Chester Zoo Photo Diary

My favourite place for a day out is definitely the zoo, so when Nathan suggested it last week I wasn’t going to say no. We usually go once a year, and always go at this time of year purely because it’s quiet. Yes, the weather is a little more chilly but you can wrap up, and being able to wander around at your own pace, not worrying about queuing to see your favourite animals is my idea of heaven.

We’re so lucky in the fact that we’re literally only a 30 minutes drive (if that) away from the zoo, so it’s pretty much just on our door step.

Anyway instead of this being a word-heavy post I thought I’d switch it up a little and share a few of my favourite photos. Enjoy!

These were all taken on my trusty iPhone 7, and my photography isn’t the best. But at least I tried, right?

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Hello Autumn | Sunday Thoughts

Let’s get straight to the point. Autumn is my favourite season, my favourite time of year. Why? Because of the fiery leaves, Halloween and of course the cosiest of clothes.

I love to be dressed in copious amounts of layers. Bring on the chunky scarves and cute ankle boots. The burnt orange and warm red tones of not only the leaves, but the make up palettes too. The crisp mornings, the dark evenings. I also think baths are a little more acceptable in the dark evenings, I’m not sure why. But hey, that’s just me.

It seems to strange writing a Sunday Thoughts post again, it’s been months. But I feel like I’m ready again. I’ve had a tough few months, in a lot of different aspects of my life and unfortunately they have impacted my blog. Not because I didn’t want to write, I just didn’t know what to write. I have been scared as to forgetting where to draw the line when it comes to sharing personal things online. But I feel a hell of a lot better so here we are, again.

I’ve finally joined the gym, again. The Moneypenny stone (or two in my case) is definitely a thing, and I am not comfortable with that. So it’s time to get myself back to feeling good about my body image. I also got my other foot tattooed whilst I’ve been away, and being under the needle again felt soo good! I’ve missed being able to spend money on things I actually want rather than the bill monster eating at away at it. Nathan and I have also officially started saving, we actually have some sort of savings for the first time in our lives. Let me tell you coming to payday and still having X amount in your bank to fall back on for emergencies feels SO good. Things are on the up!

Anyway, enough about me. How have you guys been? I’m sorry to have been away for so long, but I’m back. I may not be posting as regularly as I used to but I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things as quickly as possible.

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Life Lately

Where do I start? I know, I’m sorry, I’ve been a little MIA lately in the blogging world. But hey, I’ve been enjoying life. Is that really something to be sorry for? Definitely not, but I am sorry for not keeping you updated. If you follow me on social media, you may have noticed I have been spending a lot of time with family and friends. Although I haven’t really been doing a lot other than chill, it’s been nice.

Can you really believe we’re almost 5 months into 2017 already? In just over a month we will be at the half way mark and that is scary! I feel like I have stepped on to the sidelines of the blogosphere lately, and in all honesty I’m glad. Why? Because it all seems to have built up a whoooole lot of drama. 75% of the things I’m seeing on twitter is people ranting about other bloggers and girl, I just do not want to be a part of that. Bitching is not something I like to be a part of, especially when people don’t give others the chance to defend themselves. In my opinion, we’re supposed to be helping each other out and with my little corner of the internet just being a hobby I don’t want to be involved in all of the drama. I like my little drama free life over here.

Nathan and I now have a little Sunday ritual where we go for a nice Sunday walk. Whether it be morning, mid afternoon or in the mist of the evening. It is so nice to reflect on the week that’s gone, and have a nice little chat about how things are going. With us both working full time and having other commitments outside of work we don’t really get a lot of time to speak in the week, and we usually just end up ranting about work. So a nice leisurely Sunday stroll does the trick to wind down from the weekend and prepare ourselves for the week ahead. PLUS the weather has been beau-ti-ful the past couple of weeks. I am loving Spring already. I just need to update my wardrobe now. Work bonus, why are you taking so long to come around?

I knew this would happen. All in all, this has been a bit of a rambling post but hey! This is my space and I’ve enjoyed updating you all on my life. That’s all for now, I’m hoping that I’ll get my blogging mojo back soon but I’m not going to force it.

P.s I hope you’ve all enjoyed the bank holiday thoroughly!

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Why I Did I Start Blogging? | Sunday Thoughts

To a lot of people this may sound like a stupid question, we all started blogging because we enjoy it right? But for some people, like myself, there’s a little more behind it than ‘just because I enjoy it‘.

I have always been very creative in a lot of different ways I suppose, and when you’re a creative person you’re always looking for an outlet. Throughout my educational years, I loved art – I still do! I just don’t get time to sit and draw for hours on end like I’d want to. These days it’s more just of a doodle here and there and because I don’t put too much effort it into my doodles 99% of the time they’re a load of crap.

I also danced for a fair few years, until I finished college. I turned 18 and I just stopped, no idea why or how – just one day the passion to dance was there, and then it wasn’t. I’d love to get back into it but man, I just love to binge on junk food a little bit more these days, and the physique is just no longer there. Which I’m growing to accept, I’m no longer that 18 year old size 6-8, that could dance for hours on end and still be able to walk afterwards. People change.

In my college years, I did art, media studies and dance. Probably the most creative mixture you could come up with in A Levels. I loved the fact that I could create art in all different formats everyday, from music video’s to pencil drawings and so on, so forth. But when I left college and went into full time work. All of that creativity just disappeared – just like that. Poof, and it was gone. Well apart from the fact that my job title in Subway was Sandwich Artist. But there really was no art to making a sub, slap it all on and there you go. From there, I literally had no creative outlet. No reason to do anything, and I was working ridiculous hours too so even trying to fit anything in was much near impossible. But, I did manage to fit a few tattoo sessions in, placing art on my skin is creativity too, right? I had a few idea’s and my fabulous tattooist brought them to life. Although, I think he’d prefer the work awesome, rather than fabulous – sorry Dan!

All of that rambling on brings me here, to Dainty Dweeb. The only creative outlet I have left and that’s what it is to me. My creative outlet. Although most posts are me rambling on about anything that comes to mind, and to some it may not be so creative. But to me, it’s my creativity. I design my own blog headers, and all though my photo’s aren’t that great – I take them all myself. It’s something that subsides my desire to create, for now at least. I see all these independent women who are starting they’re own businesses and shops and I’m sat here like damn girl you could do that. Truth is I really couldn’t. I wouldn’t be able to survive all my bills without my full time job and I certainly don’t have the time around that to all the work that comes with your own business. So high five to you gal’s (and guys) who take the plunge and do your own thing. You are great.

Why did you start blogging? I’d love to hear your story! Tweet me or drop a comment below.

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2017 Blogging Goals

So I didn’t write any goals what so ever for 2016, no blogging or personal goals and I think that’s why the year has been a little messy all round! Although I am super happy with where Dainty Dweeb is going considering I started blogging in 2015 with pretty much no idea what I was doing. I didn’t think anyone would read it, at all let alone read regularly. But here we are, with regular readers and followers and all that jazz. So, I’m super pleased about that. But this year, I think it’s about time I started with some blogging goals. Something to motivate me and my writing.

  • Be more interactive. I like to think I’m a little interactive with the blogs I love reading, but I want to be more interactive with the writers behind the blogs. I want to make friends, friends with the same interests, friends who actually care, friends like you guys.
  • Improve my photography. I have said this over and over again since 2015, and I think I have improved slightly but there’s always room for improvement. I want to take pictures where I look at them and think, hey that’s a great photo; not just ‘yeah that’s okay, it’ll do’.
  • Get some blogging equipment. This also kind of ties in with my photography improvement. I want to get a camera, a ring light because my god it’s so hard finding the time to shoot in daylight these days. When I have the motivation and inspiration to take photo’s it’s always too dark and when the daylight comes I’m either too busy or full on in laze mode where I don’t want to be doing anything. 
  • Read more. I need to find some new blogs that I love just as much as my all time favourites. I think it’s a disgrace that I can count the blogs I read regularly on one hand. This definitely needs to change.
  • Invest more time on my own blog. This seems to come and go depending on personal life, which I’m okay with. But I would like to regulate the time I spend on my own blog where possible. I want to schedule two posts a week where possible and stick to that.

Okay, so there we go. They’re not massive goals, or milestone goals but they are my goals. Do you have any goals this year? Whether that may be personal or blogging, I’d love to hear!

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