Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Are You Missing This Vital Ingredient?

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There’s something that nobody teaches us at school, which is vital to our sense of happiness and mental wellbeing.  It’s an ingredient we should learn from our parents, yet if they’re missing this vital ingredient, how can we expect them to pass it onto us?

What is this vital mystery ingredient, you may ask?

The answer is self esteem.

See, you can have all the ambition and success in the world, but if you don’t feel good about yourself in terms of your self worth and sense of personal power - it will hold you back like nothing else.

Today, many people are trying to fill emotional voids with external things; for instance, many people will latch onto a fancy car and use it as a prop to raise their self-esteem, but this is coming from the ego rather than a grounded place of true self-esteem.  

Similarly, some people will receive wonderful jewellery from places like http://yourdiamondguru.com/reviews/brilliant-earth-review/ that will make them dazzle and shine on the outside, yet on the inside, if they lack this vital ingredient of self esteem, they will feel hollow and insecure.

Now, the (sort of) good news is that almost everyone is lacking in this vital ingredient of self-esteem, for as a society, we are experiencing an emotional epidemic of low self esteem and low self worth.  

This comes out in a variety of ways, and doesn't have to be as pronounced as self harm, getting dangerously drunk, or sleeping with anybody that gives you some attention.  It can be as subtle as a nagging feeling that you’re not good enough, or a lack of confidence in your ability to achieve something you desire.

Louise Hay, who is an expert on this area of self esteem and self love states:

“When I talk about loving ourselves, I mean having a deep appreciation for who we are. We accept all the different parts of ourselves—our little peculiarities, the embarrassments, the things we may not do so well, and all the wonderful qualities, too.”

She makes a good point, in that the first step in having self esteem is to accept ourselves as we are; for all the good things and the bad things. Of course, we can work to improve on the less than perfect areas - but we don’t “have to” in order to be worthy. We can be perfectly imperfect and still deserve love, respect and kindness from both ourselves and other people.

When we start to love ourselves as we are, rather than for how we feel we “should be” or need to be (i.e. many people feel the need to achieve huge things in order to feel good about themselves) we are free to live our lives. Without this feeling of self love, self worth and self esteem, we are trapped in an insecure state where we often don’t feel good enough… and our life suffers as a result of this lack of confidence in our own ability and belief in the good in who we are.
*Please note that this is a collaborative post*

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Monday, 29 October 2018

Surprising A Long Distance Partner

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In the modern day and age, there’s a lot of different ways you can get into a relationship. As we’re now living in a digital age, one of the most popular ways to try and find someone of a like mind and an opposite attraction means a lot of long distance relationships can crop up out of nowhere. Coping with such a distance between the two of you can be hard however, and often enough you can feel like the relationship is going nowhere.

However, that feeling doesn’t have to linger. There’s always going to be things you can do to share your love with someone else, no matter how far away they are. After all, meeting someone on a dating app doesn’t make your relationship any less valid than two people who met over reaching for the same melon at the supermarket! So, let’s take a look at some of the ways you can surprise a long distance partner, to make sure you’re always stoking the fire between the two of you.
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Saturday, 27 October 2018

How To Pick The Perfect Piece Of Statement Jewellery Every Time

A great piece of jewellery can really take an outfit to the next level if you know how to style it properly. Statement pieces are bold pieces of jewellery that you can match with an outfit to really make it pop, but if you don’t wear it right, it might make the wrong statement. There’s a lot more to wearing statement jewellery than people realize. It’s not just a case of throwing on a chunky necklace with any old outfit. You need to think carefully about the outfit as a whole and find a piece of jewellery that accentuates all of its best features. If you’re a bit lost when you’re trying to wear statement jewellery, here are a few tips to help you get it right every time...

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Friday, 26 October 2018

For Him (And Him Alone): Gifts Your Man Will Enjoy That He Won’t Need To Share

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When buying gifts for the man in your life, it can be very easy to go for the same types of things year in and year out, from the presents that are pretty practical, to the things that are a bit “manly” but in a cliched sense. This post will hopefully act as somewhat of a guide for you, so next time, you will have inspiration right at the click of a button!

The Gift Of Style
We could always do with new clothes, and if you are trying to avoid the usual things that your significant other wears, you can't go wrong with some stylish underwear that’s also very comfortable, but there are some other little accessories that can add to the overall stylishness, like ascot ties, suspenders, or even cufflinks that can be found on sites like John Henric UK. The gift of clothes is usually a quick and easy option, but giving them some style instead of just the same old Christmas jumper will make a big difference, and they will feel better about themselves.

The Gift Of Education
There's something quite romantic about having time to yourself and settling down with a nice book. The go-to option would be the Amazon Kindle, because you can store thousands of books, but if your significant other doesn't have the time to relax with a good read, a subscription to Audible is a suitable alternative. You could even give them a course, either in any language or some online guitar lessons, especially if they've been yearning to break out the six string!

The Gift Of Coffee
Where would we be without coffee? While a classic espresso maker would be a gift they would greatly appreciate, you can think of it more outside the box, by giving them a subscription to Coffee Tasting Club, or if they are constantly on the move, a portable tumbler or travel thermos that will keep their coffee warm for hours on end. There's nothing worse than having a swig of cold coffee!

The Gift Of Comfort
If they struggle to get to sleep at night, then a set of new bed sheets or a microfiber towel can give them that extra bit of warmth in the morning when all they want to do is stay in bed and not endure the freezing cold outside the sheets. If they think you're buying new sheets for the benefit of yourself, give them a support pillow.

We need to enjoy our gifts ourselves, so when you are giving thought to the type of gift they need, you could go down the usual route, give them something that they need, or you can go down the secret third option and giving them something they'll actually enjoy but makes life a little easier. It's always easy to buy something that they don't really need, but give them a more creative and thoughtful gift.

*Please note that this is a collaborative post*

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018

My First Impressions - University Of Birmingham


At this moment in time, I'm hustling hard. I'm coming to the end of my first term in Year 13, which means that the personal statement preparation has started, the University Open Days are coming to an end, and I'm focusing more than ever on achieving top grades to give me the best chance at getting onto my ideal course. 

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Sunday, 21 October 2018

Managing That Time Of The Month*


Periods can be a pain at the best of times - both physically and emotionally. I have been experiencing them since I was 10, and I'm now not that far off 18, so I've certainly had my fair share of nightmare situations, and discomfort throughout the years. I used to try and take standard Paracetamol, but I don't really like putting pills in my body, and I don't personally find them to work that well anyway. If you're the same as me, luckily for us, I've now found the solution...

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Wednesday, 17 October 2018

8 Tips To Help Your Long Distance Relationship

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Getting into new relationships is an exciting time in your life when everything is new and interesting, and you’re finding out things about yourself. This is one of the big appeals with a lot of relationships these days, and it is the reason why we always crave relationships no matter what age we are. When we are young, we have relationships with friends and family, but as we get older, we enter the world of dating.

This can be a nerve-wracking experience for a lot of people, and there are so many different forms of dating these days that it can seem overwhelming. At the end of the day, when you have a connection with someone, you want to be with that person, even if it may not be convenient. This is why so many people enter into long distance relationships, sometimes against their better judgment. Here are 8 excellent hacks that you can use to help your long distance relationship work out better.
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Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Being Savvy With Your Spending

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Finance is a tricky topic to talk about. Making money is hard, saving money is hard, and prioritising money is even harder. My family have certainly never been billionaires, but we have always had the essentials, and been lucky enough to have a few treats on the side too. Having grown up without a Dad, my Mum has had to do her best to provide for me, and I know for a fact it has been hard at times, what with all the bills and food shopping to pay for - not to mention everything else a young girl wishes for. We never learn much about scrimping and saving, but it's the reality for a lot of families across the world, and it's not something that should be seen as shameful.

I thought that today would be the right time to discuss a website, which can help you when it comes to being more savvy with your pennies, especially as we are getting closer to Christmas every second...

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Sunday, 14 October 2018

All About The 'G.E.N.T.L.E.' Goals Method*


Now, it's safe to say that I'm not shy when it comes to talking about mental wellness and the real-life issues that us teenagers and young people go through in today's society. I'm no stranger to opening up and I'll always strive to help others live their best lives.

In this post, I'm going to be sharing with you an innotivate, beautifully designed workbook that emphasises the idea of G.E.N.T.L.E. goals and how you can implement this method into your daily routine. So, grab a hot chocolate, get comfy in bed and listen to me sing songs of praise about this cool creation...

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Sunday, 7 October 2018

My FAVOURITE Foundation?

When I first started experimenting with makeup around the age of 10/11, I tried and tested a variety of different base products. I was weirdly more into makeup then than I have been during my actual teenage years, which doesn't make much sense to me. Foundation has always been a major part of any makeup routine, in my opinion, so looking back, I don't personally agree with young girls going all out, and applying it on a regular basis. I don't wear it that often anymore, but for when I do, I have a go-to option and I'm going to be sharing that with you all in today's post...

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Friday, 5 October 2018

Love Is A Love/Hate Relationship

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You either love being in love, or you absolutely hate it. If you’re thinking the latter, then we know it’s because you’ve been in a few bad relationships in your past. Either that, or you just really enjoy the single life, and who could blame you?! Relationships are costly, timely, and there’s a 50/50 chance it’s going to end badly, but, I'm not here to shame relationships, because there’s not one thing you can name in life that doesn’t have a negative or two. Love might be a love/hate kind of thing, but I'm going to try and sway you towards the love side of it, because if you put your all into a relationship, and you do end up falling in love, then you will know a love like no other, and you will feel happier than you have ever felt before. I'm going to be talking about how you can ensure that you get into a strong and long lasting relationship, so that you never feel any hate towards love!
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