I had such a lovely response to my first Bullet Journal post, that I have decided to do monthly updates for you. I didn’t do a January spread because I spent so long doing my introductory pages and wanted to get my head around this whole Bullet Journaling thing, so began with February.
As February is the month of love, I decided to go with a roses theme. I didn’t want to do the usual hearts, so instead opted for sketched roses in pink and red.
To create my February title page I stuck washi tape in a square and then drew my rose design around it. I added colour using my Sayeec Watercolour Brush pens and once the ink was dry, I removed the tape. I love the effect it created! I then stupidly wrote ‘January’ in the middle of the square and had to manically sent my husband out to buy Tippex. Crisis averted.
After my February title page, I had a go at creating some mini trackers for the month. I made them for My Fitness Pal, 10,000 steps with my FitBit and Run Days. I also made a wheel shaped one for ‘no spend days’. I have quite enjoyed using these so far, but I don’t always remember to do them. I don’t think I’ll do the My Fitness Pal one next month because it makes me feel rubbish about my eating, when actually my diet has been great! The ‘no spend’ one has been a real eye-opener and something I want to continue tracking next month.
Now for my Weekly Spreads!
As you can see, I kept it very simple with my layouts. I kept the roses running through the pages, just re positioning them on the page each time.
I also added another photo page for my Instax pictures because I’ve taken quite a few this month (Baby J is on a roll!). I thought this was a nice little addition and something I know that I’ll love looking back on.
So for next month, I’m thinking of going with a cactus theme – what do you think? I think I can then vary my weekly spreads a bit more with different shaped and types of cacti.
As my Mega Bus pulled into Norwich bus station yesterday afternoon, I had to ask myself if the last 24 hours had really just happened. On Thursday night I had attended the annual Halloween Party hosted by Makeup Revolution, which took place at One Marylebone, London. What a night it was! I thought you might like to hear about my evening and see some snaps too.
I was allowed a plus one to the party, so invited my bestie Natasha along. As you can imagine, on the coach down we didn’t stop talking and checking Instagram for party updates! After a quick trip on the tube, we found our hotel in Marylebone. Our room was lovely! Pretty much as soon as we had unpacked, we started to get ready.
I curled my hair with my Xtava curling wand and put on A LOT of makeup. In brief I used the Soph eyeshadow palette on my eyes along with the Fenty Beauty glitter release eyeliner, Ardell Demi Wispie eyelashes, Fenty Beauty Killawatt Highlighter in Trophy Wife and Jeffree Star liquid lipstick in Celebrity Skin. I also tried out The Ordinary coverage foundation for the first time and it was brilliant! I did use more products than this, but these were the ones really worth mentioning.
When we got to the venue at around 7.30pm, we were greeted by the sight of the Makeup Revolution logo projected onto the building. I already knew it was going to be a good night! Walking in, my breath was taken away by the size and beauty of the venue. There was a round bar in the centre of the room, with a large Makeup Revolution lipstick displayed in the centre. Waiters and waitresses were stood at the sides with trays of drinks and we were allowed to help ourselves! The cocktails were so tasty and there were even mini bottles of prosecco to drink too! Natasha and I wandered around the venue looking at the Halloween displays and seeing if we could spot anyone we knew.
At around 8.45pm we all gathered below the big screen and listened to an amazing speech from Adam Minto, the creator of Makeup Revolution. He thanked us all for supporting the brand and emphasised that this party was not to promote new products, but to celebrate the success of the brand and to show his gratitude to all the supporters of it. At this point I felt very overwhelmed and very grateful to even be there.
When the speech was over, we were treated to a performance by some amazing dancers (this dance was also incredibly terrifying!).
After the performance, a dance area was opened up and a DJ started to play music – the party had really started now! Food was brought around on trays for us to help ourselves – hot dogs, burgers, cones of chips, pots of southern fried chicken – it all tasted incredible! Natasha and I went over to some display cases to look at current and future new releases from Makeup Revolution and its sister brands. I’m especially excited by the multiple highlighter palettes (top left photo).
Upstairs in the venue was a ‘Creepy Convent’. This area had been decked out in all things spooky and was actually pretty scary! If you saw my Instagram stories from the evening, you’ll know what I’m talking about!
Before we left, I managed to catch Adam to thank him for such an amazing party and also for inviting me along. He spoke to me for a while and said things that I felt so amazed to be hearing, that I actually had a little cry afterwards. I won’t tell you what he said, but let’s just say that I will persevere with this blog and my studies in beauty. I’m not going to give up!
As we left the venue, we picked up our goody box. We walked back to our hotel and took in the sights of London at midnight on our way – that city really does never sleep!
The next day consisted of a quick trip to Primark on Oxford Street and then a long coach journey home. I felt so unbelievably happy all day and woke up this morning wondering if it had all been a dream.
Thank you Makeup Revolution. Thank you Adam. Thank you Natasha. And thank you London.
So here we are, the final leg of my 10k journey! I can’t believe the big day has been and gone already – just where did that time go? I thought I’d update you, just one last time as I know a few of you have read these updates and have given me some lovely feedback. I hope you enjoy this one too!
On Friday evening my husband took Baby J and me to the Forum, Norwich to collect my running vest and race pack. This is when the nerves really started to bubble up – it was all becoming so real! Seeing other runners there and the organisers and seeing the very small numbers on the countdown clock was truly terrifying! I did however, really enjoy opening up the envelope which contained my numbered bib – 6110 – was this my lucky number?
I’ll be honest, I really didn’t sleep much Friday and Saturday night. I was just too nervous and when I’m nervous I tend to put myself down and plant seeds of doubt in my own mind. ‘You’re not fit enough.’, ‘You haven’t trained enough.’, ‘You don’t deserve to be there.’, etc. Not fun!
Sunday morning arrived though and I was up early – planning to eat some breakfast, but not managing it (yes, I ran on an empty stomach!). I got my running gear on and struggled for about half an hour to pin my number to my vest – not due to being nervous, I’m just not the brightest when it comes to things like that!
My wonderful husband drove me to meet my friend Ruth so that we could walk into the city together. My goodness, was I happy to see her! Ruth has such a wonderful, calming nature that just instantly puts my nerves at ease. She pointed out parts of the running route to me whilst we walked to the Forum and gave me so much brilliant advice. When we got to the Forum, the atmosphere was absolutely buzzing. I could feel nerves in the air from others though, which made me realise I wasn’t alone.
After what felt like the longest wait in the world, we were told to get into our pens ready for the start of the race. I was in the very last pen, as I’d put in a finish time of 1hr 30mins as I didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself. Waiting in the pen was scary, I was actually fighting back tears which sounds pathetic now but I really was so scared! I just wanted to give Baby J a massive hug too.
Thirteen minutes after the first klaxon went for the elite runners, us pink bibbed runners were finally able to set off. Wow, what a rush as I crossed the start line – I was really doing it! I heard someone shout my name in encouragement and that felt amazing!
After about 4k I finally saw my husband and Baby J – I did stop for a split second at this point to give them both a big kiss. I was so excited to see them as I had been looking out for them the whole way. It gave me such a huge boost, I felt really strong afterwards and knew I could do it. For the first time, I actually had some confidence in myself and completing this run.
For me, reaching 7k was where I knew I would be able to finish the whole thing. I hadn’t run further than 7k in training and just couldn’t wait to reach this point. Once I was there, I felt so happy knowing that I only had 3k to go and I still had enough energy in me to do it. I loved seeing the sights on the course – what a wonderful city I live in. The race stewards were just fantastic too – shouting your name and cheering you on. They made me feel so special.
The last kilometre was painful, I’m not going to lie. I walked a little bit of it as I really wanted to sprint over the finish line. The atmosphere at the last 400m was incredible – the shouting from the crowd spurred everyone on and made me feel like I was running so fast! When I turned the final corner and saw that finish line in sight, I really really went for it. I ran as fast as I could and held back the tears as I did so. Crossing that line felt AMAZING! I knew immediately that I definitely wanted to do it all again next year and I definitely will be.
I walked to pick up my medal and goody bag and called my husband to find out where they were. After this, I was just typing out a message to Ruth to let her know I’d finished and that’s when I bumped into her! I actually ended up crying all over her and being highly emotional (and embarrassing) because I just felt so proud that I’d done it. All those negative thoughts and self-doubt hadn’t won.
I’m still getting over it now and it’s Wednesday. I just can’t describe what an incredible morning it was and how good I felt whilst doing it and afterwards. I’m never going to give up running, I just love doing it so much and I now have a PB to beat next year!
Thank you once again to all my supporters and encouragers. Thank you to everyone who sponsored me too – I have raised £155 now and there’s still time to sponsor me if you want to! Just visit my page here. An extra big thank you to my husband – what a great guy he is! I love you and Baby J so much.
I’m now looking forward to a woodland zombie run next month (err sounds bloody terrifying doesn’t it?!) and I’ll be sure to share some photos of that on my Instagram stories and account.
I can’t believe I’m writing this, but it’s just one week until I run the 10k I’ve been working so hard for. How is this possible?! Not going to lie, I’m feeling pretty terrified at the moment! It’s made me a proper moody mare at home, my husband doesn’t dare speak to me at the moment! I’m giving myself daily pep talks – ‘Just enjoy yourself, it’s not the end of the world if you’re the slowest person there, etc’ – it’s really not working!
Training has been going well, until the tail end of this week. I have a lovely chest infection to contend with and the fear of next weekend is managing to physically stop me from stepping out of the door. I did go out tonight however, and now I feel great again. I know it’s all in my head, but it’s sometimes hard to overcome those negative thoughts.
On Friday I’ll be popping into the Forum in Norwich to pick up my race pack and charity running vest. I’ll be taking my husband and Baby J along with me too as they’ve supported and motivated me so much along my journey. Apparently there’s lots going on in the Forum for race participants, so I’ll take lots of photos for you! Keep an eye on my Instagram story (@sparkle.with.kerry)
I’m definitely getting faster now, which makes me so happy. It’s not consistent, but that doesn’t matter. I’m still a hell of a lot fitter than I have been in a long time! It’s not all about weight loss, but I have noticed my clothes getting looser – great, but also a pain that I’ll need to buy more! I’m just feeling healthy and happy and that’s what matters.
In other exciting news for me, but probably not for you, I got some new running trainers! I actually love them.
Finally, a bit thank you to everyone who has supported me – Gareth, mum and dad, Emma, Emily, Ruth, Sue, Donna and Neville and anyone else who donated or has encouraged me with my training. I love you all and I think of you every step of the way.
Here’s a little photo I wanted to share with you from today, which portrays the little girl who is my biggest motivation of all…
With the 10k less than 5 weeks away, I have to be honest and say that I’m feeling more than a little bit anxious. In fact, I’m in full on panic mode. Yes, I’m running for longer, further and faster than I ever have before but I’m still slower than every other runner I know, I still almost die when I run over 5k and I still have a full on tantrum when it gets too hot. Help me!
I also feel that 10k is viewed on by some people as a not decent enough distance. But what I want to stress (to those of you who do think that) is that it is A BIG DEAL TO ME. I have my own personal barriers that I fight each and every time I go out for training – confidence and a fear of people laughing at me, terrified that I’ll be attacked and scarred by a dog again, stressed that I’ll be slower than last time, guilt over leaving my baby and husband for 50 minutes and many more. No, I’m not looking for sympathy, just a bit of understanding. I’m also not saying that if you don’t sponsor me you’re not supportive. Just some words of encouragement would be nice, instead of denying all knowledge of me doing this and saying nothing – which to my amazement a lot of people are doing!
Anyway, enough of the moody stuff. I have had to think about extending my running courses now as I have to run for longer periods of time. My husband took me to Eaton Park, Norwich the other weekend and it was lovely. It was nice to run amongst the greenery and also a lot of other runners.
Next weekend is the Norwich Colour 5k! I’m so bloody excited and even more excited to be running it with my mum. We’ve both been training hard and really want to enjoy this one. Plus I get a medal.
In other news, I have set up an Instagram account to help motivate me in my fitness and weight loss. If you’d like to take a follow it’s called @kerrys.fitness.journey
If you’d like to sponsor me for the Run Norwich 10K, you can do so by clicking the button below.
Thank you so much for joining me again on my 10k journey. The last couple of weeks have seen a couple of mini milestones. Firstly, I reached my charity place sponsorship target! I’m now over the £100 that I needed to raise. If you sponsored me – thank you from the bottom of my heart. I think about your support and kindness when I’m out training and it really does spur me on.
My second piece of news is that I’ve begun my 5k to 10k training program. It’s really bloody scary and hard work sometimes, but I can’t believe the leap I’ve made in my fitness levels. Just two months ago, I couldn’t do the 30 seconds of running intervals in the early stages of the 5k training without feeling exhausted. I’m now running solidly for 40 minutes! The one thing I have to contend with now though, is the heat…
It really hit me yesterday, whilst I was out, that this 10k is going to be HOT. It’s in August, in the middle of the city and there will be a lot of other bodies around me. I’ll be honest when I say that this has freaked me out slightly. I’m hoping we get a cool day on race day, but I seriously doubt that will happen.
I thought I’d also share a recipe for good runner fuel that I’ve been loving this week. I call it a recipe, but really I just dump all of these items onto my plate –
A baked sweet potato
Chickpeas roasted in chilli powder
Overall, it has been a good couple of weeks. I’ve had to step it up a gear and really challenge myself, but this is what’s needed. I’m still loving it!
Even though I’ve reached my target, your sponsorship is still needed. If you’d like to sponsor me and read my story, visit my Just Giving page here.
The past two weeks have been brilliant in terms of my progress and excitement for the 10k. Firstly, I completed the Couch to 5k program! I’m so happy and can’t actually believe I managed it.
Now that the training is complete, I have been doing free runs. I was worried these would be hard to do because I don’t have a ‘coach’ shouting encouragement in my ear and telling me what to do next. However, free runs have actually been amazing. I’ve pushed myself harder than I ever have before and have been running non-stop for longer distances. I ran my first two 5k distances in the last couple of days, without stopping to walk once and I couldn’t be prouder! I have never managed to go this far without needing a quick break – even before having Baby J. This really is a big deal to me!
I have still been making the right choices in terms of my diet and I’m seeing the results in my physique. I’m fitting into my pre-pregnancy clothes – with room to spare!
I have decided that the start of June will be the start of my 5k to 10k training program. This will mean I’m more than race ready by August.
Today was an exciting day in terms of the Run Norwich 10k. I was invited by the charity I’m running for – Norwich City Community Sports Foundation – to attend a pre-run meet up at the Norwich City FC ground. I took my husband and Baby J along too (my hubby is a BIG NCFC fan booooo hissss). We were given a goody bag at the door – win!
Inside were other runners taking part for the charity, it was lovely to see everyone who are running or such a great cause. We had a little talk from one of the charity spokespeople and were also introduced to the special guest – Jessica Jane Applegate, the paralympic swimmer who won medals at Rio 2016 – so exciting!
Overall, I’m feeling good! With just over a month until the Colour Run with my Mum, I’m feeling confident about running the 5k with a half-decent time. Mum and I actually went for a run together on Thursday evening and it went very well. Having her with me made me run further and faster – she’s a brilliant pacer!
Remember, if you’d like to sponsor my for the Run Norwich 10k, click here. I am over half way to reaching my target. I need to raise £100 by 19th June, so not long to go!
I have literally just got home from my fourth run in seven days and have therefore completed week 8, day 3 of Couch to 5K! Next week is my final week of training, then it’ll be a few 5ks, then onto my 10k training program!
I am absolutely obsessed with running at the moment. It’s been a struggle keeping it to just every other day to be honest. On the days I’m not going for runs, I stare longingly out of the window wishing I was out of breath and dying along the pavement (well not really dying, but you know what I mean!). I know that my body needs those rest days though.
With each run, my pace per kilometre has improved. I had a look back over my statistics on Strava from 2015 when I was training and getting fit for my wedding and I’m actually faster now than I was then! I’m amazed that I’m actually fitter now than I was before having a baby. Thinking about Baby J does make my runs go better though, I love thinking about all the lovely things we’ve done together during the day – it makes the time go faster! She’s my determination to do well.
In terms of the Run Norwich 10K, I have now raised £40 for the Norwich City Community Sports Foundation. I need to raise £100 by the 19th June, which I know is achievable as I have some lovely, supportive friends and family. It’s a brilliant charity and I’m so proud to be running for them. They have invited me to a meet up at the football ground, with a free ticket to the charity football match, Jamie’s Game. Really excited for this too!
Thanks for joining me for another installment of my 10k training journey. I really appreciate the support I’ve received from some of you.
I have been running for a while now (with a year’s break whilst I was pregnant and then with a new baby) and I just love how it makes me feel. I love the feeling of euphoria after a run, the bit of ‘me time’ I get and the sense of achievement with every extra metre I run.
I am currently in the process of training for a 5K as I lost my fitness after pregnancy. I’m on Week 6 of the Couch to 5K® program which involves 5 minute walks, followed by 20+ minutes of running. This program has been great for me and I had previously been going out for runs 2 or 3 times a week.
In July, I will be taking part in the Colour 5K with my mum (she’s Superwoman) which I also did two years ago. I have done a few 5K events now and really felt I needed a new challenge, so I signed up for the Run Norwich 10K! Scary!
I’m running this on a charity place for the Norwich City Community Sports Foundation, an amazing charity that helps disadvantaged young people in Norfolk achieve their sporting dreams. You can find out more here. I need to raise a minimum of £100 for the charity and after only two days I’m already a quarter of the way there!
This has got to be, by far, my best blogging experience to date and I just had to share it with you. On Friday 10th March, I went to the Dipple & Conway Hair and Makeup Show for Norwich Fashion Week 2017. I was given a VIP ticket by the event organisers and felt so grateful to be gifted such a wonderful opportunity.
When I arrived, I went to the VIP area and met the lovely Charlotte of Simply Lottie – another Norwich blogger. The show was due to start at 8pm, so we were able to chat all things blogging for a little while!
The show itself took place in Open – a beautiful venue with ornate ceilings and a large open space with an overlooking balcony. I already knew when I took my seat, that this was going to be a great show.
The show was split into four segments – Shakespeare, Burlesque, Contemporary and Sci-Fi. Salons, MUAs and colleges were there showcasing their work on beautiful models from Sandra Reynolds. The costumes were provided by The Maddermarket Theatre and were stunning.
This segment opened the show with a beautiful operatic performance by Emma Nuule – who also looked amazing in her of the time period costume.
I was very excited for this part of the show because I love all things Shakespeare. The models were dressed as various Shakespearean characters and their hair and makeup beautifully reflected their character’s personality. Such a brilliant opening section!
The models for this segment were admirable. I was blown away by their confidence and stage presence. They rocked the burlesque look and once again the hair and makeup was bang-on theme. Such a cool and empowering part of the show!
Paintopia – a special shout out to these guys! Their work actually gave me goosebumps. They are a group of body paint artists whose skills are off the scale. I’ve never seen anything like it – the artwork was incredible and the way the models presented themselves and their characters was incredible. As usual, I struggle to put down in words how amazing they are, so here are some photos instead!
What a show! I will definitely be going back next year and hopefully to see more shows. I’ve been looking at photos on Twitter and Instagram of the other events and they look just as brilliant. I feel very blessed to have been part of such an awesome experience and am so happy it took place in lovely Norwich.
I have also put together a little video of all the photos and some video footage I took of the night – take a look and please give it a like. Thank you!