Hello 2017!

Hello 2017!

Well hello 2017. You've come around so fast...

To be honest, you're already going at super speed. We're now ten days into you (there was a slight moment of me that went to be a little lad-like and be all 'wahey' WINK, but I resisted. Well, kinda.) and I'm only just sitting down to say hello, happy new year, and all those other things that happen in between that Christmas period and the quiet of January. You see, in the last three weeks, maybe even more six weeks, or if we're going full force, I'd say the last twelve months, it's been a whirlwind. A non stop ride. I would describe it as a rollercoaster, but then that means you have your lows with your highs, and of course although there were  a few low points in 2016, majority of it for me personally, was pretty incredible (does this make me sound selfish? I hope not.) I liked it a lot.
I liked it a lot because I was super busy. I hardly had time to stop and wash my socks (I did manage, but you get the idea), and I hardly lived at home. I was always somewhere, seeing people, places, and learning many new things. I visited new places and saw as much of the people who matter to me, as often as I could. They're the things I like the most, so it's time always well spent.

So I guess you've got a lot to live up to. But I have no doubts in you, I believe you won't disappoint.
And I believe that, because although I think fate lives in the clouds (as do I a fair amount of time...), I also know I can make it a good one too.
Which I'm going to.
Positivity; is key!

There's weddings to be attending, there's family to cherish, friends to laugh with, a male to be loved, work to be created, cats to be fussed, places to be visited, and most importantly myself to be pushed.
You see, thats my main plan this year; To push myself.
Not in a bad way, or one that'll make me cry. Nobody wants to cry. Like where's the fun in that?
But more, just to DO me. Be me. And believe in me.
That I can do things. That I am good at what I do, in all aspects of my life, from work, to friends and family, to living. And that I am who I am for me.
Because isn't that the biggest achievement of all. Being yourself.

At least I think it should be. I know it will be for myself.

And I'm also going to get out on my bike more. Even if it did make me cry the first time. That's an exception, because not only is it beautiful, but I know I enjoy it. Those tears? They were at the fault of my aching legs. So we'll blame my legs rather than the bike.

Here's to 2017. The year of being me. And riding my bike.

"It's not your job to like me. It's mine."
The little things

The little things

Lazy mornings in bed. There's something quite pleasing about waking up on a Sunday morning with little plans, and treating yourself to a well deserved breakfast, just because. At the moment we're all over pastries, and jam whether they're hot or cold. And throw in (not literally mind..) a peppermint tea, cat cuddles and some chilled music, making it nearly my favourite thing to do on a weekend (quote, nearly..).
Bike life. It was my birthday earlier this month, and it's fair to say I was utterly surprised when this not so little present, was standing at the front door. For me! ME! I've been wanting a bike for a year and a half, but haven't ever gotten round to it (and because, y'know weather and excuses), so of course it was only right to head straight out onto the streets and through the Surrey hills immediately. Let's just say that there's some practice needed and speed required especially when hills are involved...
Present buying. This year I was attempting to be incredibly organised with present buying, but lets just say that I'm still placing orders this weekend (and doing that one for them, one for me trick).. We've decided to treat a few loved ones to something a little more special this year, and there'll certainly be a Daniel Wellington* watch or two under that tree. If you're thinking the same, you can get 15% off an order (bonus!) with the code LITTLEWINTER, which means you can spend that 15% you saved on something for you.
Christmas spirit. I can't believe it's Christmas next weekend! All my presents (mostly) are still sitting in the spare room waiting to be wrapped, with an attempted cute bow and sweet little tags attached (this never looks as good as I imagine but whatever, I try!) for all our family and friends. I'm so excited to head back on Christmas Eve and spend a good amount of time laughing, eating and relaxing with everyone. And enjoying a few too many glasses of fizz.
Edinburgh. We took a trip to Edinburgh this week for a few nights, as part of the birthday surprise (oh this male, he's too nice!), and honestly I don't think I've ever fallen in love with a beautiful city as quick as this. Like, all the windows, all the gothic buildings, and that food. Oh and the Christmas markets, lights and vibes completely enhanced it in ways I never thought possible. Officially want to move up North now. Not sure the bike would work so well with those steep streets mind...
Sunshine cat. This little one who loves to catch the sun in the morning. We've been spending a bit more time at home some week days, and weekends which means it throws him off routine - but I think he likes it. He may sleep less when we're about, but he makes up for it in cat cuddles thats for sure! And how can you resist that large belly, cute nose and big eyes. I know I can't!

"It's the little things that make life big."
Hey It's OK...

Hey It's OK...

Hey it's OK...

If your underwear drawer is the most organised thing in your life. Those lacy knickers are high maintenance and need space dontcha know?!

To laugh when you can't sleep. Even if the other half is really trying to get to sleep.

When you watch the same Youtube video over and over again. And laugh just as much as the first time.

To stop and think about the fact that your super hot boyfriend actually fancies you back, and then proceed to well up. Because it's real. And you're feeling all the feels.

When you wear your new jacket all day every day for a month. Inside and outside. Because, fashion!

When you eat the whole chocolate bar. That was for two people. Like, whatever.

To not question something for once. Yeah that one can of pop rule a day? If you wanna break it one day you can. You're a full grown adult now so make your own rules.

If you forgot to reply to your girls on WhatsApp, because you'd replied in your head. The thought was there.

To admit that you're exhausted and that you need a few days relaxing. We all get tired even if we chose that job knowing the hours and commute - we're only human!

If you laugh and a little bit of wee comes out.

When you choose your weekly songs wisely, because they make you REALLY feel like you're in a music video when you're staring aimlessly out of that train window.

To cry happy tears. At like everything you see and hear. Happy tears are good.

To tell people that life is good, because it really genuinely is, even if your brain thinks that people will question the honesty in it. Everyone is different. And that's OK too.

"If it's meant to be, it will be."