12 Feb 2017

The Ab Fab Collab | Things I'm Great At #girlpower





Hi and welcome to February's Ab Fab Collab. This month Abbey from abbeylouisarose suggested we do a post each celebrating what we are great at.

Now I'm not one to blow my own trumpet, but I thought what a great thing to do. In the spirit of being positive rather than beating ourselves down I want to share what I class myself being good/great at.




I don't have a particular skill or talent, but below are some of the things I like to think I do ok at.

I'd love to know what you're good at, so leave a comment below and lets start spreading a little bit of #girlpower!

Tidying 

Ok, admittedly not the most interesting of things to put on this list but I do like a good tidy.
I like things to be clean but where I come into my own is organising.
Maybe it's bourne out of anxiety but I like my surroundings where permitting to have order.
Not necessarily in a systematic way more aesthetically pleasing way.
Like most people I have a penchant for creating a bit of a whirlwind when getting dressed but once I'm home I can't fully relax until I've tidied everything away.











I think with the birth of Instagram and vlogs our living spaces have stepped up a gear and become more desirable and inspirational.
My husband has the organising idea that works where his things are in piles. Book pile here, magazine pile here, but to me that's just lots of piles everywhere (😂).
Once I've put everything away (which is normally in my wardrobe which is chokka full but contents are hidden from view!) and the bed is made, cushions on sofa neatly placed, surfaces clear then I'm good.
An example is when in a restaurant be it fast food or gourmet, at the end my husband and myself will neatly stack all our dishes and glasses into a neat pile rather than leave a mess all over the table for the waiter/ress to deal with. 
I used to have a colleague who had so much on his desk it crept over to mine and on regular occasions I would push it back. Boundaries people!
Even if I have no one coming over (which happens regularly) I still like a good tidy. As they say a tidy house is tidy mind.

Books





Or reading of. I have a healthy collection of chick lit books. And I'm at my most peaceful when I have a good romance novel on the go.
If I have finished a book I'm slightly bereft as I like knowing I have a book to escape to if I'm feeling anxious and/or stressed.
As a result I have read many books in the contemporary female fiction genre.
Mostly good, some bad and some out right ugly! I'm currently reading the latest book from Jill Mansell. Which I'm glad to say is good!
She has quite the back catalogue and I've read most of them due to my love of reading.

I'd like to think with reading so many books and my love for writing I'd be onto my debut novel by now but somehow the pressure of writing 75,000 words or more doesn't fill me with much confidence.
Instead I love to read them. Getting lost in an alternative world and happily ever afters.




Creativity

So you might imagine I'm more of the creative mindset what with my blog. And you'd be correct. 
Using my imagination to make things happen is how to get the best out of me.
But that doesn't mean I'm like some untapped marketing whizz, more I like the freedom to make up an idea or solution rather than trying to get the one correct answer as like with mathematics.
At school for my GCSE's as well as the 3 R's, I also studied Drama, Art and Textiles. All creative subjects.
I didn't apply myself so I sort of sucked but they were still subjects I enjoyed as they gave me the room to explore ways that allowed me to have fun and experiment.
Even all these years later I enjoy being creative at work, be it with internal communications, organising and planning events and thinking of new ways to do things. 
My new manager has even recognised me for my creative flair so that's a bonus!

Sense of direction



Another random one to throw out there but I like to think I've got a good sense of bearings.
I do like studying maps and if I go somewhere new I tend to quickly adapt and work out my new surroundings.
For example I went down a motorway (can't remember which one) and a few years later when only being on that motorway once before I recognised it. I mean it's just a road. No distinguishing features but I recalled it straight away.
My husband is not very good with recognising places so this ability does come in handy when we are out together. I will tend to lead the way most of the time.
I don't normally let myself down with knowing where I am.
But I'm not perfect and one occasion springs to mind.
Photo from Pixabay
Whilst on holiday in Dubai in 2008, my husband and myself decided to visit the 'old town' which is the less westernised, more Arabic part of Dubai.
I was pretty certain I had my bearings, despite never visiting this area before (I'd only been to Dubai once previously so I had no real knowledge of the city) and thought I knew how to get to this particular mall by foot.
Glad to say after much walking in the hot afternoon sun, with my husbands help we found our location, even if I thought I knew it all!
Suffice to say sometimes you need a map and slightly less ego!

I like to think I'm great at being a friend as well, but from one of my more recent posts you'll see that I haven't the opportunity at the moment to prove that!

Anyway I hope you liked this month's collab with Abbey, and be sure to check out her post on the same topic.

If you have any suggestions for next month's Collab that Abbey and myself can collab on, please let us know by commenting below!

Love and hugs,


4 comments:

  1. I love all of your photos, Abbie! You look adorable in all of them! I especially like the use of the map as a prop, that's such a good idea! I definitely think that being tidy and organised is so important, really makes you feel like you have your life together! I also agree that you're super creative, I always have lots of fun collaborating with you! 💞

    Abbey ✨ www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. Hi Abbey, thanks for the love of my photos!
      Ditto to collabing, you always write such wonderful posts. Blogging is defo something you must continue, as must our collabs! :) xx

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  2. Loved this post! I too love tidying and organising I actually enjoy it and my boyfriend thinks it's odd😂 I love books as well I always like to have one on the go to turn to for some down time! Thanks for sharing the things you're great at! x

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    1. Thanks Chloe for your lovely comments. Has made me smile :)
      In fact I feel like going to tidy my room. Oh the fun I have on a Saturday night! xx

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