This month has probably been the best I’ve have in a long time.
So many amazing things have happened; I hit 10k blog views in the first 6 months of the year, I’ve had my first ever affiliate sale on SiteGround* which gave me three months free hosting (thank you Bella from Bluebells and Trees!) and I found out I would be graduating university with a First Class Honours Degree!
The last one has actually been pretty bittersweet.
There are so many people I wish I could tell, those who knew me from being a little kid but have unfortunately passed away before I graduated. They were people who believed in me, and who always said I would achieve whatever I put my mind to; I wish I could tell them that they were right, and thank them for all their support over the years.
Since finishing uni and getting my results, I’ve taken some much needed self care time; I spent the last few months working non stop, and the stress and anxiety finally started to catch up with me. So i’ve spent most of this month trying not to let myself worry about work and the future, going on day trips with Chris and switch off from work mode for a change.
Not that I succeeded very well on that last one, even when we went to Bridlington last week I was taking photos for my blog!
July is hopefully going to be a busy month for me.
I’m planning to start work on my business plan and start creating items to sell on my store. I’ll be offering digital items to begin with, but once I’ve found a good printing company to get my oracle deck created with, that will be going on sale too.
It’s a terrifying but exiting point in my life, and I’m hoping that I can look back at this post in a years time and smile at how far I’ve come. I started off being too scared to even start this blog, and now I’m planning on becoming self employed and opening my own store; a lot can happen when you leave your comfort zone!
I’ve bought quite a few things from New Look recently, mainly because almost everything has 30% off at the moment.
I spotted this bag when I was out with a friend and it didn’t take much encouragement from her for me to decide to get it.
Even though it looks small, it holds a surprising amount!
I can easily fit a large purse, portable charger, asthma inhaler, small first aid kit (yes seriously), hand sanitizer and a few beauty bits like a mirror, lipstick and an eyebrow pencil.
I honestly don’t think I’ve used another bag in months. If I’m going somewhere and need to carry things that won’t fit it, I’ve started just putting them in a tote bag and carrying that around with me too.
It’s not going to be the most practical solution in the winter when it starts raining, but I’ll worry about that when I get to it!
Charity Pot is probably my favourite Lush product of all time!
I only have a small pot at the moment, but I’ll definitely be going back and getting the full sized one when it runs out. Not only does it provide some serious moisture to your skin, but it smells delicious too; kind of like Turkish Delight!
We originally picked up a sample pot to see if it could help Chris’s psoriasis, but I quickly fell in love with it as much as he did.
It has done wonders for his psoriasis, especially on his arms. He’s always been very self conscious about it, so it’s great to see him gaining confidence because of it and even being willing to wear short-sleeved t-shirts in public; something he’s never been comfortable doing!
Not only is it a great product, but 100% of the money (minus VAT) goes to grassroots charities via their SLush Fund! These charities can be seen on the lid of the pots and, even though the pot you pick doesn’t determine where your sale goes, you can still pick out your favourite charity to remind you where your money has gone.
I picked up one with Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign, which is campaigning for a public inquiry into the police actions during the 1984 miners strike. As a miners granddaughter who lives in a mining village, the Battle of Orgreave is something I’ve grown up hearing about, so I’m glad Lush is supporting them and plenty of other amazing charities!
This is hands down one of the best investments I’ve ever made; not just for my blog but for university and my plans to be self employed too.
I use the iPad and keyboard every single day, it’s almost like a second laptop in a lot of ways; especially because of the keyboard.
Over the past two years I’ve used it to write up blog posts, edit my photos via VSCO, manage my time and projects via Trello and Google Drive and a lots of other little things.
Don’t get me wrong it will never replace my main laptop, but I know that if my laptop broke I’d replace it with an iMac and just have an iPad Pro as my portable device to work from.
After seeing him use them both, I realised this would be the perfect way to create my oracle deck, which I was planning on doing for my final major project the next year.
I bought both that week and did actually use them to create my oracle deck, which I ended up getting a high first for so it was defiantly worth investing in them!
Okay so you know you’re an adult when you get excited over buying a new kitchen appliance!
Honestly though, this thing has completely changed how I cook. I’ve always had a bad relationship with food thanks to my eating disorder and emetophobia; I’m terrified to cook myself in case I do something wrong and give myself food poisoning.
You can cook so much in here from chips, jacket potatoes and even bread. It cooks things a lot quicker than the traditional cooker does, and it’s a lot less fatty, which really helps my IBS.
I’m slowly becoming more confident about cooking thanks to it, and over the last few weeks I’ve even been looking forward to eating; something thats almost unheard of for me!
What have you been loving this month?
Thanks for stopping by! I’m a twenty-five-year-old digital media graduate with a passion for writing and a desire to change the way we view mental health and autism. I’ve owned jademarie.co.uk for nearly two years now, and its slowly changed from a place where I would brain dump whatever was going through my head that day, into a place where people can come for help, advice and hopefully a bit of a laugh. I do occasionally come out with a witty sentence or two. Mostly by accident.