An A-Z List of My Favourite Blog Posts

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Hey my lovelies, I hope you're all doing well! 

I've been dying to write this post for ages- ever since Erin wrote a very similar post on the A-Z list of Blog Post Ideas back in January, which you can read here. She did such a good job, and her post totally inspired me to write my own A-Z with a little 'Sara' twist on it. Enjoy!

The Best Measure of Self-Worth

Sunday, 16 April 2017

*insert para about how I put a tonne of pressure on myself in school, etc, etc*

You've heard it all before. I'm not going to lie, I did pretty damn well in school... and thank goodness I did; I worked my ass off for those A's. I needed good grades at that point in my life to prove my self worth to myself, my parents, my teachers, my schoolmates, and whoever was going to determine whether I went to uni/got a 'good' job and what not. 

Can I just broadcast this to anyone still in school? It's really fucking important. Get me a megaphone or something cos there are millions of high-schoolers who need to know this;


10 of the Loveliest Food Bloggers

Sunday, 9 April 2017

One of my favourite things about blogging is how you're automatically accepted into this wider family of different people with different passions. Though my blog is primarily a lifestyle blog, I love reading blogs that focus more on food/drink, travel, or beauty. I get so much inspiration from reading other blogs, and just really enjoy sitting down to appreciate how awesome some of these bloggers are.

On maintaining a healthy attitude when it all gets a bit too much

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Oh. My. Goodness.

I cannot stress enough how much of a whirlwind month I have had... it's been mental. I'm currently writing this post at work; I've got a half hour gap and I've decided to try to be productive. Tomorrow I  get up at 5am for a 7am start at my second job in Santander, and after that I go straight to the train down to Bedfordshire to see my boyfriend. Mental.

A lot of people ask me how I cope with it all, not believing that it's possible for me to actually keep on top of everything... but I do. At least, I do my best to. Keeping my diary updated is absolutely essential; I rely on it so much! I keep everything from my daily (and weekly) schedule, to my to-do list, to my blog schedule in there. 

Sometimes though, it all gets a bit too much. There have been countless times where I've felt like I never have any time for myself, as the one day a week I have off from work is often spent working on things for uni- if I don't have plans with my family and friends from home. It's just one of those things- it happens, and I have had to develop coping mechanisms that would help me maintain a happy, healthy attitude while still keeping on top of all of my responsibilities.

Number one on this list of coping strategies is breathing. And I don't mean the whole "breathe in, breathe out" thing- although if that works for you, that's great.

I've given breathing a new definition. Breathing: To be present, and to remember to put everything into perspective. To me, breathing is all about reminding myself that yeah, it's tough right now, but that's not going to last forever. Yeah, it's difficult trying to stay on top of all my assignments right now, but in a month or so I'll be finished completely with uni assignments for a whole six months. 

I guess it's a bit like the mindful lifestyle trend which was super hyped-up around 2015. Calm by Michael Acton Smith is an amazing book that really goes deep into incorporating mindfulness (or breathing) into every aspect of your life, and it's really helped me over the years. 10/10 would recommend. 

But of course, there are times when just breathing isn't enough. When I can't do it all, when no matter how hard I try, I just can't. And it's at times like those that I have to take a step back. And when it gets to that stage, I need to be kind to myself, because at the end of the day I am human and I do make mistakes, and I can't do everything- despite how hard I try.

Sometimes I need to let people down, and even though that might annoy them, sometimes I need to. That doesn't make me a bad person. And sometimes I get my days mixed up and end up in a tangle of confusion and stress. Hey, that's okay.

In order to maintain a healthy attitude, I need to know and accept that at times I can't do it all. It's like Tiffany Cooper said; "I am only one person, and I alone can't solve all the problems in my sphere of life".

Sure, I can do my best to do whatever I can, but nothing more.

Note: I wrote this post a month ago so the intro is a lil bit outa date, but the principle still counts...
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