I can barely believe that June is over and we are now in the heights of summer. Now I’m on holiday I’ve had time to reflect on the goals I set at the beginning of the year… and I’m glad to report that I’m making good progress!
Life goals were mainly focused on fitness, and while I’ve not been back to the water circuits class, I’ve really knuckled down on the swimming. Pretty much consistently, I have swum at least 3 (usually 4 or 5) times a week and I’ve been upping my distance/speed so that I can expect to swim 8 lengths in 5 minutes – so my pre-work 25 minute swims mean that I’m covering 1km each time. Some weeks I’ve done longer swims – one time I swam for an hour which equated to 2.25 kilometres (90 lengths) which I was over the moon about! So I’m looking forward to keeping this up and attempting to get even more speedy in the pool!
Work-wise, time to do a little development work on Project Management hasn’t happened, but it’s been interesting seeing the new projects that have been starting in our team, and I have to say that it hasn’t been so hard reducing my hours from 35 to 21!
I’ve still been enjoying Let’s Bake Inverness and I’ve given you a sneak peek of my dairy free, layer bake and summer fruits bake – all of which I’ve taken along to the meetings. The next one is in August and I’m organising it. August is when schools start back after the holidays in Scotland so I’m thinking that a ‘back to school’ theme could potentially be quite fun!
I’ve been a bit slow off the mark in trying to continue my DSLR Basics course bought from A Beautiful Mess as a Christmas present. I have done the first session and I’m hoping for a bit more time over the summer (and we have our summer holiday on some Scottish Islands to try and take some stunning landscape shots) to keep experimenting! Hopefully the whole trip will have weather like a unseasonably warm day we had in April!
Finally with the blog and writing, I’ve been posting regularly pretty consistently, even being fairly organised to get a week’s worth of posts scheduled on the odd occasion! I’m not all about the stats by any means but I’ve blogged 101 posts so far this year (I had 99 posts in 2014)! I’ve had lots of foodie adventures in the first half of the year, including; being out and about breadmaking with local baker Elizabeth of Capability Brown’s, attending a Real Bread Week event, Taste of Grampian and also the Highland and Moray Food & Drink Festival! I’ve also had plenty of fun in the kitchen, being semi successful at my Cooking the Books challenge (although no recipes in June–oops!), and these recipes (amongst others):
I hosted my first blog giveaway in May, and in September I will be attending Food Blogger Connect at Chiswick House. I’m particularly excited for this and have recently created my weekend programme of Labs, Talks, and StrEAT parties which sound incredible. It will also be nice to be down in my old area of West London, and to meet other bloggers who I have met ‘virtually’ but not in person!If you’re going to FBC15, what are your top tips? I’m sure that the next six months are going to be as fun as the first six to building on the goals I set at the beginning of the year!