16 January 2021

My 2021 Resolutions

Happy 2021! 

Well, we're almost two weeks into the new year and 12 days into our third national lockdown. It's safe to say it's not the start to the year that we expected, nevertheless I hope it's treating you all well and you're feeling okay during these uncertain times. 

I had a lovely new year with my family, drinking a few bottles of wine, dancing around to Jools Holland's Hootenanny and living on of a box of celebrations. Like so many of us, I'm back on furlough so I've been keeping myself occupied by going on plenty of scenic walks, playing board games and re-watching New Girl on Netflix. 

The start of a new year always brings with it a certain motivation, a buzz of excitement about what achievements, adventures and opportunities the new year has to bring. I only get this feeling twice a year; in January and on my birthday. Following the yearly tradition on my blog, I'm going to share my list of resolutions with you - I love writing a list of things I'd like to achieve by January the following year, even though some of them have been carried over from last year (2020 was cancelled!).  

I know we're living in really crazy times at the moment and we're really not trying to get our hopes up too much but I'm hopeful that it's going to be a good year regardless! 

My 2021 Resolutions

1. Pass My Driving Test 

Top of the list for another year and I'm telling you now; 2021 is the year I am going to pass my driving test. I am so close it's unbelievable, I just need to be able to actually take my test and hopefully I'll have my pink license in no time! 

2. Focus On My Mental Health 

I'm sure you don't need to be reminded that we're living in really uncertain times at the moment and it's affecting so many of us both physically and mentally. I've noticed my mental health has been suffering recently and I'm really trying to make myself feel better. Although it's not something I'm ready to talk about yet, I am working towards getting back to my happy, confident self in 2021!

3. Limit My Screen Time

I spend way too much time on my phone, especially since being introduced to TikTok; two minutes on there is the equivalent of an hour in real life. That's why I'm making a conscious effort to spend less time scrolling down Instagram and more time doing the things that make me happy, living in the moment. I don't go on my phone for the first two hours of the day, and then make sure my notifications are turned off before I go to bed every night. I'm already feeling more productive during the day! 

4. Buy A Car 

When I've finally passed my test, I'm going to buy myself my first little car. I'll be honest, car shopping is one of the most stressful things ever and I don't have a clue what I'm doing. The only thing I know is that I can't wait to be driving round singing along to the 1975.

5. Get Off The Dating Apps 

You may remember a post I wrote last year about Why I'm Okay Being Single In My Twenties, however then lockdown happened, I got bored and like so many people, I re-downloaded the dating apps. I don't know why because it's not like I could go and meet anyone for coffee, but it was someone new to talk to. As you can imagine, the conversations were pointless and I quickly realised why I'd deleted them in the first place; just constant 'hey how's lockdown treating you?' messages, and frankly I can't be bothered with it. I've officially deleted the dating apps and I'm fully focused on myself and the people around me! 

6. Do More Random Acts Of Kindness

Whether it be a smile, buying a coffee, offering a lift, letting someone in front of me in a queue, giving advice, paying compliments or holding a door open; I'm making an effort to be kinder in the new year. The world needs kindness right now and like my Grandad always told me when I was younger, 'Remember, you're the one who can fill the world with sunshine.' 

7. Make Time To Read

As I'm making an effort to spend less time on my phone, I've now got more time to get lost in a book. I'm loving reading during the day and before I go to bed a night, it really relaxes me and I'm finding my love for reading again. I'm currently reading Ghosts by Dolly Alderton and absolutely loving it! 

8. Stick To A Good Routine 

Last year, due to all the lockdowns, my routine was so messed up; I was eating at weird times, my exercise schedule went out the window and my sleep pattern was basically non-existent. However, this year I'm determined to get back into a good routine and stick to it; starting with not going on my phone, reading before bed and going on more walks! 

9. Get Back Into The Gym

It's been hard to have any kind of gym schedule in this past year but when the gyms re-open I can't wait to throw myself back into regular workouts and exercise classes. I know I'll thank myself for it both mentally and physically! 

10. Go To The Theatre

I really miss going to the theatre and this past year has made me realise just how much we take the arts for granted. When it's safe and theatres can reopen, you can guarantee I'll be first in line and booking tickets to see so many shows; Jersey Boys, Wicked, Dream Girls, Heathers and Waitress are all on the agenda! 

However, my main goal for the year is to be happy and healthy. I want to be genuinely, intensely, consistently happy. Here's hoping for a better 2021; a year that's filled with adventure, health, love, success and happiness. 

Lots of Love,
Meg x


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31 December 2020

The Highlights of 2020

Happy New Year! 

Well, where to begin? I had such high hopes for 2020, I thought it was going to be the year where I travelled the world, went on plenty of adventures and finally passed my driving test. However, the new decade had different plans for us all. I can't quite believe what has happened in this past year and just how much our lives have changed. It's been hard to get used to and I know it's been such a tough year for so many of us, but if it's taught us anything, it's to appreciate the little things in life. 

My yearly highlights post is one thing I look forward to writing every year; I love reminiscing and sharing photos and memories with you all. This year however, I was putting off writing it. I didn't think I'd have anything valuable to write about (or nothing worth reading anyway) as our whole lives have come to a complete standstill. However, when I've looked back on 2020 I've realised that I've made some really lovely memories and I want to share them with you. It's all about looking for sunshine and I hope that sharing my memories of what has been a crazy year will bring you some sunshine too. 

Tonight I'll be welcoming in a new year and a new beginning with my family and a glass of gin, but until then here are some of my highlights of 2020!

Learning To Drive


My main goal for 2020 was to learn to drive and eventually pass my driving test, so I kicked the year off with my very first driving lesson. It was such a nerve wracking moment as it's something I've been avoiding for years but I'm so glad that I took the plunge and started learning. 

Fast forward 12 months and we've had a few obstacles; including two cancelled theory tests and one cancelled driving test but I'm ready to take (and hopefully pass) my test at the start of next year! It's a huge achievement for me to even start learning so I'm really proud of myself for being brave and chasing my dreams this year. 

Seeing The 1975


At the end of February, my lovely friend Cyde and I went to see The 1975 at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool. I'm sure you don't need me to tell you how much I love this band but incase you don't follow me on any social media, then they're my one of my favourites. We started the night with cocktails in Slug and Lettuce followed by an amazing evening singing and dancing away to our favourite songs. It was one of the best nights of the year and it's the first time I heard If You're Too Shy (Let Me Know) which was basically all I listened to from that moment forward. 

The King And I 


One of the things I've missed the most this year is going to the theatre. I'm so grateful that Mum and I got the chance to watch The King and I at the Liverpool Empire in March, just before we went into lockdown. We went for food at Pizza Express and then headed over to the theatre to watch the show. It was absolutely phenomenal and completely exceeded my expectations; the costumes were stunning, the acting was outstanding and the music was so catchy. Shall we dance? 

Mother's Day In Blackpool


The end of March saw us living in very confusing and uncertain times. Mum, Dad, Buster and I took a little trip to Blackpool for the day and although it doesn't seem very exciting, it was one of my favourite days of the year. We walked along the seafront, taking in the Blackpool sea breeze and feeling the warmth of the early spring sunshine on our faces. We sat on the beach for most of the day, just watching the world go by and it was the perfect way to clear our heads and unknowingly prepare ourselves for the months ahead. 

Lockdown 1.0 



April saw the whole country go into a national lockdown. Our lives came to a complete halt; shops closed, we couldn't see our family or friends and we were all encouraged to stay at home. It was an absolute rollercoaster of emotions, some days I felt great and other days I felt hopeless. Then I realised that my perspective on this situation was everything. It was easy for me to sit and feel sorry for myself, which some days I did, however I used my time to relax, reflect, recharge and do all the things that I never usually have the time to do.

I was furloughed from work which meant that I had a lot of extra time on my hands. Luckily, we were blessed with beautiful weather so I spent my time sunbathing in the garden, reading some brilliant books, doing home workouts, baking plenty of scones and sitting in the garden with my grandparents (at a distance, of course). I had FaceTime calls with my friends, played Bongo's Bingo online, went on some gorgeous walks, did way too many quizzes and became the family hairdresser. 

It was a month of learning TikTok dances, clapping on our doorsteps for the NHS and most importantly, spending quality time with family. When I look back, we made plenty of memories in that first lockdown and although it's not been the best, it's surely a time that none of us will forget. 

Family BBQ's


The first month of lockdown flew by and before we knew it, we were in the sunny month of May. The temperature continued to soar so Mum, Dad, Buster and I had a few family BBQ's in the garden. We had good music, plenty of food and some Rattlers cider, and we spent our evenings laughing, drinking and chatting. If there's one thing I'm grateful for, it's being able to spend quality time with my family. 

I also invested in this lovely straw hat, which I call my Jason Mraz hat - always wear a hat in the sun kids, a sunburnt scalp is not fun. 

Celebrating 75 Years of VE Day 


May also saw the country celebrate 75 Years since VE Day and it was one of my favourite days of the year. I wore my 1940's inspired outfit, we had afternoon tea in the garden, watched the Queen's speech and then the whole street went into their front gardens with food and drinks for a socially distanced street picnic. I felt so patriotic and seeing my all neighbours sat in their gardens celebrating looked like something from a film. It made me feel so warm and very emotional. 

A Lockdown Birthday


In June I celebrated my 23rd Birthday in lockdown. I didn't know what to expect from the day but my family and friends made it so special, especially considering the circumstances and I felt like a princess for the whole day. I had afternoon tea with my grandparents and then got a takeaway and had a few drinks with my Mum and Dad in the evening. I turned 23 in a national lockdown - that's something I never thought I'd say. 

A Surprise Birthday Visit


I must admit, I was gutted that I couldn't see any of my friends to celebrate my birthday, so it was the biggest shock when my friend Cyde drove for an hour and a half to come and surprise me the day after I turned 23. I'd only seen Cyde via FaceTime for the past 2 months, so her turning up on my doorstep was the last thing I was expecting but it was such a lovely thing to do. I really do have the best friends! 

Shortly after, life started to slowly get back to normal. I returned to work, even though I had to now wear a visor when serving customers, and beauty salons re-opened which meant that I could finally have a hair cut and driving lessons resumed so I was back on the roads after what seemed like a lifetime!

Alderly Edge


In July, Cyde and I decided to go on a little adventure and spend the day at Alderly Edge. We ventured through the forests and eventually came to The Edge which provided us with the most breathtaking view of Cheshire; it was absolutely stunning! The sun was shining, the car windows were down and our favourite throwback tunes were playing as we drove back home where we ended the day with a Nando's and a few gins in the beer garden. The perfect day! 

Dad's Birthday Meal


A few days later we celebrated my Dad's birthday by going for a meal at one of our favourite Italian restaurants. It was our first experience dining out since the lockdown was lifted and hospitality re-opened so we made the most of it by getting dressed up and enjoying the most delicious food. It was such a lovely evening and it made me realise how much I'd missed eating out. 

Passing My Theory Test


July was a very successful month. After driving lessons being stopped and two cancelled tests, I finally passed my theory test for the first time. I spent a lot of time in the first lockdown working through my theory apps on my phone and thankfully all of my hard work paid off. I was so proud of myself and even though I wasn't able to take my practical driving test this year, at least I passed something! 

Getting My Ears Pierced


Another one of my resolutions for 2020 was to get my ears pierced and the day after I passed my theory test, I finally did it. It was completely unexpected, which I think was the best thing to do as I didn't have time to hype it up in my head. Honestly I don't know what I was scared of, it was painless and I wish I'd have done it sooner. I feel like a new woman. That's another fear conquered! 

24 Hours In York


In August, Cyde and I decided to go on a spontaneous weekend road trip to York. We had such a lovely break, it was so refreshing to escape and explore somewhere new. On Saturday evening we had food at ASK Italian followed by cocktails in Slug and Lettuce and then spent Sunday exploring York in all its historic glory. Our other travel plans for the year were put on hold but York gave us the little adventure that we needed. We even visited The Shambles which is basically the real life Diagon Alley and made all my Harry Potter dreams come true! 

Being back in Liverpool


I've really missed being able to go out and have a dance with the girls this year. Back in August, restrictions were lifted and we were able to go out in Liverpool to celebrate Kayleigh's birthday. Although it wasn't exactly the same and some rules were still in place, it still felt so good to get dressed up, have a few cocktails and a laugh with some of my best friends. 

Manchester Spa Day


Back in March I booked my Mum a surprise Spa Day for her birthday but because lockdown delayed it for a few months, we only managed to get there in September. We went to the Bannatyne Spa on Quay Street in Manchester and although some of the facilities were unavailable we still experienced the most relaxing massage. It was my first experience of a Spa and I felt like I was walking on a cloud when I came out. It was lovely to spend the day with my Mum and even though it was a belated birthday gift, I know she thoroughly enjoyed it too!

Alfie


In October I unexpectedly lost a man who was so dear to my heart, my lovely Grandad. This wasn't a highlight of my year but I couldn't write this post without including him. I won't say too much but I will tell you that he was the funniest, bravest, kindest, most intelligent person I have ever met. He taught me so much about life and I wouldn't be the woman I am today without his love, support and constant cuddles. He had a smile that could light up a room and was a constant ray of sunshine to everyone who knew him. He wasn't just my Grandad, he was my best friend and I miss and love him so dearly.

Family & Friends


2020 has put a lot of things into perspective for us all and I can't truly describe how grateful I am to have such supportive, loving people around me. They've been there through it all and we've picked each other up through all the highs and lows that this year has brought; we've laughed, we've cried and we've got through it. 

It's been so nice to spend so much quality time with my family; from the lockdown quizzes with Mum and Dad, socially distanced visits to see my Mambly and Grandad and plenty of walks and cuddles with Buster. They amaze me every day with their strength, kindness and love. They've been my rocks, my rays of sunshine, and I couldn't have done it without them. 

Overall, it's been a crazy year. It's had it's highs, it's lows and plenty of challenges but we made it. We've lost some people dear to us, we've learned new skills and we've kept in touch with those closest to us. I've conquered my fears of learning to drive and getting my ears pierced, and I'm thankful that my family, friends and I are entering 2021 healthy and happy. Although it's not been the year that any of us expected, it's taught us that sunshine can be found on the cloudiest of days. 

Wishing you all a very healthy and happy new year! Here's hoping that 2021 is a better year filled with success, love and a little sprinkle of pixie dust. 

Finally, I want to dedicate this post to my little Alfie; the brightest star in the sky. 

Lots of Love,
Meg x













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30 December 2020

What I Got For Christmas 2020

 


Okay, serious question before I start; does anyone actually know what day it is? 

I don't know about you but I'm completely disorientated; I don't know if I'm coming or going and all I seem to be doing is drinking copious amounts of Baileys coffee, eating my body weight in celebrations (malteasers are my fave), and lets not even mention the confusion of the bank holiday. 

It's all been worth it though, for what is always my favourite time of the year. I know Christmas hasn't been the same for many of us this year and it's been unexpectedly tough, but I hope you all had a lovely day regardless. So many of you have been in my thoughts and I hope you were able to spend some time with your loved ones or at least celebrate with a phone call or a FaceTime. I had a very different Christmas this year but it was lovely nonetheless. I spent it with my family watching some classic films, eating a lot of food and walking around the house in every wearable gift I received. 

I know I've been quiet on my socials over the festive season due to me wanting to spend as much time with my family as possible. I'm also aware that I've neglected my blog for the past few months, this was due to family circumstances but I've taken some time away and I'm ready to get my blog thriving again in the new year. 

I wasn't going to write my What I Got For Christmas post this year as I didn't want it to seem insensitive; I know it's been a strange year and a tough Christmas for many. However, it's one of my most popular posts and I didn't want to break in tradition (I've been writing these posts for the past four years!). As always, I'm not writing this to brag or be all look at me, I genuinely love reading these posts and having a little nosy at what you all got for Christmas and I know some of you do too! 

So, enough rambling from me and let's get on with it! 


If you're anything like me, you'll have lived in your loungewear this year so I was very excited when I opened this gorgeous grey loungewear set from my Mum and Dad. I asked for some nice loungewear for Christmas, I wanted something that was comfy but also nice enough that I could wear it to just nip to the shops. This is absolutely perfect; the material is so soft, it's super cosy and the flared trousers are so flattering. I know the photo doesn't do it justice but I haven't taken it off since I opened it (I'm currently wearing it as I write this haha!). 


Last year I read Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton and it's one of the best things I have ever read. It's a memoir about love, life and the importance of friendship. If you haven't read it, then please get it added to your reading list because it's honestly amazing and I promise you won't regret it. This year, Dolly released her first fictional novel called Ghosts and with how much I banged on about her first novel, my Mum and Dad knew I'd love to open it on Christmas morning. I already can't wait to start reading it because I just know it's going to be BRILLIANT! 


If you read my 2020 Resolutions at the start of the year, you'll know that I wanted to get my ears pierced. Well, I finally did it and I can't believe I put it off for so long because it didn't hurt one bit. Obviously I'm going through a phase with earrings at the moment (I just want every pair that I see) so I was incredibly grateful to receive these gorgeous earrings from Pandora; some rose gold sparkling hoops and three adorable little daisies. 

These were my main present from my Mum and Dad this year and I don't think anything can justify just how beautiful they are. They're sparkly, subtle and stunning - the perfect earrings for me. Plus they also match two Pandora rings that I have which I absolutely love. I'm so incredibly grateful, I'm in awe of how stunning they are. 


In true yearly tradition, my Mum and Dad got me my diary for 2021. I love keeping a diary and I write in it every night before I go to bed; usually rambling about what I've done with my day and journalling down my thoughts. It's incredibly therapeutic and something I enjoy reading back on to see how much I've changed. My Grandma also bought me a box of Lindt chocolates, another annual tradition that we have. It's not Christmas without a box of Lindt Lindor chocolates, they're my absolute favourites! 


I also received some of my essential make up bits; my holy grail products so to speak. My Mum and Dad got me some of my favourite No7 HydraLuminous foundation which I love because it gives your skin such a natural flawless glow, as well as my go-to Benefit RollerLash mascara. My Grandma also knew I needed some new beauty blenders so very kindly got me my favourite Real Techniques blenders as well as some money from her and my Grandad to treat myself to some more earrings. 


There's so much I love about Christmas; the festive cheer, drinking hot chocolate at the Christmas Markets and the fact that Lush start selling Snow Fairy again. Another generous gift from my Mum and Dad was a bottle of my favourite Snow Fairy shower gel because I'm absolutely obsessed with the scent of everything in this range. It literally leaves my bathroom smelling of all the sweet stuff. I also got a pink fluffy long hot water bottle which is going to be an absolute saviour for that time of the month or for me to just cuddle on a night (single life, woo!). 


One of my favourite family traditions is playing board games at Christmas. When I was younger, I used to get a new game every year for us all to play on Christmas Day evening after we'd stuffed ourselves with food. Then I got older and the board games stopped. This year however, Mum and Dad thought they'd bring back the tradition and bought me the new edition of one of my favourite games Five Second Rule with the Five Second Rule Spintesity version. I'm very excited to play it, I know it's going to be absolutely hilarious; especially after a few drinks. 


And finally my Mum and Dad very kindly treated me to a bottle of my favorurite Gordon's pink gin to enjoy over the festive season. I actually finished my Gordon's lemon gin on Christmas Eve so this was perfect timing. There's not much more that can be said really, Christmas and Gin - what more could a girl want? 


It's been a tough year for all of us in work this year; whether you've been a key worker, working in non-essential retail, hospitality or forced to work from home. I've been furloughed twice this year due to Boris closing non-essential retail but my bosses and I have always kept a smile on our faces and I'm so thankful to still have a job that I love. This year my bosses were so generous and gifted me this gorgeous Louis Vuitton Scarf (I'm forever wearing scarves in work) and a lovely little pamper set including a bottle of prosecco, a candle and a gorgeous glass. I'm so grateful to work for such wonderful people. 


My lovely friend Kayleigh very kindly bought me some mini body butters and a gin drinking mason glass saying Let The Fun Be Gin containing a straw and two mini bottles of gin inside. It'll be perfect for when we're allowed to go out again, I already can't wait to get dressed up and go out dancing; we've got a lot of celebrating to catch up on! 


Finally, my lovely friend Sarah bought me this cute Soap & Glory Gift set containing some body wash and a body butter as well as this Fizz-A-Ball bath bomb which smells absolutely divine. I absolutely love Soap & Glory stuff and I've used it from being a teenager so I'm always grateful of things to add to my collection. How lucky am I to have such thoughtful friends!? 

I also received some other very thoughtful gifts including some more chocolate, a bottle of wine and more pairs of earrings. I've been so incredibly spoilt this year and I know I keep saying it but it's been such a tough year and I'm so grateful to have such thoughtful people around me. It's made me realise I don't appreciate them enough but I'm truly blessed to have them; their kindness and generosity astounds me.

I hope you all had a lovely time celebrating Christmas and that you enjoyed having a little nosy at some of the things I got. I'd love to be nosy and know what was under the tree for you this year, so leave me a comment and let me know!

Lots of Love,
Meg x


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