Falling Forward: A Girl & Her Lists

Friday Thanks

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Dear yellow things,

Thank you for cheering me up when I’m ill and tired – Past Sarah made an excellent choice in happy colour decisions there. You are my favourite inanimate things to interact with.

Love

(Present) Sarah

Grace in Small Things

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  • Chilli Heatwave Doritos
  • #SundayNightClub
  • Boardgames
  • Writing your own Cards Against Humanity cards
  • Stamps in your passport

See the whole list here

Grace in Small Things

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  • Adding more hot water to a bath
  • Emails from friends
  • Wireless charging
  • New crossword books
  • Cats that sleep in carrier bags (weirdos)

See the whole list here

Holiday: Activate

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We’re off to Tunisia for two weeks – sans laptop! Crazy times. I’ve scheduled a couple of my regular posts, but for the majority of the time Falling Forward will be quiet until we get back to the UK.

I’m actually really looking forward to the digital detox – we’re not really going to have a lot of access to Wi-Fi so I’m going to spend my time reading, doing crosswords, swimming and hanging out with my beautiful husband, all of which sounds pretty awesome to me.

Adios, kids! :)

Grace in Small Things

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  • Instagram
  • Maps
  • The mornings getting lighter again
  • Undo buttons
  • Gold embossed book covers

See the whole list here

Friday Thanks

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Dear shiny floors in shopping centres,

Thank you for being the perfect medium to skid on, late at night, when there’s no-one around. It’s nice to break a few of the rules every now and again.

Love

Sarah

See other Friday Thanks here.

Pay it Forward: The Amber Show

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Who: Amber!

Me and Amber on a tube in London, in 2014.

Where: www.theambershow.net

Why: Amber Marlow is my people. She’s sassy, she’s smart and she’s super friendly. She knows what she wants and she goes out and gets it – a quality I both admire and adore. Her writing is thoughtful, insightful and, most importantly, funny. More people should read it, so this is me, paying the love forward :)

My favourite posts:

Life List: Catch Fireflies in a Jar on a Summer Night – Check!

“The whole evening felt like someone mending the sail of a sailboat, sewing small tears up in my soul.”

Life List: Hike in Hawaii, Jump Off a Cliff, and Yell “Geronimo!” on the Way Down – Check!

“It wasn’t easier the second time – it might have actually been more difficult because of the fresh memory of the feeling of falling which is, frankly, horrible – but it cemented my bravery. Which is important, because the pursuit of bravery is kind of my thing these days.”

In Which I Disgrace Myself in Public  

“I started to walk to my local bar… and then my body just gave up. Gave in. Betrayed me, on the sidewalk right outside my apartment, thirty fucking years old with rivers pouring down my thighs, out of the back of my heels, and down the street. It was like an out-of-body experience: I literally couldn’t believe it.

And then I laughed. What else was there to do?”

Secret Pizza Word Number 3 Is In Play

“There are now five people that have secret pizza words. I am officially declaring myself a movement starter.”

Celebrate Birthdays Spontaneously

“I carry birthday candles in my purse. […] Because they’re so tiny, they can be jammed in just about anything – more than once they’ve been stuck in the lime of a tequila shot – and since birthdays are right up there with puppies and sex as my favorite things ever, they stayed in my purse for spontaneous, low-key celebrations anywhere.”

Go, read her blog, follow her on Twitter, fall in love with her*.

If you’ve got suggestions of people that you think I’ll love please let me know, I’m always looking for new blogs to follow! :)

*Platonic love only, please ;)

2015 Goals: January Round-Up

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I thought I’d do a monthly round-up of how my resolutions are going, as a way to encourage me to stay on track and plan goals, rather than leaving everything to the last minute! Here’s my January round-up. We’re abroad for two weeks in February, so it’ll be interesting to see how much that affects my progress! :)

Progress Made

  • 200 sugar free days: 13/200
  • Exercise 52 times: 18/52
  • Clear my ‘to read’ shelf: 2/32
  • Read 100 books: 10/100
  • Watch 100 films: 8/100
  • Watch 26 films at the cinema: 3/26
  • Weigh no more at the end of the year than I did at the start: 3lbs lost

Truth.

One of the ‘to read shelf’ books, done!

Spend less at the supermarket than we did in 2014

I made a super geeky spreadsheet to track our spending and motivate us – so far it’s working! :)

Have more patience

I’m not sure I’ve necessarily had more patience, but I’ve definitely been aware of wanting to be more patient, and trying to put that into place where I can.

A lovely notebook I picked up in TK Maxx, with a gentle reminder.

Be kind!

I hope that I’ve done this! :) It definitely ties in with being more patient, I think. I’ve been trying to give my full attention more when people are speaking, and empathising rather than rushing in with solutions for problems.

Be productive!

I’ve definitely been aware of this goal too. While there was a fair amount of Netflixing in January I also wrote a lot of blog posts and cleaned up various different spaces (physical and digital).

I re-arranged the office to better suit my needs. I still work from bed 90% of the time, but it’s nice to know it’s there ;)

No Progress Made

Finish the library

We’re plotting and planning to move some furniture around, but we haven’t yet got our bums into gear to start anything.

Build a WordPress theme

I feel like I’ve really honed in on an idea of what I want to do with my freelance career, and part of that is improving my WordPress skills. Treehouse has all the resources for me to achieve this one, I just actually need to commit the time and effort to doing it!

Push against my comfort zone

Honestly, I’m not sure if I’ve done this or not, which probably means that I haven’t. I guess exercising more kinda counts, but not anywhere near enough to make a big difference. Suggestions are welcome for how to tick this one off!

I feel like I picked smart choices which is helping me stay on track, rather than ambitious lofty goals I had no hope of achieving. My mantra this year is “slow and steady” I think. How are you all getting on with your goals for this year? :)

Grace in Small Things

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  • Fine liners
  • Universal charging cables
  • Sitting outdoors under a warm blanket
  • Warming your feet on a radiator
  • Donating books to charity

See the whole list here

31 for 31: Learn How to Make Delicious Cookies

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I’m a good cook, but a lousy baker. I can just about manage cakes and cupcakes but biscuits and cookies have always alluded me. Since going gluten-free I’ve found it even harder – the science of baking is even more difficult to tame when you’re dealing with tapioca starch and xanthan gum!

Last time I made cookies, this is how they turned out. Not great. I mean, they actually tasted okay but they looked like an absolute mess, ha.

My friend/boss Rob decided to help me out of my biscuit dilemma, and taught me how to make delicious cookies last month. I’ve made them twice now and both times they’ve been great so I’m counting this as a skill learnt! :) Thanks Rob!

Delicious gluten-free chocolate chip cookie recipe

(adapted from David Lebovitz)

  • 60g salted butter, at room temperature
  • 60g dark or light brown sugar
  • 50g granulated sugar
  • 1 medium egg, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 90g gluten-free flour (I use Dove Farms self raising, usually)
  • 1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt (Maldon, rock or sea salt is fine. Don’t use table salt!)
  • 100g coarsely chopped dark or milk chocolate

1. Beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until smooth and creamy
2. Add in the egg and the vanilla
3. Stir the flour and salt into the beaten butter until combined, then mix in the chopped chocolate
4. Cover and chill the batter until firm. It’s preferable to let it rest overnight, apparently, if you can wait that long for delicious cookies. Give it at least 4 hours in the fridge or freezer if you can fit the bowl in
5. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/gas mark 4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat
6. Form the cookie dough into balls about the size of a large walnut. Place the balls evenly spaced on the baking sheet, and press down the tops to flatten them so they are no longer domed
7. Bake the cookies for ten minutes, rotating the baking sheet midway during baking, until they look about set, but are not brown
8. Remove from oven. Let them cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes and then remove them with a spatula to a cooling rack

The only thing left to do after that is eat the delicious cookies. Om nom nom!