Wednesday, 17 January 2018

The Importance Of Saying 'Thank You'

Like others, I've always been told to say 'please' and 'thank you' for anything that I ask for by my mum and dad - for me, I almost say them as frequently as I say 'sorry' to inanimate objects - but it's only recently I have realised how important the word is. We live in a world now which is rapidly changing from day to day and the art of basic manners is seemingly disappearing. I know lots of people are brilliant in the way they display no end to their kindness and demeanour (ooh look at me and my fancy words) but there are many who aren't so.

Something I love doing is writing a simple 'thank you' card for various occasions; birthdays, special outings, company and most recently Christmas - the art of expressing your thanks is slowly fading, and I feel determined to help bring it back. These cards I bought from Amazon, and I think they are so beautiful and classy with their silver foil detailing on the letters, and they were so cheap too! 

Inside my thank you cards isn't very elaborate as I like to keep things simple, but I make sure that I spend time writing these so a meaningful and thoughtful thanks is expressed. I plan to share these cards with my sister, so we can both write our own little messages because post is so expensive! Cards aren't the only way to express thanks either; text messages, calls and just by using the words 'thank you' in everyday life are such a easy way to spread a bit of positivity around in a world where we need it.

Try it the next time your out and about, and make a conscious effort to say thanks to the world around you - whether it be saying thanks to a Christmas present, or to someone letting you cross the road, this effort is a surefire way to boost some positivity for others, and yourself too. I'm taking this approach into 2018 as one of my goals, and I hope to inspire others to as well!

thank you, for reading x

Monday, 1 January 2018

New Years Goals

Happy New Year! Wow - I cannot believe it is 2018 already. As I am sure you will have seen, many other lovely bloggers have been sharing their goals for the new year and I am no exception! Variations of this post has been written on my blog for the last few years, so I'm not going to end it here - I mean, it's practically tradition!

PASS MY DRIVING TEST. Wow, that is a weird concept - I mean that's what grown ups do, right? This year I turn 17, and I intend to start driving soon after - providing of course I actually pass both practical and theory tests! I've already had a bit of practice, but I want to work hard to pass as quickly as possible and become a bit more independent. You may wonder what the rush is, but I'm the baby of my friend group and don't want to be left behind for more than I can, haha!

FOCUS ON WHAT I AM PUTTING INTO MY BODY. 2018 is going to be the year that I work on eating more natural alternatives to easy and fast food. Of course, there are moments where nothing but chicken nuggs will help but on the whole I aim to eat more 'clean' (is that the word? help me, really winging it here) and hopefully notice a difference in my body and feel better because of it.

CONTINUE TO WORK HARD. This counts for all aspects of my life; college, friendships, blogging, mindset, everything. I am a person who finds happiness in succeeding a goal, and seeing progression so I want to continue to progress myself as a person and accomplishing new things. 2018 is going to be the year that I feel that I have achieved many things, and worked towards getting these done.

GROW SOCIAL MEDIA AND BLOG. I know this isn't a pressing issue when it comes to the grand scheme of things, but this year I would love to start treating my blog more professionally, and more like a side job. With this comes social media too, and I want to grow these so my blog can reach the most people possible and build up our own little community. It sounds far-fetched, but we can dream!

PROGRESS SINGING. I love singing, and musical theatre and this is the year that I would like to do something with it and get back into shows etc. I love performing; and although my nerves are sky-high beforehand, the feeling afterwards is so worth it. I used to do a few different shows, and this year I want to get back into it!

MAKE PERFECT OMELETTES. Bit of a silly one, but equally as important ;) I love, love, love omelettes and want to master making the perfect one - I always accidentally overcook them! I'll let you know how it goes...

Have you set your goals for 2018?

Friday, 29 December 2017

What I Got For Christmas 2017

Hello hello, and merry Christmas and (almost) happy new year! Before the festive season draws to a close for another year, I thought I would do the annual Christmas post, which of course is 'What I Got For Christmas' - I realise that some people don't like these posts as they can be seen as bragging, but I like to think of them as spreading connection and friendship over the excitement of exchanging gifts and should be encouraged!

I was very spoilt this year, with lots of lovely presents from various family members and friends. To begin with, the Truth Bombs game was well received, and I can't wait to play it soon. Another amazing gift idea was a cinema pack, with 2 film vouchers and snacks which I can eat whilst there (saves me megabucks if I was going to buy some at the cinema!) Some other gifts were; makeup bits, chocolates, scarf, planner, LUSH bathbombs, Jack Wills products and bag and a Body Shop gift set!

From family members were some other beautiful presents; I recieved some Pandora earrings from my Mum and Dad to match the ring and necklace I already have in the set, alongside other jewellery, candles, books, makeup, Beauty and the Beast themed things, and some gorgeous warm coats. My sister treated me with a beautiful leaf ring I wanted, a flamingo phone case (how cute!) and some more lovely earrings!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, and please share with me what you recieved too! 

Saturday, 7 October 2017

How To Build A Scapbook

One of my personal goals this year was to start documenting events and parts of my life, and I like to think I have done that with starting and regularly updating my scrapbook. I bought this one a while ago from Paperchase, and I really like the quality and ease of use of it, as the pages are plain white yet have a little decoration of butterflies in the corner of each page. Today I thought I would share a few tips that I use to build on my scrapbook and make it the best that it can be.

TAKE PHOTO'S OF EVERYTHING. This task may seem daunting, but it honestly isn't. Just wherever you go, on walks, shopping trips, any places of importance, snap a picture.You don't need a DSLR to take the photos, a phone with a camera will do, with a steady hand and the right lighting the photo will be fine to put into your scrapbook! After you have collected lots of photos, head to a photo printing shop, like Boots Photos, and get them printed! 

DECORATE WHITE SPACES. I like to arrange my photos with gaps between photos, so I can decorate and fill the spaces with fun doodles or scrapbooking materials. These can include washi tape, paper flowers, stickers or anything you can get your hands on. I have found that bargain shops like Home Bargains and Poundland often have cheap supplies that you can buy to decorate pages with. The quality is similar to those of more expensive natures, and they are much kinder to your budgets!

ANNOTATE PHOTOS. One of my favourite parts of scrapbooking is annotating my photos, and filling in the gaps that the photo doesn't provide. One way I like to do it is by cutting some patterned paper and writing on there instead of directly onto the white backing. I find this helps break the page up a bit, and provides an extra pop of colour to each page.

REFLECT. I love looking back and reflecting on my scrapbook to read what I have been up to in the past - it's really nice to re experience it in a way. This is also another way to gain inspiration for future layout ideas for your scrapbook - you can figure out what worked and didn't work so well and make improvements to future pages. 

Do you have a scrapbook? Any tips for others?

Saturday, 30 September 2017

October Goals 2017

It's been months since I wrote a goals post, and after seeing so many inspirational ones flying round Bloglovin and my Blogger feed recently, I wanted to share my own goals for the upcoming month. I think it's so important to have goals to keep you motivated and help you continue to improve your life and self!

CREATE A BALANCE BETWEEN LIFE AND BLOG. One of the things I really struggled with in recent months is trying to blog and have a personal life at the same time. I stopped blogging to focus on GCSE's, but found myself getting unmotivated to continue after exams were over. It was all to do with pushing myself to get back at it, but it's only recently that I have been able to do so - and I'm feeling very happy to be back!

KEEP MAKING NEW FRIENDS. I hope to keep making friends and surround myself with positive and happy people, come Sixth Form. I've always been good at making friends, so I am enjoying making more at the moment. I'm was so excited to start, and already can't wait to share interests and passions with similar minded people - and learn aomething new from them!

HEALTH KICK. A typical goal, I know but I want to really keep on improving my health and wellbeing. Body confiidence issues have always been a major insecurity of mine, and I know I feel a lot healthier and happy when I make an effort to keep myself feeling good. I aim to start eating a lot cleaner, and I'm excited for the walks that I will have to do travelling between each campus at Sixth Form - hopefully these will refresh me a little and my body will enjoy the gentle exercise.

MAKE THE MOST OF EACH DAY. I always try to do this anyway, but as I am coming into two years of unfamilar education I want to better myself even more. I think it's so important to make sure to treat each day like it's your last, so to say, and make sure you are proud of what you have achieved. My plans are to plan and complete a to-do list each day, or something of equal importance like finishing an entire season of Friends - choice is yours ;)

What are your October goals?

Saturday, 23 September 2017

What Have I Been Reading Recently?

*this post was found in my drafts that I wrote a while ago and forgot about! A little outdated, but I still wanted to post it as there are some good books mentioned!*

For those who are new to this blog, you may not know I am a big fan of reading! I love settling down to bed with a book and cup of tea in hand for half an hour before I go to bed. Reading is something is that is really relaxing for me, and for those who feel the same way some of the following books might interest you too. I appreciate that not everyone likes reading, but even if you don't maybe you like the sound of some of my recently read.

Am I Normal Yet? 
This is a book that really opened up my eyes to what it is to live with anxiety and OCD, and made me appreciate it so much more. It's funny, heartfelt and an easy read. It covers all topics from first relationships to thoughts from anxiety sufferers, and me being a typical teenage girl fell in love with it.

Pride and Prejudice
To be honest, the only reason I am reading this is because it was set to read for an English assignment! It is a tricky read, due to the old language but it has been nice to concentrate on a book and really try to understand the purpose of the words instead of just briefly reading them. I am enjoying the storyline so far, and I think it definitely helped that I went to see a play production of it before I read this, which might be an idea for those interested. 

Listen To The Moon
Michael Morpurgo books tend to make me tear up with his emotional words, but this story seemed to stand out to me on the shelf. It is a really good mystery tale, and has the suspense building up until the very end. This is good for slow to advanced reader, and being an advanced reader myself I thoroughly enjoyed this! 

More Than This
This is another suspense book, which had me thinking until the very end. The book is very cleverly written which I enjoyed as it includes a series of flashbacks, current day and a constant danger which is my kind of book! This isn't a difficult book to read, however it is quite long so that might be something to consider if you don't like that kind of book.

What books have you been reading recently?