5 TIPS TO AVOID NEGATIVITY

Now this isn’t a lecture post where I’m telling you never listen to negativity or be negative again, but don’t you just wish sometimes after a mood swing you could rewind. Believe me I’m not all smiles strolling down the streets – I get my down days like many, but I am slowly trying to avoid negative things, people, thoughts whatever it may be. Avoiding the negative bug is proving difficult but I’m gonna give it a good go so without further ado…

1) Avoid negative people

Easier said than done because there is always one moaning mertal and yes sometimes it can be me on the odd days (so that day avoid me) no really I wouldn’t blame you – please do. Anyway, the point is if you are getting negative vibes from someone well then their negativity is going to rub off on you so ditch them and their negativity. If you can’t avoid them then try to be optimistic and turn their negatives into your positives.

2) Don’t be scared to follow your dreams

Step out of your comfort zone and do you, it doesn’t matter what other people think as long as you are happy. One part of me worries like hell what other people think but then there’s another more adventurous part that doesn’t give a crap what people think, believe me I wish I could choose that half to make the whole. I get stuck into a routine and I don’t really like change, and in all honesty the past couple of years have been a lot of fluctuation so you’d think I’d be used to it by now. I’m not. Will I ever be? I don’t know. But what I do know I will always push myself to achieve my goals despite others and their opinions.

3) Say NO

You’ve probably seen this pop up a lot in my blog posts, and I am still learning. The key to avoiding negativity is not doing something you don’t want to do, never push yourself to please someone else. Don’t get me wrong we’ve all done something for the sake of someone else’s happiness, but in reality who’s happiness is more important? How can you make someone else happy if you’re not happy? One thing I have taught myself is that it is essential for me to know my priorities,  for example if I am looking after my brother or want to spend time with him then I need to learn to say no to going to a coffee shop with my friend without feeling guilty. If I want to spend the weekend with my boyfriend rather than going to get drunk with the girls then that’s ok too, it doesn’t mean I’m a bad friend. Sod the ‘she spends too much time with him’ if that’s who I want to spend my time with I will. If they are your true friends they will always understand and if they don’t then they aren’t true friends. (By the way I don’t always ditch night outs with my gals I do love a good cocktail catch up really) but sometimes if I’m not feeling it I won’t be afraid to say no.

4) Don’t compare yourself to others

Social media makes it a bit difficult to not compare yourself to others especially when you see stunning bikini pictures or amazing flat lays and somebody with thousands of followers, but if you compare yourself then your never going to feel good enough. Set your own milestones and hit each one for you and only you don’t do it to be like anyone else or impress anyone else. Of course acknowledge other people and their work and take inspiration but ensure you don’t question yourself. If you know you are doing your best then that’s all that matters – always believe in yourself.

5) Accept that not everybody is going to be a fan of you

It’s not a nice feeling to not be liked, but do you like everyone you come across? I bet the answer is no. So how can we expect everybody to like us? I’m a naturally loud and confident person and I bet that can bug others, and that’s absolutely fine because I’m not going to be everybody’s cup of tea likewise everybody isn’t mine. A massive thing that blogging has taught me is that not everybody is going to support you or like the stuff you do. I have received negative comments but they are nothing compare to the positive ones. Throughout my blogging process I have come to realise that it’s the people I would have expected to support me that don’t bother yet strangers and the people you don’t expect offer great support. Crazy world we live in eyy?

THE TIPS

Blog until your heart is content, whether it be someone laugh at it or love it – you’ve done what you wanted to do.

Follow those dreams – ditch your job if it’s not your dream one and reach or what you want to do.

Smile if someone throws negativity at you.

As the old saying goes…  those who mind don’t matter, and those whose matter don’t mind.

No Negatives Vibes please…

over and out x

 

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Valentine’s Gift Guide

It’s actually quite ironic that I’m writing this post because me and Ryan don’t actually celebrate valentine’s day. There’s a few reasons why we don’t, the main reason is because our anniversary is in March so we always save it until then to do something special, we also didn’t really get to see each other on valentine’s day when I lived in Manchester so we kinda just didn’t bother.  I’m also not really a fan of it if I’m honest. However, I do love seeing everybody’s soppy insta’s and cute prezzies! I thought I’d put together a gift guide for those who do celebrate February 14th

1) A jar of notes

For one of our anniversaries I got a glass jar and some coloured card and filled the jar with 365 notes – one for everyday of the year. The notes were colour coded:

Red = I love how

yellow = remember when

Blue = We’re doing this

It took me days to make it and to think of the things, but it was a couple of pound and a thoughtful gift. It was also good for counting down the days to seeing each other because Ryan would open one every day and know it was a day closer to being reunited. I’ve seen a few things like this on Pinterest, and you can also do a jar of lollypop sticks with date ideas on – which is quite cute.

2)A scrapbook

I’ve mentioned scrapbooks before because I absolutely love them, but creating a scrapbook with memories of you both is a beautiful gift. You can get lovely stuff from The Works for a good price. I know that thoughtful gifts definitely make me the happiest so I’d always opt for that option.

3)Cheesy stuff

I mean if you can’t be cheesy on valentine’s day then when the bloody hell can you?! I love jokey bits and bobs and tonight I noticed there’s a stand in Aldi with a few funny/cheesy bits for a reasonable price. I noticed a little hip flask with a joke about gin on it which I know would make me laugh if I opened that.  So if your girlfriend or boyfriend is a gin drinker – head to Aldi!

4)Vouchers

If you want to spend a little bit more then I’d suggest a voucher for a restaurant or even the cinema. Vouchers are always my go to presents if I can’t think of anything – food vouchers always always always make me excited. Is there anything better than food really?! I actually got Ryan a voucher for a Thai restaurant for Christmas and we are supposed to be using it this weekend but we’ve decided to save it for when we actually feel like going out. Anyway, we have decided we are going to go to the cinema instead so that will probably be our valentines date. However, we are having a bit of a disagreement on what to watch… it’s between The Showman, Insidious or Fifty Shades of Gray help?

5)The obvious ones

I don’t think you can ever go wrong with flowers, chocolate or perfume. Flowers are my favourite and they can brighten up anyone’s day. If Ryan ever buys me chocolate, we always end up sharing anyway so that’s a gift for both of us (although this year it will probably be popcorn). Whenever there’s an occasion I tend to buy Ryan aftershave simply because it’s easy.

The main gift has to be a card in any occasion, I love reading cards and have a memory box full of them.

I hope everybody has a lovely valentine’s day whatever you may do.

xxx

A January Reflection


Now this is the part where I’m usually saying right I’ll have to start my goals in February because they haven’t gone to plan this month, but for the first year yet I am not saying that wahooo (pat on the back please).  My 2018 goals have started off pretty well in all fairness so I won’t be making February goals. My intentions are to just carry on what I have been doing and also try and reach some more of my yearly goals. Anyway here is how the loooongest month of the year went…

 What goals have I achieved in 2018 so far?

 MY LITTLE BLOG HIS 15K YAAAAAY! – So one of my goals for this year was to go that bit further with my blog, but little did I know I’d reach half of my goal in just one month. My aim by the end of the year is to get 20k views and I hit 15k last week, and I cannot explain how grateful I am that people actually enjoy reading my content. I wrote a post that was personal to myself and family and was very nervous to hit publish but wow what an amazing response and so much support me and my family have received since. I hope to continue writing some more posts that will hopefully help other families in the future so keep your eyes peeled.

Gratitude– I wanted to start the year off being positive and I decided that every night before bed I would write three things that I am grateful for. I haven’t gone one night without writing in my little book yet, don’t get me wrong there has been nights where I’ve had a crappy day and thought there was nothing good about it, but once I thought there was actually so many things to be grateful for in that one day.

 Healthy- I’ve actually been doing ok at the whole being healthy thing – I mean I could be better but slow progress is better than no progress hey! However, now that dry January is over you can ask me at the end of Feb if I’ve still been healthy because I’m a suckaaaa for hangover food.

Look after my skin and eyes – Finaaaally I have new glasses, and I absolutely love them not even just for the design but purely because I can see clear again. I have also been doing a skin care routine before bed every night but unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be working. My skin is worse than ever at the moment and I am clueless as to why. If anybody has any suggestions pleaaase help.

My January No’s

This has been the hardest by far, if you didn’t know – I set myself a little challenge in January you can read it here. I managed most of my No’s which is why I dashed straight for my eyebrows done after work today. Honestly I’ve felt like a haaaairy man for what feels like forever (too much information) but not getting my eyebrows done was such a chore. I managed my limited spending kinda I guess… I did have a little blow out on the Weekend because I desperately needed new gym clothes and I also bought some summer clothes yesterday. The one January no I did fail was getting my nails done thanks to my bestie Holly – she is just the best at gel nails and I literally popped for a cuppa and left with some pretty gels (oooops).

So all in all I did pretty well with my goals and I am excited to continue them in February. I also did ok with the January No’s, but it’s safe to say I am so ready to feel like a lady again and be able to treat myself oh and drink a cocktail or ten.  February, March and April are my busiest months so let’s see if I can continue…

xxx

The Real Reason I’ve taken a blogging break this week…


Anybody that knows me or that keeps up with my blog and social media knows that majority of the time I am posting on my blog at least 2-3 times a week, I try my best to work on my website everyday whether it be writing content or taking pictures. I get home from an 8 hour shift and I am straight back to my desk typing away and don’t get me wrong I bloody love it, but sometimes we all need a break even from the things we adore. This week I’ve felt down in the dumps and also haven’t been able to eat properly because it feels like I’m swallowing razor blades, yet despite feeling groggy that isn’t actually the reason I have taken a blogging break this week. Here is the real reason…

MY BROTHER IS.

On Sunday I arrived home around tea time, I went straight into my brother who welcomed me with the loveliest smile and said that he had missed me (I’d only been gone for a night) but still. I sat on his bed and we talked for a while and told each other  jokes – I was laughing and best of all so was he.

People reading this that have siblings might think well yes that’s what brother and sisters do laugh and fight. For me, it’s a little different because some days I get home from work and my brother hasn’t moved out of his bed all day and looks so pale and depressed.  I can barely get a conversation out of him a lot of the time so the days that I see him so very happy and talkative I cherish it – which is why this week I decided to take a break.

After having a typical chat on Sunday we went downstairs and he taught me some boxing – that is when I caught in the corner of my eye a glimpse of my dad’s smile. Both my mum and dad looked so happy and relieved that Kyle was out of his room and laughing with us all.

That night I lay in bed thinking about what a beautiful evening I had with my brother, I thought about how difficult it must be for him to feel so alone – in fact I thought many of thoughts. I had a sudden sense of guilt that I come home from work every day to blog, and I know my brother is completely fine with that because he wants me to do what makes me happy but a little bit of guilt sprung upon me. So, I decided that this week my time would be dedicated all to him. And that is the real reason I haven’t blogged or been on social media as much this week!

And what a fantastic week we have had.

From boxing training in our living room to sitting watching the National Television Awards with a tub of Ben & Jerrys it was all bloooomin fun.

Not only has it been a fun week but it has been a blessing for me to see my brother smile for more than one odd day and to hear him laugh for several more days.

Oh and may I add I am still bloody praising him despite him waking me up at 2am, 4am and 5:30am every night to ask me random questions like: his date of birth or if I want a Jaffa cake!! A bloody Jaffa cake at 4am.

So to anyone that has got this far…

Be there for someone whether they have mental health or not.

Drop your exercise class for a night.

Drop cooking tea – get a takeaway.

Drop cleaning your bathroom – do it tomorrow.

Drop scrolling through social media – look at someone and talk to them instead.

Be there for your loved ones – you never know when you might need someone to be there for you.

xxx

 

What I will be treating myself to…

If you have read my latest post you’ll know I’m on limited spending for this month.  Being on limited spending when you get paid is quite difficult, I checked my bank balance this morning and was very tempted to treat myself but instead put it in my savings (proud moment). When February arrives I want to treat myself to a few things. Here they are…

1) Gym Clothes

I reaaallly need some new gym clothes and trainers. I have actually been sticking to my new year goals especially the gym part, but I’ve only really got short length gym trousers and my trainers are now a little bit wrecked – I definitely need to invest in some new gym gear. I usually like to get my gym-wear from Cheshire Oaks because I tend to wear Nike and Adidas. However, I have from a few little birds that Matalan have some really nice stuff so I will be sure to have a little peek there.

2)Mail Filer and Certificate folder

In an ideal world I’d love my own office and I would have all my certificates framed, but at the minute I still live with my parents (hopefully I will have my own house and office next year). For now it’s going to have to be a new folder. I’ve seen a few folders on Amazon so I will probably order off there.

3)Desenio Prints

I started my room makeover in August and it’s all finished it just needs a few finishing touches. I have already got some prints from Desenio but I want a new shelf for above my bed and some new prints. I have seen some gorgeous ones on Desnio that will be perfect for my room so they are definitely something I will be splashing the cash on.

4)Office clothes

Working in an office and not having a uniform can be a struggle. I absolutely love office wear and I am slowly running out so that’s definitely an excuse to purchase some more right? I haven’t actually seen any I like lately so if anyone has any recommendations on where do nice office wear please let me know. I also want a new bag for work, I like my bags to be quite spacious and this one on Asos caught my eye. However, I have seen a few bags in Marks and Spencers and I have fallen in love with a mustard one.

5)A Bookmark

Last but not least, a new bookmark. I read every night and I always find you feel so much better with a lovely bookmark rather than folding the corners of a page. I’m hoping to get one with a nice reading quote on but I am yet to find one.

 

Will you be treating yourself anytime soon? If so what to?

xxx

January No’s!

As the new year rolled in I set myself a challenge of January NO’S! Not for anyone bar myself and some may seem silly but each one is a little task I want to complete. We’re now half way through and so far so good but I am so ready for February and a large glass of vino! In all fairness it’s not been as difficult as I thought but you can ask me that at the end. So here is my list of no’s for the month…

1) No Alcohol

I’ve never really been into the whole dry January thing but after my hangover on New Years day it just had to happen this year. If you have seen my goals for 2018 you’ll know that one of them is to stay healthy so I thought I’d kick start it by scrapping booze for a month. I haven’t really missed alcohol it’s just the little things like not having a glass of wine with your roast dinner that has been a tad difficult.

2) No threading / waxing

I currently look like a man and have extremely bushy eyebrows due to the fact I’ve said no to getting them done in January. I am purely not getting anything done because I am on limited spending not only that but I want to get everything done at the same time in February so I feel fresh and more like myself again.

3) No Hairdressers

My hair is looking tatty as ever and is in need of a desperate hair cut but I refuse until February. I think this is the one I am most excited for because my hair is looking so dull and I am hopefully going to have a lil bit of a change. p.s I have just booked it for the 8th Feb eeeek.

4) No Nail varnish

This sounds bizarre and like I am putting myself through torture, but in reality I just want to have everything done after a month of nothing and feel amazing. I haven’t had my nails done or painted them since Christmas so i’ll be very excited to choose the colour when it comes to it.

5) No fake tan

As you can imagine I’m looking like frosty the snowman right now but for the same reason I’ve just mentioned I’m saying no to tan this month. One thing I’m not missing is how cold it is when you apply it. I think when February comes I will probably treat myself to a spray tan. New hair. New eyebrows. New nails. New tan. Really is there anything more a girl could want than fresh everything? I couldn’t which is why I am so ready for February to arrive.

6) No Spending

This is quite difficult because obviously I have to spend a bit for food shopping etc so it’s more limited spending. Therefore, I am not allowed to treat myself or buy a takeaway etc (I mean I’m not saying no to someone else buying me one) but I’m just not spending money on things that I don’t actually really need.

And on that note my next post is going to be what I want to treat myself to next month.

xxx

WHY TRAVELLING MADE ME APPRECIATE HOME

I have just had the good fortune to travel Thailand for a month and boy oh boy was it an adventure, yet even though you are living the dream it is inevitable that you still draw comparisons from home. I went for a month and  I know a lot of people might judge because I haven’t had the full year travelling so how can I write this post?  But for me a month was enough. I’m not saying I couldn’t have stayed longer but after four weeks I was ready for my home comforts again. Don’t get me wrong this isn’t a post about not enjoying my travels it is just simply a post to describe why it took me thousands of miles to appreciate North Wales.

1) My Brother

Although I have lived in Manchester for three years without my brother knowing I was thousands of miles away made me miss him insanely. On a day to day basis he makes me laugh, cry and get very stressed but he is so worth it  – even when he is requesting expensive things like steak for tea. Not being able to see him for a month was one of the most difficult things especially because I knew he’d be threating. So you can imagine the surprise I got when he surprised me at the airport – yes I had tears.

2) Toilet roll and clean toilets

The thing I missed most had to be a clean toilet where I didn’t have to squat and be without toilet roll so I didn’t have to shake drip dry (maybe a bit too much information) but nothing but the truth. Majority of our time in Thailand we were lucky enough to get quite nice hotels with toilet roll, but if we left our hotel and forgot to take our own loo roll then it was pretty much complaints about having to do the shake dance (gross).

3) Roast Dinners

Maybe I’m being a bit dramatic with this one, but when your used to your mum making a roast every Sunday you start to get cravings. There was no proper sausages and bacon which was a killer for myself and Ryan. Just as well I came home right in time for Christmas… extra pigs in blankets for me wahooo!

4)Plate sizes

On the topic of food I might as well bring up the plate sizes, for someone that is a messy eater the small plates don’t go down very well. I absolutely love spicy food so the food there was perfect for me, I just could have done with a bigger plate and a bit more haha although maybe not considering I put a stone on there ooops.

5)Language Barrier

I’d say this is one of the things that probably makes you miss home a tad purely because it can be lonely. I can imagine the language barrier can make it quite lonely if you are a solo traveller, fortunately for me I was travelling with Ryan although I was a bit bored of his conversations at times (jooooking Ryan if you are reading this) you are good company really! Sometimes not being able to have a solid conversation with somebody or even a stranger made me miss the funny conversations I have with my family.

6)The Views

This is a difficult one because how is it actually possible to be on a paradise beach and missing rainy views? Well it is. The surroundings in Thailand were absolutely gorgeous and I will forever cherish this and I feel so lucky that I got to see them with my very own eyes. But the grass isn’t always greener on the other side and in Wales the grass is very green right?! There were some spots I visited when I was travelling that made me think why don’t I go and appreciate the views they have like this at home – some of the mountains and scenery we have is just beautiful and I feel like I definitely need to embrace it more.

7) Aldi / Car

Lastly, I couldn’t do this post without adding Aldi in it purely because when in Thailand you can’t just hop in your car for a cheeky bottle of wine from the shop. Yes I loved walking there and not having to drive but I must admit at times when I was tired or hungover yes hungover stop lying Jazz I simply wished for my car and Aldi. Oh the little things you don’t appreciate until you are on the other side of the country.

It’s true when they say you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone…

good job I was returning hey!

xxx

Thailand Travel Diary

  Thailand seems like so long ago now especially with getting back into routine, but me and Ryan have spoken about it near enough every day since we have been back – that’s when you know you’ve had a real adventure! I’ve been meaning to do this post for a while but with the festive period I’ve been a busy bee, but now I can finally share with you our travelling experience…

I’m also including this video so you can watch the experience as well as read about it.

Bangkok 

We touched down in Bangkok around 11am and wasn’t due to check into our hotel until 14:30, fortunately the staff had the room ready for us to check in right away. I’m not going to review all the hotels on here because it would take faaaar too long but let me just say Chillax Resort was amazing. I actually felt like a real-life princess, the bath was gorgeous as well as the bed well the whole room and hotel to be honest.

Once I stopped admiring the room we went to explore Bangkok, we got a massage although I did try a massage in every place I have to admit Bangkok was the best one I received. Another day spent was enjoying our rooftop pool with a much-needed cocktail (or ten) yup it probably was ten because I fell flat-out in the sun which was a rookie mistake! A highlight for both myself and Ryan was most definitely The Sky Bar and although it is not something we budgeted for it was totally worth it. Arriving at the Sky Bar we assumed we was dress for the occasion but Ryan got turned away because he was in shorts. WAIT FOR IT…. before we knew it there was a lady on the street undressing Ryan and putting him into some beige trousers which was absolutely hilarious – it was one of those you had to be there moments. After Ryan spruced up we finally got to admire the beautiful views and drink the most amazing cocktails, – it was just a perfect setting with perfect company. We also had a meal there which came up too £250.00 sooo it is ridiculously expensive but we kinda just went with oh well we’ve saved all year and we’re only here once. We visited the floating markets which we thoroughly enjoyed and on the same day we went to the Erwan waterfalls which were beautiful. Oh and little tip instead of paying for your feet to be eaten by fish just visit the waterfalls.

Chang Mai

We stayed a couple of days in Chang Mai and this was one of my favourite places in Thailand. If you want an adventure then Chang Mai is where you will get one, from day one just strolling around the town and visiting temples I loved it. I wasn’t too fussed about going to see a Muay Thai fight but for the sake of Ryan I went and guess who absolutely loved it? ME. One of our favourite moments of our adventure was visiting the Elephant Sanctuary because as well as it being extremely fun it was very educational which provided us with reassurance.

After spending the day with the gorgeous and such friendly elephants I decided I wanted to go on a night safari which was an unreal experience travelling on an open tram amongst tigers,lions, giraffes, bears etc was just astonishing. If you seen any of my snaps from Thailand you’ll know how much I was obsessed with the pancakes and I have to say Chang Mai night markets did the best and also the tastiest street food. It was actually really nice to not sit in a restaurant but to just stroll looking at the markets and tasting all different foods.

Koh Samui

Arriving down South was different and it was the first time we had seen a beach on our backpacking trip just in time for the weather hey… maybe not. The rain poured for a night but ain’t no rain was gonna ruin our fun – we was well equipped in our rain coats and off we went. If you are ever in Koh Samui go to Ark Bar we met so many lovely yet crazy people there and ended up exploring other clubs with them. The nightlife is Koh Samui is fabulous and it is actually quite difficult to have a quiet night there – I should know after attempting to go for a pancake and ending up watching a band until 3am.

 

Koh Phangan

When I said I wanted to go to Thailand I explained to Ryan that I wanted to stay in huts sometimes and do the whole travelling experience and his reply was you’ll hate it. Ok ok so after a rocky boat ride we arrived in our bungalow/hut and there we have it probably the first time I have ever agreed with Ryan yup he was right I definitely wasn’t ready for the hut. If you watch the video you’ll see just by how rough I look in that part of the video that the hut was a bit of a shock and what was even more of a shock was waking up to a lizard in bed with me… I mean I thought that kinda thing was for ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’! Being honest, I don’t regret staying a couple of nights in the hut because it was something I have now ticked off my bucket list and we still had the best time. In Koh Phangan the pool party was a fun night for us both and we also loved the beach there and relaxing together.

We all know what Koh Phangan is famous for don’t we?! FULL MOON PARTY what an experience! I went all out for the party and got blue braids I mean if you can’t have blue hair for a full moon party when can you? The beach was packed, the music was pumping, the buckets were flowing and more importantly the food options were incredible.

Koh Tao

Another day another boat, we arrived in Koh Tao with one hungover guy and a very dodgy eye (the eye was mine) I left that hut with an eye infection which was a bit dull but like I said nothing was ruining my dream. I really liked Koh Tao probably because I was back in a nice hotel… jokes aside it was a gorgeous island almost as if you are in a jungle I mean a frog did jump on my foot. We didn’t get any nice weather in Koh Tao which made it difficult to explore and get pictures. In all honesty I was a bit gutted about the rain and wished we could have stayed longer to get the real feel but after putting a positive spin on things we went to a bar played connect 4 and met wonderful people and had one of the best nights in Thailand – see positive thinking works!

Phuket 

Originally our plan was to go to Phi Phi islands from Koh Tao but we warned to go via Phuket and stop there for a few days until the weather got better. Phuket was a place we both looooved – Bangla Road you did not fail to impress! Just as well we visited Phuket when we did because we were blessed with the glorious sunshine. Being in Phuket it was an essential that we went to visit the Tiger Kingdom and oh my good grief what a beautiful and amazing experience. There were a few options we could have chosen from but I really wanted to see the big Tigers and honestly those pictures are something I will forever be grateful for.

A sentimental moment for us both was the love tree at the Big Bhudda, the sun was beaming the views were spectacular and it was just really special. We also found an absolutely fabulous restaurant in Phuket with a beautiful setting called the K Restaurant and the food was amazing – very romantic – if I do say so myself.

Phi Phi islands

The island tour is another must especially if you want beautiful beaches and perfect photos. Our first stop was snorkelling with all different kinds of fish. Who needs to watch Finding Nemo when you can see the fish for real hey? Our favourite stop was the second stop Bamboo Island simply because it was just stunning and that is where found our paradise.

Being honest I cannot remember all the places we stopped that day because I forgot to take notes but what I do remember is that it was all breath-taking. Visiting Monkey Beach was a bit manic but hilarious especially when they all attacked Ryan and we had to paddle in the sea to get away! I now know where the phrase cheeky monkey comes from for sure.

Being in Maya Beach was also stunning and something we will never forget. We braved lobster and other seafoods in Phi Phi and also went to the beach parties etc.

All in all our adventure was just everything and more. I absolutely loved visiting all different places and usually I just go on sun holidays in one destination so this was different. I loved immersing myself into local culture and discovering the unexpected. Visiting different airports and stepping off a plane to reclaim your luggage and knowing your not going home,  but in fact to a different destination was thrilling.  

This is not the only parts of our travelling diary and I could have gone into so much detail but I’m conscious there is already too much information here. This week I’m going to be uploading some more travel posts. 

xxx

MY 2018 GOALS…

First of all Happy New New Year all!

This post was scheduled to go up yesterday but I was very hungover after celebrating the New Year which is why I am about to attempt dry January. Anyway, better late than never hey! In 2017 I achieved so many of my goals and I want to go into 2018 with the same mindset.

Get back on the radio

For the past few years I have been presenting radio but this year I took a step back as I started full-time work and focused more on my blogging. However, now I have got used to working, blogging and everything in between I am sooo ready to get back doing my own radio shows! I am hoping to at least get a time slot once a week so look out or should I say listen out?!

Go that bit further with my blog

If you have seen my previous post you’ll know that blogging has been a massive highlight and eye-opener for me therefore I want to carry on with it but give it my absolute all in 2018! With that in mind, I want to improve my photography skills and get used to my camera and also improve my editing for my YouTube videos.

Have more gratitude 

On the way to Thailand I read Davina McCall lessons I’ve learned and it literally changed my way of thinking (bizarre how reading a book can do that) but in all honesty since reading that I have had a much more positive way of thinking. In the book she shared one of her ideas and it was to keep a little notepad by your bed and every night write 3 things that you appreciated that day, I am going to try to do this every night. I’ve got a cute notepad at the ready and a lovely new pen from KiKi thanks to my friend Nathan. In general I just want to be positive and grateful and I am hoping to take this approach into the year!

Healthy healthy healthy

It’s that time of the year where this is majority of people’s goals so sorry to bore you all! The last two years I have really improved my health and fitness and I lost 3 stone and became such a happier person for it so I just want to carry it on really. As most will know I have been to Thailand for a month so I’ve not been to the gym once and also stuffed my face with endless amount of curry and alcohol… so I simply cannot wait to cook a healthy meal and take my dog and a long walk. This year I want to try out new healthy recipes and also embrace Wales and go exploring whilst keeping fit! I am also looking to join a netball team so if anybody knows of any please help.

Manage Finances and save

Finishing University and then saving for Thailand has made it difficult to get into a good place with my finances but my goal was always to save for a house as soon as I had ticked Thailand off the bucket list. Let the saving commence and hopefully I’ll get to my goal of having my own mortgage (along with Ryan) sooner rather than later.

Look after my skin and eyes

I had a scare in Thailand with an eye infection to the point I literally couldn’t see out of one eye and it actually really scared me. I was due new glasses quite a while ago and mine are extremely scratched and I’ve been struggling to see which has put strain on my eyes. By the end of this month I have made a promise to myself that I will get new glasses and look after my eyes. I also want to find a good skin care routine and stick to it so if anybody has any suggestions please send them my way.

Go for the chop eeeeeek!

Not so much of a goal but I have always had long hair so getting it cut is a big thing for me! I am really bored of my long hair and it’s a bit dead but I am so scared to get it cut but I am hoping that this year I will just go for it. I’d love to get enough cut off so that I can donate it for a little girls wig.

My main aim is to work as hard as I possibly can and really go somewhere with my journalism and to be as happy and positive as can be.

Here’s to 2018 xxx

A REFLECTION OF 2017

So as we come to the end of what has been a very rapid year I want to take the time to rewind and reflect before I make my resolutions. For me, 2017 has been a successful year and one that I am proud of. 

Graduation

The biggest highlight of this year had to be my graduation day. On the 21st July I graduated with a first class honours in Broadcast Journalism surrounded by all my loved ones. Never ever would I have thought I would be finishing my journey with a first but it is something I am so proud of and it made the three years of hard work so worth it.

Organising a charity event

This year has been a challenge for me watching my brother struggle has broke my heart and I decided I would raise money for the National Autistic Society. Planning an event was really time consuming especially when battling the final year of University, however the event was a really good night and also raised a lot of money and awareness.

Blogging 

This is a mahoosive one because it has made me realise so much and also increased my confidence. I have always been a confident person but this year I’ve just got to the stage where I simply don’t care if people are sick of reading my blog, if it is something I want to post then I will. I started writing for my blog properly this year and it has become my hobby – I absolutely love it! I know numbers arnt everything but getting to 10k views was a massive achievement for me and now it’s almost at 14,000 and there is something so warming knowing people are reading my content.

Attending my first blogging event

Again, this is something I wouldn’t have pictured myself doing but I plucked up the courage and got on the train to London to attend the event. My first blogging event was a real eye-opener and increased my motivation massively.

Ticked off my Thailand adventure 

I have always planned to travel Thailand and I am so happy that we saved and made it happen this year. Not only did we tick it off the bucket list but we did everything we wanted to do there and more. What an adventure!

All in all 2017 has been a very successful year and I am excited to see what 2018 brings. My next post will be my 2018 goals.

Happy new year all xxx