Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Dear Dairy: January 2019

Jumper Zara | Skirt Zara | Boots River Island

I've decided at the end of every month I will write dear dairy posts, basically a post on what I have been up to that month. This will be good for me to look back on in the future but also hopefully will give you some ideas of places to go and things to do.

I actually started the month off with a lovely spa weekend at Champneys in Tring. Which was the perfect detox for the beginning of the year. I had three treatments that are apart of their gold package you can see here. I think my favourite was the facial, writing about this now is making me really want to have another spa weekend. What better way to spend your weekend than a little pamper and walking around in your dressing gown all day.

I've gone to a couple of career focus events this month, alongside leaving my job. I will talk about this in another post. When I started to look for new jobs on my phone, lots of ads starting appearing on my Instagram feed. I found a couple of events to attend one was with Jolt which was all about how to future-proof your career and freelancing. If you are looking to change up your career or just develop within your current role I would highly recommend attending different workshops and events. They had a panel of guess speakers including Emma Gannon. It was really interesting to hear how industries are fast changing and how important it is to have more than one skill and source of income for the future. 

The second event I went to was with The Ambition Plan I think this was my favourite event out of the two as it was focused on blogging. The Ambition Plan describe themselves as 'helping professional women escape unfulfilling 9-5 jobs & discover work they love.' As someone who is just starting my blog back up again and have just left my job I needed all the inspiration I could get. The talk had four bloggers Pixie Turner, Em Sheldon,  Alex In Colour  and I'm Lauren Black. I have to say the best bit of advise was about being yourself and not just following everyone else. Em put it really well by saying 'You are your own niche. Being you already makes you unique.' I left both events feeling really inspired and wanting to get started with some good work!

Another fun thing that happened this month was the launch for tonight Josephine Shoreditch, myself and my friend Alex from work found tickets to this event on Facebook. It was £10 each for 2 cocktails and entry to the bar. If your a girly girl who loves pink, you will love this bar! It is a little bigger than the one in waterloo. I would recommend if you want to go here to pre-book a table because the bar is still fairly small! We were lucky as upon arrival we got told the first 30 people get a goodie back and a free drink in the bar next door. So I have to say it was £10 well spent.

Myself and my friend Lucy decided to plan a little surprise day out for our Mum's. (They have been friends since school!) We booked a bottomless brunch at Bunga Bunga in Covent Garden, and it's safe to say we all had soooo much fun! For £46 you get lots of Italian food, and unlimited prosecco  and they certainly don't hold back on the food and drinks! As well as all of this you also get fantastic entertainment! It's a little like a live west end show while you are eating and drinking, everyone ends up getting up and dancing. And towards the end they have Karaoke! However we decided to enjoy watching others rather than getting up ourselves! It is worth noting however that this venue is 21+.

January has been a fun month and I'm looking forward to seeing what February holds especially as it is my birthday month!



Wednesday, 23 January 2019

2019 Goals and Resolutions

Coat Burberry | Scarf Burberry | Jeans Topshop | Boots River Island

Welcome back to my little blog, I've missed having a space on the internet to write down all my thoughts, share new places I've found and write about topics I feel passionate about.

I used to love having this creative outlet and decided 2019 is the year I'm going to start doing things I really love again. To kick start with my first post I wanted to write about my aims for this year and realistic things I want to achieve. I know there are so many posts and YouTube videos like this already. But I find them super helpful to read as I'm always picking up ideas from others. It will be a good way for me to reflect how I'm doing in future posts. I also feel like typing and publishing this blog post will give me more motivation to do all of these things.

1. Read more (my aim is to read one book every month) already I have achieved this for January I'm actually my second book. I started the year off by reading Louise Pentland Wilde's About The Girl. (You can buy here.) I have already read her first book so knew I would probably love this one. It's a good girlie read and covers real life topics, it shows how life isn't always perfect and how everyone experiences ups and downs. But you have to keep going! I can't wait to to her next book which I believe will be out this year.

The second book that I've just started reading is the Multi Hyphen Method by Emma Gannon. (You can buy here) Again I've previously read her other book called How I Grow Up Online so knew I would probably enjoy reading her next book. I feel like I've picked this book up just at the right time in my life. (I've quit my job recently, something I'll talk more about later on.) This book is all about career and how to create a better work life balance. It also covers how the working world is changing, most people no longer have just one job title but are making money through more than one skill. Emma starts by talking about the meaning of success and how it differs for everyone. Which is important to remember as it's so easy to compare your success to others around you.

2. Following on nicely from my last point I want to attend more career focused workshops and events in London, also not to be afraid to go to these things alone. It's so easy to shy out of an event because you don't know anyone. My main reason for this is because I'm going through a big change at the moment. I started what I would say was my first full time career focus job after university last summer, however I soon realised the company was not for me and after a long hard think and much debate with myself I decided in the New Year to hand my notice in and start looking for new roles. I feel so much happier by doing this but I'm super nervous for what the future holds. I'm also so excited as anything could happen. I will keep an update on my blog regarding my career as I love reading posts like this.

3. Keep up with a good fitness routine. Now this one is probably on most peoples list isn't it?! I'd say for the first 5 or so months of last year I was good at keeping up with this, however it only takes a couple of weeks to easily fall out of a routine. I hate the thought of doing a workout however once I get into it I really enjoy it and like they say you will never regret doing a will only ever regret not doing one.

4. Focus on photography, I love taking photos but again this is something I haven't done much of recently. I have two cameras that I want to take out and about with me more and just capture everyday life as well as trips I go on. I feel like over the last year I have not done enough of this.
Leading on from this I would also like to start a 2019 scrap book, I did this a couple of years ago and really enjoyed documenting what I was getting up to. I have ordered a book online and intend to start it very soon. With monthly sections so I can look back at what I have been up too.

5. Travel, Travel and Travel! This will be my goal every year for as long as I live. I adore visiting new places and it is my aim every year to visit at least one new place in the UK and one new place abroad. So far this year I am planning to go to Canada and the Peak District. I would love to fit in some more weekends away.

I hope you enjoyed my first post!

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