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As usual, it's been a while! But it's been longer than it usually is when I say that! So, I just thought I'd sit down and write down how I'm feeling at the moment. Maybe it will motivate me to do more, maybe it'll just clear a bit of space in my brain! Let's see.

Something that has affected me a huge amount in the last month is the unfortunate passing of my next door neighbour, who was only a couple of years older than me. My family grew up next door to him and his lovely family, but tragically he suffered with mental illness and it took his life in May. At first it didn't seem real and on my drive to work the next day it pretty much hit me like a tonne of bricks. Thinking about his wonderful family and how they will have to move forward, his daughter and her future. I got to work and cried my eyes out, suicide is something that I'm so aware of but until it happens to someone you know it doesn't seem real.

This event has triggered something in me. I didn't post blogposts because I had no passion for the ideas I was coming up with and it all felt so ridiculous in the grand scheme of things. I had no motivation or oomf to just crack on and make what I want to make. I guess I just needed some time to reevaluate everything. I want to be proud of what I put out into the world, even if only one person stumbles across it.

We had his funeral last week, I knew instantly that I wanted to go to say my final goodbye to him, and to be there to support his family at their time of need. It warmed my heart see so many people who's lives he had touch, come and show their love and support. I really hope he could see it too!

On another note, I've been thinking about the future a lot. Wondering where I see my life heading. I've got such a lovely job with a great team of people around me, but I know I want to carry on with my own online shop too and do this in the evenings and at the weekends. It's been difficult to feel inspired, and I rarely feel like my ideas will materialise into something as great as I'd hoped they could be. It's just difficult when you work 40 hours a week because I'm pooped when I get home and the weekends fly in the blink of an eye :(

Aside from this, I've also been thinking about where I'd like to be in a few years time and I think I vaguely know where that place is. Maybe I'll have a house of my own, a dog, and hopefully I'll be working full time for myself at that point too. There are so many things that I want to achieve, and ideas I want to bring to life.

I just hope that I keep pushing myself to work harder for a little longer, it'll all pay off in the end.

JUST MY THOUGHTS

As usual, it's been a while! But it's been longer than it usually is when I say that! So, I just thought I'd sit down and write down how I'm feeling at the moment. Maybe it will motivate me to do more, maybe it'll just clear a bit of space in my brain! Let's see.

Something that has affected me a huge amount in the last month is the unfortunate passing of my next door neighbour, who was only a couple of years older than me. My family grew up next door to him and his lovely family, but tragically he suffered with mental illness and it took his life in May. At first it didn't seem real and on my drive to work the next day it pretty much hit me like a tonne of bricks. Thinking about his wonderful family and how they will have to move forward, his daughter and her future. I got to work and cried my eyes out, suicide is something that I'm so aware of but until it happens to someone you know it doesn't seem real.

This event has triggered something in me. I didn't post blogposts because I had no passion for the ideas I was coming up with and it all felt so ridiculous in the grand scheme of things. I had no motivation or oomf to just crack on and make what I want to make. I guess I just needed some time to reevaluate everything. I want to be proud of what I put out into the world, even if only one person stumbles across it.

We had his funeral last week, I knew instantly that I wanted to go to say my final goodbye to him, and to be there to support his family at their time of need. It warmed my heart see so many people who's lives he had touch, come and show their love and support. I really hope he could see it too!

On another note, I've been thinking about the future a lot. Wondering where I see my life heading. I've got such a lovely job with a great team of people around me, but I know I want to carry on with my own online shop too and do this in the evenings and at the weekends. It's been difficult to feel inspired, and I rarely feel like my ideas will materialise into something as great as I'd hoped they could be. It's just difficult when you work 40 hours a week because I'm pooped when I get home and the weekends fly in the blink of an eye :(

Aside from this, I've also been thinking about where I'd like to be in a few years time and I think I vaguely know where that place is. Maybe I'll have a house of my own, a dog, and hopefully I'll be working full time for myself at that point too. There are so many things that I want to achieve, and ideas I want to bring to life.

I just hope that I keep pushing myself to work harder for a little longer, it'll all pay off in the end.
My favourite seasons to dress for are without a doubt Spring and Autumn. So, I take full advantage of the weather that allows some jeans and a lightweight top. Here's a perfect example of a typical outfit you'll catch me in at the moment.

SIGNS OF SUMMER

My favourite seasons to dress for are without a doubt Spring and Autumn. So, I take full advantage of the weather that allows some jeans and a lightweight top. Here's a perfect example of a typical outfit you'll catch me in at the moment.

14th May - 20th May

So, starting with the week just gone, I don't really have a HUGE amount to report.

SUNDAY SUMMARY 8


14th May - 20th May

So, starting with the week just gone, I don't really have a HUGE amount to report.
30th April - 6th May

1. This week has been a bit crazy and busy for me. On Tuesday the 1st I did my last ever shift at H&M, and after 6 months I was moving on to a new adventure. So much has changed since I got the job at H&M and I've learnt so much about myself too. I met so many lovely people and a group of us went for food on Friday as a goodbye meal. (Although it's more like a 'see ya soon').

2. I officially started my new job on the 2nd May and already love it. I love the consistent hours (which will hopefully mean a bit of a blogging schedule/more consistency). The variety in my job makes me excited for every new day, not to mention the fact i get EVERY WEEKEND OFF! That's something that was few and far between at my last job due to the nature of the work. But, since my parents brought the little cottage in Norfolk I'm so glad that I found my new job when I did.

3. It was a bank holiday and my family, dogs and I spent the whole weekend there. We visited so many cute places and it's made me so excited to go and visit all through the Summer and into the Autumn/Winter months too. I drove there in my car and can definitely see myself popping there on my own/with friends when I need a little break from reality.

Sunday Summary 7

30th April - 6th May

1. This week has been a bit crazy and busy for me. On Tuesday the 1st I did my last ever shift at H&M, and after 6 months I was moving on to a new adventure. So much has changed since I got the job at H&M and I've learnt so much about myself too. I met so many lovely people and a group of us went for food on Friday as a goodbye meal. (Although it's more like a 'see ya soon').

2. I officially started my new job on the 2nd May and already love it. I love the consistent hours (which will hopefully mean a bit of a blogging schedule/more consistency). The variety in my job makes me excited for every new day, not to mention the fact i get EVERY WEEKEND OFF! That's something that was few and far between at my last job due to the nature of the work. But, since my parents brought the little cottage in Norfolk I'm so glad that I found my new job when I did.

3. It was a bank holiday and my family, dogs and I spent the whole weekend there. We visited so many cute places and it's made me so excited to go and visit all through the Summer and into the Autumn/Winter months too. I drove there in my car and can definitely see myself popping there on my own/with friends when I need a little break from reality.

Sunday Summary 6

26th March - 15th April

It's been a little while since I did one of these. So here's a few things from the past three weeks.


1. My parents went to visit family in Ireland for a few days. All of the photos my Mum took made me wish I was there too! Hopefully I can pop over for a long weekend or something soon.

2. I invited my friend (and the person who took ALL my outfit photos last year and the year before!) Lori over for a brunch catch up while she was home from uni and it was so fab to catch up. We also shot my last outfit post while the sun popped out for a few minutes.

3. Easter sprung upon us so quickly, I ate chocolate and relaxed with family all day. I can't wait for Spring and Summer to get into full swing.

4. I'm attempting the 100 Day Creative Challenge. I'm using the hashtag #100daysofshanicolesdesigns and although I have missed a few days it's still really helping me get creative again.

5. Something nerve wracking/exciting happened over the last couple of weeks, however I need to wait a little longer to see if it will materialise. If you don't hear about it again then it's no happening hahaha but keep your fingers crossed for me.

6. One of my favourite things to do is pop to my local shopping complex with friends for a mooch around the shops and a nice dinner. It's rare that we get days off together, so when we do it's nice to make the most of it.

7. We got the exciting news we've been waiting for for a few weeks now. The Norfolk house is all ours! We've got a cute little cottage in Norfolk to go to at the weekends and also turn into a holiday home for people to rent out too. I can't wait to spend as much time as possible by the sea.

8. I did a little design on a kraft gift back and it's got me thinking about products I could do in the future for my little online shop.

9. And today I did a workout, tidied my room and refreshed my wardrobe, packing all my Winter coats and jumpers up until next Autumn! I also did a little try-on of some new clothes I've brought recently and Summer clothes I've had for the last couple of years. I said it already but I CANNOT WAIT FOR SUMMER.

Sunday Summary 5

26th March - 15th April

It's been a little while since I did one of these. So here's a few things from the past three weeks.


1. My parents went to visit family in Ireland for a few days. All of the photos my Mum took made me wish I was there too! Hopefully I can pop over for a long weekend or something soon.

2. I invited my friend (and the person who took ALL my outfit photos last year and the year before!) Lori over for a brunch catch up while she was home from uni and it was so fab to catch up. We also shot my last outfit post while the sun popped out for a few minutes.

3. Easter sprung upon us so quickly, I ate chocolate and relaxed with family all day. I can't wait for Spring and Summer to get into full swing.

4. I'm attempting the 100 Day Creative Challenge. I'm using the hashtag #100daysofshanicolesdesigns and although I have missed a few days it's still really helping me get creative again.

5. Something nerve wracking/exciting happened over the last couple of weeks, however I need to wait a little longer to see if it will materialise. If you don't hear about it again then it's no happening hahaha but keep your fingers crossed for me.

6. One of my favourite things to do is pop to my local shopping complex with friends for a mooch around the shops and a nice dinner. It's rare that we get days off together, so when we do it's nice to make the most of it.

7. We got the exciting news we've been waiting for for a few weeks now. The Norfolk house is all ours! We've got a cute little cottage in Norfolk to go to at the weekends and also turn into a holiday home for people to rent out too. I can't wait to spend as much time as possible by the sea.

8. I did a little design on a kraft gift back and it's got me thinking about products I could do in the future for my little online shop.

9. And today I did a workout, tidied my room and refreshed my wardrobe, packing all my Winter coats and jumpers up until next Autumn! I also did a little try-on of some new clothes I've brought recently and Summer clothes I've had for the last couple of years. I said it already but I CANNOT WAIT FOR SUMMER.
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