A week in my life – October 21st 2019

Good Morning everyone, happy Sunday. I hope you’ve all had a nice weekend?

This week’s blog post I’m going to talk about what I’ve been up to over the past week. I’m still incorporating a more simple approach to life and enjoying/appreciating the little things more. It’s definitely making me feel calmer and more grounded.

This past week has been quite busy (in a good way), I did have to book a days holiday though on Wednesday as I knew my fatigue was going to be bad. So, lets get into the week shall we?

Monday.

After work I popped into town to visit my Aunt 🙂 it was spare of the moment trip and it’s always so lovely to spend time with her, we get on really well.

We went to my local cafe in town — I rarely go into the ‘high street coffee shops’ because I love discovering the simple ones instead. We had some delicious food and coffee of course and then went for a stroll around my town centre.

We always go to the Cathedral because it’s just so beautiful and peaceful, it always makes me feel calm.

We then had a look around the shops and then I walked back to the train station with her where she left to go home. It really was a wonderful afternoon.

Tuesday.

Now, this had been arranged for a little while. Tonight I was going out for dinner with some friends, I knew it was going to be quite late so I booked the following day off work to allow myself to recover and rest. My boss is really understanding and usually, unless it’s not possible allows me to use my holiday for fatigue days.

So, on Tuesday. My friend picked me up from work and we went to her house before the meal to make travelling easier. We had a really relaxing afternoon and she’d even made up her spare room for me in case I needed to have a rest before we went out. I’m so lucky to have such wonderful friends.

We had a lovely dinner out and had a great catch up.

Wednesday.

Today was all about REST. My fatigue was pretty bad and I pretty much spent the whole day in bed. I did have a relaxing bath, which made me feel good and I managed to sleep a bit.

When my fatigue is bad, the one thing that I know to do is rest. I find that if I push myself further with fatigue then it just makes me worse.

Thursday -Halloween.

Another spontaneous afternoon/evening. After work today I met my sister in town, my mum and sister came over to mine for Halloween to watch scary films with me (we like horror films) and we always decorate my front room to get in the mood — it’s great fun.

When we were in town we went for a lunch at my local Pizza Express where we had an offer for free doughballs and two pizza’s for £10 which is so good. It was delicious.

We also had a look around the shops and I purchased a couple of little luxuries for myself and we went to our local department store to have a sneak peak at their Christmas section – I took a picture of my Christmas tree inspo.

After that, she took me home where I decorated the front room and then they both came over bringing food with them. We saw some ‘Trick or Treater’s’ and gave them some sweets, then turned the lights off and watched a scary film.

Friday.

Friday or Fri-yay as I like to call it. After work today, I completely relaxed and rested at home. When George came home from work we watched a film together and just spent time together – I love that, I really love spending time with him.

Saturday.

Again today was a simple and relaxing day, because my week has been quite busy I wanted my weekend to be calm and simple.

Again spending time with George and Arthur too 🙂 We had a Chinese take away for dinner and watched The Hunger Games together.

And now it’s Sunday, which you know I love because I love planning for a fresh new week. I hope you have enjoyed this weeks blog post — also, are you enjoying the way I write my blogs now? Like Weekly Updates?

Let me know how your weekend has been.

Lots of Love Always.

Hannah xx

A week of simple luxuries.

Good Evening. Happy Sunday, I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend?

I’m a little late for this weeks blog post, the reason is because I have been focusing on me. Listening to my body and giving myself simple luxuries every day.

I think it’s so important to give yourself some self care time, the simple luxuries that I gave myself this week weren’t expensive or used energy. On the contrary they helped me gain more energy because I listened to my body.

So… what simple luxuries did I give myself this week? I’ll go through them now.

Monday.

Every Monday I make myself my favourite breakfast — its usually pancakes with maple syrup. Having a delicious breakfast makes me happy and really sets me up for the day, if my day ends up being stressful or hard then it doesn’t matter because I started the day happy.

If you start your day complaining then chances are, you’re day is going to be filled with complaints. If you start your day with happiness for the smallest of things then your day will be easier to manage both mentally and physically.

I also gave myself time to relax when I got home from work. I had an easy dinner and watched some films on Netflix and the biggest thing of all… I had a restful evening without using my phone. You all know that I switch my phone off at 7pm.

Tuesday

On Tuesday my simple luxury was allowing myself to rest without any guilt. There have been so many times recently when I’ve come home and been super busy.

Just because I’m feeling good at the moment, doesn’t mean that I don’t battle fatigue or nerve pain every day, some days I guess I become numb to it all and that’s when I over do things. So, on Tuesday I had a restful afternoon in bed watching Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. It was wonderful.

Wednesday

Wednesday I was actually unwell (not MS related). My simple luxury was getting a taxi to work so that I could reserve my energy and then when I got home from work, I was back in bed resting, however, I did paint my nails that made me very happy — I love painting my nails.

Thursday

Thursday was a big luxury, mum and I went to our local theatre in the evening to watch a performance called ‘Gaslight’ it was a great evening out and we had such fun.

Friday

Friday or Fri-yay as I like to call it, involved after work going to visit our wonderful friends who have not long come back from Disney world. It was great listening to all their adventures and see their photos, truly magical. We ate Chinese food and have a great catch up.

Saturday

Saturday my simple luxury was spending time with my best friend. We love watching horror movies together and eating some tasty snacks. She also cut my hair for me and now I have a fringe! What do you think?

We had a lovely afternoon and I treasure my friends and family so much.

Sunday

And here we are, Sunday. My favourite day of the week, although you already know that. Today’s simple luxury was waking up when the world was still sleeping, coming downstairs and just relaxing with Arthur — It’s so nice to be calm and quiet for a while.

I then had a great video call catch up with my dad (we do this every Sunday morning, it’s our ritual) and then George and I took some time out to watch a film together, we made some popcorn, closed the curtains, got a cosy blanket and turned our front room into our own private theatre.

I didn’t take any photos of this as I was just living in the moment, which is all about living more mindfully and simply.

And there we have it, a week of simple luxuries. Did you give yourself any luxuries? If so, what did you do? I hope you have enjoyed reading my blog post and I will be back next week for another catch up.

Have a wonderful week.

Lots of Love always,

Hannah xx

A slightly ‘meh’ week.

Hello everyone,

Happy Sunday, I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend? Let me know what you’ve been up to.

This week has been a bit of a strange one for me. The beginning of the week up until Wednesday was a bit negative if I have to be truthful, my MS symptoms playing up, definitely time of the month (sorry TMI) and just not feeling myself.

I think if I described it any other way it would be that I was feeling a bit fed up or run down. No matter how much sleep and rest I got, I couldn’t stop feeling the way I did and even if I put a smile on my face it still didn’t really make me feel truly happy.

It got to Wednesday and I just thought ‘Enough.’ This is NOT me, I’m normally really good at turning negatives around and looking at the positives, so feeling this way was unusual for me — I have been in this kind of rut before but not for a long time.

Anyway, I sat myself down and gave myself a little talking to. I decided that I was going to start giving myself one simple ‘luxury’ every day and just to look at things more, pay attention to the simple things more — even if its just cooking food, I started actually spending time paying attention to what I was doing, which in turn made me focus on the ‘present moment’.

With it being Sunday today I’m prepping for the week. Thankfully we did a lot of housework yesterday so just need to prepare the smaller things like lunches etc. This week over on my Instagram (a_positive_life_with_ms) I’m going to be posting 1 picture a day about my ‘simple luxury’ every day.

I think it’s so easy to focus on the negative things in life and it’s so easy to slip into that downward spiral and I also know that it can be so hard to pull yourself out of it — it can be like quick sand.

However, this week I challenge you to also have one ‘simple luxury’ every day — this could be as simple as having a nice hot, comforting drink in a special mug or running a lovely bubble bath and lighting candles.

If you don’t follow me on Instagram then I’m going to post next Sunday about each ‘simple luxury’ that I had this coming week, starting from today.

Like I said, I also set you all the challenge of doing this and letting me know what simple luxuries you do for yourself this week.

I had already started from Wednesday when I managed to pull myself out of my ‘funk’ so below are some pictures of what I’ve classed as my ‘simple luxuries’ already.

I hope you all have a wonderful week, keep smiling and remember you are doing amazingly, just getting up in the mornings is amazing 🙂

Lots of love always,

Hannah xx

A restful, yet productive Sunday.

Good Afternoon everyone,

How are we all? I’m currently sat in bed writing this blog post with a nice hot chocolate while it rains outside.

This blog post is going to be about my ‘Restful, yet productive Sunday’. Working 5 days a week albeit they’re only the mornings, fatigue still causes havoc in the afternoon and if I (personally) wasn’t organised I could see myself falling into some bad habits.

Sunday’s are probably one of my favourite days of the week (apart from Fri-Yay! lol). Sunday’s for me are all about resting, relaxing, recovering and preparing, planning and organising.

First thing on a Sunday is all about quiet peaceful mornings, where I usually get up early (yes I’m an early person, although I never have heaps of energy) go downstairs, feed Arthur who is ALWAYS cuddly and attentive in the mornings and sit on the sofa with a cup of warm water — I’ve read that warm water in the mornings really aid hydration.

I always like to make a delicious breakfast that’s every mornings by the way. I find that when I have a great breakfast to look forward to, the day is usually good. On Monday’s I always have pancakes. This morning I had warming porridge with some cinnamon stewed apples from the other day, walnuts, sunflower seeds, wholegrain peanut butter and a drizzle of golden syrup (you can’t be good ALL the time!)

Once I’ve had my restful morning, it’s time to start planning for the rest of the week. For me since my last relapses, I spent so much time in bed not being able to do much at all so therefore now, I treasure every hour the day gives me. I don’t over do things (well sometimes I do) and I am getting really good at pacing. But you can fill your day with such wonderful things, even if they are small things. Right now, I’m warm and cozy in bed.. fresh bedding on, fresh warm lounge clothes — okay they’re pyjamas and a hot chocolate, see little things can bring such joy.

I always plan my week and meals in my Bullet Journal, I’ve spoken about this a lot and there are blog posts where I talk about Bullet Journalling in more detail. Once I have planned my week and meals, I get started on preparing my meals for the week.

Because I have more energy in the mornings as opposed to the afternoon, I try and get everything done that I need to in the mornings. This week for lunches I’ll be having Cheesy Mexican Bake from one of my Slimming World books. It smells delicious.

George and I then get some of the housework done and out the way again, preparing for the week — getting clothes ready for work, putting fresh bedding on the bed etc.

Once that’s done, its time to rest and relax for the remainder of the day and that’s what I’ve been doing for the past 2 hours. We got everything done this morning so that this afternoon I can rest. George is so supportive and understands that I need to rest in the afternoons, but I also know secretly he wants to relax too and why not… Sunday IS… day of rest after all.

So, for the rest of my day. I’ve had a bath and washed my hair, painted my nails and given myself a little mani, watched a movie in bed, made a delicious dinner and had a calming, relaxing evening before sleep.

I really hope you enjoyed my blog post this week. Let me know what you do on Sunday’s — not judgement here, if you’ve been in bed all day watching Netflix then good for you, we all need to be more gentle on ourselves and start enjoying the little things. Living more simply is definitely my favourite way.

See you all next week.

lots of love always,

Hannah xx

Having a slow week.

Hello everyone 🙂

Happy Sunday, how are you all? I hope you’ve had a lovely week and a great weekend.

This week for me has been a slow one. Not in the sense of ‘It’s been a slow/long week’ but in the sense of that I’ve just slowed down and have taken a little more time for myself.

I haven’t really been posting on my social media channels and just been taking time for me. I think we ALL need this, whether you have a chronic illness or not, I find that if I’ve been on my phone or technology for a while I just end up feeling tired, a little stressed and sometimes overwhelmed. When I get this feeling, I switch off.

I turn off my phone at night at 7pm anyway because I generally don’t need it after that time. If there’s an emergency then the important people have George’s number, I just find that I sleep better and instead I’ll journal, watch relaxing videos and just do things for me.

I also had a bit of a bad day MS related on Wednesday/Thursday with nerve pain or fatigue. I managed to go to work and then when I got home I literally went to bed and completely rested all afternoon — I definitely felt better for it.

I basically think that we all need time just to slow down and relax. Everything right now is so fast past, so digital and just so hectic. Sometimes, stopping and taking time out really helps/nourishes not only your soul but your body too.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I’ll see you all again next week 🙂

All my love

Hannah xx

A trip to London with MS

Hello everyone happy Monday, I don’t normally post on a Monday however, this weekend has been all about relaxing, resting and ‘resetting’ — that makes me sound like a PC!

On Thursday my Aunt and I went to London, I had been sent tickets to visit the State Rooms after a slightly disappointing experience at The Royal Mews (we won’t go into that) so we decided to make a trip out of it like we always do.

There’s a story behind the tickets, I had told my Aunt that we were going to The Royal Mews because she loves horses (she has three ex race horses herself) and we both LOVE our Royal family so we just had to go. She got to mine and we set off for London early so we can take our time and look around, however, when we got there I surprised her and said that the tickets were in fact for The State Rooms tour and not The Royal Mews. We would go to the Royal Mews afterwards because like I mentioned, she loves horses.

Now that you know the story behind the tickets, I’ll now tell you all about how I had a wonderful day in London despite MS fatigue and nerve pain, which I deal with every day.

Firstly, the night before I made sure was restful and not too busy. I had a relaxing evening and an early night ready for our adventure the following day.

To avoid the rush hour, we made sure that we left in plenty of time and just took our time. I find that stress really triggers off my symptoms, especially fatigue so that’s why I always try and remain calm and allow myself plenty of time when I travel.

Making sure we get a seat is vital, there’s no way I could stand for the duration. Again this is why we leave with plenty of time so we can make sure we find a seat. I always carry water with me and some energising date balls to keep my energy levels up, along with nerve pain medication if the pain gets too much.

When we arrive in London the first thing we do is find somewhere for coffee/tea to relax and get ready for some walking :). We always go to Fortnum & Mason’s in St Pancras, it’s hidden out of the way and we love it, however, on this day it was not open as it’s being refurbished so we found a new place, which again was just tucked out the was and simply wonderful.

After our first pit stop (yes we have a lot of tea/coffee breaks) we ventured to the tube station. I’ve ridden the tubes a lot since being with George and we’ve now figured out how to get a seat. Firstly — don’t travel during peak time, you’ll never get a seat. Avoid the times 7:00am – 10:00am and 5:00pm – 6:30pm — I don’t know if these are the actual times of rush hour but we’ve made the mistake once of getting the tube at this time… never again!

Secondly, walk to the end of the tube, most people always seem to get on at the front of the middle so the seat are limited, however, if you can walk just a little further to the back you should get a seat.

The tubes are great and so quick, they always put you pretty much exactly where you need to be. We got off at Green Park and had a lovely walk through to Buckingham Palace.

The queue for the State Rooms’s tour was long but thankfully they had a seating area where we sat and waited to go in. We weren’t allowed to take and photos whilst having our tour but I didn’t mind, I was to busy gazing around the simply amazing rooms — yes we saw the Throne Room and it was just magnificent to imagine the Monarch’s who sat there over the years, especially our Queen 🙂

It was also nice to see that there was seating throughout the palace if people needed to sit down. In the Great Ballroom I sat on a bench for a while just taking everything in, then continued on our walk around.

Once we had finished the tour, the palace had set up a little cafe in the gardens where we had another cup of tea and some cake 🙂 what made me smile even more was that all the disposable cups, plates and crockery was completely compostable as they were made from plants.

After having a sit for a while we had a brief look in the gift shop and around the rest of the gardens and then proceeded to The Royal Mews. When I last visited (on mine and George’s honeymoon can you believe it!) I got my ticket stamped, which meant I was able to return all year for free! I think anyone can do this as well.

My Aunt LOVED the Royal horses and we even saw a couple being led into the riding school, which was amazing. You also got to see the Royal carriages and the breathtaking Golden carriage! There were also benches placed around The Royal mews so I was able to have a sit down and rest.

The other thing that I do when I go to London is pick no more than two things to do whilst I’m there, London is so exciting, so big and so exhausting. By making sure I don’t over do it I’m able to thoroughly enjoy my time there.

Once we had finished at the Royal mews, we made our way back to St Pancras and had a delicious lunch at the same cafe and the food was just delicious, we thoroughly enjoyed it 🙂

After a delicious meal we made our way to our train, again made sure that it wasn’t peak time, got a seat and enjoyed our journey home 🙂

The few days after going to London definitely took it out of me and I pretty much kept myself to myself to just rest and recover.

I think we all deserve a special trip occasionally and I believe that with every limitation, there is an adaption!

I hope you enjoy the pictures that I took of our adventure and I can’t wait to have more in the future.

I hope you all have a wonderful week and I’ll see you all next weekend.

All my love always,

Hannah xx

Sustainable shopping, Sisterly fun and family time

Good Morning everyone, happy Sunday! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week and weekend?

It was my sister’s birthday last week and as her gift from George and I, I went to visit her and stay the night. I went Thursday just gone, I went on the train and it was a great journey.

She lives near Lincoln so we met there for a little retail therapy and some delicious lunch. I’m still trying to being low/zero waste when it comes to shopping and I decided to pop into Lush to get some zero waste beauty products.

I had just finished my usual Shampoo and face cleanser and decided that I wanted to purchase new ones that were sustainable and didn’t come in plastic. The ladies in Lush were just wonderful, they helped me select a couple of products that I was looking for and even sister got a new cleanser.

I got a cleanser called ‘Jade Roller’ which takes off my makeup and another makeup remover that was designed like a cotton pad — it was so cool and you can use it to remove makeup by getting in wet and rubbing it between your hands and it will form a balm type consistency, which will remove your makeup.

The shampoo bar is also a conditioning one too and I’ve used it once already and love it! It smells delicious and makes my hair super soft! It’s so funny how you use it too, you basically get it wet and rub it all over your head until it forms a lather and then you massage the lather into your hair (like you would with any other shampoo).

What I love about these products is that they will last me a long time and it’s my first step to zero waste beauty 🙂

I also purchased this gorgeous cloth bag that is made out of pieces of material designed to help the environment. The best thing about it is that you can use it multiple ways and get a little guide on how to make different wraps and bags.

I didn’t need anything else during our shopping trip so we headed for some lunch in this beautiful vintage inspired tearoom called ‘Bunty’s’ You get to it as if you’re walking to Lincoln cathedral up the steepest hill I think I’ve ever seen! I definitely found it a struggle, but the determination side of me wanted to get there and achieve it and we did!

We had a delicious lunch and cake at Bunty’s tearoom and then continued up the hill to look at the cathedral — it was such a gorgeous building.

In the evening we had a lovely pamper session where we used our new Lush products and did a face mask 🙂 it was so lovely spending time with my little sis.

On Saturday I was quite tired and resting in the morning and then I got a phone call from my pops who was surprising me by bringing my Nana to see George and I! George has just received a new job offer at work that he’s wanted so badly and he works so hard so when they accepted him, we were all so happy and proud that my pops also said he was treating us to lunch.

We went to this lovely garden centre where we had some good food and a look around. I love garden centres because I always find them relaxing and peaceful — I was also finally allowed a Bonsai tree!! 😀 George said that I was allowed on if I looked after it, so we chose one and it came with a booklet and now it has pride of place in our living room.

We had a truly wonderful day with dad and nana and loved every moment of it 🙂

I’ve put some photos below of the lovely times I’ve had over the last couple of days.

I hope you all have a wonderful week and I’ll see you next Sunday 🙂

Lots of Love

Hannah xx