Random Pictures from Pixabay

Fashion

Hi Team,

So I love doing photography. However as always when I want to do something creative, it doesn’t work and its a mess. I did photography in high school and loved it, and being a blogger now, I want to be able to take great pictures!

Now we all know stock images are great you can’t get access to a particular one. We all also know that there are some super cheesy ones. But nothing could prepare me for what came from one I used regularly.

This particular one that I use is great. It has a lot of high quality images, a lot of which I use on this particular blog, and then there are some images that pop up that do not have ANYTHING to do with what I am talking about, or indeed, anything to do with anything!

So for a different blog this week, I thought I would compile just a very small selection of ones I found when I typed in the word ‘free.’ Let me know in the comments if you want more of this, and give me a keyword!

 

The purple one is my personal favourite. What the actual hell.

Hope you enjoyed these fabulously bad images!

T xx

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Fitnasss Part 2.

Hobbies, Life, Mental Health
Hi guys! So I haven’t done a fitness blog in awhile – so I thought I would give you an update! Fitness is hard guys. Last winter I decided to try work out over wintertime so by Summer I would be on a good fitness level! This did not happen. I comfort ate and stayed inside watching Netflix. My goal in life is to be fit. I have an Apple body shape so I will always have a bigger half (hi boobs) and great legs. I embrace it fully as my mum is the same shape and is a very pretty lady (hi mum). I like to feel strong and fit – this is the only reason I do exercise. I don’t care about weight, I don’t care about crash diets. I believe that as long as you eat lots of veges and try to avoid sugar as much as possible, you can have a healthy happy body. Plus I used to tell customers to cut off the size tags in their clothes as no one will ever care what size you are, they care about YOU. So what’s my plan this winter? Running, Dancing, and Yoga. I like to run as I put some metal on, run for 10 minutes (that’s all I can do) and get endorphins. It’s a great way to release energy and feel like my body is alive! Dancing is something I have done since I was a teenager, and it continues to be the number one thing to help me through my anxiety and depression. I’ll download a cool song and jam out to my music library for twenty minutes. Yoga has been a lifesaver. I am pretty flexible anyway but Yoga has helped counteract any ageing that my muscles have done. I also have terrible posture so this stretches me out and builds my core so I have great posture! What’s your go to for fitness? Comment below! T xx Read my other blogs! Brand Profile: Lisa Junius Letting Go Of Friends. How To Make Friends Follow me on Social Media! Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest  

My Perfect Weekend

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Hi guys!

So as a lot of you know, I used to work in retail for about 13 years. Retail is a tough industry as the weekend is king in sales and often you have to work at least one of those days, if not the full weekend. If you were a store manager like myself, it would be every weekend, meaning you were effectively chained to the store. I missed out on a lot of events, and even couldn’t relax on my days off as I often didn’t get two together.

Now that I have moved into a different career, I am still trying to get used to having weekends. It sounds really weird, but for the first few months I would wake up on a Saturday and stress about how I had to be at work, and then realise that I didn’t have to be anywhere. The best thing is that my anxiety is really subdued down as I now have two days to do whatever I like and get a proper weekend. I’ve gotten to the point that I now get very precious about my weekends, and if I get a weekend that I don’t have to do anything, I proceed to my perfect weekend.

So for this blog, I thought I would talk about my perfect weekend!

Saturday AM

I turn off my alarm the night before, and sleep in to catch up on sleep. This is great as I have very busy weeks and often need to catch up on sleep! Usually I will chill out playing games on my phone until I know I need to get up, usually between 9 and 10.

Me and my husband will make a cooked breakfast. I will cook, and he will make the coffee. This is a great start to the day and ensures we are both up and ready for whatever we have planned for the day.

I usually start catching up on housework on a Saturday as I try to do it during the week but often I don’t get to it with everything else going on. This includes getting out in my garden – weeding, mowing my lawn, and taking care of my rose bushes. I often have to condense this but I feel so much better once I have done this particular job as I do love gardening and am learning more each year.

Lunchtime! Usually we would have taken a wander to the supermarket and gotten stuff for lunch, and sit and watch something on Netflix, or if its sunny and warm, sit out in the garden on our picnic bench. We usually discuss what else we are up to that day as we are often both working through our to do lists.

Saturday PM

In the afternoon, I usually take some time to relax a bit and play my games, as I am a whirlwind in the morning getting stuff done. Then we might go for a walk, around the streets by our home, and pop into the second hand furniture shop on the way home, as we are always on the hunt for odd bits for our home.

After this, I start probably working working on more intellectual stuff, like writing my blog, photographing content for my Instagram, writing and clearing my emails.

Usually at any given point in the weekend we might have made plans with friends so that will obviously affect whatever we are doing!

Sunday AM – PM

Since I had a big sleep in on Saturday (and obviously if I haven’t been out the night before I will get up and get on with my never ending list. I have a huge list that is always in action so I try to get as much of it done on my days off. I also work on some of my hobbies, such as looking for new projects on Pinterest, compiling my Fashion Scrapbook, reading, and making new playlists for the week ahead. I also get myself ready for the week ahead and figure out what my plans are.

It’s hard being self employed sometimes as you are at the mercy of your email and am always tempted to work. However weekends have become very sacred to me and I make sure I have the right balance of work and play as I do tend to get bored!

What’s your favourite weekend plans?

T xx

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Hustle Porn is a crock of s***

Life, Mental Health

So as we come to the end of another year, we all start looking at New Years resolutions and goals that we so energetically said we would achieve by the end of the year. Often these either roll around to the next year or we ashamedly block the goal out, never to return.

Mental health comes into this quite a bit. It can be an endless cycle of feeling guilty, feeling productive, and achieving. I have endless lists, that I know will go on as long as I live. There is an interesting amount of hustle porn going around at the moment. What is hustle porn? Think of the sayings “Beyonce and the Dalai Lama have 24 hours in a day and so do you.” While that might be true, both of these people won’t have the average person’s pressures. We have families, friends, debts, lists, housework and self care to catch up on.

I burn out quickly if I don’t watch out. I feel the pressure to get loads done all the time. I have Asana to help me plan and remember everything (try it, its very good) and it means that I know what I’m doing each day.

However I have taken a new approach to my goals and jobs, in that I pick what I feel like doing. If I don’t feel like cleaning the kitchen, I wont. I might organise paperwork instead, or write my blog, or practise french. This is still something that needs to be done but I can do it at my own pace.

Big goals such as getting my license, getting a dog, or getting my citizenship are all jobs I’ve had for years. It’s something that has been very frustrating when I don’t get them done year after year, and this year I gave myself a year to achieve them. Guess what your girl is doing in November? Lol.

I now have pushed back getting a dog as my house isn’t ready, and practically that really is the best thing, no guilt associated. I have filled in my citizenship form over a few months, chipping away at it rather than go at it in a sitting. I have taken a refresher lesson and booked my test for 6 – 8 weeks away, but this can be moved.

The point is your goals should just become a part of your life. You can chip away it, but not rush it. And if you don’t meet goals, shove it back. Take the time to do it right straight away.

Hustle porn is something that is very damaging to people with tough mental health issues and shouldn’t even be the lifestyle of normal people. Yes, you can get a lot done, but more jobs will be waiting for you the next day. The main thing is to snatch moments of rest and awareness of the world around you. Pace yourself and remember that life shouldn’t be serious all the time.

Have you fallen victim to the Hustle Porn phenomenon?

Let me know in the comments!

T xx

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Goals for Christmas

Christmas, Life, Mental Health

Hi guys!

So this is a little bunch of goals for me to make sure Christmas isn’t touch. It can be a very triggering time of year, as my family are on the other side of the world, and while I have my husbands family who look after me at Christmas, that mixed with working in retail over Christmas always ensured I was stressed. This year, as I am not working over Boxing Day (YAY) I want to make sure that I am looking after myself and having fun!

  1. Put Christmas songs on the 1st of December. I used to purchase one new Christmas album each year and have Christmas songs playing consistently over the month. This year I will definitely do that, and also decorate my house absurdly early with a fresh Christmas tree.
  2. I will make sure I soak up all the events leading up to Christmas – the Christmas Fair, Ice Skating, and hot chocolates. I will also have my first Christmas do with my new workmates and am looking forward to that very much!
  3. Enjoy the day and be mindful of everything. So often I have been very anxious about what happens the day after (work) that I don’t enjoy the actual day. Plus it can be a lot for an introvert, there is a lot of people, it can be very loud and crazy (which is obviously fine) but I will try and get out for a walk to clear my head and recharge at some point.
  4. Enjoy the process of writing cards and shopping for presents. In the last couple of years its been so busy that its been relocated to a chore, instead of something I look forward to every year. I have around 30 people on my christmas card list, and then presents for a special few, so there is a lot of work to do but I love doing it. However even writing out the cards the last few years has been stressful – not from the work itself but because I have been stressed with work etc.
  5. Sleep in on Boxing Day and then spend all day in my jimjams. I rarely get a Boxing Day off, and now that I have them, I am intending to go crazy. Shop online, eat loads, and watch movies. Can’t wait!

Do you have any Christmas goals? Perhaps something you would like to enjoy more this year? Let me know in the comments! Merry Christmas to you all xx

T xx

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Goals For Winter

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Hi guys!

So now that we are fully into Wintertime, I wanted to look at my goals for the next three months! Its really good doing goals and setting a 3 month timer on them as it really gets my butt into gear!

  1. Enforce the winter fitness training  program that I was meant to undertake last winter and get fitter in time for summer! This isn’t about getting a ‘bikini body’ – just making sure I am fit and healthy to enjoy summer!
  2. Make sure I eat healthier during the winter months. I ate very badly last winter – not that there is anything wrong with that but I definitely wasn’t getting all the nutrients I needed! So lots of veges are going to be consumed!
  3. Make sure the cold weather doesn’t deter me from going out and spending time with friends! It can be very easy to just stay put in the warmth of my own house but there is also something nice about coming into a nice warm pub out of the cold.
  4. Take care of my house and make sure we are progressing forward with our house renovations! This is the perfect season to get lots of stuff done indoors and transform it into a homely home.
  5. Self care – its important to get this sorted in the winter months so it doesn’t become all about doom and gloom. Lots of hot baths, pampering, good books, and hot cups of coffee. This will all help in maintaining a positive outlook in the depth of winter!

What are your winter goals? Let me know in the comments!

T xx

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Shopping Mindfully.

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Now the nature of shopping is just buy like crazy. Buy cheap clothes that are trendy, but soon your metallic pleat skirt starts to look a bit tough to wear after the festive season.  Now I love the social aspect of a good shopping day. A coffee, a nose through the new trends, a bargain or two, but I have now trained myself to pick and choose carefully, according to these guidelines.

  1. What is it made of, and can I wash it in my washing machine?
  2. Can I wear it with at least 3 items in my wardrobe?
  3. Does it fit? Does the colour suit me?

This will help you with your initial shopping phase. And KEEP. THE. RECEIPT.

Buying something because it has some money off or because it’s in the sale or its ONE DAY ONLY! is a tough one. If you have gone to buy a good winter coat and they are having a sale on a coat that you want, perfect. However people tend to talk themselves into a sale just because it’s that little bit extra off, and then don’t wear it.

Going out with a shopping list – even when you are shopping with the girls – is a perfect way to make sure you are driven, and you come home at the end of day with something but it is also something useful! New underwear, couple of long sleeved tops, whatever you need for your wardrobe can go on a list, then you can go shopping to you hearts content knowing that you will get things that you need that day and not spend money on things you don’t.

Look at my blog for Wardrobe – from nightmare into daydream for further information on how to get your wardrobe into fighting shape – part of this is making a list of things you do need once you have gutted your wardrobe to make it esker to get ready and project who you really are, and not the person you were 5, 10 years ago!

Let me know what you got on the high street recently in the comments, would love to see some mindful shopping tips!

T xx

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Fashion and Confidence

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Hi team.

Trying something new in fashion can be a jump. You could try a different colour, different style, or that sequin batwing top your wanted to try for ages. But at the end of the day, its about you heading out the door in that new style. It can take a lot of confidence to try something new, and while you may be a woman of today and not care what other people think, sometimes people say things that inadvertently make you feel less confident than you did while staring in the mirror at home.

Fashion was a way for me to build my confidence by wearing and doing whatever i wanted. Sequin MC Hammer pants? YOU BET. Minnie Mouse sunglasses? Defo.

What I find is that instead of people staring at you like an alien, they come over and say Wow. I wish I can do/wear that. Etcetera. A lot of people I find want to fight the norm and wear something amazing but can’t quite break out. It is easier than you think!

  1. Wear a colour youve always wanted to try. It doesn’t have to be a crop top bedazzled, it can be a nice blouse or trouser.
  2. Step up to a crazy accessory with a relatively plain outfit. People comment and support with great accessories.
  3. Support new items with plain. EG a black PVC wiggle skirt will suit a plain top. You could even try some Chuck Taylors to subvert the skirt even more.
  4. Dont worry too much about what the teeny boppers are doing. You can pick and choose what you want to wear from their fashions, but you are a grown ass woman and you can wear stuff they can’t.
  5. It sounds cliche, but life is too short to spend being boring. I love planning my outfits every day and will always wear something that is a little bit crazy to edge it up. People will stare, but it is because they want to do it themselves.

WARNING:

Please make sure when you are trying a new item, that it fits and you are comfortable wearing it. People know when you are tugging down a skirt or rearranging a top that you aren’t comfortable. Even if you step out of the house doubting your outfit, you need to own it and pretend your outfit is the BEST.

I want to hear your comments and what you are trying thats new!
T xx

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Brand Profile: Lisa Junius

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So this week I am talking about one of my favourite artist, Lisa Junius!

Lisa is a 25 year old artist from Luxembourg who creates fantastical art pieces. I found her on Instagram and was attached to her work immediately. It has such a simplicity and a beauty to it that really resonates with me. While Lisa studied in art, she drew and painted, and found her voice. She also likes to experiment with different textures, hence you will find everything from ceramic to enamel, to sweatshirts in her online shop. She is limitless in her creativity, and I am always wanting to know what it next in her art journey.

She tells me ‘I try to not focus too much on finished work, if it’s ‘good’ or ‘bad’ or a ‘favorite’. When I finish a piece, I begin another thing immediately – often even before I finished. It’s part of my process to create, without thinking too much about the result. Because I think often that is what’s blocking an artist, it’s pressure.’ I definitely agree. There is nothing worse that try to take a photo or write under pressure. Anything that blocks your creativity also blocks your voice.

There are some exciting things coming up for Lisa, who is starting work on a picture
book and also outdoor sculptures. Plus at the end of August she is releasing a Tarot Deck
filled with her illustrations, which I am definitely going to get my hands on!
She really captures something for me, and I hope she does for you too. Here are a few of
my favourites from her – some you can purchase in her Etsy Shop which I will link below.

 

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Letting Go Of Friends.

Life

Hi guys!

So this blog deals with a topic that can be quite painful for a lot of people, and in fact has happened to everyone. It is about the ways we lose, let go, or fall out with friends.

The first time you may lose a friend is if your friend moves away. I moved away from my best friend to the UK and it’s been hard. However it’s only strengthened our friendship but I know for a lot of people it can break friendships. There are friends I am no longer as close to simply by being in a different country. It can be very hard to accept, however when I visit it means I can visit the ride or dies.

The other way you can lose a friend is simply growing up. This can often start from puberty onwards as you discover boys/girls and where you are in the world. Its something that does naturally happen, and will continue to happen as you move through high school and get to know yourself and who you want as a friend through a tough time of growing up.

The other time is when people get married and have children. You might not lose them as a friend, but if you aren’t having kids around the same time or indeed ever – because  their lives are now filled with their kids it can be hard for them to see you and vice versa.

The other more in your face way is if you have an actual fight and never make up. This is very painful, as you feel like you are throwing years of friendship down the drain. It can be very hard to come to terms with – people have likened it to a break up. This one can do a bit a of damage and also make you lose mutual friends in the bargain.

Losing friends can be painful, sad, needed, and fine – and all at the same time sometimes. Sometimes you have a toxic friend who doesn’t care about you, just themselves, and this is when you need to let them go. As I’ve gotten older I’ve realised it’s not about the quantity of friends, its the quality. I now have some very close knit friends who we’ve been through weddings, divorces, children, and death. These friends have supported me through my depression, and I have supported them. I have lost a lot of friends to help this happen, but its the greatest payoff as I know who my friends will be until the end of time.

I hope that if you lose a friend, you will gain one more that will enrich your life better than the last!

T xx

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