Half term wins…
Half term is…
A time for me to switch off for a minute.
For me to see friends that I’ve not seen for a while.
A time for me to breathe.
Time to get creative.
An opportunity for me to read all of the books.
The time I spend with my family.
A time to reflect.
Breakfasts and lie ins.
Laughter and relaxation.
Time off from being Miss Elliott, and being Steph again.
Doing what I want to do, when I want to.
Late nights (mainly because books).
Starbucks and cake.
Time for my brain to rearrange itself and process what’s just been happening.
A time I miss my kids.
Getting through that TBR pile.
Posting pictures from whatever I’m up to.
Seeing my goddaughters.
Sitting in Waterstones doing a bit of planning.
Sundays where I only blog.
Getting round to doing things I’ve been putting off.
Seaside walks and cups of tea.
Time for me to be by myself.
Realising there’s more to me than my job.
Knowing that my job is an important part of my identity, but not the only part.
What half term looks like is different for everyone, but I love a half term holiday. I love my job with all that I am, but I can enjoy being off too.
What does half term mean to you?
What does half term look like in your life?
Happy half term everyone!
In January, I…
Moved to Year 6. Was terrified. Was excited. Dealt with some school stuff. Coped well with a lot of change. Realised some things about myself. Managed a whole month in Year 6. Worked my arse off. Realised that sometimes you’ve just gotta do what you can cause you can’t always do everything. Fretted about things that didn’t really matter. Fretted about things that did matter. Loved working with that class again. Read a lot of Letters from the Lighthouse. Dropped a few balls. Picked them back up. Texted my friends a lot. Used sleepscapes a lot to help me sleep. Rejoiced about the fact that the sunshine is coming back. Bought some new clothes. Cleared out some old clothes. Celebrated my birthday with a book and cake. Turned 31. Realised that age truly is just a number. Was offered some incredible professional opportunities. Got back into contact properly with someone from my past. Got back on online dating. Remembered why I hated it so much. Persevered. Texted new people. Had some wonderfully deep conversations with old friends and new friends. Missed my brother a lot. Went to see Maleficent 2 with my twiglets and Kate. Spent New Years Day on a walk with family. Remembered how much I love walking. Tried to look after myself a lot better. Failed at times. Read a lot of books. Got back into blogging better. Stressed about stupid things. Had a cry or two. Spent a lot of time in my pyjamas. Started making plans for holidays. Received some incredible book post. Watched a lot of The Masked Singer. Listened to a lot of X Ambassador.
I’ve decided that I’m going to make Monday a “me” post day. By that I don’t mean I’m going to be posting all about me… but it’s not necessarily going to be a bookish day: it might be about school, about my life, about my MH: it’ll be something personal, not necessarily bookish. It MIGHT be bookish, but it won’t be a review. I always love when I get to learn more about a blogger and writing my post last week (see here) was such a great thing for me to do that I thought I’d love a space on this blog for me, the person, not just me the book blogger! I hope you guys stick around and read my Monday posts, but if they’re not your jam, that’s OK. There’ll still be plenty of bookish content the rest of the days!
I’m going to kick off Me Day Mondays with a “happy post“. These are some of my favourite posts to write and to read. I stole the idea from my gorgeous friend Grace Latter (who is a proper babe and you should all be following her on all of the social medias if you’re not already) and I’ve well and truly taken it under my belt!
Breakfasts with my friends. Spending time with my mam. Drinking wine on a Saturday afternoon like a fancy lady. Going back to work. New challenges. New friends. Getting so much joy out of teaching. Knowing that I’m working really hard and it’s having an impact. Reading books because I want to. Spending my birthday reading, having cake and talking about books. When people remember small things about me. Starbucks Fridays. Birthday videos from the twiglets. Getting lovely emails. Having people back in my life who’ve been gone a while. Seeing the look of joy in my kids faces when they’re enthusiastic about something. Reading Letters From The Lighthouse with the kids and them having so much enthusiasm about it. Laughing at my pal-o. Booking train tickets for London in Feb. Chocolate hob nobs and a cup of tea. Looking after myself. Buying tights that fit. Pyjamas. Clearing out my wardrobe. A new diary. Ticking off things on my to do list. Making time for meditating. Falling back to sleep on a weekend. Listening to Disney playlists as I’m marking. Being productive. Books. Always books.
In light of ‘Monday Me Day’, I’d like to pass the torch on to you to find out what you’d like to know about me as a person? Have you got anything you’d like me to talk about? Is there anything you’d like to know about me? What do you want to see more of around here that isn’t books?