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Posts Worth Reading

March 27, 2016

All week I've been desperately trying to come up with something interesting to write about but, for one reason or another, I've come up with nothing. I think I might be in one of those horrible 'I've run out of ideas' periods. Anyway, for that reason, I've decided to hand over this week's post to five other bloggers, who clearly have more ideas than I do. Here are some posts that are definitely worth a read:

  1. this guide to Notting Hill is beautiful
  2. I couldn't be more grateful for this beauty edit
  3. this post reminded me that Spring is on it's way 
  4. these Easter treats look too good to be true
  5. reading this reminded me of the importance of self care

Living Positively

February 29, 2016

I've been wanting to write this post for a while now, but until recently it didn't seem natural to do so. It didn't seem honest to write about living positively until I knew that I was making a conscious effort to do so myself. I'm not quite sure why things seem to have fallen into place for me recently, but I'm certain that what I've listed below has contributed. These are a few of the things that I feel are important when aiming to live a happier, more positive life:

Look after yourself. This is by far the most important for me. Start with the basics: get enough sleep; go outside from time to time; exercise when you can; drink plenty of water and eat a little healthier.

Change your perspective. Seeing things in a positive light often seems impossible, but the difference it can make is astounding. Nothing is ever as bad as it seems and it's important to keep this in mind, especially when things go wrong.

Learn to let go. It's so easy to dwell on the things that make you unhappy, but holding onto them will only negatively effect you. It's okay to be unhappy from time to time, but it's also important to recognise when it's time to let things go.

Realise the possibility for change. Everyday is a fresh start, and if you're unhappy with something, change it. Never stop adapting and growing as a person, and don't be afraid to change your mind about things - your aims, opinions and style don't have to stay the same forever.

Be kind to others. I firmly believe that you attract what you put out into the world, meaning that if you choose to spread kindness, you'll recieve the same in return. I know that it's not always easy to be kind to others, and that it may seem fake or unfair to do so, but with enough practise it will become second nature.

Stop worrying. If you have a solution, what's the use? If you don't, what's the point?

Cut out all negativity. If there are people in your life who make you miserable, they don't deserve to be there. Although cutting them out may seem difficult, you'll feel better for it in the long-term. The same goes for your belongings. Holding onto useless items that you don't need, that hold negative sentimental value, or that don't reflect you as a person, only gets in the way of the things that do.

Do what makes you happy. Unfortunately, for so many people, this isn't a priority. Life gets in the way and doing something simply because you enjoy it seems like a waste of time, or money. Even so, it's important to do what makes you happy, at least once in a while. Never feel bad or apologise for doing what's best for you, regardless of what other people think.

Reflect. At the end of each day, take time to reflect on what made you happy, the things you achieved and what you are grateful for (it often helps me to talk this through with someone, or to write it down). Work out the changes you want to make to make tomorrow a better day, and act on them.

Have confidence. This takes time, and it's definitely easier said than done. Don't try to be anything you're not, and work on accepting your insecurities, rather than wishing them away. Self improvement is good, of course, but don't change for anyone other than yourself.

Undoubtedly, it's impossible to do all of this at once - positivity requires time and effort, and you have to be willing to work for it. Even so, I hope that you can take something from this post and maybe by being aware a few of the things I've said, you'll begin to notice a difference in your own life.

See you soon!

P.S. Apologies for the fact that this post is neither on a Wednesday or a Sunday. The balance between blogging and A-levels is still something I'm trying to work out.

Inspiration #1

February 7, 2016

I rediscovered my love for Tumblr recently and spent some time making my account look nice again. For someone who can't really draw, or take good photos, I find quite a lot of inspiration in things that are aesthetically pleasing and thought I'd share some of them with you today. I love the combination of blues and pinks in the pictures and also included a photograph of New York in preparation for my trip the summer, which has been pretty much the only thing getting me through revision.

Other things that happened this week:
  • I bought this book about Buddhism
  • My Mum and I had lunch in CafĂ© Rouge, which felt quite sophisticated until I spilt coffee all over the table
  • I finally finished Chapter 4 of The Great Gatsby
  • I spent a lovely day at the University of Birmingham, but still can't decide where I want to go next year
  • My Marina & The Diamonds tickets arrived (!!)

    Study Technique

    January 27, 2016

    I’m sorry that it’s been a while since my last post – this really isn’t what I’d intended for the beginning of a New Year. Unfortunately, at my sixth form, mock exams take place immediately after the holidays and as a result I haven’t had the time to write a single thing, however much I'd have liked to. The only real benefit of my recent workload is the series of techniques that I've developed in order to keep my stress to a minimum and remain as productive as possible. Today I thought I'd share some of these with you, in the hope that they prove useful when your exams come along...

    --  One of the most important things to remember is to start early. It's so much easier to do a couple of hours of revision a day than to attempt to learn your entire course overnight. 

    --  Making a plan can make a large workload seem a lot less overwhelming. Create a short list of achievable goals and focus on one task at a time. 

    --  The SelfControl app allows you to create a 'blacklist' of the websites that distract you from revision and then blocks them for however long you choose. 

    --  Creating a revision playlist can help to get you into the mood to revise, as well as make your revision seem a little less dull. Ideally, the playlist should only contain instrumental pieces, but I've been enjoying listening to this instead. 

    -- Leaving pep talks in revision notes can be useful when you get bored or need reminding of what you're working towards. It might seem strange but, suprisingly, it helps.

    -- Don't overdo it. Remember to take care of yourself: go easy on the caffeine (get enough sleep instead!), stay hydrated and take breaks when you need to. 

    What motivates you to keep studying?