A 2017 Retrospective

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Happy New Year everyone!

Wow! I can’t believe yet another year has passed and we are already in 2018! I like to do a little retrospective of my year and look back on what was good and not-so-good. So, keep reading to see how my 2017 fared.

  • On 5 January 2017, I was in hospital. It was the first time I had ever stayed overnight in a hospital. I was battling severe eczema, and I had fainted in the shower three times. My skin would weep terribly, my blood pressure was low, and the lack of moisture in my skin was so bad that I would wake up with flakes of dead skin on the bedsheets. Gross, right? But here I am on 1 January 2018 with brand new skin and a clean bill of health. Multiple things led to that severe bout of eczema (the combined contraceptive pill, stress, and dairy), and it took a year of trial and error and many shed tears to figure out what was wrong with me. But I can’t thank God enough for seeing me through it, and for my wonderful husband for loving me when I couldn’t even look at myself in the mirror. I can wear a full face of make-up again guys! And I promised God and myself that when I did overcome that battle, I would have more value for myself and the beauty that He has given me, because I know what it feels like to lose it.

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  • I travelled three times. I went to Portugal for a friend’s wedding, I took Julious to Bournemouth for his birthday (it is still considered travelling even if you go somewhere in the UK right? haha), and we went to Alicante for our anniversary. When I lived at home, I never. went. anywhere. All my friends had been on a plane and I hadn’t. I knew that when I got married, we would be able to do so much more together than when I had when I was single. For some people, that’s the opposite, and there’s nothing wrong with that at all. But Julious and I both have the same goals and dreams, and we’ve found that we have freedom together to do what we couldn’t do without each other. And we plan to travel much more in 2018.

  • I celebrated my birthday. You guys don’t and probably won’t understand why this a big deal for me, so let me explain. The first year that Julious and I were married and my birthday came around, we were broke, so we could only go to TinselTown. The second year for my 25th, I was sick and we were still having a hard time financially, so I couldn’t do anything. But this year, my hubby took me to see the Lion King and to dinner at Burger & Lobster, which was my request. So the fact that we were able to do that was an achievement in itself, because not only did it mean that my health was coming back, but our financial state was improving.

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  • I got a new job! A month before the end of the year, but I made it happen. I’m still on probation so I don’t have much to say about it yet, but I know that even greater things are to come.

This is only what has happened in my life this year. I haven’t even spoken about what God has done for my husband, but I am so grateful. Oh and before I forget, let me mention the blessing of making it to three years of marriage! For the first two years, we had to deal with two separate battles, but we won them by fighting together, and things are looking up. Things are good.

I’ve come to the end of 2017 and I’m happy. I kept God as my number one priority and He didn’t fail me. Even though I had my fights, He didn’t neglect me during those hard times. And He is the centre of it all and the reason for my joy, because if it hadn’t been for Him, I wouldn’t have this good news to give.

How was your 2017? Even if it wasn’t what you wanted it to be, things will change. It took two years of rain for me to finally enjoy the sun. It’s coming. Just don’t give up!

 

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Don’t let your mistakes define you

 

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Good morning all and happy Monday!

We are extremely close to Christmas and I am very excited about that, because… rest! That is all that concerns me right now. Food, family and chill (and I don’t mean in the Netflix way lol). I’m looking forward to spending it with my loved ones and eating a lot of good home-cooked food. Only in January will I rejoin the gym. That, my friends, is a promise!


“It’s not how we make mistakes, but how we correct them that defines us.”

We all make mistakes. We cannot beat ourselves up for them or condemn others for making them, because we are all human. There are so many cliche quotes popping into my head right now:

“The only good thing that making mistakes is good for, is learning from them” (I’m sure I got that wrong haha).

“It’s not about the mistake you make, but what you do after that counts” (I’m sure that’s not it either, but you all get what I mean. Sounds very similar to today’s quote anyway).

But as cliche as it sounds, and as much as we hate to hear it when we find ourselves in that situation, it’s all true.

Bounce back. Don’t let your faults and failures define you. Let people remember you by the actions you take when you mess up. You’re sure to be respected for how you react positively in bad situations.

Have a great day!

Mich x

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An Alicante Photo Diary

It’s finally here – the post about the time my hubby and I spent in Alicante, Spain for our 3-year wedding anniversary. I can’t believe it has been three years already. It has flown by, and yet, we have been through so much. These three years have definitely built us.

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Arriving in Alicante was amazing. The very first pics that I took were of the sun above the clouds. This one was taken in the taxi on the way to our hotel. It’s my favourite.

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Our hotel was right by the coast, so we could walk around the back of it and along the edge of Alicante.

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We arrived in Alicante in the morning and our room wasn’t ready until the afternoon, which was annoying, but we took the opportunity to do a little exploring. Where we were situated meant that there wasn’t much to see – it was a quiet area, but we did find Albufereta beach, which was only a 10-minute walk away.

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This right here is exactly the reason why my favourite colour is blue. I just couldn’t get over how clear the sea and sky was.

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We actually didn’t get up to that much, but that was good. My husband is a workaholic, so he needed a break, and I was becoming fidgety and frustrated with routine, so I just needed a holiday where I did nothing. My anniversary was the perfect excuse.

We stayed in Alicante for three days, spending most of it at the beach and at our hotel’s swimming pool.

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On the third day, we decided to make an effort and venture into the Centro Comercial Gran Vía Alicante (Alicante’s shopping centre). Our purpose wasn’t to shop, but explore and get touristy gifts, of course.

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The Monumento a Canalejas

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I was fascinated by this ugly tree. I can only imagine how long it has been alive with branches and roots as thick as it had.

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I had really wanted to go on a tour of some sort, but we didn’t have enough euros to do so. I knew that the Explanada de España was part of the walking tour, so to find it all by ourselves made me really happy. I loved the tile pattern all over the floor, and the palm trees.

If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen that I managed to catch the most impressive sunrise on our last morning in Alicante. We had to have breakfast early and as we were eating, I could see the sun rising. I took a picture through the window, but it didn’t do justice, so as soon as we had finished, I raced the hubby outside, right to the water’s edge to film it close up. It is a memory I will never forget.

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I took this last picture from our hotel room balcony. It was a perfect way to end our anniversary treat.

Mich x

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You never know

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Happy Monday everyone! How have you all been doing? I’m not even going to lie. The past few weeks have been hectic, leaving me so tired that the last thing I would want to be doing is writing any blog posts.

I’ve been getting accustomed to my new job and finding my feet. It’s a new environment that I have to get accustomed to, and a whole new way of doing things, which takes a little time. It’s the first day of my fourth week, so I can applaud myself for making it almost a month.


“But if you never try you will never know.”

This quote is all about overcoming the fears and doubts that often plague us when given an opportunity to try something new.

Thoughts such as: “What if I fail?” “What if it doesn’t work?” “What if I embarrass myself?” and the like, become all too familiar. It’s as though we can hear this negative voice loud and clear. Sometimes that voice wins. And sometimes, a softer one says the above.

And when we are more attentive to it, we are propelled to try rather than giving up.

Which voice have you been listening to lately?

Have a great week.

Mich x

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Your comfort zone

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Starting something new can be scary, like how I feel right now and have done for the past few weeks actually (it was such a coincidence that this is the quote I pulled out of my Happy Jar). See, I start my new job today, in an hour and 30 minutes after this post goes live. It took me a while to get here – searching, applying and three nerve-wracking interviews to be exact but, I made it. And I didn’t get here by staying in my comfort zone.

I actually really loved my comfort zone. It was a happy, friendly, fun place, and it made me feel good. But there was always that niggly feeling that I needed to move on. Comfort zones tend to do that – you like them, but you know that they’re not enough.

It took courage to do something about it, and despite the fact that I am nervous, I know it will be better for me in the long run. Yes, I miss my friends and the team that I’ve built such a bond with, but I had to do what was right for me and my future.

Here’s to new beginnings and coming out of my comfort zone.

Have a great day!

Mich x

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Just 5 minutes

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Happy start to the working week!

With this week’s motivational Monday post, I realise that I need to do this a lot more often. Clarity is so important and much-needed in a world where we are always on the go. Even just five minutes alone can make a difference. You may need to take that time at work when everything is just getting too much or, at home in your room to define your plans and goals.

Even if you can’t do it every day, maybe twice or three times a week could help.

I’m going to challenge myself to do this – to switch everything off and just sit, think and clear my mind. I’m sure I could do more than five minutes a day.

Would you like to join me?

Mich x

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You can make it!

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Good morning everyone. I hope you are well.

By the time this post is live, I will be on a flight to Alicante, Spain with my hubby for our third anniversary getaway. I’ve been needing a break for so long.

I’ve realised something about myself – that when I start to become frustrated with little things, or I get snappy and moody for no reason, it is because I’m becoming bored of every-day life and my same, old routine. So, I need to do something or go somewhere to break that chain of repetition. The remedy: Getting out of London. See how I said London and not the UK; because you can still discover beautiful places on this little island.

Anyway, I wanted to leave you all with a little positivity of course, even though it is self-explanatory: “Don’t believe what they say. You can make it!”

And you will. Take all the negative words that you have heard over the years, and let it be the fuel for your achievements. This may be a weak example, but it could still help.

When I was in secondary school, our English classes were split into higher and lower sets. I was in the lower set, and it was the class where people mostly joked around. The highest grade anyone could get for the lower English exam was a ‘C’. I wanted to take the higher English paper. My teacher told me that I wouldn’t be able to do it, but I didn’t care. And that negative word – telling me that I couldn’t – is what made me want to do it even more. I eventually got my way, took the higher paper and got a ‘B’.

I honestly can’t even remember if I saw that teacher when I got my results, but even if he did or not tell me that “wow, he was amazed that I actually did it and passed”, I had that validation within myself, and that’s all that mattered – knowing that I could do it.

And you can too!

Have a great start to the week.

Mich x

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