Hi guys! It’s been a while since I posted a life update, or anything for that matter. I’ve been hit with a massive case of writer’s block over the past few weeks and I’ve just had absolutely zero motivation to write or post anything on here, so I figured I’d do more of a chatty post letting you know what I’ve been up to recently. (Apart from trying to shake this damn flu).
Perhaps the biggest news I have (well, big to me anyway) is that I’m in the process of booking sessions with a counsellor. I probably don’t talk about my mental health on here as much as I should, or claim to, and seeing someone about it has been something I’ve known I should be doing for a while now, but I guess it’s taken me this long because 1. I’m a procrastinator and 2. I do the whole flamingo thing and hide my head in the sand and pretend everything’s alright. In my entire life I’ve only had one counselling session so far, and that was probably about ten years ago. I was suffering from panic attacks pretty much on a daily basis, and this was way before I even knew the depth of my anxiety and ‘the-D-word’ so I had no clue what was going on, let alone how to explain it to her. I was only sent to see her because my doctor had put me on every kind of medication under the sun, and when nothing worked counselling seemed like the next step. Anyway, I’m hoping this time will be better, because I’ve had a lot more life experience since then, and I’m optimistic that I’ll be more open minded, and more able to verbalise my thoughts and feelings in an accurate way. The lady I’m going to see does a lot of Animal Assisted Therapy which sounds amazing – my worst nightmare would be to sit on a shrink’s couch and hear “And how does that make you feel?”, so I knew I needed something a bit different. She also does walk & talk sessions in the countryside which I just love the sound of. I have my first session over the next couple of weeks, so wish me luck!
I’ve also been doing more 30 day fitness challenges. I’m currently in the middle of a squat one (although I’m on a hiatus because I’ve caught the awful illness that’s been going around), and I’m really enjoying it. I’m not one to go to the gym much, I find it really intimidating, so I’m trying to do little and often at home. I’ll spend about 15/20 minutes doing 20 reps of basically every exercise I can think of until I get bored. I always find if I give myself a set routine to do, I always get bored and end up not doing it, whereas if I do something different everyday then it keeps it interesting. I’m also going swimming with my mum every week which I really enjoy, but I’m a really weak swimmer so I can’t do much at the moment. I’ve also noticed how much the exercise has helped with my mental health, too. I didn’t really notice at the time, but since I haven’t done anything for about a week due to illness, I’ve noticed how much more down I’ve felt. It could just be a coincidence, but I just thought it was interesting to see that it’d made a difference.
Last week my husband and I did a bit of exploring around Bath. I have been there before, but mainly just to go shopping – this time we did more sightseeing and I can’t believe I haven’t done that before! It’s such a beautiful city, it actually reminds me a little bit of Bordeaux. I always take Bath for granted because it’s so close, but I’ll definitely be going back in the summer to take advantage of some of the beautiful parks Bath has to offer.
Here are some photos from our trip!
This was from the Roman Baths right in the centre of Bath. We paid around £36 to get in so it’s not particularly cheap, and as we were walking around we saw that everyone had these phone-type things which gave information and history of the baths, so I think we may have missed the desk which was giving them out, but never mind! Definitely worth visiting though!
After the baths we went into Bath Abbey which is just gorgeous! There’s no entry fee however they do ask for a small donation on entry which is fair enough. It’s in the same square as the baths so everything is really easy to find.
After the Abbey, we walked along the canal and came to Bath’s famous Pulteney Bridge. It’s one of the handful of historic bridges in the world which has shops and cafes built into it. Pictured above is a gorgeous flower shop on Pulteney Bridge – can you imagine how beautiful it’ll be in the spring/summer!?
Finally, I actually have a couple of trips booked this year! Some of my relatives have an apartment in Spain, so in April we’re going out to stay there for a week. I’m beyond excited because I’ve never been to Spain before (also when we were in Bath I went to a Tapas restaurant for the first time, and I am now a convert!). We’re also hoping to do a day trip to Valencia, and perhaps an overnight stay in Madrid. Keep your eyes peeled because I will be blogging and vlogging the trip, and if you follow me on Instagram I’ll be posting a lot on Insta Stories! If you’re not following me already, come say hi over at instagram.com/kimberleyllane
The end of May will be our first wedding anniversary! So, we thought we’d take another trip to our absolutely favourite place: The Lake District. It was also the first ever place we went together so it’s quite special to us for that reason. Here’s the difference: I’ve somehow agreed to go camping. He’s been trying to get me to go camping for years now, and earlier this year I told him I was *toying* with the idea, so he took that as a yes and ran with it and now we’re going camping. HOWEVER. As we booked our honeymoon through hotels.com, they have a loyalty scheme where if you book 10 nights you get a free night. So, we’re doing 3 nights camping, then we’ve booked our free night on our actual anniversary in a swanky spa hotel with a balcony overlooking Lake Windermere. Not bad!
That’s it for now! Let me know what you guys have been up to!