Hello there my friends, I hope this post finds you well. If you are new to my blog then you may not be familiar with my ‘Little Loves’ posts but basically, on the last Friday of every month, I share some of the things that have been cheering me up this month.
As my ‘one word’ for the year is Gratitude, the opportunity to write everything down on a monthly basis, really helps. January is a flipping long month isn’t it? I don’t think it’s the lack of money after Christmas that is at fault here, more the come down from the December hype. On the bright side, it leaves plenty of days to find some things to love, so shall we crack on?
Read in January
One of my goals this year is to read more. For some reason I struggle to read anywhere other than in bed so I’ve made a big effort to go up earlier, with a view to reading a chapter or two before lights out. My husband has been away for 5 days so this has all gone belly up of late but I started the month off really well.
I finished The Tattooist of Auschwitz last weekend and my goodness, what a read! It seems to be the book of the moment (if Instagram is anything to go by) and I can see why. I’ll warn you now however, I had to read it in small chunks because there’s a lot to take in emotionally. It’s incredibly well written which makes it all the more compelling.
I’ve now started Michelle Obama’s, Becoming and my bible study group is reading It Wasn’t Supposed to be This Way by Lysa Terkeurst. I have high hopes for both of them so will definitely keep you posted.
Watched in January
I was elated when I saw that both Catastrophe and Cold Feet would be returning to our screens this month. Neither have disappointed me so far and Catastrophe actually had us both laughing out loud last week – the shoplifting scene had me in stitches! Sharon Hogan is a marvel and the pair work so well together as a couple. Have you been watching it?
I also caught up with Luther, a series I’ve never watched before – yes, there really are Luther virgins out there! I think I now need to go back and watch all the other series, don’t I?
Heard in January
Whilst writing this, I’m listening to Jess Glynn and if any of you dare say that I’m too old for her music, there will be trouble! This song has been on the radio constantly of late but I still like it…
I’ve also been madly catching up on all the podcasts that I missed around Christmas time. I particularly enjoyed this episode of Hashtag Authentic when Sara Tasker interviewed Anna Newton of The Anna Edit fame. This particular episode is entitled Planning, Organising and Editing Your Life – I really want to read her new book now!
Wore in January
I absolutely love winter clothes but the gloomy, depressingly short days have really put pay to me getting any decent photographs this month.
Pinafore dresses are my new wardrobe staple; I had my eye on this one from New Look back in November and finally took the plunge in January, using my daughter’s perks as a New Look employee.
Recognise this lady? I went on a trip to Birmingham a few months ago to meet up with some lovely blogging friends (more on that later). This is Jess Soothill, who writes one of my favourite blogs. If you’re not following her already, please go and check out her blog.
I’m also still revelling in my role as a Boden ambassador*. This month I ordered these amazing trainers which I’m confident will be a year-round favourite. They’re so comfortable and the leopard print detail has just the right amount of subtlety.
Made in January
I haven’t actually ‘crafted’ anything with my hands this month, so thinking outside the box a little, I made the journey to Birmingham. Can you believe that I had NEVER been to Birmingham before?!
I had arranged to meet up with a group of bloggers who I’ve been chatting to regularly online for the last few years. Blogging can be lonely at times; sitting at home on your own, never really meeting anyone face to face. Nothing beats a real life meet up, does it? In case you’d like to check out these ladies and their blogs, left to right you’ve got: Jess, Caro, Kerri-Ann, Jenny, Chloe and Pamela.
I have to say that I was impressed with Birmingham – loads to see and do and it only took 2 hours to get there. It was a good day out and so fab to see these ladies, some who I had never met before.
I’m making another trip tomorrow, this time overnight and to London. I’m excited to be meeting up with my uni friends of 27 years. We only see each other once a year and it’s always such a treat. This time we are going out for cocktails and to the Comedy Store; I can’t wait!
What are your plans for the weekend? I hope that January has been good to you.
*Just FYI as a Boden Ambassador, I have been gifted clothing items of my choice during the months of Nov, Dec and Jan. All opinions and words about them (here and on Instagram) are my own.