5 Simple Steps To Happiness

1. Begin each day with a grateful heart for the things that you have in your life. You might just discover how blessed you truly are once you have taken the time to sit down & focus on the positives :)

2. Be yourself. In the words of Oscar Wilde – “Be yourself, everybody else is already taken”

3. Set aside some “me” time to do something that makes you happy. Sometimes we get distracted with everything that we are doing for everybody else & this makes it all too easy to forget about ourselves. We need that time to relax & re-evaluate.

4. Do something kind for somebody else. Happiness is infectious!

5. Smile! It really does help change your mood :)

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One Lovely Blog Award

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Thank you so much to the kind Nishita for another nomination!  If you want to be inspired, go & follow her at: http://walkingtomydreams13.wordpress.com/

The rules for this award are as follows:

  • Thank the person who nominated you for the award
  • Add the One Lovely Blog logo to your post
  • Share 7 facts/things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 bloggers that you admire and inform the nominees by commenting on their blog

7 Facts about me:

  • I adore animals, I have done ever since I can remember
  • Every night I look out of the window, at the night sky & take in the beauty of it :)
  • I love music, the day doesn’t feel right without it!
  • I’m currently trying out something new, which is meditation (Any tips/links to helpful websites would be great!)
  • I quite enjoy cleaning, is that odd? Haha.
  • My favourite place to be is by the sea
  • I want to hug every person who “likes” or “follows” my blog or even just reads a post of mine, it truly warms my heart :)

My 15 nominations are:

Thanks for reading, I hope that you all take part in this & share the love across wordpress! =D

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4 Simple Things

As we are coming into the colder months now I thought I would share 4 simple things that I love to do in the colder months that cheer me up & might cheer you up too :)

1. Hot Chocolate Dates – Take a friend, family member, whoever you like and go along to Costa (or wherever sells your favorite drink or food) for a nice lunch or drink “date”. Time is best spent with those you love & even if you just take an hour out of your day to go and grab a nice warm drink, it gives you the chance to sit down, relax for a while and catch up on anything you may have missed! OR. It can be just as nice to cuddle up at home with a drink in your favourite mug if you don’t feel like venturing out :)

2. Winter Walks – Put on your warmest clothes & go out for a refreshing walk to clear your head. Somewhere with beautiful scenery & take your dog along if you have one.

In the UK, we have to wear at LEAST 20 layers to go outside…

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and that is in summer! Just kidding, it’s not that bad ;) .

3. Cosy Nights In – Cuddle up on the sofa with a blanket & watch some of your favourite films. It’s only October & I already want to watch “Elf” !

4. Christmas Shopping! – I know it’s early yet so this will be later in the year & sometimes it can be quite stressful but, for me there is something magical about shopping at Christmas. It can be easier to do some of it online now but I still take some time to travel to somewhere so I get to experience the beautiful twinkling lights, the shops and shopping centres expertly decorated, the festive treats..I could go on and on.

Although, there has been times when it feels more like this:

 

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Thanks for reading! What are you looking forward to? :)

 

#DontPanicButton

Some of you may already be familiar with the sweet YouTube star, Zoe Sugg & if you aren’t, check out her channel Zoella where you can find a range of videos from serious chats about anxiety to make up tutorials and fashion hauls :) – Love this girl!

Zoe has revealed that she is now a Digital Ambassador (Congratulations Zoe!) for the mental health charity, Mind & will be working with them on an amazing new project which is.. #DontPanicButton

The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of anxiety & panic attacks – Which is VITAL as so many people suffer with this & as it is classed as a mental illness, it can be hard to talk about which makes people feel isolated and alone.

The aim is to change the concept of a panic button:

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& turn a negative, into a positive – A symbol of support and solidarity for those experiencing anxiety.

What makes it incredibly easy to support this cause is that you don’t have to go to your local Mind shop to buy a specific badge or pin to show your support. They are asking you to simply wear a red button on your clothing! Any size, any shape. A simple red button so that you can hopefully spot a fellow sufferer or even just somebody who is aware of what you are going through. Perhaps you could say hello, or just give a little smile to a passer by that is wearing the red button..Whatever you are comfortable with. Just knowing that you are not alone in your battle against anxiety is a great first step to being able to talk about it openly.

If you would like to, you can upload a picture of you & your red button to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #DontPanicButton to help raise awareness :)

If you need any information or help regarding a mental illness, please visit http://www.mind.org.uk/

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Thank you! Lets help change lives, together!

 

Liebster Award

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The Rules:

Firstly, if you have been nominated for ‘Liebster Award’ and accept it, you are required to follow few rules.

  1. Write a post about the Liebster Award.
  2. Thank the person who nominated you.
  3. Post a link to the person’s blog who nominated you on your blog.
  4. Answer all the 11 questions provided by the person who nominated you.
  5. Nominate 11 deserving blogs, who have a follower count of less than 1000. (You can also nominate who has already received this award.)
  6. Create a new list of 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
  7. List out all the rules in your blog post.
  8. Do not forget to inform the nominees. You can do this by commenting on their blog post. Most importantly, give a link for them to your post.

Thank you to walkingtomydreams13 for nominating me for a Liebster Award! It is an hour to have been thought of, let alone mentioned. I feel like my blog is unworthy compared to the other amazing ones that I have come across in my time on WordPress but I am thankful to each & every person who has clicked the “like” button on one of my posts or has gone even further & “followed” me! When I first started, I couldn’t imagine just one person reading my blogs so to have almost 100 followers is unreal to me!

Take a look at walkingtomydreams13 WordPress page here:

http://walkingtomydreams13.wordpress.com

Now onto the questions:

Have you ever loved somebody relentlessly? - I have & do! I love my sister with all of my heart & soul :)

House or Home? Faith or Love? Home, a place where I can be myself, feel at peace & just, belong. Faith or love? Both. I guess you have to have faith to love..?

Say A random thing about you. I still love a good Disney film at the age of 24…I’m not even ashamed haha!

Which Icecream flavour do you like the most.? We have an ice cream shop here in Cheshire called Snugburys & they do the best ice cream! I love their honey comb ice cream – YUM! I do love a good old reliable Vanilla too :)

Which language do you speak? English

Favourite Country Singer ? I’m not sure to be honest, I don’t we get much country music here in the UK?

Which Novel should one read before dying? I read The Fault In Our Stars recently & loved it.

How much time do you spend weekly on your computer? Too much time as I work full time in an office!

One thing you would like to do before you die? Go on holiday, somewhere special :)

My nominees:

http://manofwheels.wordpress.com/

http://jadiebeauty.wordpress.com

http://sarvjit.wordpress.com/

http://vancemontague.wordpress.com/

http://innerbeautydiva.wordpress.com/

http://muktamanassu.wordpress.com/

http://normamartiriphotography.wordpress.com/

http://thecuriousappetite.com/

http://beautyforyoursoul.wordpress.com/

http://kaleidoscopickites.wordpress.com/2014/05/17/liebster-blog-award-nomination/

& lastly http://walkingtomydreams13.wordpress.com just because she deserves it, I know she has already been nominated as she nominated me! :)

Here are my questions for you:

1. What or who inspired you to start your blog?

2. What makes you happy?

3. Where is your favourite place to be?

4. If there was one thing that you could change about the world, what would it be?

5. What is your favourite thing to do in your spare time?

6. Best book you have ever read?

7. What genre of music do you listen to?

8. How do you find new inspiration for your blog posts?

9. What is your biggest challenge when it comes to blogging?

10. What do you value most in life?

11. If you were a superhero, what would be your power? – Had to throw a random fun one in haha!

Thank you so much again & good luck with your blogs to the people that I have nominated myself.

Keep dreaming, keep smiling ..xo

 

New Years Resolutions – In September?! …

I know it is slightly (only slightly ha ha) too early to be even contemplating thinking about Christmas or New Year (please stay with me & keep reading) but I had a thought today & wanted to share it with you.

At the beginning of the year, many of us make New Years resolutions, perhaps share them with co-workers, family or friends. Or, just make a mental note of a list of things we would like to change in our lives in the year ahead.. It could be.. to read more often, to make healthier choices, to see our family more often…whatever our heart desires.

Today I was thinking about what I had personally hoped to achieve in 2014. How do I feel about those things now? Are they still my goals? What do I have left to do?

I wanted to write this post today to remind you that we do still have time in 2014 to turn it all around if you didn’t achieve those things, don’t give up now! Make the last months of 2014 count so that we can all look back & be so proud of what we have achieved & look forward to the exciting times ahead in 2015! …. Plus, it does make next years resolutions list that bit smaller if we get a few things done now ;) hehe.

Towards the beginning of the year, motivation is usually at its highest. However, as the months go on, life gets ahead of you & you may start to forget all/some of those wonderful promises that you made to yourself. If you ever feel like quitting, remember why you made those promises in the first place.

I don’t want to be one of those people who feels slightly bitter about, yet again not accomplishing what I wanted to & adding it onto next years hopes. I want to be one of those people who can say… In 2014, I vowed to make these changes in my life & I HAVE!!

Sometimes change can be painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere that you don’t belong. Find the courage within yourself to let go of the things you can’t change & start today to change those that you CAN!

Good luck to anybody who is trying to make a change in their lives, no matter what it may be. I’m sending you my best of best wishes, huge hugs for the hard times & I hope that when you look back at your 2014, it was everything that you wanted it to be and more..xo