Easter Holidays | 5 ways to stay motivated/inspired

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Over the past 3 weeks I have really been trying to better myself. I have been getting up early, going to the gym, eating well and concentrating on my degree. I only have 6 weeks until my exam! STRESS!

Over the past month of University I went into a hole and was not being the best version of myself. Giving myself some time out has really helped me prioritise what is important. I want to stay motivated and inspired. This degree isn’t going to pass itself and this summer body is not going to build on its own. It is all down to me.

I have come up with a couple of pointers that will hopefully help you into a positive mindset.

Brunch with Solly at Kiver Court, Shepton Mallet

FIRST OF ALL – DO NOT COMPARE

Comparing yourselves to other people is a extremely de – motivating. I have struggled with this my whole life. Having gorgeous friends, social media and not feeling good enough. It has only taken me until now to realise that this is not good for me. Comparison will put all your focus on the wrong person and can take control of your life. A bit of competition is healthy but why should you waste your energy, concentrating on other peoples lives rather than your own.

Celebrate somebodies achievements, rather than be envious. Comparing your beginning to someone else middle or even end, will prevent you from truly enjoying your own success and achievements (Alexandra Coppadge.)

Yes, I know this is easier said than done but you have got to stay in your own lane and focus on your goals. Keep these people as an inspiration plus, the way social media portrays somebodies life may not always be real. I can promise you that the girl you think has a perfect life on instagram has stuff going on behind closed doors. Everybody does! You’re not alone.

“Happiness is found when you stop comparing yourselves to others”

SECONDLY – MAKE LISTS

I am a huge believer in the fact that making lists will help you achieve your goals. A lot of the time I will wake up in the morning and completely forget everything I wanted to accomplish that day. Writing a list will motivate you to get things done, especially when you can tick it off at the end of the day. You will have a feeling of relief and accomplishment.

Writing lists will help you priorities and this is something I find extremely difficult. Juggling my degree, fitness, blog, boyfriend and social life can be difficult sometimes. When I don’t prioritise i end up getting nothing done and regretting it by the end of the day. Obviously at my age socialising seems to be my top priority, but since being at University I have realised what is important.

Dinner at FireHouse, Curry Rivel with my primary school friends which I haven’t caught up with in a year

THIRDLY – REMOVE DISTRACTIONS

My biggest battle with motivation has to be my mobile. For some reason, sitting at my desk scrolling through Instagram is a lot more important than getting any of my work done. So obviously, to stay motivated you have to remove this distraction. TURN IT OFF.

LASTLY – SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVE PEOPLE

I am lucky enough to have the best group of friends around me and I know how much it can inspire me. Being able to have some time out to smile and laugh rather than be stressed about what your friends is very important. Do not surround yourself with people who bring you down.

 “Notice the people who are happy for you happiness and sad for your sadness”

I really do believe that surrounding yourself with positive people will inspire and motivate you. People who share your excitement when you are doing well, people with goals, dreams and are open minded and the best kind of friends. If someone does not support you, you have to question yourself if they are really a friend.

“You are responsible for your own happiness”

Day out in Exeter | Exeter University & Mill on the Exe

I woke up, went to a spinning class and then got ready to visit Exeter with my brother and Mum

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Thursday 5th April

On Thursday I decided to join my mum and brother as they visited Exeter University as it is where my brother is going to be going in September. Instead on just driving for an hour to look around the Uni we thought we would make a day of it, so we stopped for lunch at Mill on the Exe. Mum recommended going to the pub grub restaurant as it is in a beautiful setting and right next to the University. I got battered halloumi chips which were amazing but way too much for a lunch. I thought it was a good idea as I hadn’t eaten anything all day but by the end I was absolutely stuffed and needed to walk it off.

Whilst walking around Exeter University campus we were able to visit my mum and dads wedding reception. It had a huge garden and loads of steps. The whole of Exeter University is extremely hilly but very nice, my brother loved it. Exeter is the best place for him to be as he is so into his rugby and supports Exeter Chiefs. Jack and my Dad are big fans!

I wore my checkered trousers from New Look and a long sleeved, black crop top, again from New Look. I then topped it off with a leather jacked from Primark and my Pink Suede Nike Air Force.

Do any of you study at Exeter University?

Happy Tuesday| CrossFit, Yoga & Healthy Curry Soup

Too much Tuesday, not enough coffee”

Today is a motivational Tuesday. I woke up after an early night watching Made in Chelsea at 8:00AM where I went downstairs and made myself a cappachino. At 9:30AM I went to a CrossFit class with my Mum and brother which I have really got into this Easter. I am trying my hardest to get fit for the Summer.

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“Tuesday, means that you survived Monday”

After CrossFit, Mum and I made our way over to Bridgwater where we went to a Yoga class. I thought this would be a great idea as after these classes I never stretch out my muscles. I have never properly got into Yoga before as I am not that flexible anymore but  it is something that I am definitely interested in.

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When we had finished with our classes we had a small lunch underneath the Gym. I had a vegetarian breakfast which was amazing. I had never tried sour bread before but I thought it was nicer than normal bread. I am cutting down on all meat, yeast and dairy. Over the past 3 months I have started to feel extremely sick, so cutting down will let me route out the problem. Maybe I am intolerant to something? I would hate to have to give up any dairy product, I love cheese and I have around 5 cappachinos a day.

The rest of the day I set up my revision for my Language Matters exam which is in 6 weeks. If you didn’t know I am studying Communications and Media. I have not taken an exam since my A Levels so the thought of sitting in an exam hall is getting me stressed so I am preparing myself early.

While revising I drank 2 pints of water and snaked on a PhD Smart Protein bar which I picked up after CrossFit. I am obsessed with the cookies and cream flavour, it is crazy how something so filled with chocolate can be healthy (although it is £2 a bar so I won’t be eating these at University.)

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For dinner I had Roasted Cauliflower and Potato Curry Soup which is a recipe my mum found on eatingwell.com.

I don’t like eating anything that is too filling before I go to work so some homemade soup is perfect. It is healthy, tasty and does not bloat me out. Eating Well have the best healthy recipes so I recommend checking out there page if you have not already.

Let me know if you like this style of post, I am thinking about doing a couple more ‘Day in the Life’ blog posts. Happy Tuesday!

I HATE BLACKHEADS – 2 PRODUCTS THAT REDUCED MY BLACKHEADS FAST

Why do you get blackheads?

Blackheads form when a clog develops in the opening of hair follicles in your skin which produces oil. This oil is called sebum and helps keep your skin soft. Dead skin cells and oils collect in the opening to the skin follicle, producing a bump called a comedo.

So recently I have been suffering from a lot of blackheads all over my nose and my chin. I did a bit of research about it as I have never really had a blackhead problem before. Blackheads are formed by blocked/clogged up pores which is really strange as I am normally extremely good at cleaning underneath my skin. I came across these two products in Tescos which were at an affordable price, especially for a student, so instead of getting stressed about why I had them, I thought I would give them a go.

VISIBLY CLEAR

The Visibly Clear blackhead eliminator is the cheapest out of the two products. I have only used one of this companies products before at that was a face exfoliator and I loved it, so I new I would love this product as well. So I have now been using this blackhead eliminator for two weeks and it has worked a charm. My blackheads have definitely decreased as the scrub goes straight into your pores.

CLEAN & CLEAR

This product is even better. It is a slightly thinker scrub so you know it is really cleaning out your skin. It has tiny, blue bits in the scrub which you can feel whilst rubbing it into your skin. Instead of just using this blackhead clearer on my nose and chin, I have been using it all across my face as it has left it feeling so fresh.

Click here to learn more about Vanity Planet product

 

VANITY PLANET

I have been using my Vanity Planet electric brush to get the  scrub deep into my skin as it gives your face more pressure than just using your hand. This is a product in which I will never regret buying, it has worked wonders on my skin and I can rely on it to clean underneath my pours.

Let me know of any products you have used to reduce your blackheads.

SAUDI ARABIA SNAP SHOTS | MY DADS HOME

THROUGH THE YEARS…

If you have been reading my blog for long, you will know that my Dad lives in Saudi Arabia. He moved there when I was in Year 10, so around 5 years and has lived there ever since. Due to my Dads job we have been given a lot of opportunities. Never would I of thought I would visit countries such as Dubai, America or even Saudi Arabia itself.

Saudi Arabia is a very different place to England and is completely out of the ordinary. The culture is a distant way of life due to their strong religion. Women must be covered head to toe in an abaya robe, they weren’t allowed to drive – but this rule is slowly being lifted and if you get caught with any sort of drug/alcohol you would be punished. So yes, when my family visited Saudi for the first time it was a bit scary.

Thankfully, my Dad lives on an English compound where people are able to live by their own rules. It is next to an American school so is filled with children and teenagers which you definitely notice on the weekends (Thursdays and Fridays.) On the compound theres 3 pools, a gym, Burger King, Sports Direct, it is just like a normal holiday.

I would love to visit Saudi again but I don’t think it would be for a while, as I am in University it is hard to find a time when we can all go as a family. In 2017 my family went without me!

I hope you like this post, if any of you have visited Saudi before or have any other stories I would love to know more about it!

Thermae Bath Spa, Prezzo Dinner & Bank Holiday Weekend

The amazing Pret A Manger I had before going into the Spa. It was an avocado & falafel flat bread, I recommend.
Spagetti Carbonara from Prezzo, amazing as always. I promise Solly and I don’t spend all of our time together eating!

When Solly and I stayed in Bath for a couple of days after our trip to Dublin got cancelled, we bought an evening at Thermae Bath Spa off one of our friends. We thought as we were staying in Bath for two nights, visiting one of Baths biggest attractions will be a lot of fun, although we have been there before. But due to the snow, we were not able to use our pass and it is only valid from Monday – Friday. Solly works every Monday – Friday so finding a day to visit is hard, but spending the evening on bank holiday weekend there was extremely relaxing. After boozing and working through the weekend, being able to relax in a spa with my boyfriend was a perfect way to end his four day weekend, especially when we do not get a lot of time to spend together.

At Thermae Spa you are not actually allowed your phone when you are out of the changing room as the company wants to keep it a secret for new customers, but I sneakily took a couple whilst Solly and I were sat on the balcony. 

Unfortunately in the end Solly and I were not able to get food at the Spa as it was so busy on the bank holiday Monday, so after we went to Prezzo in Bath. I have never been to this Prezzo but it was amazing and the interior was incredible. I love Bath just because of the old, fashioned styled buildings. Prezzo was very dark and romantic, the whole restaurant was basically lit just by candle light. This was a lush way to end bank holiday.

Just like most of you I spent my bank holiday weekend out with all my friends and having to work. Working in a pub/restaurant when everyone is off work can be very busy but I did not mind, it meant that I appreciated the time I was able to spend with everybody. On Friday night after work I went to Bocabar in Glastonbury where they often have small events. This is just next to where I live and is always a lot of fun.

What did you guys get up too on your bank holiday weekend?

MY FAVOURITE PRODUCTS FOR GLOWING SKIN THIS SPRING | AVEDA – BOTANICAL KINETICS

“Aveda skin care has kept my skin feeling hydrated and healthy”

Recently I have come across this incredible brand called Aveda. They range from products for your skin, shampoos, treatments masks and they even have a mens range. This is a skin care kit in which I got in a pack of 3. A gel cleanser, toning mist and intense hydrating soft creme. So I thought it would be a good idea to talk you through how I use these products as a Spring skin care routine.

FIRSTLY: Firstly I wet my skin with water in the sink with my hands. I try not to use flannels as I don’t want to put too much pressure on my skin whilst I am trying to cleanse my skin, especially as you are going into your pores. I then wash my hands and squirt a teaspoon of the gel cleanser onto my fingers. Rub it all over your face until you feel like it has been absorbed by your pores. Sometimes I use my …… This will also exfoliate your skin and make it feel the best it can. I recommend one of these, they always come in handy.

SECONDALY: I try and use a facemark around 3 times a week, especially when i have been busy. This is my perfect way to relax as it makes you feel completely refreshed afterwards. In this Spring skincare routing I am using the …. which is one of my favourites at the moment. It is a green tea flavour and re hydrates your skin, especially when you have had a long weekend boozing with friends or at University.

THIRDLY: After leaving the face mask on for 10-15 minutes I remove it and leave my face to dry. I then use the intense hydrating soft creme to moisturise my skin and close up my pours before I spray the toning mist all over my face.

This is my skin care routine which I am loving at the moment. Clearing my skin and getting it back to normal through my time off University has been a struggle and these are the products which have majorly helped. Also eating clean play a massive factor and drinking lots of water.