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Go me!

Hello my lovelies,

I just wanted to share my latest achievement with you.  This week I got my 1 1/2 stone award!  I’m thrilled to be 1 1/2 stone down in 10 weeks. I’m so proud of myself!

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Just a minute while I bask in the beauty that is my award.  Okay, I’m done!

This new milestone also means that I am 5.5 lbs away from my club 10 award.  Hooray! Slimmer Disney here I come!

Go me!

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recipes · Slimming world · weight loss

How to lose weight and still eat takeaways!

Hello my lovelies,

If you have been following my instagram you will know that I started Slimming World again in early January.  Besides a few blips, I have been super focused on slimming down for what seems like the first time in my life and have been indulging in gorgeous meals like lasagna, potato wedges, mini cheese cakes and porridge with berries. Sounds to good to be true! But it is true! Since the beginning of January I have dropped 1 stone 2 and 1/2 pounds which is 16 1/2 pounds or 7 1/2 kilograms.   I’ve earned my half stone and 1 stone award which is highly motivating!

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Oats with strawberries and cherries

I’ve followed many diets before but have never felt so determined or cared so much about being healthy.  I think the Disney World trip has really given me the kick in the pants that I needed. Not that I didn’t want to slim down before, it’s just that this time, I know that being slimmer will mean I enjoy the holiday of a lifetime and that is hugely motivating.

I’ve been tucking into bacon, eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes and toast for breakfast, having curries with rice and side salads with berries, meringue and thick, creamy fat free greek yoghurt or dessert.  I’ve never been hungry and feel like I’m eating loads of naughty things!

It’s also not all about finding healthy alternatives although that is highly encouraged. You still have your syn (synthetic food) allowance of between 15-20 syns per day (depending on what you weigh) to enjoy an alcoholic beverage, some chocolate or towards your take away of choice!

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My awards!

I had started doing slimming world in classes but those are getting harder and harder to attend at night what with a busy family night.  The night classes also happen to fall on the evening that my daughter has a tutor and my mother-in-law comes for dinner. It’s been thoroughly hectic so I have decided to continue my slimming world journey online.

For those who don’t know much about slimming world it’s a fantastic way of life that is easily sustainable and thoroughly enjoyable. I was going to explain it all again but Pinch of Nom has a fantastic article on their blog that will explain everything in delicious detail.  For some of the most amazing recipes, check out their Slimming World recipe section. You will be shocked at how much great food you can eat and still lose weight!

Check out some of my slimming world recipes below:

Curried cous cous salad

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Slimming world cheese cakes

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Special fried speed rice

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Slimming world friendly potato wedges

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Slimming world slow cooker lasagne

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If you try one of these delicious recipes, let me know if the comments what you think of them and if you come across a great recipe, let me know so I can try it too.

If you wanted to join slimming world, check out the following link and send me your email address below.  I will refer you and if you sign up, I receive a free month’s subscription.  As a new member, you will receive a joining coupon saving you £10 on your joining fee. It’s a win-win situation!

Bright blessings,

Mrs R

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family · health · mental health

Pay attention or pay with pain

Hello my lovelies,

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I heard Antony Robbins do a talk, years ago on Youtube about paying attention or paying with pain and at the time, I kinda understood the idea but hadn’t felt it in quite the capacity that I have recently.

You see, I have never really been the ‘stop and pay attention to my body’ kind of girl. I’m more the, ‘if Nelly Neighbour can work full time, have four kids under five, breastfeed until the early hours, have an immaculate home, look like a model, bake instagram worthy cherry pies, be a size zero and hit the gym 7 days a week’ then so can I! And I will push and push and push myself into exhaustion and wonder why I land up putting laundry liquid in the fabric softener section of the washing machine and burning the second oven pizza in a row all in a space of ten minutes and then dissolving into a mammoth flood of tears.  You ignore your body and your needs and your brain literally goes into overdrive.  The amgydala, like a guard dog comes out barking and snapping and when it can’t figure out if it needs to fight or take flight, the floods of overwhelm rush forth and completely swamp you with emotions.

You either pay attention or you pay with pain.

This simply means that every action has a reaction or consequence.   We’ve all heard it, read it, reposted it and liked the reposted post about filling up your well or you can’t give anything to anyone else, yet so few of us listen.  It seems so hard to take care of ourselves in the same way that we care for others.  As Mums, we ignore our own basic needs for sleep, decent food, soul lifting pursuits and spirituality in the constant melee of wiping our kids snotty noses, doing the laundry, driving the kids to Brownie, getting a hot meal on the table, buying new socks in our lunch time instead of eating a decent meal and everything else that lands up on our to do lists.  We ignore our bodies. We push through the headache, the body aches,  the overwhelm, the cries of our over stimulated brains and other messages from our bodies because they seem inconsequential compared to our mammoth to do list screaming for our attention.  We rush around completing tasks on our list and land up ignoring our spouses request for a hug,  we’re too busy to play with our kids, we’re too wrapped up in doing, doing, doing to call our friends.  Who gives a crap if we don’t do everything on our to do lists?  Would the world cease to exist if we delegated some of our tasks?  Would we create a tear in the space time continuum if we didn’t dust the skirting boards or hoover the car? Does Nelly Neighbour even care that we haven’t weeded the front verge? And if she does, do I care that she cares?!!

I’m not going to lie.  In December, I was reaching the exhausted point. It had been an extremely tiring year as I had gone back to work full time but with Christmas looming, I had no time to take a rest.  The silly season  was demanding my time and energy and I promised myself I would take a break in the new year.  I tried taking a day off and headed into a local town to try to find a quiet places to recuperate for a few hours but hadn’t counted on the fact that on the 31st of December, a lot of shops and the tiny little vintage tea place where I had envisioned ensconcing myself would be closed for the day. I landed up sitting in a very crowded Costa coffee, miles from home, eating a tastleless cardboard like toasted panini and trying to block out the screaming kid next to me while I tried to read my book.  I could have sat in the damned Costa in my own damned town and saved myself the hour’s journey! I got home headachy and unfulfilled and headed out to a New Year’s party that I had to leave early because I felt so rubbish.

Fast forward a few months of pushing through day after day after day and I feel shattered. When I thought about it this weekend, I couldn’t remember the last time I meditated, or had an early night, or read in bed until I got sleepy instead of dragging myself to bed at 10 pm after doing the ironing or even had a proper lie in.  Not this, ‘oooh I got up at 6:45 instead of 6:15 am malarky that masquerades as a lie in. It’s little wonder that I am paying with pain because I didn’t pay attention.  I didn’t make myself a priority for a few short minutes every day.  I thought I could get away with eating half a sandwich on the run and forgetting to take my vitamins. I thought I could get away with a few less hours of sleep a week and I thought I could get away with not going to the dentist regularly.  You know where this kind of neglect has led me?  To this exhausted and overwhelmed place where I have a damned cavity.

The funny thing is, I know full well that a few short minutes a day doing small things to nourish my body and mind make a huge difference.  Just taking my vitamins, eating a decent breakfast, making myself a healthy packed lunch,  listening to a podcast as I walk to work, making plans to meet friends or getting a good night’s sleep do wonders for my mind and body. And I don’t even have to do all of those things in one day.  Regular meals make a huge difference to my energy levels and makes me less likely to snap at my spouse because I’m so hangry.  Drinking enough water makes me less grumpy.  It’s tiny things done consistently that make the biggest difference. Gretchen Rubin said, ‘What you do daily matters more than what you do once in a while,” and she is absolutely right.  We encourage our families to look after themselves and even help them out with nutritious meals and seeing they get to bed on time.  We MUST do the same for ourselves.  To thrive, we MUST take care of ourselves.

We matter.

You matter.

Remember that and act like you matter because if you don’t pay attention, you pay with pain.

Right, I’m off for an early night.

Bright blessings,

Mrs R

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activities · baking · recipes · Valentine's day

Heart shaped Valentine’s cookies

Hello my lovelies,

Missy will be going to a play date today and I said I would bake some biscuits for the girls to decorate for Valentine’s day.

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Heart shaped Valentine’s cookies

200g butter, softened (we baking spread – Stork)

200g caster sugar

1 large egg, beaten

400g plain flour

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade.

Mix the butter and sugar in an electric mixer until well combined.  Add the beaten egg and mix until well combined.  Add the flour in, a third at a time making sure that the mixer is on low to avoid a mess. The cookie dough will come together quite easily.  Once all the flour has been added and the dough is all mixed through (be careful not to over mix!) place the dough into a zip lock bag and chill in the fridge for about an hour.

On a clean work surface, lay a large piece of baking parchment.  Place the cookie dough in the middle and cover with another piece of baking parchment.  Roll out the dough until it’s about a half a centimeter thick then using a cookie cutter cut out the heart shapes.  Place these on a cookie sheet that’s been covered with baking parchment. Reform the dough and repeat with the rest of the dough and line a second cookie sheet.  You should have around 15 – 18 cookies.

Place in a preheated oven and bake for about 6 minutes until just starting to colour. Remove to a wire rack to cool and harden.

For the icing: make enough for two colours

Place 225g of sifted icing sugar into a bowl and add a tablespoon of water.  Mix well, adding a tablespoon of water at a time until you have a thick icing.  Remove half the icing to another bowl. Add a drop or two of gel food colouring  in different colours to each of the bowls and and mix well. Add more food colouring if necessary until you have the colour that you like.  Pour icing into two icing bags and refrigerate until needed.

Decorate the cookies as desired and allow to dry for at least six hours before serving.

The girls had such a fun time decorating the cookies however, none of them survived to allow the icing so set!

The cookies that were leftover got a slightly more sophisticated icing coat when we got home.

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If you try the recipe, please post pictures and comments to let me know how you got on.

Bright blessings,

Mrs R

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activities · crafting · Crafts · decorating · DIY · family · Valentine's day

Valentine’s week at Swish Cottage

Hello my lovelies,

It’s Valentine’s week and love is in the air at Chez Swish Cottage. Well, at least I’m trying to spread the love around Chez Swish Cottage!

I was talking to a friend during the week and realized that since I started working full time, I have not had much time for crafting or enjoying DIY home decor like I used to. And that kind of hurt my heart more than a little bit.  Not crafting makes me feel like  piece of the puzzle of me has been missing.  The more I thought about it, the more I decided that this would have to change.

So, I went on a little scouting expedition to the local art store – don’t get excited, it’s nothing to write home about but they did have some pink and red cardboard and some crepe paper.  I decided I could get creative with those and Missy and I landed up making this tassel garland using a this tutorial from Idle Mayhem on Youtube.

I was a little concerned about mixing red, pink and white together as I was worried the red and pink would clash and whilst the colours do clash, they clash in a pleasant way and look great against our white walls.

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The heart garland came out really cute too.  I asked Missy and Mr R and we all came up with ideas about what we love about our family and wrote these comments along the front of the hearts.  I’m rather pleased with how it turned out and it feel special to have our comments on the hearts.

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On my scouting expedition, whilst scouring the local charity shops, I found an ugly old burlap wreath with some pretty fabric roses glued haphazardly all over it. They were falling off and the woman who sold it to me looked at me like I was nuts buying it, but I had a plan! I only wish I had taken a picture of what it looked like before I started working with it.  Don’t get me wrong, the burlap wreath itself is in great shape and will look great when I upcycle it for Autumn but the roses just looked totally out of place on it.   However, these same roses look fantastic on this wicker heart shape. I dug out my vintage button box and hot glued the buttons into the middle of the roses for a little something-something. I’m so pleased with how it turned out.

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It was so refreshing to do these simple crafts and their success made me determined to get back into crafting on a regular  basis.

What have you been crafting recently?

Bright blessings,

Mrs R

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activities · family · goals · Motivation

My bucket list

Hello my lovelies,

Everyone has at least two things on their bucket list.  Well between two and like four hundred things for most of us.  I have been keeping a bucket list and checking things off for year and thought that perhaps, my bucket list may be inspirational to others.  So here it is:-

 list of things to do before I die

  • Read 40 books in a year – done 2000
  • Begin happiness project – started 2013
  • Sew a vintage dress – 2013
  • Learn to crochet a granny square – 2011
  • I’d like to visit Disneyland Florida, Universal Studios and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter with my family  – Booked for July 2019
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  • Get a gel pedicure
  • Start zumba
  • Take up gardening
  • See a pantomime with my daughter
  • Buy and paint a welsh dresser
  • Visit the lake district – 2013
  • Have a table at the Caterham Street Party – 2013
  • Join Slimming World – 2015
  • Slim down by 100 lbs
  • Buy a house!
  • Do a 5 km for Cancer Research
  • Join the rock choir
  • Hold a Macmillan Coffee morning at home
  • Attend a Harry Potter themed afternoon tea
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  • Visit Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, London 
  • Have afternoon tea at the Ritz
  • Ride a broomstick at the Harry Potter Studio tour
  • Stay in the Wizard Chambers in The Georgian house hotel
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  • Euro Disney with my family – planned for August 2015
  • Visit the French countryside
  • Go on the London Eye
  • Take part in a Vintage Pin Up shoot
  • Have a family photoshoot
  • Have a Christmas family photo shoot
  • Do a 9 3/4 year photos hoot for Missy
  • Host a Harry Potter afternoon tea party
  • Host an Alice in Wonderland tea party
  • Have tea on a red London bus
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  • Go on an all inclusive luxury cruise
  • Climb a mountain (climbed Cat Bells -1490 ft! in the lake district 2013)
  • Visit Camden Lock & Stables Market 2009
  • Take DD camping
  • Camp out in our back yard
  • Pay off credit card! – 2013
  • Have an emergency money fund of 2 months salary
  • Holiday in Spain
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  • Go to Harry Potter Studio Tour – England
  • Plant flowers in my own garden in my own house
  • Plant vegetable & herb garden in my own garden in my own house – 2014
  • See Nickelback in concert
  • See Ed Sheeran in concert
  • Take my daughter to see the Nutcracker ballet
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  • Visit a Christmas markets in Germany –2013!
  • Visit Stone Henge
  • Make a period appropriate costume and take part in the Jane Austen festival in Bath
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  • Visit the London Sky Garden
  • Visit Castlerigg standing stones
  • Have a meal at the Oxo Tower
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  • Have dinner at The Cargo Hold, South Africa
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  • Get a tattoo
  • Eat at River Cottage HQ restaurant
  • Eat at one of Jamie Oliver’s restaurants
  • Go to Lapland UK – booked for December 2017
  • Have a spa day – booked for October 2018
  • Have a romantic overnight stay with DH and sleep in a four poster bed
  • Tea at Harrods
  • Visit Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Go on a dinner cruise on the Thames
  • Have a tea party at home with all my friends
  • Redecorate my bedroom
  • See Riverdance live
  • See Disney on Ice
  • Take DD into London to see the Christmas lights
  • Visit Beatrix Potter’s house
  • Take DD to Lapland UK
  • Have a Harry Potter themed Christmas
  • Have a Harry Potter Christmas
  • Have a girls movie night in
  • Have a craft She Shed to be proud of
  • Completely redo our courtyard
  • Adopt a kitten – 2014
  • Caroling to raise money for charity
  • Visit Spitalfields market
  • Decorate a gingerbread house – 2013
  • Ladies day out in London – 2013
  • Dress up like Audrey Hepburn
  • Be part of a flash mob dance
  • Visit Capri, Italy
  • Have my whole body painted
  • Visit Florence, Italy
  • Dance in the kitchen with my DD
  • Make a scrapbook/envelope book for mine and DH’s love letters
  • See the northern lights
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  • Go to a beach and witness the bioluminsescence
  • Take someone chicken soup when they’re sick
  • Slow dance with DH under the stars
  • Learn to belly dance
  • Attend a burlesque dancing class
  • Learn to salsa dance
  • Attend an open air showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • See an open air Shakespeare play
  • See a show at the Miller Centre, Caterham – Alice in Wonderland 2014
  • Attend a Christmas eve midnight Mass
  • Decorate my garden with fairy lights and have dinner under the stars with DH
  • Attend a Masquerade Ball
  • Go on a hot air balloon ride
  • Learn French
  • Make elderflower champagne
  • Make sour dough bread from scratch
  • Visit Corfu, Greece
  • Start a Supper club
  • Try archery
  • Go horseriding on a beach
  • Have a romantic picnic on a beach around sunset
  • Catch a fish
  • Go jet-skiing
  • Visit Hawaii
  • Sunbathe in a bikini in the Seychelles
  • Take a helicopter trip
  • Visit the Cirq de Soleil
  • Make teacup candles
  • Make a time capsule
  • Keep a diary for a year
  • Win NaNoWriMo
  • Publish a short story on Amazon
  • Visit Arundel Castle, West Sussex
  • Get my driving licence
  • Create a home with an inviting, joyous, comfortable, loving atmosphere.
  • Write a letters to my daughter – started an email account for her to which I email her regularly
  • Visit New Orleans and have chicory coffee and warm beignets in Cafe Du Monde
  • Eat beignets
  • Meet Cherry Menlove
  • Meet Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Pass on a family heirloom to my daughter
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Have a fireplace
  • Have a home library with a cosy chair
  • Have a Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Watch It’s a Beautiful Life
  • Watch Miracle on 34th Street
  • Sponsor a family at Christmas
  • Have a romantic kiss under the mistletoe
  • Bake Christmas themed cookies & hold a cookie swap
  • Make and drink homemade mulled wine
  • Do a foraging course
  • Have a board games evening
  • Have an elf on the shelf
  • Learn to play Moonlight Sonata on the piano
  • Learn to dance the Tango
  • Learn sign language
  • Plant a tree in memory of a special someone – R.I.P George 2015
  • Write a story book for my daughter
  • Dye my hair bright red
  • Sit behind a waterfall
  • Have teddy bears picnic with DD
  • Have a girls pamper evening with DD
  • Go to a burlesque show
  • Bake a victoria cream sponge with DD
  • Relax in a hot tub under the stars
  • Drink hot chocolate and watch fireworks – 2013
  • Go to a pick your own farm with my family
  • Read the Magic Faraway Tree series by Enid Blyton with DD
  • Go to the proper Lapland for a Santa experience with DD
  • Go to Lapland UK
  • Climb a mountain – Climbed Cat Bells 2013
  • Unplug for 48 hours
  • Jump in a pool fully clothed
  • Skinny dip!
  • Get kinky in the outdoors! – 2003
  • Completely pay off my mortgage – first house 2006
  • Go on an African safari
  •  Deep sea dive
  • Write a gratitude note to someone
  • Give someone a heartfelt surprise
  • Start a pay it forward initiative
  • Get a complete makeover and photo shoot
  • Build a snowman
  • Fly first class
  • Kiss on the Eiffel tower
  • Be the mother of the bride
  • Have the lead role in a west end play
  • Build a tree house
  • Go skiing
  • Sleep in a castle
  • Have a photograph library of our lives
  • Be an extra in a film
  • Order room service
  • Create our family recipe book
  • Host a dinner party in our new house
  • Write my last will and testament
  • Do a wine tasting – 1999
  • Throw someone a surprise party
  • Own a roll top bath
  • Take my daughter on a mommy and daughter weekend away
  • Go glamping
  • Holiday on a ranch
  • Go indoor sky diving!
  • Have a mermaid photo shoot
  • Get a hair wrap done
  • Take a falconry class
  • Get a clothes/wardrobe consultation
  • Create a set of Harry Potter shopping bags
  • Be in a West End Show – Sleeping Beauty, the Peacock Theatre 2009 
  • Meet someone famous – Met Nelson Mandela in 1997
  • Swim in an aquarium
  • Throw an epic Harry Potter party
  • Visit Mina Lima
  • Get my driving licence!
  • Finish the WIP novel I’ve been working on for years
  • Scuba dive in an aquarium tank
  • Ride in a horse drawn carriage through Central Park at Christmas
  • Visit New York at Christmas
  • Watch Strictly  Come Dancing show in Blackpool
  • Feed a dolphin
  • Do the Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio tour
  • Camp in our back yard
  • Visit Magic Alley 
  • Relax in a natural hot spring
  • Swim in an infinity pool in a gorgeous location
  • Stay in a log cabin in the woods
  • Watch the sun set over the ocean
  • Attend dinner in the Hogwarts Great Hall at the WB studios
  • Act in a play
  • Attend a murder mystery party
  • Go to a book signing
  • Visit Alnwick castle
  • Attend Diagcon
  • Stay at Inn BoonsBoro
  • Visit the Pioneer woman’s Mercantile and do a lodge tour
  • Have a craft stall at a Harry Potter Festival
  • Attend the Bothwell school of witchcraft
  • Visit the Cauldron bar in London
  • Visit Herstmonceaux medieval festival
  • Go to a medieval banquet in London

What’s on your bucket list?

Brightest blessings,

Mrs R

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Motivation · success

A million dreams

Hello my lovelies,

Welcome to my biggest conundrum…

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Today, I have been irritated and out of sorts. In fact, I’ve felt like this for some time with one thought on my mind; and that thought is, What do I want to do with my life?  I am nearing the big four oh in two years and I, like most people really thought that I would have my shit together by this point.  I’m sure many of you can relate.

I feel like I get up in the morning, I clean house, get myself and my daughter ready for work and school, work my butt off at work, come home, cook dinner, do laundry, shower and go to bed only to do it all again tomorrow.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the mornings and evenings and spending time with my family doing domestic things. I even enjoy cooking dinner and for the most part, doing laundry.  I love spending time in my little house with my significant peeps but I don’t love my job. I’m damned good at what I do but I have never loved where life led me in terms of a career.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m intensely grateful for my job and the salary I get as it all benefits me and my family hugely but I don’t get up in the morning and think to myself, I can’t wait to get to work! Does anyone?

I had always thought that some day I would be doing what I’m passionate about; the kind of things I love with my life.  I woke up on my birthday and realized that some day gers further and further away and will never come unless I turn some day into today.  That got my thinking that my time here is limited. Do I want to spend my time working for someone else, fulfilling their dreams, or do I want to fulfill my dreams for my own life?  Of course I want to fulfill my dreams for my own life but there’s a major problem there.

I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up!

I’m proper cray-cray and am often told by my friends that I am inspirational but for God’s sake, could someone just inspire me or bitch slap me with THE idea of THE THING that would fulfill me as a career and the thing or things I would want to do until my last breath?

There are so many things I love to do. I love to cook and bake and craft and upcycle and explore and entertain and read and write and plant and organize and tidy and I love music both the singing and the listening. I love acting especially in music theater and I love movies and books and craft stalls and pokey little shops filled to the brim with treasures. I love domestic pursuits and sewing and nerdy stuff like Harry Potter and creating and crafting and taking pictures and embroidery  and all things Christmas and fairy gardens and foraging to make tasty treats from natures bounty…. too many things to choose which of those would be my passion.

I had thought that one day I would find a huge old house that I could turn into a kind of bookstore, gift store and cafe with a beautiful garden outside for drinking tea and smoothies.  We would run craft workshops and book clubs and sewing circles.

I also thought that one day I would be an author and write paranormal romances to indulge my love of Greek mythology. I even have such a story three quarters written but my passion kind of fizzled out with that when a plot issue arose.  I wonder if that ship has sailed or if it’s just pulled into port to weather the storm.

I had another grand idea of writing a book about Christmas and have written half of it but life and the need to pay the bills to stop my poor husband developing a stomach ulcer through stress meant I went back to work full time and this too fell by the wayside.

I had a thought to start up a business selling subscription boxes from home filled with beautiful things that bring people joy.

Another idea was to become a Youtuber and start up a channel dedicated to all things creative and doing videos about the home and about being a working mother with strong emphasis on PROGRESS NOT PERFECTION.  This was integral to me because a pet hate about some Youtubers is how they bemoan what a hot mess they and how they messy their homes are just like the average exhausted mom when they are while they sit there with their perfectly coiffed hair and manicured hands in lavish surroundings.

I had another idea to be just like Angel Adoree and sell up here in England to buy a dilapidated chateaux in France to offer as a B&B and wedding venue.

There was another idea to sew vintage inspired dresses and sell them at craft stalls.

Or the other idea to be just like Cherry Menlove or Pippa Middleton and write a lifestyle book.

I love the idea of inspiring people and even thought of somehow becoming some kind of muse to creatively inspire people in a kind of Kirsty Allsop way.

People that is a SHIT-TON of ideas! I am over run with ideas but that doesn’t make it any easier to pick one!

Of course there are the practical considerations to think of too.  If I chose one of these ideas and decided to pursue it, when would I find the time in an already chock-a-block life to chase that dream?  How would I finance the dream? It’s all overwhelming and anxiety-creating but the heart wants what the heart wants!  The heart wants to do something that makes it sing and smile and wax lyrical about the hills being alive with the sound of music.

Yet one constant thought remains, I need to choose and I need to pursue that choice because by denying this pursuit will lead to regrets too deep to recover from.

“Every night I lie in bed, the brightest colours fill my head,

a million dreams are keeping me awake…”

Bright blessings,

Mrs R

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