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.

So the big news from me this week is that I accomplished my 10k race last Sunday. And, I survived! Sadly I didn’t get under my 60-minute target, but was very pleased with the 1hr 3mins 59 seconds I achieved. Running that distance was something that I never thought possible 6 months ago (I couldn’t run for more than 3 minutes without needing a lie down), so to have this race firmly under my belt I’m feeling incredibly proud. Since then though, it’s quite literally been ALL about the carbs.

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. Reading

A book recommendation from The High Low podcast a few episodes ago was ‘Fight Like a Girl’ by Clementine Ford, which is described by Amazon as “an essential manifesto for feminists new, old and soon-to-be”. It discusses topics such as the Harvey Weinstein case and the #MeToo campaign. It’s a mixture of memoir, opinion and investigative journalism to expose just how unequal the world continues to be for women.

Admittedly, at first, the book challenged even my own thinking and raised issues I have never thought of before. It then quickly grabbed me and had me nodding away throughout; leaving me feeling incredibly empowered. I highly recommend it if you’re interested in contemporary views about being female and want to increase your knowledge about the equality challenges we face.

2. TV

I’m going to pick TV again as another category to focus on this week because holy moly TV just keeps getting better! Shows that Hubby and I are hooked on include BBC’s ‘Bodyguard’ (obviously). As well as Channel 4’s ‘Great British Bake Off’, which simply warms my heart every Tuesday night.

We are also loving BBC2’s ‘Trust’, directed by Danny Boyle and based on the 1973 kidnapping of oil heir John Paul Getty III. It’s cast well, plus the fashion and music are sublime.

3. Sharenting

The BEST article I read online this week was from Pandora Sykes writing in Man Repeller about the challenge of sharing her role as a mother online and the pressure to ‘bare her soul’. This was perfection and something I have struggled with on and off over the last few years (even though I am not influencing anywhere near her high level). When you’re a mother, blogger, influencer (and thus sharing your life online) should you share everything about your kids? Should you share nothing? How ‘much’ is the right amount?

I loved that she wrote, “You have to find your happy place. You do you; I do me. Conscious sharing is my way to protect that emotional epidermis, as well as I can. Because I know now that what I choose not to share are my most precious truths of all”.

I’m taking her magnificent advice and in future going to ignore what everyone else around me is doing and go with my gut feeling on the matter. Because, (as always), it’s usually pretty fucking spot on.

4. Make-up

You may have seen on Instagram this week that I attended a very lush day with Bobbi Brown in Bath with some lovely influencer gal pals. It was such an amazing day (lunch, fizz, make-up, chat) but more importantly it gave me such confidence about make-up again. Like a lot of women post-babies, my daily routine has been squeezed down to almost nothing. I’ve also totally neglected my products over the years (I’m actually quite embarrassed by my make-up bag).

If you’re interested I’ll follow this up with what I got on the day and how I apply it, via Instagram soon.

5. Clothes

And finally, here’s what I’ve got in my online shopping basket to hopefully checkout on a few new things this weekend. These new items are already getting my heart racing.

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 21, 2018 / 12:20 pm

    Well done on your run, Jess, that’s fabulous! My son and I have just started doing our local 5k Parkrun on weekends and I must admit I’m enjoying it a little more than I thought I would. Well, maybe not the actual running bit but the feeling afterwards…Have a great weekend! x

    • Jess
      September 21, 2018 / 12:31 pm

      Yes ha ha the feeling afterwards is better! GO YOU x

  2. September 21, 2018 / 4:43 pm

    You did amazing Jess for your very first 10k, and races seemed to be going on all over the country as my hubby did one in Warrington. Your Bobbi Brown day in Bath looked amazing, and I am embarrassed to say that at 44 I still don’t know how to apply make up. I really need to go on some kind of course one day. I am SO excited for Sunday at 9pm !!! Bodyguard is bloody brilliant x

    • Jess
      September 24, 2018 / 11:40 am

      Thanks! x

  3. September 21, 2018 / 6:30 pm

    I’m off to read that article read now, Jess. I think you’re totally right about ‘gut feeling’ though. My gut says to share some of the tough parenting stuff because it makes people feel less alone and less imperfect. So much amazing stuff on TV at the moment isn’t there?! Have a lovely weekend. xx

    • Jess
      September 24, 2018 / 11:40 am

      It’s really good hope you enjoy x

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