It has been a long time since I shared a Recently Reading post on The Monday Project and truthfully, I have not been reading as much I would like. University always throws me off when it comes to ‘reading for fun’ and it seems fourth year is no different.
However, I joined the library in the summer which is encouraging me to read more (currently reading Recharge by Julie Montagu) and I did do a bit of reading in Italy however I didn’t get the chance to read as much as I like as books do take up a lot of space in suitcases unfortunately. Especially when you are being cheap and insisting on hand luggage only for a three-week trip.
Confession: I’ve never been for afternoon tea before. And technically, I still haven’t. It is always something I’ve wanted to do: a whole stand of mini sandwiches, cakes and scones all washed down with tea or something fizzy, that just screams me all over. I tweeted into the abyss that I fancied afternoon tea and my good pal Hayley suggested we do before noon tea at Mimi’s Bakehouse in Edinburgh when I visited her in the next couple of weeks.
We scheduled in an 11am reservation for before noon tea on Sunday morning to round off my mini visit to Edinburgh. I have had my eye on Mimi’s Bakehouse since I was in Leith last year and seeing as it is so famous, I am so pleased I finally got to visit.
I love listening to podcasts when I’m working: whether that be university work, freelance jobs or creating content for my blog. I’ve only really been into podcasts since April this year when my friend introduced me to Casefile and the world of true crime podcasts and I’ve never looked back.
Listening to podcasts inspires me. It helps with my creativity, my problem solving, my writing and my visions. I love hearing stories of successful women doing incredible things with businesses they have started from their kitchen table or bed as a side hustle and it has grown into something cool.
I love organisation, organising things and telling people that I’m organised. Feeling in control is really important to me and as someone who gets stressed out over the tiniest things, doing everything I can to maintain control and be on top of things makes all the difference to me and my stress levels.
At the moment I feel like I’m balancing a few different plates whilst trying to catch up with all my friends, exercise and eat healthily and do things just for me such as reading a book or binge watching Peep Show again. The start of the university year can be very overwhelming and I find that doing lots of little things help me to have an organised week, and therefore an organised life.
I set a list of goals probably around six times a year, maybe a little more. I love the idea of having goals: things to work towards, to my efforts into, to make things happen more. But I’m pretty awful at seeing things through so I hate making goals that will eventually end up as a failure’s list.
In the Blog & Beyond Facebook group which I’m part of, Charlotte talks a lot about setting goals and the importance of having them. This is now my fourth year at university and my fourth year of living in Glasgow so I think I’ve got the swing of things by now so I wanted to set some autumnal goals for me to just live by, rather than huge milestones to work towards.