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What is your idea of ‘A Perfect Sunday’?

There are several things that make a perfect Sunday for me. Of course we all have different ways of relaxing and spending our days whether that be writing a trusty to do list for the week ahead or taking a full day to rest, recuperate and prepare yourself mentally for Monday morning and the rest of  the days that you gain to speak aloud just because they are not part of the glorious weekend.

Personally as I work shifts and I will be spending this particular Sunday doing a 12 hour stretch courtesy of the NHS (it sounds like prison, but it’s not!) it will not be a perfect Sunday so I will of course be taking full advantage of my Saturday (yesterday) and other days off in the week. Now, without waffling on for too long I’m gonna delve into a few of my favourite things about what makes a perfect Sunday for me.

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Tea

When I say I’m not talking about your regular cup of Yorkshire Gold (I do love a good cuppa) but something more like a nice Lemon, Ginger & Manuka Honey or a recent favourite of mine Liquorice & Peppermint. There are so many brands out there but most recently I have been revelling in the glory of Pukka Teas. When brewed as instructed the flavour for a tea bag is exquisite and the closest I have got to my beloved loose leaf tea. A cup of tea is one of the first things that I have each day and it really does give me that centred feeling – the 10 minutes that I have to myself each day whilst enjoying a cuppa is just the best thing so of course it is a great start to a perfect Sunday.

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Reading & Coffee

I know that we seem to have moved quickly from a good cuppa straight to coffee but after a quick drive to the town centre I grab an extra hot coffee a stack of magazines  alongside my most recent book on the go and like to head back to bed or curl up by the window and watch the world go by. It might sound a bit wanky but who gives a shit – it’s a perfect Sunday for me right!

Recently I have preferred a nice oat latte (regular milk doesn’t seem to agree with my digestive system anymore – must be the age or previous over indulgence!). Onto the stack well let’s have a look shall we:

  • The Simple Things (Monthly)
  • Blogosphere (Quarterly)
  • Kinfolk (Bi-Annual)
  • Cereal (Bi-Annual)
  • Current Read: Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon
  • Current Audio Book: Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch read by Kobna Holbrook-Smith (otherwise known as the sexiest reading voice I have listened to in quite some time!)

There are plenty other options for reading materials but these are the ones that are currently on my radar and will continue to be for quite some time.

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Self Care

From foot scrub to face masks a perfect Sunday is one that all of the proverbial above are included. Recently I have been using a particularly popular Garnier sheet mask that can usually be found in Boots on offer and my advice is to take full advantage of such offers (Boots Advantage – oh I do make myself laugh!). Recently I tried out the new Charcoal Black version and let’s just say it was less than great, there will be a comparison on the blog very soon.

One of my favourite parts of my little self care ritual is something that may seem incredibly minuscule but really does make a big difference – lip care. Scrubbing my lips at least once a week and keeping them well moisturised especially in the colder weather really does make a difference. For as long as I can remember I have been using Lush’s Mint Julips – it is just the freshest feeling when you scrub away the dry bits and wash off the scrub to a refreshing supple set of lips. After a good scrub and rinse I like to use the luxurious Nuxe Reve De Miel – it smells of lemons and prolongs the feeling of freshness on a perfect Sunday morning.

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A long bath is the finishing touch for the self care portion of a perfect Sunday. So whilst the hot water is running I finally make the bed, make another cuppa and grab one of my favourite bath bombs (at the moment I am LOVING a mixture of Lush’s Over and Over bath bomb mixed with a Butterball bath bomb. The mixture of the two give you a beautiful colour, scent and feeling on the skin – what more could you ask for on a perfect Sunday?!

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Planning

A perfect Sunday is one that consists of list writing, meal planning and general life admin. Not the sort of admin that takes all day but the sort that can happen in bite sized chunks over copious amounts of tea, coffee and snacks. I am the first to admit that I am bit OCD when it comes to getting my diary and general life in order so it is perfect when I actually have the time to sit and mull things over. As I work shifts each week is different so I plan out what I can realistically get done on my days off according to my set out shift pattern and then any other time I have is either spent with friends and family and planning out blog content.

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Cleaning

Don’t you just love a good clear out?! I know that I do! There is nothing better than clearing out out make up, making room for new bits and having a shift around with current storage solutions. I like to bleach the bath, toilet and sink and then give it a good scrub before I run my Sunday morning bath ready for lush special. Once a month I like to get out all of my make up brushes & tools and give them a good scrub – it is incredibly satisfying.

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Moving on to the kitchen and despite having a dishwasher I find it quite therapeutic standing and doing the washing up whilst listening to my most recent audio book – in fact that is how I get through most of my cleaning – with an audio book. It is great to have a clean house ready for the week ahead.

So . . . that is a close to perfect Sunday for me lovelies – what is your definition of a perfect (or close to!) Sunday? I’d love to know what you get up to…

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To truly ‘Flourish‘ is to grow and develop.

Personally growth and development are the two things that I feel that I would like to put my all into over the next year. It has taken me many years to be comfortable in myself and stop feeling the need to compare myself to others. I keep a very small friendship group as I find it incredibly hard to trust people and let them in.

To truly grow and develop I believe that it is something that needs to be not only emotional but also physically and mentally. It may seem like two small components in life but to do them both on such an epic (on a personal level!) scale is something that is not only daunting but extremely exciting.

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There are so many parts of my self that I am looking forward to exploring and either improving, eradicating or just enjoying. Like many of you out there I love a good list so it’s time guys – let’s break out a list and see where it goes!

Monthly Attitude

When you think of “monthly attitude” what is the first thing that comes to mind?! Well, let me tell you during my ‘time’ I am far from a dream-boat and closer to true definition of a complete and utter wanker (Urban Dictionary point 2!). Yep, I admit it – when I am on my period I don’t just see red I can be vile.

So, what am I going to do about it? In the effort to stop acting out I am going to look more into myself and spend a little more time alone. I figure that if I spend the time pampering myself and feeling good from within I won’t be such a vile human on the outside. I’ll let you know how I get on – I’m sure it will be on Insta or at least Twitter!

Caring

Contrary to the belief I would have put in you that I can be totally and utterly vile (see above!) for the rest of the month and my life I am actually a very caring person. I care hard and fast and have very little time for those that don’t give a shit. I am fiercely loyal and loving and those that are close to me know what I am like. To the naked eye (general public) I may come across as crass with a general disdain for people with a devil-may-care attitude but that is not farther from the truth.

Two of my closest friends recently alerted me to the fact that I tend to attract people who ‘need help’. Whether that help is emotionally, physically or mentally I seem to be the one that most people lean on.

Now, I don’t want to stop caring but right now I feel incredibly drained so I think for my own good I need to stop putting my all into others and think more about me. Of course I will continue to care for those that are in my life and of course those that I choose to care about but the time has come for me to take a step back and let people get the hell on with whatever they are going to do – even if I can see them on the path to ruin (that sounds a lot more dramatic than the way I mean it!).

***Blimey this post is getting VERY introspective isn’t it!***

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Nothing But The Truth

Telling someone how it is isn’t something that has to be a nasty experience. With many years experience of not holding back that doesn’t make me a bitch (although I am self-confessed!) it is just easier to tell someone the truth instead of instilling false hope and then losing a potential friendship because a little white lie grows into something that neither of you can handle in the end. My friendships are based on respect and those that are closest to me know that I won’t lie to them about my feelings and thoughts. This is something that I will most definitely not change about myself – if anything I will continue to be this way and encourage others to do so if they so wish.

The truth may hurt but if told from the get go is like a plaster (band-aid for the Americans!) – if ripped off hurts a little but then the pain is gone. Concealing a lie is not only hard work but also hurts a lot more when found out as the distrust will eat away at you.

The list is of course ongoing but for now I think that is more than enough!

What is on your word for the year?

Check out Elizabeth’s awesome post & it may help you choose your word
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There is a great downloadable list and plenty of space to help you mull things over. Although I was encouraged by this list mine came to me in a moment of inspiration on the toilet!

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How does the song go . . . It Must Be Love, Love, Lurvvvvve!

Do you show your significant other how much you love them every day?
Or do you wait until Valentine’s Day?

Surely there is more to a relationship that showing your love on only one particular day – am I right?

At this current moment in time I am loving myself and I have to tell you there is no better feeling that making myself happy. This year I have devoted to establishing the word ‘Flourish’ in my life and that is something that I fully intend to do. Whethere I flourish alone, with friends or even into a new relationship right about now I have no idea and I am LOVING that particular feeling of the unknown. I have never in my life been less scared and more excited about the unknown prospects of life ahead.

You all know just as well as I do that there are certain pressures out there on woman of a ‘certain age’ (Over 30!) to crack on and settle down, have a family and get themselves off the proverbial shelf. Well do you know what . . . FUCK THAT SHIT! I will settle down with who I please, when I please and procreate if I so wish.

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Now, with that in mind let’s talk a little about ‘Self Love‘ and how you can achieve it EVERY SINGLE DAY with just the smallest change to your daily habits. Over the past month I have not blogged and in the time that I would normally spend worrying about what I should post and how I should take a particular picture to fit in with my ‘theme’ (that doesn’t exist!) I instead took some time to just think about myself (that and I had no fucking idea what to do with myself or this blog!). It was so nice to just light a candle, snuggle up and watch a bit of TV. I have fallen in love with my insta again and even took a trip to Amsterdam!

As a little homage to self love and of course myself the following photos are dedicated to loving yourself (in particular MYSELF!)

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What do you do to show yourself a little/lot of love?!

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This time is forever more going to be a time of year that is that little bit darker for me than the rest. With dad passing things got dark very quickly last year and I was most definitely not looking forward to this Christmas but as the year passed things got that little bit easier.

There have definitely been dark days and happy times in our household.

Then on the 14th December the shade came again. I cannot mention the name of the person but they were incredibly special because they helped a lot of people in ways that some do not even know yet. This person was one that made everyones day a little brighter without even saying a word – a smile, a hand to hold and even just a wink.

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This person made you aim for the best and forget about the worst. With all of the insignificant little things in the world that people make a big deal out of perspective was something that this individual could make you pick out with a fine tooth comb. They will be missed most of all by their family but also by the entire medical and nursing team on our unit/theatres.

Darker times seem to be coming thick and fast the older I get but with that in mind I will persevere and hope for the best in 2018. This may or may not be my last post of 2017 but for now it feels like things have been rounded up as I am loving Insta, Twitter but the blog is really taking it out of me. Let’s see shall we!

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As much as the festive cheer can play a part in bringing people together it can also be an extremely lonely time for those that have either lost someone, never had anyone or even has that special someone who they are going through a difficult time with. For some Festive Love may be the last thing on their minds.

This post is just a little reminder to all of us that everyone deals with emotions in different ways and one of the most scary thoughts can sometimes be loneliness. Dealing with loneliness can be very hard and sometimes people do not like to admit it. With that in mind I am most definitely going to be a more mindful with regards to those around me at this time of year and even in my work life where my dear patients and relatives are stuck in hospital at what is meant to be one of the most wonderful times of the year.

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If this has struck a chord with you I would love it if you could share it as a message to all out there to just share the love. Copy and paste it if you like. Just link back so I can see how far a little bit of love can go.

Share some Festive Love now!

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