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Using social media more positively

Posted in Life, Other
on August 26, 2016

P1060614 (2)I have a love/hate relationship with social media. I either feel incredibly inspired to post and connect with everyone or I avoid it like the plague. And I’ve really been hating social media recently. Until I made a few changes I didn’t find it particularly inspiring anymore.

I’ve been trying to get back into it all like I used to and use instagram and twitter more for me rather than for the follows. Don’t get me wrong it’s incredible that people follow/like/retweet something I post and some people deserve so much success from how they have built up their social media platforms, but for me I felt like I wasn’t really being myself online anymore. I actually think it’s quite hard to portray who you really are in just 140 characters or in a single photo on instagram so I ended up not posting at all.

All my accounts didn’t line up with different usernames and different types of content, so I changed it. I also didn’t seem to follow many people who inspired me either and so I changed that too.

If you’re feeling a little bogged down with social media (story of my life) then here’s a few tips to mix it up and begin to love it and feel more positive about it.

Unfollow Spree

Now I know this is seen as a pretty bitchy thing to do, especially now that there are apps that tell you exactly who unfollowed, but I put that thought aside. Bare in mind that it’s your twitter account so don’t feel bad about removing negative people from your timeline. I recently went through my entire list and unfollowed those who:

  • Add negativity to my feed.
  • I wasn’t necessarily interested in their content anymore (not in a malicious way but more in a way that it wasn’t fair to have someone not appreciate their words and photos. This includes celebrities that I’m no longer inspired by – sorry 2013’s X-Factor contestants).
  • Hadn’t posted in a while.

After removing those people, my feed already felt a bit fresher and more relevant to the things that inspire me daily. I also “muted” a few people who I didn’t feel like I could unfollow.

Follow Spree

Once you’ve removed a good handful of people, you can then find new people. I follow celebrities that have gained phenominal success and post about it, people who are passionate about whatever it is they do, and also accounts that post quotes or photography. Or healthy meals and fitness clips. And on Instagram especially, BOOKS. Obviously there are other people amongst them that I just like to follow, but I mainly try to keep it to people who would inspire or motivate me in some way.

Change/adapt your own content.

After following people whom you feel more connected to, it’s down to you. Is your content something that you’d follow? Or does it not even inspire you anymore?

With instagram and twitter you can change this at any time. You have the freedom to post whatever the hell you want to use it in your own way and be yourself. Don’t compete with others and especially don’t compare yourself to other people online either.

Inspire other people and yourself through your content, and make sure what your posting is what you are happy with.

Love social media again and be creative. Make it inspiring and ensure it adds positivity into your life, because is it ever procrastination when you’re gaining sassy quotes and healthy meal recipes along the way?

25 things I want to do before I’m 21

Posted in Life
on August 24, 2016

25 things to do before I turn 21Goal setting is important. At least, it is for me. If I don’t set goals and motivate myself to achieve them then I probably wouldn’t push myself to escape my comfort zone. Setting goals gets me excited for the future, especially goals that have a deadline.

Whilst some of these aren’t exactly achievable right now, I still want to push myself to get as many crossed off. Some of them scare me but I think that’s the whole point, right? “If your dreams don’t scare you they aren’t big enough” and all that.

I’m hoping to share a few seperate posts dedicated to each of these as I achieve them, hopefully with photo evidence. I think I’ve actually created a pretty strong list tbh so I’m actually pretty excited about it. (Especially the beach in pyjamas and getting a tattoo, woo).

  1. Go to the beach in my pyjamas and wellies.
  2. Exercise and get a fitness routine.
  3. Learn how to use my camera so I can improve my photography.
  4. Go to a concert or a performance of some kind.
  5. Completely finish my nano and send it to publishers.
  6. Stay outdoors (camping, glamping, or treehouse holiday).
  7. Start journaling snippets of my days/everyday thoughts.
  8. Recreate some childhood photos.
  9. Learn to like herbal/green tea.
  10. Use my film cameras and get films developed.
  11. Go abroad.
  12. Go up in a hot air balloon.
  13. Learn to cook properly and be good at it.
  14. See Scotland.
  15. Get a tattoo of something significant.
  16. See the Northern Lights.
  17. Go on a zip wire.
  18. Read 50 books.
  19. Create a vision board and set some goals.
  20. Learn to drive.
  21. Be happy and confident all the time.
  22. Spend more time outside.
  23. Have a picnic while watching the sunset/with an incredible view.
  24. Go to a stargazing location and see the stars and all their vast beauty.
  25. Learn a new positive lifestyle habit.

I have just under a year to attempt to complete this list. Wish me luck.

Do you set goals? What’s on your list?

Losing and rekindling my passion for blogging

Posted in Life
on August 21, 2016

P1060612Like honestly what happened to my love of blogging? I feel like slowly over the course of this year I’ve just lost all my passion for it. It’s just not enjoyable anymore which comes as quite a shock to me considering I’ve loved it for the last 2-3 years. I used to think about my blog 24/7 and now I just forget I have one.

I have forgotten what it’s like to take lots of photos in bulk and excitedly sit and schedule the months posts and also those times I’d buy something and leave it untouched for weeks until I could blog about it first. My life revolved around blogging and it was the best.

I’m not sure if I’ve outgrown that love of blogging or just outgrown my blog. Maybe it’s my content that bores me and doesn’t inspire me anymore. I’ve grown so much as a person since starting this blog that I’ve become passionate about things that aren’t necessarily material things but I don’t blog about them because I question whether it’s something that you would want to read. Maybe it’d come across as boring. I don’t know.

Over the last few weeks I’ve started writing posts but then deleted them and logged out, picking up a book instead so I don’t have to think about it.

I want to blog about my journey. And not in a travelling the world sense.

More of a self-improvement journey because self-improvement is something I’ve been so passionate about and dedicated so much of my time to and therefore when I blog, it feels like I’m procrastinating from the things that matter to me. Maybe I need to incorporate self-improvement to my blog so that when I write I’m still contributing to that passion. Double bonus, right?

I’ve been stepping out of my comfort zone a little, I’ve been reading lots of self-help and spirituality books, and I’ve been changing my routine even if it’s so slightly. I already feel so much better and I feel like that’s more interesting for me to discuss on here. I think I’ll be more passionate in my writing about those things and who knows, maybe blogging as extra self-help will make even more of a difference.

Blogging as a way to express my thoughts, discuss those things I’m passionate about, and sharing the fears I face along the way to hopefully inspire someone else. Posts that tell more of my daily life, whether that’s a walk I took, something I was thinking about or even my favourite books (probably mainly my favourite books, I won’t lie). Posting about the things that have made a difference to my life or make me happy- sometimes products or skincare (because the disappearance of that massive spot will definitely make a difference to my life).

What I hope is that you will still follow along my journey of all sorts of posts that will maybe change your world too.

Happy Sunday.

A road back to my self-confidence

Posted in Life
on August 19, 2016

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So the last few months has been dedicated to change and I don’t mean external change, I mean scary ass internal changes because I finally got so sick of anxiety and feeling so low and self concious everyday and I realised that I didn’t deserve that. I deserved to be excited when I woke up each morning and not be afraid to do the smallest of daily tasks.

I no longer wanted to be stationary and at such a stand still because let me tell you, living with such repetitive thoughts was just boring and getting me lower and lower with each day.

Over the course of the last few months I’ve made little achievements. Achievements so little that it’s made me realise that people do these things just out of normality without ever thinking about it – and then there’s me worrying excessively about said thing. They were stupid tasks like running back into ASDA for something on my own because of this stupid fear that I’d need to cough and I’d be coughing so much that I couldn’t get a drink (like, seriously, that was my biggest holdback).

Recently I’ve set myself little goals and added a few things to my future plans and it’s allowed me to see my future a little more clearly and it’s less of a jumbled mess that makes me cringe whenever I think about it. I’ve been spending time getting organised and getting my thoughts onto paper so they can escape my mind and I can just be still for a little while. I actually find myself being able to watch TV or just read a book with full concentration and without my mind wandering to irrelevant issues.

The biggest step for me this last couple of months has been changing something that has affected my mood and confidence a lot in the last few years. It’s been something I’ve cried over, something I’ve hated whenever I looked in the mirror, and something I just haven’t been able to change. It was like a vicous cycle with absolutely no way out. That thing was my teeth. I wore braces when I was about 13 and stupidly didn’t wear my retainers which meant that my teeth moved a significant amount and my perfectly straight teeth had been lost. It happened so slowly that I didn’t even realise until it was too late to do anything about it. This has stopped me from having my photo done and it was always in the back of my mind whenever I spoke to people that they would be judging my teeth (which they probably weren’t).

It was a problem I had with myself and nobody understood. People would constantly tell me that there was nothing wrong and it was barely noticable but it was a flaw I’d picked up and just could not let go of no matter how hard I tried. This year I finally decided that enough was enough and went through the process of changing it.

I tried to focus on the things I liked about my appearance, I tried to read books and watch videos that taught you embrace your flaws but it wasn’t enough for me. I knew that I had to change them to feel better within myself so I went through the process of changing them physically – which obviously was pretty damn scary. Appointments were the no.1 trigger of anxiety for me, especially doctors or dentist appointments, so it took a lot of energy for me to go through it – but it was 100% worth it and I just wish I’d plucked up the courage sooner.

Now I sit here with braces at 20 years old – something I never thought I’d have – and I could not be happier. Already I feel myself smiling and not feeling terrible about my teeth because I know that problem is just temporary now. In 12 months time my braces will be removed and I’ll have my smile back, and finally the future looks a lot less scary.

I finally feel like I’m on the road to regaining my self confidence and I’ve missed that an awful lot.

An attempt to get rid of those pesky spots

Posted in Life
on August 11, 2016

P1060736 (1)To put it lightly, spots have been doing my head in recently. My skin just isn’t how I want it to be and I’m currently willing to try absolutely anything to get it clear and looking brighter. Obviously the first place I stopped was lush and I’m pretty sure this has accidentally turned into a LUSH haul. As you can see in the photo I picked up a couple of their products and was also given an abundance of samples of different products they recommended. I’ve been using these and I can’t really say I’ve noticed a difference but that’s probably because I’m ridiculously impatient and expect spots to go overnight.


My favourite products at the minute are definitely the Full of Grace, Let The Good Times Roll and obviously Mask of Magnaminty. They make my skin feel amazing and I just hope they get rid of my break-out. I use Let the Good Times Roll each morning and night, and it smells delicious – obviously the main reason I bought it. I will definitely be buying the bigger tub once this runs out because I’m obsessed. After using that I either use Full of Grace or Grease Lightning depending on how my face feels. If my spots are particularly bad I’ll use Grease Lightning and use FoG if it’s not too bad. I’ve also been using my little sample of Mask of Magnaminty and will be heading back to buy the proper thing next time I’m at lush because I used to have this and loved it and the sample has reignited that love.

The other samples I was given were Ocean Salt and Angels on Bare Skin. Ocean Salt makes your skin feel ridiculously smooth, it’s incredible how quickly this product works if you have dry skin. I’m torn between buying this or Let the Good Times Roll. Angels on Bare Skin on the other hand is one I’m not quite as in love with. For a start I’m not a fan of the scent and so putting it on my face is kinda off putting but maybe I need to suck it up and give it a fair chance. Like I said, I’m willing to do anything to get my skin back in tip top condition.


The final product that isn’t lush is the Boots Botanics Cleansing Toner. I use this after cleansing just to ensure that I removed everything and I’ll also sweep it over my face in the mornings too. Again, it’s not made much of a difference so far but I’m hoping once I use these products religiously I might be in for a chance.

What with drinking lots of water, eating breakfast, getting better sleep and changing up my skincare routine, I’m hoping I’ll be saying goodbye to bad skin. Wish me luck.

Have you tried skincare from Lush? What’s your favourite?