Friday, 3 March 2017

Hello March


February passed quickly.

Maybe too quickly. But, also maybe not.
I now live alone.
Except for the cat.

I have never lived alone before. I've never been the sole owner of a space bigger than just one room. I have never been responsible for so many payments and bills and just adult stuff as I am right now.

And although I've done it and it's all set up, running smoothly and I can do it; I actually feel really fucking overwhelmed.

I look back on my posts from last year, the pictures, the comments, and I cannot really see anything to indicate that at this point, a year on, I would be completely changed.

And I mean: COMPLETELY.

I don't even think it's just my life that has changed, it is ME.

I feel pumped like I've just run a marathon and I'm high on adrenaline. Like I'm ready to take on anything and win. But standing back and looking at myself and reflecting on that shit, just blags me. Totally blags me.

Who am I? When did I become this person?

I keep saying this: I must start blogging regularly again. I must! And then a whole month passes and I really feel as though I just blinked and missed it. I really do.

I have a massive wishlist of things to do. And some of those things are already underway, but it's a massive waiting game at the minute too. As soon as I can share, I will.

For now, just keep waiting.


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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

REVIEW: Lypsyl Untinted Lip Sticks


So, it's winter. It's bitter outside. My forehead got cold the other day - I mean, obviously my nose and fingers and toes have gotten cold outside in winter before, but never my forehead, so that was new. But what's never new is how chapped my lips get at this time of year.

Cue Lypsyl.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

REVIEW: Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Cologne


I was super fortunate to receive this for my birthday back in November.

Ever since then, I've worn it daily. There doesn't seem any point in wearing anything else. This is a very distinct scent, with the pomegranate hitting the nostrils hard (if that doesn't sound pleasing, apologies, because in actuality, it is very pleasing).

Friday, 6 January 2017

REVIEW: Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting powder

 

My one Black Friday purchase was this beauty. 

The Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder has been on the wish list for years and with a price tag of £35, I just couldn't bring myself to go for it. It still cost a pretty penny on Black Friday, but less so.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

THREE THINGS: To be happy for in January


1. The days are getting longer.
2. There's apparently a glut of chocolate left over in supermarkets with a decent discount.
3. Layering all the clothes for warmth.

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Sunday, 1 January 2017

Hello 2017


Hello. New year, new me.

Well, new adventures at least. 

My Master Plan this year involve three parts:

PART A
To trust myself.
Yes, a very broad goal. It wouldn't pass as a SMART target, but it's something I think will be very important this year. I've never been a single adult before. It's fucking terrifying. How will I know which shoes look better with my outfit without anyone to ask before leaving the house? Will I really know if Sky are doing me a good deal with my phone and broadband? Does an oil based gloss work better than a water based gloss? Who knows?! I'm just really glad that my straighteners turn themselves off after 30 minutes because I always forget. 

I'm going to have to become very familiar with myself and discover my weaknesses to work on them. I won't have someone else to pep talk me when I'm down. I need to be able to rely on myself for the first time.

PART B
To do the things I always wanted to do.
There's a certain amount of things you can do without disrupting someone else when you live and love someone. I want copper pans; to paint a room blush pink; to not talk to anyone for a whole day; to watch all the Seasons of Girls in a weekend; to make eggs for breakfast at 5am; to invite people to my house whenever I want; go on a city break with a friend and not feel guilty; to save as much money as I can by eating very little; to check into a local hotel because why the hell not; to try different foods, restaurants, activities, meet new people, talk to anyone, drink as much as I want, read as much as I want; learn to make Yorkshire puddings from scratch; to get eyelash extensions; to know how to wire a light switch; to be able to change the oil filter in my car. 

I want to be able to live without needing anyone else. I want to not feel guilty for doing something for me.

PART C
Focus on making my house, my home.
In order for me to get to a position where I can come home from work and go straight to sleep after an odd shift pattern, I need to spend a lot of time and money on this house. It needs a rewire, new central heating, new kitchen and bathroom, new driveway, new decor. It's liveable, but still a fairly large project. What's helpful is that I have a lot of contacts through my last job who I trust to help me make these things happen. This Spring I'm going to focus on gutting it electrically and plumbing wise. 

Next Christmas, my family will be coming here. That's the goal anyway.

What are your plans for this year? What adventures do you have planned?


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Sunday, 11 December 2016

Hello December and Goodbye 2016


Hi. 

My name is Joanna and I've forgotten how to blog.

An awful lot has happened this year. I'm going to state right now: positive things. Despite some things happening that could be taken as negatives. I could write a small essay on my life currently - just like everyone used to do the first day of term after the summer holidays - but as it is, I'll jump straight in with two points.

1. The Lad and I are parting ways.
Next month we would have been going out for ten years. Yupp. Ten whole years. But, ten years no longer. Instead the Lad is moving out. It's an amicable split (or as friendly as splitting up from someone you thought you might spend the rest of your life with can be) and I hope we'll stay in touch and still send each other cat memes on Facebook. Y'know, wishful thinking sometimes comes true?

2. I got my dream job.
I've applied loads of times to work on the railways. As a conductor, as a checker at ticket barriers, as a platform guard, as a driver. And never won. Except the last time I did win. I got the job. I'm still in shock. It's been a month since I got the call and I still can't believe it. I started at the end of November and I'm still finding my feet, but absolutely loving it.

Alongside these things I now have to think about how I'm going to manage my finances to accommodate them both. I'll be taking on a mortgage alone as well as a house that needs a lot of work doing to it. And working shifts - harder shifts than before -  in a safety critical role. Whoop!

Never do things by halves!

So, I'm calling it a day on here whilst I work on all of those things. I have already planned the January schedule on Oh, hello jo with a couple more higher budget brands being featured and a little bit more regularity in when I post, so please come back in 2017!

In the meantime I'm always on Instagram and you can find me on Twitter and Snapchat as petitepea. Say hello!


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