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London: Week 1.

London: Week 1.




I did it. I successfully managed to navigate myself to the end of my first working week in London and oh my, it's been a little eventful. It's been full on, there's been a lot to learn, a lot of emotions and a lot of new names to remember but I've loved it. I'm so excited to get properly started with my new job, I'm so determined to smash it and I can't wait to see what the next few months bring for me. 

I am, however, hoping that the weather cools down a little because 34 degrees on Wednesday was unbearable! I was v thankful for the office air con that day and actively avoided the tube. 

I haven't fully moved down here yet, and I'm staying with friends (and friends of friends!) for a few weeks, before spending a few months working between Liverpool and London until I can fully sort my sh*t out, basically. However, I have jumped head first into this whole moving thing and I've managed to find myself a beautiful (and Instagramable, obvs ;) ) room in a house share, managed by one of the best property agencies I've ever dealt with and I'm now a lot calmer and less freaked out about my full move in a months time. It's taken so much weight off my shoulders it's unreal.

I do keep having little 'wobbles', though. There's been a few times this week when I've thought about everything back home and I've felt totally overwhelmed and cried. It's a huge shift, a totally new lifestyle in a city that I hardly know, and every so often I'll convince myself that I can't do this. BUT, I have great friends who keep pushing me on and telling me that I've got this and then I'm normally okay... for another 12 hours or so at least haha!

I can tell the London way of life is going to take some getting used to, but for now, I've been enjoying having a little explore and taking photo's on my way to work and in between meetings. My new colleagues have already got used to this too. We went for a quick drink after work one evening, and one of the girls kept pointing out things and saying 'do you want to take a photo of this?'. I loved it.







How has your week been?

Soph

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12 simple ways I'm going to be practising more self-care.

12 simple ways I'm going to be practising more self-care.



Self-care is something that we should all most definitely do more often, as it's so important for our mental & physical wellbeing. I know that I've been terrible at it recently and it's probably one of the reasons I've been feeling so anxious and overwhelmed all of the time over the past couple of months.

I think there's a bit of a misconception that self-care has to be something huge or that takes hours out of your day, such as seeing a therapist or completely overhauling your diet & exercise regime in one go. But really, there's so many little things that we can do daily to really help. And here are some of the smaller, simple ways that I'm going to try and be doing to practise more self-care.



G E T  E N O U G H  S L E E P.

I've been really struggling to sleep recently, and I'm not entirely sure why. I think it may be because I have a lot on my mind (although, I always have a lot on my mind!), but I'm going to really try and make sure I get the right amount of sleep from now on.

Whether that means switching off my phone at a certain time or downloading an app to help calm my mind before I try and drift off, sleep is v important and I don't always make it a priority. 


S W I T C H  O F F.

I might have to start out by doing this weekly, rather than daily, because I can't even pretend that I'm one of those people that isn't addicted to their phones. Because I am. Hugely. But, I do know how much good it can do to set time aside to step away from everything online. To not be clicking the home button on my phone to check any notifications every 2 minutes. To not be in a constant cycle of checking every social app and then just going back round again for hours. So, I'm going to dedicate some 'offline time' - and try and stick to it!


R E A D  M O R E.

I used to read all of the time when I was younger, and the fact that I literally never sit down with a book anymore, makes me really sad. Even if it's just for half an hour before bed, I want to bury myself in a good book again and get lost in someone else's world for a little while. I miss that.


S M A L L  S P L U R G E S.

I do love a good shop, and I'd do it all of the time if my bank account allowed it. However, it definitely does not. But, there's nothing wrong with treating yourself to something small once a week - whether it be a new nail polish or even just a magazine. Buying a small luxury just for you is a fab way of valuing yourself.


S W E E T  T R E A T S.

There's probably going to be an 'eat healthier' point in this at some point too, but it's all about balance, right? But, I'm all about treating yourself to a bar of chocolate or a sweet snack and not feeling guilty about it.


D E E P  B R E A T H S. 

This is something that I can do anywhere and it takes no time at all but could make the biggest difference. Just taking a minute to take 3 deep breaths could really help in calming myself down and re-focusing my mind when things get a little overwhelming.


H E A L T H I E R  O P T I O N S.

I told you there'd be a healthy point in here somewhere! My aim is to make one, small healthier change every week. From drinking an extra glass of water a day, to eating an additional portion of fruit or whatever it may be. Small, gradual changes and all that!


P A M P E R.

Taking an extra long shower. Sitting around in my dressing gown & reading for a little while. Actually sticking to a skin care routing. Painting my nails. Again - it's all about the little things that can lift your mood and make you feel a whole better.


F R E S H  A I R.

Having an office job quite often means that my time outside is rather limited during the week. But I'm going to make getting some fresh air a priority - be it 15 minutes at lunch time or after work, I already know that a little fresh air can do wonders!



W R I T E  S T U F F  D O W N.

I'm hoping to start keeping a little journal or pretty notebook where I can write things down. Maybe it's something that's happened today or something that's been bothering me for a while. I'm hoping getting things down on paper, whether they good or bad, may be a kind of release for my mind!


S T R E T C H.

This one may sound like a strange one, but just hear me out. I haven't stretched properly in years, but the other day I felt unusually stiff, so I spent 10 minutes properly stretching my body out like I used to when I went to dancing and gymnastics and oh my goodness - I felt so much better! I may even start adding this to my morning routine because it really did help!


M U S I C.

I used to do this all the time when I was getting ready for school, and I'd forgotten how much it can but you in a great mood just be listening to some fun and upbeat music whilst getting yourself ready for the day. Music can be such a powerful tool, so I'm going to try and use it!


How do you practise self care daily?

Soph

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7 quotes to help channel your inner girlboss.

7 quotes to help channel your inner girlboss.



Every girl has those days when we just need a little extra something to help us to get up and go do some awesome sh*t with our days. And lets face it, who doesn't love those super productive days when you just feel like you've got everything under control and you're ticking off everything on your to-do list like there's no tomorrow. When you're feeling like your most confident self, when you know your worth & you won't take anything less.

So, here are 7 quotes to help you channel your inner girl boss on those days when it might be well... a little more of a struggle.



For those days when you really just... can't.
Put your hair up in a bun, drink some coffee, and handle it. 

When someone asks if you're busy today;

I'm building a brand. 
I'm always busy.

For when you just need a little reminder. 


If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it.
If you don't ask, the answer is always no.
If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.

No. No we did not.  


You did not wake up today to be mediocre. 

It's not about competition, it's about inspiring everyone to be their best.

Be the kind of woman that makes other women want to up their game.

A daily ritual that's worth it.


Wake up early.
Drink Coffee.

Work hard.
Be ambitious.
Keep your priorities straight, your mind right, and your head up.

And one from the #girlboss herself;

 You don't get taken seriously by asking someone to take you seriously.
You've got to show up, and own it.

Have a wonderful day!

Soph

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I'm moving to London!

I'm moving to London!



The last month or so has been crazy. Like, actually crazy. I went from everything being cool, loving my job and being totally settled and loving my little life in Liverpool, to getting an unexpected LinkedIn message, followed by a quick trip down to the Capital and a job offer 4 days later requiring me to leave everything up here and move down to the big smoke within 5 weeks.

Holy moly. 

If anyone knows me, this will totally not surprise you but I basically cried for a week. I didn't know what to do. This opportunity was massive. It was a step up in my career, a chance to go and live in London and pretty much a chance to have a whole new start and a new adventure. BUT what about Liverpool? I love Liverpool. I loved my job that I had and I loved the people that I worked with. I had the best boss and I felt a lot of loyalty to him and to my job.

Eventually, and with a lot of advice from the people closest to me,  I realised that there was no way that I could pass up this opportunity. So, here we are. I worked my last day in my old office last Friday, and I have a few days off now before I head down to London this weekend to start my new job on Monday!

Help. Me. 

Just in case you didn't see my tweet a few days ago, I'm off to work in Leicester Square at some of the biggest radio stations in the industry and I could not be more excited. I'm terrified, but I'm excited.  Every time I think about it, I have a little 'omg what am I doing????' moment, but I'm guessing that's only natural for such a big move.

So, for any fellow London bloggers - please be my friend. I'm being totally serious, I'm going to need a lot of help and a lot of directing. See you soon? :)

Soph

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Coffee shop musings. | 14.06.17

Coffee shop musings. | 14.06.17



It's 7am. I've been up and about since just after 5, and I'm currently sat in the corner of my favourite coffee shop waiting for my 9.30am nail appointment just around the corner. The barista's here all know me now. In fact, it's got to the point where I'll never be able to change my order here because they make it for me as soon as I walk through the door. 

But I like that.

It's like a tiny sense of belonging and community that just makes me a little bit happier.

Normally, when I'm sat here, I'm sat with my laptop. Focused on writing, editing, replying to emails and goodness knows what else. But today, I decided to leave my laptop at home and bring a book with me in a bid to try and switch off a little more and be more mindful.

But you're writing a blog post, Soph? 

I know, I know. I did start reading my book, I promise. But I think my brain needs a little more training to be able to switch off and only focus on one thing at a time. Because, as I was reading, I had this overwhelming urge to start writing. But not about anything in particular. I just want to write.

I love discovering and reading new blogs, but there are a few blogs that I've read ever since I first discovered blogging, and I'm still just as in love with them, and I think I'm slightly in love with the ladies behind them. Do you know what I mean? Those bloggers who you'd love to be best friends with because they seem like such beautiful people, are so strong and motivated and inspiring that you feel like your life would be a whole lot better if they were a part of your life?

Well, I've just finished reading a post from one of these ladies in particular. And one of the reasons I love her blog so much is because I get lost in her writing. It's like reading her diary and I love having this little insight into her life and her incredible mind. Her blog is so personal and I love that.

So, I think I'm going to give this a go. Go back to writing more personal posts. But maybe not the huge, deep & meaningful life essay kind. But ones where I just document my thoughts for the day. Any random days, nothing in particular. I don't want the pressure of having it as a 'weekly feature', because like anything you feel like you 'have' to do, I soon get bored and don't want to do that anymore.

I feel like I'm about to hit another, very steep, life learning curve over the next few months, so this could be a great release, and a way to look back with (hopefully!) fondness in a few years time.

Soph

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