2019, august, Monday motivation and smiles, Uncategorized

Happy blog birthday to me….

Wow!!!! I was hoping to have got more blogger organised yesterday but having finished a truly gorgeous book that floored me. The Day We Meet Again by the truly outstanding Miranda Dickinson.

Following that gorgeous rollercoaster finish I was left with a book hangover and a massive headache. Seeing as I’m off to the seaside at the weekend I had lots to organise seeing as I’m now working until the off. I will be reviewing this beauty soon I may save my words for publication day.

This blog started as a place where I could talk about my volunteering following being seriously trolled over on www.hayleyslilworld.wordpress.com and following moving to Cancer Research full time I decided to change this to showcase my passion for books. I hadn’t realised when I started this little place of mine on the Internet but it’s made my Monday…..I am in the process of adding some new features to the blog and I have some news that I will share later this week.

I’ve asked before and it didn’t really work but I would like to answer some questions in a post in the future.

Fancy asking me anything?

Since being floored by romance I’m now turning to a thriller

I’ve managed the prologue so far and I’m already intrigued….back to it.

2019, july, Me, Monday motivation and smiles, Uncategorized

Monday in the sunshine…

There’s a few things that never fail to raise a smile and today it’s London in the sunshine. I’m from South East London and I work within the South East, my stroll to work sure does change a conversation, with many saying I’m mad. It’s a straight road and with music an audiobook or the radio it’s not bad.

When the sun is shining my mood shifts and today even though I’m absolutely exhausted after the last week and having worked all weekend I’m ready for what Monday has to offer. As I’m strolling to work embracing the blue skies I’m listening to The Man Who Didn’t Call By Rosie Walsh I only started listening to it on my way home last night but I’m well and truly hooked its definitely for every single girl who was convinced he would call and he didn’t.

On Friday I embraced another experience that never fails to make me smile. I had my haircut, I hadn’t had a trim since just before my birthday back in February and it had got a bit out of control and had lost its shape. There really is something about someone else washing your hair it’s so therapeutic and it was needed ahead of the twins first birthday and with my holiday looming at the end of August. I cannot wait for chill time, sunshine, family time and reading.

Today is a brand new start in my working life and for the first time in a while even though I’m exhausted I’m also kind of excited by what’s to come.

Before July wraps up I would like to get a few more reads finished although I am much happier with my reading and my blogging so that’s good. I need to spend at least one of my days off literally mooching around – after half watching Step up two yesterday my sister has ordered me to binge watch them so I hope to do that this week. Have Fight Klub and Fight Klub Stryke on Wednesday it will be hard going but I know it will be done with a smile on my face.

What does your week hold?

2018, A thought? A question, Me, Monday motivation and smiles, Off Topic, personal, update

Ask Away….

Happy Monday all.

It’s the start of a brand new week and I hope wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, you’re happy and healthy.

A while ago I asked for questions on my Twitter in lieu of writing a blog post answering said questions and it fizzled out. So yesterday I asked again on my Twitter and Facebook account. So far I have two fabulous questions. I’m aiming for 10-20 before I can warrant sharing my answers.

Monday motivation and smiles, Reading and blogging intentions, Uncategorized, update

Reading and blogging intentions for week of 13th March….

Hi guys, yes. You aren’t seeing things I have blogged twice in one day. 

The thing is since I relaunched this site I have always had the best of intentions on regular updates. My drafts section has unfinished posts that could have been organised and sent a while back so, here’s the deal on either Sunday or Monday of each week I will post up an intentions post where I am documenting what I aim to do for the week. 

Life really does get in the way sometimes but now I intend to be way more organised. I also want to start new features on this blog where I can bring in other things. Maybe some different reviews bringing in film and theatre and I definitely want to start venturing out to quirky coffee shops to read and sample the coffee.

Let me know if any of these things sound good? 


  • Sort and post Sophie Kinsella My Not so perfect life I loved this book it really did make me think about social media.
  • At the beginning of Feb I attended an awesome crime event. I didn’t take any snaps as when I arrived there was barely anyone there and then I just got chatting. I do however have a fab bag of goodies. May even get you guys to help me choose.
  • On Thursday part three of The Vets of Hope Green is released I shall get into reading that today. Review will be up on publication day. 
  • I hope to get back on the vlog – if you have any suggestions do comment below.
  • Audible – Seeing as I often walk to work and holding a paperback or Kobo etc can be awkward whilst walking along I have been toying with audio. I have only had one audio read and I haven’t ever finished it as it’s a cd. I’m thinking either a classic read or possibly Lauren Graham’s book may be my first. Shout if you have any audible advice or suggestions I’m all ears.
  • Maybe a book post entry as I have received or bought some cracking books just lately. 

It’s a beautiful Spring esque day today so enjoy it while you can. I walked into work this morning and it felt even better with the sun shining. 

A productive Monday (I hope) and tonight I will be seeing An American in Paris in the theatre. I loved this film I watched it shortly after losing my Nan who loved these sort of films and I believe she smiled down on me and that competition win was a gift from her. 

Monday motivation and smiles

Monday’s can be full of sunshine…if you look for it that is.

This blog as I stated before is mainly focussed on volunteering and Cancer Research. As it stands at the moment I am yet again doing some soul-searching. Back when I was blogging before I used to write inspirational Monday’s mainly to help motivate myself and I have been toying with the idea of doing something similar again. So here I am.

Although, I did mean to write this much earlier, but work and a fabulous book had got in the way earlier on. It seems that from in general we don’t like Monday’s. Bob Geldof even wrote a song about it but this morning as I travelled into work I kept on thinking…Monday’s don’t have to be full of doom and gloom. If you open your eyes and look past the clouds a glorious rainbow awaits you. Rather than stressing, worrying and dreading Monday’s instead make a point of doing something that your future self will be proud of.

Make Monday a day for motivation, write a to-do list – if you have to. It should be a day where we chase our dreams and let go of our fear, worry and anxiety

A little bit of sunshine goes a long way. I am nowhere near perfect at this but all day I have been toying with words for this piece and I have managed to cross off a few things on my to-do list. Before the evening is gone I hope to cross off a few more but I also hope to add a few more, because each day is a new chance to shine…