Tuesday, 13 February 2018

BEING SINGLE ON VALENTINE'S DAY


Over the years Valentine's Day is becoming more and more about consumerism. However it should be about appreciating the ones around you; whether they are romantic, family or friendships. Valentine's Day is more about appreciating the little things in life, rather than counting the amount of roses you get. 

Personally, I've always preferred celebrating Valentine's Day as a singleton compared to being in a relationship as it reminds me to practise self-love and self-care. This Valentine's Day I am going to be spending the evening with a group of friends and going for a lovely meal. It gives us all a chance to dress up extra nicely and remember that it is completely normal to spend Valentine's Day single. I highly recommend meeting up with your friends on Valentine's Day, maybe treat them to a cuppa and just let your loved ones know how much you appreciate them.

If distance makes things a little harder to tell your loved ones, then give them a phone call. You never know by letting them know that you are grateful for them, it could maybe make their day. If you can't spend valentine's day with anyone, maybe treat yourself to a takeaway and have a well deserved beverage. 

"You carry so much love in your heart. Give some to yourself." 

N 💛

(For more singleton positivity check out The Benefits of Being Single


Sunday, 28 January 2018

WELCOME 2018!


Welcome 2018! I apologise for not blogging recently but I have been snowed under with assignments and festive occasions. This year has started off a little rocky but one thing I know is that 2018 is going to bring is many new beginnings and adventures. My main resolution for this year is to aim to be more positive. I feel like this is a resolution that can cover a variety of areas such as self-care and relationships. Although I know remaining positive can be tricky, I'm going to try my best to portray negative feelings as positive feelings. This is something that I already think I do well, but I feel that throughout 2017 this began to slip a little bit. So I want to start putting it into practise a little more! 

I was very lucky to bring the new year in surrounded by a group of friends from secondary school. We started the night with a lovely meal at Zaza Bazaar before heading downstairs to have a couple of drinks. I honestly couldn't have imagined seeing the new year in with a better bunch of people. It was also a lovely excuse to catch up with a few old friends.

If I had to explain 2017 in one word, it would probably be messy. 2017 was definitely full of highs and lows. However one thing that I can take from 2017 was the amount of life lessons it taught me. At the end of the year, I always find myself reflecting on the person I was and the person I want to be. I feel like this was the moment that all the lessons slotted into place and I realised all the things that I wanted to bring into the new year and all the things that will be left in 2017. When I think back to the person I was a year ago today, I have matured so much, even in ways I didn't think I ever would. 


Although it is tad late I want to wish you and your loved ones a very happy new year and I hope that 2018 brings health and happiness your way!


N 💛

Sunday, 10 December 2017

5 MOTIVATIONAL TIPS



Especially at this time of year it can be hard to keep those motivational levels at a high point. Let’s be honest, all we want to be doing is at home with our loved ones eating delicious food and have a good ol' jolly time. But unfortunately for most of us there is still a bit of time before we can be doing that just yet. So, I have decided to put together five tips that I have found, that may be useful to you.

The 5-minute rule.

Is there an essay or a piece of work that you really haven't found the motivation to start on just yet? Well, spend 5 minutes with your full attention on the piece of work and this is normally enough time to pass through the barrier and allow you to crack on. Before you know it, you may have even completed it.

Use inspiring quotes.

Inspiring quotes or inspiring talks have been a big part of my life for the past couple of years and honestly there's nothing more motivating then seeing your goals on your wall or hearing someone tell you, you can do this and that it takes small steps to achieve your bigger goals.

Listen to music.

This especially helps if it's something you need to do that it more hands on. I honestly rely on this probably a little too much as I use music as a motivator to get out of bed in the morning as those who have lived with me probably knows (whoops!).

Picture yourself succeeding.

Is this a task that is going to help you get one step closer to be that version of you that you dream of being. If so, doesn't that motivate you. If not, then spend 5 minutes a day reflecting on where you want to be. If you manifest these things, it is most likely to stay on your mind as a consistent motivator and encourage you that all these steps are just taking you to the place you need to be.

Celebrate your achievements.


This can be as small as a piece of chocolate for every paragraph you write or a good night out with your friends after a tough week. Either way make sure you treat yourself for all the hard work that you put into the things that you do.

What do you do to motivate yourself?

N 💛

Sunday, 3 December 2017

DEAR NOVEMBER,


Dear November,

What a month you have been? It's crazy that 4 weeks could hold so much. So many memories, so many emotions, so many people.

November you haven't been easy to me. Unlike October you decided to come at me head on bringing unexpected things around each corner. However, like always I have managed to stand up to your challenges and face them head on.

There have been scary firsts but with an arm clinging on to my rock I got through it. Every day comes with life lessons. But the difference being, this month I hit a brick wall of reality that in order to receive a sparkle of self worth I need to start learning from them.

But like any down, you've come with a basket of positives. Although they may have been stressful at first, they have lead me to a place of fulfilment and security of thoughts that I am exactly where I need to be at this moment in my life.

Lots of love, until next time,

N 💛

(Photo taken and eyes drawn by my talented friend Luke Macmillan)

Sunday, 26 November 2017

ANNA BARNES - HOW TO BE . . .



We all get stressful days or weeks and in that moment of madness many of us turn to different things. Some turn to loved ones, some turn to a night out and others turn to books. I love a good book, especially when it's a somewhat easy read and has great illustrations, which is everything that is great about Anna Barnes books. I first saw these books when I went into Urban Outfitters when they were roughly £10 each. I really wanted to pick up the books, however as a student they were a bit pricey. About a week later I went to The Works where they had these books for £3 each. I couldn't turn it down. It meant getting three books for cheaper than the price of one.



Each book is based upon a different (somewhat) resilient topic. The first one I will talk about is calm, this book talks about ways in which you can unwind and slow down. The way each page is laid out definitely helps to add to the calming nature of this book. Despite having another book similar to this, I found that this book spoke about things that wasn't included in the other. 



As someone who isn't that confident in the slightest despite what people may think, this book is an essential for me. It includes lots of essential guidance and advice on how to be more confident within yourself and in your own lives. It's definitely a good flip through on those days where you have low self-esteem. 


Lastly is this book about mindfulness, as some of you may know this has been quite the craze within mental health communities recently and I love it! Most people think that being mindful is all about meditation which, when you can't keep thoughts out of your head, people can easily give up on. However this book shows you so many other ways you can bring mindfulness into your home in ways that may be more suited to your life.

Each book is filled with motivational quotes to help get you through. I definitely recommend grabbing a cuppa on a stressed day and snuggling up with these books, especially in the winter months. These books will help cleanse your soul (as cheesy as it sounds). 

Have you read these books? What did you think? Let me know in the comments, I'd love to hear your views about books like these. 

N 💛