The Week That Was: March 20, 2016

Well what a week!

Tommy’s Award Media Coverage

My win at the Tommy’s Awards has been followed up by a flurry of media activity. I was so proud, and touched that reporters contacted me to find out more about Hugo and our story, and covered it so sensitively.

Hugo’s story, and the Tommy’s Awards has been covered by:

BBC Three Counties Radio, in a live interview;


BBC Look East, in this piece; an article in The Bedfordshire on Sunday; and an interview with Seraphine, who sponsored the Mum’s Voice Award category. I was really pleased to feature on the brand’s website, and extremely flattered that this tres chic French designer likes my blog’s style section!




I’ve been committed to the workouts this week, with two spin sessions, a body combat class, and a PT session. This morning I did my own circuits session based on moves I’ve been doing with my trainer.

The workouts of the past few weeks have highlighted that the exercise I used to do in the gym – spending an hour or so on various cardio machines – was ineffective. I wouldn’t push myself far enough out of my comfort zone, get bored, and would often be distracted by the TV screens.

One of the things I love about the PT circuit sessions is that they are only 30 minutes long, and are filled with various strength and toning circuits, including boxing (a wonderful stress release!).

I even love the occasional feeling that I am going to be sick, and my achy muscles because it proves I am pushing myself and on the way to achieving my goals. As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago sports is something I have traditionally struggled with so to find something I enjoy as well as give me results is brilliant.

The endorphins aren’t bad, either! It’s good to feel positive.

I’ve also developed a talent for putting my hair out of the way in a French plait…

Hair is in messy French plaits – I must be off to the gym!

A photo posted by Leigh – Headspace Perspective (@leighakendall) on


Martin and I have been watching Deadwood. It first aired about 10 years ago but passed us by at the time.

Superbly cast and acted, it’s a brutal watch at times. Not for the faint-hearted, it is full of violence. It’s not one to watch if you are offended by bad language, being full of bad words – mainly ones that start with an ‘F’ or a ‘C’…including liberal use of the really bad ‘C’ word.

Awards Season

It’s awards season in blog land, with the MADS and the BiBs launching during the past week.

Accolades are really lovely, and the blogging awards are great validation that your work is reaching people, but they are not the be-all-and-end-all and it’s important to keep a bit of perspective about them.

So, I’m not going to write a dedicated blog post about the awards, but as many of my readers aren’t part of the blogging community or on social media I thought I would include a mention here.

I was honoured to be a finalist in both the Best Writer and Outstanding Contribution categories at the MADS last year (and the party was fabulous, it would be great to go again!)

If you would like to nominate me in the MADS or the BiBs, it would be wonderful. Making nominations in both awards is straightforward, but to make it even easier here are some links:

  • Nomination form for the MADS and details of the available categories. I’d love to reach the final in the Best Writer category again. You also need to make a nomination for Blog of the Year. To make a nomination in whatever category you need my blog url –
  • You can read more about the categories for the BiBs – I’d love a nomination in the Inspire or Writer categories. To make a nomination in for the BiBs you’ll need my blog url, as above, as well as my Twitter handle – it’s @leighakendall. You’ll also need to include a link to your favourite post from my blog, which is entirely your choice.


How has your week been?


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6 Comments on The Week That Was: March 20, 2016

    • Leigh
      March 30, 2016 at 8:33 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you lovely, really appreciate all your love and support xxx

  1. Amanda
    March 21, 2016 at 11:30 am (4 years ago)

    What a fantastic week it has been for you – huge congratulations on your award, what a wonderful opportunity that is to spread Hugo’s Legacy even further 🙂 #sharethejoy

  2. Colette
    March 20, 2016 at 10:01 pm (4 years ago)

    So enjoy reading your blog. You are so well spoken, talented, smart and stylish as well. Loved the BBC radio interview!!!


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