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The past few weeks have been quite a whirlwind for me. The biggest thing that happened last month was handing in my dissertation and finishing University. It does terrify me thinking how fast 3 years have whizzed past, but since finishing I’ve finally been able to have some quality time for myself. You know what that means, there has been a fair few bits I’ve been loving, want to see?

First up has to be the sunshine. I know it comes and goes in this unpredictable English weather, but since the sun has been shining a bit more it makes me super excited for the summer months ahead. The sun just makes everything a bit more positive and makes me want to get out and be more active. It also inspires me to get more out of my day and with the longer daylight hours.

Summer fragrances. For the beauty section this month my most favourite has to be fragrances. I’m usually one for using the same perfume day in day out, but lately I’ve been switching it up almost everyday. I do have a larger collection than last year and it’s nice to pick and choose depending on my mood. A must have for the past few spring like weeks has to be the latest edition to Viktor and Rolf’s Flowerbomb Range called Bloom*. This fragrance is so light, floral and feminine and sits so well with a fresh warm day. You can read more about it here. I just think summer perfumes are so fun and so many bring back summer holiday memories.

Speaking of light and fresh summer beauty products, I’ve been loving wearing more minimal makeup as well as being fresh faced. I am a sucker for dewy skin and for this I love the Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood Range. For everyday I use the Fix Hyaluronic Shot, which is a super lightweight serum that boosts your skins hydration levels and leaves you with super soft and glowy skin. I also love to use their Serum and Cleansing Pads. I find this range is full of quick fix products that are also affordable and incredible quality.

This past month or so I’ve been really getting into my exercise and going to the gym regularly. For me, exercise is a way to unwind and de-stress and is the main buy amoxicillin online uk reason I go 5/6 times a week. It helps me focus and without it I can become quite uninspired, even going for a long walk helps me clear my head and gather my thoughts. Exercise doesn’t always have to be painful and vigorous either. I change my exercises up quite a bit and try different techniques from stretching and yoga to heavy weights. It’s good to change up your workout routine as 1) you won’t get bored and 2) you can find out what works best for you.

Journalling. I bought myself a gorgeous diary last month in the sale at Homesense, a bit late in the year I know, but it’s so pretty I couldn’t resist for just £5 when originally it was £40. It comes with separate notes sections as well as inspiring words and quotes, and it’s really helped me organise my blog schedule as well as write ideas down and journal my everyday thoughts. I always enjoy using pretty stationary to, so if you’re looking for one to I’d recommend heading to Homesense or TK Maxx.

Although I don’t dress up that often, I’ve really been obsessed with heeled mules. Over the past month or so I’ve actually bought quite a few and they just make me want to get dressed up and head out somewhere fancy for the day. What I love about heeled mules is that you can dress them up or down and they look so classic. There are so many variations out there at the minute, and I’m constantly searching ASOS for some new ones. I just can’t get enough.

In terms of food I’ve been loving, because how can I talk about my favourite things without mentioning food, are breakfast bowls. Now that the mornings are a lot lighter I’ve been enjoying making fresher and lighter breakfasts, such as fruit bowls and various granola combinations. I’m one of those that will go to bed at night dreaming of my breakfast and I get so happy when I can finally eat it. Changing up my breakfasts actually makes me enjoy eating early to, and I find breakfast the most important and enjoyable meal of the day now!

What have you been loving lately?

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Hello beauties! Welcome back to my monthly blog read favourites. Since being a daily blogger, I’ve read more blogs than ever before. I get a lot of inspiration from reading blogs, so it’s now something I do everyday. Whether its catching up on those I already follow or searching for new ones, I love to indulge and enjoy others content. There’s been a fair few bloggers that have caught my eye this month and I’m going to share my favourite with you.

Hannah from HannahGale

I love a blog where they is constant amazing content being uploaded. I’m always heading over to Hannah’s blog not knowing what’s coming next and I love that. Hannah’s blog is one I’ve written about here before, but this month her content is killing it. From fashion posts, photography tips and travel posts to personal posts talking through Instagram tips and so much more. My absolute favourite post of the month of May was Hannah’s The Sassiest Pink Skirt In All The Land – oh how I wish I could pull off a skirt like that! Hannah’s fashion posts aren’t just stunning pictures either, she goes all out into detail about how she dresses up outfits and how it makes her feel, which goes to show how much effort goes into her content.

Albertine from DippyWrites

If like me you could spend hours and hours reading about beauty, then you need to head over to Albertine’s blog. Honestly, so many reviews of new in beauty products as well as her thoughts on the latest in the industry. My favourite post of the month has to be Albertine’s experience of getting the ‘Audrey Brow’, and they ended up looking amazing! It’s nice to see beauty treatment reviews as well as straight up products, as it gets me wanting to be more experimental myself.

Sophie & Emma from MySistersWardrobe

With My Sisters Wardrobe, you get two bloggers for the price of one – something you don’t see all the time! Two beautiful sisters, Sophie and Emma, have made a fashion blog I’m all for. Street style mixed with class and femininity is what I live for, and mixing the two styles together is even better. Their wardrobes boast sports luxe, everyday style and the most incredible shoe collection. The sisters are so my style and I’m constantly going back to check if they’ve got new content. Likewise, I’m always checking up on their drool-worthy Instagram account, linked here, where they show off even more of their wardrobe. Oh how I’d love to get a sneak peak!

Hannah from LittleThoughtsBlog

It’s not all the time I read just beauty and fashion blogs. Mental Health is an important topic and part of my life and its so refreshing to see someone speak so strong and openly about it. It makes me understand my own feelings a bit more and helps me gather confidence in talking about the topic myself. Hannah writes about a whole array of other topics such as beauty and lifestyle, but what grabs my attention most is the posts on mental health and her journey. It’s so eye opening to read more about someone else’s experience and  a recent post of hers about recovery is one I recommend if you like reading these stories to.

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Freedom is something I haven’t really experienced much of before. I’ve been in education for a straight 18 years and it seems like a life time. Last week I finished University, which means education and that side of life is officially over. It actually feels so surreal to say that, and now the next step is to find a full time job and become a real adult (scary!). True adulthood comes at different times in everyone’s life and means different things for different people, but I’m actually so excited for what’s to come.

Being able to be free from doing work, attending lectures and what not means I have more free ‘brain time’. By this I mean I finally have space in my mind for other things, rather than it being overcrowded with to do lists and work. Simplicity of the mind is something I’ve been craving for a long long time.

During the busiest weeks of my degree, which was when I was finalising my dissertation, my mind was overloaded with all sorts of things. From worrying thoughts to utter stress, and it’s nice to let that stress finally go and open my mind to the future.

This post is basically letting you know how important I think having some freedom is. I for one am certainly a get-goer, whilst doing my degree I felt I needed to be on the move with 101 things to achieve during the day. I agree that staying busy 24/7 can sometimes feel like the right thing to do, but it really isn’t. Since finishing my degree and having spare time on my hands has made me realise I don’t generic amoxil online need to move at a million miles per hour. Instead, I’ve found meaning to having time with nothing to do other than things that make you truly happy. For me that’s having time to get creative and go for walks.

Freedom for me isn’t being able to sit in all day long and do nothing, it’s having time to do the things that I love. Don’t get me wrong, I do love an evening sitting watching Netflix on my phone, but there are other times I feel I need to do something that can free my mind.

As humans living in a ‘socially connected world’ around the clock can make you feel like you need to keep up to date with everything and everyone. In reality, that’s not healthy for the mind and definitely adds unneeded stress. Taking a step back and opening your mind to things you really enjoy doing is probably the most freeing feeling. Just give yourself time each day, or even across a whole weekend, to do what you love most and you’ll feel regenerated.

My whole point of this chatty post is to show how important freedom and making time for the things you love can be. During my degree I kept occupied 24/7 and I didn’t realise how drained it made me. My first week of free time has made me realise just how vital and amazing freedom is. Even for those that work full-time, I think prioritising yourself just once a week can give you that head space and get your mind back on track.

What does freedom mean to you?

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Turning a new chapter in your own ‘story book’ is never an easy transition. As I sit here writing this I’m sitting in an empty coffee shop in London debating what’s next. Today is the day I hand in my dissertation at University and today is the day where a new chapter in my life begins.

Personally, I think change is a wonderful thing. It inspires you to move forward, onto new and better things, but it’s not always simple. Now I’ve finished University, the question is when and where I’ll be working or whether travelling is my next step. The world of work scares me a lot, but it also excites me. New opportunities always come when you least expect it, so now I guess I just wait my turn.

This post is just to talk to you guys about finding your feet and starting fresh. As humans I think we’re so accustomed to sticking to a routine, whether that be in school, work or everyday life. I am one for a routine, I like to do specific at specific times but I like to try new things quite often. Even if it means once a week I go to the gym at 8am instead of sitting doing work, change is good. Breaking that routine is difficult, but with time it does get easier and better.

Another tip I’m giving anyone who reads this and myself is to believe in yourself more. I never order accutane online even thought I’d go to University, let alone make it through 3 years of intense studying and writing a 12,000 word dissertation. Yet here I am, 3 years later writing this post, feeling proud and accomplished that I went out of my comfort zone and got myself a degree. Apart from the studying, I’ve learnt a lot of things on my journey. I’ve learnt to be more confident, more creative and more relentless. Life can throw anything your way, whenever it wants to, you’ve just got to be prepared to find your feet and take that step forward. Who knows what could happen?

Creating this blog was a huge step for me, as it is for anyone, but from all the amazing opportunities I’ve had and connections I’ve made, it’s made me make feel incredible for doing it. It’s also helped me acknowledge that I’m a keen writer and creator, which I would’ve probably never found if I didn’t start. I wouldn’t be here writing this now if I didn’t push myself. You just have to make that first step, believe me.

My message to you is to take yourself out of your comfort zone every once in a while. Even if it means creating that next chapter in your book, just for go for it.

Now it’s time for me to find my feet, and who knows where my story will take me.

What has been your most recent big life change?

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I’m back at it with a new ‘loves’ post, this time it’s all about what I loved throughout April. Can I just say, did April even exist? It flashed by my eyes within (what felt like) a few minutes. The next few weeks will be hectic for me to so I’m sure that will zoom by! Although it’s gone super fast I’ve actually been enjoying a lot of new things, so let’s cut the blab and get into it.

L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation

As I’ve been quite busy or sitting at home writing my dissertation, it’s been quite a makeup ‘free’ time. I’ve either been makeup free or opted for a natural, quick and easy base and for that I’ve been reaching for the L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation. This foundation exceeded my expectations as I’m a girl who likes a medium to full coverage foundation, and although this is lightweight and very natural, it’s buildable and is so dewy and flawless. It’s so easy to apply and is perfect for those days I can’t be bothered much but want a seamless finish with glowing skin. You can read a full review here.

Getting A New Setup

As I’ve been blogging for over a year and half now, I thought it was time to get a new photography setup. I’ve been taking them in the same cramped space forever now, so I’ve DIY’ed a space in the house to take blog photos from and it’s so much more spacious. It means I can take them somewhere else other than my room, which is already quite full of makeup. It’s been nice have a change up! I’ve also been on the hunt for new props and small unique boutique places in Norwich helped me out a lot. I love fresh buy ventolin pills crisp photos and new props really get me inspired.

Being Bare Faced

Like I’ve mentioned, this month has been quite busy which means I’ve been makeup free quite a lot of the time BUT I’ve enjoyed it so much. The best bit about wearing no makeup throughout the day means you don’t have to deal with that dreaded evening routine of taking it all off. I can just wash my face etc and jump into bed – it’s so fab! My skin has been thanking me for this to.

My Portable Phone Charger

This one sounds so basic but in reality, it’s probably my most favourite thing of the month. I’m a girl who is always on her phone, not a good thing in the slightest, but I’m always keeping up with social media, the news and regularly doing blog bits. I’ve been having serious issues with battery life on my phone and this little guy has come in so handy. I’ve got one from Anker, which has two ports and charges an iPhone fully up to 3 and a half times. I always keep it in my bag as it’s small and compact, and it’s the handiest thing ever I’ve ever purchased.

Lipgloss

I used to be quite the matte lip girl, I do still love them a lot, but I just love glossy lips. I have quite small lips so matte lips can sometimes make them appear smaller as I’m not one to overdraw my line lip. However, with glossy lips my lips feel fuller and super feminine. My favourites of the month have been Too Faced Sweet Peach Lip Oils and the Tanya Burr Glosses, they add so much shine and I don’t find these ones sticky at all and last so long.

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With the long and very needed Easter weekend just gone, I thought what better time than to share with you my favourite ways to get a bit of down time at the weekends. I don’t work full-time but I am mid dissertation, daily blogging, part-time working and for some reason always busy – there’s never really a moment I stop and have a long time to take some down time. But, when I do it feels so good.

I’m one to always have a busy schedule, I like it that way, but down time is super important to keep your brain in check and not feel like too much is on your plate. If you’re like me and love a busy schedule, make sure you give yourself some ‘you time’, it really helps me focus for what’s ahead. Relaxation is key to stop my brain from constantly ticking. So, let’s get into my favourite ways to get some weekend down time.

Switch off

Being quite the phone addict and also needing to be on it a lot for blogging, I do try and switch off from technology when I can. By that I mean my phone and social media, as with down time I like to watch catch up or YouTube. Switching off your phone or just putting it to the side is actually the thing for me that makes the biggest world of difference. Even an hour or two with it out of the way and not keep checking for notifications is more therapeutic than it might sound. This is the number one thing I do when I need to zone out and focus on getting some me time. It’s also something I do when spending time with friends or loved ones, I just pop it in my bag and not let it be a distraction.

A good old cuppa T

I am a big tea lover, more than I ever was before. Recently I’ve also got into drinking fruit and herbal teas, so I am building quite the selection. When I want an hour or two to myself the first thing I do is make a good cuppa tea. Also, if you’re buy ventolin asthma inhalers feeling a bit down I always think a cup of warm tea just makes the day that bit better.

Soaking it all up

After a long and stressful week, I always think its time for a good pamper. I do like to shower but there’s nothing more relaxing than a long soak in the bath. To make it extra special I usually use some luxury soaks or Lush products and have a candle-lit bath and close my eyes. A big old bubble bath does indeed soak up all the stress and gives you space to think. I like to switch on YouTube, put a facemask on and take in my cup of tea if I feel like it to, it’s like making my own little mini spa.

Good food is good for the heart

During the week I like to stick to quite a healthy routine with my diet, especially with going to the gym. But when it gets to the weekends I let go a little and I think good food really is the way to make you happy. I love visiting cute little coffee shops/cafes during the weekends if I come across any, as they do the scrummiest food and I adore finding new and unique places. Exploring and venturing out is also a favourite way of mine to get some down time, it takes your head away from the busy week and helps me breathe.

Catching up

As I said, I love to catch up with series or YouTube during those moments I’m craving a bit of me time. However, catching up means with anything you’ve been missing out on. If you love to read blogs or meet up with friends, the weekends are made for that. I always make sure I have something planned at the weekend that’ll allow me to get dressed and take time with my makeup before heading out and doing something. Even if it means popping to town to pick up some bits or have a stroll and grab a coffee, catching up with yourself will help you feel ready for the next week ahead.

What are your favourite ways to get some weekend down time?

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Being in my early 20’s has been different in many ways than I thought. Your teenage years bring about a lot of unneeded stress, which you can look back on now and just laugh about. How did I stress about the littlest things? Nobody knows. The second decade of your life is quite scary for many reasons and life starts to speed up more than you expect it to. So guess what? I’ve decided to make some life changes that I’m willing to stick to.

I’m no longer willing to let life pile on top of me or feel tired and down when I don’t need to. Being mature enough to make your own life changes really feels quite precious, as you’ve got no voices in your ear holes trying to change your life for you. For once I feel like I got me, I got this.

So here are the life changes I’m making and sticking to…

DOING THINGS FOR ME

In my teenage years I wasn’t exactly depended on in any way, I just always felt I had to please everyone else around me before focusing on myself first. Now I’m like no, no, no, why on earth did I do that? I’m not saying I’m putting myself first, but when it comes to things I want to do, I’m not willing to let anyone get in the way of it and change my mind. If I wanna do it, I’m gonna do it.

Your 20’s does indeed come with a lot of maturity, if you’re willing to mature that is, and taking responsibility for yourself is number one on my list. I mean, I am the only person who needs to worry what I’m doing, right? We all need to make our own choices and make ourselves happy and content.

BEING AMBITIOUS

A few years back when I was finishing my A-Levels I had no clue what I wanted to do with my life. At that point I didn’t even know if I wanted to go to University, and oh my am I glad I made the right choice. I’m now at the end of finishing a Bachelor’s degree and University in a subject I love and adore and I couldn’t be happier.

15 year old me was told she could do great things but never believed in herself, so now I’m making up for that. I still don’t have the slightest idea what future career I see myself settling into, but all that counts right now whilst still being young is that I’m ambitious. I need to set myself goals that I used to think buy accutane 20mg were impossible and believe in myself until I get there.

Take blogging for example, never in a million years did I think I’d still be doing it now and working with amazing people. Believing in yourself is key at any age, so I say start now.

CHANGING MY EATING HABITS

I don’t really believe in diets and I never have. I’ve never really been a really bad eater as such, and I’m not saying it’s bad to be, but I’ve just changed into someone who wants to eat cleaner than she did before. I never really fussed about what was in food and I’m not now, but I’m interested in trying out new foods, natural foods and more and to understand what it takes to make decent, healthy and fun meals.

I still love snacking and I still love my bad foods, but I’ve had a lot of inspiration and motivation the past few months to go out of my comfort zone and try cleaner eating and I’ve enjoyed it. I no longer feel down on my energy levels or feel sluggish, so I take it this is what’s best for me! Trying new foods has made me into wanting to cook and experiment more to, which is more fun than I imagined. More frequent exercise has helped me along the way as well into getting the body I want, and the gym for me now is enjoyable. You just gotta push yourself!

P.S. junk food is still allowed when I want it! Crisps and pizza calms the soul.

BEING MORE OF A POSITIVE POLLY

Growing up and especially during your ‘stroppy teenage’ years, life and everything around you gets seen through some ‘negative nelly spectacles’. I scrapped this attitude as soon as I realised it just isn’t fun. Seeing everything as a negative can actually be quite tiring and just make you miserable.

Now I’ve matured and have my many responsibilities, I see life in a whole new way. I’ve been told my attitude has changed towards life in quite the most positive way possible and I’m sticking to it. When something sticky happens just think of the positive ways out and resolve them the best you can. There’s no need to faff around and make life harder for myself, it’s just not worth it. Every now and then I just step back and take a breather, it makes this whole Positive Polly thing a whole lot easier.

I’M WEARING

Jacket | Topshop

Tee | Primark

Glasses | Quay Australia

Jeans | Missguided

Shoes | COS

Bag | La Moda

Have you decided to make any life changes at a certain age?

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life balance

Just recently I’ve felt more organised than ever, and if I wasn’t then my life would be a complete mess. I’m currently in third year at University, so I’m mid dissertation and soon to finish. On top of that I work part time everyday during the week and daily blog. That’s just three of the things I have to keep up with. It can be quite stressful and of course very time consuming, but there are ways around balancing it all.

Life balance is a tough one. Everyday activities such as exercise, getting ready and eating are all time consuming enough, but it has to all be done. I love lying my head down at night knowing I’ve achieved everything I needed to, otherwise I don’t get a great sleep and then the following day is set for disaster.

Todo lists are my thing and it is one of the most satisfying things to tick everything off and take some down time in the evening. In with all this stuff I have to get done, I absolutely love going to the gym (that’s something I never thought I’d say!). It’s the one thing I know helps keep me motivated. I now go regularly, usually around 4-6 times a week and I think that’s what keeps me going. As well as the gym, eating healthier means I’ve changed my lifestyle and it’s kept me on my toes and gives me more energy. I’m not saying buy amoxicillin 500mg exercise is the only option, but having a productive hobby is what I’m saying helps. If like me you’re juggling many things at once, it’s important to balance it all with doing things you love. If that means taking time to sit down and read, or even go for a walk or having a soak in the tub, then so be it. You need that down time for all the times you’re up and running around.

Another thing, never push yourself to do more than you can manage. I used to do this a heck of a lot and is what sends you into that mind of not being motivated. If you have a lot of things on your plate, prioritise certain things as there’s only so much one human can manage.

Life balance and being able to manage it is all about making time for the things you love doing. It keeps you occupied and then you when it comes to do the boring bits, such as work, then it doesn’t seem so bad. It’s a reason I took up daily blogging, I know it means more work but I actually enjoy it and class it as ‘me time’. It also gets my creative flow going for University work and thinking about my future.

Work at your own pace and do little things for yourself, that’s what balance is all about.

What do you do to keep your life in check?

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Welcome back to my monthly series that is essentially a March favourites, with six things I’ve been loving the past few weeks. The past month has been a bit strange for me, I’ve been super busy in terms of dissertation and many different occasions and events, and it’s been a bit of a whirlwind. It’s certainly flown by, I can tell you that for sure. Although I’ve been super busy, there have been a good few things I’ve particularly enjoyed and need to share with you.

Glamour Beauty Festival

When I say I loved it, I really do mean I LOVED it. I went to the Glamour Beauty Festival last year and decided this year that I wanted todo both days, purely because there were amazing guest speakers on both days. It’s such a fun time when I’m so into all things beauty, and there’s so much to see and take in. I got to try out new products at the same time as get a few treatments myself and also treat myself to some bits. It’s definitely a thing I’ll be doing every year! You can check out a full blog post on what I got up to, here.

Got2b Styling Mousse

As I’ve got naturally curly hair, for the past year or so all I’ve done to my hair is wash it, let it dry and that’s it. But as it gets longer it starts to look a little drab, so I pulled this out of my cupboard and it’s made such a difference. I apply it to towel dried hair and scrunch until it’s all disappeared, then dry it with a diffuser and it makes my hair so much curlier and lifted – how have I not been using this before? To add shine and hydration I spritz over the OGX Coconut Oil Mist.

Eating Healthy

Since the start of 2017, my new goal was to get properly into fitness rather than seeing the gym and exercise as a time passer and not really buy cheap priligy getting much done. I joined in the new year  and have done exactly that since, and I feel really great. Alongside that I found it important to eat right in order to see better results and I’ve been really enjoying eating healthier foods and incorporating new things into my diet. Two weeks or so ago I purchased blogger and food fanatic, Niomi Smart’s Eat Smart book, which I instantly fell in love with. There are so many good recipes in there and so many tips and facts on nutrition that has been teaching me a lot. This is great also for sweet treats that you don’t need to feel bad about.

The Sunshine

AT LAST. The sun has been making an appearance over the past few weeks, and who doesn’t love a bit of sunshine? It has that real feel good factor, and towards the beginning of the month I was feeling a little stressed and unmotivated. But, as soon as the sun has come out it makes me want to do stuff (and also made me holiday search every single day!).

Spotify Playlists

I’m nearing the end of University, which means no more student discount (boohoo) so I decided to purchase the spotify premium upgrade so I can finally listen to what I want, when I want, on the go. I’ve been listening to so much more music and also made some amazing playlists for all moods, and it really helps me get going.

Burberry Beauty

This past month I haven’t actually bought much makeup, shocker! But I’ve been in love with bits from the Burberry Beauty line. I adore their lipsticks and have been wearing their new liquid lipstick in Fawn, the perfect dusky pink. It’s so comfortable and flattering! Their Cashmere Foundation is a new base product in my collection, which I’ve been using a lot! It’s perfect for oily skin with a medium everyday coverage. You can read all about it here.

What have you been loving this month?

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I’ve been blogging now for a little over 18 months, and i’ve enjoyed every single second of it. Blogging has helped me be creative and is a space where I can let my ideas and thoughts flow. As well as teaching me creative things, it’s also a place that has taught me a lot of things from tips and tricks to personal stuff, of which I am sharing with you today. So, here are the 10 things blogging has taught me.

  1. To not care what people think

I think most people, especially girls, can believe that what others think of us is important, its really not. Since starting my blog, and believe me at the beginning I was so afraid of what people would say, I now don’t really care what people think anymore. No matter what they have to say, it doesn’t effect how I feel because I know I have others that will lift me back up and make me feel happy, and those people are important.

  1. Writing is actually really fun

Throughout school life, writing seemed so daunting and something I never used to fully enjoy. I was always one to get my work done, but I never thought I’d want to write much again. Blogging has changed that for me. It’s a creative outlet where I can write what I want, when I want and that is probably what I’ve wanted for a long time. I am so passionate about writing now, and when I’m blogging its like a space of freedom and relaxation where I can go and type away all of my feelings and thoughts.

  1. Photography is something you can teach yourself

I always thought I never had a chance at being okay at photography; I’m still no expert, but just by investing in a camera and researching online I’ve taught myself a lot. Now I’ve got myself a little blogging setup that I’m really happy with and when I’m out and about shooting, whether on holiday or day trips, I feel confident with the camera and its settings. You can read all about how I take and edit my pictures here.

  1. Self-confidence

As I mentioned above, now I’m not so concerned on what people think, I think that’s made me become more confident in myself. Certainly when I first started blogging I was so unconfident and always doubted my work, but as I’ve taught myself along the way and had some amazing feedback I feel a lot more confident in my work and also myself. Sharing the love really really helps with confidence. Someone telling me they like a post or a photo makes my day. So doing it back makes me feel good.

  1. It’s okay to have time out

I’m one for routine and always wanting to achieve something of my day. Being currently a third year at University and blogging daily, I’ve noticed I don’t have a lot of time for myself, and not enough down time. But since cheap accutane blogging and seeing other people take some time out when they need it, it’s made me realise its fine to do that. After all, we are only human.

  1. The blogosphere are total babes

Since starting my blog just a little over 18 months ago I’ve met some incredible people from blogging, that’s both online and at events. They are literally some of the loveliest people and it’s so nice to be able to talk hours on end about things we share in common and are so passionate about. There are so many gorgeous faces to name; I’d be here a very long time!

  1. Self-comparison is a bi***

Having a blog means you’re on social media A LOT of the time, and that means seeing what others have, seeing what they’re up to and how well they’re doing. But really, don’t let this get to you. Other people’s lives can really look all bright and rosy, but in reality most people will be looking and envying you in the exact same way. As humans we constantly doubt ourselves and more often than not other people feel the exact same as to what you’re feeling. Don’t let it get you down; you just do the best version of you.

  1. Treating yo’ self is a good thing

Being a beauty blogger means I’m always buying new products (that really burns a hole in my pocket) but I’m so passionate about it, so why not? But it’s taught me that treating yourself to nice bits makes you happy. There’s nothing quite like a bit of retail therapy, and if treating yourself to a lipstick or a cute little handbag means making you feel better, so be it. Everyone needs a little self-splurge every now and then.

  1. The true meaning of being passionate about something

I didn’t have particular hobbies growing up, just being with friends and what not, and I never truly grasped the feeling of passionate about something. I can honestly say that blogging and being part of this world has made me so passionate about what I do and what the future holds. As a blogger, you get so many amazing opportunities that I would’ve never have thought could happen to me and it really makes you feel like you’re doing something right. Also, being able to spend time on my own projects is something I find so inspiring and it means I have somewhere fun and fulfilling to escape to.

  1. Supporting others is important

Throughout life, we aren’t told enough to share the love with others, apart from on social media. I’ve found that sharing the love in the blogosphere has founded me some amazing connections with new people and brands, and it just gives you that ‘feel good’ feeling. Supporting others will benefit them as well as you, and there are many ways you could share the love in the blogosphere. I’ve got a full post on my favourite ways here.

What has blogging taught you?

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On the 1st January of this year I became a ‘daily blogger’. I never ever thought for a second that I’d keep it up as I’m third year at University with deadlines up to my eyeballs and I didn’t think I’d possibly have that many ideas to write about. However, I’ve done it and it hasn’t been what I thought it would be.

At first, I thought daily bloggers could only be those who are full time bloggers. I thought someone like me wouldn’t have enough to write about, but on the first day of this year I just bit the bullet and decided to do it. So far, I’ve absolutely loved it. It’s nowhere near as hard as I thought it would be, as I genuinely have a passion for creating my own content. It’s not like other work where it has to be checked and given critical feedback for, its totally free and you can create what you want, when you want. Writing is what I enjoy the most, when I’m sat at my laptop and I’m able to write I just type, type, type. Blogging is my creative outlet and although daily blogging isn’t for everyone, this post is for everyone, whether you’re looking for inspiration, have a creative block or are interested in finding out what I think to daily blogging, then read on.

I’m not always up to date with blogging, that’s just life. It’s not always planned weeks in advance; sometimes I just type up a post on the day if I feel I need to talk about something. As I say, blogging is so free. People think daily blogging means you have to be like a month ahead of yourself, it’s not that at all. Everybody works at different paces; whether you’re one to write weeks in advance or type up and publish, you do you.

Don’t feel you need to work the way others do, you’re blog is what you want it to be so work at your own pace and you should cheap ventolin online never feel pressured. If there was a day I didn’t have any ideas or something to publish, I’d never push it just to upload, it just so happens I’ve managed to create content everyday for almost 3 months. Take today for example, I’ve had the afternoon to myself so I’ve got photos and posts done whereas yesterday I didn’t do anything – its never the same, which I really enjoy.

I tend to take my photos in bulk, which is a tip I’ve got from fellow bloggers and is a really good one that works. For those that have limited daylight, like myself, if you find a good bright day with some time on your hands, I’d give that time to blog photos. I usually aim to take about 5-10 posts worth of photos depending on how many products or things I’m photographing. I would hate to leave the photos till very last minute and them not be what I want, as I feel photographs are what make people want to click and read your post, as well as an intriguing title.

If daily blogging isn’t for you, as it once wasn’t for me, I think trying to stick to a post schedule really works. Before I switched to daily blogging I stuck to three times a week, but started to switch up the days, as I never knew which days were best to post. I’d never push blogging and force content out, I’ve just got a lot of inspiration from reading other blogs, which is mainly how I generate my own ideas. If you ever get stuck for ideas, I’d go onto Bloglovin or Pinterest and find some inspiration there, it always helps me. If you’re inspired to daily blog for any reason, give it a go, I’ve loved everyday of it!

What do you enjoy about blogging?

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Being a student and working from home a lot means I have to get up and going and also stay motivated, which can be hard at times, as I love routine. Working from home means I have a different day everyday, which I’ve never been used to and means I need to always stay on my toes and make sure I get stuff done. It can be easy to fall behind, but if I start the day productive it usually means I go to sleep at time feeling like I’ve accomplished a lot. I also commute quite regularly into London, usually in the mornings so I have a mixture of what I do to start the days off right, no matter if I’m going to be working from home or commuting. So here are my tips to have a productive morning.

SET AN EARLIER ALARM

Alarms are one of the things I reckon most people hate in life, but they have to be done right? I used to be one of those to leave just enough time in the morning to get ready quick and grab my things. However, I’ve now changed my tune. I like to set an earlier alarm, even by 20 or so minutes to get myself together a bit more and grab a bite to eat. It means I don’t have to rush, get stressed and forget things either. I don’t really like to snooze my alarm either as it makes me feel like I never want to get up.

LISTS, LISTS, LISTS

I am a sucker for a list. I love writing them and I get so much satisfaction ticking everything off by the end of the day. Whether you need to pop into town to run a million errands or get something work specific done, I feel writing it down and being able to tick it off makes sure I get the task complete. The notes section on my phone is always ventolin online getting full up with to do lists.

FUEL UP

As I said before, I like to make sure I grab a bite to eat or have a coffee in the morning now. It gives me energy and means I won’t be groggy by lunchtime. A light bite such as fruit or yoghurt is usually my go to when I’m commuting, or porridge and a tea for the days at home. If you have a busy morning ahead or need brain food, breakfast is a must.

DIARY CHECKING, DIARY WRITING

I love a good diary, just as much as I love lists. I enjoy seeing what I’ve got planned for the day and is also a place I like to revisit at night to add to for the next day. Having a planned out day gives me a clear mindset, and checking it first thing gets my brain ready for whatever the day is to bring. I have an ‘at home’ diary, which is bigger for uni and blogging and a smaller one for my handbag in case I need some to jot stuff down.

GET READY

This sounds like a very obvious one, but it’s not quite what you think. Getting ready can be quite boring, especially for a girl if you apply makeup every single day – it can sometimes feel like a chore. But giving yourself enough time to have a nice shower, feel clean and scrubbed before getting ready makes me feel fresh all day. Also, taking my time to get ready properly makes me feel like I can conquer the day better than giving myself only ten minutes before having to dash out of the door. Even if I’m working from home I make sure I have a nice shower and cleanse my skin. I love to pop on a facial oil at home if I go makeup free.

What do you do to have a productive morning?

Megan ?

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