'Hey, good morning, you. 

I hope that when you wake in your mountain of duvet, you wake with a big smile and say, 'do you know what, today is going to be my day and I'm going to have a good day. I'm going to see the little things in this world that are little bits of beauty.' Maybe it's the smell of fresh coffee, maybe it's seeing a little kid smiling and chuckling away with their parents and just being happy. Maybe it's raining but you feel the warmth in your office. 

Whatever it is, I hope you have a truly beautiful day. So, wake up, smile with me, and say 'let's do it.''

These words were sent to me as a good morning text by a friend of mine a few years ago when I was feeling the most low and alone that I think I've ever been. Needless to say, it made me cry when I read it. I found the screenshot on my phone a few days ago, and I thought that I needed to share this. I wanted to share it so that anyone else who's having a bad day, or who's feeling a little down or lonely, can read it and feel inspired and that actually, you've totally got this today.

Have a wonderful day, you deserve it.


Surround yourself with inspiration.

I'm not sure about you guys, but I'm constantly on the look out for inspiration. It's like there's always a little part of my brain that won't ever switch off. And I think this is the case for most people that do anything 'creative' or that requires a constant stream of ideas. Whether that's a hobby like blogging, or working within a creative industry, you'll start to find that your inspiration comes from the most unexpected of places.

For me, I take my ideas from everything, everyone, and everywhere. Books, TV, people, places, the list is pretty endless. Although, if I'm honest, my idea's normally pop into my head at approximately 2am, when I can't sleep and I'm overthinking life... as per.

But, if there's one other thing that always helps to keep me inspired, it's making sure I find those inspiring places to create. Now, don't get me wrong, I love nothing more than writing and editing all cosy in bed with a cup of tea to hand. I could do this all day. But sometimes you need a change of scenery, don't you?

I don't think I've ever told you guys this, but I have a secret thing for buildings, architecture and interiors. And it's one of the things I love about living in Liverpool, there's just so much history hidden within some absolutely beautiful buildings here. And if I was rich enough, I would most definitely get myself into property and channel my creativity through interior design. 

I'm a firm believer that the space around you can truly affect your mood and productivity. Which is why I always find that I work best in an environment that suits me. Think more coffee houses and pretty tea shops, and less libraries and offices. That's most definitely where I create the best, but it's possibly the complete other way round for some people.

So, if I'm ever stuck in a little blogging rut, I'll take myself off to somewhere like this; bright, colourful & spacious, in the hope that the inspiring surroundings might just get some new ideas flowing.

Do you find that your surroundings affect your creativity?


525,600 minutes; it's time to make each one count.

Yes, I have been listening to the 'Rent' soundtrack on my Spotify, and yes, that is very much where the inspiration for this post has come from. You can't beat a good musical sing-along in your car though, can you? But, just in case you aren't familiar with the song, or you don't already know; 525,600 is the number of minutes in a (non-leap) year. Anyone else think that doesn't actually sound like that many?

2016 flew by in the blink of an eye. In fact, by the time this post goes up, we'll be well into the 2nd week of 2017 and I'm still not quite sure I've got used to this whole new year thing, yet. I remember when I was little and I used to hear all of the adults around me talking about how quickly time goes when you grow up, and I never, ever believed any of it. But I can't help but totally agree, now.

Reflecting on 2016 made me realise that I don't think I actually made the most of it. Yes, I was able to achieve and experience quite a few things, most of them unexpected, but I'm not sure I really cherished my favourite moments enough, at the time. 

I'm talking about time with friends and family. Moments when I was most happy. Days when I just felt pure joy and was surrounded by the best people. And I guess it's like anything, you only really realise just how much they meant to you once the time has passed, or once things have changed and you can't go back.

'525,600 journeys to plan.'

I guess it's a little much to take your life by the minute, but I think I'm going to try and start appreciating each day a little more, and making sure that no day is wasted. I'm going to try and make sure that I'm filling my 2017 with days, people and moments that matter, and trying to live in the present a little more.

I don't want to look back on 2017 and get a little feeling of sadness if things aren't quite the way they were, or if people aren't in my life as much any more. I want to look back and feel gratitude and happiness that I got the chance to experience everything that I did, even if things didn't last or go quite the way I planned.

So, this year I'm going to make the most of everything. Be productive in my evenings and weekends, make more time to see my friends, rise earlier and appreciate the sunrise and most definitely try and be more mindful. I'm going to set myself personal goals, both little and big, and not stop until I've achieved them. 

2017 is going to be beautiful. I'm going to make sure of it.


Just do it.

January is most probably the most popular time for people to try and get back into, or start new fitness programmes. And it's quite easy to understand why. Not only is it the start of a New Year and a new chapter, we've all just had Christmas. And lets face it, who doesn't over-indulge and treat themselves at Christmas?

In the last few weeks, I've read a fair few 'how to get yourself back to the gym/into fitness' posts, and I guess there was just one thought constantly going through my mind that I wanted to get down. (I also had a few DM's following this photo I posted on Instagram over the weekend asking how I motivate myself, so I thought I'd pop my thoughts on here! Although, I am by no means a fitness expert of any kind. Probably should mention that too!) No matter how much new gym kit you buy yourself, how many fitness accounts you follow on Instagram, or how much you plan which classes you're going to attend, there's only one thing that can get you back to the gym or into a new fitness routine: you.

Self-motivation, particularly in the winter months, is HARD. No one wants to leave the comfort of their beds, to haul themselves to the gym in the cold and the wet. But what you get out of it most definitely makes it all worth while.

'It comes down to one simple thing: How bad do you want it?'

I guess I just wanted to write this post to say, if you want to get yourself to the gym. Do it. I've been there quite often, convincing myself that 'I'll go tomorrow.', and quite often 'tomorrow' never comes. The times when I really get into it, it's when I've just done it. No overthinking, no telling myself I'll treat myself if I do. I've just done it. 

So, if you're currently thinking about it, just do it. And, as with anything, if you do it now, your future self will thank you for it.  I promise!


Sometimes, I just need my space.

From the second I was introduced to the concept of introverts vs extroverts, I knew that I was an introvert. Always have been most probably always will be. I was always told I needed to participate more in class, I avoid any shows where audience participation is a possibility (or I at least make sure I'm sat at the back!), I always like to sit at the end of a row; whether that be on the bus, on the train, or in the theatre, I have a constant internal monologue going on inside this little brain of mine, and going 'out out' is mentally exhausting for me after a few hours.

And also, I love having my space. A day spent on my own, in the flat, with copious amounts of tea and a book or my laptop, is absolutely one of my favourite ways to spend a day. And if I'm honest, it's kinda necessary for me every once in a while.

But this doesn't mean I am, or that I get lonely. Far, far from it.

Spending time alone is mine, and most probably every other introverts way of re-charging. If I've had a busy week of social activities and events, then I'll try and make sure the weekend is mine, to spend some time, well... with myself and my thoughts.

I'll often go quiet in large groups, and if I'm feeling overwhelmed, I'll probably head off a little earlier than most. Because I sometimes just get to a point and I just need my space. Especially if I'm with people that particularly drain me.

And see this, this is really hard to explain. I find some people are a lot more draining on my social battery than others. You'll find that I could spend hours and hours and hours in the company of my closest friends, being totally myself and have lovely and meaningful chats. Throw someone else in there and I could be totally done for and well, I'll then just need my space. It's not everyone though, I quite often meet people and I'm just comfortable with them. People who I could chat to for hours and never feel awkward or that I need to leave their company.

As a hobby, blogging was practically made for me. Writing and blogging is my outlet; I'm able to say things on here that I may struggle to explain to someone in person. Writing is something that I can do on my own, but I can also head to my favourite coffee shop and sit in a corner with a coffee and my laptop. Being around people but not actually having to interact if I don't want to, it's like an introverts bliss. But then, there are events and meet ups and there's the ability to create friendships too. It's the best of both worlds and I love it.

What I think I'm trying to say is that sometimes, I just need my space. I need to be alone for a little while and just be with...well, me. It's not because I'm trying to be anti-social or because I don't want to spend time with friends or family. I don't leave events or social gatherings early because I'm being miserable or grumpy. It all just sometimes gets a bit much and I need to be back in my own little safe place again for a while.

Do you guys know what I mean?


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