Wednesday, 31 January 2018


Normally at the start of a new month I’d be making a month in photos post where I’ll look through the photos on my phone and pick out my highlights of the month. I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t feel that great in January and the lack of photos from the month emphasises this. It felt like January was here for about two months and it felt like it should have been the end of the month on about the eighth. Now don’t get me wrong, nothing bad actually happened in January (aside from being struck down by a sickness bug) and actually some amazing stuff happened like Tom graduating with his Masters. I can only put the feeling down to how abysmal the weather has been as I can count on one hand how many sunny days there have been in Sheffield.

I don’t really remember being this affected by the weather as a student - I guess I was either happy as I was in holiday still, or I put any bad feelings down to exams/essays. This time last year though I really remember it hitting me in January, and I guess because it only happened once before I forgot to expect it this year. It’s incredible how much your mood can be changed by things out of your control like the weather, but I’ve definitely felt peppier on the days where the sun has been shining. On Tuesday I had the first morning walk with Tilly in a long time where I didn’t have to use a torch, the birds were out singing, and it just made me feel good. I’m hoping this is a sign that spring is somewhere on its way (although today has been a mix of sun, rain, and snow) but at least January is over and it’s lighter mornings/evenings, and sunnier days from now on. 

With this feeling I haven't felt like writing or creating any content for my blog. I hope the fact that I've actually wanted to sit down and write this post is a sign of this changing, and I think it's done me good to take a break as there's no reason to force it. I hope you've missed me and I'm looking forward to cracking on again.

Jess x 

Wednesday, 10 January 2018


Woweeeee! Where did 2017 go? Not going to lie, I still cannot fathom how we're closer to 2020 than 2010 - does anyone else still feel like they're living in about 2012? I've been having a read through my post rounding up 2016 and it was so lovely to read this a year later and reflect on where I was writing that post, and where I am now. With this in mind and my month in photos continuing into the new year, I thought it would be nice to sit down with a cup of tea, a chocolate orange, and go through the past year! 

01.2017// January saw me starting a new job and sporting a new lunchbox.

02.2017// I made some new best friends at work, and Tilly made some pals too.

03.2017// Tom and I went to London for the weekend which included sightseeing, museum exploring, and seeing The Phantom of the Opera.

04.2017// For a few days it felt like summer despite only being April, and we made of the most of it by going for walks and eating ice cream.

05.2017// I woke up one day and went and had a spontaneous second piercing. (My ears ended up not liking the new piercing and I've had to take it out but that's by the by).

06.2017// Tom and I went on holiday to Majorca for a week and I found my new happy place (and also vowed to always go on a sunny holiday each year).

07.2017// Wonderful times were spent in the sunshine. 

08.2017//I spent a few days with my parents and Max when they came to visit and when I went to Suffolk to visit them.

09.2017// Tom handed in his masters dissertation and joined me in the world of work.

10.2017// My birthday month arrived and Tilly loved our new duvet even more than we did.

11.2017// 1 WKD + 1 band you saw in 2010 + 1 boyfriend you went with last time = feeling 15 again.

12.2017// We took a trip away to Edinburgh before returning home for Christmas and I fell in love with this street.

2017 was the first year where I was no longer in education, and it took some getting used to. I'm a creature of routine and venturing into the unknown was a scary prospect. Looking back on this year I can honestly say that this year has been one of the best personally, and I cannot wait to see what 2018 brings. I loved looking back through my pictures of the last year to choose one from each month and I'd suggest you do the same as it's only when you sit down and visually see the last year that you realise just how much has happened! I wish you all the happiness for 2018 and a massive thank you for your continued support.

Jess x 

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