There is nothing better than going to a good cafe in the afternoon. I feel most content when I'm in a place I can relax with a cup of coffee. At the Easter weekend, my guy and I got in the car and drove to Hornsea for the afternoon. It's become one of my favourite places to go when I'm in Yorkshire. Everyone is so friendly, there are always dogs running around and the views are quite lovely. The town is lined with little cottages and dreamy houses, I do love a pretty house.

As we arrived, there were ducks, geese and swans on the Mere fighting against the wind. Nobody was out in the row boats on the Mere that day but I would love to go out in one someday, maybe when the water is still and the sun is warm. We walked past the little gift shop and round the corner to The Mere Cafe.

It is a simple and cute little cafe with fairy lights and bunting all around the windows and little flowers on every table. We shared a little treat with our coffee, the pistachio and raspberry cake is one of my favourites. The sun was beaming through the window so perfectly and I could feel the warmth on my face as I overlooked the mini golf course. We often dream about having our own cafe or coffee shop one day, we'd love to have a little dog friendly one serving some good, wholesome food and delicious coffee. Maybe one day.

We then went for a walk along the seaside. The wind was strong but it felt so good to breathe in the fresh sea air. Whenever I'm on the east coast looking out at the sea I do stop for a moment and think about how there is nothing out there for miles and miles until you get to another country like Denmark. I think I could be quite happy living by the sea.

Hornsea is a charming little seaside town that I know I'll visit again and again. I'd love to keep exploring more of Yorkshire, little towns and places like this to discover. Where do you love to go in Yorkshire?

An Afternoon at Hornsea Mere

30.4.17


There is nothing better than going to a good cafe in the afternoon. I feel most content when I'm in a place I can relax with a cup of coffee. At the Easter weekend, my guy and I got in the car and drove to Hornsea for the afternoon. It's become one of my favourite places to go when I'm in Yorkshire. Everyone is so friendly, there are always dogs running around and the views are quite lovely. The town is lined with little cottages and dreamy houses, I do love a pretty house.

As we arrived, there were ducks, geese and swans on the Mere fighting against the wind. Nobody was out in the row boats on the Mere that day but I would love to go out in one someday, maybe when the water is still and the sun is warm. We walked past the little gift shop and round the corner to The Mere Cafe.

It is a simple and cute little cafe with fairy lights and bunting all around the windows and little flowers on every table. We shared a little treat with our coffee, the pistachio and raspberry cake is one of my favourites. The sun was beaming through the window so perfectly and I could feel the warmth on my face as I overlooked the mini golf course. We often dream about having our own cafe or coffee shop one day, we'd love to have a little dog friendly one serving some good, wholesome food and delicious coffee. Maybe one day.

We then went for a walk along the seaside. The wind was strong but it felt so good to breathe in the fresh sea air. Whenever I'm on the east coast looking out at the sea I do stop for a moment and think about how there is nothing out there for miles and miles until you get to another country like Denmark. I think I could be quite happy living by the sea.

Hornsea is a charming little seaside town that I know I'll visit again and again. I'd love to keep exploring more of Yorkshire, little towns and places like this to discover. Where do you love to go in Yorkshire?

Love for the countryside


As soon as I arrive in Scotland I feel at home. It was my first home and where I spent my earliest days on this earth. Calmness washes over me even while sitting in the car on my way to my Grandparents house. It's so quiet and all you can see is one road in the distance in between fields and hills. 

It was my Grandparent's Golden Anniversary that weekend, all my family came together so that we could celebrate. In between the family gatherings I embraced being back in Aberdeenshire. Back in the country. 

I remember visiting a couple of times a year when I was younger. My little sister and I would go out and play in the park across the road from my Grandparents' house for hours. Go for bike rides around the school playground. It felt safe out there compared to the busy roads at home. We would miss it when we were back at home. My Mum and her siblings were so lucky to spend their childhood there. Where the air is crisp and still.


Reflecting and recharging


Being away in the countryside for the long weekend gave me the chance to slow down and take a break away from every day life. When I'm in the countryside I can't help but take it easy, it's so peaceful and slow paced. A perfect time to use those few days to recharge and spend some quality time with my family. I was overdue a break away.

In the last few years when I come back here I reflect on where I am in my life and think about all the things that have changed since I was last there. Quite a lot has changed since I was last there over two years ago, sometimes when you are always on the go you forget how all the little things you do in your daily life can make a huge difference over time. Slowing down is good for the mind and body.



A slow lived life


I try to adopt slow living every day where I can. Quiet Sunday mornings, taking my time to wake up, make breakfast and savour the simple things in life. An hour in the evening with a cup of tea and a book. Life is a little better when I slow down. I become more mindful and focus on the things that matter most to me. It reminds me not to get too consumed by the little things that can hinder my happiness.

Walking around the countryside gave me a few hours to embrace slowness and be mindful. I thought about how I can live a slower and more simple life. Every day I'm learning about what works for me. Finding ways to be more conscious. Devoting time and energy to what is close to my heart so I can live a life full of freedom and joy.

Slow living can be what you make it and it can be so good for us. How do you bring slow living into your every day life?

Slowing Down In The Countryside

23.4.17

Love for the countryside


As soon as I arrive in Scotland I feel at home. It was my first home and where I spent my earliest days on this earth. Calmness washes over me even while sitting in the car on my way to my Grandparents house. It's so quiet and all you can see is one road in the distance in between fields and hills. 

It was my Grandparent's Golden Anniversary that weekend, all my family came together so that we could celebrate. In between the family gatherings I embraced being back in Aberdeenshire. Back in the country. 

I remember visiting a couple of times a year when I was younger. My little sister and I would go out and play in the park across the road from my Grandparents' house for hours. Go for bike rides around the school playground. It felt safe out there compared to the busy roads at home. We would miss it when we were back at home. My Mum and her siblings were so lucky to spend their childhood there. Where the air is crisp and still.


Reflecting and recharging


Being away in the countryside for the long weekend gave me the chance to slow down and take a break away from every day life. When I'm in the countryside I can't help but take it easy, it's so peaceful and slow paced. A perfect time to use those few days to recharge and spend some quality time with my family. I was overdue a break away.

In the last few years when I come back here I reflect on where I am in my life and think about all the things that have changed since I was last there. Quite a lot has changed since I was last there over two years ago, sometimes when you are always on the go you forget how all the little things you do in your daily life can make a huge difference over time. Slowing down is good for the mind and body.



A slow lived life


I try to adopt slow living every day where I can. Quiet Sunday mornings, taking my time to wake up, make breakfast and savour the simple things in life. An hour in the evening with a cup of tea and a book. Life is a little better when I slow down. I become more mindful and focus on the things that matter most to me. It reminds me not to get too consumed by the little things that can hinder my happiness.

Walking around the countryside gave me a few hours to embrace slowness and be mindful. I thought about how I can live a slower and more simple life. Every day I'm learning about what works for me. Finding ways to be more conscious. Devoting time and energy to what is close to my heart so I can live a life full of freedom and joy.

Slow living can be what you make it and it can be so good for us. How do you bring slow living into your every day life?


It is my Grandparent's Golden Wedding Anniversary this weekend. They fell in love over 50 years ago and have made a good life together. With a family who love them both dearly and it is slowly growing.

They decided to celebrate by throwing an intimate party with their closest friends and family. Along with the invitation they asked for no gifts but I couldn't help myself. I wanted to give them something that is meaningful and something they can keep to remember this special occasion. They are not materialistic at all, they have collected many little trinkets and photo frames over the years. On special occasions they love getting a card with lovely words inside and you can never go wrong with giving them a new photo of their grandchildren.

That is when I thought of this little idea to create a scrapbook.


I like to be crafty every now and then. Art was one of my favourite classes at school because I could spend a couple of hours creating something from scratch. In my mind I pictured something that was a guestbook and photo album all in one, I then started to make a plan.

First, I bought a blank photo album book and a couple of pens and some glue. I asked my Mum if she could sneakily ask my Grandad for a copy of some photos from their wedding day. It was back in the sixties so they only had two photos but it was enough. I went to get them printed and I was ready to get creative.

I started off the scrapbook with some modern calligraphy writing, wishing them happy anniversary, the date they got married and their names. I've been practising every now and then. I'm slowly getting there and enjoy some quiet time with the quill and paper. Then I stuck in the photos from their wedding day.

On the day of the party I will be passing it around to everyone getting them to write a little message inside and take a few photos from the evening. Then stick them in the next day and give it to them as a little gift from essentially all of us.


I'm really looking forward to giving them this little scrapbook. It's a simple idea but I know that this will be something they'll love more than a gift that cost a thousand times more. I will definitely keep this idea for future special occasions my loved ones have.
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The Anniversary Scrapbook

9.4.17


It is my Grandparent's Golden Wedding Anniversary this weekend. They fell in love over 50 years ago and have made a good life together. With a family who love them both dearly and it is slowly growing.

They decided to celebrate by throwing an intimate party with their closest friends and family. Along with the invitation they asked for no gifts but I couldn't help myself. I wanted to give them something that is meaningful and something they can keep to remember this special occasion. They are not materialistic at all, they have collected many little trinkets and photo frames over the years. On special occasions they love getting a card with lovely words inside and you can never go wrong with giving them a new photo of their grandchildren.

That is when I thought of this little idea to create a scrapbook.


I like to be crafty every now and then. Art was one of my favourite classes at school because I could spend a couple of hours creating something from scratch. In my mind I pictured something that was a guestbook and photo album all in one, I then started to make a plan.

First, I bought a blank photo album book and a couple of pens and some glue. I asked my Mum if she could sneakily ask my Grandad for a copy of some photos from their wedding day. It was back in the sixties so they only had two photos but it was enough. I went to get them printed and I was ready to get creative.

I started off the scrapbook with some modern calligraphy writing, wishing them happy anniversary, the date they got married and their names. I've been practising every now and then. I'm slowly getting there and enjoy some quiet time with the quill and paper. Then I stuck in the photos from their wedding day.

On the day of the party I will be passing it around to everyone getting them to write a little message inside and take a few photos from the evening. Then stick them in the next day and give it to them as a little gift from essentially all of us.


I'm really looking forward to giving them this little scrapbook. It's a simple idea but I know that this will be something they'll love more than a gift that cost a thousand times more. I will definitely keep this idea for future special occasions my loved ones have.
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I forget how much I love this time of year, it may not be my favourite but after a long Winter feeling the warmth of the sun and seeing blossoms everywhere make me feel joyful. And most importantly excited for what the rest of the year will bring.

Winter is a hibernating season, it's good to have a few months to rest and live slowly. It is now brighter in the evenings and it instantly enhanced my mood. Right now, as I'm writing this, it is almost 8 in the evening and I can still see the moody blue sky, it brings out the life inside me.

Now that the seasons have changed I have been thinking about all the little things I want to do and truly embrace everything. Breathing in deeply and living intentionally. Let me know what you love to do in Spring. Here are a few on my to do list.

A Spring To Do List


Wander around a garden centre
At the weekend I went to a garden centre for the first time since before Christmas. The perfect place to get a good dose of what is in season. There were so many different plants, Easter gifts and a nice little cafe where you can have a cup of tea. If you have a green thumb you could even buy some seeds, bulbs or plants and get your hands dirty in your garden.

Make fresh wholesome salads
During the warmer months I feel inspired to eat fresh and wholesome food. Salads are perfect, lettuce and spinach are in season and they are good base for salads. Then you can add in all your favourite vegetables, mix it up with some grains, pulses, nuts and seeds. Pick ingredients you love and you'll begin to feel so good inside.

Have a little picnic
I had a little impromptu picnic the other day with my love, we didn't want to get something overpriced from a coffee shop and it was a lovely sunny afternoon so we decided to go to a shop and  get a sandwich, salad, some chocolate and a smoothie. Then we went down to a little green area by the river, sat on a bench and watched dogs play with their humans. I'd love to have more picnics this year.

Be active and try something new
Try out a new exercise class, go on a bike ride or go for a swim. Something you haven't done before. When I first tried pilates in the Spring 2 years ago it recharged my body and I found something I love. Now that Spring is here I want to go to classes again and maybe try rock climbing one day. If you're anything like me you start to feel more motivated to look after your body and a new activity is a good place to start.

Go for evening walks
The beauty of this time of year is that you can now go outside in the evenings after work and go for a walk. There is no excuses now it's warmer and light again.

Switch up your wardrobe
Put away the coats and chunky knitted jumpers and bring out the light cardigans and dresses. Every season I switch up my wardrobe a little and think about anything I want to add to it.

Have a Spring clean
Clearing your personal space and wiping away the dust is so good for the mind and it makes everything look fresh again. You don't have to go crazy and pour bleach everywhere and scrub every inch of your home. Spending a few hours tidying up and clearing the clutter built up over Winter can make a huge difference.

Plan a trip
Around this time of year is when everyone starts to plan their Summer holiday and trips for the rest of the year. I'm going to Scotland for the long weekend, my first trip away of the year and it won't be the last. Sit down and think about where you would love to go and what you want to do while you're there. Even if it's a day trip an hour away.

Play an album you love with the window open
It's one of those little things that bring me joy and make me feel alive. Listen to something that lifts up your mood and let the warmth of the sun shine through the window. It's even better while driving down a country lane.

Do indoor things outside
Read, draw, colour and write outside. Take the thing that you would do on a Winter evening and find a bench outside, bring a blanket or find a cafe with seating outside. Spring is here so spend as much time as you can outside.

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Signs of Spring

5.4.17



I forget how much I love this time of year, it may not be my favourite but after a long Winter feeling the warmth of the sun and seeing blossoms everywhere make me feel joyful. And most importantly excited for what the rest of the year will bring.

Winter is a hibernating season, it's good to have a few months to rest and live slowly. It is now brighter in the evenings and it instantly enhanced my mood. Right now, as I'm writing this, it is almost 8 in the evening and I can still see the moody blue sky, it brings out the life inside me.

Now that the seasons have changed I have been thinking about all the little things I want to do and truly embrace everything. Breathing in deeply and living intentionally. Let me know what you love to do in Spring. Here are a few on my to do list.

A Spring To Do List


Wander around a garden centre
At the weekend I went to a garden centre for the first time since before Christmas. The perfect place to get a good dose of what is in season. There were so many different plants, Easter gifts and a nice little cafe where you can have a cup of tea. If you have a green thumb you could even buy some seeds, bulbs or plants and get your hands dirty in your garden.

Make fresh wholesome salads
During the warmer months I feel inspired to eat fresh and wholesome food. Salads are perfect, lettuce and spinach are in season and they are good base for salads. Then you can add in all your favourite vegetables, mix it up with some grains, pulses, nuts and seeds. Pick ingredients you love and you'll begin to feel so good inside.

Have a little picnic
I had a little impromptu picnic the other day with my love, we didn't want to get something overpriced from a coffee shop and it was a lovely sunny afternoon so we decided to go to a shop and  get a sandwich, salad, some chocolate and a smoothie. Then we went down to a little green area by the river, sat on a bench and watched dogs play with their humans. I'd love to have more picnics this year.

Be active and try something new
Try out a new exercise class, go on a bike ride or go for a swim. Something you haven't done before. When I first tried pilates in the Spring 2 years ago it recharged my body and I found something I love. Now that Spring is here I want to go to classes again and maybe try rock climbing one day. If you're anything like me you start to feel more motivated to look after your body and a new activity is a good place to start.

Go for evening walks
The beauty of this time of year is that you can now go outside in the evenings after work and go for a walk. There is no excuses now it's warmer and light again.

Switch up your wardrobe
Put away the coats and chunky knitted jumpers and bring out the light cardigans and dresses. Every season I switch up my wardrobe a little and think about anything I want to add to it.

Have a Spring clean
Clearing your personal space and wiping away the dust is so good for the mind and it makes everything look fresh again. You don't have to go crazy and pour bleach everywhere and scrub every inch of your home. Spending a few hours tidying up and clearing the clutter built up over Winter can make a huge difference.

Plan a trip
Around this time of year is when everyone starts to plan their Summer holiday and trips for the rest of the year. I'm going to Scotland for the long weekend, my first trip away of the year and it won't be the last. Sit down and think about where you would love to go and what you want to do while you're there. Even if it's a day trip an hour away.

Play an album you love with the window open
It's one of those little things that bring me joy and make me feel alive. Listen to something that lifts up your mood and let the warmth of the sun shine through the window. It's even better while driving down a country lane.

Do indoor things outside
Read, draw, colour and write outside. Take the thing that you would do on a Winter evening and find a bench outside, bring a blanket or find a cafe with seating outside. Spring is here so spend as much time as you can outside.

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Slow and simple moments have filled my heart with so much goodness this Winter. It's the little things that make every day life so much sweeter. Weekends are when I re-coup and do something for myself.

Now that Spring is making an appearance my days have already started to feel brighter (literally). I've been planning some trips for the rest of the year and looking forward to the future. I can't wait to look back and see the little moments from Spring.


Some moments of mine this Winter


Coffee forever. Not a day goes by that I don't have a cup of coffee in my hands. Coffee dates are my favourite, it's easy going, warms you up and encourages a good conversation. It's even better if you treat yourself to some cake!

For Valentine's Day I was given tickets to see Band of Horses. They have been one of my favourite bands for years and going to see live music is always great. I stood next to my favourite guy while all the best songs were played. One of the favourite nights out I had this Winter.

Getting out of the house and going for walks is always a good idea. It can be so peaceful if you're on your own and a lovely way to explore somewhere new or re-visit somewhere you love. Winter days with blue skies always look so beautiful.

Last year I didn't pick up many books so I've been making a little more time to do some reading. I read Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur in two evenings before bed, so many beautiful and thoughtful words. I'm now in the middle of two books, I have a bad habit of starting new books without finishing others, but if it means I make time to sit down and read then it doesn't matter.

Weekends with my love will always make me feel happy. Last weekend we went to Ikea and mentally picked out everything we want for our own home, had an early dinner at the local pub then got cosy and watched a film. You don't have to do much to make spending time with each other amazing.


Winter Moments

12.3.17

Slow and simple moments have filled my heart with so much goodness this Winter. It's the little things that make every day life so much sweeter. Weekends are when I re-coup and do something for myself.

Now that Spring is making an appearance my days have already started to feel brighter (literally). I've been planning some trips for the rest of the year and looking forward to the future. I can't wait to look back and see the little moments from Spring.


Some moments of mine this Winter


Coffee forever. Not a day goes by that I don't have a cup of coffee in my hands. Coffee dates are my favourite, it's easy going, warms you up and encourages a good conversation. It's even better if you treat yourself to some cake!

For Valentine's Day I was given tickets to see Band of Horses. They have been one of my favourite bands for years and going to see live music is always great. I stood next to my favourite guy while all the best songs were played. One of the favourite nights out I had this Winter.

Getting out of the house and going for walks is always a good idea. It can be so peaceful if you're on your own and a lovely way to explore somewhere new or re-visit somewhere you love. Winter days with blue skies always look so beautiful.

Last year I didn't pick up many books so I've been making a little more time to do some reading. I read Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur in two evenings before bed, so many beautiful and thoughtful words. I'm now in the middle of two books, I have a bad habit of starting new books without finishing others, but if it means I make time to sit down and read then it doesn't matter.

Weekends with my love will always make me feel happy. Last weekend we went to Ikea and mentally picked out everything we want for our own home, had an early dinner at the local pub then got cosy and watched a film. You don't have to do much to make spending time with each other amazing.




On a Sunday afternoon I like to pot around the house and think about my plans for the next week. Naturally I start thinking about what meals I'll be making. Lunch and dinner I find quite easy, I often make double at dinner time and have the rest for lunch the next day. Breakfast is a little tricky. At the weekend I love slow mornings and taking my time to make a good wholesome breakfast. 

During the weekdays I will sometimes skip breakfast or have a smoothie. I don't really have an appetite when I first wake up or give myself much time to make a proper breakfast. So I like to make breakfast bars for the week every now and then. They're so quick and easy to make and I can simply bring a bar with me to work and eat it when I'm ready. 

If you're like me and need some quick breakfast ideas, give these a try. They're delicious and keep you going until lunch time. 
 

Ingredients 
Makes 12

2 ripe bananas
225 grams oats
100 grams blueberries
100ml almond milk (or plant based milk of your choice)
2 tablespoons cashew butter
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon honey (or agave syrup for vegans)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 180C and line a baking tray/tin with baking paper. Mash the bananas with a fork until smooth and place into a large bowl. Add in the oats, almond milk, cashew butter, cinnamon, honey and vanilla extract to the bowl and mix everything together. Then fold in the blueberries gently. Once everything is combined, pour into the baking tray and smooth the mixture so it's about 2 centimetres thick. Put the tray into the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Leave to cool, cut into bars and enjoy!

Blueberry and Banana Breakfast Bars

27.2.17



On a Sunday afternoon I like to pot around the house and think about my plans for the next week. Naturally I start thinking about what meals I'll be making. Lunch and dinner I find quite easy, I often make double at dinner time and have the rest for lunch the next day. Breakfast is a little tricky. At the weekend I love slow mornings and taking my time to make a good wholesome breakfast. 

During the weekdays I will sometimes skip breakfast or have a smoothie. I don't really have an appetite when I first wake up or give myself much time to make a proper breakfast. So I like to make breakfast bars for the week every now and then. They're so quick and easy to make and I can simply bring a bar with me to work and eat it when I'm ready. 

If you're like me and need some quick breakfast ideas, give these a try. They're delicious and keep you going until lunch time. 
 

Ingredients 
Makes 12

2 ripe bananas
225 grams oats
100 grams blueberries
100ml almond milk (or plant based milk of your choice)
2 tablespoons cashew butter
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon honey (or agave syrup for vegans)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 180C and line a baking tray/tin with baking paper. Mash the bananas with a fork until smooth and place into a large bowl. Add in the oats, almond milk, cashew butter, cinnamon, honey and vanilla extract to the bowl and mix everything together. Then fold in the blueberries gently. Once everything is combined, pour into the baking tray and smooth the mixture so it's about 2 centimetres thick. Put the tray into the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Leave to cool, cut into bars and enjoy!


There are all kinds of love in the world. No two relationships are ever the same. Love can be for more than one human and it can be unrequited. It has changed a lot compared to when our grandparents were our age. There are so many different ways to meet people, it is both amazing and daunting at the same time.

My love story started online. Every day you hear about more and more people who find their person online. 20 years ago it was unheard of. I wasn't looking for it but somehow the magic of the internet connected me with a boy who I could talk to for hours and we quickly became friends. Over time we became more than that and then one day we met face to face. And then began our long distance relationship. 

We have been in a long distance relationship for over a year and we're still going strong. There are 168 miles in between us, although it may not seem like a lot compared to others who have hundreds or thousands of miles to work with, it is far enough. Some days are harder than others but when you're together you forget about it all. 

It feels a little strange talking about something close to my heart but I wanted to share some of my thoughts about being in a long distance relationship and maybe give a little advice and tips to those of you in a LDR. 

What I've learnt about being in a long distance relationship


Make plans to see each other 
We always make sure that we plan for our next weekend together. It's good to have something to look forward to, you can count down the days and think about what you'll do when you're next together. We also think about day trips out and weekends away that we would like to do.

The good and bad of travelling
I love the feeling when I'm in my car on my way to see my love for the weekend. I know it's a matter of hours until I see his face. I have been stuck in traffic plenty of times on a Friday evening and it sucks. Although it is not as bad as the feeling when your heart sinks while driving away from them. Be prepared to spend a lot of time stuck in a car, train or plane. And if you can, try and travel at off peak times. 

Online dates
Technology is a life saver if you're in a LDR. Throughout the day we use WhatsApp and about once every week or two we make time to either Skype, FaceTime or call each other. Simple things like sending a photo of where we are or what we're having for lunch can make us feel like we're closer to each others everyday lives.  

Trust and communication
I find it incredibly easily to trust my guy. I don't even have to think about it. It comes naturally and we both know that we can always talk to each other about how we are feeling. Being emotionally close is just as important as being physically close. 

Embracing time alone
I like having time to myself and I try to fill it with things I like to do like going for coffee with friends, working out or baking. I think it's important to make the most of this time and enjoy being alone while it lasts. Time also goes quicker when you keep busy. 

Take photos and make memories
Every day we spend together is the greatest. Even the little things like making dinner at home together is fun. We also love to go out and visit new places and make memories. I like to capture them so I can look back and be reminded of that happy moment. 

It won't last forever 
Sometimes I have to remind myself that being in a long distance relationship won't last forever. One day this chapter of our relationship will be in the past and it will make us stronger for the future.

Like all relationships it takes a lot of work. Patience. Time. And love. If they make you feel happy even when you're physically apart, that's all that matters. Happy Valentines day, my love x

A Long Distance Relationship

14.2.17


There are all kinds of love in the world. No two relationships are ever the same. Love can be for more than one human and it can be unrequited. It has changed a lot compared to when our grandparents were our age. There are so many different ways to meet people, it is both amazing and daunting at the same time.

My love story started online. Every day you hear about more and more people who find their person online. 20 years ago it was unheard of. I wasn't looking for it but somehow the magic of the internet connected me with a boy who I could talk to for hours and we quickly became friends. Over time we became more than that and then one day we met face to face. And then began our long distance relationship. 

We have been in a long distance relationship for over a year and we're still going strong. There are 168 miles in between us, although it may not seem like a lot compared to others who have hundreds or thousands of miles to work with, it is far enough. Some days are harder than others but when you're together you forget about it all. 

It feels a little strange talking about something close to my heart but I wanted to share some of my thoughts about being in a long distance relationship and maybe give a little advice and tips to those of you in a LDR. 

What I've learnt about being in a long distance relationship


Make plans to see each other 
We always make sure that we plan for our next weekend together. It's good to have something to look forward to, you can count down the days and think about what you'll do when you're next together. We also think about day trips out and weekends away that we would like to do.

The good and bad of travelling
I love the feeling when I'm in my car on my way to see my love for the weekend. I know it's a matter of hours until I see his face. I have been stuck in traffic plenty of times on a Friday evening and it sucks. Although it is not as bad as the feeling when your heart sinks while driving away from them. Be prepared to spend a lot of time stuck in a car, train or plane. And if you can, try and travel at off peak times. 

Online dates
Technology is a life saver if you're in a LDR. Throughout the day we use WhatsApp and about once every week or two we make time to either Skype, FaceTime or call each other. Simple things like sending a photo of where we are or what we're having for lunch can make us feel like we're closer to each others everyday lives.  

Trust and communication
I find it incredibly easily to trust my guy. I don't even have to think about it. It comes naturally and we both know that we can always talk to each other about how we are feeling. Being emotionally close is just as important as being physically close. 

Embracing time alone
I like having time to myself and I try to fill it with things I like to do like going for coffee with friends, working out or baking. I think it's important to make the most of this time and enjoy being alone while it lasts. Time also goes quicker when you keep busy. 

Take photos and make memories
Every day we spend together is the greatest. Even the little things like making dinner at home together is fun. We also love to go out and visit new places and make memories. I like to capture them so I can look back and be reminded of that happy moment. 

It won't last forever 
Sometimes I have to remind myself that being in a long distance relationship won't last forever. One day this chapter of our relationship will be in the past and it will make us stronger for the future.

Like all relationships it takes a lot of work. Patience. Time. And love. If they make you feel happy even when you're physically apart, that's all that matters. Happy Valentines day, my love x


I couldn't be happier with the arrival of February. January is both a good and not so good month. I feel inspired about what the future 12 months will hold and at the same time I feel low when it's dark all the time. I think everyone in the northern hemisphere can relate to this. There have been some bumps in the road during January but there have been some pretty good moments. This winter has been a slow quiet one. I have embraced it, finding the perfect things to do with my free time and getting ready for the rest of what I hope will be a pretty good year.

When I took these photos it was a good winter day. Nothing extraordinary happened, apart from the magical frost that covered England and the most perfect morning light. It was a Sunday. They are the best for taking it easy and living slowly. I get that happy feeling knowing I have the whole day for myself before the week begins again.


This Sunday in particular I wrapped myself up, picked up my camera and went for a walk around the village first thing in the morning. In winter it is rare for me to be outside in the daylight, so the sun and fresh air truly brightened my mood for the day. It's so peaceful when there are only a few people out and about. Nature never looks more beautiful then when it's covered in frost with the golden light. I was happy I got some good shots. I'm not much of a photographer, amateur at best but I love to find beauty in my surroundings, in a moment and then hold it forever.  These photos will remind me how beautiful winter can be.

I then made my way back home, had a warm bowl of porridge before soaking in a hot bath, There is something about having a bath in the middle of the day that I love, it's a good feeling. I did a little bit of baking and meal prepping for the week. Then I went to the cinema and watched Manchester By The Sea with my sister while I drank a delicious mug of hot chocolate and then went to bed early. So simple but exactly what I needed that day.
 

Every day lately I have tried to do at least one thing for myself. It could be anything from making a good hearty meal, roasted vegetables have been my favourite. Staying in and getting an early night, my body has been craving a good 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night and I try to give myself that rest. Picking up a book and taking in the words from the pages. Buying a bunch of flowers just because. Listening to my favourite albums. Those little things over time make a happy life.  

There is so much goodness in life. Even though some days it doesn't feel like it - especially with current world events. Take the time to cherish the good things. Some days are harder than others and that's okay. Pick yourself up and try again. Relish in the rest of winter. And get ready for what is to come. 
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The Quiet Winter

8.2.17


I couldn't be happier with the arrival of February. January is both a good and not so good month. I feel inspired about what the future 12 months will hold and at the same time I feel low when it's dark all the time. I think everyone in the northern hemisphere can relate to this. There have been some bumps in the road during January but there have been some pretty good moments. This winter has been a slow quiet one. I have embraced it, finding the perfect things to do with my free time and getting ready for the rest of what I hope will be a pretty good year.

When I took these photos it was a good winter day. Nothing extraordinary happened, apart from the magical frost that covered England and the most perfect morning light. It was a Sunday. They are the best for taking it easy and living slowly. I get that happy feeling knowing I have the whole day for myself before the week begins again.


This Sunday in particular I wrapped myself up, picked up my camera and went for a walk around the village first thing in the morning. In winter it is rare for me to be outside in the daylight, so the sun and fresh air truly brightened my mood for the day. It's so peaceful when there are only a few people out and about. Nature never looks more beautiful then when it's covered in frost with the golden light. I was happy I got some good shots. I'm not much of a photographer, amateur at best but I love to find beauty in my surroundings, in a moment and then hold it forever.  These photos will remind me how beautiful winter can be.

I then made my way back home, had a warm bowl of porridge before soaking in a hot bath, There is something about having a bath in the middle of the day that I love, it's a good feeling. I did a little bit of baking and meal prepping for the week. Then I went to the cinema and watched Manchester By The Sea with my sister while I drank a delicious mug of hot chocolate and then went to bed early. So simple but exactly what I needed that day.
 

Every day lately I have tried to do at least one thing for myself. It could be anything from making a good hearty meal, roasted vegetables have been my favourite. Staying in and getting an early night, my body has been craving a good 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night and I try to give myself that rest. Picking up a book and taking in the words from the pages. Buying a bunch of flowers just because. Listening to my favourite albums. Those little things over time make a happy life.  

There is so much goodness in life. Even though some days it doesn't feel like it - especially with current world events. Take the time to cherish the good things. Some days are harder than others and that's okay. Pick yourself up and try again. Relish in the rest of winter. And get ready for what is to come. 
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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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