What’s been happening in October? 

What a month!

I’ve been to an ice hockey match, enjoyed a dinner party at my brother’s house, helped friends with their house move, had a fantastic weekend away in Scotland, a dreamy trip to Portugal and attended a houswarming party! Safe to say things have been pretty busy around here.

I also took 10 days off work this month and it was the best thing ever. I really enjoyed having the time to properly relax, as opposed to always checking my emails and always having 101 things on my to-do list. It was refreshing and I came back to my desk feeling positive and motivated. Perfect.

Books I’ve been reading in October… 

My first read of the month was A Fragile Thing by Kevin Wignall. It popped up in the ‘recommended for you’ section on Amazon so I ordered it without really reading anything about it. Luckily, I really enjoyed it. It’s about a man in finance who deals with money and investments of some pretty dodgy people. His parents die in a car crash, but he soon finds out it may not have been an accident.

Then I moved onto The Dry by Jane Harper, billed as ‘the most gripping crime thriller of 2017’. When a husband shoots his wife, young son and then turns the gun on himself everyone vilifies him, but is there more to it than meets the eye? A page-turner for sure.

Next was Things We Never Said by Nick Alexander, which isn’t my usual type of book, but was highly recommended. I absolutely loved it! A man’s wife dies after a battle with cancer and she leaves behind a series of 29 audio tapes revealing certain facts about her life that her husband of decades didn’t know.

My fourth read of the month was I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll. It begins as a story about a teenage girl who goes missing on a trip to London, but quickly becomes much more. I couldn’t put this one down.

Then I read The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod and Pat Petrini. I’ve always believed that having a morning routine is important, so wanted to find out exactly how some of the most successful people in the world start their days. I’ve already started implementing the routine into my life and can’t wait to see the long-term impact.

Blogs I’ve been reading in October…

I really enjoyed Lauren from Never Ending Footsteps’ post ‘Should You Return to the Places You Love?‘. This is something I often think about, and although I do return to places I love pretty often, I know that’s not for everyone. It’s also not realistic to think somewhere you loved once will always be the same and you’ll enjoy it just as much visiting again years later. Lauren writes about how returning to certain places she’s loved before have proved to be very different experiences this time around.

I also enjoyed Leah’s post about why she quit the digital nomad lifestyle for a location independent lifestyle and her explanation of why these two things aren’t the same. I used to think the two things were the same, but her post makes so much sense and totally resonates with a fellow location independent person!

Hannah Gale’s post An Addiction To Chasing Success definitely struck a chord with me. She writes about how she puts her work above herself, always striving to do better and be better, sometimes at the detriment to her sanity and I can absolutely relate. I think this is one of the major pitfalls of working for yourself and her post was a great reminder to always make sure I’m looking after myself.

New posts in October… 

How My Travel Style Has Changed

12 Photos to Make You Want to Visit The Algarve

The Things I Love to do When I’m Not Travelling

Fitting Travel Into Your Life

What’s happening in November? 

November looks set to be a bit of a quieter month, although not by much! So far in my calendar there’s drinks with friends in Glasgow, a dinner party with other friends, monthly tapas night, going to Andy Murray live, seeing Rag ‘n’ Bone man live, a pizza and Prosecco festival (!) and a visit to Stirling for a 2 year olds birthday party. Phew!

And that’s it for another month! As always, thank you for taking the time to check into my blog and read about all my adventures and musings. If you’re not already then please follow along on Twitter and Facebook to stay even more up to date.  

Emma x