Meet Free Monday #12

10th March: A Day at HQ

I could do with another day of the weekend - just one more! Well... Monday is well and truly upon us and there's no denying that the new week needs to get going. Our weekend was fairly restful and I was grateful for the break. We spent a lot of time at home, including Friday and Saturday night. I visited artSPACE gallery with a friend on Saturday afternoon and we stopped at one of my favourite restaurants - Market for lunch. Sunday was a relaxed day followed by a family dinner to celebrate my little sister's birthday I ate far too much of everything including the delicious bday cake! I didn't work much over the weekend and only spent an hour here and there checking in on a few things. I also spent some time going through my magazine collection and tossing some out for recycling. I always check mags before I let go of them and tear out pretty pictures and recipes which I keep in a scrapbook of sorts. How do you deal with mags and storage? There are several oldies I can't bear to throw out.

The Working Week in Review / Last Week:
Last week was so productive that I actually feel proud about it. It was a stressful one, but we made some real progress which included the challenging report I mentioned. The meeting and presentation went well (phew). I had some positive meetings and consultation sessions towards the end of the week. All in all a positive ten out of ten work week (quite rare).

The Working Week:
This week I aim to have a calm, focused week. I didn't manage to do all the blog posts I wanted to share with you last week. A few things just had to come first, so I would like to get round to those. Either than that I'm following my usual recipe of time in the office and then consults and meetings on Thursday and Friday. I have quite a nice start to Thursday with a client consult at Quarters Hotel which is a lovely space to work in. Task wise I'm going to do some work on my blog's editorial calendar today and work on replying to emails and a few smaller tasks.

Things I'm excited about this week:
I have quite a few dinners planned to catch up with friends which will be lovely. Katie Fforde's latest book comes out on Thursday and I have no shame in confessing that I love her style of writing and the mushy love stories that unfold! It makes for perfect bedtime reading and the endings are always happy - what more could a girl ask for?

What will challenge me this week?
I anticipate this week being less stressful and rushed which I hope won't mean I think I can procrastinate. I want to use this quieter week to take care of a few things rather than face an avalanche of work next week. I just need to keep a tab on myself. Do you have any challenges this week?

Personal Thoughts:
I'm proud that I decided to take things into my control this year instead of hiding behind the 'I'm too busy' excuse. Every day is still about learning and working smarter, but it feels good none the less. This week I want to try and stick to eating quite healthily as I just love sugary treats, in general I'm just trying to be more aware of sugar in all I eat. 
I turn 30 this year and I keep thinking about how I should celebrate - I'm quite unsure. My ultimate wish would be to go to Paris, but I don't see that happening by August... I'll keep dreaming. On a different subject - I can't quite explain the enjoyment of using my Typo planner - it's added a new dimension to my lists and thinking. If you love stationery it really does help using pretty things that are useful and it acts as a type of motivation.

Are you enjoying these Meet Free Monday posts? Let me know - I'm not sure if they are interesting and I'm hoping my weeks aren't sounding too repetitive / boring. Is there anything you would like me to share?

*See other Meet Free Monday posts here.

This week's photo features:
Polka-dot Notebook (bottom) & Floral Pencil: Cath Kidston (London)
Polka-dot Scheduler (top): Gift, but a friend found it at Oxford Street Topshop
Floral Tape: Cath Kidston - Marigold in Cape Town
Floral Peg: Gift from Michaels
Button Magnet & Birdie Stamp: Typo
Pink Hello Kitty Pencil: Sanrio Shop in San Francisco


  1. Tarryns3/10/2014

    Love the scheduler !!!!

  2. Nicola Meyer3/10/2014

    Love your Meet Free Monday posts! I love craft magazines and not too long ago had a HUGE chuck out (donated to SPCA). I did tear out of a few and those mags were then sent to recycling. I store my mags in boxes and it looks like I will need to go through them again before moving my crafty things into the new room.

  3. Thanks for the comment! I know - me too. So cute inside too. x

  4. Thanks so much for stopping in - Nicola. It's a tough thing - keeping mags. I don't want to carry them around for the rest of my life, but I also don't want to get rid of them... ha ha :-) Have a wonderful week! x

  5. Theresa Welgemoed3/10/2014

    I am a serial hoarder by nature... Still have House & Leisure editions from 1995... Totally crazy I know but I just cannot let them go... I love your "Meet free Monday" posts Nadia - they inspire!!! x

  6. Hello Theresa Thanks for your kind words & comment. Ha ha - mags seem to form part of my life so I totally understand. I can't let go of my Vogue magazines that I bought while I lived in London - it feels as if I will then lose a part of me. Silly, but true. Have a lovely week! x

  7. Hello Pretty3/11/2014

    Love these posts!

  8. Yay! Thanks so much for the comment. So happy you like the posts. x

  9. Tana Goosen3/11/2014

    Enjoy reading your Meet Free Monday posts. The birdie stamp is so cute!

  10. Hello! Thanks for stopping in. I am so happy to hear you like the posts. Life isn't always that exciting, so I don't want the posts to sound boring. Hope your week is off to a good start. x

  11. I really like these posts. There are some magazines I will probably keep forever, but I did get rid of a lot the last time we moved. At the moment I just keep them in magazine holders.

  12. Your pink supplies are too adorable! I especially love the pink tape and am very happy to have just discovered your blog via Pinterest. :)

  13. Hi - thanks for stopping in. It is hard to imagine carrying around some of my mags for the rest of my life, through moves etc, but I can't let go! Have a lovely crafty weekend. x

  14. Hello Sarah! Thanks so much for taking the time to pop in and leave me a comment! I'm so happy you like my pretty pink tape. Have a crafty weekend. x


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