Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #73

Hello my lovelies ad welcome to another Wonderful Wednesday. Once again we are all change as I have moved back to university this week. We are now living in a flat and out of university halls. The few days before coming back to Plymouth is always weird. A frenzy of seeing everyone to say goodbye and packing. So this week seems to have gone past in a flash. The pace of life slows as I get back to university. This week is all about settling in and catching up before lectures start again on Monday. Enough with the life update and on to the things that have been making me smile this week.

1. Breakfast in bed. What way is there to start the day than a massive bowl of granola and fruit eaten leisurely in bed. I followed that up with a spot of yoga and felt all refreshed and ready for the day.

2. Beautiful skies. There's been some absolute stonkers of sunsets this week. I have realised that from the back of the flat you have a gorgeous view of the sun setting so most evenings you can find me sat on the fire escape stairs just staring at the sky. I have noticed how early it's getting dark though or is that just me?

3. Birthdays. As soon as we got back to university it was time to celebrate my flatmate's birthday. We had organised plenty of surprises for her and had a great night. I felt especially fabulous in a red dress that made me feel like the dancing lady emoji.

4. Ice breakers. Every time you meet groups of people there's the same icebreakers trotted out again and again. Mini interviews, finding out things we have in common and questions. This week though we used a few with people we already knew. Although it was hard to think of new facts about yourself it was great to get to know people even better and definitely brought out a few surprises!

5. Brownies. I think I go about chocolate brownies far too much! But the university put on a street food market every month and the brownies are the highlight. Gooey and chocolatey I can't resist. This time I chose a raspberry and white chocolate chip brownie, perfect for eating over catch ups.

6. Double bed. Finally having moved into our new flat I have a double bed. This is the first time in my life that I've had a double bed. I'm making the most of it by starfishing and generally getting such good sleep.

So that's a little round up of the week. It seems like everything starts with a B this week, but that's just Bloody Beautiful. Anyway enough alliteration and on with more wonderful: These lovely ladies also run down their weeks  SallyJoHelenMichelleSarah, CatSamEl KerriMimmiMartina , Peta, Kelly and Emma, you join in on twitter or instagram with #wonderfulwednesday or comment the good things below.

P.s. I have just jumped on the bandwagon of instagram (a whole lot late I know), but I'll be sharing all the lovely moments all week long over there. I'm @appreciate_day if you're interested.

Kate xx

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #72

This week finds me just buzzing away. So many ideas and lot more sleep has got me all kinds of excited. I guess the impending return to university has got me excited as well. There's something about new beginnings that always makes me motivated. So let's see what other lovely things have got me excited this week...

1. Yoga. I don't know if it's because I've slept funny or what, but my shoulders and back have felt all kinds of tight and achey. This week I did a little yoga video designed to help out and cor blimey, I couldn't believe how good it felt. Not only did it relax all my muscles, t made me stop and just concentrate on one thing for 15 minutes and it's not often that happens. I felt blimming marvellous afterwards and I can't wait to get this into my routine.

2. Storm. I don't know about you but I love a storm. Obviously I'm not talking the fiercely dangerous ones that poor America is facing right now. I've talking the thunder and lightening that we experience. I just love watching the power of nature. It's just so awe inspiring. Plus on Monday night it cleared the air and gave way to the most beautiful golden sunset which made me think autumn was on its way.

3. Dreams. I think it's so important to talk about your dreams and hopes. To give them audible space in the world so that they are one step closer to reality. My friends and I spent an evening talking about dreams. Everything from travelling adventures to things we'd love to do and career goals. These are beautiful, brave, ambitious ladies and I'm so happy to call them my friends.

4. Belly Laughs. When you haven't seen your friend for months then the best activity is pancakes and belly laughs. We went to cute little cafe with its own resident pygmy goats and caught up with everything.

5. Educating Greater Manchester. I've really got into this program as I do with every single one of these series. The show is heartwarming and shows the true resilience and kindness of teenagers. A bit of a tearjerker, but great telly.

6. Family. Having spent most of my summer (and the year at university) away from my family it's mean lovely this week to spend some quality time with them and as it mostly involves eating too I'm really not complaining.

7. A new coat. I hate shopping with a vengeance, but this week I managed a productive trip and the crowning glory was a coat. This coat is a tailored grey long jacket. Honestly when I put it on I feel put together and powerful. I just think this is going to be a piece of clothing that I can put on and feel confident and that gets a big thumbs up from me.

That's another week gone then, they are certainly racing through. This time next week I will be persuading the new first years what an amazing sport cricket is and getting them to join. There's even more at these lovely ladies' blogs:  SallyJoHelenMichelleSarah, CatSamEl KerriMimmiMartina , Peta, Kelly and Emma and get in touch with yours by commenting or using the hashtag #wonderfulwednesday on twitter or instagram.

Kate xx

Monday, 11 September 2017

The Summer Best Bits

It has been absolutely ages since I wrote in this little spot. I felt like a broken record at the start of my last few Wonderful Wednesday posts. I was just exhausted and rushed off my feet. As I finally sit down to reflect on my summer I realise I have crammed so much in. I have worked, I've travelled round the country and I've spent some quality time with friends and family. I have so much to tell you all, but if I wrote in depth about it all it would be long enough to submit for my dissertation. And whilst none of you would sit through long enough to read it, the idea of me sitting down to write it fills me with dread. So here's the latest. The bite size version of the best bits of the summer:

Sunny Days. I spent a summer sat outside and running cricket festivals. My idea of a perfect summer. I did a bit of moaning though - long days and drizzle do that to a person - but on sunny days where I sat watching the cricket I realised how lucky I was to have a cool summer job that I enjoyed. I'd much much rather by there than inside or waiting tables. For one I'm far too clumsy for that!

Drunk chats with best friends. An hour and a half after I walked through the door from a summer of work I was back out and off on holiday. 4 days spent with my oldest closest friends who slip into familiar territory right away. But it was one night sat tipsy in the coolest bar where we chatted about everything. We were vulnerable, we laughed together and they reminded why I value them so highly.

Chasing dreams. Never before have I crossed the country to follow my feelings. Never before have I gone to meet someone I'd previously only met once. But I did. I acted and followed my heart for once. I lay myself vulnerable and made a friend for life.

The day my ears rung and my legs hurt. A trip to London with my mum where she recreated her youth through a Pink Floyd exhibition and we walked through the east end of London for hours getting more hungry and trying random local foods.

Stargazing. Never have I had such a magical evening as the one spent on the top of the Malvern hills watching a meteor shower. We took hot chips up and found a rock that encased us so I felt like I was laying back and watching the sky like it was a massive cinema screen. We watched the sun set and as the sky darkened the show began. The stars were phenomenal. I've never seen such a display. We chatted about life into the night and perked our selves up with emergency chocolate at work the next day.

Phone Calls into the night. When you're both so sleepy but you don't want to put the phone down because you want to keep hearing their voice. Yeah that.

Let me know the best bits of your summer

Kate xx