Hey bestie people, How are you doing? I haven’t done a personal post in ages now. In fact, I haven’t done much blogging this year at all! my head has been 1000% elsewhere with the start-up of my business and getting active with selling and creativity. (Shameful AlexaJade Creates plug here)
The last few months have been the equivalent of a rollercoaster ride! with so much to do, and so much going on, honestly. I barely keep up with my own thoughts these days. So the past few weeks I have been trying to get my head back into gear with everything that I have got on my plate!
If I am honest with you, I am a queen of procrastination. Yep, big word that. And, it is so true, I am so good at sitting for hours, daydreaming about the things I want to achieve, and no lie, I have a thousand ideas in my head at the moment, it is almost like being a racing car in the middle of an F1 race but stuck in 1st gear at the moment. I’m learning a massive lesson in life right now. That lesson is the true meaning of gratitude and appreciating what I have, and where I am going in life.
My beautiful Emma.
In case you didn’t know already, Emma is my partner in crime, my fiancée, and my best friend. She has always been my complete rock, we’ve been through so much together, and it’s safe to say, that no matter what life throws at us, we get through it, as a team. I’m grateful for having such a wonderful human being in my life. You know that really cliche saying, ‘everything always happens for a reason, well my reason is Emma. Having postponed our wedding what feels like a million times now, I can’t wait for the next 11 months to hurry up so that I can marry my soul mate.
I am so grateful for everything that Emma does for me, she encourages me. Challenges me, supports me, and more. We laugh together, cry together, and best of it all. We work together. I couldn’t ask for a better team.
Bella turned 2 this year! We’ve had her since she was an 8-week old pup, no bigger than the size of a sky TV remote. She makes us laugh, smile, and yeah sometimes moan, but every day she is full of character. Our little fur baby makes us a family. You would honestly think she was a human! She means the world to both of us. I’m so grateful for just having her! Honestly, Bella has such a massive positive impact on both my and Em’s mental health. So she’s something I’m so grateful for every minute of the day.
Running our own business.
This is something I have mentioned a few times now, but I needed to include it here because it’s something that I am really really grateful for right now! I’ve been going through the NEA (New enterprise allowance) program with pinnacle people through the job center, and after much frustration, I finally finished the business plan and cash flow forecast stage this week! I’m not gonna lie, sitting and having that to do was just like being back at school again, with homework to do! but I got through it and it is now being sent to assessors. On Sunday I had a call to say my business plan had been approved. Literally leaving me to feel like I had just passed an exam, absolutely chuffed. The NEA will give me an allowance for the next few months to help with the setup and running of my small business. As much as it is a bit frustrating process at times, I without a doubt admit that this is such a worthy thing to do if you can access this with the job center.
Alongside this we have been so fortunate enough to be loaned money from our family, meaning we could afford to get all the bits we need to get our business really going. At the moment I am so inspired with lots of ideas and things coming soon.
Another reason I had to mention the business in this post about being grateful, is since I’ve started the small business journey I have discovered some new direction. Something that my health and mental health have been holding me back on. Having a purpose and something to focus on. Which is something we all really need in life.
our craft room/home office
We are so lucky to be able to have a whole room in our house to be able to work and create. Do you know how we all tend to have that one favorite room of the house? Well for me. It’s the craft room, It’s the room I love to spend a lot of my time in. Sat at my desk, working on whatever it is I’m doing that day. We’ve spent hours arranging the room, organizing our things to make the room not only perfect to craft in but to be able to run a business from.
I know a lot of people that have told me they would love to be able to have a specific space for this. So it’s something I am 100% grateful of.
Lilo gave birth to 3 beautiful guinea pups.
After what can only be called a ‘rocky’ start to owning our guinea pig fur babies, we discovered that our Lilo was pregnant. It felt like forever waiting for her to give birth, and worrying about her actually having the pups. the feeling of excitement and gratitude was unreal the morning that we came down to discover that she had finally done it!
The babies are now 3 weeks old this week, still so little yet so much bigger than when they were firstborn. It’s been absolutely amazing watching these 3 adorable little piggies with their proud mummy grow and be nurtured. We have had a lot of questions recently about what we are planning to do with them. Well honestly guys, we’re pretty in love with all of them, so we have not made a set-in-stone decision yet. For now, we’re just enjoying watching these little piggies grow.
Being with our friends and family again
With last year being the way it was, yanno, the dreaded word… COVID, leading us to be stuck at home for so long, a lot of us have fallen so much out of touch with being social that being thrown back into the social world is almost daunting really. I must admit that although the idea of lockdown was absolutely horrendous, it’s something we all learned to get used to, almost too much.
the past few weeks we’ve spent more and more time releasing how much we missed socializing with our friends and family with some fabulous days out and nights with too much alcohol. (Way too much alcohol).
We’re going on holiday…
EEEEEE. Following on from being grateful about the time we can now spend together again, comes some pretty big excitement. As I sit and write this I’m completely buzzing! Tomorrow we’re off on a group holiday with our friends to the Isle of Wight! 7 days of fun, heading this way! we have a chalet booked in the Nodes, Parkdean Holiday resort! It might not be a tropical Island, but it might as well be, I’m praying the news of a heatwave is actually true as well! 🤞🏻Keep your fingers crossed for us, hey!
Having a diagnosis
Sometimes in life, it takes longer to accept things than you actually realize. However, I have been doing a lot of thinking recently, and it made me realize. I am actually really grateful for being able to have a name for what is wrong with me.
A few months ago I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. After a very long time of not being able to tell anyone what is wrong with me. For months I would have to tell people I didn’t know why I am in constant pain and sick all the time. Having fibromyalgia means I have something to relate to, something to sort of understanding, and I do say that loosely.
My health has definitely been a nightmare for me especially the past 3 years. But I’m now with the pain team and I’m going to be receiving help with pain management really soon! So I’m hoping that things will become easier to manage really soon.
well that’s my gratitude ramblings for now 🥰 what are you grateful for? Leave me a comment below.