Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #32

This Wednesday finds me all energised about life. I've found a patch of inspiration and am grabbing it with both hands. It's funny reading back last week's Wonderful Wednesday and realising how I feel so different this week. It's so important to look after yourself and this week I've been putting a few things into place to make myself feel better. It's also fab to see that even in the most doldrum and meh weeks there are glimmers of happiness.

This week feels a bit different though. I'm ready for everything. I'm awake and refreshed. So without anymore ado let's hurry on with the wonderful...

1. Flat roast. On Sunday everyone in our flat cooked a roast together. We had an absolute feast with so much food. It was lovely to spend time cooking and eating with friends. With lots of veggies, crispy potatoes and the best gravy, the chicken was yummy too. My German flatmate made us a type of German dumpling which was yummy. Even though we were bursting we just about had space for chocolate and raspberry strudel with custard and a glass of fruit cider. And as we are students we managed all of this for £3 per portion! It fuelled me up for another couple of hours of cricket training and essay writing.

2. New Team Kit. Not sure I mentioned but this weekend is my first cricket games for the university. Not that I'm excited or anything! This week our training kit arrived and it's so comfy and smart. Navy tops and jumpers with white logos are going to make us look so professional when we turn up on Sunday. Nope, I'm not excited at all!!

3. Toast. I love toast. I love that it's so versatile and can be eaten for every meal (although obviously I wouldn't do that)! This week I have been experimenting with different toppings. From your classic butter or chocolate spread to sardines and mozzarella I've had it all. Plus I have the nicest seedy wholegrain bread.

4. Sleep. Last week I was drained and exhausted. It really had an effect on me. I became quite emotional and made everyday tasks need so much more effort. Yes I may have burnt peppers and dropped a fish slice out of the window. Anyway, it's so surprising the restorative powers of sleep. After one really good sleep I felt so much more myself. This week I have consciously gone to bed earlier and got enough sleep and I feel so much more energised and able to focus as a result.

5. PE. I know many of you will already be bored of the PE and sport chat, but it's so much a part of my life. This week I started me PE specialism module for university. This is what I have been waiting for and after only 2 sessions I am already so inspired. The content is so interesting and I can't wait to put it into practise. It's also inspiring me to be more active.

6. Early mornings. Relating to the above point, I have been so active this week and it's making me so much happier. Although this week I have a lot of early starts I have been waking up that little bit earlier to do a little bit of yoga or stretching. Being physically active has been proven to improve your quality of life and I totally buy into this! I like having that time in the morning to watch the sky lightening and settling myself in the day. I have been eating a healthy breakfast and feeling ready for the day.

7. Music. This week has been all about playlists. A mellow wake up playlist in the morning. Some classic songs from my youth (enter S Club and B*witched) to cheer me up when I get in the evening. Or some real sing a long favourites to listen to in the flat when we're all there. Music is so good for the mood and gets me moving.

I'm a little bit buzzy this week. Funny how a few changes can really change your mood. How are you feeling this week? What has been making you smile? For more loveliness head yourself over to the rest of the gang's blogs: JoHelenMichelleSarahSallyCatSamEl , Kerri's, Mimmi'sMartina's and Isabelle's.
Find us on twitter (appreciate_day) with #WonderfulWednesday or comment here.

Kate xx

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #31

Truthfully as you find me writing this post I'm a little down in the dumps. Not disastrous unhappiness, but that melancholy mood where laughing seems a struggle. In these moods I'm best to take time for myself. So I am sat with my scrapbook ready eating frozen banana slices spread with nutella. The spoon may have dipped into the jar way after the banana was gone, but some days that is needed.

In general though life is pretty sweet, but tonight I need reminding so writing this list is perfect. Anyway enough of my ramblings and on with the wonderful:

1. Getting caught in the rain. On Saturday my flatmates and I decided to go on an adventure to the Royal William Yard in Plymouth. Having left under clear blue skies, spits of rain had already started on our 40 minute walk there. We ate our picnic of German sausages (I told you I was learning German culture - bonus points for anyone who can still remember how to say squirrel, see here if you are completely confused) under shelter and then explored. From being able to dock your boat in the pay and display harbour to art galleries to beautiful views, this lace had a quirky feel to it. That was until it started chucking it down and we had to walk home! Although I was absolutely soaked I laughed the whole way home. We found inspirational quotes in the pavement and laughed at each others attempts to run in the ran. Did I mention I didn't have a coat?

2. Hot chocolate and hot showers. This one follows on nicely from the above point. When we got home we quickly sorted a shower rota and had the warmest showers and put on fluffy socks and warm PJs. Having stopped at the shop on way home for marshmallows (we actually dripped on the floor) we made huge mugs of hot chocolate and ate cake. Perfect way to warm up.

3. Wearing a dress. On Saturday night we went out and for the first time in months I wore a dress. My flatmates also attacked me with make up that I don't usually wear. And I felt really good. Like, I looked hot. It's a big confidence boost and makes me want to find more dresses. Apparently I looked so different to my ID that the doorman refused to believe it was me!!

4. Making the cricket team. To be honest this was the big excitement of the week and I don't know how I held off until point 4 to talk about it. At the weekend we had trials for the cricket team. I got home really disappointed because I thought I had played really badly. Then I got the email and literally danced round the flat screaming. Then made vegetable couscous in celebration. We have several games in the next few weeks which involves a couple of trips to Southampton.

5. Phone calls with my Grandma. When I was back at home if I had an afternoon off I would pop round to my Grandma's house and chat and eat. I really miss this so I have been phoning her. She says the sweetest things and says she is just happy to hear my voice. Nothing more comforting than knowing you have someone you love at the other end of the phone.

6. Frozen banana. This week I had a whole stack of bananas that were just about ready to go. They were getting a bit bruised and brown. Instead of throwing them away at home  would make banana bread. However at uni |I just don't have the ingredients or cooking utensils (yet) to bake. So I decided to slice them and freeze. I've been taking a couple of slices out as a snack either on its own or spread with chocolate spread. So yummy. I hear you can also mash frozen banana up to make an ice cream consistency. That's next on my list to try.

So that's my list of wonderful this week. Head over to over to JoHelenMichelleSarahSallyCatSamEl Kerri's, Mimmi'sMartina's and Isabelle's blogs for even more good cheer and share your highlights on twitter with #wonderfulwednesday.

Kate xx

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #30

How are we diddly-doing my lovelies? This week has been really good. I feel all sorts of inspired and ready to get stuck into my course. Everything has settled down a little bit here and we are starting to get used to living with each other. The weather has definitely taken a turn for the chilly and autumn is on it's way, but that just means more snuggling. Despite living in the middle of the city, I am actively taking time to find the green spaces because this little country bumpkin needs to see some greenery once in a while. Even though that greenery is currently tinged with the first happenings of autumn. Which is definitely exciting. Autumn is a high contender for my favourite season due to the colours and beautiful crisp days. But then I think at the end of every season I find a reason to love the next. Maybe I just like the change. Anyway I am now rambling about the weather which is not as fun as finding out about the wonderful things that have made my week:

1. Granola. This is a revelation! When I first got here I was eating ridiculous amounts of bread. For every meal. Whilst I do love bread I decided that breakfast needed a bit of a shake up. Enter raspberry and apple granola. This crunchy mix is full of dried fruit and is perfect with yoghurt for a filling, but quick easy breakfast. Unfortunately I still don't have a bowl so I have been eating it out of Tupperware or glasses all week. I now want to try overnight oats and porridge as the weather gets colder so any fail safe recipes would be greatly appreciated.

2. Walks. As I mentioned above I've been checking out the local green spaces and happened across a park that is just 10 minutes walk from my house. I wrote about my walk there here f you'd like to check it out. My flatmates and I also decided to take our exercising outside this weekend and did our workout in the park. Life advice: don't try to handstand on a downwards slope. You end up falling over and scraping your elbow like a child. It's has now bruised to a beautiful purple hue!

3. Library. This week I have dived headfirst into my studies and I'm really appreciating this library. Not only do I have a mountain of books, but there's also plenty of different places to study where I can really focus. From beanbags and sofas to separate silent study areas, there's a place for everyone and I like the calm place to study.

4. Cake. I met up with a course mate on Sunday for a wander around the Barbican. This s somewhere I need to explore more as there's plenty of cute shops and an ice cream parlour I definitely need to go to. On this occasion we decided cake was needed and went to a little cafe with tiny outdoor courtyard. With the weather still just about warm enough to sit outside we dug into the lightest yummiest cakes: Chocolate for we and she had orange drizzle.

5. Coaching. Having not coached for over a month I set out looking for an opportunity to do what I love again. Whilst training for the uni cricket team I managed to talk to the coach and I will now be coaching for a couple of hours a week. I really can't wait to get started again and get to know some more players and help them become the best they can.

6. Hoodies. In fact not just a hoody, a bag, tshirt and hoody all for a bargainous price. The university have been selling branded clothes in a deal and it's my best purchase since being here (other than sweet potatoes and maybe the granola, oh and the socks that meant I didn't have to do laundry for another week, but you get the picture). The hoody is so warm and fluffy and massive so I feel all snuggled in it even on chilly days. I also feel like a proper student of the uni in it. Excuse the light etc,

And now it's your turn. Tell me what has made your week that little bit special. What has put a smile on your face? On twitter use #wonderfulwednesday (I'm @appreciate_day), leave a comment or better still write your own post. These lovely ladies, led by the gorgeousSally all write fabulous posts that make my Wednesday's so check out JoHelenMichelleSarahCatSamEl KerriMimmiMartina and Isabelle.

Kate xx

Monday, 10 October 2016

Autumn Motivation Walks

Monday morning called for getting outside and taking in some fresh air to start my day. I always feel much more productive if I have got up early had a good breakfast and moved. I'm keen to keep exercising whilst I'm here so an early morning walk starts my day off well. After a glass of granola and yoghurt (I don't yet own a bowl #studentlife) I ventured out to the local park. Living in the city I miss green spaces. I feel like to concrete masks the changing of the seasons, so I'm very happy to have this park only 10 minutes walk away. You are not going to mistake the seasons in this park. The ground is covered in the best crunchy leaves of all colours and the trees and so many shades and hues of autumnal colours.

I also made a friend. This squirrel was super friendly and came right up to me in the park. Having German flatmates e have been trying to pick up a few phrases in German and squirrel is one of the few words I can say. It is Eichhörnchen for anyone interested. Which sounds like one of those placeholders you say when you're mumbling or don't know what to say.

He was literally so I close I could have touched him! I love this action shot. As well as the squirrel, there were so many dogs in the park, which made me miss my Ben.

The last flowers of summer were just blooming which made the transition between seasons all the more obvious. Now I have taken my walk I am ready to smash today.

Have a good Monday all. Remember it is important to do things for you once in a while. Take a break. Keep motivated and appreciate the world around you.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #29

This week has sailed away (sorry no pun intended!) so fast I can't even comprehend. Everything is moving along and it feels like I've lived here a lot longer than 2 and a half weeks. So much has been jam packed into the last week and I've hardly had time to sit down. I'm feeling

1. Breakfast and the best milkshake. Saturday saw me and my flatmates wake up in the hallway wrapped in our duvets because we had decided to have a sleepover when we'd got in. With a couple of sore heads in the group (mine not one of them) we decided a proper cooked breakfast was needed. Just down the road from us is a cafe with proper fry ups and the best milkshakes. Enter 'Death by Chocolate' milkshake. Chocolate milkshake, chocolate sauce, chocolate brownie and cream.

2. Family flat day out. On Sunday again had such a cute day together. In the morning we all cooked pancakes with strawberries and nutella. We then got ready and caught a ferry to Mount Batten which is just a 10 minute journey from the Barbican. The weather was gorgeous and sunny and we walked along the sea walls taking photos of our new home. After a considerable amount of walking we were rewarded with puppy cuddles and a mango and raspberry cider in the pub before making our way back.

3. Seeing the stars and the morning sunshine. In my uni room I have a skylight right above my bed. In the evening just before I go to sleep I look up and see the stars. When I wake up in the morning I can see the sky and the light beaming through.

4. Dancing. Last week I took part in a couple of free dance sessions with the uni. We laughed our way through zumba then learnt a bit of contemporary dance. To be honest the sessions weren't that great, but moving my body in a dance way again was brilliant. And yes I've danced in the evenings too...

5. Cricket. I've now met and trained with the women's cricket team here at the university. I've found people that love cricket just as much as me.

6. Cooking. I'm really enjoying cooking for myself. I like making a shopping list and planning meals. I like thinking of balancing my meals and trying to eat enough fruit and veg. I like our flat community of eating around the table together.

That's all for this week. It makes me so happy that the #wonderfulwednesday gang is growing and I always look forward to reading what has made these lovely ladies happy. Please check them out too:  JoHelenMichelleSarahCatSamEl Kerri's, Mimmi'sMartina'sIsabelle's blogs and our queen Sally!

Kate xx