Five For Friday

There’s been so much great blogger content popping up since the New Year started, as well as back over the Christmas period when we were busy stuffing our faces and enjoying family time. Here are a few of my favourites of recent.

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Honey Spiced Almond Milk – Lovely Indeed; Guide for Writing a Blog Plan in 2015 – The WellTuscany Travel Diary – Gal Meets Glam; Tips for Using Natural Light in Still Life Photography – A Beautiful Mess; Classic Pastel Rosemary Beach Wedding – Style Me Pretty.

My Pick of Podcasts

Pick of Podcasts

Lately, I’ve really gotten into listening to podcasts – to me, it’s like reading a book or watching a really great TV show without having to sit in one place and concentrate on only one task. I’m terrible for getting irritable and antsy if I sit down for too long, so podcasts are perfect for when I’m getting ready for bed in the evening, brushing my teeth or taking off my make-up. There are so many different ones out there, for all kinds of different tastes and interests, but I thought it would be nice for me to recommend 5 that I’ve given a listen to and really enjoy. Again, all of these are different and you really might not like them, but they’re a good starting point to see the kind of things that are out there. Happy listening.

“Serial unfolds one story – a true story – over the course of a whole season. The show follows the plot and characters wherever they lead, through many surprising twists and turns. Sarah won’t know what happens at the end of the story until she gets there, not long before you get there with her.”

This podcast has turned into a global phenomenon and it really is that good. The story behind it, the murder in 1999 of Hae Min Lee, a 17 year old student from Baltimore, is both fascinating and extremely sad – a girl struck down in her prime and so much uncertainty surrounding how she died. There’s a ton of speculation going on here and it’s difficult to know whether the truth will ever truly be found, but it certainly does make you question how the justice system works and how it affects every single person involved. If I could recommend just one podcast, this would be it.

  • The Lively ShowLink

“The Lively show is a weekly podcast designed to add a little extra intention to your everyday. Episodes will touch on various aspects of our lives including possessions, personal habits, relationships, and career. Entrepreneurship and online business also appear from time to time. There is a special emphasis on the blogging world and each episode is designed to uplift, inform, and inspire.”

This is a great podcast for bloggers, women who want a little inspiration and anyone looking for a little business advice too. Jess Lively interviews so many great professionals and they give such great tips and advice on so many different topics, that you never come away feeling anything other than inspired and motivated. It’s thought provoking and you’ll always find a topic that strikes a chord with you, so take a look at all the episodes and pick out the ones that say something to you and your current situation – you won’t be disappointed. One I’ve listened to recently, which I’ve really enjoyed, is with Kendi Skeen, from Kendi Everyday – it comes with great advice on fashion and blogging.

  • The Joy the Baker PodcastLink

“Joy the Baker and Tracy of Shutterbean.com discuss life’s important issues: cake, candy, cameras, boys, and lip gloss.”

This is a super fun podcast from Joy the Baker, who is one of my go-to food bloggers, for her fabulous recipes and her witty nature. This isn’t a food podcast – it’s a lovely random mix of blog talk, girly chat, as well as some foodie expertise. If you want something super light to listen to on your daily commute then this is the one to go for – be prepared to laugh out loud and have everyone around you look a little weirdly as you giggle along.

  • Elise Gets CraftyLink

“When I started listening to podcasts I was looking for a show just like this; something accessible that was geared toward small-business owners and/or creatives. I couldn’t find one, so I started my own. My goal is to introduce you to smart, interesting people who are good at what they do and willing to share their expertise. I hope you find the episodes fun, inspiring and thought-provoking.”

This is a great podcast for creative types who are looking for great small business advice. The interviews are filled with the best kind of people – the kind of people you’d like to have a one-on-one sit down with to really pick their brain on what makes them successful and their business work. I find it particularly inspiring as a blogger, even if I’m not a small business owner, and I come away feeling so inspired and motivated to take all the advice I hear and put it into practice to make my blog as good as it can be. One of my recent favourite listens is episode 8, with the girls from A Beautiful Mess, such a great listen.

  • After the JumpLink

“Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge takes her love art and design from the web to radio. Through a series of interviews with designers, store owners and up-and-coming members of the creative community, Grace will delve deeper into the world of independent artists. From exploring the day-to-day lives of contemporary makers to discussing the challenges they face, After the Jump will take the conversation off the screen and into real life.”

This is another great creative business podcast, which will give a ton of advice on all kinds of issues, from branding and social media to work/life balance and finding your creative voice. And considering the force behind it runs one of the best design sites going, you can’t go far wrong with this one, especially if you’re looking to hear from other individuals, maybe even people you’ve never heard of, who are passionate and excited about their field – there’s no way some of that enthusiasm can’t rub off.

Currently Listening To…

I don’t know about you or your music taste, but I’m currently really enjoying Taylor Swift’s 1989 album – it puts me in such a great mood and has some awesome songs to sing along to. I can’t even remember how I was introduced to this mashup of two of her songs, but it’s been on my playlist since that first listen and I thought you might be interested to take a listen for yourself. It’s such a beautiful version of two really great songs and benefits from being slowed right down for this remix. Enjoy.

Instagram Updates: December 2014

Another year has come and gone, and it ended with the best month ever. I’ve had such a great year, and it was amazing to end on such a high, spending time with all of my loved ones and really enjoying special moments together. I got to take a few days away with my boy, which really got me in the Christmas spirit, before the holiday season came around and these past couple of weeks have been just the best. 2015 is going to be a big one for us and I can’t wait to jump in. Here’s how my 2014 ended.

Instagram Updates: December 2014

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Welcome to 2015

2015

Wow, another year has gone and another has taken its place. These past 12 months have just flown by, but I feel really ready to get my teeth into 2015 and everything it has to offer. It’s a big one for me personally, as I get married in June, but I’m sure there will also be a ton of other fun things going on to make this one the best yet. I don’t like to dwell too much on what has gone on through the year, choosing to look forward to all the good things that can happen in the coming months, but I do like to take a little time to think about what I’ve shared with my loved ones over the last 365 days – even the sadder, more tough times that made us all stronger. I’m busy making plans and getting into gear, so I hope you’ll stick around as we take this journey through 2015 – let’s make it great.

Preparing for 2015

Preparing for 2015

I’ve never really been a resolution making kind of person, always trying to live in a consistent and productive way so that I didn’t feel to the need to radically shake things up going into a new year, but this year I thought it would be useful to write down just a few small changes I’d like to make going into 2015. It’s nothing huge or massively life-changing, just little steps I’d like to take to make 2015 the best yet.

1. Read more

I’m a massive book lover and have been known to get through as many as 9 titles during a two week vacation period, but I find it difficult to translate that into everyday life, when I find my evenings after work full with activities that need to be done around the house. I’d really like to change that and use reading as a way to wind down after the end of a long day, and really get immersed in some new fictional worlds. I hope to keep making must-read lists through the year and see how many books I can get through in the first few months of 2015, to see if I can achieve some actual goals in terms of numbers, but I’ve got a couple already beside my bed and ready to go.

2. Make healthy choices

I like to think that in terms of eating, I make mostly healthy choices – being a (mostly) vegetarian helps in that way – but I really want to step that up in 2015, with our wedding coming up, and wanting to be in the best shape possibly. I suppose, for me, it’s more about getting active and choosing to spend time straight after work more productively, by taking walks or practising some exercises in our home. Either way, I have an idea of where I want to be in terms of my weight and my fitness in this coming year, and I’m hoping I’ll go all the way in achieving those goals.

3. Create a perfect home

We’ve been in our home for over 2 years now, and we’ve made great steps in getting to where we want it to be – but there is still plenty to do in making it perfect for us. It will not be our ‘forever’ home and we plan to move at some point before we think about expanding our family, but I still want to come home everyday and feel completely content with the feel of our home and everything that’s inside it. We’re already making plans for some new furniture (this doesn’t happen too often with the expense of it all), so we hope this will make some rooms more useable, and we hope to keep going over the coming months with some decorating to make it all just right.

4. Disconnect more often

My boy and I are both guilty of spending too much time on our electronic devices – either checking up on social media, or simply browsing news websites – and it gets to a point where I get tired of it all and just want to switch off. I don’t do this as often as I should and frequently question whether we should have a strict one or two nights a week when phones, tablets, etc. get put upstairs so that we can have some quiet, undisturbed time. Too much technology definitely makes me feel overwhelmed at times and I think disconnecting from it for a while would help my mind immensely, so we’ll see how I get on in practising this in the coming months.

5. Enjoy the year

It’s easy to get caught up in trying to make everything perfect or ‘just so’, especially for an organised type like myself, so I’m really trying to go into 2015 with a clear mind and a calm attitude. It’s going to be a massive year, with getting married and all the preparations involved in that, and I am determined to enjoy every last second of all the festivities. I know I’ll need to let some of the smaller stuff go and not obsess about the little details, so I’m hoping to perfect that going through the first months of the year. We’re pretty organised with the wedding stuff up until now, so I don’t think stressing out will be the issue, just taking the time to step back and really soak in all the wonderful things that will be happening around me. I can’t wait.