Oh hey, hands up if anyone remembers my old Thursday Thoughts posts back in the day which I retired? No one? Nah, they weren't that memorable anyways!
I decided to stop them because it became a tiresome task trying to write up a post every single Thursday and fill it with things that made me happy. Sometimes I literally had nothing to say!
However, I have recently discovered that the majority of my posts have been food and travel based and I do miss just chatting (or typing) freely.
Chatty posts give you guys a chance to discover my personality and to find out what's been going on 'behind the scenes'.
And recently, I have been debating whether to bring back Thursday Thoughts or to create something new. And I have been toying with creating monthly content.
So say hello to Navigating through *month* posts!
It's inspired by plenty of other bloggers' versions of '10 happy things' posts and so on, but with my own brand on it... hence the 'navigating' part.
I am currently navigating through life, so it's only fair that I share what's going on in my life as I navigate through the months (clever, right!?)
So here's the first instalment: Navigating through July.
Here's what I've been up to:
I don't know if it was really obvious, but I went to Rome earlier this month and it was INCREDIBLE.
I'm still writing content from our trip which makes me super happy, as writing travel content is my favourite type of content.
We have already planned to go back, but next time, we want to combine it with other cities. We're thinking Venice, Pompei and Cinque Terre.
Any other suggestions?
2. My 24th Birthday
On the 12th of July, I celebrated my 24th Birthday in Rome!
I have never been abroad on my birthday before, so it was weird being away from my family, but it was incredible spending it in the most romantic city in the world with my boyfriend.
He made sure to make my day special and when we got back to England, my family made sure to spoil me and make up for the lost time.
I'm ready to smash being 24 and excited to see what the year ahead holds.
I have currently been going to a couple of interviews. As I am in fact, looking for work.
Freelance work as a sole income has been non-existent. Sure, I'm making enough. But it's not enough to make substantial savings.
So I'm currently seeking opportunities, whether it's freelance, part-time, or even full-time work. Whatever it is, I am keeping my options open and I want to make sure it's the right job for me, as I don't want a repeat of what happened last time where I rushed into something that wasn't right.
4. The World Cup
The World Cup literally took over the entire world. But I found myself getting ingrossed to all the action!
I actually really enjoyed wearing an England shirt and cheering the team on and I especially loved the night where Josh and I watched the football at MK11 on the night they beat Columbia. The atmosphere was LOUD with plenty of celebration!
5. Gym friends
July has been the month where my fitness has gone up a notch, thanks to my friend Kaz.
I have been getting into a regularl routine of going to the gym, but not just going to the gym, but actually attending classes and doing circuit training.
Before this month, I never touched weights. Now they are included in all my workouts. I used to think weights would make you put on weight, but it's been a month and I can already sense a difference in my appearance and my overall wellbeing.
Let's hope I keep this up in August and beyond!
It became a hashtag, it was so popular that it started trending: everyone was talking about the heatwave.
My opinion? I loved it. I didn't want any rain to come as I was loving the fact that the UK was feeling more like Spain.
When it began to rain, I was heartbroken!
Let's hope for more hot weather this month!
7. Belgian Chocolate
Literally, a week after we got back from Rome, Josh went to Belgium (jealous).
But he did bring back Belgian Chocolate, which in my opinion, is the best chocolate, so I can forgive him for going away without me... maybe.
8. Afternoon tea
My friend Kaz and I went for Afternoon Tea at The Good Loaf in Northampton yesterday and oh, it was so worth the morning spinning class!
It's the first venue taking part in my National Afternoon Tea week feature, which I plan to launch on the blog this month during the week of the 14th August.
You really can't beat Afternoon Tea and I am on a mission to find the best Afternoon Tea within Northamptonshire and I can't wait to share my thoughts with you all.
9. Obsessing over the Mamma Mia 2 soundtrack
I haven't even seen the film yet and I am obsessed with the soundtrack. I think I'm building up to the inevitable that I will cry once I see it in the cinema.
My favourite songs of the soundtrack so far are Why Did It Have To Be Me, One Of Us, Super Trouper, Mamma Mia and Angel Eyes... and Fernando... and Andante, Andante...
In fact, I *think* I actually prefer this soundtrack to the first soundtrack. Is this a sign of things to come?
10. Updating my blog niche
I recently changed the 'Culture' part of my blog to 'Food', hence now I am a Lifestyle, Food and Travel blogger.
Over the last few months, I found I have been blogging more about food and drink than I have on culture i.e. theatre, books and museums (in my opinion, that's what the genre culture covers).
So to me, it made no sense to keep that part in.
Now I feel like my blog has a new direction and it's helping with my creativity so much which also equals no more writer's block!
Blogs I have loved in July
Sophie was literally my fairy godmother of July, as she granted me the wish of publishing a fantastic Rome City Guide, literally a day before I was set to jet off to Rome! I managed to get some last minute tips thanks to her and it's another great city guide to read if you're looking to visit for the first time.
Ruth in Revolt
Ruth wrote a very honest blog post about the ugly side of blogging and honestly, it was like reading my mind. It talks about the blogging community that although being supportive, there is still a hint of competition involved amongst us and even jealousy. It's a very good read that not many bloggers are brave enough to comment about, so I applaud Ruth for putting her opinion out there.
The Beauty Type
Lisa at The Beauty Type has been an absolute babe to me these last few months, constantly cheering for me and offering advice when needed, especially when it comes to freelancing. She has been producing some great freelancing content on her blog and my favourite has been her recent post on Managing Your Money when you are self-employed. Such a useful read if you're currently freelancing or thinking of taking the plunge.
Heels in my Backpack
I had the pleasure of meeting Kara from Heels in my Backpack and her fiance at Brewhouse & Kitchen in Milton Keynes and they were so sweet. So my heart melted when I saw she had made a big announcement on her blog that she is expecting her first baby! Reading the post made me smile so much and I love that she has actually made a new Instagram account named 'Heels in my Nappybag' after joking about it. I can't wait to read more on her baby journey.
More About Cat
More About Cat has been a blog I have found myself going back to and reading over and over again. She has been an inspiration when it comes to offering advice for freelancers, plus she has some very honest and engaging content. Her recent post on 15 Reasons Why I Started a Blog made me recall why I started a blog and it was really nice to see that there are bloggers out there who write a blog out of love and not for the freebies! Plus, all of what she was saying resonated with me as she has very similar reasons why I started blogging.