The Weekly Edit #1

So it won’t come as any great shock to know that I feel like I’ve lost my blogging mojo lately. And by lately I mean the last few months. I’ve also taken a step back from Instagram and not posted as much – which has been great for my anxiety and overall mental health. I’ve enjoyed not caring about stats or whether or not I’ve posted today. Instead of a curated, overly thought-out process, I’ve just posted when I’ve felt like it – and instead, I’ve lived in the moment. Enjoyed the sunshine and fresh air. But I have missed being here. When you’re a writer, you don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say. Because you need to. Writing is who I am, and without it, I don’t feel whole. So, inspired by my amazing friend Phoebe (seriously, if you don’t read her personal blog, what are you doing with your life?!), I’ve decided to start sharing my week with you. Some weeks will be deathly boring, others will be more fun. But when I think about the blogs that I still read, these little recaps are part of what I enjoy. That being nosy and getting a sneak peek into the lives of others. I mean, isn’t that why we all started reading (and writing) blogs in the first place?

So here’s my week. It was mainly full of work, the occasional tipple and a trip to Book Heaven…

After what seemed like an eternity of non-stop rain, the sun finally showed its face again, and my God it was glorious to see it peeking through my curtains in the early morning again. I also went shopping last Sunday and scored this scarf on sale at H&M. I have worn it every day since. I think I might be in love.

On Tuesday I gave blood. I promise I’m not going to get on my soap box about donating blood or organ donation, but honestly, it’s the easiest thing to do – even for someone who hates needles and has Raynauds – and you will save a life.

Wednesday was a bit of a wipe-out. I’ve been having major anxiety about work for a while now and on Wednesday it all came to a head that resulted in me crying at my desk before 7.30. Smooth, Annéka, real smooth. But, you know what, I think I needed it. Sometimes crying is the only way to get it all out and afterwards, after a cup of tea and some serious list-making and worried emails from my boss, I felt much better and able to cope. So on Thursday, I left home early, walked the long way to work and got to see the sunrise over the river. Which was actually exactly what I needed – the reminder that every day is a fresh start, and no matter what, the sun will always rise again.

Last week Rob had the flu. And I had been fighting this incessant tiredness all week, so on Friday as I felt like my head was going to explode with cotton wool I gave in, called in sick and curled up on the sofa. I caught up on Love Island – um please can we talk about this – and rewatched Downton. Did you hear there’s going to be a movie in 2018? I’m so excited, I have missed Lady Mary et al.

Yesterday, I felt less foggy so decided to go for a little walk in the sunshine and head to the Lifelife Bookfest – otherwise known as Book Heaven. I bought 12 books (as I’ve been in a reading slump, which I’ll tell you about in a bit) and a puzzle which is currently taking over my dining room table but I’m loving. There’s something about doing a puzzle, especially a 1000 piece one, that is just so peaceful and calming. No phones, no internet, just little pieces of cardboard that drive you mental! And today? Well today I popped down to the herb garden, picked some fresh rosemary and currently there is lamb slow roasting in my oven whilst I sit here and write this whilst listening to the birds outside and the sunlight streaming in. Later, we might go for a walk, watch HIMYM (we’re halfway through season 7 and I’m already dreading it finishing!) and I’m sure there’ll be some puzzle and wine time thrown in. Plus this week, it’s back to the gym (I only managed once last week), buying gin (I’m out #fail), and my boss is coming to town for a few days. I’ll catch you up next Sunday.

How was your week love? Are you feeling the same way about Instagram as me (and Phoebe)?

Love,

Annéka xo