Birthday Goals!

Life

Hi guys!

So this blog is published on the first day after my 32nd birthday! I am probably hungover   but I am definitely at work. It’s been a pretty crazy year but I thought I would make a few goals for the next year to keep my trajectory going, as I feel I’m on a pretty good roll lately!

This last year has been a bit crazy. From giving blood for the first time, quitting retail, finding my dream career and getting a job that allows me to progress, going to courses, burning out, visiting New Zealand to see my family, its been pretty full on. It’s definitely been a growth year for myself and I definitely want to keep progressing.

So without further ado, here are the goals!

  1. Go on a trip! I have a few locations in mind, but as I am terrible for taking holidays and am now self employed, I am definitely going to take the opportunity to get away somewhere fun, and it doesn’t even have to be far!
  2. Have my business set up and rolling with more clients! (quite an exciting goal for myself).
  3. Get my full driving license in the UK. I basically have to start from scratch as the stages in NZ are different. Which may be a good thing as I haven’t driven for about 9 years.
  4. I have been relearning French via Duolingo for the last year, and this year I would like to complete the full course, so next time I go to Paris I can actually speak to the locals properly.
  5. Enter my blog for awards! I am about two years into the game of blogging and have not entered a single competition yet. It would be fun to enter and see how this little blog does.
  6. Give blood again. I liked doing it the first time so am going to try and do it every three months.
  7. Get my citizenship sorted. I have been here for nine years and have been going through the process so this is the year to bring it home.
  8. Throw more events with the Braw Blogger Events team. It has been amazing to be a part of this team and help throw two events, so long may it continue.

Have you set any goals for your birthday? Let me know what they are in the comments.

T xx

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Brand Profile: Hungry Designs!

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Hi team!

This week I am highlighting one of my favourite finds – Hungry Designs!

Hungry Designs is a business run by Amanda Whiteley from Brisbane, Australia.

She specialises in illustration and print, with a fantastic skill drawing Disney characters. She has also just moved into Amber Cabochon brooches which are fabulous. Here are some of her designs below:

 

 

 

She graduated with Honours in Illustration and Printmaking and she specialises in comic  style art prints. As you can see above she does a fantastic range of characters with many different medias and designs. If you follow her on Instagram she also has a brilliant feed to follow!

Here are all her details below:

Hungry Designs Etsy

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T xx

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Packing for Holiday

Fashion, Travel

Hi team!

So this week I am talking about packing for your holiday!

It’s all very exciting, you have picked your location, and are counting down the days. However what I find is that a lot of people, especially if they are going to a sunny place, often find they have major gaps in their wardrobe when it comes to the sun.

The result is you go and panic buy, resulting in a lot of clothes that you only wear on holiday, and often only once.

In my wardrobe consultations I have come across holiday clothing, and while you can’t wear a sarong in Scotland at any point of the year (soz) you can make a pile in your wardrobe or in your attic for holiday clothes that you can wear year after year. After all, you are on holiday only once or twice a year, (maybe more, if you are living your best life), so those clothes can last.

Treating yourself. I always feel that the treat is the holiday. The problem with a lot of people is that they start treating themselves straight away, then only wear the item once or twice, then ditch it. This isn’t a great way of doing it. You can however update your holiday wardrobe every year with one or two key items that will make sure you still look on trend, but you aren’t going to not wear it after the holiday.

So, packing for your holiday. Always overpack underwear. Always.

Wear trousers and tops twice, unless you get really sweaty and or you spill pasta down it (me). If you can do washing on your holiday, do it. You will thank yourself when you are getting down to the dregs of the clothes that you saved to wear but didn’t end up wearing and now look a little nuts.

The other tip is while it is great to go exotic with prints that you might not normally wear, make sure it goes with something else in your suitcase, otherwise you will never find a place to wear it and it would have been a waste of space where you could have put all your souvenirs.

Take a few different pairs of shoes. One for when you are out out, one chilling, and one speciality (flip flops, snow boots, etc).

Take two different bags for when you are exploring, one big one and one small one. You don’t want to try and fit all your souvenirs into the smallest bag you have, it doesn’t look great!

One of the pitfalls I used to have is that I would take all the stuff I would not normally wear, because I thought that when I was on holiday I would have the confidence to pull it off. No, not really. When I wanted to be in holiday more, I actually wanted to be comfy and cool, fashionable but without the hassle of putting outfits together. This is where having a suitcase where everything works with everything does so well, as you want to be out the door doing stuff.

Be prepared for rain. Take a rain jacket. It sounds depressing I know but juuuuuuuust in case.

Take a different wallet for holiday, especially if you are travelling to a foreign country. Hence you only take what you need to take, and it means that you don’t get confused about where is what.

Take advantage of the limits for suitcases. Of course allow room for duty free and souvenirs, but take advantage of the full limit, and then you can have more range for what you can wear, especially if you get packing regret.

Have you got any more tips? Comment!

T xx

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Brand Profile: Heather More Illustration

Edinburgh, Hobbies, Review

Hi guys!

This weeks Brand Profile is on one of my favourite artists, Heather More. I met Heather at a networking event and she was so lovely! We ended up having her at two of our Braw Blogger Events (plug plug) and her stand stood out due to her amazing art and products!

Here are some images below of my favourite work from her, including the artist herself!

 

What I like about Heather is that she has got a really fun take on things, and she also posts a lot of art to her Facebook, including when she sketches places she travels to. I get a lot of her products and get a lot people asking where I get it from, which truly proves that shopping local really works if you want to be a bit more individual. Heather has also done many art exhibitions and has also done work for the NHS and the Skinny.

Like what you see? Here are all the need to know links below:

Heather More Website

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T xx

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Goals For Spring

Life

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So I’m going to go all basic on you and share my goals for Spring! Mainly as it starts properly this week and I am super sick of winter now, I just want to wear my pink leather jacket OKAY

  1. Get out and run more. I would say that my exercise regimen has been building over winter, and now that I have a normal job, I can go running on the weekend or days off. I definitely want to be in a good place by the end of Spring and keep improving my personal best!
  2. Eat better. I ate like a pig this winter. Luckily I am a fan of big jumpers however my highwaisted jeans are not happy with me at the moment. Plus I want to be a bit healthier than I am and keep making good food choices.
  3. Get a holiday booked. I am so looking forward to getting some sun, and have a couple of destinations in mind! I so need some Vitamin D.
  4. Get my bathroom done. I know, so adult. I really do have a bathtub in my lounge though. That needs to change.
  5. Sort out my flower garden. I have planted stuff over the years but I need to plant more. I have bought sunflowers and lilies for this year, and can’t wait to see them in action
  6. Host a BBQ. Perhaps more for summer, but we have had very kind friends who have had us over numerous times over the winter so we are repaying everyone by hosting a BBQ on a nice summer day!

What’s your goals for the next three months? Anything similar?

T xx

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My Haul from the Cats Protection Charity Shop!

Edinburgh, Fashion

Hi guys!

So I love a good charity shop. I used to volunteer for Barnardo’s (blog linked below) and I loved it. I went through a major wardrobe revamp once I realised my style that I used to love wearing didn’t fit me as a person now, so I donated it to Barnardos. I love the idea of a second or third life for clothing, especially in this era of fast fashion. I also love to pick up new items for my wardrobe as well, to fit my current style.

I was at a loose end near my place and popped into the Cats Protection charity shop for a nosy. It’s the newer kid on the blog when it comes to Stockbridge’s well established charity shops, but they always have great fashion in their windows and a nice aesthetic to their shop.

I had a wander and immediately picked up this fab green Zara top. Such a beautiful sheen and I knew it would fit into my wardrobe immediately. It was so affordable also and in really great condition. The next thing I picked up was this great roll neck crop top from Sparkle and Bright. Really different and a nice addition to my winter jumper collection. There was also some great Asos faux snakeskin shoes but they did not fit and I was sad.

The Cats Protection charity celebrated 90 years last year. They championed neutering, saving cats after the war, and today they also help owners with grief after the loss of their cat, speak up for cats, and are the leading charity for cats in the United Kingdom.

I look forward to shopping there much more in the future and helping to support our little furry cats of all ages.

What charity bargains have you gotten lately?

T xx

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How I stopped playing a Victim and took control of my life!

Life, Mental Health

Hi team!

So in my blog last week I talked about the comfort of depression. While I was in my depression there was some characteristics I didn’t like about myself  that I am constantly working on every day. I have another symptom that might have happened to you, and I certainly know a lot of people that have this. The important thing is moving on and growing from it.

So I want to talk about being a victim. I’m sure you know people like this. Oh this happened to me. This person did this to me.

The road to managing your depression and anxiety is a long one. You will have many amazing moments along the way and truly get to know yourself, and then you have moments that set you back.

I recently became aware of a stage a long time ago that I had turned into a “victim”. I shared when I was sick, I made excuses for things, I said “it happened to me”. I turned into a version of myself that I thought I would never be, and refusing to take ownership and work through a situation.

Part of this is my hatred of being told off especially in front of people, or people thinking I am bad at my job or homelife. I get really anxious and get a bit shaky. Then I refuse to do something about it.

I’ve recently learned something – that people that challenge your self esteem or your self worth are either full blown douche bags – OR – they see your potential and are forcing you to do better than you are. I got challenged a lot and it made me go inward instead of thinking and using my skills to get through the situation and deal with it properly. It also meant people around me started to shoulder the weight of me refusing to deal with issues, which is not their fault.

I tried a different way of approaching things and not working to a formula. I treated challenges as levelling up myself, and worked to support the people in my life and be more proactive. I recently heard a quote – “Lukewarm is no good”, and it really does apply to life!

So here are some things that are helping me to not be a victim.

  1. Take ownership. If you do something good, yell about it. If you do something bad, own up and offer a solution.
  2. Don’t make excuses. “I was late because of this,” “I’m sick,” etc etc. They switch off people. If you are sick, stay at home. If you are late, think about re-adjusting your travel time. Show up and work hard in all facets of your life. Even if you need to clean the oven (ugh hate that job).
  3. Look at routines and ask how they can change. Try new ways of doing things and you might find something that works really well.
  4. React quickly. The old tested one is if someone comes in (a friend) and is feeling a bit low, shove them a cup of tea and a biscuit and make them take a minute. Then help to sort our their problem. At work, if something isn’t going to plan, try plan B.

I am consistently finding out things about myself that surprise me but we all do, on the journey to recovery. If you start thinking hey, I don’t like when I do this, start thinking about ways to change it and yourself for the better. And remember, it’s a work in progress, not an overnight thing. You just have to work on it!

T xx

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Brand Profile: The Auld Connection

Edinburgh, Review

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So this weeks Brand Profile is Auld Connection. I first encountered this brand at the Biscuit Factory event in Leith, and was face deep in all of their goodies before finally looking up and realising I knew one of them from work! This was her side hustle along with her job, and looking at the product I was amazed at how much work had gone into the ideas and design. One of them is French, and one of them is Scottish, and they do many fairs so you may have seen them around already!

On their website they say their work is ‘inspired by travels in Scotland and beyond, wandering like tourists in our home city and a love of colour, nature and animals (cats in particular!)’. They do prints, cards, magnets, and badges, and even their business cards get in on the design!

The range of products they do is pretty amazing and I love the Edinburgh feel to it all. They are very proud of the heritage of Scotland and their take on it so unique! They do everything from pins to wall hangings, and a pretty great selection of greeting cards! They even do a print centred around the pandas from Edinburgh Zoo!

Here are my favs below:

 

Want to know more? Here are all their details below!

Auld Connection Website

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Auld Connection Instagram

T xx

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The Comfort of Depression

Life, Mental Health

Hi team!

This week I am talking about the comfort of depression.

I have been out of the woods for depression for a little while now. I had made some major life changes and learned to look after myself well. The next time something happens, I hope I am at least better prepared than I used to be at recognising the signs and looking after myself.

I turned to music a lot when I was depressed, and had a lot of songs that I would listen to to try and work through my emotions. The unfortunate thing is that those songs are still on my playlist, and when they come on I get a familiar rush of a low feeling. Now I am able to recognise that this isn’t a real feeling. Depression to me now feels like I am not well. Back then it felt like I felt better, as I had shoved things to the back of my mind and didn’t realise that I wasn’t at my best.

Having depression means you can’t get out of bed, you can’t eat or eat too much, you develop fixation on things, and so many more factors. You go right into your mind and don’t worry about other people. This isn’t necessarily bad, but the loss of the awareness of the world around you is quite damaging. You lose entire days to it, and then start to be aware of the fact you don’t want to leave the house, even to just get milk. You feel safe in your own space, where you don’t have to deal with other people.

Even seeing friends is a real struggle, even though they understand and want you to be happy and healthy, because you don’t want to be treated differently. You turn down invitations to things, then scold yourself for not going to something.

I used to use fashion as a shield against the world. This was my comfort level. I would wear sunglasses to go out for a walk, no matter the weather, headphones all the time, and loud crazy clothes to focus the attention from myself (weird aye). I am now in the process of changing my style to be my true self (still a little crazy, lets be real) but where I am comfortable and it suits the age and mind state I am today. I will miss crazy clothing Taryn, but you can’t say I missed a trend in my 20s!

I now carefully look at my days and construct things so I have breaks all the time, I meditate, I exercise, and I can make time to lie on my bed and zone out with a tv series or movie. I no longer put pressure on myself to do a million things, and I am mindful most days of what I do and how I feel.

I don’t know if I will miss the comfort of depression. I know when it comes on and can usually adjust myself accordingly, however it takes constant work and patience to make sure that it doesn’t come. It takes little steps to get out into the world after being in the comfort of depression, from leaving the house, to going and meeting a friend, to attending a large social gathering.

The important thing is to keep chipping away at this. Leaving your bed to get a glass of water. Going to have a shower. Doing a household chore. Popping out and getting something nice for lunch. All are mountains to the heavily depressed, but the good news is it all doesn’t have to be done in a day. You can work and work and work at it, because you have the rest of your life to look forward to. Unfortunately for a lot of people, depression is a lifelong thing to balance and you have to make the right choices for you to make sure that you are okay with yourself and your health.

I have seen many friends fall into depression. Some are out, some are still in, and some are working their way towards it. I am grateful I can now see the signs and monitor friends from afar to make sure that they know they have a support base. It’s a journey that many people go on in their lifetime, some for only a month, to a year, to a lifetime. Some for different factors brought on. The important thing is to keep mindful of yourself and learn to say no to things that harm your mental health.

How are you in your mental health? Are you having similar thoughts? Comment me in the comments!

T xx

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