Monday Motivation – 5 Steps to Making the Most of your Working Week

  1. Plan your day

I am definitely more motivated when I have a definite plan of action and can cross things off of my list to make me feel like I have achieved something. Writing down what you need to not only helps to make sure you don’t forget anything, but it will also help to motivate you and give you something to work towards.

  1. Listen to motivational music

Nothing makes me feel like I can take on the world more than singing my favourite Taylor Swift CD to myself in the car on my way to work. Listening to the news in the morning can be so depressing, and whilst it’s really important to know what’s going on in the world, it can also be good to separate yourself from that for a little while and put yourself in a good mood to start the day.

  1. Plan fun things to do in your down time

Having something fun to do at the weekend, or a holiday to look forward to makes the working week go by so much quicker.

  1. Healthy snacks and exercise

Taking healthy snacks to work and going for a walk during your lunch break make you feel so much better than just eating chocolate and sitting at your desk for lunch. Although sometimes this is easier said than done, getting some fresh air makes you feel so much better than being cooped up indoor. Try drinking water as well instead of energy drinks to make sure you can stay hydrated.

  1. Do what you love

When you love what you do, does it even feel like work at all? I know not everyone is this lucky, but if you feel stuck in a job you don’t enjoy, don’t be afraid to take the risk and try something new. Life is too short to not take chances.

Travel Tuesday – My Travel Wish List

The UK is currently in the midst of a heatwave and apparently temperatures here over the past couple of days have been hotter than in India (mad I know!) – perfect weather for sitting at my desk with the fan on gazing out the window and dreaming of being on a beach somewhere with a nice cold drink in my hand. However with no holidays booked because of everything that needs doing to the house and our increasingly small budget to go with it, I thought I would depress myself even further and share my travel wishlist with you!

  1. New York

I visited New York for the first time last November and am already dying to go back there again. I have truly never been anywhere like this amazing place where so many different people and cultures come together. Particular highlights for me were sipping cocktails in the revolving bar after watching my favourite musical The Lion King on Broadway, a sightseeing cruise where we were lucky enough to see a humpback whale in the Hudson River and rowing a boat on Central Park Lake in the warm autumn sunshine on our last day. When we visited New York was just getting ready for Christmas, but I would love to go back again in the summer to see this fabulous city in a different season.

  1. Iceland

This is one on my bucket list. I would love to visit Iceland and spend an evening at the famous blue lagoon. I have also heard amazing things about local whale watching trips where if you are very lucky, you can catch a glimpse of these magnificent animals playing beneath the illusive Northern Lights.

  1. Italy

A dream for a pizza and pasta lover like me! I would love to visit the Amalfi Coast and the beautiful clifftop towns such as Sorrento and Positano. The scenery looks to die for and I would love to relax in the sun with a glass of Italian Pinot Grigio.

  1. The Maldives

One for a honeymoon I think! I can already imagine myself staying in one of the fabulous water bungalows spending my days lazing on the beach sipping a cocktail from a coconut. I would also love to conquer my fears and learn scuba diving to see the amazing brightly coloured fish that are native to this area.

  1. Disneyland Paris

Another place I have already visited but Disneyland truly is my favourite place on earth and I would love to go back again this year for their 25th Anniversary celebrations. As soon as I walk through the turnstiles on to Main Street USA I start smiling and don’t stop until it’s time to leave. The characters, the rides, the parades and the amazing Disney Dreams spectacular at the end of each day are paradise for a Disney fan like me.

  1. South Africa

To go on safari in the Kruger National Park and be amongst lions, giraffes and elephants in their natural habitat would be a lifelong dream for me. It would be amazing to stay in one of the luxurious safari lodges, although I could possibly be persuaded to rough it in a tent – I’m not sure if I’m brave enough to get THAT close to nature!

  1. Thailand

There’s so much I would love to see in Thailand! The bright lights of Bangkok and a visit to an elephant orphanage followed by a few days relaxing on Phi Phi Island – bliss!

 

Learning to sail in Poole Harbour

I love where I live. You have everything you could possibly wish for in easy reach – the beautiful sandy beaches of Sandbanks and Canford Cliffs, the rolling Purbeck hills, even the New Forest National Park is less than an hour away. I can’t see myself moving anywhere else – ever!

I also happen to work for a pretty good company and on Wednesday evening we were taken on a team building exercise to learn how to sail 2 Olympic yachts in Poole Harbour.

We were so lucky with the weather, amazing sunshine with just the right amount of breeze for sailing (although I did make sure to take my travel tablets just in case the wind should pick up at any point throughout the journey!).

We left from Poole Quay and headed past Brownsea Island into the harbour where we all got the chance to pull the ropes and winches that control the sails and to steer the boat (I was rubbish by the way, you can tell I went through 3 driving instructors when learning to drive!) and then we stopped for dinner next to Old Harry Rocks.

There’s something strangely relaxing about drinking wine and eating buffet food on a yacht on a warm summer’s evening.

On the way back, we were even able to use the spinnaker which is the fantastic “big” sail at the front of the yacht – excuse my very technical description!

All in all it was a great evening and it was nice getting to know my colleagues in other departments who I don’t talk to on a daily basis. It was my first of experience of sailing which I know is appalling for someone who has lived in Poole for 24 years but it’s definitely something I would like to do more of in the future.

You never know I might have a career change and become a professional sailor!

Help for the Fussy Homeowner

Is it just me that finds it impossible to choose furniture and accessories for their house?!

I didn’t realise how much I hated everything until it came to having to choose items for my own home! Firstly I really struggled to find tiles I liked for the bathroom until we found the gorgeous Infinity Ivory ones from Wickes – thank goodness we found them when we did or I don’t know what would have happened although I fear it would have resulted in us being without a functioning bathroom for even longer than the 2 months it has taken to redo it.

…. And now I’m having the exact same problem choosing the towels. I have been to John Lewis, Debenhams, Dunelm and Primark countless times (to name but a few!) and there is just nothing I like. At the weekend I decided to just go for it and get some bright pink ones from Primark to brighten up my otherwise neutral bathroom colour scheme but now I’m having regrets.

Does anyone else have the same problem when it comes to choosing things? Do you have any tips that help stop being so indecisive? With 4 rooms left to go any ideas would be gratefully received!

 

 

The Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery

 

So I have been majorly failing at this blog for the past few months but I have just been so busy with the house! We have spent every weekend and most evenings doing the renovation work in the bathroom alongside full time jobs and I have literally been eating, sleeping and breathing tiles, toilets and bathrooms!

It was my birthday on the bank holiday at the end of May and I decided that this was a good excuse for a weekend off and to escape from the house. A few friends of mine had been to The Bombay Sapphire Distillery at Laverstoke Mill so we decided to give it a go and booked for 1pm on the Sunday.

The distillery is located in a former paper mill in a pretty little village called Whitchurch and it took just over an hour to get there from our house in Poole. We did the self-guided tour which costs 15 and you get a free cocktail at the end so I thought it was pretty reasonable.

You have to pre-book and they only let so many people in at a time so I would imagine it never gets too overcrowded which is good, and you are free to wonder around the courtyard, glasshouses and other various displays at your own pace.

Make sure you visit the Botanical Dry House where you are can sniff and smell a range of different botanicals that go into Bombay Sapphire and choose your favourites and mark them on a card (to be honest I didn’t like any of them other than the fresh lemony ones!). The last part of the tour is guided and takes you through the Dakin Still House and shows you the 2 huge stills that the all of the Bombay Sapphire gin is made in and explains how the distillation has changed over the years (you also get to try some 90% proof gin!!!).

You then take your card with your favourite smells over the bar and they make you a cocktail based on the flavours you like best. For designated drivers there are 2 mocktail options and you can get a free mini bottle of Bombay Sapphire and a bottle of tonic to take home with you.

It was a nice day when we went so we sat outside by the river but there are also plenty of inside seating in the bar should the weather not be so good.

Before coming home we visiting the shop and bought a couple of cocktail glasses and of course a bottle of Bombay Sapphire! At £20 this was slightly more expensive than buying from Tesco or Asda, but I thought it was worth the extra pennies to buy it from the home of Bombay!

Below are a few pictures from our day:

 

 

 

 

Our first house

After 3 years of saving, we have finally done it and got the keys to our first home!

It feels so strange to actually be responsible for a whole house and my life admin has tripled overnight by having to arrange meter readings and sort council tax bills to name just a few of my new tasks but it will all be so worth it in the end once we have our perfect little house.

We are doing quite a lot of work to the house ourselves before we properly move in including decorating the bedroom and living room and installing a new bathroom, but as we are both still living at home with our parents we are lucky to only have to live in a building site at the weekends!

Wish us luck – Think we’re going to need it!

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