On finding those happy moments.

Hello friends!

Recently life has been a little all over the place, and honestly downright messy at times. Having spent the last year moving my life all over the UK, has finally caught up with me, and i’m definitely learning that whilst you can change your scenery, your own personal problems sure do stay with you, no matter where the heck you live.

That’s not to say that i’m not enjoying certain moments as they come around, but more that I am simply learning to accept growth, change and being happy when things are very far from perfect.

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You see, it’s all too easy to say when X will happen, then i’ll be happy. Or if I go and get that promotion then things will all get better, or if I move here everything will get better. Yes, sometimes these things can add to our happiness, sometimes getting that promotion makes you feel more secure in your job or gives you more purpose. Or, moving house makes you feel more at home. These things can be great! But, I think the major problem with always relying on the future is that you miss out on the now.

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We are all victims to it, and i’d be lying if I said I hadn’t been struggling with similar feelings recently. Moving to a new city with the intentions of staying put has brought with it some serious growing pains, and i’ve had to do a heck a lot of self evaluation, and work toward figuring out some pretty big questions. There have been restless nights, days spent exhausted, evenings full of tears. It’s been hard guys. 

But, the truth is, life will never be perfect, and if you put so much pressure on waiting for everything to be, you will never get to sit back and look at the beauty of what you have right now. Because there is so much in life to be thankful for.

It’s about finding your happy places, the things that make your heart sing, those little moments in a day where everything feels at peace. Sometimes for me that means going on a run and discovering new areas, finding an amazing view point right at my door step, evenings spent climbing. Sometimes it’s as damn simple as a good cup of coffee right before the madness of my day begins.

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At the end of the day, life is a collection of moments, a series of sequences, images that we hold dear. And, I sure want to make sure I remember and enjoy each and every step along the way.

xoxo

 

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I’m back + why I needed a break.

It sure has been a little whiles for me on the blog over here, but it was one of those breaks that I honestly needed in order to get some of the big stuff figured out.

In the space of three months i’ve had to find a new place to call home, rent a new apartment, get a job and figure out what I want the next chapter in my life to look like. And for that reason, the best decision for me was to take a step back from writing about my life, in order to actually get my life back.

So, I feel like I should fill you guys in on everything in between, and all the new news!

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If you’ve followed my blog, you would remember that I was living in the Lake District, truly one of my favourite places in the world, by far! However, back in March I had an accident where I severed some nerves in my left hand, ultimately meaning I had to leave my job to focus on having surgery, recovery and time to heal….it was a stressful few months to say the least.

Ultimately what followed was a sort of realisation, where as sad as it was, I figured that what I needed right now, just wasn’t in the lakes for me anymore. I loved the place with all my heart, and still miss it dearly, but it just wasn’t where I needed to be right now. Admitting that was a hard step, but once I did, it made it a hella lot easier to leave!

What followed was a month spent back at home in London, with Andy and I trying to figure out exactly what we both needed from a place in regards, to work, access to the outdoors and our overall sense of well being. Guys, we literally drew up lists and weighed up the pros and cons of various places in the UK. Things got real. 

In the end, Sheffield (south yorkshire) came out on top for both of us, and so we set about starting our new life here, and moving sure was not easy! It took us ages to find a place, jobs we were both happy enough with and then figure out the logistics of moving all of our stuff up there. Honestly, we are still trying to figure things out even now.

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But, it’s been a month in and things are finally starting to settle down a bit, enough so that we are finally back out there having our adventures again.

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A big thing for us, was being able to live in a place which was aesthetically pleasing, with good access to somewhere that had great walking/running/climbing. And since Sheffield is literally right next to the peak district, it ticked all our boxes. The city is also pretty much in a punch bowl, so walking up any hill leaves you with the most stunning views.

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It’s funny, I am not a city girl at all, I hate cars, mess, pollution and noise, and it’s definitely been an adjustment moving someplace where all these things occur on a daily basis. A part of me definitely felt as though I was losing my identity when I finally admitted that maybe a city was what I needed right now. Could I still be a nature lover and city worker? Can I really stand the thought of working back in a more fast paced/business the environment? Will I mind commuting into the city centre each day? I’d be lying if I said it’s all gone smoothly. I’ve definitely had many moments of self doubt here, thinking that I was making a mistake, missing my old life and struggling to adapt to a new work situation and make friends.

But, i’ve also had moments of clarity, of feeling perfectly at peace, a sense of belonging and of being home. I’ve even had the chance to reconnect with an old friend who moved to the city several years back.

If i’ve learned anything these past few months, it’s just how many possibilities there are out there for you. I never thought that I would be where I am now, and actually not just be getting through the days but enjoying them too. My life is by no means perfect, but i’m pretty darn proud with how it’s turned out.

 

xo

 

It’s a wrap folks.

Where has time gone???

One second i’m moving my life up north, suitcases all packed, endless cozy blankets and fairy lights in tow. And the next, I’m packing everything up again, wondering if somehow, overnight, my belongings have multiplied.

I’m no stranger to goodbyes. I’ve been through the process all too many times now, but it doesn’t ever seem to get any easier. I always find myself turning into a blubbering mess around this time. Honestly. I even cried watching ‘how I met your mother’ last night, for real. 

But, it’s funny, because I think back to this time last year, and how similar it was. A year ago today I was about to embark on a new life on the coast, moving out of my family home (for good this time), trying out a new job, creating new friends. It was all just beginning. One year later and here I am doing exactly the same..preparing for something new.

It’s an adventure.

The last 6 months have been so good to me, and that’s not to say it all went swimmingly, because it for sure didn’t. I definitely had my fair share of dramas, from difficult housemates, switching jobs, getting lyme’s and ending up needing surgery. But, as a firm believer that nothing in life is random, every hardship here led me to something greater, or a lesson learned. Moving has definitely made me more accepting of the idea of change, that’s for sure! And, ultimately, i’ve had some of the best moments of my life here, from my first multi pitch climb, to ticking off more mountains and sampling all the local coffee from the area.

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But, i’m ready to move on. I’m ready to try my hand at a different sort of lifestyle, and job too. It just feels like it’s time.

As for the blog, I really hope I can keep writing. There’s no wifi, downside to #caravanlife, but i’m hoping we will find a nearby pub that doesn’t mind my regular wifi usage.

So for now, wishing you guys a beautiful, restful summer, and I hope to write to you all soon! (P.s if you find yourself in the lakes, hit me up!)

 

Over to you:

Any exciting summer plans?

Best thing you ate today? Had THE BEST flapjack from this cute independent bakery/deli in Kendal

 

 

 

The comparison trap + life is messy.

So Andy and I are currently in the midst of packing up our lives and preparing to move (again). As much as I move around, I honestly don’t seem to get anymore comfortable with it, I get super angsty, grumpy and just all round stressed. I make lists, I fret over how much stuff I have, whether i’ll hate it, whether my life is about to fall apart and if i’ve packed enough food to survive the length of time i’ll be there for, because apparently I forget about the existence of supermarkets.

This is the side of my life people don’t see, well besides Andy.

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See, i’ve noticed something funny happening over the last year or so. People I haven’t spoken to in months, years sometimes, have reached out to me congratulating me on my life, saying it inspires them, that they’re jealous. In fact, this week alone I found myself getting two texts from people I haven’t seen or spoken to in years, both along the very same lines of awe and congratulations.

And, honestly, I’m dumbfounded. 

I know that i’m all too good at putting on a brave face to outsiders, of portraying a cool, calm and collected approach, and the whole ‘yeah I take this whole life business in my stride, i’m totally laid back and not at all a stressy person’ demeanour.

The reality couldn’t be farther from this. 

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Yes, I am lucky to live where I do, to come from a loving and supportive home, to have a boyfriend who inspires and encourages me, to be able to follow my passions in the outdoors. It’s a life I have fought exceptionally hard for.

But, the truth is, that sometimes I still struggle. And, my life is messy. And, i’m not just talking about the stressors of moving around a lot. I’m also talking about my whole life in general. And, I want people to know this. I worry about money. I worry about what I want to be when I finally grow up. I worry about my relationships with those around me. I worry I don’t see my parents enough. Heck, I even worry about whether I have or not i’ve put deodorant on in the morning. I am a total stress case.

The other day I found myself crying on my bed, completely paralysed by the thought of trying to find myself in this world. Everything right now seems so broken and uncertain, it overwhelms me.

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So what am I trying to say here? Well, I guess it would be that the comparison trap sucks. And, none of us are immune. I am by no means trying to big myself up here or say hey look at me I have it all together and people are looking up to me. That’s just not the point of this post. Honestly, everyone struggles, we all have our own battles to fight each day, and I guess we all need the reminder sometimes that that beautiful girl on instagram posting her bikini shots struggles too. She is human, you are human, we are all just humans here trying to figure out this messy business called life.

 

No questions today people, just your thoughts

xo

 

 

Weekend recap + getting back into running

It’s been about a week since my last blog post here, but weirdly it seems like forever?? Back when my hand was at its worst I was pretty much blogging everyday as a form of distraction, and I guess just a way to keep me sane amidst the boredom and long days spent alone. Since things are going better on my end, my days have just been a lot busier, and that means a little less time spent on the blog, which for now is okay, but I definitely want to keep up more of a routine over here, may goals n’ that.

Anyhow, a catchup is definitely overdue!

The last weekend was spent driving down to London to visit my parents, mostly for my Dad’s birthday but also because with Andy and I moving over to caravan life, we really needed to downsize on our stuff, so we brought along a bunch of suitcases to drop off too. Honestly, we didn’t do much on the weekend, mostly a lot of cat cuddles, because you can’t say no to this face….

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And, a few road runs too. I’m trying to get back into running more, as it was one of my goals back in January. Running used to be a huge part of my life, and I competed in track and field through most of my teenage years, and I definitely felt a loss when I had to stop.

This weekend though, I actually even managed to go for a run with my dad, aka the marathon king, who was just fresh off finishing the London a week ago. Honestly, that man is a huge inspiration to me, not only is he crazy fast and fit, but he was the one practically coaching me through every one of my races when I was younger. Safe to say I only just about kept up with him on what he would call a short and very slow 4 miles to loosen up his legs post-marathon. Seriously. 

Amongst the runs and cat cuddles, I also had the chance to have a lot of life chats with my mum. I am definitely incredibly lucky to have the parents I do, who support me on all my endeavours, with every confidence that i’ll be okay. Whilst, I hate being so far from them, I know they’re proud of me and everything i’m doing, and they’ll always be there for me when things get rough.

After our relaxing weekend, we decided to leave on Tuesday just to avoid any lingering bank holiday Monday traffic, and then spent much of Wednesday in a post-long drive sleepy like state, barely able to get out of bed before 9 (super unusual for us). Today though we finally mustered the energy to get up and enjoy the extremely nice weather we’ve got in the lakes at the moment. Whilst it’s super duper windy, it’s also absolutely gorgeous, with highs of 15 celsius, dreamy…..

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So we headed over to Longsleddale area for a short, mountainous walk/run. Typically we fast walk the uphills because #steep, and run the undulating/downhill parts. My kind of day. Longsleddale is probably going to become one of my favourite areas this summer, it’s basically where a lot of locals are known to go when the touristy side of the lakes becomes too much. I’m starting to see why, there’s only so many queues on a mountain you can take before you start to crave being alone on the hills.

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We’ve since spent the rest of the day drinking tea, enjoying the sunshine and planning tomorrow’s adventure. Walk or run? The endless conundrum…

Over to you:

How was your weekend?

Tell me one fun thing you did/ate? Andy made marble cake and I can’t stop munching on it! So good.

Virtual coffee date.

I’ve always loved reading other people’s blog posts about a ‘virtual coffee date’, the idea being where you can just reel off exactly what you would tell someone if you met up in person for a coffee (flat white of course) and a good old natter. Especially since life has been a bit of whirlwind lately, where it’s been one thing after another, some good, and some less so, I thought it would be nice to give you a little summary of my life lately. Here goes…

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I would tell you that any good day has been spent up in the mountains, with the most recent being a return trip to Blencathra (one steep ass mountain that’s for sure). I don’t know exactly what it is, but the mountains just have this way of sorting it all out, of letting me realise how insignificant some of my problems are. It’s just needed.

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I would also tell you that my days have been filled with delicious food, such as these cookies, andy and I made the other day. So big, so chocolatey and so gooey….

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I would talk about how nervous, yet excited I am for our new start in Eskdale. My days of no work certainly need to come to an end soon, and i’m looking forward to finding a new rhythm in a beautiful new place.

I would tell you that i’m off to London this weekend to spend the bank holiday with my parents, whom I haven’t seen in almost 5 months (too long!!!). And, i’m hoping it will be a weekend of rest, relaxation and all of the cuddles with my cats….

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I would tell you that my hand is finally getting back to normal (ish), and I nearly have full movement back in it, so i’m hoping it won’t be too long before I can get some climbing back into my life. The last few months have been really tough (the idea of life being a rollercoaster couldn’t be more true), but I finally feel a bit like there’s a light at the end of this particular tunnel.

I would tell you that we’ve been experiencing car trouble. Boo. And something as small as changing some tyres has now turned into a big, messy and expensive deal, which is never ideal. And, sadly I think it might soon be time for a new car. I really want to get back into driving, and Andy’s car is just massive and really intimidating, and I know I sound like a right wuss here, but I feel if we got something a little smaller, it would definitely help encourage me to actually drive more.

I would also tell you that last night, Andy and I attended the Banff mountain film festival held in Keswick’s ‘Theatre by the Lake’. For those who don’t know, the festival is split over two nights and debuts films based on outdoor pursuits. We only managed to get tickets to Wednseday’s set of films as tonight’s were fully booked (:(:(), but it was a really good evening. We were 100% the youngest people in the audience, which kind of surprised me, but it felt really good to be surrounded by fellow mountain lovers, and see some really inspiring films.

Finally, I would tell you that amid all the frustration and tears this last month has brought, there have been some of the best days yet. Andy and I have definitely grown even closer because of it and I feel so incredibly lucky to be where I am right now.

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Over to you:

What would you tell me if we had a coffee date?

Favourite thing you did this weekend?

Mountain day: striding edge

Man oh man, I am pooped. As I type this I am currently sat in my comfiest clothes, nursing sunstroke and a slightly burned complexion #superpalepeopleproblems.

Yesterday sure was an amazing day.

Ever since we moved to the Lake District everyone has been telling us to go and do a route known as ‘striding edge’. And, most people, finding out that we’ve lived here for 6 months and hadn’t done it yet seemed completely baffled at our apparently unacceptable mountain behaviour. Sorry guys…..

In fairness, they had a point.

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Striding edge is a ridge walk that leads you to the summit known as ‘Helvellyn’, you can then descend back via another shorter grade 1 scramble known as ‘Swirral edge’. The route is seen as a classic, and really popular with tourists, as even though it’s a grade 1 scramble, it’s very very easy, and requires no previous climbing experience whatsoever. Another appeal is just how exposed it is, as you are pretty much just walking on a thin, rocky path with gobsmacking drops to either side.

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So, having heard pretty good things we decided to head out on a super sunny Sunday (the weather here recently has been nothing but glorious), bringing our housemate along for some extra company. We had an early start, leaving the house at around 8am, where we then drove to Glenridding, the start of our walk.

We definitely got lucky with the weather as there was barely a cloud in the sky, and it got so warm that we were all walking in just a base layer (!!!!!!!!). I have been waiting for the day I didn’t need a jacket for so long now.

Despite our early start it seemed a lot of people had had a similar idea as it was pretty busy out on the trail already, so the first part of our walk was spent dodging groups left right and centre. Once, we finally made it to the start of striding edge we had successfully avoided the bulk of the crowd and were free to start the scramble.

Honestly, the views were breathtaking, thats for sure! And there is some sense of thrill being on a fairly narrow edge with severe drops either side. But, it wasn’t my favourite scramble of the lakes, not at all. It isn’t by any means technical, as there was no climbing like movement involved, which was probably a good thing seeing as my left hand still isn’t totally functional, but I did miss having the chance to really think about where I put my feet and hands, and all the motion and movement in climbing. Our descent via swirral edge too was pretty anti climactic, it’s very short, and I found myself longing for Blencathra’s sharpe edge scramble instead.

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shoutout to our housemate for being our personal photographer for the day!

 

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Whilst the scrambling may not have been top notch I can say I had an awesome day, goofing around with these two idiots, running around in the mountains and having some great conversations with equally great people.

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Once we made it back down to the car we ate at a nearby cafe, and when I say ate I mean more like scarfed down our food in 0.000001 secs, before heading off into Ambleside for a BBQ (yay first one of the summer!!) that a friend of Andy’s had organised.

 

Another great weekend done and dusted.

 

Tell me:

How was your weekend?