So sorry I haven’t done a weekly roundup in a while – I’ve been super busy, which is the opposite of an excuse, and I also went on a brief holiday where I couldn’t bring my laptop. (I went to Sardinia, which was insanely gorgeous, and I really got to grips with some self-care – I soaked up the sea air, the sun, the sand and got all of that relaxed Italian atmosphere to penetrate my skin and my mind, both of which were incredibly thankful! (p.s. You can see some of my Italian exploits on instagram!))
Writing: In Case You Missed It
Also this week, I’ve been getting far more stuck in with my writing. Back on track, baby. Now, this isn’t necessarily stuff that will be submitted and pop up soon, but more long labours of love like my two novels and short stories that take time to cultivate and then need to find a place to live. Poetry is easier to market, but I am always going to love getting lost in fictional worlds.
One of the things I rarely talk about, either blogging or on social media is my love of fitness. I used to dance until I got ill, and I always missed the adrenaline rush. I’ve been working out 5-6 times a week since December and I’ve recently gotten elbow deep in the workouts and community spirit of the Tone It Up girls. I adore their workouts and their upbeat attitude that makes exercise seem like less of a struggle and more of a community effort. My goal for the week is to get myself entrenched in their girl squad community. I have used the word community excessively in this part of the post…
It destroyed and rebuilt me in a variety of ways none of which I can wholly articulate, but I can say I adored and detested and felt encompassed my the damn thing. I think the yearning feeling it inspired will live on in me forever. Funny how books do that, huh?
Saturday night, my best friend, her boyfriend and his friend went to a gorgeous little rooftop bar and just sat and talked and enjoyed each other’s company. I had an absolute blast, even if it sounds dull and ‘adult’ – I love clubbing and feeling young and wild, but sometimes just being with the people you care about in a pretty location is exactly what the soul needs.
Sunday afternoon, the family has a barbecue. I made chicken skewers and home cooked barbecue sauce and we enjoyed good burnt meat and delicious bread and entertained my little niece whenever she frowned. It was just one of those moments that captures the whole vibe of summer in a single, if cliched moment.
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