1. Simplicity in Oxford 2. Try new things 3. The Living etc. Home Tours 4. Issue 2 of Breathe magazine 5. Colour love in London 6. A new bag for September from The Cambridge Satchel Company 7. Beautiful blooms 8. Baskets from The Basket Room 9. Getting organised with Boden
1. A Mykonos throwback 2. Enjoying my cross stitch cactus 3. Turl Street, Oxford 4. Switching up my shelf for September 5. Warren Mews, London 6. My dressing table 7. A cosy corner of my living room 8. New office supplies from Etsy 9. London hydrangeas
THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR
Having spent 23 years in education – sixteen as a pupil / student and seven as an educational fundraiser – it’s almost impossible not to view September as the start of a new year. It makes me feel a little older, wiser and excited for the challenges ahead. There’s also no denying there’s something magical about the gradual shift in temperature and colours. Not to mention conkers. I love collecting conkers!
Despite this, I struggled a little. I felt overwhelmed with work and all of the things I could be doing. I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling this way. After all, there’s always something we could be doing, pinning, tweeting, posting, reading and so on. I recall asking my man if I should be documenting my life on Instagram stories. To which he replied, ‘no because you don’t need to.’ I guess sometimes you just need someone to confirm what you already know!
Life right now seems to be about careful editing. Saying no, limiting my time online and decluttering. Otherwise, everything seems to swallow me whole. I’m looking forward to enjoying a weekend of no plans and I’ve coloured the days in my diary to avoid booking anything in! Bring on brisk walks in the countryside and cosy back to back Gilmore Girls.
That said I’ve recently attended some wonderful events. There was Ruth Garner’s Gathered Cheer Social which I hosted in Oxford, the Thirty Plus Blog Awards winners’ day at the gorgeous Charlotte Street Hotel, Emma Bridgewater’s Oxfordshire Open Garden, The Living etc. House Tours and a business planning day at The Photographer’s Gallery with Lucy of Lucy Loves Ya and Sue of Old Fashioned Susie. I can wholeheartedly recommend meeting your peers for a day of mutual mentoring. I came away full of ideas and confident I was on the right track. Albeit a little too busy!
Candy Pop reached the shortlist in the colour inspiration category at the Amara Interior Blog Awards. I can’t quite believe I’ve made the shortlist for the second year running. Thank you to everyone who voted. And finally, I have two features – The Ultimate Goal and How to Clear Your Inbox – in issue two of Breathe magazine.
I hope you had a wonderful month and October is treating you kindly. I’ll leave you with a mantra I created during a recent Blogtacular chat on Twitter. I’ve pinned it to my desktop!
The winner of The Basket Room voucher giveaway was Joe Westhead – congratulations!
SEPTEMBER ON CANDY POP
Get into the countryside
Respect the weekend and keep it clear of work!
Organise a few dates with friends