Monday Motivation – love

Today is our one year wedding anniversary. I am the luckiest woman in the world to have gone out one random night after work to the Oyster Shed in London.  As soon as I walked in I met this man called Bradley whom 2 years later became my husband!

He is my world and I am so proud to be his wife. So, here is my Monday Motivation quote – an ode to Love!

“To love is nothing. To be loved is something. But to love and be loved, that’s everything.” — T. Toli

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Monday Motivation

If anyone needs Monday motivation its me for tomorrow.

I have been off work for 31.5 days and the thought of getting up tomorrow morning, slightly jet-lagged with the flu is actually causing my knee to hurt so, to get me through and whomever else may be facing the same fate, here is my quote for the week..

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage” –Anais Nin

The five best moments of your life

I’m reading a novel (chic lit) on my holiday and there was a part of it where one character asked the other to tell them the five best moments of their life in order to get to know them better. It got me thinking about mine.. There are lots of moments I’ve shared with other people and I know for example that seeing my sister married in a few weeks will also be one of my favourite moments but in terms of my thinking about my own, it’s a nice reflection to do!  Don’t get me wrong,  I’ve equally had a lot of terrible moments but that’s life and it’s the bad things that make the good things amazing! Here goes:

Number 1

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Photo courtesy of Marshall Hall Photography

Our wedding day. It really was amazing!  We were married in Dubrovnik, Croatia and everything from the string quartet to the way Bradley looked when I walked down the aisle to the first dance will stay with me forever.

Number 2

Meeting Bradley! I still remember where he was standing, what he was wearing and everything about our first, second and third dates. He is my world and my very best memory.

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Number 3

Climbing Adams Peak in Sri Lanka. We had to get up at 1 or 2 am to start the climb as it took like 4 hours, uphill all the way to make it up the hill for sun rise. When we finally made it up there, legs shaking it was stunning and I remember thinking wow, what a privilege it is to have been able to do this!

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Number 4

Getting the call to say I had got the job as a virgin flight attendant. Virgin Blue was setting up a brand new airline in Australia and just randomly, I applied and got the job! It was so glam when the airline first started and I felt very privileged to be flying for them. It was some of the best years of my life and I got to see the whole of Australia!

Number 5

My first ever International flight and overnight and waking up in Paris. After flying for Virgin, I moved to Dubai and flew for Emirates. My first ever flight was Dubai to Paris and I remember waking up that next morning thinking holy shit! I’m in Paris for work!!! Great memories from my time in Dubai 14917_10152588832741224_2540176377534924368_n

So I have started #cycle2 #90daysssplan

Its day 3, I worked until midnight last night and had to get up at 5.00 am this morning to make food but you know what? I DID IT. I have my little bag packed with breakfast, lunch, dinner, supplements and a carefully measured out 25 grams of Macadamia nuts and I feel great.

 

 

I loved #cycle1. I really did (read my post here). It was effortless once you got going, I saw a change in my shape and was down a few kilo – however day 3 on #cycle2 and I feel like a bloated whale. I am sure it will subside, @thebodycoach said to “trust him” so, I will keep going with the plan for the remainder of the 30 days on this cycle and see how I go.

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So far, I have had pasta with chicken for breakfast for the first two days with shepherd’s pie for lunch and fish for dinner (with more potatoes).  Today is a rest day and am still going on my breakfast that I started eating 3 hours ago.  The portions are huge but hopefully I will get used to them.
As per my last post, if you are thinking of giving it a go as an event manager (or anyone really), do it. I don’t regret it at all.  I feel amazing, healthy, focused and in charge. I’ll post again mid-cycle.

Michelle

 

 

I am sooooooooooooooooooo busy!

Am I the only person in the world that hates hearing how busy someone is? We are all busy, the majority of us just crack on with it and do what needs to be done.  If however, you are soooooo busy that you can’t cope.  Here are 4 ways I get things done whilst I am not at my desk that may help…

Multitasking

  • At the gym – I go to the gym and on the cross trainer I whip out my trusty IPhone and delete all my emails. In 45 minutes I can get through all 4 in-boxes and flag the ones I need to follow up with later.
  • On the Train – My commute is 35 minutes and I use this time to write and map out blog posts, respond to emails and setup meetings for the week ahead. Sure, I would love to read Heat (or alike) but that isn’t going to bring #workdomination is it?
  • Whilst Bradley watches football – I hate football, its more boring to me than watching grass grow so, I look like the perfect wife, letting my husband watch as much football as possible and in return – I can get an extra 90 minutes worth of work done every-time a match is on!
  • Get up early. This one will bother most I suspect but, get up an hour or so earlier.  That extra hour, I believe, makes no difference at all to general well being and the amount of stuff you can get done in an hour is astounding. Try it for a week and see. Get up at 6.00 am instead of 7.00 am and see how much you get done!

 

I love a wedding

I love weddings, what’s not to! Being both a wedding and event planner meant I planned everything for ours however we still needed to pay (a lot) for a coordinator to actually run things on the day. Little things like getting the bridesmaids suitcases out from the hotel room, giving the string quartet the nod to start the music for me to walk down the aisle and most importantly all of those payments that needed to be made at the end of the night! I even needed mine to arrange more reception drinks and extend the bar tab because my guests drank a lot! What I could have used was just a well priced, qualified on-the-day coordinator to help me which is where Run My Wedding comes in.

Very reasonably priced for both a one off meeting to run through your plans or, full support on the day, the website is well worth a look!  Run My Wedding means you can plan the whole thing yourself and just have someone help you on the day!

Even just a meeting for an hour or two to go through everything with someone whom is a qualified professional can put your mind at ease.  They can also help to give you some alternative suggestions and advice on how to keep the cost low or if your wedding is a while off, help with venue suggestions or that all important bridal shower.

Runmywedding.weebly.com

 

Brittens most handsome diner

Brittens Restaurant Guildford

I have eaten out way too much this week and last night (Saturday) was a great end to a good week of dining out.  Bradley and I drove to Guildford for an early table at Brittens and had a fab time.

 

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Brittens was opened in November 2013 by Daniel Britten.  Daniel appeared in the BBC’s Masterchef in 2008 and worked his way up through the ranks with Brittens, the realisation of his dream and what a tasty dream it is.

On arrival, front of house staff were very attentive, showing us to our table upstairs, right in front of the kitchen and we were the only ones there.  It was very early for dinner though and in about half an hour, the place was packed.  Decor wise, it needs something but I just can’t put my finger on it. It sounds naff, but maybe bigger flower arrangements on the table would lift it a little… I don’t know, it just needs something.

 

 

 

Brittens 6We were pretty hungry and ordered quite quickly with the food coming out at a good speed.  There is a delicate balance and some places get it so wrong.  Whilst I appreciate people are hungry, and perhaps a restaurant may be quiet, it’s still an experience for people going out for dinner. We are very fortunate in that we get to eat out a lot both personally and with my job but some people would save up and perhaps only treat themselves once in a while.  You don’t want the experience to be over and done with in an hour – take your time…but not too much (off on a tangent sorry)! So – back to service at Brittens.   My only comment would be the staff are a bit too in-experienced and they looked a little lost. They were lovely though and our waitress was really chatty and personable but I felt a few of the others were a bit too timid which isn’t good in the restaurant trade.

 


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Food was amazing – my husband Bradley had the Devon Crab for starters (£7.00) which wasn’t as he expected it to be but thoroughly enjoyed it, saying it was really tasty.  I went for the pork cheeks which were a huge size (quite like my cheeks) and also really good at £8.00.  To be honest, this would have been enough for me but I did order a main.  I had the Surrey Farm dry aged sirloin with peppercorn sauce and chips (£20.00) and Bradley had the Roast Loin of Shackleford Lamb with Moroccan flavours (£18.00) which included a lamb shoulder in flaked pasty that he is still talking about now.  You really can’t fault the food. It was all perfect.

Drinks – the wine list looked very well thought-out and paired to menu perfectly.  You don’t always get this in smaller restaurants and I would love to try all of them. The drinks and food menu was all in the same menu as well which is awesome. Its irritating having separate one I find.

 

Brittens 1Would I go back? Yes.  I would send clients there for a lunch or dinner and I would also go with a group for a celebration.  I would suggest flowers or something (colour) on the tables and to put salt & pepper on the tables too.  I am not sure if it is intentional, some Chef’s believe their food is perfect (which it mostly is) and that people don’t need extra seasoning.  We do!! I love salt, doesn’t mean the food isn’t great, just means some people like more salt! lol

Fance rating 8/10 for food

PS – parking is only a £1 right across the road on a Saturday after 6.00 pm! bonus