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    When’s It My Turn To Win The Lottery?


    “I need to win the lottery…”


    If I had a pound for every time I’d said that, I wouldn’t need to win it…


    To be fair, I think it’s something we have all said at some point. When we’re in need of a holiday, hating our job, wishing we had a better house, or trying to pay debts off, there’s no denying that a little windfall and a cash injection would change life for the majority of us.

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    5 Things That Made Me Happy This Week (Week 20, 2017)


    I am in an absolutely sterling mood today. ABSOLUTELY STERLING. I had a broken sleep, have a busy day ahead in the office, and it’s teeming down with rain outside, but I’m feeling really very perky indeed.


    I’m fairly certain the reason I’m so chipper is because I have so much going on in the coming weeks and so many plans that I can’t help but be really excited for! Three weddings, a trip somewhere sunny, Rachael’s baby on the way and her baby shower, more gardening, nights out with friends, blogging events, Ben’s birthday, my birthday and a couple of weeks off of work… it’s going to be an absolute blinder of a few months and I’m really looking forward to it!


    However, let’s stop gazing in to the future for a short while and have a backward glance to the week just past and some of the things that have been making me smile.

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    11 Blogs I Love


    I spend around 5-hours a week on trains and, when I’m not having a nap or reading (true crime genre, always) I immerse myself in blogs and I thought with my own return to writing world, I thought I’d share some of the blogger love!


    Personally, I tend to lean more towards lifestyle blogs but that’s not to say I don’t like beauty and fashion blogs, however lifestyle is always going to be the niche I lean towards because a) I’m nosey and like reading about other people’s lives, and b) I find lifestyle posts are complete food for my brain and really get it thinking, planning and pondering.


    This list isn’t exhaustive and is by no means a complete guide to awesome lifestyle blogs out there, but it’s a roll call of the blogs I love and find myself going back to time and time again.

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    Royal Hotel blogger meet up

    I make no secret of my love for The Royal Hotel; from the first time I visited it got well and truly under my skin and I’m always looking forward to the next time I get to return.


    Being my favourite restaurant and bar in Essex, I’m constantly recommending it to people for family gatherings, celebrations or nights out, so when I was offered the chance to take some fellow Essex Bloggers along with me to sample the delights on offer, I was very excited!
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    5 Things That Made Me Happy This Week (Week 18 & 19, 2017)


    It doesn’t take me long to fall off the wagon, does it? I did one ‘5 Things That Make Me Happy…’ post, then the following week, nothing. Whoops!


    In my defence, last Friday was mega busy, with the day job being full-on, no lunch break and then hopping on a train to Swindon for a weekend of adventure. So I’m going to do a round-up of the past two weeks instead of one in today’s post, even it out a bit, y’know?


    I’ve been a poorly little person this week and felt absolutely drained on Wednesday so missed out on celebrating my friend’s 40th birthday (sad face) instead going straight to bed and ending up sleeping for 22 hours! I feel much better now but think I might try to have a restful weekend… (yeh right!)


    Despite the lurg the past couple of days, the past fortnight has been filled with good stuff – here’s what’s been making me happy…

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    It’s OK Not To Succeed


    Let’s turn back the clock; turn it back to 2013/2014. Back then I posted on this blog almost every day. I managed to churn out content on a regular basis; taking photos, writing content, putting in the legwork to promote it on social media. I would spend at least an hour every single evening on my laptop, all on top of my stressful day job and my regular writing gigs for other websites, newspapers and magazines.


    I was hustling and I was hustling hard.

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