Celebrating Bosley’s First Year!

Bosley's First Year

This weekend is a special one because it marks Bosley’s first year of living with us (AKA his ‘gotcha day’)! It’s hard for me to believe that this time last year we were bringing him home because it kind of feels like he’s always been here.

I was looking through pictures of Bosley earlier and can’t believe how tiny he used to be! I used to be able to scoop him up in one hand and he was able to climb inside my handbags and hide. These days, it’s quite a different story. But he is still as curious as ever and he still tries to climb inside things, even if his big butt hangs out the back! Bosley also has an incredible RKF (resting kit face!) as, despite his grumpy expression, he is very affectionate and friendly. We even joke that he is part dog!

Bosley's First Year

A little while back, I wrote about how having a kitten has been a big learning curve in our house, and I’m still learning new things about Bosley as he gets bigger. Like how much he loves our daily routines (no matter how small they might be!) and how intuitive he is. Also, he makes us laugh constantly – the other day he reacted to a particularly dramatic part of a corny film and it (further) convinced me that he understands English purrfectly…

Earlier this week was International Cat Day which meant that, as well as my feed being filled with even more cute felines than usual, I had yet another excuse to post a picture and celebrate Bosley’s first year on Twitter and Instagram! The gang at RSPCA have even included him in their #MoreThanCat online gallery of kitties – you can check it out here.

Bosley's First Year

It’s amazing how quickly a little animal can become such a big part of your life and, in a short year, Bosley has become a major part of ours. I can’t wait to see what the next twelve months (and all the months and years after that!) bring.

Tell me all about your furry friends! Do you celebrate any pet birthdays/ anniversaries too?

 

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…

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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 Ban.do 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!

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