Guess what? I finally passed my DRIVING TEST!! Yeh, I couldn’t believe it either. Think my instructor was relieved too lol. Took me ages but got there in the end. It was one of my New Year’s goals and I’m so glad I did it!

ALSO NEVER BEEN SO EXCITED ABOUT A ROYAL WEDDING. If I knew Prince Harry was into brownies I would have been all over it yearsss ago. But honestly, Meghan Markle is like my WCW, EVERY WEDNESDAY. I have been a super huge fan of hers since her early days on Suits and can’t believe she’s marrying into the royal family. Super epic news; they make the cutest couple and can’t wait to see what their wedding will be like next year!

In other exciting news, I’ve also started a secondment at work for a few months on a research project. Really looking forward to getting my head stuck in that! I will be giving up my managerial duties and responsibilities of my current role to focus on this project so hopefully will be less stressful and really help to highlight my analytical skills when it comes to marketing.

Reading…

The One by John Marrs

This is a real page turner. I thought the concept was really fascinating – an online dating site which matches people based on their DNA so they know they have found ‘the one’. It’s fiction by the way, although my original impression was that it was non-fiction! I really enjoyed reading it and it’s been a while since I’ve consumed a book in such a short space of time. Gonna give it 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Really got into flat whites this month too!

The Ballroom by Anna Hope

Beautiful love story set in the early 20th century/Victorian era (and you know how I feel about the Victorian times heh heh) about two people who meet in an asylum. It’s on Richard and Judy’s Book Club list so knew this would be right up my street!

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Always at Coffee#1

Visiting…

Tenerife

Wit ma old skool Cambridge crew. I slept for most of it; I think I left my bed for like one day for a city excursion lol. We ended up staying at this place full of old people; was hilarious. The sunshine and space to think through my thoughts and catch up with one of my best mates was the best kind of therapy though. So many late night bants and laughter ❤

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Love dem palm tress and sunsets.
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Day excursion somewhere.
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I didn’t go here but the guys did.

I also ate lots of yummy food – which is the best part of being on hol obviously.

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Epic view and food.
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We got really obsessed with drinking cortados with sweet milk.

I also got to spend some time with myself which is what I really needed after quite a few stressful months which has made me more anxious about stuff than I would normally be.

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Woman at this cafe didn’t speak English. Was proud of my Espanol.
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Waffle didn’t taste as good as it looked ngl.

My advice? Holiday with guys if you can – life is soooo much easier and chillaxed. They took such good care of me and they’re great for logistics! ^_^ We’re hoping to make this an annual thing!

Celebrating…

Passing my driving test as mentioned earlier ^_^ and CIM graduation regarding my Diploma in Professional Marketing which I completed earlier this year. Grateful for some good things happening this month.

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Finally!

Watching…

Louis Theroux: Talking to Anorexia

A BBC documentary I watched this month on the recommendation of a friend. Although it focuses on anorexia, which is possibly the most physically visible of known eating disorders, the psychological grip, key characteristics (such as exercising control, self-punishment, irrational thought patterns and feelings of worthlessness), body dysmorphia and the debilitating impact it can have on an individual’s relationships with others and their quality of life, is also the same for those suffering from bulimia and binge eating disorder. The show really shows the grip that an eating disorder can have on an individual – it is foremost a mental disorder. The way it clouds your judgement and manifests itself is so malignant, that it becomes all consuming and takes over your whole life. The psychological grip is honestly crazy.

If you have the time, I would highly recommend watching this documentary.

Murder on the Orient Express

Finally made it to the Showcase Cinema in Southampton, and the seats are certainly something to rave about. I don’t go to the cinema often (because all movies as of late are absolutely shiteeee), but a number of people had recommended Murder on the Orient Express to me so thought I would give it a watch. There was certainly a fab cast of actors which drew me in, but I think the movie lacked depth in terms of character development and exposition – it all felt a bit rushed. I enjoyed it nonetheless, and didn’t fall asleep hoorayy! It was my first time encountering Agatha Christie’s Poirot and I love Kenneth Branagh so I was like YAY YAY YAYY, but not sure if I would recommend watching the movie to others though hmmm. But I’m a hard gal to impress.

Writing…

Some really popular posts on my blog this month! If you haven’t read them already, here they are:

Focusing on…

Recovery

Trying to get as much sleep as possible and using tools that I have discovered this month, like the ‘wise mind’ – not sure if you’ve ever heard of it, but it’s the space between the ‘rational mind’ and the ’emotional mind’ and avoids the ‘all or nothing’ approach to life when it comes to making decisions, dieting etc. I’m finding it super useful so far. I’m also practicing mindfulness and slowing things down a bit, especially mindful eating which I’m finding a really interesting experience in terms of just being more in tune with my internal sensations and feelings. I’ve also been detoxing off social media/the Internet as much as possible this month, which I find to be great for mental health. And as per usual, have been taking time out in coffee shops reading ❤

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A new favourite spot in Waterstones Cafe.

Buying my own place!

Currently in the process of buying my own flat – super stressful! My New Year goal for 2018 is to have all this complete! EXCITED but have quite a way to go to getting this all sorted! I am lucky that I have my super experienced sisters to help me see the process through 🙂

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