Hello July! The start of a new month and hopefully a fresh start for us all. At the beginning of a new month I like to stop for a moment, look back on the weeks gone by and “put it all in its place”. Days, weeks, months and even years can roll by without even a moments glance, so it feels good to take a moment to look back. If you’re not a blogger, perhaps writing some notes in a journal would be a good option? It’s posts like these that make me happy to have a blog; an online record for me to look back on.
So with this post I’ll highlight a few bits and pieces from the month; including some photos from my Instagram feed – which is essentially my visual online diary. Are we friends on Instagram? Pop by and say hello if not, I’m over here.
June was one of those months I knew would be busy; you know when you look at your diary and think, yep, busy. I had two weekends away – one for my friends’ hen do and one for Blogtacular – and without those two days at home to rest, catch up, run errands and everything in between, it made the weeks a little busier. The good thing was I knew it was the case, meaning I felt prepared and didn’t stress out about it.
Blogtacular was a big highlight of the month. Blogtacular is a conference for bloggers and creatives and this was the third year running I’ve been. It was so wonderful to catch up with old and new friends and I left buzzing with ideas and inspiration. I’ll shortly be opening my Etsy shop, Fred and Bell, selling stickers for planners and notebooks, so I knew Blogtacular would help me put together and finalise plans I have for the shop. Fred and Bell is opening next weekend, so watch this space!
June hasn’t been without its bumps though; there’s been a few tricky family bits and pieces to sort and of course news of what happened to Jo Cox, plus the EU referendum has been a bit unsettling to say the least. These things will calm in time and sort themselves out, they always do, but it’s funny how national news can rock everyone. I certainly felt a little odd in those first few days after Jo Cox and the EU news and I know I wasn’t alone. I honestly hadn’t really thought I cared that much about the vote, but it’s our future and uncertainty is always unsettling.
Today also marks two weeks until my friends Hollie and Mikes wedding; last weekend we had a bridesmaids dress fitting and her hen do at the start of June was so much fun. So fun to get away for a couple of days; we did a hula hoop class, had afternoon tea, had cocktails and went dancing. Loved it! My other best friend, Victoria, is overdue now and we’re (im)patiently waiting for his arrival. I can’t wait to meet him! I talked a little this month about the cosy stripe blanket I made for him.
Also…. Game of Thrones. Have you been watching? Wow, the last two episodes were just so good, and now we have to wait 10 months for the next series. It all comes and goes so quickly!
Do you have anything exciting planned for this month? This weekend we’re off to Wales to spend time with Stu’s family; it’ll be fun to have some time together and I’m looking forward to catching up with Stu’s uncle, who is over from LA at the moment. It’s also Hollie’s wedding, they’ll be a baby arriving soon and I’m hoping for a bit of summer to arrive.
Blog wise, similar to what I did last year, I’m going to take a break from blogging over the summer holidays. It’s a great way to recharge the batteries, as well as giving me time out to think about content etc. More on that soon – I’ve got lots of good posts to come in the meantime!
Thanks for reading, hope you have a good start to the month! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for all the latest.