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Beginning of my Bullet Journal..

Back in January, I made the decision to start using a bullet journal. I’ve always used study planners and for several years I had had a Filofax. Never did I manage to actually stick with one for more than a few months as I always found that I would give up with them because they never quite ticked all the boxes of what I needed. I don’t even want to think about the amount of money I have likely wasted trying to find the perfect planner for me to use for University, Blogging, as well as my day to day life.img_1123.jpg

For a little while, I had been seeing the idea of Bullet Journaling on YouTube and Instagram, and although at first I thought it all sounded like way too much work, I very quickly saw that it would be a great hobby that I could get creative with. So just Christmas, I ordered myself a journal, and starting watching loads of bullet journaling YouTube videos to get my head around what I wanted to do.

So I have now been journaling for just under a full year, and I must say that what I journal about, as well as my favourite way of decorating have quite widely changed. But I truly think that that is all just part of the process of Bullet Journaling. Its the beauty of the method, you can make it what ever you want it to be, you can do what ever you want to do with it. It is completely individual, and unique to you and just you.

Now I have found a good routine, I have got a constant pattern of what I do each month and I just switch up the colours every now and again. I know that some people work with different styles and designs each month, but I much prefer to have a consistent theme throughout my journal; partly because I have found a way that works for me and I’m not all that confident with being creative from scratch.

I have found that I have been a lot more productive this year since starting using the bullet journal method, just in my daily life. It has also really helped me to be more reflective of my life, spotting what I do that makes me happy and what stresses me out. If you haven’t guessed I am so thankful for starting my bullet journal and am excited to share more of it with you.

Do you use a planner or journal? What do you find works for you?

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November 18 Goals

Well as you very well may of noticed, October was not my month. I just got myself all messed up with studying, the blog, and just general life. I am now trying to make a conscious effort to get myself back on top of anything. For the next several months I do need to find a way to balance keeping the blog going while I am now back at studying towards my degree. img_0341-3So overall, I’m not really going to mention my blogging goals, as none of them have done well at all. You have to be consistent and dedicated in order to be successful within the blogging community; this month I certainly was anything but dedicated, and ended up actually walking away from the blog for a couple of weeks. But now I am back, and I am determined, I just need to keep myself together and be focused; keep my goal in view and push myself. For November, I am going to go easy on myself just to get myself back in the motion of things. My wordpress follower goal will be to hit 200 followers, and for Twitter I would like to get to the 1000 mark finally. Then for my overall blog views, I am going to go back to the goal of 1.4k as I smashed this in September. The whole idea for November is just to get through and get back to being consistent.

But I feel like it needs to be said that I will never expect much of myself in November, for me and my family its one of those months that we really struggle with. I might write more about this at a later point in the month.

With that being said I want to reiterate my October goal of getting myself into a routine for studying. I want to carry this over as it didn’t really happen this month, I have started to get into some good patterns, but I need to make it a bit more of a regular routine.

Finally, the only other goal, which is again something I’ve mentioned a few months ago, is to really focus myself on my meditation and yoga. Since the beginning of the month I have completely slipped with my yoga but that is mostly because of not being well. As for meditating it has become a bit hit and miss, and I truly think that I need to start fitting this into my routine more consistently.

Sorry for such a simple goals most this time around, but November is a tough month for me, and I am hoping to just get through without too many melt downs. If I get through this month smiling then I will be happy.

Do you have any goals for the month?

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Thoughts before starting back at university

So a week ago I officially started back at university taking a third attempt at my second year. In case you weren’t aware, I study an open degree with the Open University, so I actually stay home while working towards my degree online. This year I will be working on a unit about childhood psychology, something I have been very interested in since college. If you want to read more about why this is my third attempt, you can see it here.

This time around I am actually quite excited to start studying again. With my partner working six days a week, I have a lot of time on my own, and while not driving, have little to do to amuse myself. Up until now, I’ve been throwing myself into my blog and content, but I am looking forward to have study to focus on and get my brain working that extra bit.

However I would be lying if I said I wasn’t even a tad bit nervous. My health has not been great lately, with me often having whole days where I am in pain and fatigued; last year this was a bit of an issue. Although I feel like I have a better way of managing it now, I am still concerned as to whether this will be enough or whether I may find keeping up hard work.

In addition having deadlines again is always a bit nerve wrecking. The closest thing to deadlines I have had over the past month were blog tours, but they are fun and find the deadlines to be very rarely stressful. Thankfully I have been able to carry the results for my first two essays of this unit across so that I only have to do another two. This will give me some time to revise over the content, and then dedicate my time on just the last two. Hopefully this should make the deadlines less stressful, I just have to keep myself organised and get ahead.

Finally, the overall feeling about going back to studying that I have is excitement. I am excited to be continuing on with my degree, and what the future may hold. Recently I’ve been looking through what units I may sign up to at a later date and there are many that I am really looking forward to.

So that is all I’ve been feeling about getting back to studying. Are you back at university this month?

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October 18 Goals

For some reason I really liked having my goals set out last month, so I thought this month I would let you know how I got on as well as letting you know of the new goals I’ve set myself. So quickly before looking back at my goals for September, I just want to say that I have felt like I have had a really good month. Despite being pretty run down and not feeling great emotionally or physically, I feel like I got a good amount of what I wanted to do done; I feel like I’ve had a very productive month.img_0341-3

Now into the facts of how I got on in September. My first set of goals were all to do with the blog and my social media, I wanted to hit 200 wordpress followers, hit 1.4k views and reach 1000 twitter followers.

In actual fact I reached 152 wordpress followers, which although it not the goal, it is an increase of 33. This is still good in my eyes as am aware that I lost my rhythm with promotion work. I smashed the 1.4k views goal, getting a total of 1479 views; honestly don’t think I could be happier with this. And finally, I reached 939 followers on twitter. I will admit I am quite annoyed about this one, but I am also perfectly aware as to why it happened; plus its still a 89 increase.

So now for my hopes for October. Due to still not feeling overly well I want to keep these reasonably simple and doable. Therefore I am going to be aiming for hitting 200 wordpress followers, and 1000 twitter followers again. But as I smashed my views goal, I am going to up that again to 1.6k views over the month. I have another good month of varied content so I am confident that I can do this.

On another note, my personal goals for September were really rather vague, but I truly feel like I have done the best I possibly could for this one. I’m really happy with the healthy choices I have been making and feel like these are great foundations for helping me over the winter. In the next few weeks I will be doing a post all about the changes I have made with my tips to make it simple and straightforward.

For October my goals are once again all based around one thing, this month its study. As of yesterday I am now back at uni, well still at home, but I’m studying. So this month my main goal is to develop a simple, effective, low stress study routine. I want to stay on top of my study, or possibly even get ahead of myself. I’m actually pretty excited about getting back into it, so hoping that if I can get myself into a routine now, then it will continue throughout the whole year.

Have you set yourself any goals for October? I would love to here what you are hoping to achieve.

 

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How to Survive a Very British Storm…

In the past week Great Britain has been hit by not one but two storm large enough to earn themselves a name, these storms were Ali and Bronagh. It became evident just how badly prepared we are for dealing with even the barest of storms; I could list huge numbers of news stories about the chaos that commenced due the storm, but instead I thought I would just tell you some of the ridiculous things I saw from the comfort of my sofa.

Within this country there appears to be a pattern of placing overhead electricity lines right next to trees that are afraid of the big scary storm. There seems to be a habit of trees deciding to duck and hide, or even just lay down when the winds pick up. We really need to get some braver trees in this country. Do they not realise that it is highly inconvenient when the trees knock down the electricity lines in their haste to lay down to safety, it leaves us unable to cook our dinner and watch TV.

Not to mention the inconvenience of these scared trees having a party with the road that apparently you need an invitation to attend. The detours that have to be made to avoid these party animals are such a waste of time. If only the trees would stay standing in their beds, would be much easier for everybody; nobody likes to have to go and tidy up the morning after a good party.

Did you know that British storms are paddling pools opportunity to try and escape their cage? Who would want to stay in a trapped fenced garden when you can ride the wind and get out to freedom? Next doors paddling pool, left abandoned and loose in the garden, spent the entire day trying to make its way out of the gate and to freedom. It could picture a peaceful life, floating down the river that runs along the side of the house, no longer being thrown about by children, no more being deflated and then huffed and puffed back up. It would have a serene life floating to the big open ocean where it could travel wherever it may wish. Sadly it was captured by the humans next door and put within a building, making its escape plan a lot harder.

The icing on the cake was that it was bin day. Yes, the simple fact that there were bins out for collection made this experience so much better as it gave us something to bet on; which of the wheelie bins was going to make it to the end of the road first? I am very sad to say that ours lost, after moving about 5 metres, it toppled over and laid in the middle of the road. We got assistance to it very quickly and rectified the situation, it was returned to its home. No wheelie bins were harmed in this excitement.

 

 

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June and July Favourites – Summer Edition

So once again I am very late with writing this post; somehow I’m good at keeping note of the things I want to mention in these posts but I then put off writing them for some reason. Well summer seems like ages ago, but for some reason I’ve only just gotten into the mood for summery food; guess that’s just where I’m feeling a bit better. But anyway lets get into the things that I enjoyed at the height of summer.

One of the best things about the summer for me was the return of some of my favourite TV shows. Handmaids Tale  and Humans both launched their new seasons in June, and both were brilliant. I will admit, I have a few episodes of each to catch up on, so I will then do a full review of the series, would this be something you’d like to see?

Now every new season, I have to make a comment on my favourite costa drink, after all my partner does work there. Summer is always my favourite season for drinks, you just cant beat yummy cold coffee, and this year my favourite was easily Salted Caramel Crunch. Gorgeous cold coffee, with salted caramel syrup and crunchy sugar pieces. Okay, I will say, they are not the healthiest, but hey if you are going to treat yourself you may as well do it properly. Bit sad to see the summer menu leave now, and not too excited for any of the autumn ones.

While away for my partners birthday I started doing some reading again for my childhood psychology degree. I rediscovered my love of the psychology Freud, who had many theories on childhood development, relationships, and sexual orientation. For years, I have found his life and work highly interesting having first studied him at A-level, its great to get to analyse theories further now I’m doing psychology in my degree.  img_0919
This summer I loved some of the new music that came out, but as always I also listened to some that was new to me but not new out. I have done a post full of some of my favourite music from the summer that you can see here. But to narrow it down, I have been adoring everything by Halsey and Anne-Marie. I was meant to be seeing Ed Sheeran who had Anne-Marie opening for him, but was really disappointed that I ended up not being able to go because of being ill. I am planning on doing another post about music I love, would you be interested in this?
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Finally, over the summer I tried to increase my water intake, and one easy way of doing this is to introduce flavour to it. The favourite that I found is the Apple and Elderflower Volvic water. I already knew that I loved the Strawberry and the Lemon and Lime. The best part is its sugar free!So that’s just some of the things I’ve loved this summer, I will be getting out an autumn addition hopefully a but more on time.

What did you love this summer?

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Sunshine Blogger Award Nomination #2 2018

So you may notice that I did one of these posts quite recently, but as I have been nominated again I thought I might as well answer the new questions. You can see my first post for this from this year here.  

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The Sunshine Blogger Award is about recognizing bloggers for being positive, inspiring, and creative. This award is voted by bloggers to acknowledge their achievements and offer support.

What are the rules of the Sunshine Blogger Award?

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link their blog so others can find them.
  • Answer the 11 questions which the blogger who nominated you asked.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers and ask them 11 different questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog site.

I will not be coming up with more questions nor nominating people, but if you want to take a look at my previous post about this, you will find the questions I  thought of then. Feel free to count yourself as nominated and tag me in your responses.

This time around I was nominated by the lovely Happily Amber After; you can find her post about the award here. Her blog is amazing, I really recommend checking it out.

Lets get into the questions…

Why did you start blogging?

I started my blog at a point in my life when I was very ill. To begin with it was purely for fun, but quickly developed into a way for me to talk about my struggles with disability.

How long have you been blogging for?

I started my blog in the October of 2015, so it will now be almost 3 years. Got to be honest, I have only really been dedicated to it this year though.

What is your favourite movie and why?

This is an easy one for me, my favourite film of all time for as long as I can remember is The Lion King. As for why, I honestly done know, I’ve just always loved it, now I just find it really comforting.

If you do anything, what would it be?

For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a primary school teacher, but then more recently since finding out I’m unlikely to be able to work a set job, I’ve wanted to write. Problem is I just don’t have the confidence to do it.

Who is your favourite celebrity?

To be honest, I don’t have one; I’m really not one to follow celebrities.

Which blog post on your blog is your favourite to date?

My favourite style of blog posts to write are my bed rest diaries. I find these so fun plus it highlights just what its like to be on bed rest so often. But I think my favourites are probably my pet introductions, you can see Barney’s, the boys, and the princesses at these links.

What would you be doing if you didn’t have a blog?

Probably very similar to what I already do, just more reading, and maybe moving along with my degree a bit better.

Where would you like to travel to?

I know this will sound weird as it is dangerous, but I have always wanted to go to Russia. The history really fascinating, especially the revolution and the downfall of the monarchy.

What is your worst habit?

Not sure I can narrow it down to one, I have horrible habits of over thinking and putting scary things off. But that then makes me overthink more and then just get in a spiral of anxiety.

Who is your favourite recording artist?

Sia, easily Sia, Ive loved everything she has come out with these past few years. But I also love Halsey and Anne-Marie; you can see what I was listening to this summer here.

What do you love most about your blog?

The opportunities it has given me to work with some really amazing publishers and authors; not to mention the brilliant people I’ve got to meet along the journey.

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September 18 Goals

I’ve not done one of these posts in a very long time, and to be fair I’m not one to normally set myself goals due to the stress that I find it will generally cause me. However lately I have been loving seeing my blog grow and the satisfaction I’m feeling from being organised and proactive. So I thought it would make sense to just set myself some achievable goals to give me a focus this month. img_0341-3

I have three main goals for blog and socials, all which I feel will be achievable for me this month. The first is I would like to hit 200 wordpress followers. As of the end of August, I have 119 wordpress followers, and this has been rather stagnant for quite a while now. Lately I have found that follow sprees on Twitter are a fabulous way to find new bloggers to follow, and in turn to get my blog out there for new people to find.

Throughout the month of August I managed to reach just over 1.2k in views over all of my posts on the blog. Although this is a almost 0.3k up from July, I would really like to hit 1.4k in September. I have lots of new varied content planned, a blog tour, and just some new different pieces to add some variety to the blog. DSC_0193
The final goal for the blog and socials is to reach 1k followers on Twitter. Although I never really announced them, I had this same goal last month, but I lost track of it about mid month and you can never hit your goals if you don’t work towards them. As of the end of August I’m at just over 850 followers on Twitter, so 1k should be a super easy goal to meet if I keep with the progression I have been achieving.

Now I only have one rather broad goal in my personal life, and that is to start making healthier choices. With my Fibro and EDS I find that I struggle a lot in the winter months with pain and fatigue levels, and the only way I have found to make this a little easier to handle is to start making healthier choices sooner rather than later. So why not start now? I’m going to be switching up some of my habits, drinks and food choices so that my body and immune system are in the best position to get through what will ultimately be a challenging few months. I will write a post about the changes I’ll be making at a later date as I have some experimenting to do.

I also start university again very soon, so will have more goals to add soon I’m sure.

What are you hoping to achieve this September? Do you have any personal or blog related goals that you are confident about?

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Sunshine Blogger Award 2018

Okay, so I believe that I have done one of these in the past when I first started this blog, but as I got nominated again by the lovely Molly Breeze, I thought I would answer the questions for some fun. You can find her blog post with her answers, and nominations and questions here. Thank you so much for the nomination, I just love your questions hence why I am doing this post.

Not going to lie, I generally don’t like doing these posts, but I thought it would be fun.

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The Sunshine Blogger Award is about recognizing bloggers for being positive, inspiring, and creative. This award is voted by bloggers to acknowledge their achievements and offer support.

What are the rules of the Sunshine Blogger Award?

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link their blog so others can find them.
  • Answer the 11 questions which the blogger who nominated you asked.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers and ask them 11 different questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog site.

 

1.What is your favourite TV show and why?

  • To be honest, Im not overly one for TV, generally I just watch the soaps with my Nan and Netflix with my partner. One of the only shows Im overly interested in to watch each week is Handmaid’s Tale. I just adore this show, possibly more than I loved the book.

2.Do you think that printed books have become less popular in recent years due to an increase in audiobooks, kindles and podcasts etc?

  • Almost definitely. I come from a family of people who all read, but lately it seems I’m the only one to still pick up a physical book. My dad is big into audible, and although he has the physical copy, it just stays on the shelf and he listens to the audiobook. Then my Nan now mostly uses her Kindle now, and I will admit that it does seem to be cheaper; but I just don’t think you can beat the feeling of reading a physical book.

3.Which movie do you wish you could see for the first time all over again?

  • Ooo, this is a hard one. Most of my favourite films are kids movies, but Id be worried to watch it again now in case I don’t love it as much. I would probably have to say 2012 or Volcano. Yes, I am sad, I love disaster movies.

4.Name your favourite thing about where you live.

  • Well, if you’ve read my blog lately you will know that I have recently moved. Although because of my immobility currently I haven’t gotten to explore overly much, I have found two things already that I adore. I love that I can see the river from my bedroom, I love water and nature, and I can see this being the site for many photography shots in the future. Secondly, the people around here are so nice! Seriously, there is a really noticeable difference when I’m going around in the superstore using my chair. Here people stop to help you, back in my home town, people just look at you. My boyfriend helped someone get a buggy out of a café door when visiting my home town, and someone actually asked him why he did that!

5.What is your favourite item of clothing in your wardrobe right now?

  • Do PJs count? Because if so my Winnie the Pooh nightdress, its just so comfy and long enough for me to move around using my crutches with out worrying about flashing my underwear. Oh, and quick mention for my Hufflepuff hoodie as well.

6.Bath or shower, and why?

  • Bath, easily a bath. Who can refuse a bubbly hot bath, with a book and a cuppa tea?

7.Name your favourite thing in your room (can be furniture, decoration, anything really)

  • In my new house I have a mini apartment basically, I have my bedroom (obviously….), as well as my own bathroom, living room, and kitchenette. Although I haven’t set up my kitchen or finished decorating my living room yet, but even so my favourite thing has to be my elephant wall hanging that is in my bedroom. Its just so me with bright colours, and a bit of a hippy vibe- exactly what I am after for my bedroom.

8.Tell a story of when you have laughed so hard you cried.

  • Off the top of my head I cant think of anything that I’ve laughed so hard I’ve cried about, but I do have a story from the other day that me and my Nan had a good giggle about. We have a parcel box outside our front door as I struggle to get to the door for parcels, so it saves me the hassle. Sometimes though we will also get a card through the door to say that they have left a parcel in the box, which ultimately is helpful and saves unnecessary checking. But the other day, we didn’t only have a parcel in the box, but the postman had put a card saying that there was a parcel in the box, in the parcel box. I actually say the parcel before the card, rendering the card pointless.

9.Name your favourite OR least favourite thing about blogging.

  • My favourite is easily the opportunities that it can lead, and getting to share my story and thoughts. However I hate how competitive it can be. I do a lot of follow trains and comment sprees, where you are meant to all comment; I will spend hours reading and leaving comments, but most often will get no comments in reply. Its just so frustrating, we need to support each other people, that’s the only way that we can all grow.

10.Sweet or Salty popcorn?

  • Eww, no to popcorn generally!

11.Name something you are looking forward to in the near future.

  • That’s a great question; think it would have to be going to Harry Potter studios again with my little cousin. Though by the time this goes out, I may already of been. Plus, its a way away, but also going to Gran Canaria with my partner and his family, its going to be so fun.

So I’m going the rules a little now and not nominate anyone in particular. What Im going to do is list my questions, and tag people on Twitter who I think may like to answer them, this way anyone can answer if you want. Tag me in your responses and I’ll be sure to let all my followers know about your post!

1.Why and when did you start your blog?

2.What were your original aims for your blog?

3.Whats your biggest dream in life?

4. How do you organise your life generally?

5. Have you ever tried Bullet Journaling?

6.How do you practise being creative?

7.Do you believe in any level of spirituality?

8.Do you have a workout routine of any sort? Be it gym, yoga, or intense bootcamp?

9.Do you have any pets? If so what are they?

10.What are your favourite methods of selfcare? Are they different from your practised ones?

11.Do you count yourself as skilled in any way?

 

That’s it, go and have fun; I cant wait for your replies. 🙂

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Another move, another nightmare…

So moving is said to be one the hardest things to do in life, and in the two times in my memorable life it has been a bit of a disaster. Although I moved for the first time when I was very young, I have none but sketchy memories; but in the past two years, or really less than a year and a half, I have had to move twice. I use the word ‘had’ as neither time did we have much or a choice.

I’ve written about both of my moves previously, as you can see here, and here. If you’ve read these posts you will pick up the fact that neither of these moves have been smooth, or very well planned to be honest; now here is the second half of what happened during this latest move. DSC_0201

Firstly it might be worth noting that I did something highly stupid the night before this move; I managed to fall down the stairs. On my Twitter you will of noticed that I have mentioned this several times, as it has left me wheelchair bound, or needing the crutches at the very least for the past 2 months. Just to quickly note, this was in no way done on purpose, and am being investigated medically to work out why it happened.

With this having happened on the Thursday night, we moved on the Friday morning. As you can imagine with an eventful evening we didn’t manage to get everything we wanted done. Several cupboards were left unpacked, and none of the furniture had been dismantled ready for being loaded into the moving lorry. Thankfully we had my partner as well as my Nan staying the night so it was all hands on deck in the morning, throwing the last of the bits in boxes, finding things that could be used as boxes when we ran out, and then making furniture easier to move, and highly importantly clean.  DSC_0196

I think we would of been done no trouble if I hadn’t been out of action, and my partner Ash hadn’t had to run off to go to work. Oh and did I mention that the moving men were USELESS! Rude, messy and generally inconsiderate doesn’t even touch on it. It got to a point that I was worried what they would do if Barney got under their feet or in their way, so I ended up sitting with him on his long line, that way I had full control.

As if that wasn’t enough, we found out on the Thursday afternoon that we had been refused the house because of our references. If you’d read about the events that lead up to this move you will know that there has been endless issues, miscommunications and general stupidity. I will probably write a post specifically all about the issues that have continued with our old landlord so again, I wont go too into it right now. But lets just say that once again, we were given the short end of the stick, stuck between two people argument.

Anyway, we sorted it out so that we did get the house, and lets just say that this was fully down to my Uncle. Only problem was, it meant that instead of getting into the new house at 9am, we didn’t get in until 4.30pm. If you’ve ever moved, then you will know that this is a nightmare! You only have the moving people for a specific amount of time, and ours was only until 5. Ultimately this meant that we had to pay to get a very large storage lock up (costing about £350 a month), and put pretty much all of our belongings into it. That included all 500+ of my books. DSC_0232
I guess I should be thankfully that we did manage to get all three of our beds here, and at least four of our five sofas. Sadly though, that was about it in terms of the furniture. Once again, my Uncle was the life saver along with my cousin, who came over with their van to help move the last of the stuff, which included both of the animal cages, and most of the things we need for day to day care of the pets.

This went on to the Saturday, but I was again out of action having to sit in A&E to try and work out if Id done any damage during the fall. But we had the full team working on finishing the move, cleaning the house and getting the new house somewhere near to set up. I really can not thank my Nan, Uncle, partner and my Dads partner enough with all the help that they gave us that weekend to make it somewhere bearable.

As if none of that was enough, those terrible moving men that I mentioned, managed to ‘lose’ my xbox along with all of its games, controllers and accessories, plus my Dads high tech multi room speakers.

You have probably got the idea by now, that this was not a very good move, and I am sure that it still causing me and my father stress. There is still a legal issue going on with the old landlord, we still have loads of stuff in storage that we need a bigger van to move, and some highly frustrating issues within the new house including no hot water for about 3 weeks.

I will give you more updates as things progress, and also planning a tour of my rooms once I have them all finished up.

Have you ever had to move? What was your experiences?