12 Motivational Phone Wallpapers

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

I don't know about you, but I use my phone a hell of a lot, whether it's for keeping in touch with my friends, browsing through bloglovin', or updating my facebook status.

And since I use my phone so much (as I'm sure you do too) I've decided it's time for me to update my wallpaper to something meaningful, that will brighten my day when I look at it. Since this fits in quite well with the January Positivity Project, I thought I would share some of my favourite finds with you all! Let me know if you use any in the comments...

1. Start where you are... - Cassandraann
2. To succeed in life... -Weheartit
3. Be so good... -Weheartit
4. You can do anything... -Cassandraann

5. A sunday well spent... -Onsuttonplace
6. Not all who wander... -Weheartit
7. Follow your dreams... Weheartit
8. Positive thoughts only... -Onsuttonplace

9. It's just a bad day... -Tumblr
10. Big things often... Weheartit
11. I'd rather be hated... -Tumblr
12. I choose to be happy... -Weheartit

How to use
If you want to have these cute little wallpapers as home or lockscreen, all you need to do is find one that you like, and follow the link that I have provided. Once you reach it, hold the image and save it to your phone's images, where you can then set it as your home or lockscreen... or both!

Most of these wallpapers are from various weheartit posters, and for those of you who don't know, weheartit is like a much simpler, more aesthetic version of pintrest. I love using weheartit to make aesthetic photo albums, find wallpapers for my phone (duh...), get outfit inspiration, and much, much more. 

What do you think of my festive wallpapers?
What's your favourite motivational quote?

10 things I'd tell my younger self

Monday, 25 January 2016

There have been times when, looking through the photographs, or just thinking about the past in general, I've wished that there was a magical time machine that would allow me to go back in time to mend the mistakes that my younger self has made. Sadly, such a machine doesn't exist, but that doesn't stop me from wishing. Anyways, here are the 10 things I would tell my younger self if I had the chance...

It doesn't matter if you don't have a huge group of friends
Ever heard the phrase 'quality not quantity'? Yeah, you might not have heaps of friends, but you have a select number of really, really good damn friends who are going to stick by your side all the way through primary school, and then all through high school too. Don't take them for granted, because they deserve to be appreciated.

Appreciate your parents
When you're faced with the possibility of moving away from home, it's a bit too late to realise how much your parents have done for you in the past 17 or 18 years of your life. They have given up so much of their life in order to make sure you have the most perfect childhood, even at their own expense. It's time you stop acting like a spoiled brat, and started realising how incredible your parents are.

Don't worry about not having a 'life plan'
It's okay not to know exactly what you want to do with your life. In fact, it's normal. Even though tons of your friends may seem to have their whole life planned out for themselves, most of these plans are probably going to go out the window after exams. Just chill and take it one step at a time.

Don't get highlights done right after you've dyed your hair
Just don't. It's a bad idea, and you'll regret it for the rest of your life. Anna might look good with her blonde streak, but you are going to look like a total idiot, because the hairdresser is only going to give you three chunky highlights. Now it looks like you've failed at life.

Don't bin the books you've already read
Seriously, this is going to cause you so much grief. Just keep the damn books! Store them in the garage or something, so that when the time comes that you want to re-read them, or lend them to a friend, you won't go home just to realise that you binned them. 

Avoid the blue eyeliner
This is not a good look. It's really not. I know all your friends are going for the thick blue eyeliner look, but you look like some kind of druggie from the '70s. Mum was right, you shouldn't have been allowed in public with makeup like that.

Get guitar lessons ASAP
So I know you're going to want to try out playing the flute, piano, violin, cornet, trumpet, viola, and drums, but the truth is none of these instruments are going to be much good for you, so you might as well save yourself the time and money, and jump straight into learning guitar. Trust me, it'll be so much better. Guitar rules over all.

Please learn how to shape and maintain your eyebrows
No comment.

Your problems aren't really that bad
I know it feels like the world is ending, but it's really not. Life is about to get a hell of a lot more tough, and you're going to have to juggle exams, stress, tension headaches, depression, and difficult friends soon. Consider yourself lucky, and prepare for the worst. 

You'll get over the guy who you're sure you're going to marry
So you know that guy you've been pining over for 4 years, that you're convinced you're going to marry? You know every single detail about him, from his birthday to his best friends pet hamsters name... it's just sad. Anyway, as soon as you get over him, he's going to ask you out, and you're going to reject him. But that's okay, cos you guys are going to end up being total bestos. Love him!

lessons I learnt from the break up

Sunday, 24 January 2016

So, it's coming up for 2 months since my ex called things off with me and ended our relationship. While it's been a tough and confusing time for me over these couple of months, I've learnt a lot from it, and I've started to notice things about the world that I didn't notice before; good things.

1. My friends are incredible
This was especially true in the first month after the break up, where to say I was a train wreck of emotions would be putting it lightly. Yet they carried through what was one of the hardest months of my life, without even one complaint. They bought me cake the day after we broke up, which we ate together, spoons in hand demolishing it until there was nothing left. They held me as I cried again and again and again. They responded to my 3am messages asking for help, with sincere love. My friends have always been there for me, but it has been in this period of time where I really grew to appreciate everything they do for me. They honestly deserve all the best things in life. 

2. I am strong
There's this quote that I've written down ages ago that says "As bad as it was, I learned something about myself; that I could go through something like that and survive", and you know what? It has never been so true as it is now. Being honest, it hurt. It hurt a heck of a lot, but I have endured. I'm not the same person as I was when I entered the relationship, but I have grown from it, and I have become stronger. I have endured, and I am still standing here, ready for the obstacles that life is inevitably going to throw at me. 

3. The relationships that don't last, prepare you for the ones that do
"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, yet rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty"
Just as people will overlook what the butterfly was before it was cocooned, so too do they look past the trail of heartbreak and lost love that leads to a relationship in which two people truly love and appreciate each other. I loved him. I loved him, and I lost him, and I can stand here and say (or sit here and type...) that I am better for it. I will love again, wiser, happier, and infinitely grateful for the relationships I had before, because they are lighting the way to a relationship that ultimately, I hope will last as long as I -or they- live. 

4. Distance doesn't lie
As some may know, and some may not, he lived approximately 145 miles away from me, which is a 3 hour bus journey, plus travelling to and from the bus station. And I know for a fact that the distance put a bit of a strain on our relationship; a strain that probably wouldn't have been there if not for the miles that separated us. I'm sure I'm not the first one to say that long distance relationships are harder than most other relationships, but I actually want to say more than just that. See, maybe he and I would have lasted longer if he lived nearer, but at the end of the day, if it wasn't meant to be, it wasn't meant to be, and that's just something that I need to accept. Distance sometimes lets you know who's worth keeping and who's worth fighting for, and in this instance, it showed me who is better of as a friend, rather than a boyfriend.

What lessons have you learnt through breakups? 

Adios, xo

5 blogging tips I live by

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Blogging is a very time consuming thing, and it takes a lot of dedication, as I'm sure most of you reading this post will already know. You need to be able to stick to a schedule for posting articles on your blog, while also juggling social media, and interacting with other bloggers. When I started blogging, being organised was one of the things I struggled with the most, but over time I reckon I've improved quite a bit. I'm no blogging expert, but here are a few of my top tips;

Schedule your blog posts
I always schedule my blog posts a few weeks in advance. This is such a great thing to do, as it means that if anything ever comes up that sets me back, I'll know that I have at least 2 weeks until I need to create new blog content. It also takes away a lot of the stress/pressure of blogging, and makes the experience much more chill.

Write posts in bulk
Much like scheduling your blog posts, writing posts in bulk means that if you're busy or if something comes up that stops you from writing a post that week, you'll have backup posts. It can sometimes be tough trying to write tons of posts at once, so take it easy, but maybe the next time you go to write one post, write two or three. Your future self will thank you for it!

Use a diary/blogging planner
I have two great planners; one for reminding myself when I've scheduled posts for, and another for all the little behind the scenes activities I need to do in order to keep my blog running to its full potential. I find that using a planner has been really helpful to me for keeping on top of things, and avoiding feeling overwhelmed.

Have a notebook dedicated to blog post ideas
It's really important that you keep track of all your ideas and initiatives, as they can be a great bank to fall back on when you're facing bloggers block. I have two notebooks dedicated to my blog; one containing all my ideas, and another containing my blogging to-do list. It's such a great help to keep organised and ready!

Have some generic images set aside (desk photos that can be used for any kind of post)
This is another really important tip, which I honestly swear by. Just like I write posts in bulk, I also take photos and edit them in bulk. Just last month my camera broke (some kind of problem with the lens...) so I am soo relieved that I have about 20 photos that can be used for any kind of post, which should do me until I either get my camera fixed, or find a replacement. 

Walk on water or drown

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Stress, anxiety, pressure. Pressure from myself, from home, from school. I don’t just want to do well; I need to do well. Stress, anxiety, pressure. Fear of failure. Stress, anxiety, pressure. They don’t understand. Stress, anxiety, pressure. Keep breathing.

It doesn't help, this constant panicking, it just swallows your joy and your peace until you’re drowning. Drowning so deep that you can’t cope, all you can do is gasp as you inhale more panic from everything around you. There had been a time that I enjoyed school, just as there was a time that I loved swimming. But things change, and circumstance and experience changed me. 

The period of time in the lead up to exams, when they loomed above my head -threatening to break me- was the worst form of torture. Add to that finding out that I had four weeks to prepare for a one and a half minute speech about health –in French nonetheless- and I had the perfect recipe for disaster.

 I practised for hours on end.

Memorise, memorise, memorise.

I was so afraid of messing up, that I made sure I knew my script inside out. That didn't stop the fear. On the dreaded day, my friend Emma came out of the room with a wavering smile. “I think I rushed too much” she said, “I was too shaky. She started asking things I wasn't ready for. Don’t worry, you’ll do fine”

It was my turn next. I walked into the room with my notes, only to exit it almost immediately in a mess of tears and panic.

I had blanked out.

I had freaked out. My worst nightmare had become reality. And even though I got another chance, in which I got an A grade, the memory still haunts me. Last week the date for the higher French speaking was announced. What if I slip up again? I now have four weeks to hope for the best and prepare for the worst. At least now I know what I’ll be facing.

Wind back a few weeks, and you would have found me sitting at the back of a national 5 English class, anxiously awaiting my prelim results.

“Sara Moffat”.

I remember rising from my seat as soon as my name was called. I looked at the paper, and my heart sank. I got a C. “It was close to being a D” the teacher told me, as I nervously bit down on my lip. “You need to work harder”. I felt as if my whole world was crumbling to its knees. What would I do? How could I possibly raise a C grade in English to an A- in 5 months!

“You need to work harder” Her voice rang in my mind that night as I lay sleeplessly, over examining my failure. It was that night that it dawned on me. And in those five months, I worked harder than I ever had before.

School days were no longer six and a half hours, they became nine hours long. Weekends were no longer times of rest and pleasure; they became opportunities for growth and learning. I lifted myself up, and when I got my results, I was pleased. While I believe in chance, miracles and luck, these things did not bring me the A grade in national 5 English. Nor did stress, anxiety, or pressure. No, it was hard work, perseverance, and determination. 

The months spent suffering from the worst stress, anxiety and pressure, were awful. But eventually, as with all things, they ended. I let my hair down, and for a time, I forgot all about the exams, and I forgot to worry about the grades that I would get. For a time, I was free. That time didn’t last very long.

On the last week of the summer holidays, I encountered life in a way I never had before; on mission. Through Step out, I was sent to Broughty Baptist Church, to lead, and to serve. It was hard work, but as part of a team of five, we learnt that perseverance and determination were our closest friends.

Before I left to go on mission, I made my Mum promise that she wouldn’t open the letter containing my results that was to come through the door while I was away. But once I got to Broughty Ferry, I regretted that decision.

On the night before the results were to come, I lay awake at 1am, drowning in a pool of stress, anxiety and panic. I had completely forgotten all about the hard work, perseverance and determination; in that moment, they were nothing.

At 2am, I decided it was time for me to call my Mum, and the next day she agreed to text me my results. As soon as I had called my mum, I called my church leader from back home; Lynn. We talked for several hours, and we prayed together. I would be lying if I told you that after talking and praying together all my problems drifted away; of course they didn’t. But it calmed me, and I felt a supernatural healing within my heart, an out worldly peace as I relaxed in the knowledge that I didn’t have to be in control- God had already taken the wheel. I received the type of comfort that only a perfect father could offer, and that night I realised that if I tried to go too deep on my own, I was certain to drown. But if I tackled my problems head on with a sense of determination and trust that God wouldn’t let me down, I too could walk on the water. 

I almost drowned once, when I was about 9 or 10 years old. I haven’t been swimming since. And just as the water scared me, so too do exams. Last year I almost drowned under the pressure I put on myself. I collapsed. I became a shell of stress, anxiety, and panic. School did that to me. 

Now, looking back I can see the places where I tripped and fell head first; the places where, if I tackled them with hard work, perseverance and determination, I wouldn’t have fallen. Now, I know what to expect, and I know that I need to have the right attitude about it. I can’t do it on my own. And in the knowledge that I have a God who is in control, I’m determined that this time I won’t drown. I will walk on water.

Why it's absolutely essential that you take time out

Saturday, 9 January 2016

"Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges. So relax"

One of my favourite things to do when I'm angry or frustrated is playing my guitar. I love how when I put all my attention to the chords and strumming pattern, the world seems to slip out of focus. When I'm playing guitar, my problems don't seem smaller; they simply don't exist. According to one of my favourite books Calm by Michael Acton Smith, playing an instrument is a form of meditation, so it's no surprise that I feel so much calmer after half an hour of strumming away.

I often find that after taking a break my mind is much more open to new ideas, and my creativity levels seem to be higher than previously. This is no coincidence. If you push yourself too hard, you're eventually going to burn out, so it's extremely important that you allow yourself the time to relax. Not only this, but research evidence strongly suggests that you produce your best work when you've had time to take a break. You're more productive on a Monday -even thought I'm pretty sure 90% of you won't feel like it- because you've had the weekend to recharge your batteries. 

Here are some ideas of how you could take time out to relax:

♥ Light some candles and have a long soak in a bath

♥ Try meditation. I would strongly recommend using the Calm app.

♥ Spend time in nature

♥ Go for a walk

♥ Try cloud gazing

♥ Read a book

♥ Make a mind jar

♥ Doodle/Colour in

What do you do to make yourself feel more relaxed?

Adios, xo
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