June goals

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

 I don't know about you all, but I absolutely love June. It's such a wonderful month, that's full of summer vibes and happy thoughts. I'm really looking forward to my week in Galashiels, as well as lounging about and enjoying my post-exam, pre-university bliss!

1. Meet 5 new people
I love meeting new people, but I don't often put myself in situations where I am likely to chat with people that I don't know. This month, I want to consciously put an effort into putting myself out there, and being open to making new friends,especially as I go out to Galashiels with my team to lead a kids and youth club.

2. Lose Weight
With my holiday away to Poland with my closest friend Katie looming, I really want to get back into shape. This entails a strict diet, as well as a heapload of exercise. The gym is going to become my second home with the amount of time I aim to spend at it this month!

3. Stop spending
This is something I feel like I haven't really talked about a lot on here, but ever since I've gotten my new job (which was meant to be for saving up for university, mind you) I've gotten into the habit of spending all my money before my next paycheck even comes in. This is a really nasty habit, and it's definitely not one that I want to continue into my later life, so I'm going to be working hard this month to break that cycle, and actually start saving up.

4. Cook more
Although I don't plan to move out for my first year of university, I am hoping to meet a bunch of people to eventually move out with when I'm ready. And when the time comes for me to leave the nest, I'm going to need to know how to fend for myself... I can't just live off of free student cheeseburgers from McDonalds, and penne.

5. Keep posting regularly
You may or may not have noticed, but lately I've been uploading posts almost every day, which I've really enjoyed. I hope to keep this up, so I'm going to be writing a lot of draft posts this month to keep in case of busy periods where I might not have the time to sit down for an hour and write up a post, as well as taking photos and editing.

What are your goals for this month?

50 prop ideas for the best photos

Monday, 30 May 2016

1. Makeup brushes

2. Lipsticks

3. Nail varnish

4. Lash Curlers

5. Jewellery

6. Watches

7. Sunglasses

8. Pens/pencils

9. Diaries/notebooks

10. ornaments

11. Glasses

12. Calanders

13. Coloured paper or card

14. post it notes

15. laptop

16. Clipboard

17. Flowers

18. Phone/tablet

19. earphones

20. Phone case

21. Camera

22. Polaroids

23. Postcards

24. Glitter

25. Confetti

26. sequins

27. Fairy lights

28. Books

29. Candles

30. Magazines

31. prints

32. sweets

33. mugs

34. cupcakes

35. muffins

36. Shells

37. washi tape

38. clothes

39. handbags

40. bath bombs

41. perfume

42. letters and envelopes

43. indoor plants

44. coffee cups

45. hand cream

46. broaches

47. fruit

48. smoothies

49. bottled drinks

50. shoes

Positivity Posts from the Past

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Yesterday, I compiled and published a post on ideas of posts for the Positivity Project. I think it's really important that us bloggers all ensure that we are sending out an uplifting message to our readers, to help them form a positive mindset.

Today, I thought it would be a good idea for me to link you back to some of the posts I have published in the past which have a positive message, whether it's underlying or obvious. I hope this is helpful to you all, especially if you're thinking about participating in the Positivity Challenge!

The first ever "5 Happy thoughts" post
5 Happy Thoughts -recap

40 ways to take a break

Thursday Thoughts #1
Thursday Thoughts #2
Thursday Thoughts #3
Thursday Thoughts #4

15 things I CAN do

Calm the mind change the world

100 things that make me feel good

The change you absolutely NEED to make

Dear friend, when you want to give up

Why you NEED to use your anger as motivation

Always hope and always dream

Be more thankful

Dear friend, you are important in ways unimaginable

Becoming your own hero #1
Becoming your own hero #2
Becoming your own hero #3

This Sunday I'm grateful for...

The Positivity Project: A Positivity Post for every day in June (And more)

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Hey there sweethearts! So most of you will remember way back in January I did a positivity project, in which every day I published one or two posts that somehow linked in to the theme of positivity/motivation. Well, that was some time ago, and I want to challenge you all to take up the same challenge- for June. Below are 50 post titles that you could use or adapt in any way you like. 

1. The best advice my life has given me
2. Wisdom gained so far this year

3. My hopes and fears

4. The A-Z happy list

5. 5 things that motivate me

6. 50 things that make me happy

7. How to let go of negative thoughts

8. Let's stop comparing ourselves to others

9. Music Matters to Me

10. Time to Detox

11. 5 reasons why you're amazing

12. 9 motivating phone wallpapers

13. The positivity diaries

14. When you need to take a break

15. Dear friend, when you want to give up

16. Dear friend, when you are your own worst enemy

17. Dear friend, when it feels like the world is against you

18. Dear friend, when you lack motivation

19. Dear friend, when things are going good

20. Inspiring mid week pins

21. My top 10 motivational quotes

22. Why failing isn't always a bad thing

23. 20 ways to spread a little joy

24. 10 things that inspire me

25. Appreciating the little things

26. 10 blog posts that inspire me

27. 10 things you should do for yourself

28. Simple ways to improve your mood

29. 5 little reminders

30. Lessons I've learnt from...

31. Becoming your own hero

32. 10 things I'd tell my younger self

33. 20 uplifting quotes for hard times

34. Dear friend, stay alive

35. Lessons I learned from the break up

36. The love yourself challenge

37. You are important in ways unimaginable

38. Becoming more thankful

39. Walk on water or drown

40. Always hope and always dream

41. When you feel like you've let everyone down

42. Why you NEED to use your anger as motivation

43. 6 steps to guaranteed success 

44. The change you absolutely NEED to make

45. The positivity playlist

46. 5 reasons to have happy thoughts

47. "But I won't make a difference"

48. Calm the mind, change the world

49. 15 things you CAN do

50. 15 things that make me smile

I hope these were helpful! Please let me know if you take up the positivity project, and come back tomorrow as I dive into the positivity posts from the past.

Motivating yourself to get things done

Friday, 27 May 2016

I'm one of those people who find it so easy to get swept up in all these awesome ideas and visions, but who, when it gets down to the nitty gritty of things, has a complete lack of motivation. This usually results in me giving up, but there are some situations where giving up is simply not an option... and I don't really want to be one of those people who give up all the time. 

I've tried and tested a number of methods of increasing my motivation, some which have worked, and some which haven't. But when I was planning this post, thinking about the different things that really boost my motivation, my mind drifted to my studies of business management...

Let me explain. 

In business, there are a number of motivators that managers have to take into account in order to get staff to produce their best work. Within the spectrum of different motivators, there are two basic classes; financial, and non-financial. For the purpose of this post, I want you to think of the two different classes as this; material, and non-material. Material motivators are all to do with the rewards you get for working, i.e. what you get, whereas non-material motivators are all about the work itself.

Motivator 1. - Piece rate

Piece rate is a material (traditionally financial) motivator. It's all about linking rewards (or pay) with the amount of work you do. This should encourage you to work harder and therefore have a maximised output.

A student might use this method of motivation by saying that for every half hour of studying they get done, they get a 10 minute break, or for every chapter of a book they read, they earn a packet of sweets. This should work to motivate them to do more studying and more reading, because there's a reward at the end of it.

Motivator 2. - Bonus schemes

A bonus is another form of material motivation. Much like piece rate, bonuses are all about rewarding you for the work you do. However, bonus schemes are normally one-off rewards for exceptional results. The key to a successful bonus is that it is special, and a one off.

A blogger might use this method of motivation by giving themselves the target of doubling their views in 3 months, and then setting themselves a reward of buying themselves an expensive perfume, or booking a spa date with a friend. This bonus should only be accessed if the target is met, and the reward should be something you wouldn't usually have.

Motivator 3. - Group Working

This one is clearly a non-material motivator. It's a pretty self-explanatory method of motivation, so I won't go into too much detail, but I will say this; group working is one of the most effective methods of motivation. For example, if you operate in a team, you are less likely to slack off, because you won't want to let your team members down.

Back to our example of a student, they might decide to make a group project as a part of their studying. By doing this, the student will benefit from shared knowledge, as well as being pushed to really work hard.

Motivator 4. - Job Rotation

Job rotation is all about having flexibility, and being able to complete a number of tasks. It involves switching up the tasks that people to on a regular basis- this could be on a daily, weekly, or monthly cycle. This should keep work fresh and interesting, so that you're not stuck doing one monotonous task over, and over, and over again.

A blogger might use this method of motivation by rotating the tasks they do on a daily basis. So on one day they might take photos, and then the next they might write posts for their blog, and the next they might take time to update their social media accounts.

I really hope you find this post helpful in some way, and that you will be able to use the four motivators I've written about in your day to day life.

How do you motivate yourself?

Thursday thoughts #9

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Hello friends! You'll all know by now that I am a strong campaigner for positive thinking, and living, so it should come as no surprise that today's Thursday thoughts will be focused about Happy thoughts. This week, I want you all to challenge yourselves to take the time to appreciate at least 5 happy things each day.

"So, what if, instead of thinking about saving your whole life, you just think about adding additional good things. One at a time. Just let your pile of good things grow"

I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who constantly finds themselves trying to be their own superhero. The truth is, I don't have superhuman strength, and neither do you. Besides, superhero's save the world, not themselves. 

But what if we changed that?

(Not the superhuman strength bit, you baboon, that's more than likely to stay the same)

What if rather than focusing on the enormously big picture, and trying to take away every imperfection, and struggle, and problem, and addiction, and fear, we focused on appreciating every. Single. Good. Thing.

It's all about being grateful for the good things in life, really. Opening up your eyes to the little bursts of magic that occur in your life can lead to you adopting a whole new, healthier attitude towards life. Having such an attitude will mean that when you do come into contact with struggles, imperfection, problems, addictions and fears, you'll be ready to combat them, rather than drown within them.

Sound good?

It does, doesn't it. It sounds like a simple way to a stress free life. Well, that sounds all nice, airy and lovely, but if that's all you think there is to it, you're missing out on something- and if you're feeling a bit sceptical as you read this post, you have every reason to be. Just bear with me, alright? I promise I'll show you exactly how 'simple' (or not) the process of adding additional good things really is.

First things first, you're going to need to be able to persevere. You're going to face a lot of obstacles, and when you're pushing and shoving but nothing is giving, you're going to feel like the road to positivity is a hopeless one. It's not; you just need to keep going. At the end of the day, something's gotta give.

You're also going to need to stop holding yourself back. If you're in a situation which isn't doing you any good, it's up to you to identify it, and let go of it. If you aren't truly happy with something, you need to make a change. That could mean letting go of a toxic relationship or friendship, or working towards eliminating a bad habit. It's not going to be easy, but it's important that you make the changes that you need to make in order to be able to appreciate the good things.

I also want to advise you to make sure you don't get overwhelmed. Life is difficult, and chaotic, and messy, but that's just how it is. If you need to take a break from things, then please do. Take care of yourself; relax, read a book, take a bath... Try to slow your thoughts down so that you can accept the things that are happening in your life -good and bad.

Finally, remember that slip ups are okay. As the quote goes, "Nothing in nature blooms all year". Be patient with yourself; you're only learning. Just because you're on the route to a more positive mindset, doesn't mean that you can't have down days, or days where you can't be arsed with this whole positivity thing, to put it bluntly. It's alright to feel like that sometimes, just don't let these days control your life.

Is that easy enough to remember? Persevere, stop holding yourself back, don't get overwhelmed, and remember that slip ups are okay. Remember to do the '5 happy thoughts a day' challenge this week, and let me know how you get on in the comments below!

15 things I've learnt about myself this year

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

1. That I could fall in love, be hurt, and still survive it

2. That I am actually good at something, and that something is business

3. That I am actually really good at being organised, and planning things

4. That the pain I have gone through over the past few years has made me who I am, and I have learnt so much through it all

5. That I am immensely proud of who I am, my scars included

6. That I am terrible at coping with stress

7. That for the most part, I'm a pretty independent person

8. That I make a delicious creamy salmon pasta. It's my speciality

9. That if I put my all into something, nothing is unachievable

10. That I'm a sucker for binge watching TV

11. That I have Seasonal Affective Disorder, and that doesn't change who I am as a person

12. That when I see something I disagree with, I will not keep quiet about it

13. That I am a proud feminist, and that doesn't make me a man-hater

14. That I actually kind of enjoy studying

15. That I have a brain, and I'm not afraid to use it

10 things to remember

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

1. You are beautiful as yourself, and to change or alter yourself in any way that makes you less of who you truly are, would be to destroy a piece of that beauty

2. Don't bottle everything up, or else you'll explode. Find someone you trust, and talk to them about whatever's bothering you

3. Your words can have an immense impact on someone's life. Use that power, and tell someone how freaking talented they are.

4. The people who matter don't mind, and the people who mind don't matter

5. You are important, and nothing anyone says or does can change or take away from that.

6. You deserve a break, so relax, take a bath, and enjoy your life

7. Showing emotion, and even having a little cry, does not make you weak

8. Being there for a friend who's going through a tough patch is one of the most important things you'll do in your life, and it's one of the most special things you can do as a friend

9. If you really want it, you can make it happen

10. Your attitude can make the sun shine on a rainy day

5 Happy Thoughts

Monday, 23 May 2016

1. My paycheck just came in
And thank goodness it did, because I just spent all my money from my last pay... oops? I guess my uni fund is going to be a little bit smaller than I thought it would be, haha. Now I have much more money to spend on new clothes, stationary, and food of course.

2. My Mum gave me a gorgeous pandora bracelet for my graduation present
Did I mention I graduated? Well I did, lol. I'm never ever going to have to go back to school again after my final exam on the 1st of June. Woah. Anyways, I absolutely adore this beautiful little bracelet, and am so grateful to my parents not only for this gift, but also for putting up with me and my meltdowns all through my school life!

3. I just sent off a bunch of letters
I absolutely love sending letters off to people who don't expect it. I got a load of addresses from my friends from a chat we made on facebook way back in December for secret santa, and wrote a few of them anonymous letters, so I'm looking forward to see what their reaction to it is, and whether or not they'll be able to guess who they're from...

4. I've got everything sorted out for my leavers diner
For those of you who don't know, leavers diner is kind of like the British alternative for prom. My year is going to have our leavers diner at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow, so I'm really excited for it! It's been a lot to organise, but I've finally sorted out my dress, shoes, bag, as well as booking my hair and makeup appointments!

5. I have a new obsession
As some of you might know, back in March I went to see 5sos twice. One of their support acts, Don Broco, really surprised me, and I've fallen deeply in love with their music. In fact, I'm listening to their song 'Nerve' as I write this post right now. 

6 Things Sunday

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Happy Sunday, friends! I hope you're all enjoying some sunshine and warmth, because it's summer! How exciting; it's less than a month until the summer holidays for schools all across Scotland, and tens of thousands (if not more) young people are going to be graduating high school. I'm going to be one of them. It's a bit scary, when I put it like that, but to be honest I'm totally up for the challenge, and excited for the adventures that await on my journey to university life.

6 movies I've watched this week
1. Pitch Perfect 2
2. Unfriended
3. Twilight (#throwback)
4. Focus
5. Hitch
6, If I stay

6 blogs I love

6 Fave Twitter Accounts
1. @AllTimeJack
2. @KatyHumphrey
3. @Dorkfaceblog
4. @outersspaced
6. @Michael5SOS

6 Things I'm obsessed with
1. Blogging
2. 5SOS
3. Phan
4. All Time Low
5. #TheGirlGang
6. Home and away

6 Foods I will never eat
1. Duck
2. Mushrooms
3. Lamb
4. Seaweed
5. Bananas
6. Boiled carrots

6 Things that I love
1. Pretty Picture
2. Gigs
3. Friends
4. Meeting new bloggers
5. Warm beds
6. Music

15 ways to use your notebooks

Saturday, 21 May 2016

I've always loved a good notebook. Over the years, I have stayed loyal to paperchase when looking for a new notebook, but recently I've been discovering a few new sources for beautiful notebooks. Surprisingly, Tk Maxx was one of them.

I'm a sucker for a gorgeous notebook. You could say I have a problem, but I'd prefer it if you called it a passion... if I see a beautiful notebook, I am compelled to buy it.

That means that I end up with a ton of empty notebooks, just waiting for me to use them.

Today, when I opened up my list book (a notebook in which I document all my lists), I noticed that todays list was 15 ways to use notebooks, and thought that this just might be something worth sharing.

Here are 15 ways that you can use your notebooks;

1. Document all your dreams

2. Set goals for yourself

3. Start a diary

4. Note what you spend

5. Write down things to be thankful for

6. Collect recipes

7. Make lists about your favourites

8. Write about something you love every day

9. Write songs or stories

10. Collect poems/lyrics that you love

11. Make a to-do list every day

12. Use it as a diary planner

13. Collect quotes

14. Document your achievements

15. Write one sentance every day

How do you use your notebooks?

How to survive exams: Helpful links roundup

Thursday, 19 May 2016

I feel like exams have been a topic on herelectricocean that has popped up a lot over the last few weeks, with it being exam season in Scottish schools and all. That's why I've composed a roundup of some links that I've written, and some that I've found helpful myself, to get you through this awful period. Best of luck, and happy studying!

From Her electric ocean

From my 'saved' section on bloglovin'

Things I love about living in the UK

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

I've lived in the UK for the duration of my entire life, and while I know I'm great at complaining about this island's every single little fault, (like the weather for example- might I just remind you that it was snowing in April?!) but I do love it dearly. Here are just a few of my favourite things about living in the UK.

The music
I don't know about you, but I'm a huge lover of music, especially live music. One of the great things about living in the UK is that there's almost always some sort of concert near you, and artists usually do tours around the UK alone, where in contrast they might just do a tour of Europe; visiting the capitals of each country per night. Do I even have to mention the festivals? There's such a huge choice, from T in the park, to Download festival, to Radio 1's big weekend, which by the way, is free.

The food
Does the UK even have a national food? If it does I bet it's fish and chips. Even so, we still have millions of cafes, fast food shops, and restaurants, so that no matter where you are, you'll be able to grab a hot meal. This makes road-trips so much more fun. I remember once when I was a kid on a family road trip to Europe, and on our way to the ferry in Essex, we stopped off on this town in the middle of absolutely nowhere, and googled the nearest chippie, which ended up being about 5 minutes away. Absolute bomber.

The tea (and coffee)
Nothing beats a good wee meet up with a bunch of friends over tea and coffee at your local cafe, or a sit down after diner with a warm cup of tea to settle your stomach. Tea is especially such a typical British thing, but I do love it. Milk and two sugars, please. 

British TV shows
You know, the underrated box sets that are sitting on Channel 4 catch up waiting to be binge watched? Some of my favourites include Skins, Misfits, and Fresh meat is a new addition to the list of boxsets that I've watched in under a fortnight. The humour is so British that you just wouldn't get it anywhere else. Not to mention the classic shows, like Britain's got Talent, or the X Factor, which are just about everybody's favourites.

The beaches
From where I live, you can reach two beautiful beach destinations by car in an hour. I don't drive, but that doesn't stop me; I also have the option of taking a two hour bus journey which would take me to multiple different beaches... And damn are they beautiful. Although we don't have a lot of great weather here in the UK, as long as it's dry I'll happily take a day trip to the beach without a lot of effort, and not a lot of people can do that.

On staying calm and focused

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

It's official. Don't panic, but we've hit exam season, and as this post is published, I will be sitting my first exam of the year; higher administration and it. Wish me luck, because I will certainly need it. I know as a fact that I really haven't done enough studying for this subject. I don't really have an excuse, but I can say for sure that this isn't a subject I've really been focusing on, especially with my advanced higher business exam looming.

Staying focused is one of the biggest battles I face when studying. I find myself so easily distracted, that by the time I've seen the latest episode of home and away, lined up all my snacks and drinks, and set my books out, (as well as checking my phone multiple times, and uploading '#studying' snaps on my story) I've wasted about half of my allocated study time. 

Staying calm obviously has a huge impact on my ability to focus, and I'm sure the same can be said for most -if not all- of you reading this post. If you're feeling anxious or agitated, it's probably best that you try to sort that out, or you're likely to find your focus dwindle significantly. The question is, of course, how

Now, I'm almost certain that if you type 'how to stay calm' into the google search bar (or words to that effect) that you'll find yourself scrolling through masses of self-help guides, and I've seen plenty of posts specifically written about how to survive the exam season so I'm not going to do that today. 

I've already written a few posts to do with exam stress, organisation, and tips ect. so if you have a little scroll through her electric ocean I'm sure you'll find something helpful. I'm going to be posting a round up of helpful links for exam time too, so keep a look out for that.

Today, I want to encourage you, and let you know that it is possible. I've been through national 5's, and highers, and this year I've been studying advanced higher business management. I know how stressful this period of time can be; I've been there, gone through the sleepless nights, and the days full of mental breakdowns. 

On the days I felt like I was on the verge of a breakdown, I learnt that hot baths, cups of teas, candles, and chats with my Dad were the things that helped calm me down the most. Whenever I was studying, I found that having an acoustic playlist on in the background, while I did past papers in the library was the best way for me to avoid distractions. It's different for everyone, but these were the things I feel had most effective results. 

I want to wish you all the best of luck with your exams, and please know that whatever grades you get on results day, that you did what you could, and that in itself is a great achievement.

How do you stay calm and focused during exam season?

10 Quotes for Monday

Monday, 16 May 2016

I bought this lovely postcard from paperchase about a month ago, along with a few other bits and bobs. I'm a big stationary/homeware lover, so paperchase is just about my favourite shop... It's fair to say that I spend quite a fair amount (of time and money) in there, seeing as I'm £9 off of my £5 free treat via. my treat me paperchase loyalty card... soon, my friends... soon...

♥ Sometimes you just need to throw on a crown and remind them who they're dealing with

♥ Sometimes when things are falling apart, they are actually falling into place

♥ If ever you should have an epiphany, latch on to it, no matter how small or large it is, and try to make it happen. You might make a fool of yourself, but it's better to make a fool of yourself than to spend your life jealous of  the fools

♥ When you take risks, you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important

♥ Your current situation doesn't have to be your destination

♥ If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams, and you will always look lovely

♥ We kill all the caterpillars, and then wonder why there are no butterflies

♥ Whatever we let in (good, or bad) will be what flows out of our hearts and into our lives

♥ Not all wounds are so visible. Walk gently in the lives of others

♥ To remember we are mortal means to live one day at a time

This Sunday I'm grateful for...

Sunday, 15 May 2016

♥ Hebrews 4:1-7

♥ My CD player. I still love buying new CD's and listening to them the 'old school' 2000's way

♥ Authors, who are incredibly gifted. Lately I've been getting back into the habit of reading, and I'm starting to really appreciate how much time and effort and skill goes into the creation of a book.

♥ My friends who can drive

♥ Paperchase stationary for helping me stay organised

♥ Ice cream

♥ My job, which pays

♥ Coffee. All the coffee.

♥ People who understand, and support you no matter what

♥ My superhero parents

♥ Chats with bloggers I've met through #TheGirlGang

♥ Getting a chance to carry on filling in my colouring in book

♥ Cute motivational quotes 

♥ Tacos

♥ Etsy

♥ The people who encourage me

♥ Bloggers who post bloggers tips exactly when I need them the most

♥ Great advice

♥ People who are full of love and joy

♥ Sunflowers

♥ My little brother, for always cheering me up

5 of my favourite TED talks

A few days ago, one of my good friends introduced me to the world of TED talks. I'm not going to lie... before he told me about them I was blind to their existence. While this friend of mine was trying to get me into watching the TED talks about crime and such, I found my own favourite niche of TED talks; the ones about love, and the ones about motivation. I suppose in some ways that reflects a lot of what I write about on here.

Over the past few days, I've watched quite a number of TED talks, and have come to the conclusion that from all of the talks I've watched and thought over, I have 5 favourites. And here they are...

25 lifestyle post ideas

Friday, 13 May 2016

I've written a lot of 'post idea' themed content in the past, and they've been some of my most popular posts by far. Some of the best ones so far have been 25 last minute post ideas, and 100 blog post ideas

No matter how organised I am, with my fancy little pocket diaries and rose gold bedroom calender, There always comes a time when I find myself in a rut, completely stuck for ideas and inspiration for the next blog post. I must not be the only one, otherwise these posts would never be as popular as they are now, so at least I know I'm not alone! 

Anyhow, here's some ideas to help motivate and inspire you, happy blogging everyone!

1. Why you shouldn't be ashamed about working hard

2. Stop shaming people for being happy

3. Be whoever the hell you want to be

4. My high hopes for May

5. 10 of the best *insert topic or channel* documentaries

6. Ten reasons why I am actually great

7. How I stay organised

8. 50 page ideas for your bullet journal

9. 9 Things I wish I was told when I started blogging

10. Thoughts on outgrowing friendships

11. 5 good things

12. My blogging process

13. Where I seek motivation

14. 21 reasons to smile 

15. I am stronger than I thought I was... and here's why

16. For the days you feel uninspired

17. What I wish you knew about blogging

18. Honey, I love Homeware Hauls

19. top 10 inspirational bloggers

20. My top 5 summer purchases

21. 10 things that make me basic

22. 10 things I'd tell my younger self

23. The songs I listen to when I'm stressed

24. Woman Crush Wednesday

25. An open letter to new bloggers

A day at the beach

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Yesterday I had an incredible little adventure.

My two friends Nikki and Nasseem took a trip to the beach, and met up with one of my long time good friends. The journey was long (2+ hours on a bus!) and while the weather wasn't perfection it was bliss. I mean, it was warm enough for me to be brave enough to dip my toes in to the water, and then go running in it, and we live in Scotland after all so that's quite an achievement.

I don't have a great deal to write about today, but I have a handful of pictures to share with you, so I hope that makes up for my lack of words, lol. Enjoy!

Thursday Thoughts #8

"Staying positive doesn't mean you don't feel sad or angry sometimes, it just means you keep going on anyway"

The world is such a beautiful metaphor for life. Take the weather, for example. At times it can be absolutely wonderful and warm, which I love and other people hate, and at other times it can be freezing and snowy, which I hate and other people love. For one person, a situation could be inspiring and life changing, but for another it can tear them apart. Furthermore, as anyone in Scotland will know, the weather changes constantly. One day the sun is burning your skin and the next the wind and rain is howling.

Life is like that too.

Even the happiest, most positive people go through tough times, and get stuck in places where they hate their life. But they don't let that define them. They see the disaster as a challenge- a test of their strength. They look at the storm square in the eyes and say "You were blown my way so that I could become stronger because of you. So I'm going to endure through this storm. I can't make it go away, and I don't want to be happy about it. But there is one thing I can and will do- endure"

But sometimes, even the happiest, most positive people have negative thoughts, and get stuck in places they don't think they'll ever be able to get out of. The difference between a positive person and a negative person isn't that one does and one does not have negative thoughts. It is that the positive person simply doesn't let these thoughts control them. Yes, they have thoughts that tell them that they should give up, but do they? No. They keep pushing forward. I want to challenge you to keep pushing forward. 

It doesn't matter if you're having the time of your life, or feel like this situation you're in right now will be the end of your life. It doesn't matter. Stop holding yourself back- you can be a positive person in a negative situation. Even if that negative situation is your mind. Don't let the negativity define who you are as a person. You are a wonderful creation, a beautiful soul, an intricate and detailed mind and a heart full of love. You are meant for so much more than what your mind tells you. Don't let your mind hold you back from greatness. If you aren't happy, make a change.

And most importantly, stop waiting for that perfect person to come and sweep you off your feet. You don't need to look for the person who you believe will change your life and make you feel okay again. You've already found them, just look in the mirror.

Harness your anger as motivation, and use your sadness as a reason to strive for happiness.

Stay positive.

A few of my favourite quotes...

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

I bloody love me a good bunch of quotes. I've even got a little notebook that I've been filling up with my favourite quotes since I was about 12 or 13 years old. Let's just say that I've passed the 1,000 mark, and still seem to keep adding on to it every so often...

"He's going to be sorry he lost you. So stop worrying. Forget the past- and the pain, and remember what an incredible woman you are"

"Life is like a cup of tea... it's all in how you make it"

"A secret to happiness is letting every situation be what it is, instead of what you think it should be, and then making the best of it"

"If you're searching for that one person who will change your life, take a look in the mirror"

"In order to fly you have to create space in the open air so that your wings can really spread out. It's like a parachute. They only work from a high altitude... To fly, you need to begin taking risks.If you don't, then maybe the best thing is to give up, and keep walking forever"

"Sometimes you just need to throw on a crown and remind them who they're dealing with"

"A flower doesn't think of competing with the flower next to it... it just blooms"

"Sometimes when things are falling apart, they are actually falling into place"

"If ever you should have an epiphany, latch on to it, no matter how small or large the epiphany, and try best to make it happen. You might make a fool of yourself, but it's better to make a fool of yourself than to spend your life jealous of the fools"

"Don't let the fear of unhappiness cripple your pursuit of finding what you believe will make you happy"

"I am not what happened to me. I am who I chose to become"

"The greatest gift you can give someone is your time. Because when you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you will never get back"

"I'll always miss him. But our love is like the wind. I can't see it, but I can feel it"

"Words have the power to change us"

It's okay to...

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Take a break
Whether you're studying from exams, or taking on extra shifts at work, it's important that you remember to take time off from your responsibilities to relax and recharge. It's okay to not be busy all the time, and to take a step back to say that actually, you need some 'me' time.

Treat yourself
I don't know where my money goes, but it always seems to disappear by the time I'm waiting for my next paycheck to come through. But with the money I earn, I know that it's okay to give myself a little reward for all the hard work I've been doing... I've earned that money, so it's definitely alright for me to splurge on that dress I've been eyeing up all month, or go out for the night with a group of friends.

No, it doesn't make you weak. No, it doesn't make you weak. No, it does. Not. Make. You. Weak. Do you get it yet? It's okay to have feelings, and it's certainly okay to show them. Even in public, although you might feel a bit more comfortable crying in the safety of your own home.

Be confident
Nowadays there is so much criticism over people who are perceived as being arrogant. While of course it's important to have a good balance, it's okay to be comfortable in your own skin, and happy with who you are. In fact, I think it's freaking wonderful!

Say no
If you don't want to do something, don't do it. If you don't agree with something, say so. If you're too busy to take on extra work, say no. It's okay to be assertive and set yourself a limit. In fact, it's actually really important that you do, otherwise you could find yourself overloaded with things you don't want to do, or a list of things that you can't do.

10 Petite Joys

Monday, 9 May 2016

It can be so easy to get tangled up in a web of negativity, and forget to appreciate all the little things that just add that perfect amount of sugar and sweetness into your life. I know I do this all the time, and I find it really hard to force myself to be more aware of it, so that I can really drink in all the petite joys, i.e. the little things that make me smile.

1. Going on a walk with the sun on your back

2. Waking up, and being able to stay in bed that little bit longer

3. Getting absorbed in a book

4. When your drink has reached the ideal drinking temperature

5. Getting home after a long day of shopping

6. Fridays, because well, Fridays.

7. Having a completely free weekend all to yourself

8. Getting into a brand new TV show

9. When high street shops start selling their summer collection

10. When a package arrives at your door

What are the small things that you love?

How to survive the week

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Happy Sunday, lovely! Ah, I love the weekends so much. No matter how busy or boring, they're always just exactly what I need to recover from the week. It's such a good feeling switching off the alarm on Friday night, for a long lie on the Saturday morning. However, on Monday morning the harsh reality kicks in; you need to go to school/work. Sometimes the week can go by at a super speed, but the weeks where every day drags on, and on, and on, can be really disheartening.

During the weekend
You can make your week easier, by doing some simple but effective things during your weekend. First off, do all the housework. By doing the dishes, clothes washing and ironing, decluttering, dusting ect. gradually over the weekend, you'll have much less to do during the week. I know you want your weekend to be a relaxing break -trust me, so do I- but the last thing you want after a stressful day at work is to come home to a untidy house with a stack of dishes waiting to be washed.

Have a bath every Friday. This gives you something to look forward to during the week, and can be really good to force you to relax and rewind after a busy week. Take your time, and put on some nice relaxing music to get you in the mood.

Unless you work during the weekend, or are expecting an important email from work, detach completely from everything work-related. It's so important that you have a proper chance to completely switch off from work, and you truly need the time to relax and look after yourself. You're not going to be able to properly recharge if you're constantly stressing out and checking your work emails.

On the dreaded Monday morning
Put an alarm on 20 minutes early on the Monday from your usual time, so that you can wake up and then have enough time to snooze, or wake up slowly. This will give you enough time to adjust back into the routine of early mornings and actually having to go to work.

Make yourself a morning coffee, even if you don't usually have one, and make sure you have a nutricious breakfast. You're going to be needing that coffee to give you the energy to get through the morning, and nutrition in the morning is always a good idea. Actually, nutrition is always a good idea. Full stop. Period.

During the week days
Make sure you eat your meals away from the desk, and preferably away from the office environment. It's really recommended to go out for lunch, and personally I love getting a cup of soup and then having a little stroll around, to stretch my legs after sitting in a classroom for however long.

In the evenings, create a to-do list, or a priorities list, for the next day. This will help you put into perspective the amount of work you have to do, so that you can start on what's most important as soon as you get into work. This should increase your productivity, which is always motivating!

Reward yourself! If you're having a tough day, or you've achieved something, make sure you give yourself the recognition you deserve for getting through it or achieving it. You're a wonderful person and you deserve a little treat here and there.

What are your tips for surviving the week?
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