Story time about driving coming up! I passed my test when I was only just 18 which was a really early age to pass I think. I literally started learning when I was 17 and I’d had a few airfield driving lessons before then. I went through two driving instructors and bloomin’ 4 practical tests but I passed my theory first time. I think I’m an OK driver. I’m careful because I don’t drive all that often anymore – probably once a week to go to Tesco, if that! We have our car on finance which is super affordable and means we can trade it back in in a few years but there’s car leasing to try too as well if you don’t want to buy your car outright if you’re thinking of buying a new one.
I’ll admit it, I love saving money, sorting my life out and feeling super organised and in control. I read Refinery29 Money Diaries every week, I save every month without fail and I love a coupon. I also love shopping and spending money on shit I like which is why I don’t want to waste money in places that I could spend less. I also save so that I know I have something to fall back on in any emergency!
I can’t believe we’re all writing new year posts again but that time really is here! Time to reflect on the quickest year ever. Well, apart from January 2018 which was about 4 months long on it’s own! Here are three things that you could do in January 2019 to hopefully make it not feel as long and to refresh yourself for the 12 months ahead.
Christmas is definitely coming to my house… We’re whipping up the actual Christmas dinner this year (eek!) and I’ve wanted to make the house feel really Christmassy and the table super glam and festive without being a Christmas cliche. Enter, Next and their amazing circular pom pom trimmed placemats. They look awesome against a bit of kitsch tinsel and some snazzy matching beer bottles with some stand out branding. Yellow is definitely a fresh colour to give to Christmas, I think it’s quite unusual but works really well with gold which is obviously a classic.
A stress free Christmas dinner might seem unrealistic rn, but I’m here to tell you that this is totally possible. Well, I’m totally hoping so anyway! If you’re hosting Christmas dinner this year, like me, and you want to make sure you don’t have a melt down in the kitchen when faced with the sprouts, check out these tips!
Christmas is officially a month today so I’m getting prepped by already having festive inspired sandwiches for lunch! Why not? Basically adding turkey and cranberry sauce to a standard ham and cheese toastie equals festive vibes and it is seriously tasty and exactly what’s on the menu for a weekend lunch. I’m also here to celebrate this absolutely amazing chopping board / serving board from independent online retailer, based in Devon, Vincent Trading.
This Christmas I’m trying to buy as many presents as I can from local and independent sellers as opposed to the mega-big retailers that I usually buy from. I want to buy more thoughtful and good quality items. And, I think it’s so great to make an independent seller happy by giving them a sale. And, more often than not their products are so awesome and not something you’d usually find on the high street.
There’s been a lot of chatter around female friendships / ‘girl gangs’ / finding your tribe for a few years now and it’s been all talk in the media and book market too since Lily Pebbles released The F Word. It’s one of those things I’ve always thought about because friends have been a funny thing for me over the years. I’m one of those people that has a few good friends, not a whole secondary school so I’ve sometimes felt out of place if I don’t have that one person with me that I know I can count on.
25. Nearly 26. Do I feel old? Not in my current job, I feel like one of the youngest (because I am) in the whole team but do I feel experienced? I actually do and that’s a great feeling. I thought I’d share my career journey so far because I loved reading Jess’s post here from a few months ago about her career journey since graduating and her journey to becoming a freelancer.
Today (22nd October) is Stammering Awareness Day and I wrote an article for the UNiDAYS blog because they have a much bigger readership than me and it’s a topic that needs to hit numbers, not be my personal ‘diary’ entry. I wrote about things to do to support stammerers and then a few tips for people that stammer themselves.