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Happy February! I can’t quite believe that January is over already. I’m hoping to bring back my little ‘Sunday Summary’ blogposts soon, but for now I thought I’d do a summary of the month just gone. It will include some of my favourite things from the months, and some best moments too.
01. Reading. I loved reading when I was younger, but as with watching TV, I only really like spending my time learning about things. Therefor a fictional book doesn’t meet those requirements. I read #Girlboss and would highly recommend it. Along with the Netflix series, based on the same storyline, that I watched late last year. As someone who wants to run their own business (I’m not aiming for the size of NastyGal) it’s such a motivational watch/read.
02. Sunset. I’m trying to make more of an effort to appreciate the little things in life. Like the colour of the sun setting, or the stars in the sky. Give it a go, it’ll give you a better perspective on your life.
03. Exercise. One of my goals for this month was to run/exercise 15 times. I just about achieved it, most was walking but that’s good enough for me. It really helps my mind, and I’m loving seeing my fitness level improving each time I run. More of the running in February hopefully!
04. Bullet journalling. This was a spur of the moment decision whilst in our Norfolk cottage before Christmas. I saw a few videos about it and decided to purchase one. And I have to admit, I’m loving it. I love being able to plan my own spreads, and the beauty of this kind of ‘diary’ is that you’re able to write in only the days you need. No more filling in one thing on a single day of the week and being left with a near empty book at the end. I’m using it as my calendar, diary and notebook. I’ll probably expand on this more in a blog post when I’ve had the journal for a couple more months.
05. Working on my blog and shop. I’m a creative person, so having these two outlets is such a blessing. Even more so when people are supporting my shop and buying my lovingly designed products. The more I make, the more my niche is discovered, and the closer I’m getting to where I want to be. I have so many exciting plans for the future of both my online shop and blog and can’t wait to keep pushing myself to do more.
06. Bedroom clearout. I’m a little bit of a hoarder ‘what if I want to wear this top I haven’t worn in three years?’ OR ‘I need to keep all these certificates from when I was 10’. I spent some time going through everything in my room, donating clothes and putting things like memory boxes in the loft to clear some space in my room. My Mum and I also sorted out the conservatory so that it can finally be used as a productive work space and I already feel more inspired to just create things for the fun of it. Having all my creative equipment in one space (that isn’t my bedroom!) also means that my bedroom can be purely for sleeping and relaxing.
So, February. I’m looking forward to the days getting longer, spending some more time working on this blog, and more time chipping away at my little business. Let’s do this.

JANUARY SUMMARY

Happy February! I can’t quite believe that January is over already. I’m hoping to bring back my little ‘Sunday Summary’ blogposts soon, but for now I thought I’d do a summary of the month just gone. It will include some of my favourite things from the months, and some best moments too.
01. Reading. I loved reading when I was younger, but as with watching TV, I only really like spending my time learning about things. Therefor a fictional book doesn’t meet those requirements. I read #Girlboss and would highly recommend it. Along with the Netflix series, based on the same storyline, that I watched late last year. As someone who wants to run their own business (I’m not aiming for the size of NastyGal) it’s such a motivational watch/read.
02. Sunset. I’m trying to make more of an effort to appreciate the little things in life. Like the colour of the sun setting, or the stars in the sky. Give it a go, it’ll give you a better perspective on your life.
03. Exercise. One of my goals for this month was to run/exercise 15 times. I just about achieved it, most was walking but that’s good enough for me. It really helps my mind, and I’m loving seeing my fitness level improving each time I run. More of the running in February hopefully!
04. Bullet journalling. This was a spur of the moment decision whilst in our Norfolk cottage before Christmas. I saw a few videos about it and decided to purchase one. And I have to admit, I’m loving it. I love being able to plan my own spreads, and the beauty of this kind of ‘diary’ is that you’re able to write in only the days you need. No more filling in one thing on a single day of the week and being left with a near empty book at the end. I’m using it as my calendar, diary and notebook. I’ll probably expand on this more in a blog post when I’ve had the journal for a couple more months.
05. Working on my blog and shop. I’m a creative person, so having these two outlets is such a blessing. Even more so when people are supporting my shop and buying my lovingly designed products. The more I make, the more my niche is discovered, and the closer I’m getting to where I want to be. I have so many exciting plans for the future of both my online shop and blog and can’t wait to keep pushing myself to do more.
06. Bedroom clearout. I’m a little bit of a hoarder ‘what if I want to wear this top I haven’t worn in three years?’ OR ‘I need to keep all these certificates from when I was 10’. I spent some time going through everything in my room, donating clothes and putting things like memory boxes in the loft to clear some space in my room. My Mum and I also sorted out the conservatory so that it can finally be used as a productive work space and I already feel more inspired to just create things for the fun of it. Having all my creative equipment in one space (that isn’t my bedroom!) also means that my bedroom can be purely for sleeping and relaxing.
So, February. I’m looking forward to the days getting longer, spending some more time working on this blog, and more time chipping away at my little business. Let’s do this.
‘New Year, New Me.’
As I’ve stated previously, I love the new year, new prospects, a fresh beginning. But, with that being said, I think it also comes with a lot of pressure. You curate a list of all the things you want to achieve, you see lists of what others want to achieve, and a lot of the time you’ll also see a list of what other people managed to achieve in the previous year.
You start questioning if you did enough last year, if you’ve set good enough goals for the year ahead, and it can leave you feeling unfulfilled about the year just gone, and anxious about the year incoming.
We need to remember that it’s only January! So what if you’ve only been for 2 runs so far this year? (guilty!) Or that you didn’t quite manage to complete Veganuary? You’re trying, and that’s enough. You’ve got the entire year to run more, or eat a more plant based diet. Don’t be so hard on yourself that you couldn’t wake up in 2019 a brand new person.
Stop putting so much pressure on ticking off this list of goals that you’ve created. Have them as guides to lead you in the coming months, but remember that YOU are the person who created them, and YOU are not a failure if you haven’t managed to tick them all off just yet. Take things slow, you’ve got another 11 months to do it!

The Pressure of a New Year

‘New Year, New Me.’
As I’ve stated previously, I love the new year, new prospects, a fresh beginning. But, with that being said, I think it also comes with a lot of pressure. You curate a list of all the things you want to achieve, you see lists of what others want to achieve, and a lot of the time you’ll also see a list of what other people managed to achieve in the previous year.
You start questioning if you did enough last year, if you’ve set good enough goals for the year ahead, and it can leave you feeling unfulfilled about the year just gone, and anxious about the year incoming.
We need to remember that it’s only January! So what if you’ve only been for 2 runs so far this year? (guilty!) Or that you didn’t quite manage to complete Veganuary? You’re trying, and that’s enough. You’ve got the entire year to run more, or eat a more plant based diet. Don’t be so hard on yourself that you couldn’t wake up in 2019 a brand new person.
Stop putting so much pressure on ticking off this list of goals that you’ve created. Have them as guides to lead you in the coming months, but remember that YOU are the person who created them, and YOU are not a failure if you haven’t managed to tick them all off just yet. Take things slow, you’ve got another 11 months to do it!
I’m not vegan or vegetarian, I wear leather shoes, and I buy food in plastic packaging most days. So, why am I writing this post? Because I care about this planet, and I’ve opened my eyes to the need for change. We all need to take a little more responsibility, and care more for the planet we live on. It’s not all about going completely vegan, or never buying something in plastic packaging again. It’s about doing things that will, however big or small, make a difference and help with the change we need to make.
Please don’t think ‘I’m not going to a difference’ or ‘how is me doing this ONE thing going to make any change?’. Doing SOMETHING is better than doing nothing at all. It would be easy for us to bury our head in the sand and accept that this is what the world is destined for, but I think that’s the lazy option. Join me in 2019 as I try to reduce my impact on the planet and share my tips along the way.
So, what can we all do to make a difference?
1. Reuse your carrier bags
  • Or even better, buy a few cotton/hessian shopper bags for your food shop and shopping trips. This is something that has improved massively since the 5p bag charge, but I still think could use some work. Even if paying 5p makes no difference to your bank balance, think about the environmental implications. You’ll use the bag a handful of times and it’ll end up in landfill. Try using a fabric bag that will last for years instead.
2. Buy Reusable Containers
  • A water bottle. Not only will carrying your own bottle of water around save you money, it will also help reduce the amount of plastic bottles needing to be recycled.
  • Coffee cup. Your own thermal coffee/ hot drink cup will keep your £4 coffee warmer for longer, and you won’t have to feel guilty about chucking a cup away every morning. Some coffee shops also reward you for using your own cup, so look into that in your local area too!
  • Tupperware. You can save leftovers for tomorrow, freeze extra meals, or just pack your lunch in an airtight box. Stop wrapping your sandwich in cling film/ tin foil, it’ll help the environment and you won’t have to eat a squashed sandwich again.
3. Reduce your meat/dairy consumption.
  • I know I’ve vaguely mentioned that you don’t need to go vegan to make a difference, well that’s not TOTALLY true. There’s more and more evidence showing that humans are consuming way too much red meat, and the health benefits of reducing our consumption is enough to persuade me to give it a go. So, I challenge you to cut down your meat consumption, whether it’s to; improve your health, help the planet, or ease yourself in to becoming veggie or vegan. Any of those reasons are as great as the next! Start will one less meaty meal a week and maybe try to get down to only eating meat 3/4 times a week.
4. Plan your food shop.
  • Instead of picking up every piece of food that catches your eye, look at the dates on the items to try and reduce your personal food waste.
5. Buy loose fruit veg instead of packaged.
  • This will help you buy only what you need, it usually works out way cheaper AND you’re helping reduce your single use plastic waste too!
6. Fast Fashion.
  • It’s easy to get caught up in wearing the latest trends, picking up pieces because, IT’S SO CHEAP! But the fashion industry is most certainly contributing to climate change, by changing the way we shop we can help change the future of the planet.
  • Think about whether you NEED the item.
  • Question if it’s going to get the wear it deserves if you buy it, there might be someone else that would buy it and get more use out of it.
  • Just because it’s cheap, doesn’t mean you need to buy it!
7. Beauty Products.
  • Lipsticks, palettes and eyeshadows tend to be packaged in excessive plastic. It’s especially wasteful if you’re only planning on wearing that bright orange lipstick once. See if a friend’s got one you can borrow, or find an alternative that you’ll actually use.
  • Shower gels and shampoos are products we re-buy at least once a month, especially in my house where there are six of us. See if you can buy the products in a larger bottle to cut down on your plastic waste, or all get on board and vow to start buying some naked products. When my shampoo runs out I’m going to pop on the LUSH website and buy a couple of their shampoo and conditioner bars.
  • Cotton pads and wipes. Usually housed in plastic packaging and, most, not easily biodegradable. Think about investing in reusable cotton pads and muslin cloths instead. It’ll save you some pennies in the long run too.
Above are just seven simple ways that you can help the environment and reduce your impact on the planet. If you have any other suggestions please leave them in the comments as I’d love some more tips and tricks. I’m definitely not an expert at any of these, but will be doing my best this year to challenge myself to use less plastic and create less waste.

7 WAYS YOU CAN REDUCE YOUR IMPACT ON THE PLANET

I’m not vegan or vegetarian, I wear leather shoes, and I buy food in plastic packaging most days. So, why am I writing this post? Because I care about this planet, and I’ve opened my eyes to the need for change. We all need to take a little more responsibility, and care more for the planet we live on. It’s not all about going completely vegan, or never buying something in plastic packaging again. It’s about doing things that will, however big or small, make a difference and help with the change we need to make.
Please don’t think ‘I’m not going to a difference’ or ‘how is me doing this ONE thing going to make any change?’. Doing SOMETHING is better than doing nothing at all. It would be easy for us to bury our head in the sand and accept that this is what the world is destined for, but I think that’s the lazy option. Join me in 2019 as I try to reduce my impact on the planet and share my tips along the way.
So, what can we all do to make a difference?
1. Reuse your carrier bags
  • Or even better, buy a few cotton/hessian shopper bags for your food shop and shopping trips. This is something that has improved massively since the 5p bag charge, but I still think could use some work. Even if paying 5p makes no difference to your bank balance, think about the environmental implications. You’ll use the bag a handful of times and it’ll end up in landfill. Try using a fabric bag that will last for years instead.
2. Buy Reusable Containers
  • A water bottle. Not only will carrying your own bottle of water around save you money, it will also help reduce the amount of plastic bottles needing to be recycled.
  • Coffee cup. Your own thermal coffee/ hot drink cup will keep your £4 coffee warmer for longer, and you won’t have to feel guilty about chucking a cup away every morning. Some coffee shops also reward you for using your own cup, so look into that in your local area too!
  • Tupperware. You can save leftovers for tomorrow, freeze extra meals, or just pack your lunch in an airtight box. Stop wrapping your sandwich in cling film/ tin foil, it’ll help the environment and you won’t have to eat a squashed sandwich again.
3. Reduce your meat/dairy consumption.
  • I know I’ve vaguely mentioned that you don’t need to go vegan to make a difference, well that’s not TOTALLY true. There’s more and more evidence showing that humans are consuming way too much red meat, and the health benefits of reducing our consumption is enough to persuade me to give it a go. So, I challenge you to cut down your meat consumption, whether it’s to; improve your health, help the planet, or ease yourself in to becoming veggie or vegan. Any of those reasons are as great as the next! Start will one less meaty meal a week and maybe try to get down to only eating meat 3/4 times a week.
4. Plan your food shop.
  • Instead of picking up every piece of food that catches your eye, look at the dates on the items to try and reduce your personal food waste.
5. Buy loose fruit veg instead of packaged.
  • This will help you buy only what you need, it usually works out way cheaper AND you’re helping reduce your single use plastic waste too!
6. Fast Fashion.
  • It’s easy to get caught up in wearing the latest trends, picking up pieces because, IT’S SO CHEAP! But the fashion industry is most certainly contributing to climate change, by changing the way we shop we can help change the future of the planet.
  • Think about whether you NEED the item.
  • Question if it’s going to get the wear it deserves if you buy it, there might be someone else that would buy it and get more use out of it.
  • Just because it’s cheap, doesn’t mean you need to buy it!
7. Beauty Products.
  • Lipsticks, palettes and eyeshadows tend to be packaged in excessive plastic. It’s especially wasteful if you’re only planning on wearing that bright orange lipstick once. See if a friend’s got one you can borrow, or find an alternative that you’ll actually use.
  • Shower gels and shampoos are products we re-buy at least once a month, especially in my house where there are six of us. See if you can buy the products in a larger bottle to cut down on your plastic waste, or all get on board and vow to start buying some naked products. When my shampoo runs out I’m going to pop on the LUSH website and buy a couple of their shampoo and conditioner bars.
  • Cotton pads and wipes. Usually housed in plastic packaging and, most, not easily biodegradable. Think about investing in reusable cotton pads and muslin cloths instead. It’ll save you some pennies in the long run too.
Above are just seven simple ways that you can help the environment and reduce your impact on the planet. If you have any other suggestions please leave them in the comments as I’d love some more tips and tricks. I’m definitely not an expert at any of these, but will be doing my best this year to challenge myself to use less plastic and create less waste.
I love setting myself goals. Setting myself some goals to achieve through the year gives me so much purpose and motivation. I don't think that it's vital to set goals/resolutions at all if you don't want to. But I find a new year so inspiring to work out what you'd like to accomplish for the fresh year ahead.

01. Create a more healthy lifestyle for myself. Near the end of 2018 I began running, mainly for my mental wellbeing, however I'm loving that changes that I'm seeing in my body too. I want to focus a little more on having a healthier, well rounded, diet and start doing workouts to target certain areas of my body, as well as continuing with my cardio.

02. Last year saw me becoming interested in learning more about our impact on the planet. This year I was to cut down on my meat and dairy intake, make a conscious effort to use less plastic, and also change my clothes shopping habits too. On a similar vain, I'm so excited to write about things that matter, like fast fashion, sustainable brands and so on.

03. In 2019 I want to spend more time doing things I love. That's adventuring in new places, styling and shooting outfits and sharing things on my blog. I'm saving for a new camera so that I can really focus on the photography side of my site, and start shooting some self portraits too. I want to experiment with different styles and really find out what sort of photography represents me best.

04. Get my ears repierced and get a tattoo or two. The last couple of years I have wanted to get some tattoos, but I've never been totally sure on the design I want. The permanency of them terrifies me. But there's some designs that I've been toying with the idea of for a fair while now, so maybe this year will be the year.

05. So, that's a few of my goals for this year. I've got lots of little ones jotted down in my bullet journal too. Oh, that's the final one for this short list, bullet journal frequently! I'm a bit of a design geek, so being able to design my own spreads is fun and also means that I can create the perfect spread for my needs. I've ditched my old blog planning notebook and will just have a diary/blog planning book in one.

I hope you've enjoyed reading a few of my goals for this year, are you a goal setter? Let me know one of your goals for the year.

2019 Goals

I love setting myself goals. Setting myself some goals to achieve through the year gives me so much purpose and motivation. I don't think that it's vital to set goals/resolutions at all if you don't want to. But I find a new year so inspiring to work out what you'd like to accomplish for the fresh year ahead.

01. Create a more healthy lifestyle for myself. Near the end of 2018 I began running, mainly for my mental wellbeing, however I'm loving that changes that I'm seeing in my body too. I want to focus a little more on having a healthier, well rounded, diet and start doing workouts to target certain areas of my body, as well as continuing with my cardio.

02. Last year saw me becoming interested in learning more about our impact on the planet. This year I was to cut down on my meat and dairy intake, make a conscious effort to use less plastic, and also change my clothes shopping habits too. On a similar vain, I'm so excited to write about things that matter, like fast fashion, sustainable brands and so on.

03. In 2019 I want to spend more time doing things I love. That's adventuring in new places, styling and shooting outfits and sharing things on my blog. I'm saving for a new camera so that I can really focus on the photography side of my site, and start shooting some self portraits too. I want to experiment with different styles and really find out what sort of photography represents me best.

04. Get my ears repierced and get a tattoo or two. The last couple of years I have wanted to get some tattoos, but I've never been totally sure on the design I want. The permanency of them terrifies me. But there's some designs that I've been toying with the idea of for a fair while now, so maybe this year will be the year.

05. So, that's a few of my goals for this year. I've got lots of little ones jotted down in my bullet journal too. Oh, that's the final one for this short list, bullet journal frequently! I'm a bit of a design geek, so being able to design my own spreads is fun and also means that I can create the perfect spread for my needs. I've ditched my old blog planning notebook and will just have a diary/blog planning book in one.

I hope you've enjoyed reading a few of my goals for this year, are you a goal setter? Let me know one of your goals for the year.
Happy New Year everyone! Here’s my round up of 2018, as I do every year. But this year’s a little different. I tend to speak about the positive AND negative things that happened through my year, but due to this year being slightly turbulent, I decided to just highlight the good things. There are things that happened that I wish to write about at some point this year, but I’d like my year round up to be as positive as possible.
01. I met up with my friend who was home from Uni, we went for dinner and shot a little outfit post too. I also met up with another friend who I hadn’t seen for THREE YEARS!
02. My parents purchased a cute cottage in North Norfolk, did it up and are letting it out for holiday lets. We visited Norfolk a few times in the second half of the year, I absolutely love the seaside so being able to pop there for a weekend was such a nice thing.
03. I started the year still working part-time at a local H&M. In April I got a new (full-time) job in a small creative business. I worked there for six months, and due to a change in circumstances I left that job and moved to a different H&M store, again, part-time. I’m heading into 2019 working part-time, whilst making plans for my own creative business. I didn’t spend as much time on my blog and shop as I wish I had. But, the things that I did produce I am super proud of.
04. I visited London once this year, it was a spontaneous decision for my 22nd Birthday, as I was supposed to be heading to Norfolk with my family but my old car gave up on me the day before.
05. After my 22nd Birthday I purchased a new car! It’s only a few years old and I LOVE IT. It feels like such an upgrade from my old car, and it’s nice to have something nice to show for my money.
06. I started focusing more on myself and my mental health. One major thing that this involves is running. I’m trying to run at least 2/3 times a week and I’m really seeing a difference in my state of mind and my body too.
07. We rounded off the year with a trip to Norfolk before Christmas. I was lucky enough to get the days before Christmas off work so we took full advantage and headed to the cottage. We visited a couple of beaches and just relaxed for a few days.
So there it is, a few of my best bits from 2018. I’m so excited for this new year, and I’m ready to keep pushing myself to achieve all the crazy dreams I have. The next post over here will be my 2019 goals. I’ve kept them very simple, and some are pretty trivial, but I always think it’s good to make note of different things you’d like to achieve.

2018 HIGHLIGHTS

Happy New Year everyone! Here’s my round up of 2018, as I do every year. But this year’s a little different. I tend to speak about the positive AND negative things that happened through my year, but due to this year being slightly turbulent, I decided to just highlight the good things. There are things that happened that I wish to write about at some point this year, but I’d like my year round up to be as positive as possible.
01. I met up with my friend who was home from Uni, we went for dinner and shot a little outfit post too. I also met up with another friend who I hadn’t seen for THREE YEARS!
02. My parents purchased a cute cottage in North Norfolk, did it up and are letting it out for holiday lets. We visited Norfolk a few times in the second half of the year, I absolutely love the seaside so being able to pop there for a weekend was such a nice thing.
03. I started the year still working part-time at a local H&M. In April I got a new (full-time) job in a small creative business. I worked there for six months, and due to a change in circumstances I left that job and moved to a different H&M store, again, part-time. I’m heading into 2019 working part-time, whilst making plans for my own creative business. I didn’t spend as much time on my blog and shop as I wish I had. But, the things that I did produce I am super proud of.
04. I visited London once this year, it was a spontaneous decision for my 22nd Birthday, as I was supposed to be heading to Norfolk with my family but my old car gave up on me the day before.
05. After my 22nd Birthday I purchased a new car! It’s only a few years old and I LOVE IT. It feels like such an upgrade from my old car, and it’s nice to have something nice to show for my money.
06. I started focusing more on myself and my mental health. One major thing that this involves is running. I’m trying to run at least 2/3 times a week and I’m really seeing a difference in my state of mind and my body too.
07. We rounded off the year with a trip to Norfolk before Christmas. I was lucky enough to get the days before Christmas off work so we took full advantage and headed to the cottage. We visited a couple of beaches and just relaxed for a few days.
So there it is, a few of my best bits from 2018. I’m so excited for this new year, and I’m ready to keep pushing myself to achieve all the crazy dreams I have. The next post over here will be my 2019 goals. I’ve kept them very simple, and some are pretty trivial, but I always think it’s good to make note of different things you’d like to achieve.

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