A vow to look after myself more.

Today should be my last day in work before a week of annual leave, for which I had planned parties, days out a plenty, and even a mini trip abroad before the autumn sets in. What today actually is, however, is my first day of solitary confinement as little old me has somehow contracted mumps

I’m sat on the sofa, snuggled in a blanket, with a head that looks like a jacket potato, despite having vaccinations and no idea how I got it. It’s safe to say, I’m feeling pretty sorry for myself (though I guess one good thing is I’ve finally made time to put my feet up and blog… Silver linings and all that!). 

Once again I have pushed myself to oblivion and my body is having none of it. I’ve been doing this ever since I remember. I can’t sit still. I hate being bored, I hate lazing around. A “duvet day” doesn’t feature in my vocabulary. I’m always busy whether it’s working, socialising, working out, going here, there and everywhere as I try to cram every little inch of my diary with events and things to do. And now I’m not able to see anyone or do anything on what should have been the last summer hurrah before work gets all crazy again. 

Perhaps this is somebody or something’s way of forcing me to s l o o o o w down and reevaluate. 

It’s time to stop burning the candle at both ends; late nights and early mornings have never done me any good. It’s time to hang up my dancing shoes and stop overdoing it on the weekends. I need time to relax after such busy work weeks. And it’s also time to realise its okay to say no. The world won’t stop turning if I don’t go on that night out, or don’t meet that person for early morning brunch when I really need to rest. 

I need to go back to doing more of things I love. Evening strolls as the sun sets over the sea. Sunday mornings spent catching up on blogs over breakfast. Road trips around the countryside with my boyfriend and dogs in tow. I need to have more early nights, to continue working out and eating healthily, and I need to force myself to have a lie-in now and again. Similarly, it’s not the end of the world if I don’t make that 7am HIIT class. 

Life has a funny way of showing us when it’s time to make a change. It just sucks that it’s taken my face to swell up like a balloon to show me that. 

Lots of love. xoxo



  1. Elizabeth Riddle
    August 13, 2017 / 10:17 am

    I hope you get better soon! Life can be so busy sometimes so it's great when you have time to slow down and reflect on life 🙂 Elizabeth || Liz Living

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      August 13, 2017 / 7:54 pm

      Thanks lovely! xx

  2. Shannon Boyce
    August 13, 2017 / 12:54 pm

    Oh no! I really hope you are well soon. This is definitely your body telling you to slow down. <3the-creationofbeauty.blogspot.com

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      August 13, 2017 / 8:19 pm

      Thank you Shannon! xx

  3. Paula Loreti
    August 13, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    I hope you get better really soon! then you can start doing all those amazing and fun things :)www.blossomikebana.com

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      August 14, 2017 / 10:02 am

      Thanks Paula, feeling much better today! xx

  4. Kemi
    August 13, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    I think sometimes, chill days are just all we need – but life really does just get so busy sometimes, times where I can just lounge in bed at times I really appreciate.Hope you feel better soon!http://skylish.co.uk

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      August 14, 2017 / 10:02 am

      Yes I agree – we all need some time to chill! xx

  5. Laura Anne
    August 14, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    I have also vowed to look after myself more! Chill days are the best – I wish I had Sundays off! xLAURA ­| Laura Thinks About

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      August 16, 2017 / 10:02 am

      They are the best! I do get bored so easily though haha xx

  6. Jasmin Charlotte
    August 14, 2017 / 6:36 pm

    Totally know how you feel, it can be so easy to work way too hard. Hope you're feeling better soon!

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      August 16, 2017 / 10:03 am

      Thank you lovely xx

  7. Tamzin Swann
    August 14, 2017 / 9:40 pm

    You definitely need time to recharge every now and then! Really makes a difference. Glad you're feeling better though xxTamz | http://www.throughneweyesx.com

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      August 16, 2017 / 10:01 am

      It really does – thanks hun xx

  8. the adventurer
    August 14, 2017 / 11:48 pm

    I hope you are starting to feel better! Our bodies always have a way of telling us that we need to slow down, sometimes it means catching the mumps. You will be back to a fun schedule in no time =o)https://dreamofadventures.com/

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      August 16, 2017 / 9:59 am

      Thank you lovely! I am much better now 🙂 xx

  9. Abi Street
    August 17, 2017 / 1:05 pm

    This really sucks, but I'm glad you're now feeling better!! Maybe it was a sign to slow down a bit and just go back to basics! xAbi | abistreetx

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      August 17, 2017 / 8:11 pm

      Thanks babe, definitely a sign to slow down I think xx

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