Friday Notes x Fun Links From Around the Web #9
Hey! How you doing?
I'll be honest and say it did feel like a Saturday to me today. But I guess that's because I had a half day at work yesterday and after being home at about 3pm, it felt strange that the next day should be a working day. But at least it's Friday.
How was your week? I think I had a pretty okay one. If I can't remember anything that happened, then I guess it wasn't that exciting.
The last time I wrote these notes though, I mentioned I had to attend a masked party. So that was good, and I quickly realised how for someone who wears glasses, a masked party is a bit of a dilemma - between the need to wear the mask, and the need to have your glasses on and just have clear eyesight. I did see an older man wear his glasses on top of the mask - but decided against it, lest I be the butt of everyone's jokes! If I didn't even attempt to wear contacts on my wedding day, I'm not sure what would make me give them a try.
Yesterday, I realised that it's sale season in most of my favourite shops. And I had zero clue. Which was weird. I use to look forward to sale season pretty much in order to cop a few good pieces. But now when I think of shopping, I think of decor items for the house. Is that what being an adult means? Ok, well maybe not exactly because I've been debating getting a new hand bag or a new camera - one of those small ones with WIFI for ease of transferring photos to your phone. And then the sad-ish thing about summer sale in the UK, means that Autumn and Winter is fast approaching! Not my fave.
I've also been thinking about Time a lot - and how that should not be a hindrance to your dreams, if you just keep moving and as long as there's life and good health. I was thinking about this, when I realised that just this time three years ago, we moved to the UK - after our wedding.
I remember thinking, I was just about to start law school in the UK for a year and still had a 2 year training process ahead of me. But just like that, all that is over. In retrospect, it did feel like forever - especially on tough days, but now it's all done. Also, Tee and I had a laugh about how empty our house was when we moved in - no couch, no bed, no nothing. And trust me it stayed like that for a while! But those memories are actually priceless. It's the same way some of my friends who started their PhDs and undergraduate degrees here have now finished. Can you imagine how the finish line may have seemed so far ahead to them at that time?
I may have rambled on, but it's more or less a note to me and you - time shouldn't be the reason you fail to pursue your dreams or just because it hasn't happened yet, be the reason you quit. Time would fly!
Ok, enough motivational talk. The weather has been so good here that I'm considering a picnic in the park. We haven't had one this summer, and the bright sunshine shall be gone soon. I also recently started watching Black-ish. Some bits are funny, some not so much. And I'm also curious about this show called Love Island. It's literally everywhere on my Twitter timeline. Do you watch it?
I'm also itching to watch the Netflix documentary called 'What the Health' - which seems to make everyone go vegan once they watch it. Do I really really want to give up meat. Can I really? Interesting that I read this week somewhere that veganism is now a protected right that cannot be discriminated against - so it was wrong to put up a job application and say 'vegans are unable to apply'.
Here are some fun links you might enjoy this weekend:
~ I really enjoyed this What's in a Name piece by Osemhen. I laughed out loud when I realised her name was also Jennifer. (Don't call me that!). I really only told people my name was Jennifer if I didn't think I'd see them again.
~ If your Summer body is banging, like Ufuoma's, she shares her enviable swimsuit collection and where to buy some. I wouldn't have considered buying a bikini from Amazon, but I'm glad she's opened my eyes to that. Seeing one for $5.99 makes me wish I had a holiday planned.
~ Interestingly I granted two interviews recently, and you can catch up on them. First is this interview with the W Community - on being a lawyer + blogger and finding balance and second interview on For Creative Girls on blogging productively, inspiration and sharing personal stories.
~ If you're trying to be minimalist and avoid unnecessary purchases and clutter, here's 6 things you don't need and should stop buying. Might be helpful to start with one or two.
What have you read or watched recently that was fun or isnpiring. Please feel free to leave a link in the comment section for others to enjoy!
If you haven't already, please check out AfomaUmesi.com - especially if you're a book lover. I was just thinking to myself last night how reading a book is one thing that clears my head and somewhat transfers me to another world. Asides Afoma's review of amazing books, she's just started this segment called BOOK'D which I think is fab, as she speaks to various readers on their book choices and everything else book related!
I hope you have a lovely weekend, and an even better week ahead. What are your plans?