I'm old. Today is my 26th birthday and although I always joke I am like a grandma I realised today just how true it was.
 When did we become grown ups?   I realise with horror it's  snuck up on me over time and I have the proof.

1. I don't make fun of Bridget Jones style pants any more. In fact, I welcome them with open arms.
2. My ideal night out no longer starts at 11pm, it ends at 11pm. 
3. On payday the first thing I looked up was 'carpet cleaners near me'.
4. The only reason I still have Facebook is for when I'm drunk and want to look people up from school to see what they're doing now and compare success rates.
5. My entire feed is people getting pregnant, engaged, or refusing to adult and living abroad.
6. Everyone's profile pictures are now couple photos and not selfies with cute filters.
7. I check the egg box before I pay for them.
8. People ask me stuff at work and I realize it's because I'm an adult with years of experience and am actually qualified to answer the question. Which still seems weird to me.
9. All my bras are now those soft triangle ones from Urban Outfitters with no wire rather than sexy lace push-up ones.
10. I don't get ID'd in Sainsburys anymore, even when I don't have any makeup on.
11. I go to Sainsbury's without wearing makeup, because I've realised nobody cares, especially not me.
12. I use Pinterest to look at home interior posts and furniture DIY.
13. I consider buying Elle Home every time I go to a newsagents, rather than my usual Cosmo.
14. I say things like 'make sure you eat before you go drinking'.
15. I drink a bottle of wine when I go out, instead of a bottle of vodka.
16. My hangovers last about a week.
17. I go to therapy and nobody's making me.
18. I plan dates with my friends up to 3 weeks in advance because otherwise we just won't see each other.
19. I have to drink coffee every morning otherwise it's a horrible day for everyone.
20. I am excited when I get to go to bed at 9pm.
21. I save my receipts.
22. I check my bank balance and juggle money from accounts to improve my credit rating.
23. I get Christmas cards for my pet-sitter. 
24. I look up the prices of houses on our street because mundane and nosy things like that became interesting to me at some stage in my pathetic existence. 
25. I read the newspaper on the way into work every morning. And enjoy it.
26. When I'm on holiday I find myself interested in the architecture and supermarket offerings

So there you have it. 
I am officially old and boring.

Don't get me wrong, I still spend most of my time wearing animal-themed onesies and ponchos in the house listening to McFly and vomitting my brains out from a hangover on Saturday mornings, but in general, at some stage, it looks like I grew up. And tbh, I'm not all that happy about it. 

A quick apology post because I absolutely have neglected blogging recently.
(Side note: How BEAUTIFUL does my best friend Abi look as a bride? These two girls are my oldest and closest friends from school and I had the best day ever - crying all the way through the ceremony - watching Abz get married to her hunky hubby.)

So back to my apology.
The truth is, I've been completely overwhelmed and invested in my book, which releases on August 4th.
I wasn't even sure whether to renew my calliekazumi.com domain name because in all honesty I don't know how much time I will have to blog going forwards!

I LOVE blogging, and what started as a place to share fashion-y thoughts developed into a diary where I could rebuild myself and writing on here and getting messages from you all helped me when I was really struggling with my depression.

I will continue to blog ad-hoc whenever things happen (my birthday is very soon, and I have a romantic trip to Cambodia booked which I will be posting all about on here!) but my time is going to have to go to writing books.

Being an author is something I have always dreamed about and losing my job gave me the time to reconsider a lot of things. I am so thankful to have the support I do and the opportunity to do something I feel so, SO passionate about!

My YA Fantasy novel will be coming out in less than a month on Amazon, and there is a sequel which is currently a WIP to be released before the end of the year.

After THAT, I'm currently in the plotting stage for an entirely separate series - an urban fantasy inspired by my own personal struggles with mental health.

I hope you will all understand why I have not been blogging recently.

I love you all, miss you all and will be back whenever anything exciting happens, I promise!

Callie xxxx

Hello friends,

I've been away for a few weeks doing too much sun-soaking and wine-drinking and not enough book-writing. For that reason, this will be largely a photo diary post as every second spent writing anything other than the sequel to my debut book (releasing this summer, obvs,) is time wasted. 

A quick rundown of ;

Kayaking in the caves
Exploring the caves
Discovering amazing wine is only 1 euro 50 for an entire bottle
Discovering being gluten free in Spain is very easy at tapas bars
Being with my best friend for two weeks straight
Getting a good tan on my legs
Reading Dolly Alderton's book

Falling down a crack in the rocks whilst snorkling and cutting/bruising up my ankle
Vomitting red wine after a late-night pub quiz
Losing pub quiz because we were the only ones there under 50
Losing Bingo in the interval break of said quiz because I didn't know how to play and couldn't find the numbers quick enough
Getting sunburnt right under my boobs
Finishing The Gender Games series and having to come to terms with the fact it was over

Aloha my wonderful people.

I recently removed my blog address from my Instagram and was touched to see my blog views haven't dropped, so I guess you're all regular readers checking back in. Thank you!!

I just wanted to do a little update on all my projects and where to find me online, so you can keep up with me easier and potentially find more platforms you're interested in!
I have my fingers in a lot of pies (so to speak. I have no actual pies, unfortunately), and decided to relook at everything properly and have a digital spring clean.

1. My Book.
If you don't know, I am writing a fictional novel. The idea has festered inside me for a few years and I spent a year or so planning everything out excessively, and now that it's come down to writing it, my planning has paid off and it's getting done very quickly.

This is something I'm the most excited about, but as you can imagine it's dominating pretty much every free moment I have, and I'm constantly writing or planning ahead. I'm currently just over half-way through my first draft, and will likely look to self publish and market it when I'm finished via Amazon, so this is currently my most important & exciting project and what is taking up the majority of my time. Website & more info TBC!

2. My Blog.
This blog is taking a back-seat to the book currently, but I'll still be dropping in and leaving little personal updates whenever anything of note happens. I'd hope to be posting here around once a week, if not just to keep you guys in the loop. It's being used as a sort of word-vomit diary space, and is no longer being advertised on my other platforms as it's more personal now. Hoping to get more jokey posts going out too when I get more time - I know they're the firm favourites!

3. Jailed Spirits.
Jailed Spirits is now redundant. I really did love it and the concept behind it, but realistically it's too big a project for the time I'm willing to devote to it. It served it's purpose and gave me something to focus and motivate myself for when I lost my job, but between everything else I'm doing now alongside working 9-6 everyday, I just don't have time to invest in it properly. It will stay live though, as will it's Instagram for anyone who wants to check back for anything!

4. Social Media.
Steven deleted all his social media this week, and it really got me thinking. Social media really isn't something I'm enjoying anymore. I used to have to use it for work every day, but now I don't it's really just a mindless way to procrastinate and compare my life to other people's.

Facebook  - I will be keeping my facebook for event information and to let people know when my book is completed, but otherwise won't be posting or checking it and will be deleting it from my phone.

Instagram - I won't be posting as much on Instagram. If I'm honest, it was my favourite platform but since being bought over I really don't like the updates, especially the increasing amount of sponsored posts I'm getting. Working in influencer marketing sort of ruined the blogger industry for me as well, seeing the bitchy people behind it and the amount of staging and money behind everything has made the pictures a lot less magical for me, and it doesn't really inspire me anymore.

Twitter - I'll carry on using this sporadically. Follow me there if you want to see my self-depricating rambling in 140 characters or less.

And I guess these are all the best places to follow me and the expectations for when to expect posts! Let me know your thoughts, as you're the ones that matter most.

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