Inspired by Rhianna’s incredible ‘The Uncool Club’ newsletter she’s started (if you’re not signed up, you’re missing out!), I’ve decided to do a little life update segment on here. I’ll include some of the big (and smaller) things I’ve done and have been enjoying, almost like a little diary. I don’t have an official title or schedule yet (super organised, I know) but I’ll try and do this as and when – there are some pretty exciting things in the pipeline which you’ll hear more about here!
We bought a flat!
(Or rather, we’re in the loooong process of buying one!) I’m so excited about this particular part of my update that I just had to share it first! We’ve wanted to move out for years, but only started properly looking last August when we had a reasonable-ish amount saved up, and we’ve finally managed to convince some unwitting person to let us buy our own place. You know what that means… all of the decorating posts ~wets self with excitement~.
Although we’re a way off from actually moving in yet, I’ve been extremely, almost embarrassingly, busy Pinteresting all my ideas and bits and bobs I’ve found – you can find and follow (subtle hint alert) my page here. I’m also going to be sharing a lot of home stuff on my Insta stories, so make sure you keep your eyes out for those.
I’m thinking of doing a post in the near future on what to expect when you’re buying through the Help to Buy scheme, as I know we were definitely left floundering when it came to what we actually needed to do to apply for a place. Let me know if this is something you’d find helpful!
I’ve had a blog makeover (again!)
Yes, it’s got to that stage again where I got bored with my blog’s theme and decided to switch it up a bit. This all stemmed form playing around with my Insta stories layout, as I decided (mainly after seeing @lornaluxe’s designs) that I wanted them to be a bit more cohesive and have a theme. Big talk, I know, from someone who can’t even decide on a consistent theme for her actual Instagram feed!
I’ve finally decided on a colour scheme and layout, and liked it so much I decided I wanted to carry it through to my blog’s theme. bethchudley.com has been pretty monochrome from the start, and I decided it was time to switch it up a bit. Although it’s still a monochrome theme, I feel like I’ve brought a bit of my personality and graphic design style into it now and I feel a lot more positive and inspired after a bit of a refresh. Best of all, the colours can be switched up depending on the season which is great as I change my mind so much about how I want my pge to look, it’s ridiculous. Let me know how you’re feeling about it!
I’ve started meditating using Headspace
Now, I have to admit, I’ve tried and tried with Headspace before and just not got the hang of it. I got frustrated that my mind just kept on buzzing even though I was supposed to be relaxing and ended up feeling even more tense and annoyed for it – not really the point of meditation! However, after deciding to give the guided run meditations on the Nike Training app a go, I found that I was getting really into the messages being put across while exercising. I re-started the 10-day ‘basics’ programme for the zillionth time (I’m impatient, OK) and found that if I did it while falling asleep, it would not only help me sleep better but put me in a better mood for the next day! If you’re suffering with anxiety or just feeling a bit out of sorts, I’d definitely recommend giving it a go and sticking it out!
I’ve made a Spotify playlist
Small and random, but something I’ve never done before! Related to the flat-buying situation, I’ve started to put together a rough list of songs that would be perfect to have on in the background for a chilled afternoon in the house cooking or cleaning or just generally relaxing. You can find it here – let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions for other songs to add, send them on over!
Hopefully I haven’t bored you with what was a bit of a narcissistic ramble about my life, but I thought I’d give a general insight of what’s been going on and where I’m at for the moment. I might make this a feature (then again I might not, when do I ever stick to anything blog-wise?) and add some more updates as more exciting things (hopefully) start happening in my life, but we shall see…
Ciao for now!