With A Spring In My Step.


Cherry Blossoms have begun precariously blooming here and there around London, unsure, much like myself if we’ve *actually* entered spring yet, or if there is still more snow, sleet and sharp winds to come. Regardless, there are vibrant yellow daffodils, deep purple crocuses and pretty little snowdrops all rising from the earth, turning their faces towards the sun, expectant for warmer weather and spring showers. I feel a little bit like a flower at the moment, I'm also turning my face to the sky expectant for spring, eagerly awaiting the sun on my skin, a glass of wine in my hands and a loose sundress on my body. Bliss. With the apparent impending arrival of warmer weather, I've entered my yearly "Sade vs Self Improvement" phase, writing lists of what I'm doing well at the moment, and areas in which I can improve. Some are health-related, others are more life in general related but either way, ya girl on a mission to do better and be better in all things, here are a few things on that list of mine...
Explore more parts of London: Every year I swear that I’ll make a conscious effort to get myself down to east and south London more often - and every year I fail miserably. We, humans, are creatures of habit and for me, if it’s not Central or North West London - I don’t want it. I mentally calculate how long it’ll take me from NW Zone 6 to SE - wherever and I'm tired already before the journey has even begun. But seriously I’ve been meaning to get myself to Peckham, Hackney and Islington in the warmer months. If you’re a Londoner, let me know your recommendations for hidden gems in the city! 
Dedicate a solid amount of time spending with friends and family: Getting work-life balance in check is a tricky one for me as I have some many different spheres colliding that I need to try and cater to, and very little time to do so. During the working week, I try not to stretch myself too thin so I can continue to work to the best of my ability. Keeping an old school week to diary has helped me work out gaps in my schedule, multitasking on the go has also become a go-to for me. For example, most of this blog post was actually penned in an email to myself on my phone the other morning on my commute to work! 

Work on my health & fitness: I will find absolutely any excuse not to exercise, but with each passing year I’m reminded that youth is fleeting and I should probably try to get into some sort of solid running or gym routine especially because most of my day requires me to be sitting at a desk drawing construction details, or on-site monitoring the building process (it's a lot more exciting than it sounds!). It’s so easy to get stuck in the Routine of wake up, go to work, come home, eat dinner, go to bed and repeat the next day, my conundrum is finding the energy to do such (any other fellow late twenty-somethings who are feeling more like eighty-somethings out there? I can’t be the only one exhausted 24/7?!), with the clocks having gone forward now, the days will be lighter and brighter so it means I can squeeze in a 15 minute jog after work or a 30 minute HIIT workout without it feeling like it's too late in the day. I'm also doing the Daniel Fast at the moment (which means I'm vegan, no coffee, tea, no sugars or sweeteners and no bread or products with yeast included in them), which has had a huge effect on my energy levels and weight (I've lost a whopping ten pounds so far and still have 27 more days to go) Although the fast is for spiritual purposes, I've been enjoying making a conscious effort to eat more fruits and vegetables. 

What are your plans for the spring and summer months?

What I Wore...

JUMPSUIT* - roman originals | SUNGLASSES* - &Otherstories | TRAINERS - new look | BASKET BAG - lekki market 



Svo Hljótt.

Covent Garden
My late teens are where silence became a solace for me. In the quiet, I learned to truly listen to myself without the swirling noise of the chaos called the world to bend, break and twist my thoughts. In the quiet one can truly find the peace I believe. It is something that people often find unnerving when they come into my life. "But... But... But why would you want to be alone?", a question that has been posed to me many a time. I often chuckle and wink explaining to them, that I'd like to spend some time with one of the most important people in my life. Myself. This isn't a gimmicky self-care 101 type of thing, it's a genuine need for me-time, to just chill out and let my brain rest. The introvert in me has genuinely grown to treasure solitude and I think there is something special about the echoing silence that surrounds you in moments of alone-ness. I'm talking alone, not lonely, for there is a difference my friends. I enjoy being alone, but not being lonely, something I've written about roughly here.
2018 rushed into our lives with a whirlwind of fireworks, optimism and promises of this being our year; now we're hurtling through the months - racing through March, and a lot of us are wondering, "How are we already this far in?!". We've been working in silence, building things up brick by boring brick and I can sense the deafeningly monotonous tinkering of the hopeful and the faithful trying, trying and trying again. Often my best works or achievements come out of the silent periods. I mean silence on all levels, physical silence and what I consider spiritual silence. When you're physically alone, when you feel like you're spiritually alone and when things in life are quiet when you're not sure where you should be, or what you should be doing. When you've metaphorically sown your seeds, toiled the ground endlessly and still have yet to see a single bud emerge from the ground. For me, this has always been a sign that bigger and greater things are to come, should I keep on toiling.
One of the most difficult things to do I think is work in silence in this day and age. We live in an era of almost instantaneous and instant gratification so it can be heartbreakingly hard to keep climbing our personal mountains. A lot of the time it feels like one step forward, three steps back, and we can look to our left and right and see others thriving and living their best lives. Keep going and fix your eyes on the race before you, even when your legs hurt, even when you want to break down and cry, even when your chest feels like it's going to explode. Keep going, keep walking your path in the quiet. I should probably note that I myself have been fairly absent from social media/blogging as I'm climbing my own personal mountains and toiling the ground as it were. I'm right beside you, waiting for all things to come together for good. 

There is beauty in the silence. Keep going. Try again, try again, try again, try again, try again, try again and try yet again.  There is someone, something, infinitely bigger than all of us working all things for good. Always remember this.

What I Wore...

 DENIM PINAFORE - asos (old) | ROLLNECK - boden | BOOTS - topshop (old)


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