My 21st Birthday

I have not been very good at regularly updating my blog so far this year, sorry about that. I had to take a bit of a blog hiatus this month, but I've got a few good posts lined up so it won't be long till i'm back into the swing of things. 

You many or may not know that it was my 21st birthday this month (woohoo). For my birthday, my mum and I took a trip to Paris. There was a lot of trouble in the city while we were there, which was pretty scary, but it made it more of an adventure, and a holiday we'll never forget. It was still nice to spend time with my mum.

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We couldn't get out and about as much as we'd have liked because a lot of the roads and transport were shut down due to the incidents. However, we still managed to do all the touristy things we'd wanted to do, and enjoy some authentic Parisian food and culture like we'd planned.

It was the first time I had been on a plane since I was a kid, and there was lots of turbulence. Me and my mum are both pretty anxious people, we're worriers, but we faced a lot of our fears on this trip, and I'm really glad we did it in the end.

Check out the rest of the post for more pictures.
I hope you've all had a good start to the year
If you've got any holidays planned, let me know, I'd love to hear about them

Have a great rest of the month.


5 quotes to live your life by in 2015

By 'your' life, I mean mine. 

I'm not really doing new years resolutions this year, instead I'm giving myself  new years advice. By that I mean I'm taking other people's advice and applying it to myself. I'm the worst for giving myself advice, I never listen, hehe. 

Do or do not, there is no try - Yoda

I spent so much time last year saying "I'll try". I'll try to get that essay finished and in on time. I'll try to come out to your birthday party. I'll try to get back into yoga. I'll try to wake up early. The truth is, more often than not, I didn't. Saying that I'll try was basically just a cop out. It was my polite way of saying no, and not having to hold myself accountable. There's two lessons in this for me. One is: if you want to say no, just say no. You don't need to explain yourself, you don't need to do it if you don't want to. Don't be afraid to say no. The second is: if you're truly committed to doing something - do it. Just do it. Don't try to do it. Do it. If you give yourself leeway to try, you're laziness and resistance will get in the way and you'll never accomplish your goal. I spend a lot of time planning and not a lot of time doing. I'm a dreamer. It's time to stop dreaming and make concrete plans to make things happen. Yoda was wise y'know.


Success is the sum of small efforts - repeated day in and day out.  - Robert Collier

I'm really bad for wanting things to happen instantly. I want food to cook in under 10 minutes, actually, 5. I don't want to have to wait for things to download, I don't want to take the slow train, I don't want to have to stand in a queue. I want to be able to see results straight away. I think we're all guilty of this. It's pretty much ingrained in our culture now. However, when it comes to achieving long term goals which rely on continual commitment, like new years resolutions, you can't just do something once and expect it to stick. This quote always gives me the kick up the arse that I need. Keep trudging on, day after day. That's how you get things moving. That how to achieve lasting results. Whether it be beating depression and anxiety, or pushing yourself in your professional field. Small, realistic steps every day is the best way to succeed. 


Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. Unknown

I love to travel. I spend most days looking at trips I could take, drawing on maps and imagining visiting new places all over the world. I made the plan last year to go somewhere new every three months. The half of the year went quite well, I went to London and Liverpool, but by the time it got round to summer and I had exams and work, I ended up changing my priorities. This year I'm trying to make the same plan. I'm away to Paris in January, then I'm hoping to go away at Easter, during the summer, and then again in October. It's going to be very expensive, I know that, but I'm saving up hard so that I can make it happen. Even if it's just weekends away in the UK, I'll be happy. Seeing somewhere new, and getting out of your regular routine every so often gives you clarity and perspective. It gets you out of your own head, and I need that.

Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway. - Earl Nightingale

So often I look back and think "if I had started 6 months ago, imagine where i'd be now." I'm not good at committing myself to something because I can't see the long term effect. Again, I like things to happen instantly. If I know something will take time, I can't be bothered putting the effort in. However, when I think about it I realise that it's important to invest in yourself. Whether it be your health, your relationships, your career. I can spend months worrying about something, I can spend weeks binge-watching TV shows, but I can't spend that time working on my yoga practice, or learning a new language? Silly. You may as well invest time in yourself, and you may as well start now. 

You can do anything, but not everything. - David Allen
I've always wanted to be good at everything. I know I'm not, but if I'm going to do something, I want to be the best at it. I pile stuff up on my plate and try to do everything at once. I don't just set one goal, I set 10. Unsurprisingly, I'm not superhuman, and I can't maintain them all, and I fail. This quote reminds me to put the effort into doing one thing well, instead of trying to do lots of things halfheartedly and spreading yourself too thin. Plus, I'm never going to be a premiership footballer, or a world-class pianist. I might however be a photojournalist or travel writer. So it's better to set one goal that is actually doable, work toward it and make it happen, than to attempt to do achieve every goal I can think of all at once having a breakdown. Right?

I feel like I repeat myself a bit, but you get the idea. Basically I want to be more productive, so we'll see how it goes.

Share your favorite inspirational quote with me, please, I'd love to hear it.

I hope you've all had a lovely new year so far, and if not, don't worry. Don't put too much pressure on yourself to figure it all out straight away. I'm not going to lie, I've cried pretty much every day this year so far. We'll get there. One day at a time. 

Happy Holidays

Christmas Day
Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it. I've taken a wee break from blogging just now, mostly because I've been working every day so I haven't had time, but also because I'm just exhausted. I'm finding it a bit hard, winter always seems to get me down, but I've got lots of plans and projects coming up so I'm looking forward with excitement.

I'm going to keep this short, but I'll be back in the new year, hopefully feeling much happier, energized and motivated.

I hope you've all enjoyed the festive period and had lots of fun, whatever you got up to.

Braintree Clothing Review



You might remember that I recently did an interview with someone from Braintree clothing to find out about their autumn/winter collection. As a followup, I was lucky enough to be sent the Ziva tunic to review. I picked this piece because I just loved the classic cut and beautiful coloured print. The vintage inspired style is so versatile, so it can be dressed up or down, depending on occasion or weather.

Braintree Clothing

I just love Braintree clothing because the fabric is so soft and luxurious, and I'm not just saying that,  their products are high-quality, sustainable, responsibly sourced, and organic. They have a huge selection of all different styles, cuts, colours and patterns (even their socks and underwear are made from comfy, breathable, durable and soft bamboo fiber). Once I put the tunic on, I didn't want to take it off. It's one of those pieces that make you feel good, it's so easy to wear and the style is perfect for this time of year.

Checkout the full collection at braintreeclothing.com and use promo code 'WONDER' to get free delivery (until 01/01/15).

Hope you're having a good week.

3 places you might not have thought of to buy unique, creative gifts

If you're looking for luxury artisan, and aesthetically pleasing home ware then look no further.

These are a few sites that offer some incredibly unique gifts and goodies. There's a beautiful collection of globally sourced decor and gifts to shop to your hearts desire. If you're looking for a special little something to fill up a stocking, or a perfect addition for a new home then I highly recommend checking Style Visa out. I think everyone knows about IWOOT and Etsy, but they are places that people maybe doesn't remember to check. They both have such a wide selection of some of the best, most unique, and quirky gifts on the go. There's wee things under £10, perfect for Secret Santa, or big things, like experience days, or personalized home ware and jewelry for spoiling the ones you love. Most of the time I go on, I end up finding something I want for myself, hehe.

StyleVisa



Rubik's Cube Desk Light: Image 11Indoor Allotment with Assorted Seeds: Image 01
Fortune Cake Cupcake MouldsAcorn Tea Infuser: Image 01
Mason Jar Mug Glasses (Set of 4): Image 11Bath Pug: Image 01
Karoto Vegetable PeelerMotherboard Chopping Board
Pug-In-A-Mug Tea InfuserCat Butt Magnets: Image 21
Instant Photo Frame: Image 01Cool Cactus Oven Glove: Image 11

Enjoy the Little Things | Inspirational Quote Mug | Unique Coffee Mug | Statement Mug | Gift for Coffee Lovers | Hand Lettered MugSushi Candle Gift Set Original Assorted Sushi Candles Beeswax Handmade Candle Unique Onigiri Japanese Faux Food Japan 6 Piece Gift SetUpcycled lightbulb vase plant holder made of recycled light bulb with wooden stand mens lady christmas gift for home and office by PaladimVegan Wax Pyramid Candle- 25 hour burn time
Anatomical Heart Vase, Pewter FinishTiny Gold Bar Studs, Bar Earrings, Yellow Gold Bar Earrings, Post Earrings, Chic, Minimal Earrings, Modern Jewelry, Xmas Gift, ST016
Leather Wrap Journal - Handbound Leather Blank Book - 6 x 4 - Custom - Pastel Colour PagesDiamond Felt Pillow
3-Light Mason Jar Chandelier - Clear PintGREY CAT Linen pillow cushion, animal cushion, animal pillow, decorative pillow, linen throw pillow

Have a look, if you don't find a present for a friend, I bet you'll spot something you want to buy yourself, haha. Also check out Zady, Modcloth and Ethical Box, they can be a little pricey, but great for getting one-offs.

Recommend any other sites, and let me know what you think.
Hope you have a great week.


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