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A chilled out Sunday, my new favourite coat and life lately

Recently life's gotten a bit.... well, weird. Back in August my work relocated so I've been doing a 100 mile round trip each day, and the dark nights and long drives are playing havoc with my energy levels and leaving me feeling run down despite the fact that I really enjoy what I do. I'm on my second cold of the season now and that's quite unusual for me. Here's hoping it's the last for this year!

I also had a bit of a health scare, which wasn't much fun. I'm still being monitored but it looks like things are actually fine, so that's good! The waiting for tests and unpleasant doctors appointments while life went on wasn't easy. I'm paranoid about my health at the best of times (do not, ever, google things). I wanted support from the people around me during a worrying time but it's just not the sort of thing you talk about. While I was waiting to find out what was or wasn't up with me the only people I really told were Mat and my Mum, and even though they've both been amazing I did feel quite alone at times. Now that I know what was actually wrong I feel like I've relaxed so much and a weight has been lifted. Maybe I'll address that on the blog at some point. We should talk more, right?

So with all that going on I've been on high alert for the last month or so, struggling to stay awake and concentrate during the day and lying awake scared to death at night. It's not exactly a recipe for joy! And that's why I've been taking things a hell of a lot slower both in real life and on the blog. I've only been making time for the things that make me genuinely happy.

These days we all really struggle to actually look after ourselves. I know that this big movement towards self care and Hygge and 'taking time for you' probably seems like a load of old crap to some, but is vital for others. Like many women my age if you live a busy life, struggle with your mental (or physical) health, have to check your bank balance before treating yourself to lunch from the M&S sandwich van (which is babin' by the way) or feel like the internet is closing in around you, then slowing down and taking stock is a very important thing. It's totally ok to not be totally bossing it every minute of the day when you're going through a rough time.

So after a boozey, stereotypically mahem-filled but really rather fun company Christmas party on Friday I took the rest of the weekend to mostly do nothing. On Saturday I lay upon my gloriously hungover deathbed force-feeding myself Pringles and brownie bites with my gorgeous new Etta French candle* burning in the background and Netflix keeping me conscious.

Then today we took a mooch around the streets of Cambridge for some hot chocolate at the Hotel Chocolat cafe, picked up the last few bits of Christmas shopping and stopped for a flippin' delicious lunch at Pho - which I won in the raffle at the CambMeetUp Christmas event last week! I even managed to convince Mat to take a few outfit photos for me as I'm loving my new New Look camel coat. With some guidance they haven't come out half bad!

Coat: New Look | Bag: H&M (from last season but this one is near identical)| Top: H&M 

*This post may contain PR samples.

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