#Passion4Fashion Linkup:: PolkaDots For Days

Funny story, this was supposed to be posted on Monday but apparently someone didn’t hit the schedule button(ahem me) and someone also hasn’t been back to the blog since Sunday either.. (that would be me again). I feel terrible as it really goes to show how much i’ve been neglecting this space of late. But after a really, really low January I’ve been trying to focus on my happiness, and as much as that’s going well (yay for me), it’s also meant i’ve been a bit reclusive in my on selfish ways. I haven’t been watching or reading any news, magazines or articles, I couldn’t tell you what the latest and greatest trends/tv programmes/ things to do/see are, I’m really out of the loop. But happiness has found me again and that felt more important to regain than anything else.

I’ve been reading again, lots and lots of reading which always makes me feel like i’m in my own little imaginary world. God help the husband if he interrupts .. he gets the evil glare if he interferes during the latest plot twist of whatever book i’m reading. But its what i needed. I’ve been walking my dog again and enjoying the fresh air. I’ve been meal planning but also not beating myself if i eat a few biscuits or have a weekly takeaway. I’ve been learning to be ok with who i am at this moment in time.

The thing is, we give so much of ourselves away, whether that be in real life, as a wife or mother, or here on the internet by blogging about our lives, sometimes we just need to take a bit back and know that its not actually selfish, its essential.

You can’t pour from an empty cup as the saying goes.

Now i’ve found some inner peace ( I always thing of kung fu panda when i say that) and banished some demons to the back of the room once again (for now at least, those sneaky blighters have a way of creeping forward again when you’re not looking) I feel I may need to re join the rest of the human race (as tempting as it is to stay in my own little bubble). I need to find out whats going on past my own front door, i need to see how other people are doing and i definitely need to start putting in more effort here on my blog.

I’ve mentioned this before, but i’ve written this blog for six and a half years and sometimes i feel like i’ve kind of run out of words, but then other times i feel like i have so much to say. After a few weeks of “re-centring my self “(sorry that sounds really pathetic i know) i know i need to put more effort in, because ultimately, this blog is also a part of who i am and that it is something i’m extremely proud of.

So sorry if i’ve let you down, sorry if i’ve not been present or a good friend or blogger. I’m making amends starting today.



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  1. Mary, The Pouting Pensioner
    February 16, 2018 / 8:22 am

    You’re making polkadots look like something that gives instant style and this time of year is sorely calling for ease of style. Pretty look, Rachel.
    And know what you mean about the recentrifying. Sometimes I get information overload and I think the human brain and soul has a finite capacity for information and isn’t designed to effectively absorb such detail about the world at large at any given moment. The overload warning light can manifest itself in funny ways, like forgetting a birthday … or forgetting to press a schedule button!
    It’s only a few thousand years ago that our brains absorbed nothing more than the walls of the cave at this time of year! So this is perhaps nature’s time to recentrify, to go inside oneself – glad you’re recharged.
    Hugs, x.

  2. February 16, 2018 / 11:52 am

    I know exactly what you mean about feeling guilty about me time. I always find myself thinking of everything I should be doing but I’m not. You are totally right that that time is essential for our well-being.


  3. February 16, 2018 / 2:49 pm

    I love this polka dot look on you and your boots are fabulous! I can really relate to what you said in this post. It’s hard to keep up every day and not ever step back for some self reflection. I think it’s so wise of you that you know when you need to turn inward at times. I’m sure in the end it makes you better at everything you do! I really enjoyed reading this post. Have a great weekend!

  4. February 16, 2018 / 4:37 pm

    lovely look rachel, I love the long midi dress and you cant go wrong with polka dots! Love how you styled it with the black boots, very stylish! i feel like this sometimes. I usually am not without words, but there are days where the flow of the narrative is more difficult!
    wishing you a great weekend!
    jess xx

  5. February 16, 2018 / 11:25 pm

    Rachel, you don’t have to apologize for taking time for yourself! Do what you need to do to reset your batteries—even if it means taking a break. That said, I love your polka-dot dress, and hope you keep showing us more great looks like this!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

  6. Mutton_style
    February 17, 2018 / 7:46 am

    I sympathise totally. I very struggled with blogging in January after so many in December. None have dropped to two a week instead of 3 and I’m still struggling. Yes loss of words and loss of inspiration and a bit of I just want me time.

  7. February 18, 2018 / 9:00 pm

    That is a beautiful polka dot dress! I like how you layered it for the cooler weather with the black top underneath and the boots ?

    Never feel bad for taking time to yourself! And my mother’s group someone shared this quote. ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup’. You need to prioritise time to refresh and renew yourself so you can continue to give or create ?

    Hope you had a great weekend. The heatwave continued here unfortunately, so it was another fairly quiet and aircon filled weekend for us!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  8. March 5, 2018 / 10:51 pm

    Must care for ourselves.

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