[dropcap]H[/dropcap]onestly, the month of May has whizzed by so fast. We’ve celebrated an 18th birthday, nursed a broken finger (same person), survived the start of GCSEs and soaked up every drop of sunshine. Let’s take a moment to appreciate the amazing weather we’ve been having. Please tell me this is not the beginning and end of our summer!
It’s been a super busy month but I’ve loved it in so many ways. The broken finger has meant that I’ve been able to spend loads of quality time with my (normally workaholic) daughter and although I went into these 6 weeks with a certain amount of trepidation, the time is proving incredibly beneficial for both of us. Funny how things work out that way sometimes isn’t it?
The GCSEs seem to be going well so far. 14 down, 7 to go! My daughter tells me that she’s “smashed” most of them so fingers crossed the results say the same. She’s worked so hard (no one has been more surprised about that than me to be honest) and she definitely deserves to at least achieve her predicted grades – no one can ask for more than that.
Now onto some of the other things I’ve been loving in the month of May…
So I’ve started (but not completed) a new book – ‘Anything is Possible’ by Elizabeth Strout. The reason why I’m only a third of the way through is two-fold: 1) I’ve not prioritised reading in May; and 2) I have a non fiction book on the go too.
I often have a fiction and non-fiction book on the go at the same time, mainly so that I can pick up whichever one I feel like at the time. The downside is that this can sometimes mean that neither get finished!
I’m almost at the end of reading and putting into practice, ‘How to Break Up with Your Phone’ and I will be sharing my thoughts on it next week.
I also read this fabulous blog post by Mel Wiggins all about the rat race that is social media. Mel talks about the ‘noise’ that social media can often create and discusses why we give it so much power in our lives…
“How can we ever keep up with this relentless style of communication? How can we be available to so many people in this many ways and expect to have healthy relationships and boundaries? I continue to ask this of myself as I gradually loosen my grip on social media.”
I know that this song won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but I’ve listened to ‘For The One‘ from Bethel Music over and over again this last week or so. My heart’s desire is to be more like Jesus and this song epitomises what I’m striving for. The words in this song are so simple but moving all the same.
I’ve also discovered a new podcast (yep, I still won’t go to the gym or walk the dog without headphones) – ‘Happier with Gretchen Rubin’. The one that got me thinking this month, was entitled ‘Remember, this is supposed to be fun‘ – how often do we forget that about life, hey?
I’m definitely late to the party on this one but have you discovered the BBC series, ‘The Split‘? It’s about a family of divorce lawyers who all work for the family law firm except the older sister who works for a rival firm.
Three episodes in and I am still loving it, particularly the relationship dynamics. The expression ‘what a wicked web we weave’ springs to mind! It’s both well cast and well written so I would highly recommend. You can find it on catch up TV.
‘Innocent‘ was another great TV series gracing our screens last week – anyone else totally surprised by the ‘who dunnit’ at the end? Also available on catch up if you missed it.
I made a few little purchases to brighten up my summer wardrobe, recently. This pink top from Top Shop is a firm favourite. I remember someone once telling me that ladies of a certain age shouldn’t wear baby pink. I reckon she totally made it up but either way, it’s nonsense! Pink is one of THE colours this year and I’m embracing it.
The bell sleeves and long ties aren’t the most practical when eating soup or a curry but they are very pretty.
I also discovered these shades in H&M a couple of weeks ago; for £6.99 I really am loving them. I rarely spend very much money on sunglasses as I tend to lose, break or go off them. These are well worth every penny so far!
Stop the press, I actually made cakes this week! You may remember that I have various jobs that I attend one day a week. For the last 3 years I have been volunteering at our church on a Tuesday; this week saw my last day there.
I am a great one for staying in my comfort zone but have felt increasingly prompted to step outside of it. As yet I’m not sure what that will look like but I’m attempting to create some space in order to work it out.
Anyway, these Rolo farewell cupcakes went down a treat!
I can’t end May’s Little Loves without a quick nod to the Royal Wedding – wasn’t it amazing? I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it actually. I’m not a royalist by any stretch of the imagination but I do love something positive that brings the world together for a change. Who won the ‘best dressed’ crown for you? Apart from the beautiful Meghan of course!
Have a wonderful bank holiday weekend all. The weather is looking a bit changeable here but we’ve got a fairly relaxing one planned.