I just thought I would give you all a little update on some of the things I have been up to in the past week or so.
1. Finishing the study!
After several days of painting, a trip to IKEA and a whole lot of procrastination, I have finally managed to finish our study and create a functional space once again.
We now have furniture and fresh walls, but the room still looks a little bland and bare. I'm looking forward to picking up a couple of bits and bobs for the walls and making the space feel a bit more lived in.
I'll be giving you a sneaky peak of how things look at the moment in my next Weekly Vlog!
2. Appreciating people, not things
Apologies for the terrible/slightly drunk photo of Des and I, but it will have to do!
I don't want to get too schmaltzy here, but one of my big break through moments of the last year came from the realization that as long as you have the right people around you, everything else will fall into place.
I can't say enough about the support I get from my wonderful friends and family (which is probably why I bang on about it so much!).
3. Filmies App Launch
It's not often that I come across an app or online platform which I actually think is solving a real problem.
However, if you're anything like me, trying to choose a film to watch can often turn into 20 minutes of scrolling through Netflix, not really getting anywhere, then eventually deciding that it's now too late to start anything.
The Filmies team are fellow Chicklets at the Entrepreneurial Spark Leeds hatchery and were also fellow Pitch Top 100 contestants last year.
I was lucky enough last week to attend the launch of their app which is dedicated to helping people discover films that they will really love through personalised film recommendations. The app then lets you know where and for how much you can buy, download or stream the film.
I honestly think this is such a wonderful idea and will certainly save me a lot of stress on a Friday evening...
You can register your interest on their website to hear when the iOS and Andriod Apps are fully released.
4. An afternoon holiday
I spent most of my childhood living bang slap in the middle of the country, literally as far away from the sea as you could get! Trips to the coast involved a grueling three hour journey and sadly only took place once or twice a year.
Luckily now that I'm in Yorkshire, the nearest coastline is under an hour away, which makes it extremely accessible by car or train!
Faced with a rare free afternoon, Des and I decided to make the most of the sunshine and set off on a very mini afternoon break to Whitby, complete with a walk on the beach and mandatory Fish and Chips.
Despite the fact that we were only away from home for about 5 or 6 hours, the simple act of stepping away from a desk and heading out to the seaside did us the world of good.
I came back feeling freshly fully of sea air and ready to take on the rest of the week.
If you also find yourself with such an afternoon, I highly recommend treating yourself to a very mini break, it doesn't even have to involve the sea, just get outside into the sunshine.
5. Launching a new YOAF event and planning many more
After the success of our events last year, the York on a Fork team decided to have another crack at creating evenings which will bring the foodies of York together to sample some of the cities best restaurants.
The best part of this process for me has to be liaising with the chefs and creating a menu which offers something a little bit unusual.
I can't believe we sold out of tickets for our next event with over two weeks to go... I'm glad I got in there early with purchasing mine!