Other than the odd sponsored post and fitness hauls, I feel like I haven’t sat down and had a heart to heart with you guys for AGES. I have had to put my blog on hold for a while whilst we try to sort out buying a house, which as some of you may already know, is a lot more stressful than I first thought!
So today I’m taking some time to have a little catch up with you and fill you in on what’s been going on lately.
So grab a cuppa and get comfy.
Guys, we are so close to buying a house I can almost feel the real grass on the soles of my feet. Actual real grass rather than the decking we currently have along with a tiny piece of fake grass for Sid to do his business on, which smells really bad by the way. I cannot wait to have a proper little stink free haven to sit in this summer whilst I sip on cold beers and listen to chilled out playlists on Spotify. We keep turning up at the house hoping that no one will notice us, just so we can walk the dog around the area and peer longingly through the windows at the brand spanking new kitchen work tops that quite frankly, need a bloody good clean. I can’t wait to get my little marigold hands on them tbh.
People keep asking us what the update is and when will we be moving in but I keep having to say the same thing, that we are STILL waiting for the mortgage offer. This is the kind of shit they should be teaching us when we are in school to save the disappointment of having to wait a million years whilst being asked our entire life stories by people we don’t even know and will never actually meet. I mean, how many times do they need to how much money I earned in 2013 and why for the love of God can they not accept print offs of my proof of income? Do you know how many times I have called the Inland Revenue to ask them to send yet another SA302 form showing my tax calculations from the last 3 years? Let’s just say my patience is wearing thin now and with all this lovely weather we are having lately, I just wanna be in our new home already!
For those who do not know, we are doing one of the government schemes as we are poor, first time buyers who need a little helping hand. Technically I’m not actually a first time buyer as I owned a house before with my ex but it all went a bit pear-shaped and took an entire 7 years for him to take my name off the mortgage. I felt like a bird being set free when he finally told me it was done; I was no longer tied to a house I hadn’t set foot in for years. Texting him every day to find out how long it was going to take had become such a big part of my every day life, I actually felt a bit lost once it was done. I reckon that’s how I’ll feel after I no longer need to speak to our mortgage advisor on a daily basis either. I’m not sure the feeling will be reciprocated.
Also, I was a tad upset our landlord found out we are potentially moving out from our mortgage company and not from me because he is, in fact, an amazing landlord and I really wanted to tell him myself. So boo to them for ruining my moment, but also, thank you to them for making it a little bit easier for me to have that convo with him. LOL.
I tell you what, if there’s one thing I’ve learnt from the last few months it’s that I have the ability to do the things that would normally take me forever in less than 2.5 seconds flat if I really need to. Being self-employed has been a godsend lately as it’s allowed me to pop home whenever our mortgage advisor needs another important document from us. I’m sure normal people just wait till they get home and don’t stress much about it but normal isn’t really my thing and I’m too used to trying to get everything done at once. I’m actually really proud of myself for getting an entire years worth of accounts done in less than 4 hours just because I was preparing myself for the mortgage company to ask what my earnings were for YE17. If you’re self-employed you will know how amazing it feels when your books are up to date and you don’t have to think about it again anytime soon.
Where are we moving to you ask? A place called Tadpole Garden Village, just 10 minutes away from where we are now. I’ve had my eye on this place since they started building and I can’t wait to move somewhere a bit nicer than where we currently live. Not that it isn’t a nice area, it’s just not as nice as living in a brand new 3 bed surrounded by other brand new homes, man-made lakes, and hopefully a pub within walking distance! More than anything I’m looking forward to being part of a community and having our friends Lucy and Pete living less than 2 minutes away. They are so close we actually decided walkie talkies could once again become apart of our lives. Oh the fun we will have.
Buying a house literally takes over your life so I’ve not yet reached my summer body goal, I haven’t been able to keep up with my blogging and I’m more stressed than I’ve been in months.
I know I’m stressed because my Crohn’s has been worse than normal and also I’ve been sleeping more than I thought possible. One day I came home and told Rich I was going to have a little lie down for 5 minutes before the gym and the next thing I knew I was waking up in the dark and 2 hours had passed. That has never happened to me before so I must have been exhausted. Last Friday I went to bed super early, took a Diazepam because my sleeping pattern is shocking, and woke in the morning feeling so pumped I literally jumped out of bed at 7am and went straight into the garage to workout. I only wish every day could be as successful as I genuinely think I could achieve anything when I feel that energised.
I think the main cause of all the stress may be due to the fact I had a mini freak out last week about ‘settling down’ and making such a huge commitment. After all, we are about to spend the next 35 years of our lives paying back the biggest debt of our lives. But I’ll save this for another blog post.
I found out today that I made my first significant amount of money from blogging and it really took me by surprise! Having a blog can be fun but it can also be bloody hard work and I haven’t even scratched the surface yet, so hats off to all those full-time bloggers out there who are killing it each month.
Generally, to make money from blogging brands do tend to want you to have a good social following to make it worth their while. Basically, a brand will send bloggers products to review and the more people who click-through the link on the bloggers website to buy said product, the more money the blogger makes. The customer doesn’t pay anymore than they normally would for using the link. This is called affiliate marketing. I became an affiliate for Myprotein a few months ago through an affiliate program where I asked to be apart of their affiliate team. Both Rich and I use their products a lot so it’s something I find easy to write about. So when GymShark contacted me, I was super shocked because I hadn’t even considered my blog worthy of working with a brand who’s leggings I’d been pining over for months. I don’t have a big following at all which is why I was surprised when they sent me a pair of their leggings for a blog post! I felt like I’d hit the jackpot if I’m honest.
And today I got an email from them saying thank you for all the sales I had generated from my post and that they loved my professional photos. I have Rich to thank for those as I literally make him take pic after pic until we have the money shot. LOL. So yeah, that feels good, like really good and motivates me to keep blogging.
I do have this habit of promising to write something and then it never materializes because I have to prioritize work first, which gets frustrating as hell because I actually have lots to say! Sorry about that guys.
Anyway, I’ve rambled on for almost 1600 words so I best wrap things up. I just want you to know I still love my blog and I have endless ideas of things to write about so bare with me whilst I sort my life out and I promise I’ll share a big juicy personal post with you all very soon.
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