I’m here again with another lifestyle post, so please let me know if you like them, and I’ll post more!

June is ramping up to be a busy month for me, and I thought I’d fill you in on the plans I have that I’m so excited about…

At the start of June I have my second hen-do, this being my second one for the fact that it’s just going to be my mum, sister and me. We are heading off for a weekend together and I am so happy to have spending time with my two favourite women in the diary! What a perfect start to the month, hey?

Shortly after, we are all headed on a family holiday! It’s been two years now since I’ve been abroad and I can not wait to spend some time with the family in the sunshine, relax at the beach and just soak up the rays. It’s going to be 5 days of pure relaxation and having fun, I’m also planning on doing some exploring too so hopefully I’ll get some good pictures to share on Instagram!

At the end of the month me and my sister are going to see the Queen Taylor Swift for our 4th time! We absolutely looove her and she puts on the best shows. If you see two girls dancing crazily, it will be us.

The weekend after Taylor we are headed off with my dad’s family to Centreparcs for a few days. I’ve been a few times and always enjoy it so much. I think we have another paddle boarding session in the works too which we loved last time.

And there we have it! June looks out to be one of my favourite months yet so be sure to follow all my other social media’s where I’ll be checking in regularly 🙂

Do you have any plans for this month?

 

Whether your blog is 5 years old or 6 months, a time is gonna come when you probably want to give it a little upgrade. Make things feel fresh, new and exciting again.

Our hobbies, interests and life can change every year, so why not our online space too?

Firstly, lets take stock.

Log onto your internet browser and view your website as a visitor. See if there are any little bugs that need fixing, and take a note of the things you like, and what you want to change. Is your font easy to read? Are you missing any social media links?

Now we’ve got the basics down, it’s time to research.

Think about what kind of blog lay-out could benefit you the most, what topics sets your soul on fire, and any other passions you have that you could incorporate into your online space. If you’re a fashion blogger, do you have a shopping page where people can buy your outfits? Is having a newsletter something that excites you, or does it feel like jumping on a bandwagon? Remember that there’s no rush, take your time.

At this point, we should have a plan of where we would like to improve our blog, and how we can go about it. You may have already made some of the small changes, and hopefully it’s making you feel even more excited about a fresh, new look.

Always scope out further afield than you might think, whether that’s blog designs, a handy bit of googling to make sure things look as sharp as possible, or checking out different web-designers if you fancy going the full hog. I think especially when making important decisions that can be costly, you want to be certain that you’re going with your gut.

Other things to consider:

  • Think about how your ‘ideal’ blog would look, what images would you feature on there, and would it affect your writing style?
  • Try not to compare to other blogs. Getting inspiration is fine, but don’t copy. Be yourself!
  • Are you happy with your blogging schedule? Would you rather post more or less than you do now?
  • Do you need to inform your readers that you’re undergoing a re-brand? You might want to do this if your website will be unavailable for a few days.

 

Have you ever refreshed your blog? How did you do it?

 

 

Basically, I wanted to write a little something about my sister on the blog. I’m sure if you follow me on my other social media, you know she is obviously a massive part of my life, and we have the best relationship but I don’t think I’ve spoken about her much on the blog before. Which is weird, really as she is a huge influence to me.

 

SHE REMINDS ME TO BE BRAVE

Chantelle is the bravest person I know, hands down. She’s also the most intelligent but I’ll save that for another day. We like to describe her a secret ninja at our house, as she is very kind, loving and petite, but boy has she got determination. She never lets anyone stand in her way, or drag her down. She reminds me that I can have my dream life, and that the only person is stopping me is ME. To be brave and embrace the journey. She is fearless.

SHE REMINDS ME THAT BEING DIFFERENT IS BETTER THAN BEING BORING

Me and my sister have always had our own way of doing things. We like what we like, and we don’t really care what other people think of that. We put together outfits that we fancy (that may include double denim on my behalf), and if we want the metallic shoes, we’ll get them.

She embraces her own individuality and teaches me to let mine flourish too.

SHE REMINDS ME THAT WOMEN CAN BE LIMITLESS

I often fall into the trap of thinking that you can either be strong, or gentle. Wistful and imaginative, or ambitious and driven. Caring and quiet, or joyful and enthusiastic.

Chantelle reminds me that I can be ALL of those things, and anything else I want to add to the list too. What a wonderful thing.

I would love to know if you have a sister and a bit about your relationship, if you wanted to share it of course 🙂

 

I’ve definitely had a little bit of a lifestyle switch this year, and I thought I’d pop up a post today all about the things I’m making more time for. All of these things are nourishing me in different ways, and I’m so happy I make them more of a priority than they once were.

 

MY YOGA PRACTICE

I’ve always had a pretty consistent practice, but over the recent few months I’m really making sure to tune into my body, and see what it needs on that particular day. I’ve started booking in half an hour slots in my diary for me to get on my mat, and having that time to myself feels like a luxury. To me, yoga is the gift that keeps on giving.

 

COOKING

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m making more of an effort to get cooking in the kitchen! I usually pop on a podcast or something in the background which stops me getting bored, because lets face it cooking can be a bit dull, and I LOVE the feeling of eating fresh, home-made food. It really satisfies me and there’s nothing quite like it.

 

SOCIALISING

I know, right. Who am I anymore?! But seriously, spending time with the right kind of people makes me feel uplifted and so happy! Whether that’s arranging a mid-week coffee and cake date, or going out for a meal with Dan every now and again, it feels good to socialise. Plus, it makes coming home even better after a busy day!

 

MAKING AN EFFORT

Now don’t get me wrong, this isn’t an everyday occurence and I love nothing more than it still being mid-day and I’m in my pyjama’s, but making the effort with my new hair cut, and mixing up my make-up bag really puts a spring in my step. When I look good, I feel good too.

 

What are you trying to make more time for lately?

 

 

Please note, I’m typing this on a Saturday evening after a much-needed short few minutes on my yoga mat, after a super busy but great day. But I felt like I needed some time to myself to de-compress.

As with most of my slight epihanes, they pop up after a few stretches and some time to really think and see what’s bothering me. Tonight’s was the idea that I have to know all the answers.

I think I’ve always been like this, I find comfort in the finality of a decision. I like to know what’s going on, the knowledge keeps me feeling safe, secure and somewhat in control. But really, we will never know it all.

And maybe we never should.

Maybe the joy and journey and intense struggle that life can sometimes be, is teaching us that in the end, there is no perfect answer. There is nothing for us to search, cling and hold ourselves to. Life isn’t a solid structure of comfort, security and routine, and there isn’t a rulebook to follow.

Maybe after all this, there is no need to know it all, because it doesn’t exist.

There is no right answer.

There never was.

Do you ever struggle with this?