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This has to be my favourite time of year, its a time to slow down a touch and prepare for winter, rejoice in the changing seasons and the changing colours. The air is fresher and seems full of life to me.
I love the promise of chilly weather, lighting the fire and settling in for those long winter evenings. I find I'm more productive and happier to be on the sofa making something, writing a newsletter or whatever needs doing each day without the pressure to be off somewhere as I do on summer evenings.
I still walk as much as possible, I walk all year round and prefer it in the colder months as I don't get as hot and sweaty! Much more pleasurable.
For me, its a time to get the crockpot out and try a few new recipes, I just love the smells radiating around the house all day. The simple pleasure of looking forward to a healthy and hearty meal that has taken little effort but after 8 hours of cooking tastes amazing.
I've added a few new autumnal recipes to my Pinterest Autumn board to try, let me know if you try anything new this season, as I'm always looking for new and exciting things to eat.
Now is the time to read all those books and magazines that have been piling up and catch up on blog posts that I haven't had time to read.
This is also a busy time for retailers and I'm busy behind the scenes preparing for Christmas but making sure I slow down for a bit before the rush begins!
There is one thing that make autumn just the best time of year though....no more flies or midges!!
Let me know what you love about autumn and if you look forward to winter. Until next time x
I'm not usually one to bang on about the things I get up to (mainly because its not much!) but having just been on holiday with my family, I thought I would do a quick post on the wonderful week we had on Tresco, in the Isles of Scilly.
It's one of those places that although its only 25 miles or so off the coast of Cornwall, it is easy to feel that you are a million miles away. What with the interesting journey to get there (car, plane, minibus, jet boat, mini van) it feels as if you have travelled halfway around the world so it's no surprise that when you arrive you feel that you definitely made a switch from real life to somewhere otherworldly. Yes the water really is that colour #nofilter.
As a family we have been many times as my parents own a time share on the island and have done for about 15 years, so its a place we know and love and it never fails to get us to relax and enjoy just 'being'.
My nephews have only been once before but they love being outdoors and there is no better place for small boys with boundless energy, to be. The beaches are sublime, very clean and allow for games, swimming and lots of treasure hunting (half a ton of sea glass and shells later...). Throw in a morning's kayaking, visiting the Abbey gardens, lots of walking, chatting and reading and we were very content.
On an island that is 2.5 miles long by 1 mile wide, there is obviously not going to be lots of shopping, but worth a look is the gallery and Lucy Tania gift shop, or places to eat and be entertained....but that is the point. It's a return to a simple existence where, to be honest for the Goymer family, we spend most of our time trying to decide what to do in-between meals!
We love the quiet pace of the island and the dark starry skies at night, the walking and the great food to be had in the Ruin Beach Cafe and the New Inn pub, both of which we ate at throughout the week plus homemade meals at the cottage. Plenty of wine and beer and we are happy bunnies.
So, if you are tempted to go, the best place to find all the information you will need is on the Tresco Island Estate website. You'll find out how to get there, where to stay and eat and all the things that there are to do on the island. Plus how to get to the other beautiful islands if you fancy a day trip to explore.
Bryher has the wonderful Hell Bay Hotel which serves some of the best crab sandwiches you'll ever taste, for starters, plus they have their own gin!
But for now I'll leave you with more photos of our stay...with a caveat attached that without a doubt we had the best weather we have ever had there with wall to wall sunshine all week - but thats rare!
I've recently started a series on my Instagram account entitled The Best Things In Life, (we are only on number 2 by the way but there are plenty more to come!) and I've received quite a few responses already.
The idea is that the best things in life are the really simple things, not the big gestures and things that cost a lot of money but stuff that does actually make you smile more often than not, things that can make a difference to your day with no money expended - number one in the series was: skirts with pockets.
Plenty of people agreed with me on that one - I'll basically buy any skirt that has pockets as it's just such a delight to find them! Number two was: the sound of the cork coming out of the wine bottle....again, many agreed.
It's the promise of a relaxing evening to come, of good company, or just a quiet evening at home enjoying wine and a film. When I started to think of things to add to the list, it was difficult at first to come up with ideas - the skirts with pockets thing just popped into my head one morning and that got me to thinking about these things. Once I got going though, the list was easy to write.
I have spent a lot of my life looking for fulfilment in all the wrong places when actually its the simplest of things, experiences, food, company you keep and so on that make the biggest difference to our lives and we often find happiness in the smallest and least likely places. It's important to recognise when we do have those moments and to savour them. They can add up to real contentment if you allow them to.
Number three in the series (to be posted soon) is: an unexpected gift from a friend. And that is because I've had a few recently. Lovely things from lovely people when I least expected anything, and boy does that make my day and even my week!
How awesome to know that people you care about, care about you and want you to know that. Special bonds are created that way and I do make sure that I return the thought and am often looking out for little things that I think my friends will like, or even just sending them something I've seen on Pinterest or tagging them into a Facebook event that I think they would be interested in going to. Small gestures but with a big impact.
How do you find contentment in life and what are the small things that make the biggest difference to you? Let me know in the comments and follow along on Instagram too and let me know if you agree with my list!
Until next time (I'm off to smell the roses in the garden!) x
Life never quite runs as smoothly as you would always like does it? 2017 has been a bit bumpy for me so far but the road is getting smoother as the weeks go by. Having split with my partner at the end of last year, January was a bit of an odd month. It's a sad and grey month anyway so it was doubly sad for me. However, I was determined not to become down and to face the future with hope and vigour.
So I took myself off for the weekend, going down to Dartmouth in Devon for a rest and a chance to take a good look at life and where I was going and how I felt about it all, my personal circumstances plus my business which was just over a year old.
Now, I've had some challenges in the past; divorce, redundancy, all the fun stuff you know, and each road block has been a chance to learn and grown and I have never allowed myself to grow bitter and have always tried to be positive and strong. Strength has been a bit of a by-product of all the fall outs over the years and something that I am actually very grateful for. Especially going into business for myself, you need it, believe me!
But this time was different. We are all our greatest enemies I think and I'm no exception; being incredibly hard on myself and quick to blame myself when things go wrong. But not this time, there was no blame anyway, but only a good opportunity to learn from this and to make some badly needed changes to my mindset. I invested in various books, I'm loathe to call them 'self-help' books as they are generally more about business success and money as much as anything, but they have been the catalyst for great change in the way I see myself and also how I understand myself.
I took the time over that weekend in Dartmouth to set some personal and financial goals for 2017, more on that in a future blog post, as I want to talk today more about the transformation that has taken place for me over the past 6 or 7 weeks and to recommend how the same could happen for you.
So back to these books. Three in particular really resonated with me, one was incredibly transformational and they are:
Get Rich, Lucky Bitch - Denise Duffield-Thomas
Miracle Morning - Hal Elrod
The One Thing - Grey Keller with Jay Papasan
I list Denise's book first as this is the one that has had the biggest impact on my mindset - ever. And I don't exaggerate. What Denise advises goes pretty much beyond everything I have ever read about mindset, exploring the way you think, looking at reasons for negative thinking and how you can let go of old patterns and false ways of thinking. It's been an emotional journey but wow, what a difference it has made.
I now understand where my myths have come from, it's made me more aware than ever before of why I think the way I do and allowed me to let go of the past and move on. If this sounds like something you are searching for then get Denise's book now! Yes it's about money but the premise is essentially to change and improve your mindset, and that you can do for any area of your life. Let me know if you read it and what changes it makes to your life.
Secondly, the Miracle Morning has been a great eye opener to how I start my day and by starting it in the best way possible, setting myself up for the best day possible. Still working on that one but each morning I am more focused and seemingly much more content and ready to get going than before.
This has the potential to really alter how I approach my goals and what actions I take each day and I intend to develop that approach in the future. I'm also liking the fact that the first hour of my day has nothing to do with Facebook, Twitter or even looking at my phone! That can only be a good thing....
Thirdly, The One Thing - focus people!! Well, I can honestly say that the idea of thinking big and then going small and identifying your One Thing has been an eye opener for sure. Great for honing in on exactly what you should be doing and how to discard all the fluff that we really shouldn't be bothering with. Also nice to have a chapter around how to say no....read it if you have the same issues!
All these books are available on Amazon for not a lot of money (I have no affiliates with any of these, this is just my personal opinion) but are likely to make huge changes to your life, if you allow them to.
If you read them and experience any benefits, please let me know in the comments, I would love to hear of your success stories too.
Until next time x
Happy New Year...sorry I'm a bit late! I know we are already over halfway through January and it's been 3 weeks since I added a post but, for reasons I will explain in a later blog post, it feels as if my year has only just begun. I've only just started to get my plans and goals for 2017 down on paper, having reviewed 2016 only 3 days ago!
I have a very good excuse for my slowness in getting to grips with a new year, believe me and I'll tell you all about it another time but I did manage to schedule in a weekend away to Dartmouth in Devon in order to re-set and find my mojo again.
I used the time very well, getting to grips with my new circumstances, review last year both personally and professionally and to start setting my mind to 2017; where I'm going, what I'm doing, what I'm not doing (!) and how I'm going to do it all.
As usual I've gone into overwhelm a couple of times, this afternoon to be exact when all the stuff now sitting on my desk with notes, goals and to-do's just became too much to bear and I turned to doing something practical instead. I don't know about you but I find just getting up from my chair and doing something useful with my hands can be a powerful antidote to any anxiety lurking in the background. It worked and I was able to crack on with a few more tasks and with positivity too.
This year will be a very different one for me, for lots of reasons and I'll blog about my transformations as I go along, hopefully you'll find it inspiring and a catalyst to make some changes too, but for now, I'll tell you all about my relaxing weekend in Dartmouth. (my stay was booked through these guys)
I booked the trip months ago and have been looking forward to getting away for weeks, I knew it would be a line in the sand for me and I was right, I feel better and more centred as a result.
The journey down to Devon was crisp and sunny and having found the apartment, I was able to relax, open the wine and just 'be'.
The kittens had gone to the local cattery and it was nice just for a couple of days, to not be at their beck and call for food! They have been super clingy since I picked them up yesterday, which is cute.
On Saturday I made the walk out to Dartmouth Castle. I love a bit of history and had a nice half hour or more wandering around, doing an impression of my dad, which is reading EVERYTHING that told me all about the castle. If anyone had been with me I know they would have got more than a little bored, but heck, I was free to mooch, so I did! And I loved it, so nice to wander and soak up the atmosphere, wonder what life in the 1600's was really like, all that stuff.
Prior to that I'd wandered into town and had a pretty brilliant coffee and blueberry bakewell tart in The Deli at Dartmouth. I do love sitting and watching people go by and just marvelling at all the goodies on display, check out the photo below and if you like what you see, find out more here.
As anyone who knows me will testify, food is pretty much the most important thing in my life, so true to form, I had a very nice lunch in the Smith Street Deli, (their Facebook page is here) gorgeous looking and very tasty, I think you'll agree:
Sunday lunch was expertly taken care of by the Bayards Cove Inn, thanks for one of the best chowders I've ever had! No photo I'm afraid, I was too hungry! But you can check out the pub here
I was staying just out of the town centre by the lower ferry and had this amazing view.
Needless to say I did make the most of being able to sit by the french doors with a coffee and watch the ferry toing and froing across the river. I found it quite reassuring, the backwards and forwards of the ferry all day long, reliable and dependable.
The rest of the time was spent drinking wine....not really, I did do lots of planning, goal setting, reading and thinking (yes I know, unbelievable) but there was wine too!
I'll share some of my planning and goal setting and how I go about it in the future when it looks a little bit more organised than it does now, plus I'll be sharing what I'm reading this year and what I'm journalling about too.
So, lots of change to come in my world, let me know what changes you're making this year and we can make the journey together!
I would like to wish all my lovely readers and customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May this festive season be a peaceful and safe holiday.
See you in 2017 x