I've been nominated!
Exciting! I love blogging but sometimes I wonder if my posts are even read! Then I remember why I blog and that's because I like writing, I appreciate the simple things and I love life and being nominated for The Sunshine Blogger award stands for all of those things. 😀
I'll be honest and admit that I didn't know much about this award so did a little research, and once I'd found out what it was all about, I was pretty excited to have been nominated by Jenna. It's a real compliment so a big thank you! If you're not familiar with her blog, get clicking to be inspired, her blog post on why she gave her wedding dress away is truly heart warming.
How does it work?
There are a few rules:
A great way for bloggers to get to know one another!
Here are my Answers
1. Which blogger would you love to work with and why?
An evil first question! Isn't that like asking which child is your favourite?!
Okay so I love The daisy Pages! a blog that's all about simple living and minimalism. I love receiving Rachel's blog posts because she writes in a way that oozes simplicity and I think we share a lot of the same simple pleasures. Grab a cuppa and take a look at her website!
2. What one thing could you not live without?
The practical answer? My laptop because that's how I work!
The selfish answer? Food - I love eating!
The obvious answer? My family & friends 😊
I know, I cheated! 😉
3. Do you have pets? If not would you like to?
I'm a pet free zone! I appreciate the cuteness of other peoples pets but until they invent a hands free poopascoop contraption I'll stick with people!
4. What made you start blogging?
More to the point 'who' made me start blogging and that would be my husband. I moaned about wanting to write and he told me to stop moaning about it and do it! Voila, Simply Sarah was born!
5. Has your blog changed over time?
Of course! change is good and I think it would be naïve to imagine never changing, the world evolves and so should we! I recently read some of my old posts and saw that I'd lost focus and gone off on a merry tangent so I listed the reasons I'd started blogging in the first place and got back on track. You know, our busy lives often mean the little things are over looked so Simply Sarah is my way of sharing the simple things.
6. If you were offered an all expenses paid holiday anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Noooo I can't decide! The world is a big place, pretty please can I be offered an all expenses paid 'travel the world' pass? Too greedy?
7. What is your absolute beauty must have?
Mascara! I'm pretty low maintenance which means my only make up routine is eyeliner, mascara and some subtle eye brow colouring in to disguise a scar, that's it! But the minute I go mascara free it seems the whole world wants to tell me how tired I look! Yep, thank you world!
8. Do you have a favourite blog post of yours?
I suppose this answer changes the more I write but I like An honest Letter to my 21 year old self because it was therapeutic to write. It's so easy to be hard on ourselves and as my daughter turned 21 it made me think back to being 21 myself. (erm not too long ago...) My way of thinking has become more positive with time and I wish I'd have been more confident and less paranoid back then!
9. Are there any brands / charities you’d like to work with?
Ah this is a tough one! There are so many amazing charities out there which makes it difficult to choose one. Every year I try and help a charity by using my crocheting skills, this year I've donated coffee cosies to sell at The Big Sleep to raise money for their Winter Warmth fund and I'm currently back to making teeny hats for premature babies. As for brands, it would have to be those that appreciate simplicity in their products.
10. What would be a perfect evening in for you?
Seeing as our girls are all grown up and moved out, it would have to be an evening spent with them and my husband (predictable?), good food, silly games and lots of laughing.
11. If you could give your past self one piece of advice, what would it be?
Always be yourself.
Here my questions for you
There you have it, I hope you've enjoyed reading my answers seeing as I feel suitably grilled! and if you
Thank you! X
Pushing the simplicity boundaries
What irritates you?
I like simplicity so because I'm always harking on about appreciating the small stuff, today I'll enlighten you.
Today I'm talking about being irritated, by those simple things that make you want to growl like Marge Simpson.
(A skill I already have!)
My top 5 simple things that irritate me!
No.1 - Bad manners
Ever uttered the words 'you're welcome' sarcastically because of the lack of a thank you? Yep me too and not so much as uttered but instead said rather loudly with the obvious intention of having myself heard!
It's basic learn-as-a-toddler stuff, so why can I hold a door open for someone and they breeze through it as if I've been employed simply for my amazing door holding skills? Sometimes a whole tribe can sneak through that open door and not a simple 'thank you' is muttered!
Speaking of manners, how is it polite to go out for dinner and not thank the waiter/waitress as they clear your dirty plates? Their thumb may well be digging into your cold leftover gravy as they lift the plate but it's their job right? Right, but surely people can crack a smile and maybe even exert themselves to say thanks! 🙂
No. 2 - Junk mail
It amazes me that some companies go to the effort and expense of printing and delivering their advertising paraphernalia.
Do you read junk mail? The process for dealing with junk mail in my house is really simple,
1. Collect junk mail from door mat.
2. Drop junk mail into recycle box.
Do companies really get leads from this stuff because I'm sure none of it gets read! 🤨
No. 3 - Ignorant mobile phone users
Picture this, you're relieved to have got a seat on the train, you dig out your book to escape into another world. Somewhere a phone rings loudly.
A person answers loudly. Then they have a full conversation loudly!
I've even heard people give their bank details over the phone and not seem to care that the 50 passengers in their carriage could potentially be scribbling down their details!
What about when you're at the till in a shop?
End the call or carry on chatting while ignoring the assistant that's serving you?
I know people who are guilty of this and I always stop chatting and wait for them to finish. I almost high fived an assistant at Geneva airport when she interrupted a guys call by asking him to hang up so that she could serve him! Ha! ✋
No 4 - Pavement Politeness
If there are four of you walking in a line across the pavement and you're Heading towards me, it's obvious you're going to have to move over!
A walker ratio of 4-1 isn't going to work on a 3 ft wide pavement so why should I step into the road in front of moving cars? You won't believe the number of times I've stopped in my tracks and waited , face to face, for the warmth of my angry breathing to force people to move over.
Grrr! There's only one of me! 😡
No.5 - Little things at home
There isn't a secret pass code for the lid of the laundry basket, it just comes off, you simply lift it and the clothes go inside. Not on top of the lid, just lift and drop, simple!
There's no such thing as a toilet roll fairy, nor a bin fairy nor a make the bed fairy. It's me.
And when I finish the washing up and the kitchen surface is finally empty and clean, it's not the time to bring me a dirty mug as I remove my marigolds. 😒
Believe me there are more than five but if I was to dig deep into the realms of my irritated soul, I'd be writing a book not a blog post!
Fortunately the simple things that I love in life, outweigh the simple things that irritate the hell out of me. So all is good in Simply Sarah's world!
So come on, leave a comment below and tell us what simple things irritate you! 👍
It's me, yep the 40 year old you, weird eh!
Right now your gorgeous cheery little girl is turning 21, I know shocking right! She's amazing, independent, beautiful and happily in love. You did a bloody great job, you gave her love, values and encouraged her to be who she wanted to be and she respects you for that. You're still close, hugs, mum-daughter dates and bangers & mash made into smiley faces. Yep still! she's hilarious! 😆
Life is good, great in fact! But let me give you some advice, things are about to get serious!
First thing's first - you've got this, you're beautiful, kind and considerate and you're an amazing mum! 🤩Never forget that.
Believe in yourself! (Yep, this letter is a long one hence the sub titles, but read it it's important.)
So you're a single mum and you don't have enough hours in the day to wee never mind anything else! Being single doesn't mean you can't and won't be happy, you're an independent, strong woman. Stay strong through the shitty shifts and lack of money . I know you hate the fact that you're missing out on special things by working all hours but it will pay off. You're a big part of your daughters life and always will be, you'll get teary at her plays, you'll sit proud at her parents evenings and you'll enjoy life together. Believe in yourself and your self belief will encourage her. 😀
Enjoy every minute!
Too obvious? It is and I know you love being a mum, I'm just emphasising how quickly time flies by! Enjoy the gluing and glittering, the splashing in the bath, the sitting in the sun making daisy chains together. And when you've put your little girl to bed and you flop onto the sofa knackered knowing you still have housework to do, you know that its all worth it. I miss those times now, the cheeky girl giggles, the innocent happiness, my little smiley wing-woman. Those special things shouldn't be taken for granted.
Reach for the stars!
Life has taught me that the world really is my oyster! My husband, yes your husband! (I'll get to that later) is one of the strongest people I know and he's taught me that life is for living, not just getting by but living life to the full! So I know things are tough, but don't focus on just getting by because you will get by! Reach out for the things you really want. You can be who you want to be and do what you want to do, those things aren't just dreams, they're dreams waiting for you!
Now brace yourself because this is a long one!
You're a few years away from actually realising that you are who you are, I remember! You know what I mean, all that 'what do they think?' and 'but what will people say?' Stop worrying about what other people think, it simply makes you paranoid and isn't worth your time. You think your hips are bigger than other people's, so what? You see people staring at your face, so what? You think people are judging your parenting? So bloody what? No-one else's opinion matters, just be you.
I still have that sweet tooth but I can control it a little better than you can! (A little) You should ease off the chocolate, it probably doesn't help the acne and although you're lucky enough to never see the evidence of those calories you're downing, you will! What I mean is, at 40 (youthful 😉) I have to balance my sweet tooth with lots of steps! I can hear you saying 'yes mum' but you'll find out I'm right! 😲
Back to being serious now listen to me, toxic people are bad for your health, get rid of them, you don't need them no matter who they are. When the calls revolve around them without consideration for you, it's one sided. When you always give and they always take, it's one sided. When you give respect but receive none in return, it's ONE SIDED! Don't waste the years, feeling guilty and worrying if people will judge your motives, this is your life and you have a well deserved place in this world. If people can't share your happiness, if they're not there when you need support, get rid of them! Yes it sounds harsh but you know your life will be brighter. Life is too short to let anyone dull your sparkle, be positive and confident in your own sunny world. (Is that hippy-ish enough for you?)
Choose your own path.
I know you feel lost sometimes and you question if you're doing the right thing. You're teaching your daughter values, consideration and self respect and that is the right thing. As for your career, do what you want to do and do it well, you'll succeed even if you don't have a shiny title! Let other people worry about their own lives and you focus on yours, it's going to be great!
About all of the above! And stop imagining you'll be single forever! yes you're a package deal but that doesn't put people off like you think it does. Be yourself and enjoy life with your rosy cheeked girl and when you're worrying less, you're going to meet someone. Stop looking so doubtful! You're amazing and he's out there waiting to meet you, I know it because he's my husband! Those lonely nights when your daughter is in bed will become filled with love and laughter. I'm telling you! And there's a bonus, yep that second baby you once considered will come as your husband's daughter. A ready made family just for you. Embrace your new family and be confident! Your amazing man won't see the lines on your tummy, he won't question your simplicity, he loves you for who you are. He'll support you, he'll make you laugh and you're going to see wonderful places together.
Wow that was deep, I think I stopped breathing while I wrote that and I drank a few coffees, good job the gin wasn't close by! 😆
I know life seems really serious to you right now, cry, keep punching those cushions and stand tall because it pays off!
As you can see, the babbling on is still a thing 😆so I'll finish up with some final 'mum voice' words,
Stop frowning so much, worrying won't change anything and you still get a bum head anyway! Live your life to the fullest! Love those that value you and bring sunshine into your life and definitely laugh more! Laugh until your ribs hurt. Laugh with friends, with family and in your own company. Be happy. 🙂
Love yourself and always be yourself.
As I said before, you've got this, you're beautiful, kind and considerate . You are simply amazing!
Love me xx
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