't half bad.

5. Perfect blue shoes. Let me tell you a story about a hunt for shoes that has been going on for months. I'm a bridesmaid at one of my best friend's weddings in a couple of weeks. So I have been on the lookout for matching shoes. Shoe shopping is always so difficult with finding something that goes over my splint and fits both my odd sized feet. So when I found some beautiful bright blue suede trainers in TK Maxx I definitely hit the jackpot. They are perfect and it has made me even more excited for the special day.

6. What a difference a year makes. Sometimes you just have to step back and reflect. Time hop always brings back memories and it's so funny how much has changed since this time last year. For one, this time last year I met someone who has grown to be one of my very best friends. We met this time last year and now talk every single day. My flatmate also visited me and we've gone through so much this year.

7. Weather. This sunshine is making me and everyone around me super happy when there's cricket to be played. Enough said.

8. An evening off. Saturday night we all had an evening off which was spent eating tasty Mexican food and catching up. We work mainly on our own so it's lovely to know there's girls that have got your back and we had a lovely evening.

That's all for this week. Keep looking for the lovely things that make you smile in everyday and for even more catch  JoHelenMichelleSarahKateCatSamEl Kerri's, and Peta's and Ellie's blogs and #wonderfulwednesday. Have a fab rest of the week.

Kate xx