So far this month, I've started my new job, been on holiday for two weeks, gone for numerous meals out and visited several new places; all of which I'll be doing my best to write up soon. As you may have guessed, all of this has left me feeling absolutely shattered, but I'm also really happy.
While I have been left feeling like I need another holiday to fully rest up, I've also really loved this month and have felt challenged by it. I'm enjoying my new role - even if I am finding my feet again for the second time this month after my holiday - and I loved seeing friends and family.
There's a lot to smile about and look forward to during the next few months, but here are just ten things that have made me happy during September:
2 - Going back to Devon meant I got to spend some time with my sister, which was much easier to do now that I drive. We had a few really great days out exploring Dawlish and Shaldon - even though we've lived in the area forever - and eating fab food (which you'll be able to read about soon).
3 - Driving really does make being in the South West so much easier and the husband and I were able to go to some of my favourite places, including Totnes. He didn't even mind when I took him to my favourite vegetarian cafe at the top of Totnes high street.
4 - There are loads of places I've always wanted to go in the area around my hometown and this month I got to tick a few off my list, including Burgh Island (on the blog soon). Not only was it brilliant to finally go to the places I have wanted to for ages, I got to spend a lot of time by the sea, which always makes me so happy.
5 - Monkeys are brilliant so an afternoon chilling out with them at Shaldon Zoo was always going to be awesome. If you haven't been and are in the south west, you should go. The money is well worth it, especially as it all goes to supporting the zoo.
6 - After hanging in my wardrobe for over seven years, I finally fit into a dress that I fell in love with the day I saw it. My mum had to put a new zip on it, but I got to wear it for our anniversary meal and I felt amazing. I even had a couple in the restaurant come to our table to tell me how lovely it was, which made me go a very fetching shade of red.
7 - Just being in Cornwall and drinking Rattler is always a good thing. While I didn't get to drink as much Rattler as I might have liked due to having to be the designated driver, but cold pints of cider by the sea is enough to put a smile on anyone's face.
8 - The husband and I have practically lived in each other's pockets this month and it has been great. We haven't got on each other's nerves or lost our tempers. We've just enjoyed spending time together, having fun and generally relaxing with one another. We're already planning more days out together to make the most of autumn.
9 - If you don't have a cream tea - or two or three - when in the South West, what's the point? Not only did I get scones, jam and cream when staying at my parents, my mother-in-law also treated me to a lush cream tea in Wreckers in Charlestown to celebrate some good news. There's nothing better, especially when you still manage to lose weight!
10 - Now that my summer holiday is over, I can start embracing my favourite time of year. For me, autumn is all about long cinnamon-scented baths, candlelight, cosy evenings, hot chocolate, warm coats and the crunch of leaves under my boots. I'm planning on making the most of it before the Yorkshire winter hits.