Wowsers – what a month! If anyone had told me at the beginning of last month that I’d be receiving a letter from the NHS telling me I can’t leave the house for 12 weeks, I would have laughed them out of the room.
And yet here I sit in my humble abode, occasionally going out into the garden to feel the sun on my face, but being chained to the these four walls. Having said that, I’m managing to get quite a lot achieved (every cloud…), but more on that later.
In the meantime, people might have forgotten that we celebrated International Women’s Day this month, and what better way to rejoice than by announcing my involvement in the #BossWoman podcast!
Local business woman and brainchild of the #BossWoman podcast, Cheryl Huggins, asked us if we’d like to be involved in sharing our story on her podcast – of course we said yes!
Have a listen to the recording by visiting Cheryl’s blog post here – we share how we started, the challenges we faced, growing in the face of adversity and staying positive.
What I enjoyed this month
VIP and I enjoyed date night at a Picturehouse cinema at the beginning of the month. We saw a great film called Dark Waters, based on the true story of one of the largest cover-ups in US history involving the company Dupont. I’d highly recommend it.
Right at the end of the film they revealed a scary statistic: the chemical PFOA has been found in the blood of 99% of humans and even in the ice caps of Antarctica. Also known as ‘forever’ chemicals, they are bio-persistent, meaning they build up in one’s body and do not naturally break down in the environment. It’s one of the many reasons we’re seeing increased rates of illnesses and diseases including cancers. It’s a somber thought knowing that if these companies can make money at the detriment of people’s health, they will. Madness.
I’ve been plodding along with my adjuvant treatment following my breast cancer diagnosis in February 2019, taking my daily letrozole and vitamin C/D tablets – they’re the first thing I reach for in the morning and I’m now in a routine.
The other adjuvant treatment I receive are bone infusions (every six months) and a monthly jab at the doctors. I kind of wish they’d just give me a few months supply of the jabs so that I could self-administer, but then again, they’re more like think thin tubes whereby an implant is inserted, which breaks down inside the body over the course of a month, so maybe I wouldn't be great at doing that and getting it in the right place…?
I’ve also got my first mammagram coming up since my breast cancer was first diagnosed. At the time of writing, it’s three days away so I hope it can still go ahead given the current lockdown situation. And if it does, let’s hope I’m in the all clear. The good news is that my hair has started to come back thick and fast – and for that I'm very grateful. Earlier this month I enjoyed my first microblading treatment, which boosted my confidence and my new eyebrows helped frame my face – have a look!
Can you believe some a*se*ole hacked my website! I spotted it on Wordfence plugin as it picks up suspicious links like this one here:
If you haven’t got the plugin, you should think about downloading it as there’s a free version. At least I don’t have to trawl through all my blog posts to look for dodgy links and it picks it up automatically so that’s something.
I’ve also realised that my blog is looking kind of …..out of date. Yes, every now and then I’ll post about thrifty interiors and affordable travel, but as the years have gone on, my life has evolved. I’ve been writing more about my lifestyle in general, the changes to my life I’ve made having had cancer and things that I’m taking more of an interest in. You could definitely say it’s a lifestyle and human-interest type of blog.
Therefore, I think I’ll need to update (a) My blog description (b) My profile pic and (c) my picture. Looks like I’ve got my work cut out!
Business-wise it’s a bit all up in the air at the moment given the coronavirus pandemic. We managed to print our April issue but are now faced with having to bring out a digital issue for May. That’s not necessarily a bad thing of course; it just means that we need to put more focus on getting more readers online.
What’s been great is all the video calls I’ve had this month – technology like Zoom and Houseparty has really come into its own and that’s why tech can be amazing….even when there’s a crisis on, what with 3D printing companies helping make ventilating machines – how amazing is that?!
If there was a time for personal development it’s now. I’m still doing my Miracle Morning and it has been a bit of a saviour, certainly the Headspace app has had some heavy use. And what’s been great is that lots of companies, celebs and brands are offering heavily discounted or free deals, pulling together in the time of a crisis has really highlighted how important it is to work as a community.
While we’ve been on lockdown, myself, VIP and the kids have been doing Joe Wick’s ‘PE With Joe’ live YouTube at 9am. It gets us up, gets us ready in the morning and boosts our mood. It’s important that the kids do something, which is why we’ve got to continue with it. Who knows? We might all have abs to be proud of once this is all over!
So, back to the opportunities and the silver lining that the lockdown from Covid19 has presented. It’s probably best if I show you in pictures what a lot of my time has been spent doing….
Decluttering, tidying and cleaning have been the order of the day. It’s something that I find hugely enjoyable and therapeutic. I’ve even inspired my mother in law to give it a go – and after just one week she had managed to clear and clean 4 cupboards!
Things I’m grateful for this month
We’ve got some great telly – I’ve been watching the new series of Liar, Homeland and The Nest, with a million other things lined up. And of course I watched Hunted – one of my favourite programmes, which has now ended.
I’ve applied to be on the next series of Hunted, which is supposed to be filmed between May and June. I’m not sure it will be now – it will probably be pushed back to the summer maybe, but it would be the icing on the cake if I got onto the show. And what would my tactics be? Well, that would be giving the game away of course as they’re bound to check on this blog.
But I’d probably have to head up north or something; I could always disguise myself as a sheep in a field for a week or so. No one has ever tried that before and there’s always a first! Now, was I bluffing or double bluffing on that? 😉
My latest purchases
Er…. Food shopping! I haven’t managed to get out and buy anything this month due to being in lockdown. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t got my eye on a few things that I want.
I’d also like to redecorate a couple of rooms, namely the lounge and the kitchen. It’s funny how you start to notice loads of stuff that needs doing around the house when lockdown is in progress isn’t it?
Goals for the next month
My goals from last month included to get fitter; I’ve had to stop my gym regime as they’ve all closed down, but I’m working out at home every day.
I was supposed to give a presentation this month at a conference and also sit on a speaker’s panel to mark International Women’s Day, but both were cancelled. One of them is postponed until October, so I’ll get another bite of the cherry then.
My goals this month will all need to be home-based. So they include…
- Getting through another book
- Decluttering, tidying and cleaning my office space
- Decluttering all the kitchen and lounge cupboards
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