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Life Catch-Up: September 2017

Beautifully painted shops on Camden High Street
Camden is such a wonderful place.

It’s been three weeks since my last post. Three weeks since I planned out my London posts, planned when I’d post them. Three weeks since I logged into my dashboard and got on with blogging.

This wasn’t intentional. I initially planned to have all my London posts out by now, but that just didn’t happen. It’s a mixture of still being in holiday mode, and also finding it difficult to find the words to describe how ridiculously overwhelming my trip to London was. London always makes me feel like I’m in some kind of strange and magical wonderland, and it’s so hard to describe that adventure without wanting to be back there.

A few years ago, I fell so in love with London that I planned to move there when I graduated. But then, life changed, things happened, and I didn’t end up taking that path. It’ll always be something I’m curious about, always an adventure I’ll have in the back of my mind, but, right now, I love where I am. But, I think it’s the whole idea that my life could’ve been so different that makes visiting London an incredibly, overwhelmingly emotional experience.

To cut a long story short, that’s kind of why I’ve been a bit quiet on here.

Other than reflecting on my London experience, the past month has involved a lot of working, a lot of relaxing and lots of evenings out with friends. The weekends have gone back to being busy and friend-filled and I’ve really been enjoying myself. I’ve started focusing more on writing creatively, picked out a few writing events to attend and began filling in my 642 things to write about book. It’s been quite nice to not have a schedule to write to on here, and I’ve actually enjoyed putting my creative writing first. I always put the blog first, and that usually means I don’t have enough time to write for myself, which is sad. I definitely need to get better at balancing things!

The diet has gone to shit as usual, I still spend my evenings surrounded by chocolate, and, since being “inspired” by our TV in London, I mainly spend my evenings tucked up on the sofa watching shit TV on 4 On Demand. By shit, I obviously mean horribly addictive and wonderful, and I will fight anyone who says that watching Tattoo Fixers, Naked Attraction and Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares is a waste of my time.

I’ve been struggling with anxiety lately, and have ended up missing out on a few opportunities because of this. I’ve stopped drinking coffee in the hope that it’ll help, and started trying to get more sleep, especially on work nights. I’ve also forced myself to eat better things for health reasons, and actually rang to book my appointment to see what’s going on with my stomach.

Even though the all the holidays and fun events have been great this year, I’m glad to be finally at a point where I’m not putting all my money aside for stuff and can actually spend spend spend on other things. New Look have been receiving all the money that doesn’t automatically go into my savings recently, and it’s been really nice to have some clothes that are new and actually fit me. I’ve rarely bought anything in the last few years because I hated my body, but I’m finally realising that putting on a bit of weight doesn’t have to be a bad thing. I don’t have to reach my target weight to buy new clothes and I definitely shouldn’t feel like I have to keep wearing worn, old jeans forever. That’s ridiculous.

September has flown by, but it’s been a fantastic month, and I’m really looking forward to all things autumn. Is it Halloween yet?!

Goals For October

1. Do at least one hour of creative writing per week.
2. Lose 10lbs before my birthday shopping trip.
3. Get all my London posts written!

September in Figures

Books read: 1
Money saved: I’m not sure how much I saved, but I successfully spent £50 on M&M’s so it’s all good.
Weight lost: No comment.
Blogs posted: 2
Exercise done: I must have walked at least 3,000,000 miles in London…

Queen's Theatre in London
Ahhh, London.

How was your month?

11 thoughts on “Life Catch-Up: September 2017

  1. Sometimes, taking time for yourself to actually enjoy life is the best thing you can do! We’re looking forward to your London posts though. We want to get out there but honestly have no idea how to tackle it, so we hope to get some good ideas!
    And girl, you are beautiful BEYOND that number on the scale. Don’t set number goals for yourself because they only serve to make you feel bad.
    Just try to be healthier overall, and judge your progress on how you feel, and how your clothes fit! Ben chucked our scale because it was messing with me, and it was one of the best things he’s done. You are so much more than that number :).
    Can’t wait to read your London posts!

    Susie |

  2. It’s okay. I was off my own diet and gained a lot of weight back but with being sick and sticking to my new diet, I’ve lost a few pounds and I am happier for it. Don’t worry about cheating with chocolate as the chocolate will never betray you 😛

    Regardless, it is okay. You have no obligation to have a schedule for your blog! Write whenever you can!

  3. I was here earlier this week and saw you hadn’t updated in a while, so your absence did not go unnoticed. We all get busy sometimes though. I’ve been making blogging a priority, but I still don’t have nearly as much time for blogging related things as I would like.

    Ugh anxiety is the worst. I’ve been incredibly anxious the last couple days because I got invited to go to a place 2 hours way tomorrow. I almost made up a reason not to go, but I figured I would regret it if I didn’t so I agreed. I’ve been having anxiety about it ever since. Tomorrow I’m just going to keep telling myself that there’s nothing to worry about and try to calm my mind and have fun. I just get major anxiety when traveling anywhere. Even if it’s just a couple hours away. I always think about worst case scenarios.

  4. I’m glad that you’ve been enjoying yourself and are focusing more on creative writing! I think it’s important to focus on the hobbies that you enjoy and do for yourself. It makes sense that blogging isn’t always the highest on the list. I can also relate to how you feel about trying to write about London. Whenever I think about my Japan trips, it just makes me want to be there, and sometimes it was hard to condense the experience into readable entries.

    Sorry to hear about the anxiety issues though 🙁 I hope you figure out some things that will help. I also had a bad bout of it recently and am starting to meditate before I go to bed. I’m trying to get more sleep too, since my lack of sleep probably hasn’t helped.

    Yay for new clothes! Good luck with your October goals too!

  5. Sometimes, we just need a little break from blogging because of all of the things happening in real life. Glad to hear that you’ve enjoyed your trip to London. Hope you’ll have a chance to go again soon ;). Nothing wrong with putting blogging second; you gotta focus on yourself first!

    Hope things will be better this month :).

  6. I love London, especially Camden Market too. I always said I’d move there for a while but it never happened, I still think about it now.

    I’m trying to lose 11lbs by Christmas, my target is a stone and I lost 3lvs last week. My weight has been up and down at the moment, but you definitely aren’t defined by the number on the scales! Instead of number goals I focus on how I feel and if my clothes fit looser, that are and I really need to go shopping. My work trousers especially are unflatreringly baggy in the legs.

    I hope your anxiety gets better, I had a bad period in July where depression and anxiety really got on tip of me, so I can empathise. It’s horrible.

  7. Amy! I’m so glad you had an amazing time in London – it always make me happy to hear such praise about my city, even though I’m bored of it. (that’s probably cause I live here and so I’ve basically seen and done everything, haha)

    I definitely need to get my balance back in writing as well. I’ve been so focused on coming back to the blogosphere after my break that I haven’t done any creative writing at all!

    Sorry to hear about your anxiety 🙁 Hopefully the things you’re doing will help a bunch! Hope you have an amazing October x

  8. Don’t be too worried if you haven’t had a post up in a while, sometimes we do need to take a step back and take a break for irl-stuff and THAT’S FINE! I think this took me a while to get my head round too but once I started accepting, it’s become so much easier 🙂

    I can’t wait to read about your time in London, I love London so much despite it’s overwhelming environment xD

    I’m sorry about your anxiety. I’ve had a horrible flare of anxiety over the past few weeks myself. We can get through this, what’s helped me is knowing that the feeling passes after a while – it’s never permanent. 🤗

    Have an amazing October Amy! <3

  9. Well, you’ve done a lot more in a month than I have in a year. Oh well.

    I’ve been trying to get into writing fiction again, but I just haven’t had the motivation. I’ve just been working on a novel outline here and there. Hopefully in ten years, I’d be finished with the outline, heh.

  10. Oh girl. 😞 I am sorry that you didn’t buy any clothes for yourself because you hated your body. You deserve to have and wear clothes that make you feel happy and make you look good even if you’ve gone up a size or two. It’s all the more reason to get something that fits and flatters! 💕

    I totally get you on the London posts – I know you posted them all well after your trip (and I haven’t gotten up to reading them yet, I know!)… the same happened with me when I went on my honeymoon. I hoped to get the posts all written “in time” but I just got really busy and there was a lot I wanted to write in the posts so it was going to take me longer than expected.

    I liked London when I went there but I actually didn’t have that “wow” jaw-dropping moment I was thoroughly expecting. I’ve been in love with London since I was much younger but I was actually kinda disappointed because my expectations for London were really high.

    I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been struggling with anxiety 🙏 I know it’s not easy to live with.

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