Hey everyone! So February has been a crazy month, including a short break in Sheffield to check out the university. It’s also been a long yet short month. I mean, are we really into March already?! Yet I find myself checking my diary to remember what I’ve done because it all feels so long ago. Anyone else feel like that? So this is my chance to look back through my diary and remind myself of all the good bits.
- My new NutriNinja! I absolutely adore my juicing/blending/smoothie-ing upgrade, although I think my parents wish it was quieter. From pepper and lime “slushies” through to avocado and apple smoothies, I have been loving discovering even more combinations to up my fruit and veg intake. It’s great to know that, even when my sugar is skyrocketing and I can’t stay away from chocolate, I’m filling my body with good things and enjoying it.
- I’m just going to warn you but food seems to have overtaken my Instagram feed. (I seriously need to up my style game!) So it only makes sense that food is dominating February, such as when I introduced my parents to Cauliflower Puree and Marinated Kale Salad. It was definitely an interesting meal but I think I converted mum into giving kale a second chance. I also managed to begin to process of teaching myself to like tahini, which made my old housemate grin as she’s addicted to the stuff.
- Ahhhh, more food! We had a social event at church in the form of a film and pudding night. You can always rely on Christians to put on a good spread whenever food is involved and I’m pretty sure I left twice my original weight. Plus some of the best popcorn I’ve ever had thanks to Sherry. Delicious! I love spending time with my church and when I do move to Sheffield in September, I’m going to have to try so hard not to cry at my last service.
- Sheffield… You will probably get bored about me being excited about Sheffield over the next couple of months. But please bear with me because February was all about exploring Sheffield. I decided that I needed to check out the university I had applied to so took myself off on a city break that tied in with the Postgraduate Open Day. This particular photo is the road leading to the accommodation I’m hoping to live in next year. Can you believe how green and open it is for a city? I couldn’t but I fell in love with it straight away.
- By coincidence (I swear), one of my closest friends from when I studied History is studying for her PhD at Sheffield too! Now what does a girl do when she’s in the same city as one of her best friends? She takes her out for dinner of course! Thus, Fee and I first ended up at a cocktail bar before heading to an American BBQ restaurant. I do not think I have ever eaten so much meat in one sitting but it was fantastic food. Even better, Fee and I had a properly girly catch up and filled each other in on everything that has happened since we last caught up.
- After an intense bbq chicken binge, I thought I should probably be a little bit healthier. Enter another food Instagram. This time of my lunch in Nourish, a fantastic healthy takeaway I discovered by the Peace Gardens. The raw carrot and courgette noodles were delicious but the real star was the turkey and cranberry meatballs in tomato sauce. Just so full of flavour! I think I may have already found my go-to place for a foodie pickup after one glass of wine too many.
- As much as I loved visiting Sheffield, there is nothing like getting home to a cup of tea and slippers. This photo could have been from any number of days because no matter how tired or stressed I am, I can rely on a cup of fruit tea to relax me and help me find my mojo again. I swear heaven will have endless cups of lemon&ginger and red berry tea.
- Ahhh, my infamous wrist supports. I did have to take two days off because my wrists became particularly painful but I refuse to let this get me down. Instead, I choose to let them be a reminder for me not to do too much but also to not give up because of one obstacle. It just means I have to learn some new tools and ways of working, like dictating to my computer. But as Paul says “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” I can only keep persevering and believing in this verse.
- I have been letting down the fashion side of the blog recently, with all this emphasis on food. So the other Sunday I shared my 90s Goth/Grunge-inspired outfit with you all over on Instagram. It’s another one of the things I love about my church, that I can wear anything and not feel judged. If anything, I get more comments if I dress up and put on a nice skirt and shoes! But to be able to let my alternative side out and be myself in every way when I attend church is something precious that, unfortunately, doesn’t happen everywhere. It is something I am continually grateful for.
Monthly Praise Post Link Up
- Concentrate on the good things that have happened over the last month. That could be the obvious or even how God has turned a rubbish situation into a good one (like forcing me to take time to chill via my wrists).
- Read the link that appears before yours. Maybe even leave a comment on the page so they know you’ve read it. Let’s build a community of Christian girls celebrating with and supporting each other.
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