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One thing I want to focus on this year is mindfulness. It is one of my new year goals for 2017, I haven't had the smoothest start of the year but it's not stopping me. I have been thinking a lot about my life and what I'm working towards. Making small steps to get to that place but also making sure I enjoy the journey. The beginning of the new year is often a time of reflection and it's a good time to re-arrange the mind.

January has turned into a month of self care for me. At the start I was focusing on health and fitness and getting back into work again. Until I had a horrible cold for the first time in over 2 years. It took a lot out of me, I got some rest, had a lot of soup and I'm now back to feeling like myself again. It reminded me the importance of self care.

Self care and mindfulness go hand in hand. Now that I have recharged, I want to focus on both by doing little things so that it will slowly be a part of my every day life. I think we could all benefit from a little extra care and I thought I would share a few ways I've started to be more mindful and look after myself.

A few ways to practise self care and mindfulness


Meditate
It's a favourite amongst those that practise mindfulness. I've dipped by toes into meditation. After I've finished a yoga practice I use that time when laying in savasana to meditate for a few moments. I open my eyes and can sometimes feel like a new person. I've also used the Calm app, I'm awful at giving myself time to use it but there is always room for improvement.

Go outside
Getting fresh air and being outside can make you feel so much better. Walking around in the daylight can be difficult at this time of year but on the days when I've stepped out of the office and when it's sunny at the weekends I feel so much better and happier. I'm now really looking forward to the spring sun and longer days.

Gently move your body
Everyone has different fitness abilities and no matter what yours is, you can always do something to get the blood in your body flowing. Go for a leisurely walk down the road or a slow bike ride. My favourite way to look after my body is yoga. I can stretch out any aches I feel, create fire inside and clear my mind. At the weekend I followed Yoga with Adriene's I am Present video, it was exactly what I needed.

Eat fresh 
I try my best to eat wholesome and nourishing food. After an indulgent christmas I found myself craving good food. I love eating vegetables and I love eating pasta. So I have both, I find a balance that works for me and makes me feel good inside. Adding veggies to your favourite dish or snacking on some fruit are small and simple things you can do to look after your body. Remember, never feel bad for treating yourself every now and then!

Get cosy
There is nothing I love more in winter than getting cosy in my comfiest and warmest clothes. I have a soft blanket that I like to wrap around myself in the evenings and I instantly feel comforted and I can begin to unwind from a day at work.

Rest
The last few weeks I have found myself needing to rest alone in the evenings. I lock my bedroom door and just have time to myself laying on my bed, reading something or watching Gilmore Girls. I'm an introvert at heart. I like to be alone to recharge. As much as I love being with people it can sometimes be a little tiring. A few moments of solitude can do so much good.

Make, bake, create
I love doing things with my hands. I have a creative mind but I don't use it as much as I would like. I do little things like bake, it fun and you get something delicious out of it. I take photos and make a scrapbook. I've started practising modern calligraphy and I'm creating my own style. Making something that wasn't once there feels like a real accomplishment and it can also be a great hobby.

Write it down
Sometimes our heads get overcrowded with thoughts. It may be a mental list of things you need to do, worries that cloud your mind or a million random thoughts and ideas. Writing it down can do wonders. You can refer back to the notes you scribble, let out everything that's inside and develop those thoughts. I have a little journal I like to write in from time to time. Sometimes I use it like a diary and talk about what I've been doing or when I need to clear my mind.

Plan something for the future
I love it when I have something to look forward to. It could be a trip away, coffee with friends or something bigger. It gives you something to focus on and a little direction.

Clean and tidy your space
Tidy life, tidy mind. I don't like mess, I'm not perfect (nobody is) but I do what I can to keep my surroundings clean and tidy. It feels good to spend a bit of time cleaning, it's therapeutic and you feel good about it afterwards. It's also one less thing to think about and creates space in your head for the more important things.

Wherever you are in your self care or mindfulness journey, keep doing what is best for you. You've got this.
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Practising Self Care and Mindfulness

25.1.17

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One thing I want to focus on this year is mindfulness. It is one of my new year goals for 2017, I haven't had the smoothest start of the year but it's not stopping me. I have been thinking a lot about my life and what I'm working towards. Making small steps to get to that place but also making sure I enjoy the journey. The beginning of the new year is often a time of reflection and it's a good time to re-arrange the mind.

January has turned into a month of self care for me. At the start I was focusing on health and fitness and getting back into work again. Until I had a horrible cold for the first time in over 2 years. It took a lot out of me, I got some rest, had a lot of soup and I'm now back to feeling like myself again. It reminded me the importance of self care.

Self care and mindfulness go hand in hand. Now that I have recharged, I want to focus on both by doing little things so that it will slowly be a part of my every day life. I think we could all benefit from a little extra care and I thought I would share a few ways I've started to be more mindful and look after myself.

A few ways to practise self care and mindfulness


Meditate
It's a favourite amongst those that practise mindfulness. I've dipped by toes into meditation. After I've finished a yoga practice I use that time when laying in savasana to meditate for a few moments. I open my eyes and can sometimes feel like a new person. I've also used the Calm app, I'm awful at giving myself time to use it but there is always room for improvement.

Go outside
Getting fresh air and being outside can make you feel so much better. Walking around in the daylight can be difficult at this time of year but on the days when I've stepped out of the office and when it's sunny at the weekends I feel so much better and happier. I'm now really looking forward to the spring sun and longer days.

Gently move your body
Everyone has different fitness abilities and no matter what yours is, you can always do something to get the blood in your body flowing. Go for a leisurely walk down the road or a slow bike ride. My favourite way to look after my body is yoga. I can stretch out any aches I feel, create fire inside and clear my mind. At the weekend I followed Yoga with Adriene's I am Present video, it was exactly what I needed.

Eat fresh 
I try my best to eat wholesome and nourishing food. After an indulgent christmas I found myself craving good food. I love eating vegetables and I love eating pasta. So I have both, I find a balance that works for me and makes me feel good inside. Adding veggies to your favourite dish or snacking on some fruit are small and simple things you can do to look after your body. Remember, never feel bad for treating yourself every now and then!

Get cosy
There is nothing I love more in winter than getting cosy in my comfiest and warmest clothes. I have a soft blanket that I like to wrap around myself in the evenings and I instantly feel comforted and I can begin to unwind from a day at work.

Rest
The last few weeks I have found myself needing to rest alone in the evenings. I lock my bedroom door and just have time to myself laying on my bed, reading something or watching Gilmore Girls. I'm an introvert at heart. I like to be alone to recharge. As much as I love being with people it can sometimes be a little tiring. A few moments of solitude can do so much good.

Make, bake, create
I love doing things with my hands. I have a creative mind but I don't use it as much as I would like. I do little things like bake, it fun and you get something delicious out of it. I take photos and make a scrapbook. I've started practising modern calligraphy and I'm creating my own style. Making something that wasn't once there feels like a real accomplishment and it can also be a great hobby.

Write it down
Sometimes our heads get overcrowded with thoughts. It may be a mental list of things you need to do, worries that cloud your mind or a million random thoughts and ideas. Writing it down can do wonders. You can refer back to the notes you scribble, let out everything that's inside and develop those thoughts. I have a little journal I like to write in from time to time. Sometimes I use it like a diary and talk about what I've been doing or when I need to clear my mind.

Plan something for the future
I love it when I have something to look forward to. It could be a trip away, coffee with friends or something bigger. It gives you something to focus on and a little direction.

Clean and tidy your space
Tidy life, tidy mind. I don't like mess, I'm not perfect (nobody is) but I do what I can to keep my surroundings clean and tidy. It feels good to spend a bit of time cleaning, it's therapeutic and you feel good about it afterwards. It's also one less thing to think about and creates space in your head for the more important things.

Wherever you are in your self care or mindfulness journey, keep doing what is best for you. You've got this.
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It feels longer than just a couple of weeks since I was walking around Edinburgh on Christmas Eve, holding onto my loves hands as we explored the beautiful city together.

I wish we could have stayed for a few days longer and soak up every piece of the festive season in one of my new favourite places. It was the first time I went away for Christmas without going to visit family, so it was a quiet and peaceful few days with my favourite human. A special one for us, I cherish all the days I get to spend with him, being in a long distance relationship truly makes you appreciate the time you do have with each other. So spending Christmas together in a little cosy flat for a few days made it even better.

We arrived when the storm came in. Walking through the windy streets, stopping for coffee and then to our Airbnb. A sweet little place, perfect for two and close to the city centre. We had a wander around the local area, picked up everything we needed for the Christmas dinner and a few comforting treats. We stayed in for the rest of the evening, hiding away from the storm.

The next day, Christmas Eve, we walked up to Edinburgh Castle. A stunning view of the city and the Scottish hills in the distance. Then walked down the Royal Mile, stepping into some of the little shops along the way. You can get to all the places you need to on foot, especially when your boyfriend is a great navigator and finds the short cuts.

The Christmas market was our next stop, we found the marshmallow kisses straight away. It's a little tradition of ours to share one (or two) when we are at a Christmas market. We had a look at the stalls and admired the Christmas ornaments and trinkets. I had a Baileys coffee and he had a Baileys hot chocolate, he definitely won the best drink game.

We walked a little further and ended up in a little pub in Grassmarket, we warmed ourselves up and watched people go by as the light slipped away. We made our way back to the flat, watched some TV and films under a blanket with a cup of tea and biscuits. A true cosy night in.

On Christmas Day, we started the day off slowly. Opened a few presents in bed and made a hearty breakfast before going for a walk around the city. There is something special about being outside, exploring a city when everything is closed and the streets are quiet on Christmas Day. You have time and space to admire the historic buildings, surrounded by cobbled roads and small lanes. I can see myself living in a place like this.

As we were about to start making our way back, the rain came and completely soaked us. Not how I intended to spend my afternoon but it is strangely a nice little memory I'll always have. We warmed ourselves up, got into comfy clothes and started making dinner. I had a nut roast for my Christmas dinner with all the delicious vegetables, stuffing, roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding. And of course some gooey chocolate cake for dessert.

After filling ourselves up, we drank presecco and got comfortable on the sofa for the rest of the evening. it's the little things like spending time with your love and just being together that makes me feel so incredibly thankful for all that I have. I couldn't have asked for anything more perfect.

It was bittersweet knowing it was our last night. We had a couple of hours in the city before heading back home, I wasn't ready to say goodbye to Edinburgh. I know I'll be back again. Scotland is where I was born and there will always be a place in my heart for this beautiful country. More days like these is all I need.









A Christmas in Edinburgh

11.1.17


It feels longer than just a couple of weeks since I was walking around Edinburgh on Christmas Eve, holding onto my loves hands as we explored the beautiful city together.

I wish we could have stayed for a few days longer and soak up every piece of the festive season in one of my new favourite places. It was the first time I went away for Christmas without going to visit family, so it was a quiet and peaceful few days with my favourite human. A special one for us, I cherish all the days I get to spend with him, being in a long distance relationship truly makes you appreciate the time you do have with each other. So spending Christmas together in a little cosy flat for a few days made it even better.

We arrived when the storm came in. Walking through the windy streets, stopping for coffee and then to our Airbnb. A sweet little place, perfect for two and close to the city centre. We had a wander around the local area, picked up everything we needed for the Christmas dinner and a few comforting treats. We stayed in for the rest of the evening, hiding away from the storm.

The next day, Christmas Eve, we walked up to Edinburgh Castle. A stunning view of the city and the Scottish hills in the distance. Then walked down the Royal Mile, stepping into some of the little shops along the way. You can get to all the places you need to on foot, especially when your boyfriend is a great navigator and finds the short cuts.

The Christmas market was our next stop, we found the marshmallow kisses straight away. It's a little tradition of ours to share one (or two) when we are at a Christmas market. We had a look at the stalls and admired the Christmas ornaments and trinkets. I had a Baileys coffee and he had a Baileys hot chocolate, he definitely won the best drink game.

We walked a little further and ended up in a little pub in Grassmarket, we warmed ourselves up and watched people go by as the light slipped away. We made our way back to the flat, watched some TV and films under a blanket with a cup of tea and biscuits. A true cosy night in.

On Christmas Day, we started the day off slowly. Opened a few presents in bed and made a hearty breakfast before going for a walk around the city. There is something special about being outside, exploring a city when everything is closed and the streets are quiet on Christmas Day. You have time and space to admire the historic buildings, surrounded by cobbled roads and small lanes. I can see myself living in a place like this.

As we were about to start making our way back, the rain came and completely soaked us. Not how I intended to spend my afternoon but it is strangely a nice little memory I'll always have. We warmed ourselves up, got into comfy clothes and started making dinner. I had a nut roast for my Christmas dinner with all the delicious vegetables, stuffing, roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding. And of course some gooey chocolate cake for dessert.

After filling ourselves up, we drank presecco and got comfortable on the sofa for the rest of the evening. it's the little things like spending time with your love and just being together that makes me feel so incredibly thankful for all that I have. I couldn't have asked for anything more perfect.

It was bittersweet knowing it was our last night. We had a couple of hours in the city before heading back home, I wasn't ready to say goodbye to Edinburgh. I know I'll be back again. Scotland is where I was born and there will always be a place in my heart for this beautiful country. More days like these is all I need.










Hello, 2017. I can't quite believe it's a new year. I remember the start of 2016 so clearly and looking back at the past year I have so many happy memories with my family, friends and boyfriend. I have seen them grow, tackle through new challenges and celebrate joyful news. I wonder what new stories I will have in 12 months time.

Two Thousand and Sixteen Memories


2016 started off a little slow, it always does in January. The winter blues creep in and lingers a little too long. It was one of the busiest months for me at work, we were getting ready to launch our new branding, preparing the new website to go live, producing leaflets and merchandise. It has been an interesting year working in marketing and for the first time in my life, I feel like I'm working in the right industry and I have had time to think about what I want to do in my career.

When I think back to February I remember frosty mornings and a little Valentines trip to York. It makes me feel so happy looking back at the few snapshots from those two days in York. It reminds me how thankful I am for my good life and the people in it, especially my darling love.

In March a group of us went to the Lake District for the Easter weekend, in true bank holiday style it rained but it made it a little more fun. Life can be hard so we have to do the things that make it more enjoyable.

April and May was full of fun weekends, planning trips for the rest of the year and spring was in full bloom. Two of my best friends got engaged to their future husbands and others were buying houses, so many exciting and happy memories were made this year.

My sister and I went to Portugal in June for our summer holiday. It was so good to get away and be by the pool and the beach with the glorious sun. Drinking cocktails and reading a book. Perfection.

My birthday month is July and it is always one of the best months of the year with birthday treats and trips away, this year I went to Brighton, a quintessential British summer trip away. Then there are the simple things like having a picnic in the park and indulging in ice cream that makes July so much sweeter.

Birthday celebrations continue into August with my Dad and sister's birthdays on the same day. We went away for a spa weekend and saw Aladdin in the theatre. Then on the August bank holiday weekend my best friends and I went away to Sherwood Forest, and spent lots of time in the hot tub while drinking prosecco. The perfect girls weekend.

September and October was a little quiet, sometimes you need some time for yourself and embrace the beautiful autumn days. At the end of October, my boyfriend and I went to Amsterdam together for our year anniversary. I have always wanted to visit Amsterdam and it was just as incredible as I thought it would be, a beautiful city.

The last two months of the year went by so quickly, it was bonfire night one day and the next it was christmas day. It was crazy busy at work, our office was in the middle of being refurbished and we were getting everything ready for christmas. So when I had some time to myself all I wanted to do was get cosy with a hot chocolate, be festive and finish buying christmas presents. I was in Edinburgh for christmas this year, I had such a wonderful time with my boyfriend. Visiting the castle, walking down the Royal Mile and eating delicious treats in the christmas market. An incredible way to end the year.


Two Thousand and Seventeen Dreams


I haven't thought too much about my goals for 2017, the ones I have thought of are similar to last years goals. What I do know is that I want to continue self-improvement, grow more as a person, do the things that make me feel happy and make the good things in my life great. The little things and the big things. I feel inspired to do so much more.

I've been thinking about what I want to be doing with my life a lot this year and how I can start making progress into that direction. It does feel silly waiting for January to start it all but in a way I have been working towards them already. The last month or so of 2016 got really busy, so I didn't put pressure on myself and I will always try to do what I can. Now that I've had a break and feel rested I feel like I can focus and begin to achieve some goals and keep building a life I'm in love with.

Find my first home
After doing some quick calculations in excel, there is a real possibility of being able to buy a house in 2017. My boyfriend and I have been saving money in 2016 and if all goes to plan (fingers crossed), we will have a comfortable amount by the end of the year and can start looking for a new home.

We don't want to rush it and we are happy to wait a little longer to find the right place for us so if I'm not writing my 2018 goals in my own house that will be okay. Being close to buying one will be good enough.

Eat well and move to feel good
Keeping it simple and not getting too worked up about losing weight, eating low calorie meals or going to the gym 6 times a week. I believe in eating the food that my body needs and what makes me feel good inside. Along with moving regularly, by walking, practising yoga, HIIT workouts, weight training, running. Whatever it is that makes me feel better. The rest will take care of itself. I want be more focused and mindful with what I'm doing with my body.

Career development
I want to challenge myself a little more this year in my career. I'm comfortable with my job, I know what to do day-to-day but I can also be better. Thinking outside of the box and taking on more responsibilities. I've already signed up for a Google course, I want to dedicate time to it and learn more about the big world of marketing. And see where it will take me.

Make time for the little things
The past year I have not really made time to do simple things like reading a book. I want to break bad habits of watching Netflix and YouTube in bed and spend it reading, journaling, colouring and taking photos. And any other little things that make me happy. I want to start practising modern calligraphy and be more creative.

Be mindful
A simple thing that I want to adopt. There are times where I lose myself a little, I overthink, worry and stress about the silliest things. I'd like to be more mindful, focus on the good thoughts and not let the bad ones in.

Have you made any goals you want to achieve this year? If so, good luck! Wishing you all the best for 2017.

2016 Memories and 2017 Dreams

1.1.17


Hello, 2017. I can't quite believe it's a new year. I remember the start of 2016 so clearly and looking back at the past year I have so many happy memories with my family, friends and boyfriend. I have seen them grow, tackle through new challenges and celebrate joyful news. I wonder what new stories I will have in 12 months time.

Two Thousand and Sixteen Memories


2016 started off a little slow, it always does in January. The winter blues creep in and lingers a little too long. It was one of the busiest months for me at work, we were getting ready to launch our new branding, preparing the new website to go live, producing leaflets and merchandise. It has been an interesting year working in marketing and for the first time in my life, I feel like I'm working in the right industry and I have had time to think about what I want to do in my career.

When I think back to February I remember frosty mornings and a little Valentines trip to York. It makes me feel so happy looking back at the few snapshots from those two days in York. It reminds me how thankful I am for my good life and the people in it, especially my darling love.

In March a group of us went to the Lake District for the Easter weekend, in true bank holiday style it rained but it made it a little more fun. Life can be hard so we have to do the things that make it more enjoyable.

April and May was full of fun weekends, planning trips for the rest of the year and spring was in full bloom. Two of my best friends got engaged to their future husbands and others were buying houses, so many exciting and happy memories were made this year.

My sister and I went to Portugal in June for our summer holiday. It was so good to get away and be by the pool and the beach with the glorious sun. Drinking cocktails and reading a book. Perfection.

My birthday month is July and it is always one of the best months of the year with birthday treats and trips away, this year I went to Brighton, a quintessential British summer trip away. Then there are the simple things like having a picnic in the park and indulging in ice cream that makes July so much sweeter.

Birthday celebrations continue into August with my Dad and sister's birthdays on the same day. We went away for a spa weekend and saw Aladdin in the theatre. Then on the August bank holiday weekend my best friends and I went away to Sherwood Forest, and spent lots of time in the hot tub while drinking prosecco. The perfect girls weekend.

September and October was a little quiet, sometimes you need some time for yourself and embrace the beautiful autumn days. At the end of October, my boyfriend and I went to Amsterdam together for our year anniversary. I have always wanted to visit Amsterdam and it was just as incredible as I thought it would be, a beautiful city.

The last two months of the year went by so quickly, it was bonfire night one day and the next it was christmas day. It was crazy busy at work, our office was in the middle of being refurbished and we were getting everything ready for christmas. So when I had some time to myself all I wanted to do was get cosy with a hot chocolate, be festive and finish buying christmas presents. I was in Edinburgh for christmas this year, I had such a wonderful time with my boyfriend. Visiting the castle, walking down the Royal Mile and eating delicious treats in the christmas market. An incredible way to end the year.


Two Thousand and Seventeen Dreams


I haven't thought too much about my goals for 2017, the ones I have thought of are similar to last years goals. What I do know is that I want to continue self-improvement, grow more as a person, do the things that make me feel happy and make the good things in my life great. The little things and the big things. I feel inspired to do so much more.

I've been thinking about what I want to be doing with my life a lot this year and how I can start making progress into that direction. It does feel silly waiting for January to start it all but in a way I have been working towards them already. The last month or so of 2016 got really busy, so I didn't put pressure on myself and I will always try to do what I can. Now that I've had a break and feel rested I feel like I can focus and begin to achieve some goals and keep building a life I'm in love with.

Find my first home
After doing some quick calculations in excel, there is a real possibility of being able to buy a house in 2017. My boyfriend and I have been saving money in 2016 and if all goes to plan (fingers crossed), we will have a comfortable amount by the end of the year and can start looking for a new home.

We don't want to rush it and we are happy to wait a little longer to find the right place for us so if I'm not writing my 2018 goals in my own house that will be okay. Being close to buying one will be good enough.

Eat well and move to feel good
Keeping it simple and not getting too worked up about losing weight, eating low calorie meals or going to the gym 6 times a week. I believe in eating the food that my body needs and what makes me feel good inside. Along with moving regularly, by walking, practising yoga, HIIT workouts, weight training, running. Whatever it is that makes me feel better. The rest will take care of itself. I want be more focused and mindful with what I'm doing with my body.

Career development
I want to challenge myself a little more this year in my career. I'm comfortable with my job, I know what to do day-to-day but I can also be better. Thinking outside of the box and taking on more responsibilities. I've already signed up for a Google course, I want to dedicate time to it and learn more about the big world of marketing. And see where it will take me.

Make time for the little things
The past year I have not really made time to do simple things like reading a book. I want to break bad habits of watching Netflix and YouTube in bed and spend it reading, journaling, colouring and taking photos. And any other little things that make me happy. I want to start practising modern calligraphy and be more creative.

Be mindful
A simple thing that I want to adopt. There are times where I lose myself a little, I overthink, worry and stress about the silliest things. I'd like to be more mindful, focus on the good thoughts and not let the bad ones in.

Have you made any goals you want to achieve this year? If so, good luck! Wishing you all the best for 2017.

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