Whoever you are, wherever you are, sleep is a massive deal to all of us! Without enough of it our health can be affected along with our whole mood and without it altogether we’d actually die! I think we can safely say it’s important and I’ve been mulling on this even more in the last few months. After shaking up my nutrition to resolve my ongoing health problems, it got me thinking in a holistic sense about all areas of life; the products I was using on my skin, the ‘over the counter drugs’ I’d been happy to knock back without even thinking, the kind of exercise I was doing and high up the list, sleep. They all interlink with one another, as I come to understand more and more that feeling well isn’t just about one solitary aspect of life.
This month has been manic which I haven’t kept a secret from any one. It’s left me totally overwhelmed most of the time and feeling like I’m doing a very bad job at juggling 20 balls in the air. My November Styling The Seasons shots hopefully give you a peak inside my head with things dotted all over the place in confusion whilst longing for rest and a chance to take note that November is even happening. We’re slowly moving from Autumn to Winter and I haven’t given myself a moment to take that in until now.
If you follow me on Instagram you probably already know I’m a brush lettering fanatic and teach classes with Quill London to help other people perfect the technique. It’s such a satisfying, not to mention therapeutic discipline that translates into so many different applications and is a great skill to have, particularly with all the potential Christmas gifts on the horizon. One that I often mention for exploration is brush lettering onto porcelain. It was something I tried a while ago but I wanted to give it another whirl and share the technique as I know using porcelain paint is a bit different to putting ink to paper.
How often do you just stop and soak in all the little joyful moments in life? I’m sure I’ve talked about this before on here, but it really is so easy to let things pass us by when we’re busy with the day to day of getting by, keeping on top of the to do list in the office or at home and being distracted by the little worries and anxieties of life. Today I’ve teamed up with Twinings UK to share their ‘Drink It All In’ campaign. It’s all about taking joy in the small things each day, stopping to take note of those moments that often pass us by, using all our senses. You can watch their uplifting advert right here to add a little spring into your step. What is it that warms your heart and puts a smile on your face?
For me, I love taking a walk each morning before work. That time and space often means I see things I don’t usually notice on the same route at other times. It makes me so thankful for the beauty of God’s creation especially when this time of year hits and there are pretty things blooming everywhere.
I love the rare occasions Nick falls asleep before me and I remember I’m sharing my life with a living and breathing human being.
It’s a sweet moment when I get a comment from one of you guys that says how something I’ve written about has resonated with you.
It warms my heart when you share one of those evenings with friends where I can barely catch my breath from laughing so much and yet the same is true when I share time with a friend going through something hard and yet being together makes it just that bit more bearable.
Often the times I actually stop and think are when I sit down and have a drink. My husband always remembers to stop and make a drink throughout the day, but I’m not so good at it. I know that in a sense those drink breaks that punctuate our day make room for a little step back, a moment to take in the surroundings and think through the day so far. If I do take that much needed drink break, I’ll always do it with tea (black of course), but find as the Spring weather unfolds I’m more in the market for something cold. I’ll be sharing a Lady Grey Peach Iced Tea recipe along with some DIY coasters to make your tea break prettier.
Happy October! Here’s my Styling The Seasons contribution for this month. As I said before, I’ve got to the stage where I’m ready for Autumn in full pelt now. Wading through leaves, hot teas, cosy scarves and donning a blanket when reading all sound rather appealing right now. I wish the weather would catch up with the month already. I’m not so excited about losing light hours but perhaps all the pumpkin related recipes and beautiful colours in the trees will make up for it. I find it amazing that every year without fail God moves us from one season to another. For me it’s a reminder that he’s constant, creative and in control of all of nature.
*Putting together an online portfolio is something I’ve been putting off since Summer. I get tired just thinking about it but at least I took the first step by shooting a load of stuff with Nick last weekend.
* So the much talked about Uk storm came and went and I slept right through like a baby. The next morning Autumn lined the floor rather than the trees and it looked kind of beautiful in the aftermath Sun.
* Tea drinking and slipper wearing had been on hold for a while but October left me no choice but to take up these activities once again.
* I’m sure I bake every week anyway but I felt like I baked a whole lot more this month, trying out new recipes and rehashing classics. Baked desserts taste a million miles better than bought!
*A whole month in our new church venue and hoping to stay on much longer. I’m so thankful for God’s provision and I’m pretty sure the kids are chuffed about the extra running around space.
* I got new glasses! Hurrah I can see again! Been having a great time reciting shop and sign names from yonder distance just because I can.