Lifestyle Goals

How do you feel at the moment?
If I was asked the same questions, my answer wouldn’t necessarily be positive.

Recently, life has been great but also crazy busy. A new job, a second job, working overtime, planning a wedding, planning a honeymoon, renovating a bathroom, managing a rental property & trying to maintain some social interaction, have me spent!

I’m slowly settling into a comfortable routine, but most days the last thing I’m thinking of is meal planning, cleaning the house or prep for the week ahead, which leads me into a vicious cycle. When I feel set back from stressing, rushing around, or when I haven’t had the chance to rejuvenate before the working week begins, I head straight towards the comforting embrace of junk food ! This feels great, for the time that I’m eating it, but leads me right back to the feeling of stress & being back at square one, hence beginning the very cycle that I’m aiming to break.

So I decided to set some goals & change the direction I want my life to go.
As I type, my ‘one size too small for added motivation’ wedding dress is calmly enroute over the pacific to arrive as an uncomfortable reminder of my recent weight gain within a matter of hours! I love the dress. I picked it on purpose & I want to do it justice. Without effort, it will fit, but not in the best way it can. It’s my motivation to control my cravings and focus on the good habits I know I can maintain.

Weight loss & fitness are not the only goals I have, I want to enjoy life and entertain more ! On June the 1st our bathroom renovations are beginning. By the time they’re finished (2 weeks or so) I want to be well and truly into a cleaning routine that leaves me able to accept last-minute guests happily & with excitement rather than with shock & embarrassment! I would love to spend less time willing my house clean & more time enjoying it in all the tidy glory it will become!

All up I have 6 goals to work towards consecutively over the 5 weeks.

1,200 calories, each day
10,000 steps, each day
2L of water, each day
8 hours of sleep, each night
Establish a cleaning routine
Enjoy a healthy breakfast each morning

Over the weekend I’ll be doing the leg work to prepare everything & Monday it will begin! Going right through to June 30, which is significant as it will bring us to the 4 month mark in the lead up to our wedding.
I’m planning to do a weekly update with photos of what i eat each day to keep me accountable ! It should go go up on Monday at the beginning of every new week 

Wish me (& my will power) luck…

Recent Happenings

Event Briefs ! Am loving my new job, but as the newby it involves alot of scoping out how things are done & gaining an insight into the business model.

Orange is the new Black (OITNB) !! I LOVE this show. We've had Netflix since November & have only recently put this on. The best bit ? Season 3 is due out on June 12th & the whole season comes out in one go ! Perfect for binge watchers like myself :) Game of Thrones and Modern Family also get a look in when we take a rare break from Litchfield. 

Listening to:  

'Water for Elephants', the audiobook. (It's baffling how quickly a car trip can go when you're entranced by a book) Ed Sheeran & Teddy Geiger have been making appearances too. 

'Si' by Giorgio Armani. I don't own it (yet) but one of the girls at work wears in daily & it smells incredible. Hand cream is also very prevalent at this time of year & i'm yet to smell one of those i don't like ! 

Jelly & Nugget at our Engagement Shoot.

Thinking about: 

Our wedding ! I'm getting SO excited now (we are less than 6 months away). Renovating our bathroom, all the new things we need to choose. Wondering if it would make for an interesting blog post ?


That the year would slow down a tad ! It feels like it should still be February.  

Working on:  

Organising 'Crafternoon' for next Friday. We have our 'Save the Dates' to construct (hence the engagement shoot) & i'm hoping to reel all my siblings in with the promise of Mexican food and an NBA game. 

My new job. All the exciting lifestyle changes i have in mind & the thought that in a few weeks i should be happy(ier) in my skin. Nights in with my baby dogs & M. 

Dinner with my family tonight. Games night tomorrow night. Getting a new phone next week, Lunch with a lovely friend next weekend and smashing out the bathroom vanity / sink.

How has life been treating you lately ? 

What have i been up too...

So i haven't blogged for 4 months ! 

That is a rather long time. I'm scrolling, in my head, through all the things that have been going on in those 4 months & i can't comprehend that time period passing ! It's crazy how fast this year is progressing. 
Actually, i'm getting married in less than 6 months ! 

Since i've been absent, the main milestones have been: 
- M's brother got married 
- I got a new job in events 
- I discovered Netflix & 'Orange is the New Black. Obsessed ! 
- I started planning our Honeymoon to the West Coast of the USA 
- I attended my first dawn service 
- We had our engagement photo's done
- We saw Ed Sheeran
- I completed an InDesign course & began a Photoshop course 
- I threw my sister in law a kitchen tea 
- I've been working a second job doing catering, to help me with event experience 

I know i say this every time but i'm really keen to start blogging again ! 
I've felt a hollow lately, i often think of my blog & feel sad about it's state of neglect ! With my recent design course it’s sparked my interest in creating a beautiful digital space !

So this is my goal ! For now i will work on restarting my blogging, slowly but surely

Can’t wait to once again connect with you all
Xx Lauren