Happy Tuesday friends!! I hope this week has started off well despite the extremely autumn-y weather we have been having. It really feels like summer is falling through our fingertips now although there is a part of me that's looking forward to lighting the fire again and seeing the colours beginning to change. I am an Autumn baby after all! The past weekend was spent down in Armagh catching up with old friends over a few pints and some blues music. Armagh has been hosting the 7 Hills Blues Fest for a few years now and it's been such a great success in a town that has been encouraging more and more local festivals. It's always good to return to my hometown but it's even better when there's an excuse to dance until the wee hours! But in even bigger news, I have been asked to be godmother for my friends' wee bairn! It is official: I am actually a responsible adult. Catherine and Phily welcomed Dara in to the world last Monday and I got the chance to hold the wee bundle on Saturday. He is beautiful and I was so chuffed to be asked - does this mean I am a proper grown up now?? Despite the positive things that are happening in my own world, there are still a few worries that I am letting go of this week. Here are a few of them... Not doing enough of what I love I love being outside and throughout the summer I had hoped to get hiking the mountains near home. Unfortunately the weekends have ran away from me and so I have been living vicariously through this woman who is my new hero. Not being successful I wrote a piece last week about the things that shouldn't define us and I also read this blog post by the ever-fantastic Sara Tasker who spoke about how being successful shouldn't always be monetary. It really is a great post that definitely helped me see things from a different perspective. Not living closer to the water I live within a few miles of the nearest beach so I really shouldn't complain much but after living in Australia, I really miss getting my feet sandy every day. Lately I have been making more of an effort to catch the sunset on the beach closest to me and after reading this article, I understand more than ever how being by the water is food for the soul. Planning holiday outfits We're off to Bali next week and I am already trying to break each day down to outfits and then subcategorising down to:
- cute 'aren't I so bohemian' beach outfits
- sophisticated 'look at me in this flowy dress' dinner outfits
- dressy 'we're going out-out tonight' outfits
- demure 'I am a respectful lady' temple outfits
It'll be a miracle if I am able to whittle all of these potential looks in to one suitcase! Not sleepwalking when we're on holiday I used to sleepwalk a lot when I was a child (which thoroughly freaked out my parents) but it doesn't happen quite as much as I've gotten older. However it seems to happen when I am in a new place and I remember waking up when I was inter-railing trying to get out on to a balcony in Krakow - not good! If you have any sleepwalkers in your life then reading this article might help you handle them a little better. Here's hoping I don't go off on any midnight danders in Bali!
Have a great week!