What’s in my NEW bag!

Life

Hi team!

So this week I am showing you through the products and must haves I take in my bag everyday (and the brand of kitchen sink I keep in there also).

I bought this fabulous bag off Ebay, and I just love it. It’s small enough so I can’t over carry heavy stuff, and it has a panel where I have put all of my favourite pins, plus it has a glitter see through front! So cute!

Heres what I have inside.

  1. KEYS. I can’t be one of those people that have their keys on a hook by the door, or in a bowl – none of that. I will forget them. Plus my door is one of those that just locks when I leave, so if I forget my keys, I definitely can’t go back in to get them!
  2. Reusable bag. I am firmly on board with this reusable bag, as I have a dozen of these  canvas bags around, so why not put them to use! I am proud to say that my plastic bag usage is now only for my rubbish bags.
  3. Wallet. I bought a great snap wallet from Primark, and I haven’t looked back. It has ALL my loyalty cards, coupons, and a picture of Neil Armstrong landing on the moon. It’s what I need.
  4. Headphones. I NEED Headphones. I can’t picture life without them – as a INFJ I do need to have that time to shut out the world and decompress after a long day.
  5. Sunglasses. Always a need, for the same reasons as headphones. When I was severely depressed these two things would become my armour.
  6. Deodorant. I use a roll on from Sure and at the moment I have the Soap and Glory Original Pink Perfume.
  7. Coin Purse, or as I call it, the Tip Purse. I have a lovely seashell tiny purse that I put all my coins in – mostly stolen from my husband, to tip staff when we are out for dinner! Or if we need a last-minute bus fare. SO handy.
  8. Makeup Bag – this really should include a category of its own, but this is a super low-key bag. I have my lip stuff, hayfever pills, citalopram pills, shell shaped mirror (of course) and mints. I don’t carry around makeup to top up during the day as most the time I can go to work without makeup or I am working from home so it’s easy breezy.
  9. Hairbrush that on the back says ‘Mermaid Hair, Don’t Care’ – can you tell I’m into mermaids?
  10. Hand Cream – Hand Food from Soap and Glory – SUCH a nice smell.
  11. Pusheen Multicolour Pen – this never fails to make me smile when I take it out to write serious business stuff.
  12. Backup Charger – now that my Iphone is being used since my Ipod went for walkabouts and I play The Sims all the time, I usually need to charge it extra in the afternoon. It definitely has saved my life a few times!
  13. Business Cards – because I am a self-employed Social Media Consultant, every day I’m hustling.
  14. Hand Sanitiser – because you just need it.

While this may be a lot to some people (and not much to some) this is the perfect amount of things to get me through my day. It’s funny how personal your bag is – have you ever seen the inside of your friends bags? I remember having a nosy through my mums bag and being fascinated about what grownups carry around – makeup, etc. If you have your own Inside Your Handbag blog – please send it to me!

T xx

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My Favourite Podcasts

Hobbies

Hi team!

This week I am talking about my favourite podcasts!

I was definitely very slow getting into podcasts, but I’ve since found them a great way to speed up the walk to work, or while doing housework! I have listened to many, and wanted to share a few of my favourites.

  1. WTF with Marc Maron

I really got into Marc Maron when I watched GLOW, then watched his standup, and then went over to his podcast and started from the start. Marc has a voice and a way of speaking that is very engaging, and provides a point of difference. He also asks some very different questions as well. The podcast is hosted in his garage, and famously Barack Obama came to record in that garage for his podcast. I would also recommend the Drew Carey Episode – it’s quite interesting to hear more about his life and background.

2. RuPaul: Whats the Tee with Michelle Visage

So when I am in my obsessed mode with Drag Race (which is all the time, let’s get real), I also listened to Ru Paul and Michelle Visage’s podcast. They interview celebrities that are featured on the show, and also drag queens that have been contestants in previous and current seasons. They also do episodes that they just use to talk about particular subjects and give more insight into their lives. It feels like you are gossiping with two friends, and is a really good listen, especially if you are a fan of Drag Race.

3. Regular Girls

This podcast I got into, as I am obsessed with Renee Young from WWE. She presents it along with her friend Stacy who works for Second City and is super funny! They talk about everything and anything – they did have a topic an episode but now its more like a chat session, which I like! They are both Canadian – Renee lives in Las Vegas and Stacy lives in Toronto so they reminise about Canada a lot and talk about life in Las Vegas, which I am fascinated with. Much recommended!

4. Betch Slapped

This podcast is great. It was born in 2011 from 3 women who grew up in New York together and started an empire. They talk about all manner of things, and have recently started talking about serious issues such as politics and women’s rights. They also have a dating podcast, and a podcast about the Bachelor (which by the way, I feel like nearly every American is super into). They answer romance and career questions from their readers and also play games like Would You Rather. They have guests on also! It’s a really good podcast for young women.

That’s my round-up! I will probably do another one when I have listened to more podcasts!

Recommend me some in the comments please!

T xx

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Busy For The Sake Of Being Busy

Mental Health

Hi team!

So this week I am talking about something that is definitely prevalent in our everyday lives – busyness.

I do like to be busy. Its sometimes hard for me to switch off, with the endorphins of a to do list beckoning. However I discovered not long ago that really, my to do list was helping me achieve nothing. I was working on stuff week to week, but actually not achieving anything. I had set major goals in my life revamp (documented in my older blogs) but instead of what I thought was working towards it steadily each week, some weeks that job would fall off the radar as my to do list was overwhelming me. Then it would just sit in the red, as the days and weeks would go past, taunting me with something I hadn’t achieved.

I do like a to do list. I get a little bit of an endorphin rush when I complete a task (especially as I use an app that sends unicorns over the screen when I have completed a task. I also have a very complex one set up for one of my clients. However my therapist told me that actually, my days were starting to get regimented, and I was actually working hard, but not smart. I was putting immense pressure on myself to perform tasks that didn’t NEED to be done that day, and when they went into the red, my anxiety would start coming in and I would over compensate to get stuff done. Meanwhile the most important jobs would get shoved off the radar and these were the ones that would actually make more of an impact on my life, not that the kitchen needed it’s weekly deep clean.

I have noticed that everyone is busy. Everyone has to go to work, pack a lunch, keep fit, look after their 2.5 children, see their parents, go to family events, keep their house clean, the list goes on. However not much time is left for mindfulness or downtime, and what downtime there is might involve alcohol (nothing wrong with that obviously). The pressure to have it all is very hard, and something that has been debated and ripped apart over the years, but for a lot of people, if they aren’t doing something or achieved something that day, they consider it a failure.

When I signed off work with burnout, I was told to priortise 3 things a day. Nothing else. I was so burnt out that even getting three things done was hard – and this could be having a shower, making your lunch, etc.

When I revamped my life after I got better, I got more organised (I do love to be organised) and started a master to do list that sets things up for even a year in advance. However with my anxiety, I swung it to the extreme, and took it far too seriously. If I were smarter earlier on, I would have set up tasks like meditation, exercise, seeing friends, etc.

Once I got back out the other side, I did just that. I (sadly) now have programmed my friends into it so I see them at least once a month (hopefully more). I also have programmed to do Yoga and Meditation every day as this is a really great mindful part of the day I look forward to. I also have programmed exercise, daily tasks, and redid my deadlines so tasks are more realistic to what I am doing that day.

I know there are people out there that thrive from busyness. However it is really important to make the most important task of the day you and your self care. Have something on your list that makes you happy that day, such as a run, or a magazine read, or watching a crappy tv show (I do love Project Runway). Cut your to do list ruthlessly. Do you need to go and see your aunts cousins daughter? No. Do you need to clean the kitchen today? Can it wait until tomorrow? Yes. While being busy is thought of as being productive, it is very easily to get caught up in it and then find out that actually, nothing is getting done and you are stressed and exhausted.

Tell me three things you can cut off your to do list – STAT.

T xx

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Blog Comments

Blogging

Hi guys!

So I wanted to write a blog in appreciation of people that have followed my blog over the last few years – its been so fun getting to know people over the years and see that some issues really are universal. I wanted to corroborate some great comments over the years – I’ve kept them anon just to protect the people but you will know who you are when you read them!

‘It’s so important to talk about these issues as it’s so commonly faced. We need to take away the stigma from confidence coming across as arrogance. I found that the older I have got, the more comfortable I am in myself. I also believe that self worth comes from within. Knowing you are amazing, you are enough. Great post lovely ❤’ – Posted on my Self Worth and Self Confidence post.

‘It’s so lovely to know that you’re supporting small businesses and help them grow by talking about them on your blog! And I agree particularly on blogging to meet people with similar interests and grow our networks. Plus, blogging is fun and we can express ourselves more 😃’ – Posted on my Why I Blog post

‘I think it’s really good and brave that you decided to take out three weeks for your mental health. Slowing down is often scary too, because it’s not always the answer and it might force one to have a closer look at the underlying problems. Additionally, choosing for your own mental health might seem silly because the world expects so much of us nowadays! I think it’s even braver to decide and figure out for yourself that you had to quit your job and make some big changes. I hope it has all helped!’ – Posted on my I took 3 weeks off for Mental Health post

‘Great ideas! I have taken up reading again too and try to get at least a couple of chapters in every night before bed. Pamper nights are something I used to do, but recently feel like I’m “too busy” to make it a weekly thing – maybe need to make a point of picking it back up again! 🙂’ – Posted on my Your Self Care list post

‘This is beautiful. Much needed in a society where pressure and tension is on every time. Thanks for posting!’ – Posted on my Your Self Care list post.

Thank you for your kind comments over the years, it really means a lot that people find the same issues and things they like as me!

T xx

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