Chit Chat #1

January 18, 2016 Chit Chat 13

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Hey guys! Welcome to Chit Chat, a new feature on the blog. I used to do the Monthly Edition where I would share books, events in life, movies, photos, things I love etc but I always felt pressured when drafting those posts to have them up in time so Chit Chat is its replacement. It will be a semi-regular post where I get to share what’s going on in life, on the blog, what I’m obsessed with currently and I figure it’s the perfect way to launch back into blogging so I hope it’ll be something you’ll enjoy reading too! If there’s a certain area of my life that I’m feeling particularly passionate about like fitness, I can expand on it in a separate future post!

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It’s getting busy at work right now. I work in an Irish history museum and 2016 is the 100 year anniversary of the 1916 Rising, an event which turned the tide of opinion towards the subject of Irish independence and was one of the first major steps towards us becoming an independent Republic. So we have a lot of events and it should be an amazing and emotional time for the country although right now I have 1916 fatigue because we’ve been preparing for it for so long!

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Even though it’s January and the whole world seems to be on a health kick, I’m happy that for once I’m not one of them, because my January 1st was back in October LOL! After a wonderful holiday in Lanzarote, I came back feeling great about everything except how I looked and more importantly how I felt and there’s nothing like the fear of a bikini to bring that home so I recommitted to my healthy eating with Weight Watchers’ amazing new programme Smart Points and I absolutely love it! I have almost 20lbs gone and better still, all sugar cravings are gone and I just feel so much better and it’s now a way of life, I’ve completely switched over so am confident that the next bikini holiday will be a much happier experience!

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Fitness wise, it’s a more frustrating tale. I’m suffering from a condition called Plantar Fasciitis in my left heel which has severely limited my ability to exercise. I can no longer pull on a pair of trainers and head out for a walk without a second thought because the pain can be too much, not to mention my audio-book listening has diminished drastically! So last week I turned to Yoga and started 30 days of Yoga with Adriene! I’m on day 8 and really loving it, I already feel an improvement in my flexibility and some postures are much more comfortable than they were on day one. My overall sense of well-being is also improved. If you have been thinking of getting into Yoga then definitely head over to her YouTube channel. If you aren’t ready to commit to a programme, there are also several beginner videos that you can pick and choose from plus Adriene is an amazing teacher and very encouraging!

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One thing has completely taken over my life (hence why my return to blogging has taken an extra two weeks) is that I started binge-watching Revenge! Have you seen it? I watched the first series five years ago when it first premiered but I wasn’t too invested in the story and other shows interested me more but this Christmas, I spotted that all four seasons had been added to Netflix and I couldn’t resist giving it another go. I’m already halfway through season 3 and cannot get enough. I watched about seven episodes yesterday #revengezombie and I just can’t get enough of the audacious plots and hi-jinks. Plus I love Emily VanKamp’s ability to make Emily Thorne such a sympathetic character despite all the horrible things she does, I can’t help but root for her! Victoria Grayson and Nolan Ross are two other faves despite me loathing them first watch round.

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Because of the above obsession, my reading has taken a backseat (way to be a successful book blogger, eh Dani?). I started The Story Spinner as my New Year read and I’m about 100 pages into it…It is amazing but #revengezombie has taken over but I’m determined to get back to it. My next read (if I ever finish the first, good grief!) will be BUILT by Jay Crownover. I loved the first three books of Marked Men and want to finish that series soon as BUILT is set in the “same ‘verse”. I want to spend more time reading backlist books and finishing series this year and not feel that guilt if I choose a book of my own rather than an ARC. I do want to get through the backlog of books and fulfil my commitments but not at the risk of another epic reading slump like I experienced in 2015.

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What Danielle Did Next turns 3 next month so obviously the blog has to become a priority again especially as I have missed chatting with you guys and feeling connected to the community. I also want this blog to grow and reach its full potential. Our junior year wasn’t much to write home about so hopefully our senior year will be much more successful!

I am also excited to announce that I’m joining my amazing friend Tonya as a guest blogger on her site

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Tonya has been a wonderful friend, that I met through blogging but she’s become so much more than an “internet friend”. We can legit talk about anything with no judgement and she is definitely the person I’d call to hide the bodies… 😉 Look out for my first review over there soon and don’t forget to subscribe and follow Tonya if you don’t already.

I look forward to connecting with you all both here and on other social media. You can follow me on Twitter here and also on Instagram here where I share all aspects of my life both fitness, books, food, friends and of course my dogs.

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I hope you managed to stay awake during my ramble.
Let’s chit chat again soon!

 

Danielle

13 Responses to “Chit Chat #1”

  1. Tonya Henderso

    YAY HAPPY DAY!! xoxoxo I have misssssssssed you!

    I need to finish Revenge. I think I stopped after season 2?? I don’t remember. I don’t get in the mood to watch TV that often but when i do, I binge. I still haven’t finished Dexter!

  2. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    Oh I love this post so much! I like that you’ll do it when you can, that way you don’t feel pressured. That has been my biggest thing about getting back to blogging. NO PRESSURE. I do what I want, when I want. That’s why I’ve had so much fervor lately! It’s very hard to balance it all because I do have tv I want to watch, books to read, and life in general to do.

    I really liked The Storyspinner! I am excited for its sequel! I haven’t read the Marked Men books, but they are on my Series to Read this year.

    I’m super excited we’re both guest blogging with Tonya! It will be so much fun!

    And yay for fitness! How are the Weight Watchers Smart Points different from the Points Plus? We’ll need to chat about that via Twitter!

  3. Emma

    Oh Revenge has been added to Netflix, *adding to list* I watched the first 2 I think, but got distracted so I think I will re-watch it. I loved it though when I did watch it. BUILT is also AMAZING! Hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  4. Nuzaifa @ Word Contessa

    Danielleeeee, so glad to see you back on the blog! Sounds like you’ve had quite a couple of months-glad to hear that all your work stuff is taking off brilliantly. 🙂
    Sorry to hear about your medical condition but I do hope you are having fun with yoga. I have been the absolute worst with fitness and whatnot the past year. *hangs head in shame*
    I can’t wait to see what Tonya and you have in store for us this year! 😀

    • Danielle

      Sorry for the late reply! Revenge is definitely something I would recommend giving a go, I didn’t think I’d like it much either. If you haven’t seen the following give them a try – Gilmore Girls, Buffy, Scandal, Chicago Fire/Med/P.D, Pretty Little Liars, Reign, The Vampire Diaries. That will hopefully contain a few hits for you! Let me know xx

  5. Chrissi Reads

    I’m late to reading this, because my job is consuming my life! I did really enjoy reading it though. It’s nice to catch up with you through this post.

    • Danielle

      Haha I know that feeling! Hence the late reply! Hoping to finally get into the blogging groove again and try and manage time better but we’ll see!!! Great to hear from you 🙂

  6. Melody

    Pretty much the same with Revenge! Loved the first 2 seasons of Revenge, fell off in the beginning of the 3rd season but also recently saw that the show was streaming on Netflix so I decided to catch up where I left off. Now that a lot of time has passed, I can enjoy the show again so I’m so excited to be finishing the series!

  7. Renu

    Glad to see you back, that’s so cool that you work in a museum! 🙂 My mum and I use to watch Revenge and we were so hooked! It’s a genre of TV I’m not normally into, but it was so good! So sad when it finished, though. :'(

    • Danielle

      Thanks hon! I know, I’m lost without it now, great characters and so many OMG moments. I didn’t expect to like it because it’s not my genre either but it was a lot of fun

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