Tis the Season :)

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I just wanted to take a moment to remind you of those who unfortunately don’t have a lot to look forward to this Christmas. For some, Christmas is a lonely holiday with nothing much to offer and can be especially painful for them if they don’t have a lot of family around them.

If you are able to sprinkle a little Christmas magic & help those in need then please do, don’t hold back.  There are homeless shelters all around the world who need help every single day. But if you can offer food or warm clothing this Christmas then I can guarantee you that would be the most well received gift you will give this year.

Christmas is about giving but that doesn’t mean you have to spend money, instead share joy & kindness. Spare a moment of your time for family, friends or neighbours who are spending Christmas alone. Sitting down for a chat with them, posting a Christmas card with your best wishes or doing something kind for them will mean the world to a lonely soul and help turn their Christmas around and it doesn’t have to cost a penny.

So this Christmas I ask you to please open your heart & think about those in need.

Help make their Christmas holiday sparkle with happiness :)

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Thank you for reading :)

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!