cup of tea

 

You guys seem to really enjoy these ‘5 things to do this weekend’ posts (see my others here & here), so today I wanted to do an edition where if you get it done, your future self will love you for it!

  1. CHANGE THE BEDDING. Yep, I’m starting off simple. I know that it can be such a drag, but the way I see it it only takes what, 15 minutes max? And is there any better feeling than getting into bed on a night when you’ve got fresh bedding and clean pjs on? IS THERE? I pop on a Youtube video and it’s done and relatively pain-free before I know it!
  2. GET APPOINTMENTS BOOKED. When you become an adult, no-one lets you know that suddenly your mum just ups and has you make your doctors appointments yourself. Just me? Whether its a check-up, dentist appointment, or ringing the insurance company when they decide to add £200 onto your car bill, get it done and it takes all the hassle off your back.
  3. PAMPER! I’ve got to add something fun onto the list haven’t I? This is totally optional of course, but I always feel so much better when I’m all prep and primed with new nails, toes, and clean hair.
  4. GET INSPIRED. With a busy week-day, it can be hard to feel any creative juices flowing when you’re working then coming back to sort out the house. The weekend is a perfect time to order some new books on Amazon, have a switch around of the decor, start a new challenge, or do something out of your comfort zone. I really want to change up a bit of our home decor that’s around, but because we’re saving I just decided to move things around a little and it’s really done the job!
  5. DON’T STICK TO YOUR SCHEDULE. Yup, that’s right. It’s me telling you to actually throw out the rule-book and go wild. My term of ‘wild’ is deciding to watch another episode of Netflix and not go to bed and read. But in all seriousness, change can feel amazing, and reminds us that we’re alive.

 

Do you plan on doing any of these this weekend?

notebook and crystal flatlay

 

I’m still a long way to where I want to be, but I feel like since posting every other day for the last couple of months, I’m on the way to creating a really great set of regular readers of this ol’ blog. My blog tips always go down so well (thank you guys) and I really wanted to create another one!

 

MIX UP YOUR CONTENT

If you don’t have a blog niche, like me, I mentioned it in this post, I always think it’s a great idea to blog about different topics. I love reading blogs that have such a variety of posts about all kind of things, and I know that I for one will always click on a post if its something unique that I haven’t read before. The most unique posts of mine have always done much better than expected, and I think its refreshing to see people posting content that isn’t their usual. It also gives the person reading much more of an idea of what you may be like in ‘real life’, I find personal posts much more connecting than reading about favourites, for example.

 

ALWAYS ASK A QUESTION

Creating an engaged audience can even occur in the comments of a post, sometimes it’s where you get a great tip from a fellow blogger from, or just someone letting you know that they know what your going through on a personal post. I always end most blog posts with a question, as it encourages the reader to get involved and leave a comment to reply to.

 

BE ENGAGING YOURSELF

I see a tweet every day about how rubbish some social media platforms are at engagement, and while that’s usually true, I often wonder if people are engaging with others themselves? I definitely wouldn’t expect anyone to leave me a comment on a post if I never did it to anyone else. Sharing the love is always appreciated, just be genuine with it.

 

STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF

This would probably be my number one life tip if I’m honest! Even if you aren’t getting an engaged audience at this moment in time, please don’t try to copy someone else who does. It’s often not the posts that are getting the views, but that people are invested in that particular blogger, no matter what they write. One day you will definitely get there, and people will keep coming back to read your content! Just keep at it, and it’ll happen.

 

Do you have any tips for creating an engaged audience?

boots in leaves

 

When I think about why I started my blog, it was purely to have an outlet for myself. A place to write my thoughts so they weren’t scrambling around my head, and a platform where I could share what inspires me, in the hopes that someone might relate too.

But now when I think about writing a post, in the back of my mind is the thought that I want to write what people want to read. What if they are not interested and can’t relate? What if they don’t fancy clicking on that one today?

I’ve started to realise that this doesn’t matter. I started it for myself, and that’s how it should continue. You shouldn’t write for the sole purpose of others. The content that you produce where you stay true to yourself, is the one which you feel the most proud of once its published, and it’s usually the one that your readers like the most too. I think authenticty really does stand out and keeps people coming back.

Thankfully I don’t feel like I have veered too much of this road, but if I hadn’t of come to this conclusion sooner it may of been different. I’m thinking it of being a little nudge to keep me on the right track.

So now when I’m braining post ideas, I’m going to focus on whats happening in my life currently, or what I think I should write, instead of wondering what might get the most views.

There won’t be a difference to what I put out there as I don’t publish any posts I’m not happy with, but maybe I won’t be feeling as stuck for post ideas as I have been the last few weeks!

Why did you start a blog? Do you blog for yourself?

berries on tree

 

I’ve spoken before all about why you should meditate, but I wanted to give you a step by step guide where you can start from if you’re a complete beginner.

I know that sometimes it can be incredibly intimidating and the words ‘mindfulness’ and ‘meditation’ is bashed around so often these days, so hopefully this might make it feel more achievable for you or convince you to give it a go if you haven’t felt inclined to before.

  • Firstly, plan ahead and choose a time of day you want to start. Whether that’s before going to work, or after you’ve come home and had a shower, putting it in the diary, (even if it’s just in your head) makes you a lot more likely to actually do it.
  • Start slowly. Personally, I would recommend doing 5 minutes a day 2-3 times a week to begin with. There’s no point rushing off and trying to do 20 minutes if you’re only going to do it once, that’s just not how it works I’m afraid.
  • Pick a type. There’s plenty of different meditations to use out there, you can use guided meditations on Youtube or download apps such as Calm and Headspace, which both have trials for a selected amount of time to get you used to meditating. I would really recommend the Headspace one that runs for 10 days and is free for getting started.
  • Choose your location wisely. If you’re trying it out for the first time, I wouldn’t recommend doing it on public transport or anywhere unfamiliar. You can sit on your bed, or even lie down with your eyes closed (preferably), and focus on the rhythm of your breath.
  • There is no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ meditation. With meditating, we have no labels. Aslong as you focus on your breathing for A SECOND, you’re meditating. There’s no magic trick here. It really is that simple.

 

I hope this has come in handy if you were looking for something along these lines, if you give it a go for the first time I would LOVE to hear how it went?

products on table

 

It’s been a hot minute since I updated you guys on products I’m trying out, and because these are some of my favourite posts to read I thought its about time I got you updated.

The first two products I actually won in a giveaway! I’ve only used the Dr Jart Beauty Balm  once so far, but was honestly so impressed. It says its a hybrid between makeup and skincare, and it actually gives a surprising amount of coverage. It’s extremely natural looking on the skin and the fact that it’s only £8.00 from Boots means I will *most likely* be repurchasing.

I have a love-hate relationship with rose scented stuff, because I don’t like the powdery ‘granny’ smell, but this little guy is nothing like that. The Rose Salve  seems to be a popular product in a beauty lovers world and I can totally see why. I will go as far to say that it’s becoming my favourite lip balm ever. Yup, I’m going with it! Have I mentioned it also smells like an absolute dream?

I recently become an ambassador from the Botanics range in Boots, which I’m so excited about! They sent me a few products to test out including the Face Scrub & Radiance Balm. I’ve only used the products a couple of times, but the face scrub is one thats super gentle, which is great for my sensitive skin, but still does a great job on removing dead face skin *ugh why did I just say that?*

The radiance balm is becoming another favourite as it doesn’t feel tacky or greasy, just leaves the skin looking really dewy. Plus, its actually super watery which I didn’t expect but that means it doesn’t clog my skin up at all and leaves me with no breakouts, yay!

Have you been testing out any new products recently, I would love to hear what?!