Blogtober 16th

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Its the 16th of October which means it is also the sixteenth day of Blogtober! Today I am answering my questions based on 15th October.

  • What made me feel enthusiastic today?

After a pretty crappy day in work, I didn’t feel particularly enthusiastic about anything much until my lovely neighbour popped in.  We had a cuppa and a chat then I went round to hers for a cuppa.  She was showing me the craft things that she had been doing and ideas that she had I started to feel more enthusiastic about my crafting plans.  It’s funny how listening to someone else’s enthusiasm can spark off your own.  I spent the rest of my evening doing some research and sketches for the logo competition that work is running.

  • What drained me of energy?

Work drained me of energy.  I spent much of my day feeling pretty annoyed, angry and upset by certain events that happened in work today and was glad when 5pm rolled around so I could get out of there.

  • What did I learn about myself today?

Today I learned that I really need to surround myself with more positivity and positive people who have similar interests to me and that maybe it is time for a change of scenery where employment is concerned.

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Birthday Giveaway! Only A Few Days Left to Enter!!!!

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As it is my blog birthday today I wanted to do something to celebrate!  I decided to host a giveaway for you all!

I am giving you the chance to win a blog bullet journal that will be designed by me!  I managed to get my hands on a lovely dot grid journal which is the same as the one I will be using for my blog things next year…

It is silver holographic and has 192 pages of 80gsm paper.  The layouts inside will be for the full year, there will also be pages for relevant hashtags, goals, stats, pages or blog post ideas, schedule calendar and other useful pages!

To be in with a chance to win all you need to do is number off in the comments, please check the comment prior to yours and then comment with the next number up from that!

  • The giveaway is open to everyone.
  • The giveaway is open from 29th September to 16th October.
  • There will be 1 winner (I will use a random number generator to draw the winner.)
  • Winner will be announced on 17th October on the blog.
  • One entry per person.
  • I will post out the journal in November.

Good Luck everyone!!!!

Blogtober 15th

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It’s the 15th of October which means it is also the fifteenth day of Blogtober! Today I am answering my questions based on 14th October.

  • What made me feel enthusiastic today?

Thinking about the logo competition that work is running has made me feel enthusiastic.  I had a few ideas but have now narrowed it down to 2 which I think would work really well within our workspace to convey what my employer is looking for.  I don’t want to share too much right now but my train of thought is on flowers and Celtic symbols.

  • What drained me of energy?

Physio drained me of energy today.  The last time I went I got given a few different exercises to do but at some point in the week, I stretched without thinking one morning and have made my shoulder worse.  I did get the results of my X-ray back and there doesn’t seem to be any underlying problems though so that is good.  We did some more exercises and movements and the physio said that he thinks I have damaged the tendon in my rotator cuff group.  I have another physio session booked for next week and after that, I will probably be getting referred for a steroid injection to see if that helps matters.

  • What did I learn about myself today?

I learned that it is good to let ideas sit for a bit and to really think about things, make notes along the way and see what comes up.  Not all ideas that we have are always the best ones and I need to give myself space to think and mull things over first.

Blogtober 14th

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Its the 14th of October which means it is also the fourteenth day of Blogtober! Today I am answering my questions based on 13th October.

  • What made me feel enthusiastic today?

Doing some housework made me feel enthusiastic today.  It was nice to spend some time doing laundry and cleaning the house.

  • What drained me of energy?

Worrying drained me of energy.  It was nothing super specific that I have been worrying about but I have felt that feeling of being worried all day which then triggered my anxiety.  I think part of that worry was caused by my hospital appointment in the morning.

  • What did I learn about myself today?

I learned that I can get enthusiastic about even the most mundane tasks when I make them fun.  I set the stopwatch on my phone and raced myself to see how quickly I could get things done versus how long I thought the tasks would take!

Saturday Shout Out

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Saturday Shout Out gives you all a chance to meet some new bloggers, find new blogs to read or get your blog noticed a bit more. It is my way of thanking the blogging community for being so supportive of me and my little blog and introducing new blogs that you may not have seen or read before.

What this means…

Every Saturday I will choose one blog, share a bit about it along with your blog link. I will also share your blog to my Instagram account and my Twitter account.

If you are interested in taking part then drop me an email to my.colourful.life@outlook.com with Saturday Shout Out as the subject line and I will send you a form to fill out!

Weekly Roundup 06/10/19 – 12/10/19

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  • Reading

I picked up a new book earlier this week and have started to read it, it’s called Who Is Tom Ditto by Danny Wallace and is about a guy called Tom and the disappearance of his girlfriend.  I have only read the first few pages but it is pretty good so far!

  • Watching

I’ve been getting back into watching Eastenders this week.  I used to watch the soap regularly but have got out of the habit of watching it over the past year.  I always love their Christmas disaster and wanted to start watching it again so I get to know what is happening and witness the build-up before the event!

  • Listening to

I’ve been listening to Fearne Cotton’s podcast – The Happy Place which has been really lovely to listen to while in work, I thoroughly recommend listening to the Ruby Wax one, it was brilliant!

  • Eating

I’ve been eating a lot of tinned tomatoes this week in different ways, from making a sauce to have with pasta to having them on toast hot, I love heating them up and adding a dash of balsamic vinegar and a pinch of salt – perfect for these cold evenings!

  • Drinking

Water has been my go-to beverage this week and I have easily drunk my recommended 2 litres a day.  In work we have a machine that cools the water before dispensing it, the water is filtered too and it has been just the right temperature and has tasted so good, not that the water ever tastes particularly bad where I live or anything, but it is something I have really noticed this week.

  • Doing

Aside from blogging, I don’t really feel like I have been doing much outside of my 9-5 job.  I did get some washing done and a couple of other things that I wanted to do, but not really anything that significant.  I did spend the first half of Saturday with my Mum.  I went to my parent’s house for breakfast, saw my Mum, Dad and brother who was down from London, then Mum and I went to have a look around town for some jumpers and a present for my Birthday.

  • Feeling

I’ve been feeling a bit all over the place this week and have gone through all of the emotions from being happy, sad, annoyed, fed-up, tired, and all the in-betweens.  I am not really looking forward to being a year older, my job is making me feel miserable and I have so many things I want to do but that seems so impossible to achieve at times.  I know everything needs baby steps and doing little and often will help me to achieve my goals but sometimes my brain doesn’t want to think logically and gets impatient!

How has your week been?  What have you been up to?  I’d love to hear in the comments!

Blogtober 13th

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Its the 13th of October which means it is also the thirteenth day of Blogtober!  Today I am answering my questions based on 12th October.

  • What made me feel enthusiastic today?

I felt really enthusiastic about getting up this morning and being able to spend some time with my Mum, Dad and brother.

  • What drained me of energy?

I had a dull headache creep up on me early afternoon and by the time I got home, I was so tired that Roxy and I went to bed for a few hours.

  • What did I learn about myself today?

I learned that spending time with my family can be really uplifting for my mood.  There is something really comforting about being with my family.

Saturday Shout Out – Crushed Caramel

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Today’s Saturday Shout Out goes to Mel of the blog Crushed Caramel!

I sent Mel a few questions about her blog which she has answered with so much information that I am going to share the full questions and answers with you all!

1)What is your blog name?

CRUSHED CARAMEL (LEARNER AT LOVE)

Caramel is me!  Melody Finch (writing name, not real name – my blog is anonymous).

2) How long have you been running this blog?

I think we published a few posts all on the same day in April 2017.  But it was at the start of May 2017, when I started to give a little attention to blogging every day.  I realized that seemed the way to do it.

3) What is your blog about?

Well…it is generally a light-hearted, almost entertaining, accounts from my personal life.  Some stories are from the past, others the present.  I think perhaps 75% of my content has a personal touch to it.  It is deliberately light-hearted and easy-going on the whole because I wanted to write about a few challenges I had (thus the name CRUSHED Caramel), but I didn’t want people to dread seeing my posts because they thought I was just moaning and groaning all the time.  This year, I have tried a bit harder with attempting poetry (my weak point I am afraid) and fiction.  There are some short stories on my site and I have almost completed my first long fictional project.  I am tempted to have it published – you like a book – but I have no idea how to do that, so I might be asking fellow bloggers for advice.  We will see!  Oh and also…I co-hosted THE GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE-OFF with two fantastic bloggers in March 2019, and we are all keen to do it again in 2020. It was so much fun!!!

4) What are your favourite blog posts you have written?

Well, right at the very top is a poem I wrote 20 years ago.  It means a lot to me and it is by far the most “liked” post on my site.  I am glad about that because it is very special to me:

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These are some of my personal favourites amongst my other posts:

5) What is a fun fact about you/your blog?

I am a karaoke queen!  Come out for a night with me and you will see a side of me that it is hard to capture through blogging!  What is fun about my blog?  It just is fun!!!  It is full of life, music; colour – it’s a carnival!  The best thing about it is the other bloggers who pop a comment at the end of a post.  I have had some really “fun” chats with other bloggers, who I love interacting with.  I think most would agree, that is why we love blogging – we do have great fun with other bloggers.

6) Where else can we find you on the internet?

You can not find me anywhere else!  I don’t do any other social media.  WordPress blogging does not feel like the others.  I think in general most of the WordPress bloggers seem more responsible about the way they use their blogs.  Many put a lot of effort in to creating beautiful posts, with great fiction or informative articles on subjects they are passionate about.  You don’t see too many being belligerent and lashing out at others.  It happens occasionally, I know, but on the whole, there is a supportive friendly community spirit.  It’s an international, multi-cultural scene and it’s something I would hope remains positive and friendly.

As you can see from Mel’s answers, her blog is full of fun, positivity and some brilliant blog posts to boot!  please pop over to say Hi to Mel and also read some of her fab posts!

Blogtober 12th

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Its the 12th of October which means it is also the twelfth day of Blogtober!  Today I am answering my questions based on 11th October.

  • What made me feel enthusiastic today?

I had an e-mail in work today about a design competition that is being run which really made me feel enthusiastic as it is something that I would love to partake in.  I love designing and have already got a few ideas of what I could do for my entry.

  • What drained me of energy?

My mental health hasn’t been particularly good for the past few days but today it felt pretty bad and I spent a lot of time battling negative thoughts, you know the kind – the ones that tell you that you aren’t pretty enough, clever enough, popular and all the rest.  I know that on a normal day, most people get these thoughts and can brush them off but, today was just a never-ending battle and it was just so tiring.

  • What did I learn about myself today?

I learned that despite the battles inside my head there are moments of calm and sometimes, to get through the tough days I have to hold on to those moments of calm and breathe through the bad stuff.  That, and sleep really can be a cure at times.