leopard print & smiles

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HUJI PICTURES

A couple of pictures of Els & I all dressed up before a night out. 

How is everybody’s week going? I went to the pub last night with a couple of my house mates friends from last year, I hadn’t had a pub night in ages. This week has been very productive so far, I am feeling extremely motivated with University and my fitness but the one thing I am struggling with is finding content for my blog to get me into the Christmas spirit. I seem to of lost my urge to take pictures of everything like I did last yea so I have not uploaded anything slightly Christmassy. I love Christmas so much that I find it hard to spread the love and happiness through my blog but that is something I really want to do.

Tonight I am going to a bloggers and vloggers meeting at University and then dinner at my auntie and uncles – I haven’t seen them in ages. Also how horrible is this weather? Makes me want to shut myself inside all day.

a sunday brunch

Conto Lounge

Yesterday morning, Sols woke me up bright and early on a Sunday to go and get a nice breakfast, which if you know me well enough… ended up being brunch. Instead of getting a traditional full english, I treated myself to an Avocado Brunch – this included ciabatta bread, avocado, tomato, chilli and bacon (if you want.)

After this we went straight into Bournemouth town to do a bit of shopping and spend time in the Christmas market. To end the perfect Sunday, we had biscuits, tea and watch Sherlock homes. What a lovely weekend! – Now time to be extremely productive before I break up for Christmas on the 14th.

december the first

TIME TO GET READY FOR CHRISTMAS!

Christmas is the happiest time of the year and it is now acceptable to start celebrating! This weekend Solly came to visit, so on the Saturday we went for a dinner at Zizzis and lots of cocktails at Slug & Lettuce.

Today is the first of all our Christmas calendars and this year I am using ‘The Book of Beauty!’ My mum bought it for me as a pre – Christmas present – I will let you know all the amazing products I get after Christmas.

Happy December the 1st!

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”