[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hat a month June has been. I mean I’ve had to pinch myself on numerous occasions, is this really England and not the mediterranean?
Our garden room really has come into its own this month, especially with the Word Cup being on. The space and big TV has made it a popular choice for 13 year old boys! I’ve also really enjoyed working outside, even though it’s very difficult to get motivated when the sun is shining.
I am sincerely hoping that this weather lasts, at least until next Thursday which is prom day. Think of us this time next week (I am writing this post on a Thursday, in case you’re confused) with a house full of excited 16 year olds plus parents and siblings. Actually, I’m not sure who’s more excited, my daughter or me! It feels like this has been a VERY long time in the making.
Anyway, enough about what’s happening in July (did I tell you we are going to New York in two weeks???!) let’s focus on June for a moment and all of the things that I have been loving…
I’ve read more blogs than usual this month, mostly due to rediscovering my Bloglovin’ feed. I’d kind of forgotten about this platform but it is an easy way to keep up with blogs that you love to dip in and out of.
I loved this post from Forever Amber where she discussed whether it is or isn’t acceptable to just “pop in” on people. It really had me laughing and nodding along, Amber has a very good way with words.
I’ve also resurrected Rising Strong by Brene Brown this month. I love this woman’s wise words but I have to be in the right frame of mind to take it on board. A friend kindly bought me this book a couple of years ago and I just couldn’t absorb it. This time round, the words are jumping out of the page at me. Funny how that happens with books sometimes isn’t it?
You already know how much I love a podcast. I discovered two new ones this month that I’m really excited to share with you.
First up is Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place podcast; I literally devoured her latest series in about three days. She interviewed some amazing guests but my favourite was her interview with Matt Haig who wrote Reasons to Stay Alive. This episode was thought-provoking, incredibly moving and entertaining to boot. Please do go and have a listen, you won’t be disappointed.
My second Podcast of the Month is Emma Gannon’s Ctrl Alt Delete. Emma interviews some really interesting guests from Trinny Woodall (of Trinny and Susannah fame) to the infamous Junior Doctor, Adam Kay. My favourite episode this month was her live episode with author Dolly Alderton. Simply put, it was highly entertaining and made my gym workout a much more pleasant experience.
I always like to add on a favourite song that I’ve been singing/playing over and over again for the last 30 days (much to my children’s infuriation). This month, the prize goes to Tom Walker with his amazing song, Leave a Light On.
Between the World Cup and Love Island, I’ve not watched a lot this month. Sorry, did I forget to mention that I’ve inadvertently become completely hooked on Love Island?
I began watching it because my girls wanted to and since having teenagers, I’ve learnt to live by the motto ‘If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em’. My intention was to keep an eye on it with a view to opening up a moral discussion when appropriate. In reality they won’t let me utter a word while the show is airing! It’s serious business you know. The husband and I even found ourselves watching it on our own the other evening. I don’t even recognise myself any more.
In other news, we watched a lovely film on Netflix a couple of weeks ago – Miracles from Heaven. If you’re looking for something that’s a suitable watch for all ages with a heart-warming message behind it, this is the one! Jennifer Garner plays the role of a mother who is trying desperately to hold her family together when tragedy strikes. It’s a true story and blew us all away.
Does a gin and tonic count? No, I thought not.
We did make a a rather lovely trip to the beach a few weeks ago. I had promised my eldest daughter that while she was off work, we could take the dogs to the beach and let them have a run around.
Our nearest coastline is about 90 minutes away so it was a bit of a trek but so worth it. West Wittering is a stunning beach and I did wonder why we don’t go more often. We all loved the fresh air and it proved to be the perfect escapism from daytime TV and Candy Crush (her not me!).
We did wish we had checked the tide times before leaving (rooky mistake) but this little estuary provided the perfect area to paddle in.
The truth is, I’ve worn as little as possible this month! It’s been so darn hot but I’m not complaining.
The beginning of the month was slightly cooler so I lived in my two denim jackets which are the perfect throw on over a summer outfit.
The blue one is from Hush and I’ve had for about 3 years – definitely a ‘best buy’ in my wardrobe. The pink one is a new buy, from Mango. It’s more of an over-sized fit which I’m not used to wearing but quite like for a different look. My wardrobe is fully of colour though so I haven’t got a lot to wear with it. I’ll have to work on that won’t I?!
It’s been a really busy month at home with loads of changes afoot. My eldest daughter has given up her job at the stables, deciding instead to apply for a place at college with a view to becoming a nurse. I think this has come at just the right time for her and I can’t wait to see how things pan out.
My youngest daughter has finished her GCSEs and is therefore at home, mostly working on her sun tan! It’s odd only having one child going to school .
I’ve almost finished my training to become a crisis counsellor on a text line, which I’ll be starting next week. I’m really nervous but glad to be doing something worthwhile in a field that is close to my heart.
That just about wraps up the month of June, probably my favourite one so far this year. I hope it’s been a good one for you.