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What I’ve been up to lately…

Oh my word what a busy few weeks I have had!

I am conscious about not letting my blog slip beneath the waves of daily life as a business owner, blogger and 22 year old living in the countryside juggling all of the above. My blog was were it all started and I am passionate about continuing to grow the content I write here but that is easier said than done with all of the above going on.

You all know how it is, there is never enough time in the day. My boyfriend James recently worked out that I could actually gain a day (9+ hours) each week if I got up 2 hours earlier each day… but I love to sleep. My love for sleeping and hatred for waking up in the morning is my own worst enemy. Don’t get me wrong, if I have a meeting to go to or something in the diary, I will be up like a rocket with time to spare but on ‘normal’ days the temptation to lie in until 9 am is all too much.

I thought I would sit down in front of the computer, whilst James is busy wrapping hay bales on the farm and Bella is fast asleep on the sofa to update you all on what I have been up to in the last few weeks.

Earlier this month I was invited to attend Laloa’s store and gallery opening up in Norfolk. Liz and I have worked with each other on a number of things over the past year and actively support each other on social media so naturally, I accepted. Having done a lot of driving over the past year, long journeys don’t really phase me anymore but I have to say the drive to Norfolk on this particular Friday was honestly the journey from hell! I have never been stuck in so much infuriating traffic and the idiots on the road that day reached an all time high.

I was delighted to finally arrive greeted by an excited and beaming Liz armed with lots of delicious canapés and bubbles! To be able to celebrate such a milestone with Liz in person was a thoroughly fantastic feeling. I couldn’t express to you how proud of her I felt and how happy I was to be witnessing her dream becoming a reality.

Fitting my Magnolia Cup training around life and work has been a challenge and even more so with the Summer issue in it’s final stages this week. I have increased the amount of riding I am doing in recent weeks. I am lucky enough to be training at Gary Moore’s yard and with the help of the team there, I feel like I am really starting to make some progress and beginning to look like a real jockey rather than a rookie wannabe. I started riding at GM’s once a week but have since up’d this to three times and regularly ride up the gallops in preparation for the race. I am thoroughly enjoying the riding now and find myself looking forward to each coming ride, I feel like I am suffering from withdrawal symptoms over the weekend as I have to wait four whole days before my next ride.

*This isn’t a recent photo, I will try and get some up to date photos soon so that you can all see my progress. My position has definitely improved!

There have been a number of changes to this year’s line up in the past few weeks with three rider’s sadly having to drop out for various reasons. My fitness test takes place on the 28th June which is smack bang in between an incredibly busy couple of weeks for me but I am determined to be ready for it and give it my absolute best shot!

As I briefly mentioned, the Summer issue is now in it’s final stages, pre-orders have opened and so the majority of my time has been focused on this. Each issue we are looking for ways to grow and improve on the last and so we have recently met with a number of people to explore ways in which we can do this whilst remaining true to the brand and to all of you.

I cannot wait to get this issue out to you all and it shouldn’t be long now before we get this off to the printers. We are hugely excited to be working with The Little Retreat this issue for our exclusive Golden Ticket prize package which is worth over £400. I wrote a blog all about this recently which you can read here.

Today was also pretty special for me and my family. My father who is in a wheelchair ventured out from the local town centre properly for the first time in a number of years. This was all possible after my mum discovered

a local company offering modified vehicles for hire, allowing wheelchair users to drive in, using a ramp and travel comfortably and safely whilst being driven by an able-bodied driver – in this case, my mum.

They came to visit me at the house and Dad was able to drive in through the gate and into the garden where Bell was all too happy to see him. This to me was an amazing thing – there are so many opportunities now open to him and us

and we are no longer restricted to the town centre and things/places that are only in driving/wheelchair battery distance.

There is lots happening in the next month or so, I will be attending The Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting at Hickstead Showground later this month which I will be covering on social media and also on the blog. I have also been invited to attend Royal Ascot this year which I cannot wait for – this has been on my bucket list for years and years and so I am hugely looking forward to this. Obviously, the Summer issue will be being released and so we will be busy sending out orders to all of you and finally, the dreaded fitness test at The British Racing School in Newmarket at the end of this month.

I am now off to cook us some dinner, ready for James when he gets home. I am off to Gary Moore’s in the morning for another training session and have TWO gym classes tomorrow evening. I hope you’re all having a good week so far.

Until next time…

Lots of love,

Hollie-Ella Xxx

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