2018 is slipping away so fast – is that a good sign? Time goes faster when you’re enjoying yourself right? I haven’t managed to keep up with my ‘one blog post a week’ New Year’s goal lately – although I have A LOT of drafts sitting in wait ❤ – life has been manic, but very much enjoyable. Travelling, freelancing, moving home, meeting new people, reading, spending quality time with family, living without the Internet, rediscovering Southampton and de-hoarding in an attempt to live a minimalist lifestyle – August, although at times full-on and overwhelming, has been absolutely fab. Read on to find out all of my favourite things from this month xxx
1. This quote:
“Life is divided into three terms – that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present to live better in the future.” – William Wordsworth
2. And this quote:
“The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.” – Maya Angelou
3. Visiting Edinburgh to enjoy The Fringe, explore the sights and simply just take some time out. The city is so beautiful and romantic – I have a mission to move there sometime in the near future. My dear friend Zhuo’er hosted me and took me out to the best places to eat at during the evenings. I think I spent more money on food than on seeing shows – ha! I cannot recommend a visit to the city enough if you haven’t been. Best place for a solo trip if you want city and nature in your pocket.
4. Moving into my new place ❤ It’s simply G L O R I O U S. I’ve had it for a while but due to said manicness in my life for the past few months, I’ve only been able to make the move recently.
5. Browsing and buying stuff from IKEA with my baby sister, Jamila. I love her so much and she just makes everything so much fun – especially since she appeared to be more excited about the move than me!
6. BBQ bonding times with my newfound Sotonian Oxbridge crew.
7. Detoxing from social media as much as possible – it’s going great. I can’t tell you how great taking time off online is for the mind and soul. TRY IT.
8. Hazlenut icecream from Hotel Chocolat ❤ Far. Far. Too. Much.
9. This passage from Psychology Today on relationships – it really resonated with me:
“Entering and exiting relationships can occur with grace and gratitude. There is no reason for anger, hatred and bitterness to signal their end. These ultimately poison us more than anything. Because truth be told, rarely does the other person even know how they impacted us. Relationships can be like a shooting star. Things of beauty they may be, burning bright, inspiring awe for the briefest amount of time. But in that moment they are falling fast into oblivion, perhaps serving nothing more than a reminder of the love and light that is out there, whoever we may find that with.”
10. Reading Believe Me by J.P. Delaney and Friend Request by Laura Marshall. Follow me on Goodreads here to keep up with my 2018 reading challenge (goal is to read 24 books this year!) – Friend Request is also my Book Club read for September. I’m keen to choose books that have some sort of social commentary on our society today, and this fictional thriller delves into the dark side of social media, significantly Facebook. It was also written by someone who undertook the Curtis Brown Creative writing course – which I did earlier this year – so was keen to read it to see and support the success of writers from the course.
11. This show at the Edinburgh Fringe: ‘A Self-Help Guide to Being in Love with Jeremy Corbyn’ – a brilliant spoken word poetry show which reinspired my passion for social justice and supporting the community. I’ve been meaning to become a paying member of the Labour Party for a while now and this show reminded me of the importance of not being apathetic towards politics. We can’t afford to be silent or remain ignorant or disinterested when there are hundreds of people suffering under the policies of the Tory government.
12. Trying out all the oat milk lattes in Edinburgh.
13. Securing new freelance work via LinkedIn! As long as I get to learn and apply new things, I feel happy. I’ve been reading up on a concept called the ‘Theory of Change’ for my client – it’s a framework that charities and organisations use to explain or showcase the process by which they go through to make an impact. I found the framework really interesting and its application to life really relevant:
“The theory of change is actually a very simple concept. Throughout our work and personal lives we have aims, objectives and ideas about how to achieve our goals, but we rarely take the time to think these through, articulate and scrutinise them. All a theory of change process does is to make these assumptions explicit and therefore more testable.”
14. Fresh flowers, ice cream and sunsets.
15. Buying the amazing 5×5 Kallax from IKEA for ALL OF MY 300+ books. BOOKSHELF OF MY DREAMS PEOPLE.
16. If you’ve read my 20 Facts About Me blogpost, then you’ll know that I have always had a strong dislike and disaffiliation with my middle name. After 27.5 years, I have finally changed it! My middle name is now Saffa, and it was bestowed upon me by my Momma! I changed it via Deed Poll this month. Suffice to say, I love it and am a very happy gal about it!
17. Favourite apps this month: Bumble, Mark O’Travel (let’s you log all the places you’ve travelled to, lived in and even passed through!), Skype App, Kindle App (getting back to reading on my Kindle App as I have so much stuff to carry on a day-to-day basis now that I spend half my time freelancing, I tend to avoid carrying physical books), Spotify and BorrowBox (has ebooks from your local library that you can borrow!).
18. This mini love story or love note or love message. Without context no one will understand it, but I know that when I look back on my blog posts in many years to come, I will read it, it will remind me of this time and without a doubt, it will make me smile:
19. De-hoarding in pursuit of minimalism. A fact you may not know about me: I am like a super-hoarder, but in the process of moving to my new place and reading up on the benefits of living a minimalist lifestyle, I’ve decided to rid myself of all the unnecessary stuff I’ve accumulated over the years. The experience, although at times tough, has been liberating. I certainly feel less unemcumbered at the moment, and it can only get better. I am buying less, keeping things I actually use, and no longer feel the need to keep hold of every document that passes my way if I can back it up digitally.
20. Finally, this view from my kitchen window ❤
That’s all folks! Once again thanks for reading, and I would love to know if you have checked out any of my favourite things from this month.
The cover image is a photo of Dean Village, Edinburgh.