This week, for the first time in many months, it was still completely dark when I arrived at work for an early shift… a sure sign that summer is on its way out. But how wonderful to have a blast of sunshine (in the south of the UK anyway!) on Sunday.
It couldn’t have worked out better as some close friends were christening their youngest daughter and then throwing a big party in their garden. It was just a glorious afternoon, sipping bubbly, eating delicious food and catching up with pals. Here’s a picture of hubby and I (yes, that is an Onjenu jumpsuit I’m wearing… I’ve got really into jumpsuits recently, that’s the third one I’ve bought!).
It’s now just two months until my debut novel comes out and my publisher’s publicity machine is stepping up a gear. I’ve been doing interviews with book bloggers and others which will be published in October when the book is published, but last week the Gloucestershire Echo newspaper printed this nice piece. I’ll also be putting pieces like this on my Twitter (@jackiekabler) and Facebook page if you’d like to follow me there.
I’m getting more and more nervous about publication day. I feel like I’m sending a baby out into the world on its own… eeeeek! I’ve been trying to find ways to relax as I’m quite a stressy person (I don’t think stressy is a word but you know what I mean!) and I’m not very good at just chilling out. I’m always on the go and rushing around and doing six things at once, and I’m sure it’s not good for me. But I have found one thing that makes me stop for whole minutes at a time, quite unexpectedly – it’s watching the birds on my bird feeder in the garden!
I got this one from work and I’ve had an amazing variety of birds pop along for a snack. I took these pictures the other day in the space of ten minutes. I love watching them. If you have any other tips though about how to relax for a few minutes during a busy day, I’d love to hear them! I think we all need a little time out now and again and underestimate the damage stress can do to our health, so it’s something I really want to address.
Finally, a few of us presenters have been wearing Anne Klein watches recently and I know lots of people have been asking about them. The range (watches and jewellery) launches on QVC on 1st September as part of Jewellery Month, and it’s gorgeous, based on the stunning designs of the late American fashion designer. Look out for it.
See you soon
Love Jackie x