She’s only making plans for Nigel…

It’s that time of year, cold, grey and the sparkle of the holidays has faded.  We feel jaded and want to hibernate.  Usually I’d let myself give in to that feeling but not this year.  This year I have dreams, plans and goals. Lots of them! My first one is to complete a month of FatMumSlim photos on Instagram, so far so good.   My snaps aren’t great but I’m having fun.  You can find me under the moniker shake_your_tush. My next goal is an ongoing one.   I want to make at least 2 original items of clothing every month. This is an easy target but should spur me on to creating some fun pieces.  Hopefully!! I also want a new tattoo and have asked a good friend to design something for me – watch this space! My other plans for this year revolve around family, friends and music so lots of fun to be had. Now, on to my big dream for the year… Travel. I’ve always loved our world, there is so much to see and learn about. Different cultures, art, people and architecture to learn about.  It’s so easy to let where you live become the centre of your universe, to become comfortable where you are and to forget about everything else that is out there.  It’s been 9.5 years since I left the familiarity of the UK and quite frankly, I’m bored.  I need adventure, culture, art, new friends and experiences.  And I need all this now! So, I’m going to take myself off on some adventures.  I have a list of places to...

It only takes one…

Today started like this. Cold, richly coloured and full of happy promise. Then my ex husband happened and I had a full on Facebook style rant on Twitter. Not the best way to start a Thursday! It only takes one person to upset your day but…it only takes you to make it better again.  One of the best bits of advice I was ever given was that you can’t control how other people behave but you can control how you react to their behaviour. So, with a deep and cleansing breath I kicked some autumn leaves and headed off to Costa because it’s CHRISTMAS DRINKS LAUNCH DAY!!     Ahh, that’s better.  Two hours later and I’m still here, oops! My lovely brother and sister in law joined me for a salted caramel cappuccino  (make sure you have the crumb on top, it makes it extra special) and a toasted marshmallow hot chocolate  (too sweet for me amazingly but my brother loved it!). I’m avoiding going home so am indulging in an Amaretto latte and people watching whilst I write this. On Tuesday I was challenged to blogging more this month, with the loose theme of Hygge, happiness and contentment. Apparently I’m meant to be posting every day …! Can I manage that? Can you cope with so much of me? How much hygge can one woman share? Stay tuned to find out! Whilst you’re waiting go and visit my challenger at www.1001albums.co.uk and enjoy what he has to say. Happy November everyone, stay hygge. Ali x...

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