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August 2015 Favourites <3

August 2015 Favourites

August has been nice and quiet, and quite a mixed bag. I’m feeling great though, so I’m very optimistic about September and all it’s going to bring (mostly workworkwork, a trip to Latvia and a trip to Malta).

Pictured favourites:

  • A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki – I’ve only just started reading this book, but it’s beautiful (both inside and out). It’s a promising one.
  • The Mindfulness Colouring Book by Emma Farrarons – This is the latest craze, I know. But it’s been nice to colour like a three-year-old while watching something, as opposed to playing the latest levels of Candy Crush.
  • A Move Abroad by Ian McEwan – I’m trying to read everything every published by Ian McEwan, and since I’ve read all the novels and the short story collections, I’m getting through some of the… other stuff now, like this book, which actually included a fascinating discussion on the Cold War and weapons of mass destruction. This book includes words for an oratorio (very strange, but occasionally beautiful) and a screenplay (odd, not his best, but readable).
  • Please Note notepad from A Beautiful Mess Happy Mail – I’ve been loving the Happy Mail packages each month, and this notepad has been pretty and handy.
  • Cards from my best friends – I received a couple of cards from my best friends in Malta in August, and they’ve absolutely brightened up my LIFE.

Other favourites:

  • The Great British Bake Off – TV GOLD. That is all.
  • Best friend support – Some friendships are just… out-of-this-world amazing.
  • My new My Favourite Feelings blog post series – STILL RECEIVING SO MUCH LOVELY FEEDBACK. <3
  • Letting myself write the way I write and speak the way I speak, and feeling comfortable with this, because I keep sensing that people see the way I communicate sometimes as being a little too informal or “not fulfilling my potential” blah blah blah. Screw that. I can communicate in a million and one ways, and can choose to communicate in whichever way I want.
  • Awesome, awesome, awesome proofreading clients
  • My framed map present
  • Cycling
  • August in Luxembourg – it’s strange, because most places have been shut, but it’s strangely calm and nice.

Let’s make September a great month. Fingers crossed.

A to-do list for you: eat something “special”, and wear something that makes you feel super-good. ASAP.

Happy September!

August 2014 Favourites! <3

August 2014 Favourites

August has been so thoroughly exhausting. It’s been fantastic, don’t get me wrong, but I kind of want to lie horizontally for hours on end at the end of each day. This is clearly the effect of working full-time for the first time ever, in Summer. Work is absolutely fantastic, but the adjustment still needs… adjusting.

On to some favourites of the month!

  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – This book had sooooo much hype around it, and I had to know what it was all about. The story is beautifully written, and I’m really glad to have read it. It’s the sort of book that’s quite one-of-a-kind, and I’ve been thinking back on it for days since finishing it. However, it wasn’t AS AMAZING as some people made it out to be.
  • Maybelline Baby Lips lip balm in Cherry Me – This lip balm has been lovely this month. It gives me a great amount of colour and hydration, and doesn’t need to be applied meticulously in front of a mirror (I usually slap it on while riding in the mirror-less car-park lift before getting to work).
  • Haagen Dazs Pralines & Cream ice-cream – AKA deliciousness in a little pot. I’m not even a huge ice-cream lover, but the massive chunks of cake-like goodness in Haagen Dazs ice-cream is too heavenly to pass up on.
  • #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso – I’m only halfway through this book, but I’m absolutely loving it. The best thing about it is that my life has been so totally different to Ms Amoruso’s, and I love being exposed to different experiences. And wow, is she successful. #respect
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – I finished this early in August, and found it to be such a melancholic book. I really enjoyed it, but don’t think I’m excited enough to read the next book. Some parts were a little slow, and I found myself wanting to skim through the paragraphs. Some of the “peculiar” parts were a little too much for me too, so this was mainly just not my type of book. Still a great read though, and the story was beautifully crafted.

Some other favourites:

Hope everyone had a splendid August, even though it’s been unbearably hot. Here’s to a cooler (and calmer) September!