18 September 2017

How I made my uni room a more positive space

For the past two years I've lived in university halls, in their constant state of pre-drinking and piles of dirty plates. It was an experience, to say the least. Sometimes a bad one (this introvert does not enjoy being woken up at 3am on a weekly basis by students daring to have fun.) But mainly it was an incredible one. I met some of my closest friends and I grew in ways that I didn't know I needed. Those annoyingly tiny bedroom walls saw a lot of positive change. Plus, there's just something about that communal accommodation spirit that can't be beaten.

I still find myself humming our college chant to myself now without thinking about it!

However, that chapter in my life is over. A few days ago I moved into my first off-campus house with my favourite people in the whole world. It's already starting to feel like home. The fairy lights are up, the slippers are out and, most excitingly, we have a washing machine in our kitchen so I no longer have to trudge to a laundrette. I'm pretty much living a life of luxury! The whole experience is already worlds away from being in halls. So, whilst I'm not as close to the library as I was last year, I'm happy to sacrifice that for the sense of homely cosiness that I get from being in a proper house.

13 September 2017

The books I think every uni student should read

In less than a week I will be back living in London, fending for myself and preparing for the start of my last year at uni. Frankly, it seems like a lifetime ago that I did a weekly shop so, even though I am beyond excited to be reunited with my independence, I know that it will be a bit of a shock to the system. I think I might have actually forgotten how to write an essay. Or successfully make it to a 9am lecture on time.

So, with term quickly approaching I thought I would get back into the motivated mindset the only way I know how: Self-help books. These bad boys are some old favourites that always work their magic for me. Not only do they leave me all buzzy with inspiration, but they help to keep me as calm as possible as deadlines approach and remind me to get my organisation on.

Yay for not stress-crying by the end of week one!

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9 September 2017

Blogging, haul culture and fast fashion

At the age of 16 my favourite way to spend my time was clothes shopping. I was a full-on fashion blogger at that time in my life, popping out OOTDs and H&M hauls like there was no tomorrow. However, unlike all of the 'successful' influencers that I saw getting invited to fashion shows and being gifted Mulberry bags, I was on a waitressing wage of less than £4 an hour. So, I stuck to the knock-off Lita boots and the sale rails of my local Primark. I focused less on quality (and, ya know, whether I actually liked an item) and more on getting as much as humanly possible for my money. I would leave shops with bags full of items that were ill fitting, telling myself that I would "DIY it" or "cover it with a cardi" to turn into into something actually wearable. But more often than not they would just sit in my draws, never worn.

Basically, my shopping habits consisted of everything I have now come to loathe about the clothing industry. Which is one of the main reasons I try not to get too far up on my high horse now that I'm on a journey to becoming a more ethical consumer. Who am I to police people's spending when I was fast fashion's ideal customer a matter of months ago?

7 September 2017

Girl Love #12

There are two times of the year when I feel my most inspired. For about 30 days I seem to gain a deeper sense of self and have a pretty much other-worldly drive towards my goals. The first of those months is, obviously, January in all of its "new year, new me" glory. The second is September. I just don't think it will ever lose that back-to-school feeling for me. To be honest, I'm waiting for my Mum to take me to WHSmiths to buy a new pencil case and planner any day now...

So, since "sort your life out" season is in full swing, it seemed only right to put together the latest edition of Girl Love and showcase two amazing women that I think are crushing it right now. These are the ladies whose content has left me feeling all types of inspired recently. And I promise, if you're not in the new term spirit yet, they will certainly get you there.

3 September 2017

10 moments I loved on my trip to Kalamata

As I write this post I'm sat in one of those uncomfortable metal airport chairs, with a flight delay between me and a cup of proper English tea. I can see Greece in all of its 30° glory through the window and, even though I'm technically still here, I'm already missing it. And this sub-arctic aircon isn't making it any easier.

So, since it doesn't look like I'm going anywhere any time soon, I thought I would take this unfortunate opportunity to finally tell you all about what I've been up to on my month-long trip to Greece. Every cloud, eh?

When I first got here 5 weeks ago I had grand plans of posting every other day. Then the beach happened, holiday brain kicked in and I actually let myself relax. In fact, I barely picked up my laptop throughout the entirety of the holiday. Hence, it's been pretty quiet around this parts and I now have the mammoth task of documenting my whole incredible trip into one blog post. But hey, your girl needs something positive to look back on when uni stress is determined to kill her in a few months. Plus, I hope that this post acts as a lil life update to make up for my absence and a helpful guide for anyone travelling to Kalamata too.

31 August 2017

Favourite Things: August 2017

August, you have been superb. In fact, I'd go as far as saying that you have been the best month of 2017 so far. Lazy beach days spent reading, nights out eating gyros and Sunday trips to the market have all reminded me why I love Greece so much. Really it was impossible not to have an incredible month when the whole of it was spent in such an incredible country.

On top of that it's just been nice to take a step back from working so hard so much of the time. When I arrived in Greece I had grand plans of writing weekly updates plus other blog posts throughout the month. But as you can see by my sparse posting, that definitely didn't happen. For the first time in what feels like forever I've not been thinking about what content will be out and when. I've just been chilling. And trust me, that's a pretty big deal when you're talking about me, a perpetual stresser and productivity addict. It's just been nice to be lazy. To not set an alarm. To have my only real stress being whether I applied enough bug spray.

The trip is coming to end now (no, you're crying!), so a little post about everything I've been up to on my holibobs is certainly in order. But until then I thought I would share with you my August favourites: All of the things that helped to make this such a bloody lovely month.

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28 August 2017

My Favourite Positive Affirmations

Over the past few months I've really started to get in touch with my more spiritual side. After years of fighting the urge, I've finally learnt about crystals, meditation and, perhaps most importantly, the power of positive affirmations and manifesting. Yep, I've gone full-on hippie. I now implement rituals in my daily life that help to keep me centred and I'd say that I'm probably the most calm I've ever been.

I'm by no means an expert yet, but the improvements I've seen in my life are immense. Anyone that knows me will tell you that I've always been a stresser. But these days I like to think that I'm growing out of that. Spirituality has helped me to challenge the habits that have a negative impact on my life. It might not work for everyone, but it certainly works for me.

As I said, it hasn't always been like this. Frankly, I wrote it off as bullshit that I was far too good for for a long time. I used to scoff at the power of words and principles that I now live by. Ain't life funny?

So, I guess this post is a "soz for being so closed minded, universe" kinda post, where I talk about my favourite affirmations and why I now say them on the daily.

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