I’ve been sitting around umming and ahhing the past few days contemplating whether or not my life is going the way I want it to. I’m sure you’ve all been there. You know those few days that come around every now and again where you feel different, maybe a bit confused or discombobulated.

I always blame it on the changing seasons when I feel like this and I still genuinely believe that’s what it is. The change fro autumn to winter gives me the same feeling spring to summer and winter to spring makes me feel – a bit dazed, unsure but ready for change.

It’s usually the beginning of a new season where I feel unmotivated and they seem to be coming around a lot quicker than they used to. But after a few weeks I always find my feet. Sometimes it can take a little longer than other times, especially with the shorter days.

Back in school when life was that bit easier, the days felt longer as did the weeks, months and seasons. But now I’m an adult it’s a much faster journey so when a new season rolls around so fast, its hard to be 100% ready.

What actually inspired this post was my hair change that temporarily happened the other day. I decided to straighten my hair after 4 years of not doing so. Yes, 4 years! I have naturally thick curly hair so when I got fed up of straightening it day in day out, I decided to wear it curly and it stuck. As much as I have grown to love my natural hair, the sudden change felt weird and quite scary (I know its only hair, but 4 years is a long long time) but most importantly it felt kinda good.

I’m not one to change up the way I do my hair and makeup every single day. As you can tell, I’ve worn my hair pretty much the same for years. So a little change here and there is something I’m going to stick to doing as it freshens things up a bit doesn’t it?

Anyway, enough about my hair and my waffling thoughts, let me tell you why I think change is good for you. Even if you are like me, and 90% of the time like to stick to your routine and go with what you know best.

Whether or not I’m ready for it, it’s taught me that change (in any part of life) is a good thing. And here’s why.

SPARKING A NEW TRAIN OF THOUGHT. I find that when I stop and make time to think and change or switch up my routine a little, that’s when I feel most inspired to try something new. It’s then when I do something new or different that I want to continue that cycle and try more and more things.

For example, when I changed my hairstyle, I then had new outfit ideas spring to mind and even new makeup looks I want to try out. It’s that little something different in your mind that can spark new ideas.

IT’S V GOOD FOR THE SOUL. As much as I do like some routine in my life and it’s not always easy to change things up, it is very good for the mind and soul. I find myself stuck in a rut sometimes and getting frustrated with the same old, same old. So when I do bring change into my life, or the new seasons give me a little push, I have such a clearer, more free and creative mind-set.

My head feels in a v good place when I bring change and do something a little out of the ordinary for me.

Anything from changing up my makeup look, my blog content or starting a new hobby, its all part of a life lesson and it really does something for the soul.

FINDING YOURSELF. If you often find yourself taking each day as the same cycle of events you may indeed get a little bored. You may find yourself losing motivation and all the things you need to help you flourish. I sure need change in my life to get my motivation back.

Trying out and doing new things helps you experience more, which then could lead to discovering hidden loves and talents. I started up yoga again not so long back and rediscovered why I loved it so much and how happy it can make me feel.

I find bringing change into my life has actually helped me say YES a heck of a lot easier. I used to be one of those people who were quite happy with saying no to trying new things. But the more and more I bring change, the more I’m learning to take on new experiences and not miss out on golden opportunities.

You never know until you try something, right?

Wow. It really is amazing how much a new season and hairstyle can make you think. I quite like being able to share my sudden thoughts with those who wish to read, and I really hope this advice helps you like it has me.

Do you bring change into your life often enough? If you hesitate or simply think no, then try it, change up your routine, try something new, see how it makes you feel.

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As easy as it is to lose motivation, your creative spark or energy, it’s super important to not let it be as easy to just give up.

I assume we’ve all been there. Experiencing that feeling of wanting to curl up in bed, switch on Netflix, light the candles and pretend we have nothing to do (especially with the colder days on their way). BUT it’s just not worth it.

At the beginning of August I hit rock bottom with my creativity flow. I pretty much hit a brick wall. I had the least amount of inspiration I’d had in a long long time and I found it so difficult to even take some photos. The inspiration just wasn’t there and I couldn’t force it, so I gave up daily blogging for a bit and almost felt ready to stop it all for good.

Luckily, I had brain wave, slapped the back of my hand and told myself to stop being so silly. It was just a creative block. It happens and its not forever. Right?

I took it upon myself to take a break, do things to cheer me up and hoped to get my mojo back. It took its sweet time but it came, it worked and I feel better for it.

Why is it so important to just keep going?

Giving up on your dreams sometimes feels a lot easy than keeping going through the tough times. No matter your dream there will be obstacles and those things in the way aren’t always easy to get over, but by keeping going you’ll end up smashing through those walls and getting to the other side. Isn’t it such a good feeling pushing through and getting to where you’d expected? This is exactly why I kept going.

Many times it crossed my mind to just start a new hobby but I just knew deep down that I wouldn’t love and feel more passionate about something else. If what generic amoxil india you’re working towards is something you’re passionate about, something you want to pursue and succeed in then my advice is just keep going.

As Billy Ocean sung, “when the going gets tough, the tough get going” and that really is something you have to live by if wanna push through. My parents used to say that line to me and I never really quite understood what it meant. I used to just think it was one of those meaningless sayings. But growing up and thinking about it more, it does say a lot about topics like this.

Taking a break does you good.

I thought that taking breaks were a bad thing. Probably from all those years of watching Friends and Ross and Rachel arguing about “we were on a BREAK” (yes, I still binge watch Friends like I haven’t seen it before and live for that line).

But honestly, it does you the world of good if you’re on that breaking point.

If you’re close to giving up on something, whether it’s a piece of work or a passion, just have a little break, take some you time and switch off. Even if you need an hours breather or a week or two, see how it makes you feel and you may be grateful for that decision.

It did me the world of good and although I didn’t believe that taking some time off would help, I was so wrong.

Gosh, reading that back I feel like I was kinda preaching but it felt so good writing it. From someone that was close to giving up on a passion, a hobby and something I love, this advice is what I told myself, and it worked! Who knows where it might lead in the future but I’m so thankful I just pushed through.

Daily blogging is back and my mojo is in full swing.

Megan ?

 

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Sorry, what? It’s September already?

It’s really not a lie when people say time gets faster the older you get. It feels like a minute since the start of summer and now its just a few short weeks until autumn is officially here. I mean

Anyhow, September for me is always the month that gives me that fresh start feel. It’s even more of a fresh start feel than New Years for me. That’s probably because its the beginning of a new academic year and my brain is just wired to think that way after however many years of school.

Not only is September an exciting time because autumn is approaching, I love feeling back on track after having summer breaks and pretty much relaxing more than I should.

After my holiday in late July I fell out of the daily blogging cycle and only posted very little for me. I blogged everyday for 7 months straight and I think my brain just shut down to tell me I needed a little break. But, I’m back and now September is here it’s even more of a reason to get back on top of things.

With the topic of getting back on track I’ve decided to give myself the challenge of writing up a list of monthly goals I hope to complete by the end of the month. Here goes…

1. Get back in the rhythm of daily blogging. I was at happiest when I was daily blogging I’d say. The past month has been a bit of a drag without it and I haven’t felt nowhere near as inspired as I did during those 7 months. I’m quite a practical and creative person who needs to always be doing something. Daily blogging was my creative outlet that inspired me to not only create and put out content that I loved everyday, but also feel good in myself, and it was something to be proud of.

2. Start yoga, start yoga, start yoga. I repeat this as it’s something I’ve wanted to get back into for months Every week I tell myself to get back into it, then something comes up whilst the class I want to go is on and I never get round to going. SO, this month it’s happening (yes Megan, it really is). Going to the gym regularly is something I do not only for fitness but also for myself. Fitness for me is de-stress and ‘me’ doxycycline 100mg online time so a yoga class added to that routine means even more me time, and I’m not complaining.

3. Make more time for outfit shoots as it’s something I really enjoy but never make time to do. It’s only ever if I go somewhere that I take a few outfits shots. Realistically, I’d love to team up with some fellow bloggers and go for cute days out and take each other pictures. Would be super cute right?

4. Take my skincare seriously again. After my holiday I really slipped up on my skincare and started using less and less. Surprisingly, my skin hasn’t really suffered at all yet but I want to get back into it and put the glow back into my face. I’m on the hunt for some new moisturisers and an eye cream, so any recommendations would be perfect. I’m not one to use a lot of skincare products as I find my skin works better with as little as possible. Overdoing it on the skincare sometimes irritates my skin and makes it breakout. So, I’m on the hunt for new products and finally get in the swing of a new routine.

5. Now that it’s September I think it’s about time I make my wardrobe a bit less summer. During the summer I literally live in my flip-flops and not much else. I love being able to throw on a dress and head out the door. But now I’m more into fashion than I’ve ever been, I’m so excited to revamp my wardrobe and add a few new staples. September is the perfect time for new things and a new wardrobe and a few new accessories is definitely on the cards. Really, this is on my goals list so I start looking around for bits now and give myself time to find some clothes I really fall in love with. Investment pieces are my new fave! This also pairs perfectly with wanting to go on more outfit shoots. New clothes means more to share, right?

What monthly goals are you setting yourself?

Megan ?

 

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I can’t believe I’m finally able to say this but I’M A GRADUATE. Although the past three years at University have been stressful (let’s be honest, who wouldn’t be stressed doing a degree) I can honestly say I feel so accomplished, overwhelmed, proud – there’s too many words, I can’t think of just one. The three years pretty much flew by and it feels as if I only started last year. As much as I was stressed, it is true what they say – hard work really does pay off.

I went into uni with the mindset that I wouldn’t let it overwhelm me, but how very wrong I was. The experience was nothing like I imagined but was better in fact. Not only did I come out of this with a degree it’s taught me so much about myself. I was quite a reserved and confused student when I went in. I had no clue why I’d even picked Media and Cultural Studies, all I knew was that I loved to film, edit and write creatively. To be perfectly honest, I went started University so 50/50 about it, I didn’t even know if I wanted to be there. I guess that’s quite a normal feeling though when you start something new. All those nerves overwhelm you and you question whether you want to be in that particular place, but oh how I’m so glad I stuck to it.

In school I always pushed myself so I knew that when I went to University I needed to push myself even harder. I needed to push myself to understand what I wanted from my degree, to find my strengths and also my weaknesses.

The first year of University was definitely the most taunting. But please by no means, don’t let that scare you off. It was daunting in a positive way. My first year pushed my boundaries in so many different ways. For one, I hadn’t had to make new friends or be in a new educational environment for 7 years. So going into somewhere where I knew nobody was probably one of the scariest things I had to do. To be honest, that’s actually one of the things I was most afraid of as you may imagine. But those nerves die down after about 5 minutes of meeting everyone when you realise everyone else is in the same boat, nobody knows each other and it’s everyone’s first day. Once you get speaking to someone those nerves disappear straight away, trust me.

Secondly, the workload was a lot more independent than anything I’d done get doxycycline online before BUT this actually became one of the things I love. Being able to complete your own work without someone looking over your shoulder every five minutes meant you could create what you wished to. Of course, you needed professional guidance now and then, but having the freedom to create and develop your own ideas is such a life lesson. This freedom of creating my own work led me to starting a blog, as it gave me the confidence to know my work and creativity was something I’m passionate about. The practical side to my course – the filming, editing, photography, writing and so much more – inspired me to create my very own work on my very own topics and that has led me to where I am today with my blog, which I am so grateful for.

Went off on a bit of a blogging tangent there didn’t I, but University really has made an impact on who I am today. I wouldn’t say its changed who I am as a person, but it’s brought me out of my shell and taught me a lot about going the extra mile and wanting the best out of life. It’s pushed me a lot and that’s something I wouldn’t have achieved without it.

After the first year was up, that’s when my workload got a lot more serious and hands on. From the minute second year began I felt like I’ve been in a constant cycle of essays and practical creations.

Now that I’ve finished, I feel the need to keep creating and writing. Being non-stop with a workload is something I now enjoy as well as keeping a busy schedule everyday. After all, that’s what I’ve been used to the past three years. Late night laptop time feels normal to me now and having the summer off means I have the freedom to work at my own pace, which is something I’ve been craving for a long time.

Overall – the three years at University challenged me in so many ways, there were good and bad times but every single moment was a life lesson. As much as I learnt how to film, edit, write and all things media, it also taught me about myself and I think that’s just as important. Its crazy to think its all over now but I have to say, it was one of the biggest but greatest challenges I’ve ever put myself through.

What helps you get your creativity flowing?

Megan ?

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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?

Megan ?

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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?

Megan ?

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