As I sit here writing, I can see the sunset out of my spare room window.
It's 8pm and there's just a small hint of blue left on the horizon. The encroaching darkness and cooler evenings are a sure sign the we are heading headfirst into Autumn now.
Whilst many people are despairing the dying embers of summer, I'm sat here waiting to whack out my collection of fabulous jumpers and embarrassingly fluffy PJs.
Just call me Bethan "cozy club" Vincent.
There are only four months left of 2017 and I'm determined to go out with bang.
This year has absolutely flown by (seriously where did it go?!) and I'm ready to up the pace with crossing things off my to-do list and just generally getting shit done.
So what do I have planned to achieve in the next few months?
Upgrade my professional skills
There's a lot to be said for learning by doing, a strategy which has formed the basis of my career and various ventures so far. Being thrown in at the deep end forces you to fail fast and quickly work out your own strengths and weaknesses.
In the past year I have felt my professional skills grow immensely using this methodology, however recently I have been seriously craving the structured learning which comes from taking taught courses.
Therefore when the chance came through work to sign up for a training course, I couldn't wait to take it.
I'm really excited to be starting the Google Squared Digital Marketing Course next week, a 5 month in-depth look at digital strategy and leadership.
I'm really hoping that my itch to experience the new will be scratched and am also really looking forward to collaborating with other students!
Finish our Living Room and Dining Room
It wouldn't be a lie to say that we have a bit of a fixer-upper on our ends when it comes to our current home...
When we moved in, way back in 2014, we didn't even have running water. That was a fun couple of weeks...
Over the next few years we have slowly filled in holes, repaired ceilings,, painted and decorated the entire upstairs, revamped a bathroom... the list goes on.
There are a couple of big jobs which still need attention, mostly confined to the downstairs. We need to completely repaint pretty much the whole of it, redo the floor and then find some new (or new to us) furniture.
There is a bit of a time pressure for this work, as it's much better to get painting done in drier months, *cough* Summer *cough*, so my aim is to roll up my sleeves and dedicate a few weekends in September/October to the task.
Decide on a wedding venue
I am procrastinating over this, there's no two ways about it. The problem is, I'm not that bothered...
After all, it's just a wedding. As long as my favourite people are there, Des shows up and there's decent food/music - I'm happy.
It's that marriage that really interests me, not a singular day.
With this in mind, I just need to get my arse in gear really and decide with Des what looks half decent / is within budget - then book it!
Take a short break
We are heading for a weekend in the Lake District at the end of the month, which I'm hoping will provide some respite from the ol' daily grind. Plus, I absolutely love driving there from York, as the scenery is stunning!
After that, we probably want to take a week off further afield. At this point all options are open, so if you have been anywhere AMAZING recently, I'd love to hear about it!
Loose 5 kilos and beat my PB
I'm already 2kgs down into a spot of scheduled weight loss and am hoping to continue this very slow downward trend over the next few months.
After loosing around 30kgs (5 stone) four years ago, I have managed to plateau at a very healthy level, give or take one kilogram.
After stepping up my running game earlier this year and consulting a number of sources, it has become apparent that if I want to run faster, I need to be just a tad lighter. I'm also working on lowering my body fat percentage through HIIT and weight training.
My goal is to loose the weight in a sustainable and responsible manner through combining eating a bit less with a bit more exercise.
I'm currently aiming for a deficit of about 500 calories per day, which I measure using a combination of MyFitnessPal and data pulled in from my Fitbit. (I have a VERY sexy spreadsheet where all this data is dumped, which means I will eventually have a long term overview to analyse).
Expand this Blog
As someone who started off blogging about food, I have managed to slowly introduce a number of other topics over the years - ranging from talking about business, beauty and even the occasional opinion piece.
For a while I've felt trapped by the label of "lifestyle" blogger, which is funny as it's such a catch-all term these days.
I don't want to be confined to writing purely about my life.
Whilst I find it interesting and perhaps a few of you do too, there is a rich and complex world beyond me - full of interesting people, explosive events and radical new ideas.
This is a world which I want to explore through my writing, a world which hopefully interests you, because you live in it too.