15 Thoughts every Blogger has

Saturday, 30 July 2016

So I've been around the block for quite some time now, so I would like to think that I know a thing or two about blogging. Thing is, what I would like to think, and what the truth is, isn't always parallel. Ah well, a girl can dream.

What I know for certain, is that after an average year of blogging seriously (My previous years don't count... not really) I know how it feels to be a blogger. I have experience, and I know the highs and the lows. So theoretically, I know the insides of a bloggers mind, and so I know the kind of thoughts a blogger has...

At least, I know the blog-related thoughts that I have. Yolo.

1. Am I too chatty in my posts? Should I be more professional, or is being chatty okay? It's not like I write of some fancy magazine, but then again how am I going to be taken seriously if I write posts in the style of a 12 year old texting her friends

2. I don't have enough blogger friends. Look, that blogger has lots of contacts in the bloggerspere. I'll never have as many friends like her. 

3. I never get invited to events. Maybe I'm not good enough for blogger events. I need contacts to invite me to an event, but I don't have any contacts- ugh

4. Oooh look at that, it's so cute. It's completely useless, but it's so aesthetically pleasing. I love it, but I don't need it. No, no- I do need it. It's for my blog, for photos. I need it. I'm buying it.

5. I could start writing up the post that's due to be uploaded for this Saturday, but then again, there is that TV show that I really want to watch...


7. Okay, chill. I need to be super careful not to spill this fresh cup of coffee all over my laptop, or my pristine white desk. Ahhhhh, caffeine. 

8. Aww I love that cute selfie I took the other day, I really want to upload it onto instagram. Aw but wait, it'll completely ruin my theme... Ah well, I'll put it up on twitter instead.

9. Wait a second, where did all my money go? I'm sure I didn't spend that much on photo props... Surely not...

10. I really need a holiday. Where is nice for a holiday, and within my budget too? I've heard a lot of good things about this place, lot's of bloggers have been here and it looked so pretty in the pictures... OH WELL CRAP NOPE THAT'S EXPENSIVE. Maybe I'll go to visit a few friends up north this summer. 

11. I'm really tired, I should probably go to sleep early tonight. Ah, but what about that TV show, and look that blogger just uploaded a new post, and this girl just popped up to me, I can't just ignore her.

12. My lunch looks so cute today. Should I take a picture with my camera or my phone? Will it look good if I put this filter on it, and maybe adjust the brightness a bit, and then maybe I could just change the exposure a little, and adjust the white balance... 

13. Nobody reads my blog. My blog is so stupid, what's the point in blogging. Look at how many views and comments she's got, I wish I was that good.

14. Oh my goodness, I should write a post about that. Wait, this post sounds really whiney and negative, let's put a positive spin on it. Yeah, that's better. A bit cheesy, but at least it ends on a happy note, right?

15. I really like writing list posts, but how many consecutive list posts is too many list posts? Maybe I should stop writing list posts for a while. But list posts are so easy and fun to write...

10 things I've learnt from Zoella

Thursday, 28 July 2016

I've never been a HUGE fan of Zoella, but I've always casually followed her, and really enjoy watching the videos from her main youtube channel- as well as her vlogs. Over the past few years I've picked up a few bits and bobs from her, and through watching her youtube videos I've actually learnt quite a few new things. Here's just 10 of the things Zoella has taught me...

1. How to achieve the perfect bronzed summer glow makeup look

2. That aesthetically pleasing healthy food is just as appealing as a packet of doritos  

3. That drug store dupes are actually pretty darn good sometimes

4. But that at the end of the day, too faced pallets are unbeatable

5. How to curl my hair into perfect bouncy natural looking waves that perfectly frame my face

6. A whole lot about puppies and pugs, like the fact that pugs have a lot of dietary requirements and don't shed a lot of hair in summer

7. How to plait my hair into a cute little milkmaid braid

8. That while there's nothing bad with spending a lot of time on makeup, it's important that you're comfortable in your own skin enough to go out with minimal (if any) makeup

9. To appreciate my friends, to invest in my relationships with them and stay loyal to them.

10. To buy that statement 80's barbie top (or whatever you want to buy) even if the world thinks it looks bonkers, because if you love it then you'll enjoy wearing it, and you'll probably still look good

5 happy things

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

1. Shopping makes me happy
 I've been on a few summer shopping sprees lately, and bought a few really gorgeous pieces. I can't wait to try on my new outfits and put my lush new bikini to good use...

2. I'm going to Poland!
On the 18th of August, I will be flying to Poland with my best friend, as I embark on my first holiday abroad without my parents... eek! We're going to be staying at this cute little hotel where every room is designed to display different cultures, for example there's a African room, a Spanish room, ect. which is so exciting! 

3. I've been putting effort into my appearance
Making myself look pretty has always boosted my confidence, and brought me so much joy. I know it might be contraversial to say this, but taking the time to do my makeup and curl my hair just makes me happy. I feel more beautiful, and I feel more like myself. In short, it makes me feel GOOD.

4. I'm going to Edinburgh
This ones a bit closer to home than Poland, but next week I've planned to go off to Edinburgh to see a friend  who lives down in the borders. Edinburgh is his closest city, at a 1 and a half hour bus journey, and is a perfect midway point for us so it's great! I'm looking forward to introducing him to his first ever starbucks... (I know, how does he even live)

5. I've been watching zoella's vlog
And while her lifestyle is so completely #goals that it makes me insanely jealous, I've actually really enjoyed watching her vlog. I'm an inherently nosy person so I love getting an insight into her life. I would love if there was some kind of reality TV show about her and Alfie's life (among other youtubers, of course) that opens up more about them, but they do need their privacy- unlike the Kardashians...

10 confessions of a shopping addict

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

1. If I stop myself from buying clothes and "extras" I'll just end up buying more food, and spending my money on other things

2. Sometimes I look at my balance, and have no clue what I've actually bought

3. I genuinely get so sucked in to what youtubers buy, especially Zoella's shopping hauls... They just make me want everything she has

4. If I buy a bag, I need to buy shoes to match it. Oh, and I don't have any jackets to wear with them, so I need to buy that too. And before I know it I've bought a whole outfit when I only intended on buying a bag.

5. Sales don't mean I save money, they often mean I buy more than I usually would because apparently it's "Cheaper"

6. "I'll save next weeks paycheck" is something I say to myself almost routinely 

7. "I need to get out the house" is an excuse I use a lot when shopping. Even if I'm 'getting out the house' every day in the week

8. I think about buying things pretty much every day

9. I get extremely jealous of my friends when they tell me about all the things they've bought lately, which often makes me want to buy a lot more than I usually would

10. I don't think I've ever been into town or a shopping centre and left empty handed. Even if nothing's totally jumped out at me, I still need to buy something.

Don't let love go unspoken

Monday, 25 July 2016

Love is such a wonderful, beautiful, powerful thing. When we love eachother, we show eachother a little glimpse of something bigger and better. Some people -like myself- believe that this is a glimpse of heaven, but whatever you believe it is, I'm sure you can appreciate that it's beautiful.

It's so important that we tell people we love them while we still have the chance. You never know what will happen in the next minute... hour, or day. Anything could happen, and I'm sure you'd rather let these things happen, knowing that your loved ones knew you cherished them. 

When was the last time you hugged your best friend and let her know how much she means to you? Birthdays aren't the only days we're supposed to appreciate our friends. You know, the people who have always been by your side? Surely they deserve more than a present and a cute card once a bloody year. That's one day out of the three hundred and sixty five that they're here for you. 

When was the last time you held your Mum's hand and thanked her for everything she's done for you? Mothers day isn't the only day you should recognise how much your Mum loves and looks after you... and the same goes for your Dad. They've taught you so much, and loved you unconditionally- even when you were a total brat and threw it back in their face.

And what about that boy? Have you ever told him how you truly feel, and how he makes your heart beat faster? Have you ever confessed how his smile makes you feel feelings you didn't even know existed? 

The bottom line is, we don't show or speak enough love... and we really should.

And sure, maybe you'll say some things in love that you'll look back on and regret. But wouldn't you much rather regret things said in love than things send in hate? And at the end of the day, it's so much better to regret what has happened, than to wonder what would. 

One of my favourite quotes writes this much more eloquently than I ever could; "If I've ever learnt anything, it's this; your biggest regrets won't be what you did say, but everything you didn't"

So don't ever let your love for someone go unspoken. If you have love for someone, don't you dare say goodbye without them being certain that you love them. Live life with so much love that you couldn't imagine living any other way.

10 things to post on instagram

Saturday, 23 July 2016

I haven't always been a huge instagram user, but in the past few months I've found myself getting more and more drawn in to the social media app. Lately, if you're wondering what I'm getting up to, the likelihood is that I'll be in my room, wrapped up in a blanket with some crap TV show playing in the background as I scroll endlessly through my feed.

I don't really have an instagram 'theme' as much, although I do keep my pictures light and pretty, just like me. Lol. I really like seeing a variety of different compositions, so I thought I'd share some of my favourite ideas with you, which might just give you a bit of help if you're stuck on inspiration for your next upload.

1. Flowers you see throughout the day, be it in a garden centre, or in your back garden. Or maybe even just on the street as you walk into town.

2. Your diary planner. I might just be a tot nosey, but I rather like seeing how other people use and decorate their diary planners.

3. Stationary is a bit of an obvious one, but I do love seeing some cute stationary, and if I really see something that catches my fancy, I'll probably be on the lookout for my next buy.

4. Lush products. I don't really think a comment is needed for this one, to be honest. Lush just simply wins.

5. Fairy lights are always super pretty, and I love seeing them act as a bit of a border for the main subject

6. One product which can be really fun to photograph is candles, especially in the dark. There's just something so enticing about a pretty little candle. 

7. Selfies of you and your favourite people. Pretty selfies are the envy of just about everyone, including me, and silly selfies are always a good laugh. Stay stunning.

8. Your #ootd. I really enjoy posting a good wee #ootd, especially if I'm feeling body-confident, so I'd really encourage you to do the same, and feel good about it!

9. Coffee is quite a simple, easy thing to photograph, and there's several ways which you can style a coffee-centered insta-pic. Flat lays seem to be pretty popular right now, so why not have a try at that?

10. FOOD, glorious food. The absolute love of all our lives. Whatever you're eating, wherever you are, insta-food pics are always a big hit.

What was your last insta-upload?

10 steps to a genuine smile

Thursday, 21 July 2016

1. Meet up with your friends, and take care of them. Be grateful for the relationships you have now, and the support system you have behind you. Spending time with your true friends will always brighten your day with smiles and laughter.

2. Eat healthily, because when great things go into your body, even greater things will go out of it- like a smile! You'll feel soo much better about yourself too, and you're much less likely to feel bloated.

3. Care less about the things that don't matter, and sort out the things that do.

4. Spend more time outside, in the nature. Enjoy the natural world around you. Go on a walk through a field, or by a beach if you're lucky enough to live near one. Go on a daytrip to the countryside. Appreciate the natural beauty that the world holds.

5. Listen to happy music. Music has so much power, and it can manipulate our feelings to empathise with the lyricist, which is a beautiful yet dangerous things. By listening to happy music with positive messages, you should feel more uplifted and positive yourself.

6. When you wake up, force yourself to smile. Even if you don't feel like it, and even if it's fake. When you get into the habit of smiling more often, you will want to smile more.

7. Seek things that make you happy. Whether that's a hobby, a TV show, or food is up to you. But once you've found that thing, use it to bring you joy.

8. Spend more time around happy people. Happiness is like a virus- it's infectious. The more time you spend around happy people, the more that happiness becomes a part of your own life.

9. Celebrate your strengths. Yeah, you have amazing strengths that you are amazing in your own amazing way. Isn't that something worth celebrating? You should be happy about that! You're incredible! And Needed! By appreciating your own strengths, you'll be able to see yourself in a much more positive light. Smile because you're awesome.

10. Appreciate the little things. So someone told you to have a good day today? That's absolutely lovely so smile, and have a good day. So someone smiled at you? Smile back, and keep that smile on your lips for the rest of the day. So you met up with your friend and had a great time? Hold on to that happiness, and smile.

15 ways to be a unicorn

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Unicorns are real.

What a lovely sentence to start this post with; Unicorns are real. And they are- they aren't Scotland's national animal for no reason, lol. 

I know a unicorn. Her name is Amelia.

You know those unique, precious people, who leave a little trail of glitter wherever they go, and always get you smiling, no matter what? That's her. She always puts other people first, and she has the biggest heart in the world. I don't think there has ever been a day I have spent with Amelia where a smile hasn't crept up on my lips. She has that effect on people... she's a unicorn.

But you know what's even more incredible than Amelia being a unicorn? You can be one too, and here's how...

♥ Spread a little joy

♥ Paint each nail a different colour, just like a rainbow

♥ Embrace every form of creativity

♥ Chase your dreams

♥ Sprinkle kindness everywhere you go

♥ Dye your hair a crazy colour

♥ Buy a happy meal, and mess around with the toys like a little kid

♥ Listen to your heart

♥ Give someone a handmade gift, just for the sake of it

♥ Be confident, even if your knees are shaking

♥ Make sure every outfit you wear is full of colour

♥ Do something to help someone (or a group of people)

♥ Love deeply

♥ Take risks- who ever heard of a unicorn afraid of taking risks?

♥ Stand up and be your own person

My five favourite meals

Pretty much ever since I graduated, I've really gotten into cooking. I've loved the excitement of experiencing new tastes and experimenting with different recipes, and it's been so fun to cook for my family too. 

As much as I love the standard shepherds pie, macaroni cheese, ect. British diet, I've always craved something more than that. I love experiencing different cultures through their cuisine, and find it so fun to cook things for people that they don't expect. Most of my favourite recipes are quite oriental, so you may not be familiar with many of the dishes in this list. However, I would really like to encourage you do try something new and dive into cooking dishes you've never even heard of before.

1. Yaki Soba
So this is a dish I discovered the first time I went to Wagamama's. It's on the Wagamama website, so all credit for the actual recipe in the photos above goes to Wagamama, lol. I would say that it's loosely based around a stir fry, but it's definitely much more aesthetically and stomachly (is that even a word? probs not) pleasing.

2. Onigiri
Onigiri is a Japanese dish, and is also known as rice balls. They're made of white Japanese rice (the sticky kind) and are usually stuffed, formed in a cylinder shape and then wrapped in nori, which is also used in sushi. Onigiri is really similar to sushi, and it's perfect for a little bento box (Japanese lunch box... google it)

3. Creamy salmon pasta
So this one is probably more of a common household dish, lol. I remember the first time I made this for my brother and I when my parents were away... from what I remember it was quite a success then, as it is when I cook it now.

4. Chicken Caeser Salad
MMMMF YES GIVE ME GIVE ME GIVE ME. If ever I'm in doubt of what to have for diner, Chicken Caeser Salad will undoubtedly be what I go for. It's such a safe option when dining out at restaurants too, since it's not a messy food or whatever haha. Definitely a big favourite for me.

5. Dal bhat
When my Dad was working in Nepal, he and my Mum came back one week with a new recipe to share with our family- and so I was introduced to Dal Bhat. This dish has a similar consistency to a thick curry, and the main ingredients is lentil. It's usually served with rice, but could also be eaten with naan bread, or as a side 'sauce' in a meal.

How to clean your makeup brushes (hints and tips)

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Cleaning your brushes is so important. I started cleaning my makeup brushes regularly a few months ago, and I honestly don't know how I ever got by using manky brushes from weeks of different products... especially my gosh foundation brush, which I kinda also use to blend in my contour, highlight, and face/body shimmer. Eek...

Not washing my makeup brushes was awful for my skin as well as just being gross in general, though. I was literally spreading bacteria all over my skin whenever I used 'dirty' brushes, which lead to clogs and breakouts that I didn't even know were a result of my unhygienic makeup routine. 

Thankfully though, I know better now. I hope this post will help those of you who might not be aware of the importance of washing your makeup brushes, and also give some more experienced people a few extra tips!

When I clean my makeup brushes

Every night, before I go to sleep I take out a small face towel that I have designated as my 'makeup towel' and lay it out on a chair in my bedroom, ready for when my brushes are wet and need drying. I wash my brushes in the evening, because I know I won't need them for touching up or whatever overnight. This also means they have plenty of time to dry properly before I need to use them again.

What I use to clean my brushes

I used to always just use soap, and this seems to be the most common 'product' used for washing brushes. However, I recently discovered this absolute #lifehack for soft, healthier brushes. Because a lot of my brushes are made from natural hair, I've found that it actually does wonders for my brushes when I use a shampoo. Head and Shoulders is what I use, but I'm sure other shampoos would work just as well. It really just makes my brushes much more soft and smooth, which is so lovely on my skin when I'm applying makeup!

What I actually do with my brushes

First of all, I'll splash a dot of shampoo on the palm of my left hand.

I then run the bristles of my brush under lukewarm/hot water

Next, I swirl the now wet brush on the palm of my hand into the shampoo until it foams up. At this point evidence of excess product within the brush becomes noticeable.

I then rinse the brush under running water and gently squeeze out any excess product. 

If there's a lot of product within the brushes, I'll repeat the process until my brushes are absolutely clean.

How often do I clean my brushes

I clean the brushes I use the most more frequently than my other brushes. I'll put a rough guide below, but this is probably different for every individual and their makeup habits so don't use it as bible.

GOSH foundation brush - once every one/two days

W7 foundation and concealer brush - once every three/four days

Morphe blusher brush - once a week

Real Techniques fan brush - once a week

Nyx eyeshadow brushes (3) - once a week/ish

Nyx eyebrow brush - once every two/three days

I hope this is useful to you! My hope is that you will have learnt something new from this post, and that you will be able to pass on any new information to your friends! Please remember that hygiene is important, and it's necessary, not optional, to wash your brushes. You wouldn't neglect to wash your hands, so don't neglect to wash your brushes!

20 things to tell yourself on the tough days

Monday, 18 July 2016

 1. Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars

2. Be soft, don't let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Don't let the bitterness steal your sweetness.

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

4. Sometimes when things are falling apart, they are actually falling into place.

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

6. Don't let someone who has done nothing tell you how to do anything
7. If you're still searching for that one person who will change your life... have a look in the mirror

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

9. Every 60 seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you'll never get back

10. A bad day only lasts 24 hours

11. Positive people also have negative thoughts. They just don't let those thoughts control them.

12. If you ever find yourself in thr wrong story, leave.

13. You can't invest in others if you don't invest in yourself.

14. A moment of self compassion can change your day. A string of such moments can change the course of your entire life.

15. You are more than a human being. You are a human becoming.

16. You and I sparkle with a reason, a cause, and a purpose. 

17. Someone, somewhere cares about you and wants you to be alright. 

18. Don't forget that you're human. It's okay to have a melt down. Just don't unpack and live there. Cry it out and then refocus on where you're headed.

19. Nothing gets easy, easy gets nothing

20. Waging war on yourself will not fix the pain someone else caused you

6 on Sunday

Sunday, 17 July 2016

1. I've loved listening to The Hunna a lot lately, and am going to see them in October with 3 of my friends, which will be awesome! Todays number 1 is "She's casual" by The Hunna because it's such a great tune, and is really catchy

2. Number 2 is crunchyroll! This is a great app for streaming anime, a little bit like the anime version of netflix I guess. I've been watching food wars lately, and it's awesome!

3. This one is The Open Bible. It's basically a huge book with a guide on each key theme of the bible, each book of the bible, and a bit more. It's been really great for helping me get more into learning about the Bible which is also awesome!

4. always has great posts and amazing photos on the blog, so it just had to be featured on #4! I love the post they have on ways to boost your energy, it's definitely something I've been needing, lol.

5. Number 5 is my house group leader, Lynn. She's always up for coffee and chats, and has been so supportive of me over the past few years. I love her to pieces, and honestly don't know where I'd be without her.

6. The final feature today is New Look, the shop from which about 70% of my clothes come from. Last week I managed to bag a great playsuit from the sale, for only£5! It's super cute, and really summery so I have no clue why it was so damn cheap... unless it has some tear that I've not seen yet, lol.

5 happy thoughts

Saturday, 16 July 2016

1. Today I got to talk to someone I love. He's like a brother to me, and I adore him. I really treasure our friendship, but we live really far away from eachother and are often busy meaning we don't get to talk that much. I really appreciate him and all he's done for me,even in supporting me when I thought everyone had given up on me. He's such an encouragement to me, and I had a great time chatting with him.

2. I am officially hooked on anime. Thanks to a different friend who let me use his account, I got to start watching food wars last Tuesday, and ever since I've been totally addicted... literally, I can't even get out of bed for breakfast because I'd rather spend that extra 40 minutes watching anime. What even.

3. I get to meet up a bunch of friends that I met at All Time Low this Friday, and I am so buzzed for it! I can't even wait!

4. I've been able to get closer with God in the past few weeks, which has been absolutely wonderful. I love learning more about God through the bible and through hearing people preach, and I've also really enjoyed worshipping him. I really want to devote my life fully to him, and am learning to slowly trust him more and more each day.

5. Last Wednesday I tried making Japanese rice balls (I can't remember what they're actually called) and it worked out really well! My Mum and little brother totally gobbled them up, and I made just enough for them to be filling, but not too much. I really love oriental food too, so it was great fun having a go at cooking it!

A week in the borders

Friday, 15 July 2016

Last week I travelled down to Galashiels, a town on the borders which to me is small, but to everyone there is the cosmopolitan capital of the local area. There I stayed on a farm where an older couple stayed, along with my team of 3 lovely girls.

Over the week we ran kids clubs in the morning at Galashiels Baptist Church, working with volunteers from the church. We had "free" afternoons, which we would use for prepping for the next day... and the odd nap, lol. 

Then around 5pm we would be joined by a couple, or two, who cooked meals and dessert for us. The food was absolutely wonderful, from tortillas to chicken casserole, to lasagna. Take me back, the food was delicious. We had meringues on two seperate occasions, and my friend Emma who was on the team with me had about 6 combined during the whole week. We all teased the heck out of her for it, but she stood her ground somehow, haha.

During the evenings we either run family events, or youth nights. For example, on the Monday we had a family beetle drive, which I initially thought was a physical drive where we went off on a kind of treasure hunt or something. Turns out it's not quite that adventurous, but it's too hard for me to explain so if you're curious, google it. On Tuesday we had a Pizza, pasta and Praise night for the family, where I shared my testimony. It seemed to get a really great response, and a few people approached me afterwards with hugs and encouragement which was really wonderful to me.

We run a number of other activities with the youth throughout the week, such as a BBQ night, a tournament/games night, and a messy games night which were all really successful. The team bonded really well with the youth, and we have all managed to stay in contact which had been great.

The childrens club was also a huge success, and my P1-2 group were absolutely adorable. At the start of one of the sessions, a girl from my group came up to me and gave me a big hug, and handed me a little letter. On it she had drawn a picture of me and her together holding hands, and written "You are the best leader I have had so far love Kayla". It's things like this that really touch my heart, and I know for sure that I will treasure that little letter in my heart. Children are just so wonderful, and they don't even know how much of an encouragement they can be.

20 things I've learnt lately

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Over the past few weeks, I've felt myself pacing through life in a peaceful lull. I am happy, and excited, and I am calm. Nothing terribly bad has happened over the past few weeks, which has been wonderful. I don't want to take this calm season for granted, though. I want to use it to learn more about myself, and the people around me. 

I've already been able to learn a thing or two, which is what I wanted to talk about today. So, here are a few things I've learnt lately...

1. When I'm around children, I become like them. My energy levels go from 0 to 100, and I become a kid again.

2. Time goes by fast, so appreciate every second you have, and don't take the time you have now for granted.

3. In fact, don't take anything for granted, because it could be taken away from you any second

4. The little mermaid is the best Disney movie ever and nothing else can even come close to how awesome it is.

5. As awesome as making new friends is, it's just as important to look after the relationships you already have

6. There is always purpose for our pain

7. And God is able to use our disasters and turn them in to something wonderful

8. Sometimes you can't mend a broken friendship, and it's important that you are able to take a step back, breathe, and start again.

9. Meeting up for coffee and chats is one of those things that you never get sick of.

10. Your room/house  will probably never be truly pintrest worthy. That's okay, take pride in your organised mess.

11. I am an academic idiot, meaning I know things, but it really doesn't show.

12. Road safety is important, even though I couldn't care less. 

13. Sometimes we need to stop pushing on all the pull doors. 

14. It can sometimes be hard to distinguish whether somethings literal or a metaphor. Like number 13. 

15. Mistakes are okay, because you learn from them

16. Older people are awesome, because they have so much life experience which makes them super wise

17. Sometimes something as small as a little letter can brighten someones day

18. Music is one of the most powerful things we have access to

19. Summer isn't summer unless there's blue skies and sunshine

20. You know you miss someone when you message them accidentally, forgetting that they're in another country and won't be able to reply. 


Tuesday, 12 July 2016

I'm listening to Dream catch me by Newton Faulkner right now. It's such a feel good tune, it just makes you want to wack out your guitar and start strumming as you sing at the top of your lungs. Newton Faulkner is quite a wacky band in general, but it's one that I can trust in to cheer me up. I mean, they have a song about a professional dog food taster for goodness sakes, lol.

July has always been one of my favourite months; it's the high of the summer season, where I get to travel the most and enjoy the sunshine- when it comes out. The days are longer, and it's so much easier to meet up with people. This week alone I have gone/will go on 4 coffee dates, a party, and a little drive with a friend. And it's been wonderful.

Today I realised something... I'm happy. And it's not a temporary happiness, either. It's a life fulfilling, evangelical happiness that fills you up and sends you out to spread the happiness with everyone around you. Isn't that beautiful? How when we're filled with happiness, the first thing we want to do is spread it?

There's no way I'll ever be able to truly articulate how fantastic this feeling of being full of happiness is, but I know that some of you reading this will understand. You will know what I'm talking about. You will have felt the bubbles of excitement rising in your chest. You will be sitting there, nodding as I talk about the smile that seems to be permanently plastered on my lips. 

Nothing external can affect this happiness, because it is true happiness. It's internal, and it's my happiness. And I want to share it with all of you, in the hopes that all of you will share it with all of your friends. Can we make a cycle of happiness? Creating a ripple effect,that will bring joy to all corners of the earth? 

Wouldn't that be something incredible?

What's your story?

Monday, 11 July 2016

Ive always considered myself a Christian, I got baptised in February 2012 and I remember afterwards being on a total high. i went around and hugged every single person at my church that was there after the service- my church is quite big so thats a lot of hugs. 

Soon after i went on my youth weekend away, and for the first time in my life, i felt totally open in praying and worshiping. I felt free to raise my hands during worship, and didnt worry about what people thought of me. At the end of one of the worship nights, one of our youth leaders asked if anyone felt the need for prayer, which i felt called to. So i went down and talked and was like "i dont know what i need prayer for, but can you please pray for me" and one of my leaders prayed for me. During the prayer i burst into floods of tears, and another leader joined to pray. Later on my youth asked me if i was okay, and my reply was that i was the happiest ive ever felt and it was good tears. 

For some time this spiritual high carried on and i felt so close to God, and really got involved with the church and saw God work. But then i hit a really difficult season, and started struggling a lot with my confidence and self worth. Instead of seeking safety and security in God, I dived into school work and put so much pressure on myself school wise and image wise that it really made me sick. I began to secretly hate myself, and hurt myself a lot because of this. 

My parents found out about this a few weeks before i was to go on my first step out mission, and they gave me an ultimatum; either I talked about it to my house group leaders or went to the doctors. Doctors made me really anxious so i avoided the latter and told my house group leaders, who really helped and supported me through a lot of my darkest times. but they werent professionals, and they had other things to deal with so it got to a point where there wasnt really anything left they could do to help. 

I remember my first step out mission in 2014 on the first night at the evening service I was asked the question "when is your spiritual birthday" i.e.When did I become a christian... I didnt have one, mine was my baptism i guess. The next day at team devotionals our team leader asked what changed when we became christians... At the time, i didnt have an answer. 

One of the girls on the team shared her testimony and talked about the struggles she had of overcoming self hatred and how God healed her hurt, and at the time I longed for that. That week, God showed me that there is purpose for my pain and that even though i hated myself, he loved me and had a plan to use me in amazing ways even though i couldnt see the bigger picture. I discovered the verse 1 John 3:20 which says "But even when we dont feel at ease, God is greater than our feelings and he knows everything"

Over the next few months there were many highs and lows, and i had points where i felt God with me and work through me and seasons where he felt miles away. 

I then went to a small event in my church where a small group of about 20 people met up to talk about revival in Scotland. at one point the topic of spiritual healing was brought up and i totally broke down sobbing. I was then taken into another room with my closest friend, and two leaders one of which i had never met. The one i hadnt met before, Ruth, had words for me and she said "you are beautiful and you are smart" these were two simple words, but i couldnt even say them aloud. I didnt feel smart or beautiful. I felt dumb and ugly. But through prayer and support, by the end of the day i was able to say the words and almost believe them. 

A year ago last Christmas, I got into a really bad and harmful thing and slipped back into self loathing and low confidence. When my parents found out, i ran away because i was so ashamed of what i had done... I couldnt face them. I packed a bag with some money, food, my bible, and a book i got for christmas. That night was one of the lowest points in my life, but as i read the book I discovered something amazing. I discovered a life worth living. 

In society, we determine an objects value by how much we are willing to pay for it. So a really good footballer will be worth a tonne of money, and in some eastern cultures its tradition that if a man wants to marry a girl, he'll pay the family with goats or cattle. The prettier the daughter, the higher the price, that kind of thing. 

If how much we are willing to pay for something determines its value, then just imagine how valuable we must be to God. God didnt just part with a few thousand pounds to get us on his team, and he didnt just give up his best cattle to pay for us to be his- he bought our freedom at the cost of his own sons life. God demonstrated just how much he treasures me by sending down his son to pay for my ransom, and to free me from the very torture i actually deserve. 

The God who created the universe, loves me more. So with knowing this, how can I look in the mirror, look at all my imperfections, and be disgusted? How can I see myself as worthless? When I criticise myself, I criticise God's creation. When I say I'm worthless, I say Jesus death is meaningless. If I say I'm a mistake, I say God made a mistake... and God doesn't make mistakes.

One of my favourite songs, 'treasure' by flyleaf sums this up perfectly;

Refined I've become the most dazzling precious treasure,
I am treasured over all the earth,
Just look at what he's done, 
How he's laying down his life,
Take this life oh most dazzling precious treasure...

At step out training, we were encouraged to describe our testimony in a sentence. For me, it would be this; before I was broken, and now I am treasured.

Get to know the blogger behind the blog: In 20 facts

Sunday, 10 July 2016

I was looking for ideas for a fun, casual post for today, and ended up stumbling upon Milk Bubble Tea's blog, which featured a "20 random facts about me". I love these types of posts; they're really nice and frothy, and are usually rather humerus. If you've done a post like this, then please link it in the comments below, I'd love to see what you'd write!
  • My shoe size is a 3 or a 4, and my hands are the same size as my little 4 year old cousin... yes, seriously.
  • Some of my favourite TV shows to binge watch are Suits, Parks and recreation, and arrow
  • Never have I ever broken a bone
  • I am a sucker for sweet things... cake pops, candy floss, chocolate; whatever you throw my way, as long as it has an unhealthy amount of sugar in it, I'll love it.
  • I have been to 9 concerts in my life
  • The first concert I ever went to was a JLS concert when I was 13; after 2 weeks of meeting a friend, she called me asking if I liked JLS and if I wanted to go see them in concert with her, for free. Of course, I said yes, even thought I wasn't really that big a fan
  • I had a rabbit when I was younger, and I named it twinkle toes. It was a he
  • I absolutely adore all warm drinks, and love pukka herbal teas... They are heavenly
  • I've never really gotten the big deal about Britains got talent; I much prefer The X Factor
  • If I had to choose a celebrity crush, it would have to be Michael Clifford from 5 Seconds of Summer
  • My favourite meal to cook is a creamy salmon pasta... it's so easy, yet it tastes so damn good!
  • My Dad currently works in Nepal, which I reckon is pretty interesting considering it's almost on the other side of the world! I was rather surprised when he got the job, but he does love it so I'm really happy for him.
  • I would prefer to be really too hot than really too cold
  • I can't sleep at night unless my room is utterly and completely pitch black
  • I've never actually seen I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, even though my friends tell me to every. Single. Flipping. Year.
  • I dyed my hair ginger once, when I was about 14 or 15 years old. It wasn't the best look, but I felt so damn cool for having dyed hair.
  • I am a sucker for stationary. The most I've ever spent on stationary at one go was £50
  • My 3 favourite bands are All Time Low, 5 Seconds of Summer, and Sleeping with Sirens
  • I love high key photography, especially with portraiture.
  • I hate and will never eat mushrooms, bananas or squid

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Summer goals

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Since I'm working full time this summer, I'm missing out on the 6 weeks of freedom and relaxation that I usually have around this time of year. However, when the sun comes out (Which it will) I am determined to make the most of any free time I have. Plus, I have a few holidays planned for the next two months before I start university.

#1 go outside
There's nothing lovelier than a little walk outside, breathing in the lush fresh air... especially right after an 8 hour shift of breathing in grease, salt and fast food. I want to spend more time in my garden, go on more walks, and have more picnics this summer, as I always find my spirits lifted up after spending time outside.

Gosh, this seems to be in every goal post I write. I genuinely don't know why, but I can't seem to save. I really need to get my act together ASAP, because as I just mentioned I start university in 2 months and still need a laptop, bus pass, and money for books and going out. And yes, that means I'm not going to buy that gorgeous jacket I eyed up from Topshop. 

#3 Go to the gym
You might remember a few months ago how I mentioned that I got a gym membership at my local leisure centre. One minor problem- I can count the times I've been on my hands. Yeah, not ideal when I'm trying to get into my beach body. This is something I really need to work on when I have the time, so no more excuses! 

#4 Be excited
Sure, there's a lot to be scared and anxious about. But my radical goal for the summer is to fill my mind with excitement. To have a mentality where I always have something to look forward to, rather than something to dread. For example, today I'm not going to dread the fact that I have to get up at 8am tomorrow, but I'm going to look forward to the exciting things I'm going to do throughout the day!

A few of my favourite quotes...

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

A little while ago, I wrote a post composing a collection of quotes that mean a lot to me. Quotes have always been a big part of my life, and as you may or may not know, I have a quotes book that I've been filling in some of my favourites since I was in my early teens. Whenever I was falling in or out of love, or dealing with difficult situations, I found comfort in discovering quotes that explained exactly how I felt. Here is another collection of some more quotes that I adore...

"Life changes. We don't always like the things we must endure, but being a part of this world means walking on anyway, even when it would be easier just to give up"

"From the losses in your life will emerge so many great new things to be grateful for"

"The truth is not always the same as the majority decision"

"Grace meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us"

"Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet little voice at the end of the day that says I will try again tomorrow"

"Someday everything will make perfect sense. But for now, laugh at confusion, smile through tears, and remember that everything happens for a reason"

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

"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars"

"Don't shine so that others can see you. Shine so that through you, others can see him"

"Life has two ways of testing someone's patience. By either having nothing happen, or by having everything happen at once"

"Often when you're rejected you think that you aren't good enough. But the truth is that they just weren't ready for everything you have to offer"

"It takes a big heart to help shape little minds"

"When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure"

"Forgiveness doesn't excuse their behaviour. Forgiveness prevents their behaviour from destroying your heart, and your relationship with them"

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

"If the burden seems too much to bear, remember the end will justify the pain it took to get us there"

"The beauty of grace is that it makes life not fair"

"Don't always follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail for others to follow"

"When I was your age, television was called books"

My NYX obsession (haul)

Monday, 4 July 2016

Last Tuesday before work I went on a little shopping spree with one of my main girls. (I say 'little' but in reality I spent wayyyy too much). Although I went out intending to only buy my Mum a gift for her birthday and a white vest, as soon as I heard that NYX had opened a new booth in the fort, I knew my bank balance was going to take a hit. 

If you read this blog at all, you may come to realise that I have an ever so slight obsession with NYX products... I absolutely adore every product of theirs, and if I could have them all, goodness knows I would. For now, here are a few of my favourites from the amazing brand...

When we went in we were greeted by a lovely makeup artist who was manning the booth, who demonstrated the roll on shimmer (in nude, RES15) and I was instantly sold on it. For only £5.50, it was a no brainer that I simply had to have it. It says on the packaging that the product can be used on the eyes, face, or body, so I'm definitely going to have a lot of fun using it as eyeshadow and highlighter!

Setting sprays have been all the rage lately and up until last week I have never owned one, so I decided I would finally join the bandwagon and try this dewy finish long lasting setting spray. Because I work in fast food, it's vital that I am able to stay looking fresh all throughout my shift, so this really has been a godsend. Plus, it gives me a lovely natural glow which I adore!
These lip liners are absolutely lush. I purchased the slide on, glide on, stay on & definitely a turn on waterproof, extreme colour lip liner in bedrose (SLLP02) and nude suede shoes (SLLP14) since I already have a few NYX liquid lipsticks in similar shades. This liner is definitely much softer than any other lip liner I've bought before, which makes it much easier to apply and allows me to get a lovely smooth, subtle outline. 

I've really enjoyed writing this post today, it's been so much fun trying out these new products, and I know for a fact that I'll be returning to that booth in the fort. It's much bigger than the NYX booth in Buchanan Galleries, which obviously means there's a lot more choice, so if you're in the area at all I would definitely recommend giving it a wee check if you haven't already!

5 Happy Thoughts

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Hi there sweethearts. It's been a while since I've written a happy thoughts post- I've missed it! I really enjoy looking back at the things that have made me smile. It's so nice to be able just sit back and relax, thinking about happy things. 

1. Photography
I took a few mini photoshoots this week, and I'm really pleased with how some of my photos turned out. You'll be seeing a few of them pop up on here in the next few weeks! I've really been enjoying taking photos lately, especially after the awful experience I had when studying Higher Photography at school last year.

2. Getting new shoes
Yesterday I bought my first ever pair of shoes, and I'm rather proud of myself! Check me being all gown up and independent. I bagged myself a gorgeous pair of black and white nike roches, and now for the first time in forever, I'm actually looking forward to going to the gym.

3. Candles
Candle time is a wonderful time. I just love cosying up in the evening, and lighting a few candles. And, breathe. I'm really loving the vanilla scented candles from IKEA, because I'm just that fancy.

4. Body confidence 
My body and I have a constant battle between body confidence, and body hate. Today, I feel good about myself and how I look, and I'm going to take advantage of this feeling. It's always good to feel good!

5. Free food
I've been working at a fast food restaurant for a good few months now, and as well as enjoying not being broke, I've been taking full advantage of the anti-diet meals that I get for £0.00 when I work a shift. Life is good.

20 (more) ways to take a break

Saturday, 2 July 2016

It's so easy to get caught up in life. Your daily chaos becomes a routine, and coffee breaks that last more than 5 minutes seem so far away. I get that. I understand; it can be really tough.

But then when you get that precious break, you spend it stressing out about all the things you have to do after it.

Last week, I uploaded this post, and quite a few of you sent in emails in response to it, so I decided to extend it, and give you another 20 ideas on how you can take a break. They don't take very long, and most of them can be done in 15-30 minutes, or less! That way, you can unwind, recharge, and go back into your world of chaos with a fresh, energized mind.
1. Go shopping

2. Catch up with friends online

3. Go on tumblr

4. Meet up with friends in real life

5. Just go outside

6. Make coffee, smell it, and pour it down the drain

7. Get some ice cream

8. Look for quotes

9. Read a book

10. Buy a colour in book- and colour in

11. Write in your diary

12. Read old diary entries

14. Paint your nails

15. Do your hair up fancy

16. Look through old pictures

17. Make a photobook

18. Start a scrapbook

19. Visit a relative

20. Read blog posts (especially, hint, hint)

What do you do to relax?

the 1st Playlist; #July

Friday, 1 July 2016

"Work harder, Eat better, Run faster, Feel stronger"

Feeling motivated yet? Whether you're needing some motivational music to get you out of bed, to school, to get you into the gym, you can always benefit from a bit of motivation. This one is for the achievers, the inspired, and the motivated. And all the ones who want to be like them.
Keeping your head up - Birdy

You're gonna go far, kid - The Offspring

Outsiders - Against The Current

Don't stop believing - Journey

Kids in the dark - All Time Low

Fight song - Rachel Platten

Love myself - Hailee Steinfeld

Titanium - David Guetta, Sia

Save the world - Swedish house mafia

Break Free - Arianna Grande, Zedd

Beautiful - Christina Aguilera

Brave - Sara Bareilles

Skyscraper - Demi Lovato

Under Control - Calvin Harris, Alessio, Hurts

Not afraid - Eminem

Stronger (what doesn't kill you) - Kelly Clarkson
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