As I mentioned in my last post, I have decided to do a monthly Gratitude Journal entry on the blog…why, well there are so many moments that I do feel grateful for however I don’t share them and unfortunately these moments are easily forgotten in this fast paced and sometimes ugly world that we live in.

The Gratitude Journal: January 2017 Edition

^A pretty flower from my daddy’s garden that he sent me this week.

A New Year

When I went to bed on the 31st December 2016, I was glad to see the end of that god awful year…I’m one of those individuals that don’t feel the need to drink way too much or stay up until midnight to welcome in the New Year; I love to wake up as fresh as a daisy in the New Year.  I’m so grateful for the New Year…it’s a time to start afresh with new hopes and dreams.

Pretty Little Snowflakes Falling On My Nose

Remember that huge deluge of snow that we received a few weeks ago…I refused to go to work if a single snowflake fell in England (The English and the mention of snow causes the country to go into meltdown…this still makes me giggle!)..anyway I worked from home as there was a snowflake somewhere up north.  Thankfully it did snow in Bedfordshire and I jumped on FaceTime to my family to show them…mum wanted me to catch one (seriously easier than it sounds!).  

I love snow and the joy it can bring…we live next to a care home for adults with severe disabilities and the staff took them outside to feel the snow against their skin and this made me smile as I could hear their moans of delight.   Simple things can bring people great pleasure regardless of circumstance and I felt grateful that I heard that special moment.

The Light At The End Of A Very Long Tunnel

I’m SOOOO grateful for this one…G and I have finally got somewhere on the NHS and I couldn’t be happier.  While I haven’t been pleased about the treatment we have received over the past two years, finally knowing that it wasn’t all in my head (as was implied) and that I am unwell but can be treated is a starting point for me.  I had 14 polyps removed on Monday much to the shock of the doctor and nurses performing the colonoscopy…I’m grateful that my previous GP surgery went into liquidation and a new doctor looked at my notes and rushed me through on the 2 week NHS rule as I had all the symptoms for colon cancer.  Next stop is getting my fibroid removed next month…and I’m looking forward to getting back to the old Kelly and some new adventures with my polyp free colon and fibroid free uterus!

Frugal Friday

This year I really wanted to get my finances under control and have set up my own little spreadsheet that I update every Friday aka Frugal Friday.  I’ve never really tracked my spending and doing so has really opened my eyes to how silly I am at times with my credit card.  I am so grateful to Rachel for introducing me to Financial podcasts this month – Rachel recommended The Dave Ramsey Show which I love and feel very motivated by and have added in Money Box and a few other podcasts…okay these financial podcasts have really tickled my financial brain and I have become slightly obsessed.

Looking For Silver Linings

I used to be very good at finding a silver lining at bad times, I used to just laugh myself through it all however it got really hard when I was dealing with G’s mental illness (if you have a loved one with a mental illness you will understand what I mean…until you walk in those shoes you have no idea) and my exhaustion due to various health issues…I felt like I was walking through life on egg shells.  This month I have felt more like the old happier Kelly (and I love the old Kelly, not a fan of this one…so I’m grateful to be seeing my old self again)...I can see the silver linings in so many things again…when I was told that I had to have a colonoscopy my instant reaction was let’s do this and then remembering the laxatives (oh shit…excuse the pun!) and then thinking of the silver lining = weight loss!

Kindness is catching

Thankfully I’m not the only person in the office that has taken on the kindness never goes out of fashion as their mantra for 2017 and beyond – there are times when individuals are just plain nasty and you feel like you’re starring in the Mean Girls movie…smiling and being really nice rattles their cages even more.  I unfortunately pushed an Engineer to breaking point a few weeks ago (he took offence to an email telling him to do his job..a 1 minute job but anyway…he was having a bad day!)…I backed off and he later sent me an email to apologise.  I took the time to call him and have a quick chat so that we both cleared the air and he told me he was grateful that I did that…nothing like kissing and making up.  I’m grateful to be working with a number of Engineers that remind me of the characters from the tv show, The Big Bang Theory…we have a few Sheldon Coopers at work which makes me giggle.

The Great Social Media Detox

So after saying I was going to keep off Twitter, I have succeeded and I can’t tell you how much better I feel for it; I used to feel myself getting so angry and frustrated over silly 140 character tweets so I have decided to stay off twitter for the long term for my sanity and also I think there are just way too many lies and half truths floating around.  I haven’t spent much time on Instagram either as it feels to polished for my liking these days…I may have a spring clean in the future.  I’m so thankful that I took the time to do this as it has really changed my happiness and stress levels and I would highly recommend taking the time to do this as you really do reconnect with yourself while disconnecting from others.

I also finally put something into action that I’ve read about for the past few years which sounded like a great idea but I hadn’t introduced into my life…don’t play with your phone, kindle or any other electronic device before you go to bed.  I now switch everything off at 9pm and head to bed to read my book….and boy has this made a huge change in my quality of sleep!  I won’t be going back – 9pm, if the blog post isn’t finished, well there is always tomorrow…laptop down and let your eyes relax.

January’s Reading Material

I decided that I was going to read more books in paper form this as year as I found it so difficult to finish a book via the kindle recently.  I’m not the fastest reader but this doesn’t bother me.  This month I fell in love with Sister Agatha in A Nun’s Story as I found it fascinating for a number of reasons – firstly Shirley was about to get married when she got her calling and decided to become a nun leaving behind her love and a life of luxury; secondly, I’m intrigued about the life of a nun so this book answered a number of my burning questions but it also covered various parts about her life including living during World War 2, her childhood living in a wealthy family (her mum sounds a bit like Lady Violet from Downton Abbey) and how she was able to save The Nunnery thanks to a special meeting on a train.

The Gratitude Journal: January 2017 Edition

I’m not religious however I respect all religions; it’s a book that I normally wouldn’t read however it jumped out and grabbed me when I was at WH Smith.  I will say, if you skim read you will find this book difficult…you really need to take the time to appreciate every word.  Here’s the link via amazon or via Book Depository (they offer free worldwide shipping!)

xx

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Weight: 97.3 kgs

“If things are going untowardly one month, they are sure to mend the next.”  – Jane Austen, Emma

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 4, 2017

My Life Goal, ze Weight

Up we go…to be fair I have eaten a lot this week plus there was last weeks afternoon tea so an increase was to be expected.  I was also allowed to eat a little bit of gluten this week…it’s bloody hard to choose what to eat though and when your body gets a hit of gluten…oh my goodness…I had a white baguette during the week and I almost had kittens, it was sooooo good!

Shake Your Booty

No comment…I have done a lot of DIY things this week after work which are pretty hard work…sanding skirting boards isn’t my favourite job as you continue to jiggle for a good hour afterwards so I’m putting that down as exercise.

What I’m Up Too…

So on Monday I’m having my colonoscopy which I’m looking forward to as there will finally be some answers.  I have to stop eating at lunch time tomorrow and take two doses of laxatives (one tomorrow evening and another on Monday morning) before the camera gets shoved where the sun don’t shine.  I don’t mind having a colonoscopy and they aren’t painful at all…I had my last one without a sedative!

G has his operation this Tuesday and he can’t drive for two weeks…it’s going to be fun fun fun looking after him…you only need to see G after he breaks a fingernail to see why I am dreading this coming week.

And I finally got my date to have my fibroid removed – it’s now in March (not April / May time as originally suggested)…right at Quarter End…totally excited that it’s going to be removed even sooner; Kat and I were having a discussion over an appropriate hashtag, maybe #freethefibroid!  So I should be fit as a fiddle for our Moscow trip which I haven’t sorted out a visa for as we were waiting for a date for the operation…I may delegate this job to G while he is recovering.

Due to all of the above, I bought us a laptop tray table to go over our legs while we are in bed…that purchase made me feel very old.

Now as G is on bed rest, we were meant to be going to the Drake concert on Thursday 2nd February and now we can’t attend (and I completely forget we had tickets until they arrived this week!) – if anyone is looking for two tickets please email me as will sell for face value (aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes @ gmail.com – remember to remove the spaces!).

And I managed to finish a book…woohoo…I have struggled for months and months to finish reading a book cover to cover but I finally did it…it possibly helped that I loved the storytelling and will share more next week in my monthly Grateful post which I’m going to start to write each month.   I don’t want my blog to be a “look at me, look at me and my fantastic life” style blog, I want people to see and understand the person behind the blog and what I’m grateful about each month.  I tend to remember the bad times rather than the good times so am trying to change my mindset slightly and this post will remind me of all the things that made me smile during the month.

Happy Weekend Everyone!

Anyway enough of my babbling…time to do a bit more painting.

xx

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After saying a fond farewell to G’s Greek twin brother in Katakolo, G and I whizzed back to Athens in our trusty little rental car…as we had 5 hours to do the trip we decided to have a pitstop along the way in the most enchanting town in the Peloponnese, Nafplio.

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

When I told N’s wife that I wanted to stop off in Nafplio…this was met with a huge smile and that it was one of her favourite spots in the whole of Greece…which I definitely concur with after our visit…was Santorini pretty, yes…did I love it, I could take it or leave it…ask all these questions again in relation to Nafplio and the answer is a resounding yes!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Nafplio was once the capital of Greece many many years ago; the colourful mansions are now slightly faded but are still rather charming.

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

With only an hour to spend in Nafplio, G and I just wandered along the seafront…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…enjoying the stunning coastline views…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…G tried to work out which boat he wanted to own…me pointing out the smallest one in the harbour (my new favourite word is frugal)…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

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Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…enjoying seeing a few men at work…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…thinking, hmmmm I wonder what is inside that building (next time!)

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…while trying to scare a few fish with my extremely tall shadow (I’m 5’11, giant size Kiwi!)…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…and maybe worshipping the blue skies (how I miss thee!)

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…before hitting the colourful facades that Nafplio is famous for!

I love a bit of colour…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…actually I love colour a lot so Nafplio was ticking all my boxes…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…so much so that I told G that I wanted to return to stay for a few nights.

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

And you know…I found a few doors as well…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…just a few…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…seriously good door porn in Nafplio!

Like most Greek towns and cities, there are a number of little spots to stop to grab a coffee that will put hairs on your chest (hence why I drink tea!)

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…or to photograph as they are just so darn…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…cheerful!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

We stumbled upon a rather staunch Greek security guard who wouldn’t let us enter, the Greek security guard had sharper claws than this Kiwi…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…so G found another shop to buy another three freaking bracelets from…<insert eye rolling here>…while I sent a few wooden willy photos to Mummy and Georgie in New Zealand.

I may have accidentally stumbled into a <coughs> shoe shop where all the shoes are made locally, I love supporting local businesses whenever I travel…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…so I bought a pair of tan sandals in a style that I’ve wanted for ages and then another pair which are more for evening wear…you know Greece needs not just one helping hand financially…it needs two hence I bought two pairs of shoes…I’m not that frugal when I enter a shoe shop (I do love both pairs of shoes and have already worn them in the middle of winter, totally getting my moneys worth…and yes I’m justifying my purchases!)….

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…G found a belt that he wanted, I’m pretty sure he hasn’t worn it yet…we will be having a few words of buying items and never wearing them shortly.

The reason why I found Nafplio so enchanting is simple – you can just wander…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…finding little alleyways where the Bougainvillea just rambles all over the street…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…and oh the balconies are so pretty…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…do a spot of people watching, the locals are so much fun to watch as they hid from the shade…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…where photographing laundry is totally allowed <yelling Hi, I’m from New Zealand while waving and smiling helps when people start pointing at you while you photograph their clothes!>

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…and that are just a few of the reasons why I would love to return!

There is a rather stunning looking castle on the outskirts of town sitting on a hilltop which is calling my name…as I said, we will return…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

..by hook or by crook…I will return to Greece to explore some more as there are so many hidden gems in this country!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

And I think I’ve found our hotel which is right in the middle of town…not to be confused with the Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Travel Tips for Nafplio, Greece

  • You can visit Nafplio from Athens or Kalamata (British Airways flies into both destinations from London now) – this would be a perfect day trip from either destination however it does get busy in Nafplio during the summer months with folks from Athens.  
  • We found it easy to park down by the waterfront and then walk around the shady streets mid afternoon.
  • An hour in Nafplio doesn’t do it justice so make sure you spend a few hours exploring if you are doing a day trip
  • The Sandal Workshop in Nafplio makes really good quality and comfortable leather sandals (they also have a shop in Santorini) and they are all reasonably priced.
  • Make sure your battery for your camera is charged as Nafplio is really beautiful and you will take a million and one photos.
  • I would recommend flat comfortable shoes as things can be a bit slippery underfoot especially when it’s very hot.
  • We didn’t stay at this property however the Hotel Grande Bretagne has a great location if you are looking for accommodation in Nafplio.
  • You can find more of my posts on Greece here

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

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Weight: 97.0 kgs

“There are people, who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves.”  – Jane Austen, Emma

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 3, 2017

My Life Goal, ze Weight

Woohoo…I’ve lost a tiny bit of weight again…all that soup for lunch is working wonders and finally my IBS has started to settle which is blooming amazing!

Shake Your Booty

This week was a bit pants exercise wise, I’ve felt really exhausted all week…so I was snuggled up in bed at 8.30pm most nights…and fast asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow!  Weirdo I know but when you body is craving sleep, you have to give in.

What I’m Up Too…

As I said earlier, I’ve struggled this week with exhaustion so I haven’t done much at all which is fine…we all have weeks like this.

G and I booked a flight to Moscow for April last Sunday which we are excited about (well maybe I am…G is like yeah whatever!  If you know any firms that organise a Russian visa that you would recommend please let me know.)…we both thought that after Easter was a good time for both of us as we would have all the operations out of the way.  As we were using our companion voucher flight, G was like…let’s hope we don’t have to cancel this flight as British Airways makes so much out of us due to cancelling our flights (Peru and China springs to mind!)...what could go wrong!?!?!

Roll around Tuesday and I have my follow up appointment at the Women’s Clinic at Luton & Dunstable Hospital (highly recommend the folks here…avoid Bedford Hospital Women’s Clinic like the plague if you can!) and expecting to be chucked back on some hormone pills she informs me that they are going to operate on my fibroid as it needs to be removed (and it should have been removed 2 years ago due to the type of fibroid and location!)…I wasn’t expecting that…hence there were happy tears, me forgetting to ask sensible questions about the operation (I’m a complete egg!) and leaving thinking, oh my goodness I’m going to have normal periods again (2 week long periods aren’t fun folks!).  

BUT…so I’m talking to G as I leave the hospital and he was delighted that they are finally going to operate…slight problem is that my operation is around April / May time…I don’t have a date confirmed as yet but G and I were just in fits of giggles as well know what will happen…BA will make a few bob out of us AGAIN…we have our fingers crossed that the date is in early April or in May…time will tell.  But totally excited about the operation and don’t care about missing a holiday if it means things get back to normal down below!

Yesterday, Rachel and I headed into London for afternoon tea at The Berkeley…we are both a bit frugal at the moment however we both agreed that the afternoon tea was totally overpriced for the quality and quantity…the company was fabulous of course, I love a good old chin wag with Rachel.  I will write up a review at a later date.

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 3, 2017

Blog Reading

To be fair, I haven’t done a huge amount of blog reading apart from favourite go to blogs that I read every week but this week three posts really caught my eye in my Bloglovin’ feed as they were all in reference to blogging and I thought I would share them.

The first one is from Lorna, Literally and this is a new blog for me but she got me hooked in one simple post – “The Loss of the Relatable Blogger”….everything and I mean EVERYTHING is right on point and I’ve muttered a number of these points to myself for the past year or so about these luxury fuelled lifestyles which I’m sure most of the bloggers could never afford if they weren’t provided a complimentary invitation (and why I’ve avoided the word luxury on the blog recently as it feels dirty now and as someone said to me recently…boring…yeap!) …I often wonder how this is affecting their younger audiences and their expectations in life…do you think of your readers when you write a blog post?!  I do struggle to relate to a number of blogs these days; I really really struggle to connect with blogs where the blogger is full time or if there is a lot of complimentary posts hence I can’t relate to them in any shape or form…sorry!  It’s probably the best blog post I’ve read in a long time so make sure you take the time to read it!

Amber from Forever Amber is one of my favourite bloggers – I can totally relate to her and she’s a great babbler and I love that as a reader!  In 2016 she made some blogging predictions for the year ahead so she revisited these and then thought about where blogging is heading in 2017…give them a read as I found it quite interesting especially her comments about seeing bloggers moving away from their blogs to concentrate on their social media accounts which I think we are already seeing.

Geneva from A Pair & A Spare also wrote an interesting post about why you should start or breathe life back into your blog and her reasonings for this.  For me, this is now my focus…I’ve let go the tedious world of social media to concentrate on my blog and I’m enjoying it so much more (I’ve also not bothered much on instagram this week and guess what, my hands haven’t fallen off…I’ve had pins and needles a few times though!  Twitter is gone and it will take a lot to get me back!).  A blog is where you can be uniquely yourself as Geneva points out in this post, unfortunately there isn’t this opportunity so much on instagram these days especially as a number of accounts are almost carbon copies of each other…one word = boring!

Anyway enough of my babbling…time for a shower!

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