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Monday, 30 September 2013

I mark the hours, every one.

Tomorrow marks the first day of my favourite trio of months. Is it peculiar to have a favourite three months of the year? Besides May - my birthday month, that is, the final three months of the year have been my favourite ever since leaving Secondary School. There's enough time left to achieve some of the goals I set out to achieve at the beginning of the year that I never quite got around to starting, there's a distinct chill in the air making it acceptable to dig out scarves, mittens & cosier cardigans and Christmas, that wonderfully magical time of the year is creeping ever closer. I've started making big batches of warming, comforting soup, it's perfectly acceptable - encouraged, even - to drink at least one hot chocolate per day and snuggling in front of a cosy fire in the evenings, one of my favourite things in the world, becomes an almost nightly occurrence.

These past few weeks haven't been the easiest but that's okay, because we all have to experience those times and they've allowed me the room to learn something new about myself. I've been reminded of the fragility of life and even though I'm very much at peace with the inevitible and unavoidable end of a life in this world, - those we love never truly leave us - it doesn't make the entire situation any less emotional. For now, we don't need to say goodbye and we're okay. A reminder that every day is precious. Every single day.

My love got a much deserved promotion and I couldn't be any more proud of him. He works hard and he deserves the world. It means he's away from home a little longer each week but I feel so silly feeling sad about that because we were apart for so many years, only seeing each other every month or so. And now we see each other every day. I think when you spend so much time with the person you love & falling into a routine that you like, any tiny change feels enormous.

I think perhaps, those are reasons why I've turned to the welcoming comfort of books, with their imaginary worlds to explore, different characters to get to know, to figure out & understand and narratives to get lost in. Sometimes it's nice to escape into something new or to be welcomed back with open arms into one that I have frequented many times before. University has also officially started again, I have a lot of reading to do and I'm looking forward to immersing myself in different theories I'm hoping will be a little easier to grasp than in previous modules. For once, this module has my full concentration and I hope to do well, I would really like to do well.

Carly and I are working hard on our little Violet & Ted project - we would love if you would like to follow our journey over on Twitter here. We've been getting to know them, learning what they like, what they don't, about all their little personality traits and why they do the things they do. They come from us, but we need to understand them so completely to (hopefully) make them believable and most importantly, loveable. We'll hopefully have some winter-themed illustrations to show in time for Christmas and perhaps some cards we hope you will love.

These next few months are also, hopefully, a new dawn for Sailboat - a place I love to retreat to but one I have been neglecting somewhat in recent months. I've made a few small goals; to post more even if it's just a few short words or a photograph (not necessarily daily, I don't want to force writing anymore - it doesn't work), to be better at commenting & replying because interaction has always been one of my favourite parts about the blogging community and to stay true to myself, which is an important one because it can be so easy to lose yourself without even realising.

I'm excited for the next few months and I'm looking forward to sharing them with you. 
Is there anything in particular you're looking forward to over the coming weeks? 

Love, Jennie
xoxo

39 comments:

  1. Nice! Im looking forward at your month

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    1. Ahh I do! Loving it though, it's nice to be busy! ox

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  3. I also love the next few months s you get the cold chill in the air ready to get the scarves and gloves out...planning starts for the year ahead, presents get bought and starbucks get their trusty red cups again hahahaha!!!

    Layla xx

    www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

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  4. I can relate to you ever so much Jennie! I can't wait to start some more Violet & Ted things, I have set aside some time this week for them. I've been trying to think of some cute sentences that could be part of the illustrations but I'm not having much luck! <3 xxx

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    1. eee how exciting! I'll get my thinking cap on and get back to you <3

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  5. Do you have a necklace of the time turner thing from Harry Potter?! I want one! What are some of your fave soup recipes? Also, congrats to your guy on the promotion, it's nice when hard work is recognised :)

    Dannielle | Chic-a-DeeDee

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    1. It's from ebay, only a few pounds, or there's one from Noble Collection if you fancy splashing out a bit more cash! I don't really have a specific recipe, I usually just throw in whatever veggies I have with some vegetable stock, black pepper and a touch of curry powder <3 xo

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  6. I also love these last three months of the year, full of new opportunities and so much to be optimistic for! I'm excited for the arrival of our baby in the next few weeks, our wedding anniversary and so much more.... It's a very exciting time!

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  7. I'm already so excited for Xmas!

    Annie | www.raspberphobia.com

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  8. I love the count down to Christmas and getting all warm in jumpers! I love and hate this time of year! It means Christmas is coming which I love but also means back to uni so I hardly see my boyfriend or family which I hate!! Hope the excitement of Christmas will make time go faster and ill enjoy these up and coming months :)

    Katie xx | Katies World

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    1. Aww, I think it will! Before you know it it will be the Christmas holidays! <3 xo

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  9. It sounds like you're really happy with where you're at and where you're heading at the moment, which is so lovely to read :) I hope it all works out for you!
    I love Autumn too, you can't beat cosy jumpers, open fires and hot chocolates :)

    Jess xo

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  10. These are easily my favourite three months too, I simply can't contain my excitement for October! Lots to look forward to yet no pressure to 'make the most of summerrr!!1one!!' either (: it sounds like you're really content with everything at the moment Jennie - so lovely to hear! Congrats to your other half and I'm wishing you all the best with adapting to his longer hours! xx

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    1. I'm secretly so glad summer is over! Now I don't feel guilty spending evenings at home, all cosied up with a good book! xo

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  11. I totally understand this post completely Jennie. I think having little goals and trying to reach them one step at a time is the perfect way to do things. Well done to your lovely man for getting a promotion. I know what it's like to miss someone, but it just shows how much they mean to you <3

    LittleGlitter.org

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    1. Thank you sweet, I think you're right <3

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  12. Loving these personal update posts :) Congratulations to your other half on his promotion xx

    Quite Frankly She Said - UK Lifestyle Blog

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  13. my favourite trio of months too. fireworks night!! tis my fav. :-) when good times come around, it all more reason to appreciate them. I hope you have a wonderful oct x

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  14. It's my favorite time of the year too! Good luck with uni, and all your projects x

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  15. Ah I love these posts Jennie. I'm so pleased for you and Mark, and I agree the harder times do make you appreciate the good moments a lot more. I love what you and Carly are doing, it's amazing - such a fab idea! I hope you can hit your goals before your year is out xxx

    Gemma | Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. Aww thank you so much sweet lady! <3

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  16. Beautiful post!! I'm having an amazing year so far to be honest and it's my birthday this month as well which is lovely! I love Autumn and can totally see why you love the upcoming months!

    www.makeupmonster.ie

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  17. I'm sure I've commented this before, but every time I read one of your posts I feel massively comforted, not really sure why. Might be your way with words, or that we share an affection for books, autumn and hot chocolate! But good luck with all your upcoming endeavours, cant wait to read about them:) lizzie xx

    lizzarroo.blogspot.com

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    1. Aww thank you so much, that's a lovely thing to hear. Books, autumn and hot chocolate are the best, high five! <3

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  18. I'm going to have to check out this goodreads thing, I keep just adding all the books you post about to a list on my desktop! I can knit :) But currently learning crochet! Love the instagram magnets and your initials = CUTE! xx

    Quite Frankly She Said - UK Lifestyle Blog

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    1. GoodReads is amazing! Such a fab way of being able to keep up with all the books you'd like to read and find ones you think you'll love based on the recommendations from other people! xo

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  19. I know exactly where you are coming from with this post, time is truly precious and only when a major change happens in your life, you realise it. Besides that I also love these autumn months, they are my favourite for snuggling,for fashion and hot chocolate! So happy for Mark and yourself! I love Violet&Ted's twitter and I'm following, so excited for all of the progress you and Carly are making!

    Eloise | simplynaturale xo

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  20. Yay for Winter, you don't even need an excuse to drink hot chocolate (: That's wonderful news about Mark's promotion, so pleased for you both! I agree about reading, it's magical to escape to another world and get lost, nothing better especially when it's cold outside! And your upcoming projects sound so exciting :D

    Sophie xx
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  21. Oh this post touched my heart so much! I was flicking through some of my bloglovin feed and was entranced by your time turner pic but your sentiments about the fragility of life are so close to home right now I could have almost written the entire paragraph myself :(
    Books have always been my escapism too so I totally understand where your coming from!
    I'm trying to comment much more too as I was getting into a rut of posting but fully engaging with the community

    Jenni x

    Bows Bangles & Bakes

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