Why summer coming to an end is bitter sweet.

I absolutely love this transitional time of year, where the last of the summer sunsets cling on before dark, windy autumnal nights set in. The mornings feel cool and crisp and slowly, but surely, the leaves are starting to turn yellow, orange and brown and are floating from their branches to the floor. It’s a truly beautiful season, and though spring always signifies new beginnings, I always see the onset of autumn as a fresh start.

This summer has been a crazy one. I’ve had some absolutely fantastic times – graduating, holidaying in Lanzarote and Center Parcs, and having lots of summer fun with friends have been real highlights – but I’ve also struggled with some personal goings on, and sadly had to miss out on my annual leave and a girly holiday as I somehow managed to contract mumps. I’ve pushed myself to the brink and back again, but I did manage to squeeze in some wonderful days out around the coast, and attended some amazing concerts and festivals too. 

I’m now seriously looking forward to autumn and what it has in store for me. I’ve already got some amazing events planned and am hoping to jet off to sunnier climates in October when I have some time off from work. Team that with Hallowe’en, Bonfire Night and the build up to Christmas, and it looks set to be a really busy few months! Here’s what I want to achieve in the rest of 2017…

LOOK AFTER MYSELF MORE

I have this weird obsession with being busy, and sometimes it can really take over my life. I am always on the go. I have to have plans. I hate sitting around and not doing anything. But this means that sometimes I take things too far, and contracting mumps meant I had to stop and reevaluate. I’ve seriously been burning the candles at both ends. Weekly nights out, a hectic work schedule that has me driving all over the country, and late nights followed by early mornings have taken their toll. 

I’ve been feeling absolutely exhausted this past month or so, so now I am determined to put my health first. Early nights, lots of sleep, and a whole load of fruit, veggies and water is the way forward. The good thing about the onset of autumn means cosy nights in are aplenty, so I’m looking forward to snuggling up and getting my teeth stuck into all the new TV dramas gracing our screens. While I bloody love getting glammed up for a night out, there’s no nicer feeling than waking up completely refreshed on a Sunday morning!

WORK ON MY CAREER

My previous post discusses all the things I’ve been up to since I completed my MA this time last year, and I’m honestly so proud of how far I’ve come. Interning in London, being nominated for a journo award, graduating with a distinction and bagging myself an amazing job at the BBC – it’s been incredible!

Now though, it’s time to start striving for the next big thing. I absolutely love my current role, but I am keen to utilise more of my journalistic and researching skills. This week I’m working on an attachment on the News Online desk which is an amazing opportunity, and it’s been great to dip my toes into other areas of the company, particularly as journalism is something I’m so passionate about.

GET BACK INTO HEALTHY EATING

I’ve actually got the support of my friends on this one, which always makes things easier, but I am determined to eat healthily over the next few months. Working in television means food is always readily available. On shoots we have plates filled with snacks for our contributors, and that means I’m always gobbling up some sweeties or chocs when I never used to eat them at all. I have started to see improvements in my body, after working hard in the gym and being mindful of my diet, so now I am determined to keep this up by eliminating sweet treats and making healthier choices. I always feel so much better and far more confident when I’m eating well and training hard, and I think it will help with keeping my health on track too. 

MAKE MORE MEMORIES

I do feel like I get stuck into a bit of a routine sometimes – all work and no play. I know that it’s important to relax and regenerate, but I’m really excited with the events I have coming up over the next few months. It will be so nice to make up for the times I missed out on over the summer.

KEEP ON BLOGGING

I’m so excited to get some autumn/winter content underway. This time of year provides so many perfect opportunities for blogging and it feels so nice to be back into it, albeit a little sporadically. I want to get on track with a weekly posting schedule and want to continue experimenting with new outfit looks and sharing new content.

Lots of love. xoxo

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14 Comments

  1. Charlotte Carter
    September 14, 2017 / 9:50 am

    I love autumn / winter blog content! I also feel I have so much more time for my own blog In the colder weather simply because I'm indoors more! Love this post sweet! a life of a charlottex

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      September 23, 2017 / 7:29 am

      Me too! It's so much fun to create 🙂 xx

  2. Jenny
    September 14, 2017 / 11:26 am

    I find it pretty easy to eat healthily but my other half loves buying unhealthy treats and then I end up eating them too! I need to try harder to ignore them! xJenny | LuxeStyle

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      September 23, 2017 / 7:30 am

      Ahh it's so hard when there's lots of temptation! xx

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      September 23, 2017 / 7:28 am

      Thank you for reading! xx

  3. Amanda
    September 15, 2017 / 10:56 am

    I love the goal of "making more memories" I think that's such a fabulous way to put it! xrhymeandribbons.com

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      September 23, 2017 / 7:28 am

      Thanks Amanda 🙂 xx

  4. Jasmin Charlotte
    September 15, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    Definitely know what you mean about taking more care of yourself! I definitely need to do the same! x

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      September 23, 2017 / 7:28 am

      It's so hard to find balance! xx

  5. Victoria
    September 16, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    What a beautiful sunset! I know all too well the need to be constantly busy and the effects it ends up having on your health and wellbeing so I wish you well in trying to find some more balance there x

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      September 23, 2017 / 7:28 am

      It really was stunning! Thank you Victoria – I'm having a chilled weekend so hopefully it will help! xx

  6. Abi Street
    September 19, 2017 / 11:38 am

    This is a fab post Jessie! You're doing so so well and should be so proud of everything you've achieved!! Abi | abistreetx

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      September 23, 2017 / 7:27 am

      Thank you so much lovely! xx

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