By some miracle, we’ve actually had an extended period of warm weather here in the UK. Naturally, we Brits reach for a glass of anything alcoholic in such conditions, and any stigma around day drinking vanishes like the t-shirts of men who can’t withstand temperatures above 18ºC. My summertime tipple of choice is undoubtedly a gin and tonic; how handy then that on my doorstep is a gin bar well-stocked with some of the world’s most wonderful gins.
We don’t like serious. It’s boring, the fun-killer, the grown-up. When everyone else is having a great time arsing around and making crass jokes, seriousness shows up to remind everyone that you can dick around in your own time and it’s about time you pack in all that nonsense. But as we get older, we’re meant to become more serious as we endure the monotonous nature of grown-up tasks like paying council tax and attending Monday morning meetings, all the while being told “Don’t take yourself too seriously”.
There seems to be a seriousness paradox in which we’re simultaneously not supposed to be so serious that we’re self-involved and devoid of humour, all the while being serious enough to be taken seriously.
It’s serious business.
It’s Bank Holiday Monday while I’m writing this, and I am overwhelmed with the possibilities of what I can do with an extra day to myself. Of course, having not published any new blog posts since a time before Cardi B was a household name, it seemed that spending the day writing new content was a good and worthwhile choice. That being said, it’s 25 degrees in the UK today and I think once it’s this hot they strip you of your nationality if you don’t go outside and get mildly sunburnt…
Sometimes, I don’t want to watch any series, I can’t be bothered to read anything, but I need someone or something to entertain me. Enter podcasts.
The best kind of breaks are city breaks.
There’s nothing more exciting to me than wandering down meandering lanes to find boutique cafés, surrounding yourself with ancient architecture and immersing yourself in a different way of life, even if just for a long weekend. Florence is the destination of choice to experience all of the above, as well as enough pizza to ruin any chance of a summer body. But no ragrets here.
We all have the best intentions when it comes to New Year’s resolutions or setting ourselves goals. When I get to a point where I decide to make a change to my lifestyle, I’m usually so ready to challenge myself and start something new.
Unfortunately, that enthusiasm can be fleeting. We’ve all found ourselves in that position at some point, particularly with New Year’s resolutions. Even when I’ve set resolutions I think are more realistic, they usually end up incomplete or forgotten.