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7 Things You Should Always Have Scheduled In Your Diary

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I spend most of my life looking forward to things. Whether that means I don’t appreciate things in the moment, I dunno.

Like right now I’ve got TWO bunches of flowers on my desk (bought ’em both myself because that’s how I’m rolling), it’s Friday, there’s a Pina Colada candle flickering away, I got me a mug of coffee in an initial mug (makes all the difference), the sun is shining, Spotify is trilling along and I’ve just been sent a case of booze from Midori. ALL THE YESES.

Life is good.

I am literally buzzing.

I mean, not literally. I’m not a bee. But I’m so happy and I basically skipped down to the kettle to make my please-stifle-my-hunger hot beverage. The reason? Because I have so many damn perfect things lined up for the next few weeks. I mean yeah, it’s my birthday which is probably like the little gold glittery star at the top of tree, and yeah, everyone always has a birthday scheduled in the diary, but you get what I’m saying, having things to look forward to makes you feel eternally warm and fuzzy.

Sometimes it’s so easy to get stuck in routine and forget to make plans that push you and make you feel your OMFG I’M SO HAPPY I COULD EXPLODE best. So this post is your reminder to go out there and get cramming your cut lil Paperchase diary with all the things.

 

1. GIRL’S WEEKEND

Probably the peak of life, these bad boys are. At a time in our lives when friends are often scattered across the country (if not the globe), it can feel like an absolute mission (a bit like planning a rescue mission for the impending apocalypse) to get all your gal pals together.

I can easily go months or ahem, a year, without seeing some of my favourite faces properly, so for me it’s all about one big weekend rather than just a night out so that you’ve got enough time to get through 75756478 different stories and copious bottles of wine.

They key is to plan well in advance (I planned my birthday weekend way back when in June) and to have a set plan when you message everyone. ARE YOU FREE ON XX TO COME TO XX rather than a floaty we should do something soon message always works best.

Cottages are mega cheap to book (Sykes is good for this) so you can always up the excitement levels and meet in the middle on neutral territory if it’s easier.

 

2. WORK EVENT

Maybe it’s just the industry I work in, but there’s always things going on. When I’m at a work event it gives me an excuse to get all my BLOGGING JOURNALISM INTERNET WRITING blahs out of my mouth with people who understand, and I adore that.

There’s also something that makes you feel like such a sassy power house when you’re doing something work-related out of hours. It makes you feel in control and like a success who’s absolutely nailing it, and it motivates me to keep going.

Even if there’s not things like awards and dinners and conferences to get involved in, there’s no reason you can’t organise some sneaky team-bonding drinks. Honestly, they were the very reason working at JJB Sports back in 2008 was such a bloody dream.

 

3. PAMPER NIGHT

This is Thursday night territory, ready to make you look a *bit* like Kendall Jenner.

It’s the night when all your beauty products come out to play – even the ones that you have legit no idea what they do. Hair cream cleanser volumising body bath boost mist. You WHAT?

It’s a night to make you feel glossy and preened and ready to take on the world before a weekend crammed of social events – night’s out, parties, dinners, brunches, lunches and everything else that the world throws at you.

Schedule this in so you can take time and not do that thing where you smudge your nails two minutes after painting them because oh fuck you really need to go to Tesco for washing up liquid and a birthday card. Do ya nails, do ya fake tan and your shaving and your moisturising and your hair and face masks. Do it all, and do it all with a long bath and a sneaky portion of Galaxy thrown in too.

 

4. HOLIDAY

I mean, this one’s obvious.

We can’t all afford to have a plethora of tropical holidays booked up in advance, but it’s never a bad idea to have realistic goals of where you’d like to go so you have something to save for, even if you can’t risk putting down the deposit just yet.

I’ll be honest, I’m the worst at this kinda thing. Once an idea gets in my head I’m all about booking it and finding the money later (not exactly the strongest example of how to be a sensible adult but whatcha gonna do – least I’ve been to New York and Mykonos. Am I right, sisters?)

So yeah, do whatever you feel comfortable with – start saving for your dream summer 2016 vacay or be all YOLO and book a long winter weekend away to somewhere that’s just come into your head. (Looking at you, Chicago).

 

5. DATE NIGHT

First off, you do not need a boy (or lady) for this, you can just do it with a bezzie pal.

We have phone-free date nights quite a lot at home and it’s so nice to have time that isn’t interrupted by checking Instagram for the 37th time that hour, but I’d like to allow myself to eat out more. It just feels like such a luxurious expenditure, especially when we don’t have all that many cool and delicious independent restaurants over in ol’ Ipperz.

I just want to get dressed up, whack on those heels that are lying all sad and souless under the bed and drink ALL the wine wit ma boo. To feel like I’m living.

It’s the same with a best friend. Just having an excuse to practice your smokey eye and wear 7 eye shadows at once – everyone needs that. We should all look at spending money on experiences and relationships (of the romantic, friend and family variteties) as a necessity we deserve. New dress you’ll wear twice or drunk story-telling and steak you’ll remember forever?

 

6. PILATES

Someone come and punch a girl in the face. You know I only pretend to like exercise (although yeah yeah, swimming is the champion of the world so long as the pool’s empty and it fits in with my hair-washing schedule). But with Pilates, it does a little more than just stretch and tone ya muscles. It clears your mind.

I’ve spoken about this with various people and we’ve all said the same thing: you just come out of a Pilates session feeling like the best version of yourself. Like, you just have this renewed motivation for life, like you can tackle and achieve anything, and I think we could all do with a little more of that feeling because it’s bloody well aces.

So do a little bit of Pilates. Do it once a week or once a month, and then be prepared to feel like an absolute queen afterwards.

 

7. THE NOTHING DAY

Omg people seriously underrate a nothing day. One of those Saturdays or Sundays when you have nothing, nada, in the calendar. One of those days when you can sleep in late and stay wrapped up in the duvets for as long as your brain and body needs. One of those days where everything is up to you. Wanna binge watch Netflix all day? YEAH YOU CAN? Wanna go to the gym and then bake a large selection of brownies? YEAH YOU CAN.

Sometimes it’s nice to just do whatever takes your fancy, to have spontaneous adventures or to legit, do nothing and not feel guilty about it.

I like to make sure I’ve got one of these days factored in at least once a month, because eurgh the world is kinda stressful and full-on, ain’t it?



25 comments so far.
  • Jess

    Great light hearted post but so was your last (deleted) one. If people can’t see how you intended that post then they are idiots. Keep smiling!

    • Thank you sweet girl – I should have kept it up tbh, but I’m in such a good mood at the moment I didn’t want to deal with the cascading comeback from it! x

      • Jess

        Well you need to shake yo’ self out of that mood because it’s about to be your biiiirthday :) Enjoy celebrating and seeing your gal pals this weekend pretty one

  • Bloody love Pilates. I definitely need to start popping that into my diary. A bit of mind clearing time is always forgotten in the chaos of day to day life!

    Rachel | http://www.currentlyrachel.com

    • I didn’t see your comment and put the same thing! Hands up for Pilates!

  • I bloody love Pilates. Seriously, is it even exercise?

  • Nothing days are so needed every so often! Just so you feel like you again. And date nights are always special without phones involved

    x
    http://www.siobhanrothwell.wordpress.com

  • Love this, I also try to have things to look forward to and get a bit down if nothing is planned. Pamper night Thursday is always a thing tho :) x

  • Yes to all of these. Like every single darn one. Especially the nothing day and the pamper night and the work night and the girls weekend. Seriously, just every single one.

    Great post!

    Laura x

  • Loved this post – made me want to whack out my diary again! x

    http://www.beckieeschle.com

  • Rebecca

    Having JUST returned from Chicago (as in crying through my first day back at work today – wah!) BOOK IT BOOK IT BOOK IT! It’s such a cool place. A mini heat wave made my time there even more awesome (paddle boarding on Lake Michigan anyone?) and it’s just ace and the deep dish pizza will make you want to do a little excited wee. Bills are for wimps, holidays are for winners!

  • I had a nothing day last Sunday and you’re so right, it was super good and so needed! I was honestly more excited about it than all the other things I had planned for the weekend 😀

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

  • anddddd you’ve made me more excited for my birthday than i already was!

    Rachel | ascottishrose

  • Great for having all around the globe,atleast you have someone to visit just incase you need to run away haha,nice post,I am so good at no.7, but I have to work my way to no.6,xoxo Bing.

    http://www.bingyourstyle.com

  • I meant frinds all around the globe,sorry.

  • Wow really FRIENDS,there i got it.

  • Love this post so much! It’s crazy how life feels so much more awesome when you’ve got things to look forward to. x

    http://www.natteringblonde.wordpress.com

  • I try to squeeze in a pamper night once a week, it keeps me sane! I mask everything up (face, feet and hair) and paint my nails, just relax and chill out. It’s the little things in life that bring us joy.

  • Kym

    It’s sad that in the job that you’re in you feel you have to censor yourself. I loved your first post yesterday. It was so honest. You were incredibly humble about your appreciation for the life you have now whilst just letting us know that, yes it may seem awesome, but in fact it’s pretty damn hard in many ways. I for one couldn’t do it. I would miss my home, my boyfriend, my dog too damn much and I have the utmost respect for you for being able to do it, and do it well. I have contemplated starting a blog for several years now, not to make money but just as a place to vent. Like an online diary, which surely is the point of a blog. You are blogging your life, your opinions. I love how honest you are, at times you make me actually do a little wee from laughing far too hard (I blame this on being pregnant but who knows 😉 ). I understand why you took the post down as sometimes the negativity you receive must be so hard to blot out even with all the positive vibes I’m certain you must get but I wish you hadn’t been made to feel like you had to take it down. Anyway, enough waffling from me. xxx

  • Such a simple but great read! Love the idea of having date night minus the phones! Social media can get a bit overwhelming at times and it’s important to switch off. I also can’t agree enough to the last one! It’s so important to have lazy days to ourselves and RELAX doing nothing can be just what you need sometimes!
    http://www.thehungrylittlelady.co.uk

  • I definitely need to schedule in more pamper and nothing days, Im so bad at overworking! Saying that, a work event is great to get out all the blogging talk and discuss flatlays and photos with people – heavenly!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • I think you may be right about setting dates for weekends away, me and my friend have been planning a girlie weekend away for about 2 years now!

  • I love all of these ideas. I always have at least one holiday booked in my diary. Plus chocolate face mask from Lush makes those pampers nights perfect for me.

  • Lauren

    Love this, all of them are so true that we should try to schedule in more often! x

    http://www.wonkylauren.com

  • This post is bang on.

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