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 💛

Sunday, 19 November 2017

THE BENEFITS OF BEING SINGLE


This may seem like a unique topic to discuss but it is surprising how important it is to talk about. Society still to this day makes it appear that being single is some sort of bad thing, when it really isn’t. Being single allows you to live the life you want. It allows you to create and live your own adventures, knowing that you can do it on your own.

It allows you to be dependent on yourself and therefore learn things about yourself, you never thought you would. You don’t need another half of you to make you complete. Yes, I’m not going to lie it is nice to feel loved by another person and have a close connection with them. However, being stuck in the wrong relationship can make things very tough. It can knock your self-esteem and make the simple things in life somewhat challenging.

As my friends started coupling off, I did feel slightly jealous of their close connections. However over time I have begun to see the more positive sides of being single. Being in a relationship is a commitment. Both parties need to give it their all otherwise it wouldn’t work. However, being single allows you to focus your commitment other things such as your career, social life and hobbies. So that in the future when you get into a relationship you are in a steady place and know that you can look after yourself. Especially as a young adult, so much is changing and you want to be there to witness it all. I feel that when you’re in a relationship the ability to witness all the new things is a challenging prospect. Being single gives you a lot of chances to figure out what’s important to you and allows you to make your own story and work on making yourself the best version of you.

Another benefit of being single is that is allows to create new friends. When you’re in a relationship there can sometimes be a little jealousy with the friends you make, therefore encouraging to make joint friends which in the future could potentially make things difficult. Being single allows you to make friends with both sex’s without feeling slightly guilty about what your other half may feel.

Do you think there are benefits of being single? Let me know in the comments as I’d love to hear your views. 

N 💛

Sunday, 12 November 2017

OOTD | LONDON TRIP


Originally this was supposed to be an outfit of the day post, but I thought I'd add a few extra photos of my trip to London. Me and my course mates went to London to explore. We ended up adventuring around the V&A before exploring Harrods. Overall it was a very lovely day - despite it being Halloween the decorations made us feel very festive for Christmas.




Leather Jacket - Primark
Top - Primark (found in a charity shop)
Jeans - Primark 
Trainers - B&M
Rucksack - The North Face 
Bat Earrings - ASDA
Glasses - Specsavers

N 💛
(Special thanks to Sophie and Carys for the photos of me)