Goodbye August, hello September! August is officially over which also means autumn is coming! Autumn and winter are usually my favourite seasons but this year I absolutely loved summer. I think where we live is perfect for when the sun shines and I enjoyed working outside a bit this year. I do love autumn colours though!
July went by in a bit of a blur but this month I seemed to be able to catch my breath and reflect as well as get things done. I juggled a lot of work this month and although it can be stressful at times when you have a lot on, I think I thrive during busy times and definitely feel most productive! I shared my second diary entry in part two of illustrating a cookbook, you can read it here if you like. This month I also shared a post about what I’m currently working on and some snaps from inside my studio on a Saturday when I was working. I had a portfolio meeting this month and wrote a little bit about how I prepared for it here. The best bit of writing that post was playing around with using my illustrations on top of a photo. This is something I want to do more of in the future, so fun! Talking of illustration did you see my post on my studio date with Andrea? Check it out to see some beautiful original artwork from my talented friend.
This month marked a year of living in the chalet and it was fun to document some before + after snaps of how it changed from being a pretty-much unused building to a fully functioning little home. I also documented a day in the life and shared some snippets from a typical monday in August and did a currently post of photo’s of things I got up to.
Here’s a recap of my goals for August and how they went down this month:
1. Start a new series on the blog
I half achieved this one. I tagged some posts with ‘turn that frown upside down’ and I spoke a bit about how to stop comparing yourself to others and shared a list of 100 things to do when you feel uninspired . My aim was to start a series looking at negatives and turning them into positives like comparing yourself and feeling uninspired. I wrote a few more but I never posted them and instead shared a few more personal updates and posts. So maybe this blog will veer more towards that in the future I’m not sure.
2. Share a recipe or two on the blog
Yay! I achieved this goal. I shared two recipes this month, they were really…really simple but still fun to share and I’d like to post more in the future. I like styling the food and it’s opened up a new creative avenue that will be interesting to explore. If you missed them you can have a look here for halloumi & pomegranate summer salad recipe and here for roasted red pepper & chickpea salad.
3. Continue working on the garden
I achieved this too! Not quite to the extent that I’d hoped for but we built a little flower bed so now it’s just a case of filling it. It’s a shame I left this goal so late as now summer is pretty much over!Here are my goals for September:
1. Create a ‘healthier’ routine
Awhile ago I made a list of all the things I wanted to do to make my everyday routine healthier. It was things like getting up at the same time, having a lunch break, going for a walk that sort of thing. Really obvious sounding stuff but it really helped me to make good habits, some I’ve kept and others I haven’t. This month I want to get back into my healthy habits and focus on routine.
2. Increase exercise and generally move more this month
This goal goes hand in hand with the above goal. I want to up my exercise and I’ve just enrolled on a 10 week personal training program, which I start tomorrow! If I’m feeling brave I may document how it’s going on here.
3. Discover a new vegan recipe book or blog
In our small local library the vegan recipe books are really outdated so I would like to find a modern one that will inspire me to create some new plant based meals. Reading or flicking through recipe books is one of my favourite things to do.
4. Plan my website & blog re-design
I’m really excited about this one! :)
Hope you’ve had a fantastic month and are looking forward to the new month ahead! I love making goals for the upcoming month as it feels like a fresh start every month. Let’s hope September is a good one!