Knowing When to Give Yourself a Break

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It’s not very often that I’ll get home from a day in the office, flop on the sofa and do nothing but binge watch the latest Netflix ‘it’ series, usually I have a to-do list as long as my arm weighing on my shoulders. Whether that’s blog posts to write, images to photograph, life admin to sort out or getting out and doing some exercise I normally have all of my week nights planned out to a T. Recently though with the added pressure of job interviews, weekly travel to Nottingham and trying to cram in the usual day to day stuff as well I’ve been left feeling a little run down and a bit stressed out.

Spending my days worrying that I couldn’t possibly tick everything off my daily to-do list meant that I was staying up late and getting up early to keep up with my blog schedule and it really started to catch up with me. This was when I just knew I had to slow down and take a little break.

So last week when Britain was basking in it’s little heatwave I tucked my to-do list firmly out of sight (out of sight, out of mind right?!) and instead decided to enjoy a couple of evenings for myself. Absolutely no productiveness occurred but several ice creams were consumed and sitting in beer gardens with a fruity cider was pure bliss.

Sometimes these little things are all you need to pick yourself back up and leave you feeling refreshed and ready to go again! I’m definitely going to be making more of an effort to take at least one evening a week out for myself, I think overall it will make a huge difference!

So I guess this is just a little note really to say be kind to yourself and give yourself a break now and then, you deserve it!

Highlights From the Week

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Good Morning and happy Monday! I got up a little earlier than normal this morning to write this post and it felt pretty nice to have a bit of a slow start accompanied by a coffee! 

Anyway back to last week; after a week off exercising I kicked off Monday with a run along the canal. It was such a lovely evening and so nice to mix up my route and have a bit of a change of scenery. 

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Along with starting up my fitness routine again I’ve been trying to jump back on the healthy eating bandwagon. A colourful bowl of fruit is the perfect way to start a summers morning.

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Along with the summery breakfasts the bright blue skies have also helped mornings to be that little bit easier. I find myself naturally waking up before my alarm most mornings and feeling ready for the day!  

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This weekend I spontaneously decided I wanted to go for a bike ride so Adam and I dug out the bikes from the garage and set off on a little adventure! Our first pit stop was Tesco to pick up some picnic supplies before heading to a park to enjoy them. We definitely felt like we deserved it after tackling some of the hills we faced! 

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And some of the most exciting news of the week that you might already have heard about if you follow me on Instagram…I’ve got a new job! After a year and a half I’m leaving AO to move to Nottingham and I’ve got a new position at a digital agency. Me and Adam are finally going to live together again and I’m beyond excited about it! I’ve got three weeks left before I need to pack up and move down south, I’m so excited for the road ahead! 

I hope you all have a lovely week ahead! 

Topshop Floral Wrap Dress

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Shoes – ASOS

As soon as I spotted this dress on the Topshop website I was in love, wrap dresses are one of my absolute favourite styles and when teamed with both florals AND polka dots how could you not want to add it to your basket and proceed straight to the checkout?!

There was one feature which I wasn’t too sure about and that was the length, being a shorty like myself I wouldn’t usually go for something that isn’t mini length as it doesn’t tend to be the most flattering but I think (or hope) I can just about get away with this!

I wore this for mine and Adam’s little anniversary meal at the weekend but I initially picked it up to wear on my birthday, I think it’s the perfect dress for a special occasion as I did feel pretty glam in it when I was all dolled up.

I teamed the dress with my ASOS clog style heels which I absolutely love and are now in the sale so you should definitely check them out! They’re so comfy and I can party on til the wee hours without even a hint of sore feet, winner!

We also need to talk about the price…£38 for a wardrobe staple like this that can be dressed up or down, what a steal! I think I may just have to pick it up in the stripe print too, my wardrobe will definitely thank me for it! 

Do you like the wrap style of dress?