Falling Forward: A Girl & Her Lists

Grace in Small Things

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  • Shade
  • Sunday morning lie-ins
  • Pretty jewellery
  • Nostalgia
  • Good neighbours

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Grace in Small Things

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  • Treacle toffees
  • Yawning
  • SD cards
  • Fluffy towels
  • Opening a brand new jar of something

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Friday Thanks

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Dear Freelancing,

Thank you for being the job I never thought I could do, for proving me wrong on that score and for giving me a reason to work from my pyjamas 80% of the time. You’re the best career move I ever made.



See other Friday Thanks here or visit the original inspiration for the project here.

Life List: Team Chong Supper Club

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At the beginning of March we threw our first “Secret Supper Club” event – 6 friends, 7 courses, £5 per head. It was so much fun that we’ve done it again a couple of times since then and each time it’s been an absolute blast.

I’m a big fan of food, as is Q (we have our own cooking blog together in fact), and we’ve been to a couple of supper clubs before so hosting one of our own seemed like the next logical step for us. There have been a few niggles along the way (hello to the person who complained to the council about us, btw) and we’re not sure if we want to do it as a full time venture yet, but it’s definitely been a pretty awesome adventure so far :)

(I have “throw regular secret supper clubs” on my Life List, but I haven’t quite figured out yet what counts as regular. Any suggestions?)

If you like food, you’ll probably like this. (If you wanna see the kind of things we cook you can see the menu from the first event here).

We’re planning the next one for the 17th of August. If you want to come (and you should!) then you can sign up here and we’ll send you some details out :) This one is extra special as all proceeds from the night will go towards the head shave fundraising, which means you can feel extra virtuous while stuffing your face. Perfect.

#MiaLovesYellow – A Birthday Thank You

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On my birthday I asked my friends to take photos of yellow things with the hashtag #mialovesyellow, and this is the result! Just want to say a big thank you to everyone who took part – look how pretty all the photos look together! :)

I might start doing this every year, heh.

Grace in Small Things

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Friday Thanks

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Dear Rainbow Rowell,

Thank you for writing such wonderful books – you’re helping me tick off a goal and reaffirming my faith in female authors, one joyous character at a time.

Never stop.



See other Friday Thanks here or visit the original inspiration for the project here.

Colour 365 – Quarterly Round Up

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We’re halfway through the year – can you believe it? 2014 seems to be absolutely rushing by – which means that another three months of the Colour : 365 have been completed, hurrah! The first quarter was pale blue, turquoise and dark blue, this quarter we’ve done dark green, green and yellow (which was obviously my favourite to complete).

Colour365: April 2014 Dark Green

Dark green was boring. Like, so much. I think partly because sometimes it’s hard to decide if a colour is dark green or just regular green and partly because dark green just isn’t a colour that I’m really that into, but this month felt long and I was definitely glad to see the back of it!

Colour 365: May 2014 Green

Green was slightly better – the weather was nicer in May and we took a trip to Italy where there was plenty of lush foliage, so that definitely helped! I was mostly waiting for green to end tho so we could finally get to the start of the brights…

Colour 365: June 2014 YellowYellow, yay! I picked yellow for June as it’s my birthday month and yellow is my happy colour, so it was super fun to spend a whole month yellow spotting. We have an absolute ton of yellow in our house so this month felt super duper easy, always a bonus!

My favourite photo from the month was from the last day, where we gathered a few of our yellow items together. Looking at this makes me so happy!

181/365: Yellow? It's Okay. I Guess.

We’re onto orange now for July, then it’s into red and pink. I’m hoping these months will feel a bit more fun, since the colours are much more distinctive :) We’ll see!

If you want to check out everyone else’s progress (or join in!) then you can see the Flickr group here :)

Monthly Goals for June & July

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5 Goals for June [4/5]

  1. Have 25 meat free days [25/25]
  2. No phone browsing before bed (9:30pm cut off)
  3. Try 5:2 for a month
  4. Complete my 30 for 30!
  5. Read 10 books written by women [10/10]

June was an interesting month, goals wise. I inadvertently set myself two food goals, plus the challenge of completing my 30 for 30. The vegetarian days I actually didn’t find a problem, 5:2 however was another kettle of fish. I think as a recovered borderline-anorexic setting myself calorie goals is quite a stressful endeavour, and I found that it was making me obsess over food. I ended up skipping the final week because I really wasn’t enjoying it – oh well! Life is all about trying things, right?

At least the ‘no phone browsing’ goal was easier this month, after the spectacular fail of last month. I definitely get to sleep quicker when I’m not up for hours browsing beforehand, but I don’t think I’m going to be quite as strict going forward, there are days when it’s okay to stay up late reading blogs or watching Netflix! :)

5 Goals for July [0/5]

  1. Go for a bike ride at least once
  2. Sort through and organise my clothes
  3. Complete “How to make a website” and “J Query” basics on Treehouse
  4. No new clothes/books etc for the month
  5. Complete five ‘house to-do’ items [0/5]

Onto July! It’s the start of my 31 for 31 list so I’ve added “go for a bike ride” as I know I need good weather to complete those and there’s no guarantee that we’ll get much of that later in the year, heh. I’ve noticed my spending creeping up again lately so I’ve put myself on a book/clothes ban. Bye books! I’ll miss you!

I don’t know if it’s just the weather or the itch to spend some time sorting things out but I’m in the mood to be neat so I’m going to go through my clothes and try and come up with a better way of storing them. Despite my best intentions they always end up tossed in a drawer in a ball, not exactly the neatest plan…

Happy 31st Birthday To Me

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Me on my 30th birthday, at Bristol Aquarium, wearing panda ears. Of course.

So last year I wrote a list of 30 things I wanted to do, to celebrate being 30. The deadline for it was yesterday which means that today is my 31st birthday. Hooray! Happy birthday to me.

Completing my 30 for 30 was such a fun, motivating experience that I’ve decided to write a 31 for 31 this year and do it all over again. If you want to help me tick off any of the items then give me a shout! :)

Here’s to joy. Cheers.

  1. Shave my head for charity
  2. Donate my hair
  3. Read 31 more books from my ‘to read’ pile [0/31]
  4. Re-watch 31 of my favourite films [0/31]
  5. Finish my 100 cheeses [90/100]
  6. No swearing for a day
  7. Finally knit that owl sweater
  8. Learn how to French braid my hair
  9. Swim in a lido
  10. Go UV bowling
  11. Learn how to make delicious gluten free chocolate chip cookies
  12. Donate to 31 charities [0/31]
  13. Ride my bike 10 times [0/10]
  14. Take a ballet class
  15. Take the same walk every month & photograph the changes [0/12]
  16. Visit another European country
  17. Throw the 2nd annual Life List Party
  18. Get up to 40 words a minute in shorthand
  19. Print our family cookbook
  20. Finish the Top Secret Project for Arthur’s 2nd birthday
  21. Sew something I can wear
  22. Host a Team Chong Supper Club to raise money for the head shave
  23. Get the EE Cummings & grace quotes printed for our walls
  24. Eat at 12 new places in Wales [0/12]
  25. Give blood at least once
  26. Swim a length under water
  27. Be debt free
  28. Get my eyes lasered
  29. Send 31 surprise gifts [0/31]
  30. Read a Man Booker prize winner
  31. Make my own jam

I’ll be tracking my progress (of course) – feel free to tune in :)

Ps. Since it’s my birthday and all, if you’d like to donate to my head shave fund raising I would be insanely grateful. I didn’t ask for any presents this year, just donations and avocados – you can never  have too many of either I find.