Life Lately :: Illness, StyleFruits and EBay!

‘Girl take a seat, rest your weary bones. Tell me about the years and let me buy an hour, maybe help me to understand.’
Holding on for Life by Broken Bells


A week has passed by without a post and I’ve certainly neglected my little slice of the Internet. At the risk of veering unexpectedly into a personal post, I’m going to be painfully honest with you and hope this doesn’t come across as a mega whinge. You see, I’ve been ill, again. I’m extremely run down. I feel as though I’ve been working myself to the point of exhaustion. Up until a couple of months ago, I felt as though I’d found the perfect work/life balance. My health was good and I felt content with my lot in life. In the past two months, everything has gotten on top of me and my health has started to suffer. Thankfully, it’s nothing major but I’ve had laryngitis, tonsillitis, severe migraines, chest infections and right now, a stinking cold and a honking cough. That’s since the start of February. Needless to say, my mood has been far from cheerful. I’ve become so tired, I’m often forgetful and I’ve become a bit of a recluse. I’ve barely seen any of my friends and I’m ashamed to say that their messages have passed me by in a bit of a blur. I’m not alone in wracking up a 60 hour working week (sometimes, over that), but no one tells you how hard living alone can be when you’re working full-time hours. Now that the Easter holidays have arrived, first thing tomorrow, I’ll be paying a return visit to the doctors. Following that, immersing myself in music and taking a long rest. And, with that elephant said and out of the way, let’s move on to brighter things. 

If you’ve caught any of my tweets recently, it stands a chance that I would have been asking for you to vote for me as StyleFruits’ March Insider Tip. Thanks to you lovelies voting for me, and my determined family, I wonIt’s the first time I’ve ever won anything blog related and I know it’s not an award as such, but it’s rather grand to have even been nominated.They had a whole heap of lovely things to say, you can read all about it here, if you wish. Also, you can win a £100’s worth of lovely spring-inspired goodies by entering their ‘Ready for Spring’ competition here.
With that said, I participated in Tuesday’s Market Your Blog chat (#mybchat) about blogger awards, are they a popularity contest? It really made me think! In my opinion, to a certain extent, voted competitions are a popularity contest. If you revert back to mathematics, the most popular option is the highest and therefore wins. But then, the cantankerous  ninny inside of me considered that this could also mean the most supported blogs. With that thought in mind, the upcoming Company Style Blogger Awards 2014 are now open for nominations and so, I devoted a quick ten minutes to voting for some of my favourite blogs that I feel deserve more recognition. Not in the name of popularity, but in the name of support. 
 
As I mentioned, I’ve become a little bit of a recluse recently. With photography help from John, I’ve climbed back onto the horse named eBay and have started to sell again. Just a few items to get me started. Years ago, I would make an extra income from eBay by buying clothes to sell on. It wasn’t much, but it was guilt-free cash that I could spend as I wished. Months ago, you may have seen the starter to my eBay series? Let’s Get Ready to Sell, Sell, Sell explained how I whittle down my wardrobe when having a good old clear out. Now that I’ve got my head around the new format of eBay, I’ll be returning with some tips that will hopefully help people new to eBay make a fair price for their unwanted clothes.
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 Is there anything you would like to know?