It has been over three months since I had a bit of a personal catch up over here, where in that time we have welcomed in a New Year and I have already failed a couple of my 2016 resolutions; that was always going to happen. Nevertheless this year has kicked off pretty well for me in terms of life outside of A Little Boat Sailing which I am forever grateful for.
There isn't a huge amount to report on as I do like to keep my career and personal life to an extent private on here, although there are a few things that over the coming months I would like to write about. I know that for me personally I am in a relatively good place now, not just physically but also mentally as I think I finally know what I want from life and more importantly what I do not want.
It won't have gone unnoticed that over here on my blog things have slowed down considerably. It is not that I don't want to blog anymore, it is purely because my time is taken up by so many other things. At first I found this pretty darn difficult to come to terms with, this space after all has been an escape from life for the past four years and to this day it still continues to be. Blogging will always be something that I keep on doing, however I just cannot post four times a week in an attempt to keep up with so many of my favourite bloggers. They say comparison is the thief of joy and do you know what, it is very, very true. For the longest time I have compared myself to so many bloggers, many of whom actually do this as their job, meaning that they have time to blog 9-5 each day, whereas I get about two hours of an evening and then the weekends. I have been very silly to even think that was possible for me. Kudos to those that manage it as so many bloggers do it extremely well, however I know that deep down I cannot and that's OK!
My re-brand isn't going as well as I had hoped, although that is purely down to my lack of direction with a blog name. Deep down I know that I have outgrown A Little Boat Sailing, although the thought of calling this space something else does terrify me a little. Time again is an issue here as I won't let myself rush into a re-brand until I am really happy with the choices, therefore at the moment this is on a bit of a back seat until I either have a light bulb moment or until I next take some holiday from work.
On the upside though I have noticed that the dark nights are slowly but surely drawing out which pleases me immensely. The last few months have had me convinced that I was suffering from SAD as the weather and darkness really have being getting me down; I just cannot wait for spring to arrive. Speaking of things which make me happy I have very recently purchased the Olympus Pen E-PL7 which I had being pondering over since last autumn. It is without a doubt a beautiful camera and that is before you have even turned it on. The fact that there was £100 off this was the reason I finally decided to purchase it, although I think I will have to wait until next pay day before I can buy a suitable case and strap for it. There are a great deal of bloggers who have this camera already, therefore if you are one of them and you have some recommendations for stores that sell nice accessories for the Olympus Pen then I would love to hear them.
Remaining with accessories for one more moment, I have being meaning to share with you the Glitteresque iPhone Case* which I was kindly sent by the team at Casetify just before Christmas. They have so many different cases ranging from minimal to the outright crazy, there is most definitely something there for everyone so the site is worth looking at if you're in the market for a new phone case. Being able to change my phone case really does remind me of the good old days of the Nokia 3310; I had a mini wardrobe for my phone which was pretty awesome at the age of eight.
Onto other things I have once again started to read the Harry Potter series, this will be heading towards the tenth time now and let me tell you something, it never gets boring. I have also finally started to use some of the colouring books which I have collected, namely those by Johanna Basford and Mille Marotta. Some people knock these and I am all for those having their own opinion, heck it would be a boring world if we all agreed wouldn't it. That being said I personally love these and have really being enjoying working on them over the weekend, I even managed to finish two recently which I will share over on my Instagram in the coming few days.
Beauty is never far from my mind, although I will admit to being a bit lax with it throughout January. I have cut back quite considerably on the amount of beauty products I buy, although I did fall for the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eye Shadow Palette at Christmas as it really is a beautiful and fantastic product. I have a few beauty favourites to write about next weekend which really, in hindsight, it should be the post that I am working on now instead of this one, however things don't always quite go to plan do they. That being said I can share with you a sneaky preview in that one of my beauty favourites is the Barry M Vintage Violet nail polish, it is a gorgeous muted violet with the trusty formula which I have come to know and love from my favourite budget nail polish brand.
If you made it to the end of this post having read all of this then I salute you, I most certainly didn't intend for it to be this long when I started.