#MidlifeGlowUp

Unbelievably, we’re half way though my #MidlifeGlowup chats! Time flies when you’re talking to some really interesting people! 🥰 I can honestly say that I have taken away something from each and every one of these conversations and I’m sure that you will too. They also cleverly overlap and interlink, so make sure that you catch the whole set to get maximum benefit!

So far I’ve chatted to:
@cocobee06 about ‘if not now, then when?!’ and general go get’em positivity!
@componopersonaltraining about overcoming your barriers to exercise and getting fitter for a healthier life. Remember that there’s a special, Midlife Glow Up, full body exercise vid over on Anna’s IGTV.
@ukglowology about caring for your skin and face yoga.
@annie_breen_nutrition about reclaiming your energy and the importance of looking after your gut.
@so_coco_rouge answered many of your questions about makeup and not getting stuck in a rut of doing the same old, in the same old way!

Still to come:
@marvellousmidlife is here on Wednesday to talk about peri menopause and some of its ‘invisible’ symptoms and where to get advice and support. 
@katie.portman will share her styling ideas for developing your personal style and colours.
@traciesedit will be here to answer any hair issues and styling questions.
@drlouisewrites will round it all up and talk about what she learnt when writing her book ‘Your Best Life. A Doctor’s Guide to Radiant Health Over 40′
@componopersonaltraining will hopefully be back to see how your fitness mojo and motivation is getting on by March!

If you have any questions to be asked in the upcoming chats, feel free to drop me a message.

Just go to my IGTV tab to catch up on anything that you may have missed. They are around 40 minutes long so treat them as a podcast, bang one on while you’re doing something boring and have a listen! ✨

Last night out out!

Never one to miss out on a decent viral bandwagon, I’m joining with @moodswings_and_otherthings (Insta) Lottie’s post about her last night out before lockdown 1. 

Unbelievably mine was almost a year ago. 29 February 2020! 🙈 We went to Nottingham to go out with some of my husband’s colleagues. We ate amazing Thai food, pretended that it was his birthday so that the waiting staff would bang drums and sing to us (think it’s in my silly Instagram highlights if you want to see!) and I took this never-seen-the-light-of-day toilet selfie! 

As I’m not a massive night owl I don’t really miss mad nights out that much, but I do miss sitting in restaurants, eating food not available within a five mile radius and live events and music. We had so many theatre trips, concerts and a festival cancelled so I can’t wait to dance and sing badly, and loudly, with 100s of people again. One day! 

Fancy joining in and sharing the story of your last night out out?

Hello pink & blue kitchen!

Let me introduce you to our DIY kitchen makeover!⁣

Here’s the backstory – we had a nice kitchen when we moved in. It wasn’t our style but it was neutral and not offensive. Unfortunately over the last year all the shiny vinyl started to fall off/break. We tried glueing it but frankly it looked shit so we started to rip it off instead. Then we started painting what was underneath. Then we started spraying everything else gold! Peddle bins, sockets, light shades, knobs, taps, ovens and speakers! 😂

We have totally transformed the kitchen for under £100 in two weekends and a couple of evenings. There’s still some paint where it shouldn’t be and not enough in places where it should be! I still need to varnish the cupboards to protect them and we must get the roof repaired before the leaks cause the ceiling to fall down 😱 but it’s back to being a liveable kitchen again and the #pinkification of the house goes on!! 

2020 you little git!

How to look back on this year and summarise it in a little blog post?! ⁣

It wasn’t all bad! I’ve loved the extra family time, I enjoyed the moments with a slower pace of life. I appreciated all the sunshine and having a garden where we could enjoy it. I discovered that I’m a self motivated exerciser and working out at home is a better option for me. I’m a solar powered lizard, yet in the right coat, I’m happy as Larry walking out in the wind and rain. I appreciate the little stuff even more than before. We’ve got to know some more neighbours and worked together to improve our local area. I’ve had an excuse to be incredibly silly. I spend a lot of time by myself yet never get bored and I get great value for money out of my Netflix subscription and my joggers!⁣

However there is no denying that it’s been an absolute shitter of a year! I no longer watch the news and venturing on Twitter is like stepping into a war zone. Thinking about the cost of this year on human lives and mental health, education, finances and wellbeing is absolutely devastating. The conflicting opinions, the division, the mistrust, the confusion. ⁣

My own work life was pretty much decimated and with it went a part of my identity and a piece of my own confidence. I’ve always thought that I was an introverted extrovert but now, after months of solitude, I think I’m displaying more introverted traits. I seem to have lost the art of conversation, perhaps because I simply don’t have a lot to talk about anymore? I’ve talked to my little community on here more this year than most people in real life and that makes me happy and sad in equal measures!⁣

So after this essay, (with no conclusion) I just want to wish you all the best possible start to 2021. So incredibly pleased to have had you join me for 2020 and I look forward to seeing you again next year ✨

La la la!

I was going to do a post with this image about the number of hats that we wear as midlife women but then Lockdown 3.0 kicked in with force and I just thought stuff that and when I looked at this image again today I saw a completely different caption.⁣

It’s the visual equivalent of sticking your fingers in your ears and singing la la la! Because that is how I see the way that I will be navigating our latest lockdown. With my eyes closed, staying in the moment, brain switched to half mast and a smile on my face as much as possible.⁣

It may not be the best way forward for everyone, others will want to fight or fume, but we each have to find our own way to cope with the situation. There is no one size fits all for ’20/21!⁣

So for the next few weeks you will find me working behind the scenes and occasionally popping up here with something mildly amusing or annoyingly positive as that’s the only way that I know how to be.⁣

Much love to you whatever state you find yourself right now ⁣💕