Don’t Forget to Enjoy the Ride

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Success, in its many forms, is something we all aim for… but in our rush, have we started to forget about the journey?

Recently, I couldn’t help but notice many of the talented babes I know (through both internet and face-to-face friendship) express that they were feeling exhausted, overwhelmed and a little frustrated, because in aspects of their lives, things are still a work in progress.

It feels like there’s less talk about the exciting period of trial and error, of experimenting and getting a real sense of what feels ‘right’ and much more pressure to have ready-made success.

Not only have we given up on embracing the journey, but it almost has a stigma attached to it. We want our new ventures to be kicking butt (and so we should!), but we want it immediately – if not sooner!

Celebrating milestones – that first piece of glowing feedback that you feel like framing, exceeding small goals and seeing your seed of an idea grow into something amazing. It feels so rewarding when all the pieces start to fall into place and yet the process seems to have been left in the dust. Can we still enjoy the ride?

It makes me wonder where this intense feeling of urgency originates from: is it worrying about what others might think? Or does it come from comparing ourselves to people and the highlight reels we see on our social media feeds? Sure, putting in the hours doesn’t always look glamorous (even with a filter on it), but it’s surely something to be proud of?

It’s OKAY not to have it all figured out just yet, and it’s OKAY to have a work in progress. If we knew all the answers right away, life would be a heck of a lot less interesting. It’s kind of like picking up a book and skipping to the last page to see how it ends! Where’s the fun in that?!

I love a success story, and to see other people live their dreams, but I also really enjoy seeing HOW it happened. Like when you read about companies that started off in someone’s kitchen and went on to become household names – I can’t help but feel inspired by those kind of stories!

So here’s the thing: don’t forget to enjoy the ride. You’re on the road to something great, which is so exciting, but if you don’t soak up the little moments too, you’re missing out on what makes it so great in the first place.

Here’s to finding joy in the journey…


3 Ways to Organise Your Life this Year

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I have to admit, typing a title with the words ‘ways to organise your life’ makes me feel like there should be a little fanfare at the start of this post, or at least a loud whistle – as though I’m a wise old teacher about to gather you all round to impart some special knowledge.

No pressure then, eh?

Keeping ourselves organised is nothing new, but sometimes we start the year with the best intentions only to find that by March a few things tend to fall away a bit (or at least, I know I do) . Before we know it, we’re right back where we started!

I thought it might be helpful to share a few ways that I like to keep on top of things, in case you’re setting yourself goals (well, it IS January!) for the year and need a helping hand to stick to them…

  1. Invest in a diary and be sure to use it! Call it a planner, a diary, a journal, an electronic agenda app or just a notebook – whatever name it goes by, this little baby is my number one, can’t-live-without-it organisational tool. When I was a kid, I had a furry Dalmatian-patterned Filofax and it was one of my favourite possessions. Granted, I didn’t have THAT MUCH to plan in it (unless you count ‘going to the caravan’ and ‘Dad’s birthday’) but still! There are endless styles of planner available from all kinds of brands, but my current favourite is the agenda, as I loved using it last year and have recently treated myself to a new one to kick-start 2017 (pictured above). Bonus tip: take fifteen minutes and mark in important events for the entire year so they don’t sneak up on you later…
  2. Get on board with meal planning. Food is such a big part of life, yet when I think about how little time I spend thinking about what to eat I feel a little bit embarrassed (who’s that at 5pm cruising the M&S aisles on an empty stomach about to make a silly dinner choice? Oh, yeah – it’s THIS GAL). So I’ve come to realise that with some slight preparation in advance, my meals for the week will be sorted so that I don’t even need to think about it later. Winning! Depending on what you like, you could make a big batch of something at the weekend and incorporate that into your meals for the week. Making the plan really doesn’t take long. Then it’s just a case of buying and preparing the food so that you’re ready for the week ahead. Bonus tip: this is especially helpful if you’re switching up your diet and trying to eat more or less of a certain thing – incorporate this goal into your planning.
  3. De-clutter your day-to-day. De-cluttering is such a wide-ranging topic that it’s perhaps best to be more specific here! When I say the day-to-day, what I mean is, the meaningless messages that take up your time and energy every single day. Unsubscribe from those newsletters, catalogues and email updates that – let’s face it – you delete without opening anyway. That daily email that you get from a company you bought a sweater from one time five years ago? Buh-bye. By all means stay signed up to anything that is of value, but be brutally honest with the rest! You’ll be surprised at how satisfying it will feel and the best part? Making more room for all of the stuff that you enjoy! Bonus tip: for anything you DO decide to stay subscribed to, make a sub-folder in your inbox to keep them in check.

I hope that you achieve everything that you set out to do this year, and that one or two (or perhaps all!) of these tips help you get to where you want to be! And if you have any must-do’s to share when it comes to ways to organise your life, please let me know in the comments below…

Let’s do this, team!


Things I’ve Learned Since Getting a Kitten

Getting a kitten Well, it’s been almost 4 weeks since we brought Bosley home and I thought it was high time I introduced him properly around here! If you’ve been following my Instagram Stories (is it just me that’s obsessed with them? Sorry Snapchat!), you will have had an almost daily dose of him and his cute (and at times, crazy!) escapades. Plus, y’know…THAT FACE.

In a short space of time, he’s truly become one of the gang and it almost feels like he’s been here forever. That being said, every day there are still new things I discover about him and need to consider as he grows bigger.


So, as well as the opportunity to show off a few snaps of the little guy, I’d love to also share a few things I’ve learned since getting a kitten…


Spending time together is good for both of you

My mornings used to be a bit manic to say the least. I’d tear through the flat like the Tasmanian Devil, and I’d be out and about before I’d really had a chance to wake up properly. Now, I have a new routine and it’s all down to Bosley.

In the morning, I’ll get up and spend twenty minutes with him before I do anything else. I’ll sit by the window and he’ll come sit by me, purring madly and we’ll have a wee chat. Our morning bonding time is something we both look forward to (when I get out of bed he now runs at top speed to our spot!) and I start my day feeling really content. Playing together is also great fun and we’re starting to see his personality shine through a little more each day.


Kittens are smarter (AND sillier!) than you expect them to be

It didn’t take Bosley long to figure out a few things, like where his litter tray was, where his food is kept and what it means when he sees us putting on our shoes. It turns out he’s taking a lot more in that we were originally giving him credit for!

HOWEVER. He is also as daft as a brush and sometimes his curiosity gets the better of him. I give you Exhibit A, Your Honour…


Yep. Right in the toaster. Even he looks a bit embarrassed here, right? Luckily we already knew that keeping all appliances switched off that we aren’t using at the time is the best idea, so there was no risk of having a toasted kitty.

NEVER underestimate how high they can jump

We assumed that as he is technically a baby, Bosley wouldn’t be able to get very far by himself. Oh, friends – how naive we were! We thought it’d be months from now until he could leap onto the kitchen counter tops. We stand corrected. It’s not all mischief though! On the flipside, he will unexpectedly jump up next to me on the sofa or on top of the bed and snuggle in. Ahhh!


The love is real

As a lifelong animal lover, I knew that I’d be smitten with any pet we were able to give a home to. I just don’t think I was mentally prepared for how much I would love him and how hard it would hit me. Ouch, my soul! The first time I met Bosley and he lay in my arms purring like a tiny speedboat, my eyes filled with tears and I thought my heart might burst!

Now, a few weeks on, I am still utterly smitten. And I can tell because when I am doing the not-so-exciting jobs like cleaning his eye goop, researching insurance and emptying his litter tray, I do it without as much as a grumble. If that’s not love, I don’t know what is!


And one final thing I’ve learned: Bosley is more than just a pet, he’s a purr-fect new addition to the family and the happiest little chappy you could ever want to live with you (even if his sassy RBF suggests otherwise sometimes!). Making sure he stays that way by giving him the best care possible, spending time together and taking a moment each day to appreciate his little quirks is all part of that.

These are just a few things I’ve learned since getting a kitten and I’ll be sharing more Bosley updates soon. In the meantime you can keep up with his antics by searching #exoticbosley on Instagram!

Do you have any kitten stories to share?

With tiny paws and kitty claws,