I’ve never been a patient person, and I’ve always found it really difficult to wait for things. Whether that’s waiting till 3pm for an afternoon biscuit, or the months it takes till you achieve one of your lusted after goals, patience is not my forte.

But, we all know the best things are the ones worth waiting for, so I’m trying to get a hold on my inner demanding child and learn to smell the roses in-between. Here’s what I’m doing to remind myself to hang in there…

 

What’s meant for you will never pass you by

I just LOVE this quote, and it really makes me stop in my tracks and remember to surrender to the universe, and something bigger than me and ‘my’ plans. Sometimes we like to think we are the one calling the shots, but I do like to see it the other way every now and again. It’s not helpless, it’s trusting in the process.

 

Take stock of where you are at 

When we are so focused on getting our goals and achievements, we often lose track of how far we’ve come to get to that point. I know I forget about this all the time.

When you’re working towards your next follower count, remember how many you started at. When you’re waiting to get promoted at work, remember your first ever day there and how many awesome skills you’ve learned along the way. YOU did this. Be proud of yourself.

Sometimes it’s in the journey

There are moments when you reach that destination, when you see things a little differently. You wish you could go back and enjoy the journey towards it a touch more, maybe you wish you weren’t so focused on the outcome from the get-go.

Enjoying ourselves along the way will always make us feel good, and most likely we’ll feel even better when we eventually get there too.

Embrace the struggle. Find the positives. And if all else fails, brush yourself off and  start again.

Are you a patient person? How do you practice patience in your life?

It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a sort of ‘journal entry’ in the blog, or ever really. I try to pride myself on writing things that will give at least one person out there some value (on most posts anyway).

But along the way I seem to of missed just sharing my everyday life with you all. So let me know if you liked this sort of set-up and the next time I fancy a natter, I’ll write another one!

So my other half is currently away, on his stag do (ahhhh! I can’t believe it’s only a few months until we get married. Time for a wedding update post maybe?). Him and 8 others headed off to sunny Spain, and since he was going away, I decided to join my mum and stepdad with the pooch, to the sea.

We have a small place here in a quiet town, so it’s always familiar coming back and we like to visit whenever we can. It’s so nice to be surrounded by green and a sense of peace, and the beach is also a 10 minute drive away too.

 

We spent Thursday chilling out on the balcony in the glorious 20 degrees sunshine and I cracked on with my cross-stitch before I enjoyed some yoga on the decking with a cup of sweet tea. Heavenly! In the late evening we played the new Elton John remix album on the speakers and just lounged around chilling. Would highly recommend that album, it’s fab.

Friday we ventured to the shops for a quick look around, I nabbed a few bargains from New Look then went pebble hunting on the beach too. In the afternoon I managed to go to the baths for a swim and enjoyed some more of the sunshine outside and talking Harvey for lots of walks.

Saturday will be spent doing more of the same, then headed home in time to catch some Saturday night TV I think.

It’s only been 2 days off but I feel like I’m coming back so refreshed and with renewed intentions. It’s so blissful to have some time away to relax and remember what’s important in life.

 

How did you spend your weekend?


After I wrote a post about My First Taste Of Slow-Living, I knew it was something I wanted to talk more about on my blog. It’s something that over the last year has really interested me, and I’m keen to incorporate into my daily life, as much as seemingly possible.

As a beginner, I appreciate that the whole concept can seem a bit muddled, so I thought I’d provide my own version of a guide for a slow living weekend that you could participate in if you wanted to.

Lets start at the beginning:

 

FRIDAY EVENING

Hopefully by this point, work is out of the way for the weekend. Tonight’s agenda is all about relaxation, and getting you feeling calm and peaceful, ready for a lovely weekend.

  • Wash away the stress off the week in a big bubble bath
  • Make a phone call to a loved one to catch up.
  • Eat a nutritious yet hearty meal that leaves you feeling comforted, and restored.

 

SATURDAY

You have a day to completely fill it with whatever you please. Here’s what I would recommend..

  • Get outside for some fresh air. If it’s cold, wrap up warm and remember you can always have a nice cup of tea to come home to.
  • Bake something. Baking is known to be very therapeutic, and you have a lovely treat to eat afterwards. It’s a win-win situation.
  • Start that hobby. Whether thats wanting to take up running, swimming, knitting or photography, today is the day to get inspired! It’s never too late to start again, especially if it brings joy.

 

SUNDAY

Yesterday might of involved a few outdoor or active activities, so today we are all about chilling!

  • Have a lazy morning in bed. Bring your breakfast back to eat in bed and then have a little doze after. It’s Sunday after-all.
  • Read that book you’ve been meaning to for months, or watch a film that makes you feel happy and nostalgic.
  • Be kind to yourself. Whether that’s giving yourself a foot massage (I do this and it’s heavenly, highly recommend), doing a bit of pampering, or getting rid of some of the junk that’s been laying around the house and making you feel untidy, it’s time for it to go.

 

AND WHAT NOT TO DO…

  • Try to avoid busy shopping centres or spending the weekend doing errands (it’s supposed to be YOUR free time!)
  • Spend the whole weekend mindlessly refreshing Instagram.
  • Beat yourself up about the things you haven’t done. It’s only two days off.
  • Fill your time with things that feel popular, but you’re not really in to.

 

Have you ever had a weekend like this?

 

Being inspired is probably, if not is, one of my favourite feelings. It’s like a colourful buzz that surronds my days and I feel like I could achieve whatever I want, the world is my limit and life is sweeeeet.

One of the hardest parts of the deal can be trying to hang on to it, so I’ve whipped up this post for you (and me to look back on whenever I need it) in how to make sure it sticks around…

 

LOOK AROUND

The things that inspire me the most are usually outside. Nature, walking, seeing communities in their everyday haze, and slivers of sunshine. Walking the dog is always one of my favourite parts of the day, and I always use it as a time to step back from myself, and see the bigger picture. Whether that’s from a personal situation that’s clouding my gaze or a worry that is pointless thinking about, I always feel lighter afterwards.

I would say at least half the time I come back after being outside I usually have some kind of blog post idea lingering around..

FIND YOUR PASSION(S)

What sets your soul on fire?

For me, that’s wellness, self-care, slow-living, mindfulness, yoga, authenticity, blogging etc. But recently I’m starting to become more and more interested in different topics too, such as travel, feminism and plastic comsumption.

The great part about it is that it doesn’t have to be just one thing, it can be whatever floats your boat.

Once you’ve find your bag, work out a way to do MORE of that.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

The easiest, or hardest tip I have in this post, is practice. Act as if you are already inspired.

I truly believe the things that you think will determine your actions, and that determines your behaviour/life and so on.

Act how the inspired you would. Chances are if you believe it, its so much more likely to happen. Manifest that inspiration and see where it takes you.

How do you get and *stay* inspired?


I mentioned in this post the podcasts I had started listening to recently, but now it’s been a few months and I just cannot get enough of discovering and listening to them.

I have them on whilst I’m cleaning, cooking, working, walking. I’m addicted! They are perfect for people like me who get easily distracted doing jobs, and needs to have something to focus on so my mind doesn’t wander too much.

I still love From The Heart by Yoga Girl, and What She Said by Lucy Sherif so would still definitely recommend having a listen to those, and heres what I’ve discovered in the mean-time…

MY DAD WROTE A PORNO

I’ve seen this spoke about so many times, I decided it was time to give it a go! I honestly didn’t think I would be that into it, but it is SO funny. Granted, it’s the rudiest thing ever (!) so make sure you have your headphones firmly in place, but the episodes are short and just the perfect length for when I’m walking the dog. I just have to remember that I probably look a bit weird laughing to myself.

LADIES WHO LUNCH

I’m a massive Ingrid Nilsen fan, and I always appreciate how in-depth she goes into issues important to her on social media, so I knew I would like this podcast from the get-go. She’s joined with her friend Cat Veldes, and each week they cover various topics such as self-care, letting go, and the desire to belong. It has me nodding along for sure!

DESERT ISLAND DISCS

This is another hugely popular one, and again I’m surprised how much I enjoy listening to it! Every episode is with a different celebrity, and the music they love along with snippets of their life story. I really loved the Ed Sheeran, Jack Whitehall, and Matt Smith episodes. They aren’t too long either so they don’t get boring and things get wrapped up nicely.

 

YOU’RE NOT THE BOSS OF ME

Olivia’s podcast is freshly squeezed, in that it’s only a few weeks old but I’m loving it already. I was already a big fan of Olivia’s Instagram and found her very relatable on her Instagram stories, so I was super happy to hear she was venturing into the podcast world. I can’t wait to hear more from this series! It makes me feel creative about my own blogging business, and to focus on my dreams.

MAKE IT HAPPEN

Jen’s podcast is fairly new to me, but I’ve indulged in every episode with a cup of tea and it’s been a bloody great time. She seems like the loveliest lady and is SO knowledgeable about the blogging/content industry that it makes me want to invite her to my house and quiz her on all her amazing knowledge! (I’ll provide cake of course). After every episode I feel inspired and motivated to work on making my dream life happen.

 

What podcasts do you listen to?