My 5 things on a Friday


Hi everyone, how are you on this Friday? Good I hope. I hope you have a lovely weekend planned.

Having done a full week back into school life again it now feels as though the six weeks holidays never happened. I have got two children today that are so incredibly tired they can’t function properly. Plus both have colds. OMG. We’re so ready for the weekend. Bring it on.

So as it’s Friday (YAY!) here are the 5 things that I wanted to share with you guys that I’ve been into this week:

1. 10k

The Worcestershire race I entered (and am acutely aware that I’ve been droning on about all summer) is this Sunday, you’ll be pleased to hear. Do stay tuned on Instagram if you’re keen to know how it goes. I am half excited, half nervous, but I’m sure the competition atmosphere and having my friends by my side will spur me on.

2. Listening to

The High Low podcast are back from their summer break and I for one am absolutely delighted to hear Dolly Alderton and Pandora Syke’s voices in my ears again. I love it. I feel as though I’m getting a weekly dose of culture, news, intelligence, feminism, current affairs all in one hit.

Question. Is anyone else obsessed with Dolly as much as I am? I literally can’t stop listening to ALL the podcasts she’s appeared on and am absorbing them like a sponge. Funny, posh, clever and throughly modern views. I’m hooked. I desperately want to be in her girl gang.

3. Social media

There’s a lot in the press right now about the benefits of taking a social media break and how it affects our lives. The whole month of September has indeed been declared by The Royal Public Health Society as Scroll Free September, which is targeting users of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. Social media devotees are being encouraged to take back control and stop scrolling through their feeds for an entire month.

I think this is particularly interesting, and whilst I haven’t personally stopped going online myself I have cut down massively on my ‘mindless scrolling activity’. I have also decided this month not open anything first thing in the morning and instead spend that dedicated time focused on my children before school. Because social media is my work I’ll then open it and use it throughout the day, but then at 3pm put my phone away again when the kids are home.

I do feel bittersweet about it all, it’s helped me to get the kind of work I do today, plus I bloody love engaging with like-minded and wonderful women online. However, I do think it can be potentially damaging to peoples health and well being. I thus don’t think it’s a bad thing to step back and review how much we use it ourselves.

This article in Marie Claire about taking 6 months off social media was useful. I urge you to read if social media is affecting your health, personal life, moods, or generally causing concern.

4. Bake Off

Are you watching Bake Off? Do you love Rahul as much as everyone else? Of course you do. Rahul has been named star baker in two of the first three episodes and has been charming us along the way. Love it. Is it Tuesday night again yet?!

5. Clothes

And finally here are the clothes, accessories and home-ware I’ve got in my online shopping basket to hopefully check-out on a few new things this weekend. As the mornings get cooler there’s definitely a warmer vibe going on right now. A/W is my favourite season by a country mile, so get ready to start seeing me looking very smug in some gorgeous new gear.

Happy Friday and weekend guys.

Love, Jess x

Jess Soothill

Jess is a Mother of twins, blogger and writer.

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  1. September 18, 2018 / 9:37 am

    Congratulations on the 10k how amazing to have achieved something like that.

  2. Jess
    September 20, 2018 / 12:07 pm

    Thank you I’m still buzzing x

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