New Publishing Schedule & Blog Updates For Pretty Little Finch

My blog has been going for a little over a year now and, whilst I think I’m pretty good at updating it monthly (I haven’t missed a month yet!) I’m starting to feel that it needs to have a more structured publishing schedule. That said I’m going to aim to update it twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays, starting from next week. I have a blogger event this weekend so I’ll try to get that written up and on the blog by Wednesday.

In the meantime if there’s anything you’d like to read or see here at Pretty Little Finch please let me know and I will try to cover it! Suggestions are really welcome as all the additional blogging is going to require more material!

Stickertopia Adult Sticker Books for Mindfulness

Disclaimer: I was not paid or gifted to write this post.

Love them or hate them, there’s no arguing that adult colouring books have become a ‘thing’ in a big way.

Centred around the ideas of mindfulness, a technique taught in cognitive behavioural therapy, adult colouring books are a fun throw back designed to help adults curb stress. The idea behind it is to become fully immersed in the task at hand (colouring) and to focus your senses and become present in the moment; something which is increasingly difficult for this stressed out generation to achieve.

Anyway, we’ve all seen them in book shops and supermarkets and there are now so many different types for sale it would seem there’s one to suit every interest. But have you heard of adult sticker books?

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January Lust List

The festivities are well and truly over. January is a difficult month -it’s hard to conjure up any sense of magic in the frozen mornings and rainy afternoons when there’s no fairy lights and tinsel to accompany the abysmal weather. It’s a terrible month, and it’s not hard to see why they call our reaction to it the ‘January blues’.

But let’s not let our pessimism run away with us. It’s not all bad. Here are my personal highlights of the month and the things that have kept me excited.

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Mini Lush Kitchen Haul

I was bitterly disappointed to miss the Lush boxing day sales this year as I had hoped to snatch up lots of lovely bargains. To cheer myself up I thought I’d pick up a few exclusive goodies from the Lush Kitchen instead. I purchased all online and have not used any of these before.

When the box was delivered I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed as I favour fruity and sweet smells and this box was emanating a heavy floral scent. Kind of silly of me as almost everything I picked up has floral elements to it. Anyway, I’m still excited to give everything a go and broaden my Lush horizons.

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Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!

Once again it’s time to wave goodbye to the past year, set sights on the future and do a bit of reflecting on what has been. It’s gone by in such a flash, I can barely believe it is 2017!

For many it seems 2016 has been a bit of a disappointing year and certainly we’ve lost some of the greatest icons of our time. But on a personal, selfish level – 2016 has been pretty good to me. Of course, as always it has had its peaks and troughs. Some of the darker moments have been tough to get through but if I’m looking at it as a whole – it’s definitely been a positive year overall.

In 2016 I visited Paris and explored the catacombs, rode a carousel in front of the Eiffel tower and took a river boat tour at night, visited Rome and stood in awe in the Colosseum and wandered through the Sistern chapel, visited the Nuremburg Christmas markets in Germany, holidayed in Dorset and built more beautiful memories, added the quails and a hedgehog to our ever expanding feathered (and quilled) family, turned 27 (eek) and celebrated it in style at Bird World! Visited Kew Gardens at long last, picked pumpkins and took a Frightmove house tour at Halloween. Visited Tropical wings and took lots of fun days out. Ran a fun race for life, and spent lots of time wandering around RHS gardens, country parks, woodlands and fields!

In short, I had a lot of fun and made some wonderful memories.

Last year I set my all important new years resolutions and wrote them down on this blog.  If you can’t be bothered to skip back and see what they were, I will summarise here:

  • Read more
  • Be kinder
  • Keep doing more of what I love
  • Learn to drive
  • Get down to X stone. (my goal weight.)

I decided that I wanted to keep my goals somewhat vague and thus, more achievable. From that list I can see I completed three out of the five which isn’t bad going at all. (I think we could call it a success.) These were:

Read more – 2016 was the year I rekindled my love affair with books. As a child and a teen my nose was constantly stuck in a book. I devoured novel after novel and spent many happy hours laying in the garden or in bed absolutely absorbed in a story. But, sadly as I got a little older, and my anxiety got a little worse I found it much harder to read. I started to read chic lit as it didn’t require much attention and was generally a ‘happy’ topic which helped me forget for a while. Then it fizzled out and I didn’t read at all. Reading is important though and I always wanted to get back to it. In 2016 I thought I’d start with a new genre I hadn’t tried before; crime/thriller. It totally worked! This year I have read 22 books – not bad going at all! (and I’m hooked on the suspense and plot twists!)

Be kinder – This is something else I have really worked at on a personal level in 2016. I have tried to pay more attention to the scenarios that pop up in everyday life where an act of kindness is needed or wanted. Sometimes this has been buying food/tea for the homeless, other times lending a listening ear to friends. I won’t list all of the kind things I have done this year as this kind of defeats the object, but I think I have been the best me to others that I could have been.

Keep doing more of what I love – Again, another thing I worked really hard at. Although, not really work when you’re enjoying yourself! This year I have kept up my blog and writing. I have kept up going out and taking photographs. I have kept up adventures. And I have kept growing my family of feathered friends too!

So that was pretty positive. What didn’t I quite achieve though?

Learn to drive – Whilst I haven’t completed this one I have taken good steps towards it. Last year I had around 18 hours of lessons (and I can technically drive a car now, just not legally – or if I want to park anywhere!) So this wasn’t quite a write off. I did have problems with finding a decent instructor though, and my anxiety did get in the way somewhat. This year I will be looking for a new instructor, a new fresh start and I WILL learn to drive!

Get down to my goal weight – Okay, this one was a total BUST. At one point I did actually lose about half a stone and I was on a really good fitness and health kick. But then I slumped. So maybe I just wasn’t ready for it at the time.

So, what are my goals for 2017 this year? Well, I think I want them to be a little less vague this year:

  • Add more things to my Etsy shop. (I’m thinking a pin) and just spend a little more time working on my business.
  • Progress in my career.
  • Finish off my sleeve.
  • LEARN TO DRIVE! (I must, I must!)
  • Learn to sew. Buy a sewing machine/take a class and become good at it.
  • Lose one stone, four pounds. NOT my goal weight, but the first steps towards feeling more comfortable in myself.

I also hope to do a lot more with my time. I really want to visit Cornwall and the wonderful Eden project (this has been on a to do list for a long time now) I also really want to stay in the Lake District, and have some more bird flying/experience days as those always make me happy.

On a personal level I want to build my health back up again and as such I will be attending regular therapy sessions, trying to get to the gym a little more, and practice my stress relief yoga.

All in all I want 2017 to be a year of growth for me.

If you’ve read through this exceedingly long post – congratulations! What are your New Years resolutions/ goals for this year?