Yellow Vibes

Hey you colourful lot,

I wrote a blog at the back-end of last year about running.  I think I called it crimson?! This was mainly due to the colour of my face at the end of a little 5k jog round the block! At that point in my life I recall writing about how I had no ambition to race or run any kind of distance. 

Since the start of 2019, I seem to have stepped up a gear. This wasn’t intentional, it was the natural need to increase time and speed.

I have been regularly doing the Eaton Park Run on a Saturday morning, mainly for fun, but it does get a bit competitive! Interestingly, my personal record was on a week when I had the hangover from hell! Upon discussing this with some of my running colt, they claim it’s because alcohol contains carbs! I am not sure Usain Bolt uses this approach but it works for me! 

One thing I have learnt in life is that you have to push yourself because nobody is going to do it for you! So, with this in mind, I have entered myself into the Norwich 10k race in July. I will be there, along with 7,500 others, racing past some of Norwich’s most iconic landmarks. 

Naturally, as a fairly new runner, I was feeling a little anxious about whether I could actually achieve this having never ran 10k in my life before. I like to push myself in the 5k park run so much that when I get to the finish line, the thought of doing double was giving me heart palpitations!

In order to address this,  I decided to take it slow and run as far as I could. The conditions were absolutely perfect one day last week. The sky was blue and I could feel the spring sunshine on my back as I did a loop around our local town. I did it! 10.5k in 1 hour 7 mins. I feel so much better after having done it because psychologically I know I can do it! The target I have set myself now is to complete the Norwich 10k in under 1 hour. 

There are soooo many benefits of running. One of the biggest for me is that it’s an accessible form of exercise. I am a busy working mum and time is precious. You also feel more in control of our life, a lot stronger and it can lift spirits. I chose the colour yellow for this week’s blog because it portrays brightness, light and optimism. These are all words I would associate with my spring running goals. 

My advice is to stay motivated and set yourself a target. It always seems impossible until its done! 

Enjoy the Half Term Hols.

Soph x

Green Business

Hey followers,

After a quick Google search on what the ‘colour’ for mental health is, the results came flooding in as green! The colour green promotes health and wellness, something which is vital to this weeks story.

I have something very special to share with you…

I met with a colleague from work over a lunchbreak last week. This incredibly strong woman is called Camden and has battled an eating disorder to the point where she is living proof that we can achieve anything life throws at us. 

Camden has shown me nothing but support since I launched Life in Colour back in September. I am honoured that she wanted to share her experience and open a dialogue with me and my followers.

Have a listen here:

The key message from this podcast are no emotions are wrong. It becomes difficult when we arrive at our workplace to switch off and pretend that we are OK. We discuss how it would be a good idea to have Mental Health First Aiders in all workplaces. The reason for this is that we feel it is important to address any issue as early as possible. There is lots of work to be done to break the stigma and we hope that this weeks blog will help to raise the profile.

Camden talks about her life long battle with anorexia and how, at certain times of the day, she can feel quite anxious. It would be great if we had people in business who we could all talk to when we feel low.

People are complex and are battling things you have no idea about. As a Manager myself, this is certainly a challenge I face. I conclude by saying I don’t have all the answers but equally I would like to think I am an approachable kinda person who will always listen and support any of my co-workers #itsoknotobeok

Mental Health is probably the topic which people contact me about the most on my blog. I didn’t intend for the subject to feature so highly but it always gets lots of traction. I love hearing from anyone who has any feedback and I know Camden would do too. Please send us your comments via the blog.

Soph x

 

 

 

Pretty Primrose

 

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Welcome to this weeks Life in Colour blog, which happens to include another little gardening feature. This weekend I managed to bag myself a couple of hours of child-free time (thanks to Mark) and spend some time in the great outdoors.

I felt like I needed to inject some colour into the garden, in the hope that Spring will soon be here. There were certainly signs of evidence as I pottered around the garden, including green daffodil shoots in every boarder!

I purchased some yellow primroses and yellow pansies from the local garden centre. I am not sure why the colour yellow, but I guess its because I associate it with spring. It is also the colour of happiness, hope and sunshine – the perfect choice for this weeks life in colour blog!

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A couple of hours in the garden can totally change the way you feel. I have written previously on the blog about the benefit of being out in the fresh air, both mentally and physically. It is very therapeutic and can lift any feeling of isolation. My new plants on the front doorstep also make me smile each time I walk past them and into the house. Do you think they look pretty?

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One other thing I should mention on this weeks blog is my new herb garden! It is just about up and running ready for the ‘odd’ gin night with the girls. Gin and herbs work amazingly well together, possibly because plants and botanicals are at the centre of how gin derives its flavour? Mark made it for me from an un-used crate. I love a little upcycle project! I took inspiration from my best friend who also has something similar.

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I will keep you all updated on anything which grows in this little gem. You will also be the first to know when I have enough greenery to host a gin cocktail evening!

Wishing you all a good week ahead. Make sure you keep warm in these freezing temperatures. I am recording a podcast this week with a friend from work on mental health so ensure you check back to listen to that as it goes live.

Soph x

Chalk Paint Pastels

Happy New Year to all of my lovely bloggers. I hope you enjoyed the festive period and had some much needed rest and recuperation?! 

As you have packed the Christmas decorations away, I am guessing some of you will be thinking about a spring clean or giving your home a lick of paint? I know I certainly do at this time of year because its nice to freshen the place up and look forward to the lighter days and warmer weather. 

For those of you who have been to my home, you will know about the slight addiction I have to chalk paint! In particular, the Annie Sloan collection 🙂

annie sloan

Annie Sloan chalk paint is revolutionary and well-recognised by experts in paint and colour. She is one of “Britain’s most influential female designers.” – The Telegraph (UK)

I never feel like I have much creative flare, but I do have a keen interest in home interiors and my style is 100% shabby chic. In the past, I have renovated dressers, tables, side-boards, mirrors, clocks and frames. For the purpose of this week’s blog, and with spring in mind, I have up cycled a set of old pine tables. 

I worked with colours including French Linen, Antoinette and Old White. Here are a few pictures of the process and the finished product. 

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The biggest advantage, in my opinion, of working with this chalk paint is that there is no rubbing down involved! I literally renovated these tables in an hour – a nice therapeutic job for a dull January morning. I love the finish! I actually use a light sanding pad after the paint has dried to give the distressed look. 

I have decided to sell this little nest of tables (as we can’t fit anymore up cycled furniture in our house!) As I sit here writing this blog, my Gumtree selling page is flashing at me with enquiries to collect tomorrow! How exciting! . 

As always, if you have any questions on anything I have mentioned in this weeks blog then send me a message – I would love to hear from you. 

Soph x

Red over Heals!

What a busy week!

It is Christmas Eve and I have finally sat down to write my blog.  This week was my works Christmas party held at Ely Cathedral, in the Lady Chapel. Ely Cathedral’s Lady Chapel is one of the most artistic and architectural achievements of medieval England. It is stunning! We sat down to a 3 course lunch, followed by mince pies and coffee. I wore red on red as the picture below portrays. Perfect for this time of year! I think the red courts were a hit…

Me and Gem

Another highlight this week was the Hippodrome Circus. Personally I think it is one of Norfolk’s hidden gems! The Hippodrome is Britain’s only surviving total circus building, built in 1903 by the legendary circus showman George Gilbert. We went along to the matinee performance with a family whom are very close friends. We sat on the front row with all the children and had an absolute blast.  

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This Christmas is extra special, with the arrival of my little nephew Hugo in September. I managed to get a 5 minute cuddle with him today ahead of his first Christmas. He is 3 months old now and weighs approx 14lb! We love him to the moon and back!

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I am writing this blog with a large glass of Australian Red. The house is silent, the vegetables are prepped and the mince pie has been demolished by the big FC! I guess this means it is time for me to sign off and go to bed. Flo & Eddie will be up super early tomorrow for the excitement of Christmas Day. 

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas. 

Soph x

Green Fingers

This weekend I attended a wreath making workshop, run by a local florist. I love doing anything creative and this seems like the perfect time of year to indulge in some Christmas crafting.

I was greeted with a mince pie and hot cup of coffee. I had arranged to do this workshop with a close friend and it really was a relaxing Saturday afternoon. As the Christmas songs played in the background, we got underway with attaching our foliage to the wire ring. I went for a variegated holly design, conifer and blue spruce.

It seemed to take forever to cover the moss, adding the foliage in groups of 3 at a time. The 8 inch frame took approx 15-20 bunches before it was complete.

Once I was happy with the shape, I started to add my pine cones, cinnamon sticks and dried limes. I completed the look with a glamorous dusky pink bow.

Today, I am going to send it on the 300 mile journey up to Lancaster, the place where I was born. This is also the place where my grandparents were laid to rest. I have made it especially for them this Christmas 🌲

I was extremely close to my Nanny Holmes and I know she would appreciate this handmade decoration. My grandad passed away many years before she did and I was always intrigued as to why she never visited him. She used to tell me that she didn’t need to go there to think about him! She did, however, always visit him at Christmas with a wreath so I am trying to keep up the tradition.

From a religious perspective, it represents an unending circle of life. The evergreen, most often used in making wreathes, represents growth and everlasting life. This thought is especially comforting at Christmas time.

Here are the finished arrangements, handcrafted by me and Mrs H. It was bitterly cold and my feet were numb by the end. I am even wearing my Nannys fur hat for the occasion!

This weeks blog is dedicated to my Nanny & Grandad Holmes. Thank you for all the love you gave us and for the scrambled eggs every morning 🙌

Sophie Lou

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