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Saturday, 8 July 2017

Change

Change. A little word with so much power. It's one that's been popping up a lot in my life recently and I wanted to share my thoughts on it, because to be completely honest I'm not quite sure how I'm feeling about it myself and I'm hoping that maybe writing it down might help me out a bit.

I'm growing up. I know we are all growing up but I feel like different points in your life cause you to grow up that little bit quicker. Take my recent 18th birthday as an example; I'm all of a sudden classed as an 'adult'. I still live at home and nothing seems too different, but it's a step. A small step that, paired with everything else, is causing me to feel a lot of things towards the big leap I know I'll have to take very soon.

These last few months have been the accumulation of change; I left school, I said goodbye to dance classes I've been attending since I was 3, I had my final music lesson with a teacher who has helped me blossom a talent over the last few years which will serve me for life. To me these were sad things to say goodbye to because I know how much they have all shaped me into the person I am today and the thought of them suddenly not being in my life is terrifying; it makes me feel like everything I've become will just disappear into thin air, too.

Change is happening in the future months too; I'm leaving for university, I'm moving to a city I don't really know and I'm having to say goodbye to people that have been such an important part of my life. While everyone keeps assuring me it's a new and exciting chapter in my life, I feel like I'm still clinging onto the final few sentences of this chapter. 

To be blunt, I'm scared. I've never liked change at the best of times but for such a huge amount to be happening in such a short space of time is really getting to me. Don't get me wrong, I am over the moon that I get to attend the university I've longed to go to for years to study my favourite thing in the whole world, and the last thing I want is to sound ungrateful for that. But people feel different ways about different things; it's what makes us human.

I think it's the small things that are affecting me most. I have two friends who mean the world to me. Every Sunday night, we walk. Come rain or shine, we walk through our little village and speak about things; big things, little things, everything. I treasure these walks more and more each time because I know that in a few months, they won't be there. We're all going to different places to do different things and walking won't be possible. I know that we'll all still speak about things whenever we need to and that they are a phone call away, but it's just another thing I've grown so used to that won't be there.

This is where change is getting to me; I'm scared despite knowing how much it's going to benefit me. I'm going to meet new people, learn new things and be exposed to completely new ways of life which I've never had the chance to. These things are going to continue helping me evolve as a person until the next obstacle comes where I'll no doubt be back here, questioning my feelings towards it and how terrified I am to move on. It's a cycle which you can't escape. One which, at the time, you desperately want out of even though you know you're going to appreciate it when it comes. You starting to understand why I'm so confused by it? It's like bad-tasting medicine; you don't want it but you know it'll make you better.

Change in the world is what makes it go round. It's what sprouts a flower from a stem. It can be confusing and exciting and scary but it's critical in everyone's lives, however subtle.

I'm not sure whether this will help anyone but however selfish this may sound, this one was for me. It's helped me see my own thoughts and put everything into a bit more perspective and if even that has helped anyone else out, I'm over the moon.

Feel free to leave any of your thoughts in the comments. Whether that's about your feelings towards change or just about anything that is bumping around your brain that you want to get out.

Until Next Time

Also, remember that little succulent I'd started growing from my first blog post? This is it now. Change did that.




Thursday, 8 December 2016

Just Breathe

I feel like not enough of us take the time to just stop and breathe. Living in a world where we're constantly surrounded by stress and problems and pressures can make us forget that it's okay to disconnect from it all and relax. I definitely don't do this as much as I should, but when I do it is so refreshing and leaves me feeling like a massive weight has been lifted off of my shoulders.

There are a number of ways to switch off, and I feel like everyone needs to individually discover what helps them relax, whether that's a warm bath, a trip to the beach or even something as simple as snuggling up with a good book and a cup of tea. Whatever it is, do it wholly and do it often.

If I'm ever feeling like I need a bit of time to breathe, the beach is my go to comfort spot. Something about the sound of the waves and the salty air makes me feel instantly lighter and calmer.

I think we all need to find our own little safe haven and visit it as often and for as long as we desire.

I hope that you enjoyed today's short post and that it is a gentle reminder for you to remember to slow down and breathe every once in a while. I'd love to know how some of you like to relax - maybe we can help each other find ways to wind down...







Until Next Time!


Sunday, 3 July 2016

Hydration Station

We all know the importance of water. We've been told from a young age that it's one of the most important things for our bodies and that we should be drinking around 8 glasses a day of it. Headache? Drink some water. Tired? Have a glass of water. Ill? You need some water. See where I'm going with this? I can't be the only one who struggles with drinking water. It's something I've tried to urge myself to do for so long because I know of the countless benefits, but I just never seem to drink as much as I should! 


Recently, I've been trying out a few new things to try and increase my water intake and I've been really pleased with how much more I have been reaching for the water! I decided if it worked for me, hopefully it might work for a few of you too!


Morning Glass of Water

Not only does it wake you up, it kickstarts your body for the day ahead, flushing out toxins and just cleaning out your body. Put a glass of cold water by your bed the night before so you're all set for the morning!





Water Bottle

Since I started carrying around a water bottle, I've drank so much more water than I ever have. By just having it with me, I end up subconsciously sipping and finishing a bottle without even realising. If you've got water with you, I can guarantee you'll drink a lot more water! Another tip would be to invest in a fun reusable bottle that you'll actually want to take out with you!


(If you're interested in the water bottle I'm currently using, it's from the brand Avex)


Infuse It!

Some people simply don't like the bland taste of water. I used to be like that, but now I actually enjoy it. However, if you still can't get yourself to drink it because of its tastelessness, try and infuse it with some fruit. Infusing your water can also have a bunch of health benefits like flushing out toxins, keeping you refreshed and improving your mood. You can get bottles specifically designed for infusing, but I just re- use an old glass water bottle that I bought from the supermarket. A personal favourite combination of mine is a couple slices of lemon and some mint - it tastes incredible! I would also recommend strawberry and mint - mmmmm! 








Set Reminders

In the digital age we live in, reminding yourself to drink up could never be easier. A really easy way to remember to drink water is to simply set a reminder on your phone or your watch. Set a reminder every hour or so and vouch to drink a certain amount. You'd be surprised how much you drink throughout the day.



Apps

Keeping on the digital theme, there are now some apps to help you out (yes, really!). I don't use these personally as my water bottle has markings on it to tell me how much I've drank, but there are a variety of apps available if you prefer to see visuals of how much water you've consumed. One that I hear a lot of good things about is Waterlogged, so it would be worth having a look at that if it's something you're interested in!


Get Moving!

Do some exercise. I know, it's not exactly what we all want to hear, but it is a sure way for you to drink more water! I actually really enjoy exercising so this isn't too difficult for me, but I understand it's not so loved by everyone else... It's fairly obvious though; the more you exercise, the more you sweat. The more you sweat out, the more liquids you need to take in. 


Benefits

Think of the benefits. This isn't a physical way to actually drink more water, but it is one that definitely helped me. We've all been told that water is one of the best things for us, and it's true. It relieves fatigue, improves your mood, treats headaches, helps digestion, aids weight loss, clears skin and flushes out toxins. These are only a few of the benefits, so think how much more it does for us. Sometimes just thinking of the benefits will encourage you to sip a bit more!





So that's some of the tips that have helped me improve my hydration levels! How about you? Are you drinking as much as you should? Let me know if any of these tips come in handy, I'd love to hear!



Until Next Time!

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Favourites // May

May is always the month in which I find the biggest change in the things that I use. In the UK, the weather only really tends to warm up around May, so generally, it's only then that things start to turn around. May was the month that I tried a bunch of new products and labelled a few as favourites. From food to plants to shoes, I'm sure you'll find something here that takes your fancy!



'Acqua di Gioia' by Giorgio Armani

I am very picky when it comes to the way a perfume smells. I'm not a fan of overpowering scents and find very sweet scents to be too sickly. I've found it quite difficult to track down a scent that can fill my very specific criteria, and this one has somehow managed to do just that! I'm not the best at describing the way things smell, so taken from the description of it on the Giorgio Armani website, "the essence of joy" seems a pretty good way to sum it up. What I can say is that it's a very light, fresh scent, perfect for the warm season.


Holographic Shoes from Missguided

I fell in love with these as soon as I laid my eyes on them. Look at the colour - how can you not! Not only do these shoes let me feel like a spaceman, they are insanely comfy. If you are looking to buy these, you'll have to be quick because they sell like hot cakes! They are coming back into stock on the Missguided website at random times so keep your eyes peeled! If you're interested, you can find them here.




Succulents

I love plants. I love the way they look and how they add some life into any room. My issue is that I'm not great at keeping them alive. As hard as I try, they never seem to make it past a few weeks. My solution? Succulents. Upon telling the lovely lady in my local flower shop about my struggle with plants, she told me, "Don't worry, you can't kill these ones! Just water them every so often and they'll grow!" So far, so good with these little ones. I even decided to try growing one from a little seedling and it's still alive! So if you, like me, are a danger to living plants, succulents are your new best friends.





'Me Before You' by Jojo Moyes

Chances are, you've seen the trailer or at least heard the title somewhere recently. This book is now a film and was released in cinemas yesterday. Upon seeing the trailer not long ago, I decided to pick up the book and try and read it before the film came out. Although I'm not quite there yet, I'm very close to finishing it and I can tell you that this book will make you feel every kind of emotion with each page you turn. The book is so beautifully written and really lets you into the life of a quadriplegic. Of course, no spoilers, but you just need to watch the trailer to know that you're going to be needing a super size box of tissues for this one.



Lokai Bracelets

I have always been a huge supporter of this company. The general idea is that the black bead contains mud from The Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth, and that the white bead contains water from Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. The two together are supposed to help you find your balance. The original bracelet is the clear one and that is available to buy at any point. However, the coloured ones are limited edition and are sold to raise money for different charities. This month's edition was the neon lokai, raising funds for the Make A Wish foundation. I really do love this company and everything that they do. Currently, there's no limited edition lokai bracelets, but if you're interested in purchasing the classic lokai, you can find it on their website here.


Tresemme Beauty-Full Volume Collection

I have pretty fine hair so getting any kind of volume into it can be a struggle. I don't particularly love teasing my hair so I'm always on the lookout for something to help me out. Recently, Tresemme came out with a line of products aimed to help you get some volume into your hair. What struck me first about the shampoo and conditioner in the collection was that it was a reverse step washing system, meaning you start with conditioner and then move onto shampoo. I was very curious to see how this would work so decided to give it a shot. At first, it felt very odd putting in conditioner and then shampoo, but after a few weeks it seems completely normal and I am loving it. Not only did these give my hair a bit of volume, they left it insanely soft and shiny. Definitely one to give a go if you struggle with getting some volume into your hair!


Smoothie Bowls

Smoothie bowls are taking the internet by storm. A fairly recent trend of putting a smoothie into a bowl and decorating with various fruits and granola is blowing up - and I'm in love. Although I'm not one to spend time decorating it beautifully with perfectly cut fruit and precisely placed granola, these things look beautiful and taste even better. With endless possibilities, these are definitely one of my go-to breakfast meals, and one I urge you to try!

(If you're wondering what I used in mine, I blended together frozen mango, a banana, frozen blueberries, frozen summer fruits and some strawberry yoghurt, topped with Special K flakes and honey)



'Cleopatra' by The Lumineers

This album is incredible. With 11 beautifully-written, chilled-out tracks, it's hard not to feel relaxed when listening to it. Some of my personal favourite tracks on the album include 'Ophelia', 'My Eyes' and 'Gale Song'. I have an infinite love for this album and will definitely continue to listen to it throughout the rest of the year.

What kinds of things have you been trying out and loving this month? Be sure to let me know!

Until Next Time!