Have a rocking christmas

Saturday, 19 December 2015

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Every year it's the same; the carollers carolling, Mariah Carey, Michael Buble... The same old singles come back and haunt the world until we're sick to death of them. You turn on the radio, they're there. You go out shopping? Count on it, they'll be there. 
And thinking about that, I start to catch on to the same thoughts as I'd imagine a lot of alternative artists must have been thinking: Why should we listed to mainstream at Christmas time, if we don't go with that any other time? Don't get me wrong, some of the cliché Christmas songs are great, but there are some really amazing Christmas songs that just don't get the same attention. And that's why I've made this list of my favourite Christmas rock songs. 

Merry Christmas!
  1. I'm gettin' nuttin' for christmas-Relient K Relient K are incredible in general, but their Christmas album 'let it snow baby...let it reindeer' is just AMAZING! No wonder this song got #1
  2.   Merry Christmas kiss my ***-All Time Low This song just had to be in the top 8, let's be honest with ourselves. It has so much signature ATL attitude, which just makes it all the more incredible
  3.   I won't be home for Christmas-Blink 182 They once said that "I won't be home for Christmas" was about the fact that Christmas was the one day of the year you had to be nice to the people you hate the rest of the year. This is the anthem, kids.
  4.   Bleak December-Set Off This one almost didn't make the track, and if it wasn't for the lyric video being released the other day, I wouldn't have thoughts to put it in. Frontman Cody Carson told Rocksound it was "one of the most fun songs to write" And let me tell you this, it is totally a fun song to listen to
  5. Christmas Lights-Coldplay This one isn't exactly rock, but I'm sure you guys will all love it anyway. As long as it isn't too much of an overplayed track (Please, radio, please)
  6. Fools holiday-All time Low This one is for my holiday friends, most of whom raved over this song. It's made the cut for them, and for you- it's an incredible song by an incredible band
  7.  A great big sled-The Killers Such an honest, lightheartened song that pays tribute to childhood Christmas memories. "I wanna roll around like a kid in the snow" sings Brandon Flowers. So do we, Brandon, so do we.
  8. My December-Linkin Park A song with a whole lotta soul. It's not exactly very Christmassy, or cheery or whatever, but there's no arguing that it's a great song for a bit of winter chill time

Staying organised in the new year | 9 Gorgeous Diaries for 2016

Saturday, 12 December 2015

It's that time of year again, where Christmas is fast approaching, and new diaries for the new year are popping up all over the place. And from the looks of it, 2016 is going to be another stunner. Here's a look at a few of my upcoming favourites.

Packed full of features including weekly layout, personal information, public holidays and reference calendar pages inside, ribbon bookmark, elastic closure and printed tabs to reference each quarter of the year.

Whoever said planning wasn't fun clearly never set eyes on this gem! Loaded with function and compliments, and not to mention weekly "fun" to-do's, these agendas are a must-have! We promise you'll be absolutely entertained, while becoming the most efficient gal on the block. Grab one for yourself and one for your bestie!

Packed full of features including weekly layout, personal information, public holidays and reference calendar pages inside, ribbon bookmark, elastic closure and printed tabs to reference each quarter of the year.

An ideal organiser for students and teachers, this signature agenda from Vera Bradley helps you get it all down on paper with a handy elastic band.

Hot off the Rifle Paper Co. printing press, we can't help but love everything about the latest, spiral bound, 17-month day planner. In addition to the standard monthly and weekly views to keep you organised and on task, it features sections for celebrations and notes to keep your little extra reminders all together.

Hot off the Rifle Paper Co. printing press, we can't help but love everything about the latest, spiral bound, 17-month day planner. In addition to the standard monthly and weekly views to keep you organised and on task, it features sections for celebrations and notes to keep your little extra reminders all together.

7. 2015-2016 Moroccan Academic planner for £9.74
This hard backed week-to-week 16 month diary has tons of extra features to keep you on top of the chaos of life. Seperate space for christmas planning, summer holidays, and even space for meal planning, this diary is exactly what you need!

In classic polka dots, this 17 month agenda is a to-do lister's dream come true. Complete with monthly and weekly spreads, note pages and laminated dividers, keeping tabs has never looked so good.

In classic polka dots, this 17 month agenda is a to-do lister's dream come true. Complete with monthly and weekly spreads, note pages and laminated dividers, keeping tabs has never looked so good.

It's Christmas...

Thursday, 10 December 2015

...and I'm feeling good!

Hello friends! It's been a while since I've actually written something and posted it on the day it was written, so this is nice and fresh. It's been a busy week, so I'm really glad I had the chance to take some pictures, and sit down to write a post for you all, just out of the blue! I'm actually pretty proud of this picture... so much Christmas and glitter!

Anyway, I planned to make this post a 5 happy thoughts post, but you know, with Christmas coming up (ITS LIKE, 2 WEEKS GUYS) I thought I might just switch things up a bit! So here are my 5 happy quotes, enjoy!

"How wonderful is it that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world"

"I am a reflection of the one who loves me most, created in his image on purpose I'm supposed to be me, and no one else can take my place"

"Feelings come and go, so when I don't feel God moving that doesn't mean that he has disappeared. And when I don't feel him with me that doesn't mean he's not there. So I'll keep on believing because faith is not a feeling"

"God changes caterpillars into butterflies, sand into pearls, and coal into diamonds using time and pressure. He's working on you too"

"You are not the girl in the magazine because God intended you to be so much more than a body guys can lust over. You are God's beloved princess. The daughter of a risen king"

The unheard of

Saturday, 5 December 2015

So you know that whole "When you're a small blog you should talk about big trends" Thing? I'm going to go completely against it right now. I'm not going to bring to you something that you've heard a million times before, in fact, I'm hoping quite the opposite. I'm hoping that at least half of what I'm going to write about today is going to be completely fresh. Something new. Something unheard of.

I like playlists, a lot as you'll probably learn through my next string of posts, and so the best way for me to introduce you to great music, is quite simply by listing them off. No waffling on, no meaningless jargon. Speaking of jargon... Anyway, here's your playlist. 50% New music, and 50% music that is really great just not popular.

The unheard of playlist

  • I can lift a car by Walk the moon 
  • Moondust by Jaymes Young
  • My house by Pvris
  • Meddle about by Chase Atlantic
  • English kids in America by Lower than atlantis
  • Moveshakehide by Marmozets
  • Heartbeat by Mat Hearney 
  • Bleak december by Set it off
  • Dial tones by As it is
  • Ghost by Halsey
  • Gravity by Against the current
So as you will find out if you listen to these brilliant songs (hello youtube or spotify...) you'll quickly find that they're all pretty diverse. I like them, and they're great quality music. Actually, I love them but basically what I'm trying to say here is don't discriminate. Listen to them all, and don't skip. Once you've listened through them all, you might surprise yourself. Maybe you're usually into rock music and you discover that actually that indie stuff isn't as bad as you thought? Or vice-versa. Anything could happen and all you gotta do is give it a go...
Hell, if I really wanted to I could have popped a bit of Stockholm Syndrome by One Direction into one of my playlists. You know why? Because it's good quality music. No, it doesn't suit everyone's taste, and thats totally fine. I respect that. But you know what I don't respect? People slam hating other peoples taste of music for no reason other than it's not what you like. Honey, they know what they're doing. Now, I'm not a huge one direction fan (and I'm so not saying that as a get out clause) but it doesn't take a wild dreamy teenage fan to recognise good music. Rant over. You can get back to your daily lives. Enjoy!

The little black dress

Friday, 4 December 2015

Hello friends! It's party season over on this side of the pond, and I've finished my dress shopping just in time! While I was browsing, I came across some hella cute lbd's which, of course, I just had to share with you all. I mean, who knows, there could be someone out there having a fashion crisis, right? No? Well, here are my favourite lbd's this season anyway; whether you want them or not.

1. A lace flare dress, straight out of New Look for a quirky night out

2. House of Frazer have some reeeally nice, elegant dresses out this season. I'm really liking this dress, as it's so simple, but so effective. Less is more, right?

3. This gorgeous dress from glamerous isn't gold, but it certainly glitters!

4. This simple dress from H&M makes for a simple, stylish, and affordable lbd. I can so see this being a big hit with a long statement necklace.

5. A wearable skater dress from Nelly for an dressy-casual night out. This dress would be perfect for a ceilidh... if you're in Scotland, that is.

6. This lovely, smart dress from John Lewis is the perfect thing for a meal with the family this season.

7. This is another one from Nelly which I just fell in love with. It's so elegant and smart, which would be perfect for a work night out. 

8. Make a true statement in the night with this gorgeous gown from bonprix

9. Soooooo I clearly love this dress very much. So much that I accidentally put it in twice. Oopsies?

10. I love the lace in this stunning bodycon dress from OASIS, it really makes it stand out. 

The change you absolutely NEED to make

Thursday, 3 December 2015

If you are subscribed to my emails, you might remember getting a little email titled "What is change". In it, I discussed the different types of change we encounter, the importance of change, and how it enables us to grow. 

Lately, I've encountered a fair bit of change. 

Yesterday evening, I actually got my hair cut, which was a pretty scary thing for me to do, considering how much I got chopped off. In less than half an hour, I had gone from having near-waist length hair, to practically having a bob. I mean, I must have gotten about 6 inches off or something, which is mental. 

I've prepared for change, too. Not all change is instant, and sometimes it takes a lot of thought and preparation for you to get to the place where you're ready to make a change. That's alright. Sometimes change takes a while. Lately, I've been preparing my university application. Hopefully, I'll have sent it by the time you read this post. 

You get the idea; I encounter change pretty much all the time, and I'm not the only one! 

In time, I've come to realise that everything changes. People change, seasons change, times change, trends change... everything. And there will come a time when you'll look at your favourite dress with disgust and wonder why you ever thought it was nice. That band you obsessed over for countless hours will grow old and stop recording music, or maybe they'll completely change their image completely. Maybe you'll change from a little girl or boy, to a young adult, to a mature man or woman. Perhaps your relationship with someone will change, for better or for worse.

That's okay. In fact, that's great! Change encourages us to grow, and to move on to a better place. I'm not saying that it'll be easy, in fact I want to warn you that it will be so, so hard at times. It'll be a challenge. But through this challenge, you'll be able to become the person you were meant to be all this time.

With New Year coming up, I want to encourage you to carefully consider what your New Years resolution is going to be. I want to challenge you to challenge yourself, and make a change. This could be a change in your lifestyle, you habits, your hobbies, your attitude... absolutely anything! Below, I've given you a few ideas of some changes that you could incorporate into your life for the new year.

Lifestyle Changes
-Drink more water
-Get more sleep
-Go on regular walks
-Find a workout buddy

Food related Changes
-Make breakfast a priority
- keep a food journal
-Downsize your plates
-Go meatless

Your hobbies
-Try something you've never done before- and stick to it
-Spend at least 2 hours a week doing something you love
-Limit yourself to watching 2 hours of TV a week
-Find someone to share your hobby with

Your attitude
-Make a daily list of 3 things that you're grateful for
-Find a quote that is meaningful and say it out loud every morning
-Put your all into everything you do, and exceed expectations
-Appreciate the people around you

The 1st Playlist #December

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Open up your advent calanders- it's December! The days are getting shorter, colder, and closer to Christmas. Hot chocolates a definitely a must. This month, the songs are all Christmas themed, to get you into the mood for the countdown. 24 days to go!

Have yourself a merry little Christmas - Sam Smith

I'm Getting nuttin' for Christmas - Relient K

Baby it's cold outside - Idina Menzel, Michael Buble

Christmas Dream - Andreas Weise

Fairytale of New York - The Progues, Kirsty MacColl

Do they know it's christmas - Band Aid

I celebrate the day - Relient K

Falling in love at Christmas - Nadine

Universal Child - Annie Lennox

World Christmas - R. Kelly

All I want for Christmas is You - Mariah Care

My Grown up Christmas list - Kelly Clarkson

Sleigh Ride - Air Supply

Christmas Lights - Coldplay

Thank God it's Christmas - Queen

Like a lion (Always winter) - Relient K 

My calm indie playlist

Saturday, 28 November 2015

As you have hopefully noticed from my blog already, I love music. And by that, I mean pretty much any music, and almost every genre. So if you have any requests or questions, please, please let me know- don't be shy! I'll give you the best answer that I can.

The kind of indie music I'm going to be writing about is a mixture between indie-folk, and just simply plain calm indie. I love listening to indie music when I'm stressed, tired, or just in need of a relax and recharge, so a little while ago I made myself a playlist of some songs that I liked but hadn't heard a lot of, so hopefully you guys will be discovering new music also! You can find this playlist on spotify right here, but if you don't have spotify, don't fret; I'm going to tell you the songs right now.

  2. ME BY THE 1975
  14. MEDECIN BY THE 1975

5 Happy Thoughts

For my birthday last month (30th of October) my boyfriend proved how incredible he was, by sending me a wee hamper of treats. From bath bombs from lush, to large smartie packets, he really did well! Last night I used up the very last of the bath bombs, soaking up the glory while I watched gogglebox. Damn are baths good! I need to have more baths...

ITS LESS THAN A MONTH UNTIL CHRISTMAS! And if that's not a brilliant reason to be happy, then I don't know what is. It's time to kick up your feet, and cosy up with a warm drink and a Christmas movie.

Tomorrow I'm having a few of my friends round for a little hunger games marathon in preparation for Mockingjay part 2. I've got the scran all prepared, and I'm really looking forward to chilling out with my girls!

I've been meditating using the calm app and book for just over two months now, and it's honestly been one of the most interesting and relaxing things I've ever taken part in. In all honestly, I've been more than a bit sporadic with my meditating, but ever night that I do actually do it, I instantly see the benefits, and it never ceases to amaze me how much of an impact a 10 minute session has on my perspective and attitude.

I've finally finished all my Christmas shopping! It's such a good feeling to know that you're totally organised, and I am completely revelling in that feeling right now! I finished off my shopping with getting my closest friends' presents, as well as a party dress for my New Year party. Bring on the party season... I'm ready!

25 Festive blog post ideas

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Hello, friends! Merry month-till-Christmas! I've really been getting into the festive spirit lately, and I'm loving it! I've got my gorgeous pink mini chirstmas tree up in my room, and am almost done with my Christmas shopping (what can I say... I like being organised!). 

Christmas is that time of year where pretty much everyone is internet-dependant. Gone are the sunny days where you lazed about in the sun... winter is all about cosy-ing up with a warm cup of tea, a festive movie, and your phone. This is the time where people are going to be searching for gift ideas, outfit inspiration, and festive recipes, and we as bloggers should be taking advantage of that! 

A few of my blogger friends wanted to do a blogger Christmas countdown, but weren't quite sure where to start, so here are a few ideas to kickstart your blogs Christmas countdown. Bear in mind that you probably won't want to be blogging when it comes to the 23rd-25th, so schedule in posts instead!

1st December
24 days to go...
How to stay organised in the festive period

2nd December
23 days to go...
Top 10 Christmas gifts for kids

3rd December
22 days to go...
5 favourite festive blog posts

4th December
21 days to go...
top 10 Christmas gifts for Mums

5th December
20 days to go...
top 10 festive buys for under £20

6th December
19 days to go...
Top 10 Christmas gifts for Dads

7th December
18 Days to go...
Top 10 Christmas gifts for him 

8th December
17 days to go...
Top 10 Christmas gifts for her

9th December
16 days to go...
My favourite thing about christmas

10th December
15 days to go...
the best 5 Christmas movies in existence

11th December
14 days to go...
the 10 best Christmas jumpers this year

12th December
13 days to go...
Party dresses for this season

13th December
12 days to go...
Top 10 gifts for secret santa

14th December
11 days to go...
Christmas Hamper ideas

15th December
10 days to go...
The best beauty stocking fillers

16th December
9 days to go...
My favourite festive fragrances

17th December
8 days to go...
What's on my wishlist for Christmas

18th December
7 days to go...
top 10 festive date ideas

19th December
6 days to go... 
What's in my bag this Christmas

20th December
5 days to go...
What I love about Christmas

21st December
4 days to go...
Festive lush Haul

22nd December
3 days to go...
Top 5 hot drinks from starbucks

23rd December
2 days to go...
3 Hilarious Christmas Memories

24th December
1 day to go...
What I'm wearing on Christmas day

25th December
How I spend Christmas Day

5 of the worst mistakes you can make when writing an email.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Recently, I've found myself increasingly relying on email as a means to communicate, and in this time I have stumbled upon countless mistakes, some of which are more harmful than others.

Here are 5 of the most common mistakes I've seen;

#1 Not proof-reading
I am constantly surprised by the stupid spelling mistakes people make when they're typig typing away; myself included. In fact, few days ago, I was trying to organise a collaboration with a friend of mine. In one of her emails to me, she wrote "thank you for you're help". Now that sentence alone gives me a really bad impression on their writing ability. Not only that but it shows lack of care, and consideration. If you're writing an important email, make sure you proof read it before you hit send, and if you're prone to silly mistakes, get a friend or colleague to proof read your emails for you. 

# 2 Having an unclear subject line
There is nothing worse than receiving an email with a subject line that says something like "Hi", "Introductions" or "To xyz". If you just want to say hi, then there are other means of contacting me, and if you have something important that I must be made aware of, or that you need to discuss with me, then I expect a clear subject line that adequately summarises the contents of the email. It really shouldn't be that hard.

#3 Not addressing the email, or signing off
This might be a personal pet peeve of mine, but just as in an old fashioned letter, I believe it is extremely important that you state who you are addressing the email to. This way, if you've got the wrong recipient, it will be picked up quickly. Furthermore, it just looks neater. There's not a lot you can do with emails to make them look good, so it's increasingly important that you do what you can. You wouldn't go around randomly starting conversations with people, a simple "Hello, name" should suffice.

#4 Throwing all your information in one huge paragraph
It can be overwhelming if you're faced with an email in which there is a heap-load of information, all in one gigantic paragraph. Emails should be straight to the point, and structured efficiently. If I'm writing an email and it's more than three paragraphs long, I split my email up with headings.

#5 Using text talk
Emails should have some level of formality, and to be blunt, using text talk in an email just makes you sound like a non educated delinquent. You should always write in full sentences that make complete sense. Text talk in emails is just quite simply unacceptable.

"But I won't make a difference"

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

I'm sure you will all be aware of the devastating attack in Paris that occurred just last weekend. Childrens were orphaned, families lost their children... People lost their loved ones, their best friends, their husbands, their wives. But those who were left alive, have been given the support they need. They had a home to go back to. They had a community to fall back on. So although it was a tragedy, and I don't want to take away from the severity of the incident, they did have a significant amount of support, as the whole of France stood in solidarity.

But what about the refugees coming from Syria? The women, men and children who are not just fleeing from an attack, but a war. They have faced death daily, and watched their loved ones perish before their eyes. They have seen homes demolished, and their children have been threatened by gunpoint. 

Not only that, but they have then been faced with the decision; stay in this warzone, or risk their lives in travelling across continents in order to find a safe and secure place for their families to live. Yesterday, approximately 100 Syrian refugees arrived in Glasgow, and it is my prayer that they will have recieved a warm welcome. They aren't here to steal your jobs; they're here to escape the horrors that they faced in their homes. 

So what can you do to support these refugees?

Well, here are a few websites that might just give you an idea; be it holding a coffee/tea night, or making a small personal donation and challenging your friends to do the same, to fundraise for these homeless, vulnerable, innocent people.

My favourite recipes

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Recently, I have gotten more and more into baking. The realisation that I might be moving away from home for university after the summer, has come the realisation that I really suck at being independent. I guess teaching myself how to cook and bake is my way of trying to learn the skills I'm going to need to be able to survive on my own. It's not actually been as difficult as I initially thought it would be, and I've actually found some great recipes from my fellow bloggers.

Here are a few of my favourites.
Vanilla Creme Brulee
I've always been a fan of these wonderful sweet treats, and they're such a simple yet effective dessert. They really make for a great dessert to make when you've got people coming over for a meal.
Rose and Pistachio sponges
Sponge cakes and cupcakes are one of the very few things that I've actually known how to make since I was about 10 years old, but this recipe just takes it to the next level! The rose petals just make it so aesthetically beautiful, and this picture is incredible.
Spiced apple blender cake with a fudge centre
What's that? You want my honest opinion? THESE ARE THE BEST DESERTS IN THE WORLD. My life will never be the same again... I am in love!
Lavander shortbread rounds
I've actually only ever tried to make this once on my own, and it didn't exactly turn out that great.. But I'm certainly not giving up! I tried to make it with my mum, and got it just right. I never really appreciated how hard it is to make the perfect shortbreat!

Thursday thoughts #4

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Learning to walk the tightrope

Sometimes I just feel like I've been going from strength to strength, you know? And it's great; I'll have gone over 250 days clean, I'll have been happy; like really happy.  I'll have got all this stuff in my life going for me, and it will feel good. It will feel good to breathe and just relax and feel healthy again. 

But then something like this comes and it knocks me off the road, and I end up in that place where I'm doubting myself. I doubt my ability to get back up, and that's when the depression kicks in. It's like the niggling voice in your head that tells you you can't do something, and sometimes it's easier to ignore it than others. But there are times where I've fallen down, and this niggling voice turns into a battle cry, screaming and shouting about how worthless I am. How could I let myself fall into this pit of despair when I was finally on the right path! And I'm like why am I here again? Why can't I just walk down the path and be fine?

But then I look back and see that it wasn't a path that I was walking on, it was a tightrope. And when an acrobat starts to learn how to walk on a tightrope, I'm sure they fall a lot. That's just part of the learning process, so just because they fall doesn't mean they can't get back up. The tightrope is a scary place and looking down is just gonna make it harder so you need to focus on what's ahead of you. See what you've achieved, and don't be too hard on yourself. Yeah some people are gonna find it easier than you to walk the tightrope, and some of them are going to be able to do flips and tricks and stun the crowd, but for now you're training. You might not be strong enough to do all the fancy stuff, but you're learning how to walk. 

You need to be easy on yourself, because life is a learning process, much like the tightrope, and you need to pick yourself back up and keep trying. Falling down isn't a bad thing, but it is important that you get back up again.

The 1st Playlist #November

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Well, my birthday has rolled past, and I'm officially 17! Thank you for all the lovely birthday wishes that you have sent me, they really touched my heart; you guys are so sweet. This month I thought I would do a bit of a throwback playlist, so I hope you enjoy going back and listening to some old gems!

Some nights - Fun.

Happy Tears - Cheryl

Run for your life - Matt Cardle

Love you more - JLS

Oopsy Daisy - Chipmunk

How to save a life - the fray

Blackout - Breathe Carolina

This aint a love song - Scouting for girls

Break even - The script

Bottled up tight - Luke Sital-Singh

Rolling in the deep - Adele

Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO

E.T. - Katie Perry

Grenade - Bruno Mars

17 quotes for 17 years

Saturday, 31 October 2015

I've always loved a good quote.

I remember a few years back, my grandma gave me a little notebook that I'd had my eye on for a while, and for a while, it just sat in my room with no purpose. Empty. It was such a special, beautiful little notebook that I was convinced that if I wrote in it, I would ruin it. Eventually, when I got around to giving it a purpose, I decided that I was going to fill it with quotes.

2 and a half years later, and I have 1114 quotes in it, but it's still not full yet.

Anyway, since yesterday was my 17th birthday, I decided to share with you 17 of my most treasured quotes. The ones that mean the most to me, or I think are the most helpful. So settle down with a hot cup of tea, and get yourself comfortable and relaxed. I hope you find these as inspiring as I have.

1. I see now the circumstances of ones birth are irrelevant. It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are.

2. Take what comes your way as an opportunity, not a burden. There is always a plan, sometimes it just takes a little longer to understand the journey of life, but in the end, everything is meant to be.

3. You have the right to endure, and that is something struggle can never take from you.

4. There are two kinds of failures; those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.

5. Never give up on a dream just because it will take time to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.

6. I hope you life a life that you're proud of. If you find that you're not, then I hope you find the strength to start all over again

7. Every day is a new beginning. Take a deep breath, and start again

8. We all go through rough times. We all have these obstacles that seem too large to overcome or that current that you never seem to swim out of. These are the times we have to decide what matters most to us- our passions.

9. A friend who understands your tears is much more valuable than a lot of friends who only know your smile.

10. When someone walks away from you, it's not the end of your story. It's the end of the chapter in which they were a part of your story.

11. Just because something isn't happening right now, doesn't mean that it will never happen

12. I don't know why terrible things happen to us, but I've gotta believe that some good will come out of this

13. Rise up and be all that you dreamed

14.To anyone who told you you're no good, they're no better

15. If you ever think of giving up, just remember why you held on for so long

16. You don't need anyones permission to be exactly who you want to be

17. There are two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do, and mostly live.

5 happy thoughts

Saturday, 24 October 2015

I'm starting to enjoy Photography
I took photography as one of my higher subjects for my last year of school, thinking it would be a bit of a skive. I was shocked when I got into the class to find that it's actually pretty hard effort, and I almost ended up dropping it, but I decided to stick it in and make the best of it. Now I'm really glad that I did, because I've learnt so much that I will be able to apply to the photos I take for herelectricocean, and hopefully I'll start to be less dependant on stock photos, as great as they are.

I bought a jar of nutella
I love all things chocolate, but I don't really buy myself a lot of chocolate, so it's more of a treat when I do. Right now I've treated myself to a giant jar of nutella, and I'm loving every second of it. Now where's that spoon...

Clearing out
I've been meaning to give my room a bit of a tidy up, but school and work always seems to get in the way, resulting in a not so nice bedroom to come home to. Finally, this weekend I decided that enough was enough, and I've given my room a nice little clean, and sorted through some old junk that I don't need anymore. It feels good!

I found my old diaries
I started keeping diaries when I was about 9 or 10 years old, so there's a ton of hilarious stuff to be found in my old diary books. From first loves to silly arguments with my little brother, I've been in a fit of giggles over some of the stuff I've written.

I got myself a new diary planner
During my monthly visit to paperchase, I noticed this adorable little red and white spotty diary planner, and decided that I just had to buy it. I've been filling it up with all sorts of blog-related things, so I'm hoping it'll help me be more organised with my blogging!

What are some things that have made you happy this week? 

Pukka: incredible organic tea

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Last week I got a wonderful surprise through the post; a free sample of 6 wonderful sashes of pukka herbal tea! With autumn really kicking in, and the mornings getting colder by the day, I'm really getting back into the habit of having my afternoon teas to get me through the day. There's just something so special about cosy-ing up with a nice warm cup of tea, especially herbal tea. 

Not to mention, that with the colder weather there is bound to be a spread of germs... colds and flus are never too far when it comes to this time of year, and herbal teas have some amazing superpower ingredients that can help you combat these illnesses, and keep your immune system strong,

I've never really tried out many different types of herbal teas, so having the 6 pack of pukka's herbal teas was a great way for me to try something new. I usually stick with peppermint or green tea, but I instantly fell in love with pukka's okay lemon, ginger and honey tea. It was definitely my favourite out of all the samples I've had so far, but I loved each and every one of them!

I usually put one spoon of sugar into herbal teas just to bring out the flavour and make it that bit more bearable, but with these pukka teabags I felt no need to sweeten it; the flavour was so intense and satisfying already! 

I reckon that when these samples run out (I've only got two left...) I'll have to go into tesco and buy the full pack, and I would definitely recommend that you do the same thing! They're really great quality teas, and the flavour is just out of this world!

What's your favourite herbal tea?

100 things that make me feel good

Friday, 16 October 2015

1. heartfelt compliments
2. looking back at silly pictures I've taken of friends
3. "I love you"'s
4. morning messages from him
5. talking on the phone to people I've not seen in ages
6. Watching funny interviews of my favourite bands
7. buying concert tickets
8. disney
9. Being with the people I love
10. Helping people
11. Being around little kids
12. Making other people laugh or smile
13. Looking through my favourite twitter accounts
14. Looking through timehop
15. Funny tumblr text posts
16. Cute relatable quotes on pintrest
17. Pretty dresses
18. Buying or recieving cute stationary pieces
19. travelling (But not on trains..)
20. Looking forward to exciting events
21. Thinking about all the good times
22. Spending money
23. Giving people presents
24. Finding and falling in love with new music
25. Fangirling
26. Coming home to hot chocolate and a movie
27. Watching home and away
28. Watching concert videos
29. Birthday Parties
30. Spending time with family
31. My HRM the queen mug
32. holding hands with him
33. Getting ready to go out
34. Giving people good advice
35. Receiving letters
36. Listening to my old mixtapes
37. Discovering old CD's
38. Reading old diary entries
39. Getting comments on herelectricocean
40. When people appreciate my hard work
41. Dancing around the room
42. Getting home after a run or workout
43. Achieving my personal targets
44. Being silly and crazy with my bestos
45. Playing guitar and being badass
46. Writing something decent and reading it over, and being happy with it
47. 5 seconds of summer
48. Going to sleep and thinking happy thoughts
49, Reading a good book
50. Meditating
51. Talking to my friends over food/drink
52. Listening to radio 1 after school when Greg James is on 
53. Iced caramel frappes
54. Just starbucks
55. Making decisions about the future
56. Talking to my little brother
57. Watching stupid videos with friends
58. Baking a cake
59. Getting cute DMs from people I don't know
60. When the moon is bright
61. Talking to my faraway friends on oovoo
62. Late night chats with him
63. All time low
64. Getting likes on facebook
65. That friday feeling
66. Reminiscing with my best friends
67. Playing the question game with him
68. Getting closer to 69
69. Being well planned and organised
70, That feeling after I tidy my room and it's actually clean
71. Taking a good photograph
72. Laughing at my crap photographs
73. Being ahead of schedule
74. Chilling at home all day
75. Pyjama days
76. Lilly Allen
77. Nevershoutnever ie. Christopher Drew
78. That feeling after a good old cry
79. Colouring in therapy
80. Making a perfect cup of tea
81, Cupcakes and muffins
82. Having a cheeky wee nandos
83. Movie nights
84. Sleepovers with the girls
85. Planning meet-ups with my people
86. When my eye makeup is as close to perfection as I can get
87. Trying on prom dresses
88. Looking at wedding dresses and imagining my dream wedding
89. Getting As in exams that I've worked hard in
90. Exchanging funny jokes with my mates
91. Rocking out #punkrock
92. Jamming with the crew
93. Buying cute
94. Making cute plans about dates in the future
95. Daydreaming
96. Going to the beach
97. Selfies
98. Making spotify playlists
99. Summer holidays
100. Learning new things

5 Happy thoughts

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Happy Sunday, friends! I've got this next week off school, which gives me plenty of time to catch up with friends, and finish off the dreaded personal statement. I've been stressed out of my mind this past few days, trying to write the perfect personal statement, and worrying about whether or not I'll get in to university, but it's time for me to wind down and relax! Yeah, university is a bit and scary thing, but whether I get in or not, things are going to work out. I'm so glad I've got this post to write, so that I can reflect on some of the more positive things that have happened this week. Here goes...

I have the most amazing friends in the world
I know that pretty much everyone when asked will say that their friends are the best, but trust me, mine are. I love my friends so much, and I know that I sometimes always take them for granted, but I really appreciate them so much. They do so much for me, and they are always by my side, whether I'm bubbly and happy, or completely out of motivation. THANK YOU!

I don't believe in my beauty...
But this week, a good handful of people have complimented me, and each time someone has offered me a compliment, I feel like there's a chance that some day, I might be able to look at myself and see more that faults. That's probably not going to happen overnight, but I'm working on it, and I'll get there eventually.

As I mentioned previously, I certainly have not been feeling calm at all lately. However, flicking through Calm by Michael Acton Smith has given me a few great pointers in the right direction, and after my 10 minute meditation this morning (which I have admittedly neglected quite a few times this week) using the Calm app, I'm feeling a whole lot better!

I'm in a good place for university
While I may be stressing myself out endlessly over this whole question of whether or not I'm going to get into university, I have come to appreciate that I'm actually in a really good place for university. My grades from last year exceed most of the entry requirements for studying business management, apart from the University of Edinburgh, which is asking for 4 A's, which I have anyway. When visiting Strathclyde Open day last Saturday, I talked to one of the Business management lecturers, and when I mentioned that I had 4 A's her eyes lit up, and she smiled and told me "I'll see you next year, then". I always thought my grades were quite an achievement, but that's because I am not smart in the slightest, and I know the amount of hard work and effort I put into my studies last year to ensure that I would get the best grades possible. However, I never thought of them being that great compared to everyone else... I thought pretty much everyone applying to university had A's in the bag, but that's totally not the case.

It's my birthday soon!!!
Woop woop! In 19 days I'll be hitting the big one seven! (17). I'm so looking forward to getting all of my friends together, and while not all of them will be able to make it, I can't wait to spend some quality time with the ones who can.

The 1st Playlist

Thursday, 1 October 2015

It's a new month, a new adventure, and we're well into autumn, ie. sweater weather. I really love October; I love the colours, as the leaves start to turn golden and fall from the trees. I love the days where the sky is blue and the air is crispy, cold, clear and fresh. I love the countdown to my birthday (Which fyi is on the 30th of October). Anyways, here's my 1st October Playlist. Enjoy!

Autumn leaves - Ed Sheeran

Ditmas - Mumford and Sons

Let it all go - Birdy + Rhodes

Fight song - Rachel Platten

Drag me down - One Direction

Let it go - James Bay

I found - Amber Run

I need you - m83

Meddle About - Chase Atlantic

You are enough - Sleeping at last

Messiah - Prides

Isaac - Bear's Den

Thursday thoughts #3

"The struggle you're in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow"

The principle of growing plants is that when they are injured they grow back stronger. I remember one Sunday a while back when we had invited a small group of older family friends over for a meal, and we had somehow came onto the topic of growing fruit and veg. My mum mentioned how she had just began growing strawberries, and was then told that after they flower and all the fruit from that year has been produced, she should cut them right back to the roots so that next year the rots would be stronger and the supply of fruit more plentiful.

The phrase "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger" comes to mind. I think that for me personally, I can relate to this. And yeah, I know it's a bit wacky to relate to a strawberry plant, but I really do. There have been so many times where life has been going so great, and I've had my prime time where my fruit is produced and the flowers blossom. But then something comes along the road and knocks me right back down.

See, the thing is, when I'm down there being cut right back to my roots it feels awful. I feel empty and broken. But whenever I stood back up again, I stood up so much taller. The pain had made my joy even better; even bigger!

The good times make the tough time worthwhile.

Have you ever had your branches cut back?
How has that allowed you to grow again?

The Question Game

Saturday, 26 September 2015

One of my favourite ways to get to know new people is through playing 'the question game'. I don't really know where I got the idea from, maybe a book, or maybe a movie, but it's definitely a great way to keep the chat alive, which isn't always easy with new people.

The game is easy; you simply take turns asking questions.

 To make it a bit more exciting, you could throw in a few rules; if you can't think of a question or an answer, you lose. If you repeat a question, you lose. And if you lose, you are required to carry out a dare; as easy or as difficult as your partner chooses. I say partner, because in my experience, it doesn't really work with more than two people.

If you're a bit stuck with ideas, here's a few to start you off! Enjoy!

General Questions
1. If you had to start up a business, what type of business would it be?
2. What's 5 things you think I could improve or work on?
3. What's your favourite colour?
4. What's your favourite place to shop? 
5. What would your perfect week entail?
6. What's your favourite childhood memory?
7. What are 3 secrets you've never told anyone else?
8. If you could have one superpower what would you choose and why?
9. Have you ever said 'I love you' and not meant it?
10. Have you ever been jealous of your best friend?

Deep Questions
1. What's a book, story, or movie that changed your life, your perspective, or the way that you think about a certain thing?
2. What do you think about religion?
3. What's your biggest regret of the last year?
4. Do you believe in the afterlife?
5. If you could send a message to the whole world, what would you say?

Flirty Questions
1. Describe me in 20-50 words (you could then ask them to describe the person they like, and see if they match up)
2. What's a song that best fits your love life?
3. Who's the most attractive person you've ever met? (Apart from me, obviously)
4. Are you single?
5. What do you prefer; kissing or snuggling

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