HELLO! I am still around, don’t you fret.
I have been busy with the end of the course that I tutor for, working more hours at my retail job, stressing about my future, working on myself, baking and watching a lot of Fringe and Parks and Recreation.
And, to be honest, I just haven’t had a lot of motivation to do anything outside of my work. And although it kind of stresses me out that in my spare time all I’ve been doing is watching TV, baking and eating my own baked goods, I think that it’s kind of OK. Kind of. Can you tell that I struggle with not being productive all the time? Yup.
I feel SO lazy, but I have this wall between me and the things I feel like I should be doing; like getting my driver’s license, eating well and exercising, blogging, vlogging, painting, socialising, practising the ukulele, planning my best friend’s hen’s do, and the list goes on. I think the block is there because I’m a bit worn out from the hyper productivity of last year, the stress of the beginning of this year, the depressive slump in the middle and then all my health issues recently. Both my creative spirit and my body are tired.
Between you and me, I’ve been enjoying the down time. I love, love, love watching TV. I adore baking. I just feel guilty for enjoying it and for losing all my motivation. Motivation, come back to me hun!
I also weirdly worry that I will have nothing to talk about with my friends/new people if all I do is hang with Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson. Which is silly, because I will never run out of things to talk about if it involves those two.
I just wanted to let you all know that I am alive and well and I’m just taking an unplanned rest break. And I’m trying to reassure myself that having a break is perfectly normal and OK.
Now to the second edition of The Sunday Edit where I share with you things I have been loving (and hope you will love too).
Now, this was a big toss between the bae, Great British Bake Off, and Fringe. But I’m going to have to listen to my inner sci-fi geek and go with Fringe. Because I genuinely adore it and would re-watch all five seasons in a flash. If you’re looking for a show to satisfy your post Stranger Things lust for all things weird and charming, this will do it. Created by JJ Abrams and his pals, it begins by focusing on an unlikely FBI team, composed of the unstable scientist Walter, his reluctant son Peter, kind hearted Astrid and the brilliant but emotionally closed off agent Olivia, who investigate inexplicable events. Ignore the slightly outdated SFX and fall in love with the characters and the strange, twisting plots.
I have been keeping up with my weekly dose of Lenny, the brilliant newsletter created by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, which is always filled to the brim of articles that stimulate the mind and fill that need for intelligent but digestible reading. It also leaves me feeling so inspired and empowered. It’s worth signing up for.
Last week, my beautiful and talented friend Phoebe suggested we go get doughnuts from Customs on Ghuznee Street. The Little Dough Co delivers there a few times a week and I had heard SO much about them. Needless to say I didn’t hesitate in accepting the invitation and we relished in two of the best doughnuts I have ever eaten. SO GOOD. And now I can’t stop thinking about them.
Special mention to pie and fries from Sweet Mothers Kitchen ❤
100% almond oil for skin. I’d developed some weird, dry and sore rash around my eyes and the aforementioned Phoebe recommended I try almond oil to take my eye makeup off, as it is super gentle and suits sensitive skin. I bought a bottle from the chemist, and instead of using it as a makeup remover, I’ve been using it to moisturise the delicate skin around and above my eyes. Along with avoiding wearing too much eye makeup and minimising my skincare routine, it’s helped clear up my skin significantly. New holy grail skin product for sure.
Bake the Salted Nutella Cookies from Tanya Bakes. Like seriously. They are SO delicious, SO easy, and take very little time to throw together. There’s nothing quite like the taste of cookie dough from a wooden spoon, the smell of baking and the satisfaction of a fresh, warm cookie that you made yourself. Glass of milk and episode of GBBO optional, but highly recommended.
And that my friends is my Sunday roundup. Hope you enjoy exploring some new things and thanks for sticking around during my little break. You’re all amazing!