Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Seasons Greetings - A ramble

First things first Merry Christmas! Whether you celebrate or not I hope you at least managed to enjoy a little bit of the festive holidays. I can't quite believe we are gearing up for 2016. In true form I will be posting my musings for 2016 in a separate post on New Years Day but for now I just wanted to check in with a bit of a ramble (my personal favourite).

I feel like I'm going through a bit of a change at the moment - well over the last few months actually. It's way too deep to go into in one blogpost but I fully intend on sharing this with you in the months to come in a series of posts. I don't know if its maybe because I'm getting a little bit older and the way I see things is shifting or if there is another reason but the way I see the world is definitely changing. I'm changing.

I came off the pill in October following some health issues and I am currently writing a blog post about my experience. I've been on various forms of hormonal contraception for over 10 years and the whole experience of going 'au naturel' so to speak has been extremely eye opening - hell I'd even go as far as to say it's been life changing. I want to share this with other women who may be thinking of doing the same and whilst everyone is completely different - my experience may help someone else. As women I don't feel like we talk about this stuff enough and it shouldn't be a taboo subject. 

I also want to talk more about Minimalism and how I am incorporating this into my life in my own way. Thinking about it I started moving towards a more minimalist life when I moved house back in March - my home decor has a strong Scandinavian influence and I cleared out more bags and boxes of unwanted items than I care to remember. I think seeing all of that waste is what started the wave but only over the last few months have I really started to embrace minimalism and the benefits it brings. I am by no means a complete minimalist but it is something I am moving towards and incorporating in my own way. This ties in with consumerism and buying crap for the sake of it. I'm through with it. This isn't me saying I'm not going to shop anymore by any means - this is me saying I'm being more mindful about what I spend my money on and I now only buy things I truly value. When you start thinking this way and living this way your mindset changes significantly. You become more aware of consumerism gone mad and you gain a whole new perspective. It allows you to spend your money on things that add value to your life - invest in items that make you really happy and aren't just some fad that will lie unloved in 12 months time. To quote Sophia Amoruso "Money looks better in the bank than on your feet."

I've been enjoying finding new YouTubers and blogs who share seriously inspiring and creative content on topics from personal finance, investing, minimalism, DIY and home decor and I want to share these with you. 

I totally get that this wont be for everyone but I guess my interests are changing and this blog has always been a place where I share what's catching my attention at any given point in my life. Of course I still love fashion and beauty and always will but I'm enjoying this shift in my outlook and want to share that. I really do believe that you can create a balance of all of the above and live a simple, happy and fulfilling lifestyle.

Wow that turned into quite the little ramble but I'm excited and inspired to share more of what's floating my boat lately and writing blog posts about topics that hopefully you will find interesting too!

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Monday, 7 December 2015

Five Things

1. Well hasn't this been a month of ups and downs. I wasn't well for most of October and then ended getting caught up in the upset in Egypt which was interesting to say the least. I'm pleased to say though that I'm on the mend and enjoying the simplicity of getting back to my usual routine. Its amazing how a dramatic turn of events can leave you craving normality. I started writing this post at the end of November and within a blink of an eye it would seem here we are in December!

2. This weekend I finally took the plunge and chopped my hair off into a lob. My hair was seriously long at the start of the year and I've been having a little bit more chopped off each time I've visited the salon. This weekend I overslept and rushed to my appointment and I think the fact I wasn't even fully awake and hadn't had time to umm and ahh about what to do was one of the main reasons I just went for it. It's certainly very different but I really love it and feel like its perfect for where I am right now in my life. Here's the thing with long hair, it soon becomes a comfort blanket and before you know it you've become so precious about your locks even having an inch taken off feels like an ordeal. Then there's all the compliments - people love long hair on other people and this only further fuels the resistance to having the chop. I kind of wish I'd had the guts to lop it off in one go but I'm glad I've done it gradually over the last 12 months. 

3. I've been really enjoying listening to The Lively Show Podcast on my commute to work. This lovely podcast is "designed to uplift, inspire and help you add a little extra intention to your every day" and I personally think its an absolute joy to listen to. I discovered this via Anna of VDM when I was on holiday and I've downloaded countless episodes since. Whilst I don't think anything will fill the void Serial left when I finished it this is really nice to listen to in a morning to get me feeling positive about the day ahead.

4. I've been on the hunt for a perfect grey nail polish for ages and found it in Essie Cocktail Bling. Its a ridiculously simple grey but perfect for winter and just solidified my love for Essie nail polishes.

5. I am quite simply obsessed with Sugar Mamma TV's videos. I found her channel on Youtube after researching the fastest way to get out of debt (more coming on that later). Canna is a seriously savvy financial advisor from Australia and her channel focuses on empowering women to take control of their financial future. It's really inspiring stuff and her messages are delivered in a way thats relatable and easy to digest. I've watched almost all of her videos over the last couple of weeks and I'm itching to start sorting my finances out and start investing in a better future for myself.

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