Sometimes, you just need to get up & dress up.

Sometimes, you just need to get up & dress up.




Get up & dress up.

I was never really 'into fashion' when I was younger. I mean, I always made sure I looked what my Mum would always call 'presentable', but I was never really particularly bothered by what hung in my wardrobe. Now however, I feel like I've developed my own little 'style', and clothes have become a way of expressing myself, but also making myself feel better.

For once, I'm not actually talking about retail therapy (although that almost always certainly helps), but I mean, in the way that my outfit can totally change my mood. If I know I have a busy day of meetings and a huge to-do list waiting for me at work, I'll always make sure I dress a little smarter than my normal jeans and trainers. Because if I feel smart, it makes me think that I can work a little smarter.

Or, if I wake up and feel a little crap, I know that if I dress up a little, I'm more likely to feel a lot better and more motivated to take on the day than if I was to wallow in my joggers and a hoodie. In my head, if I make an effort with my outfit, I'm going to make an effort with my day,

S t a r t  a s  y o u  m e a n  t o  g o  o n,  a n d  a l l  t h a t.


I've recently been trying to have regular clear outs of my wardrobe. Mainly, because I have way too many clothes, but also because I'm still set on eventually having a more minimal wardrobe, filled only with classic pieces that I can wear year after year. 

This outfit includes a few of my favourites of those; knee high boots, a white roll neck jumper, and a black wool trench (similar here). I really love the classic feel of this outfit, and yes, this was one of those 'I need to girl-boss the shit out of today, I need an outfit to match', mornings.

I feel like this beaut of a black quilted bag from Marc B bags kinda finishes my outfit, with it's Chanel like vibes, you can't really go wrong. It's spacious inside, too, which is a mega bonus when I generally need to fit at least my purse, an umbrella (oh hey, British weather), and my camera inside, amongst all of the other useless stuff that I like to carry around with me all day.

Can I also just quickly mention these knee high boots. They're from Dune (similar here), and oh my goodness, are most definitely one of my favourite ever investments. If I'm not in my black skinny jeans, I'm in these boots. I love, love, love walking around the office or town in these!



This is probably one of my favourite outfits I've put together recently. I felt comfortable and confident, and it definitely helped to keep me in a good mindset throughout a very busy day.

Do you have a go-to 'get up and dress up' outfit?

Soph



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A fascination with space.

A fascination with space.

Have I ever told you guys this?

I have a secret fascination with astronomy. If you told me that I could do anything before I die (and I was feeling brave enough), I would absolutely visit space. I've always found the idea of the universe incredibly captivating, and it's a subject that I'm forever wanting to learn more about. Our universe is incomprehensibly huge. I mean, everything exists within it. All matter, time, and space. It's something that I don't think we'll ever get our heads around just how big it really is.

And our universe is still expanding, right? But what is it expanding into if the universe is everything? More universe? Nothing? Some stuff we know nothing about? And before we even get to that, what about the parts of the universe that haven't been revealed to us by light, yet? What's still outside of our observable limit? I mean, it's probably forever unreachable by humans, but it's still over there, right? And the extremely inquisitive part of me really wants to know.

And then there's just us. A tiny planet in comparison to what's out there and we exist here, and now. Out of all the 13 billion years it's been around, of all the planets and galaxies, we're here. It's something that genuinely baffles my brain, and I find it exciting how little we know about it all as a human race.


And this, is all a very long introduction and explanation as to why, when I spotted this t-shirt in Primark a few months ago for about a fiver, I knew I had to have it. It's not my usual style of outfit, but when these are the kind of questions that whizz through my brain on a daily basis, I instantly loved it.

Soph

Bold Street

Bold Street



A pretty wall on Bold Street. Just because.

As I'm sure most of you guys are too, I'm a huge fan of Hannah Gale and her blog. She's like the Internets best friend, one of my favourite online creators, and the kind of gal that I'd love to just sit down over coffee with and have a right good ol' chinwag. And, recently, I've noticed she's been talking about blogging going back to it's roots, particularly in this post right at the start of the year. Of blog posts not always having to be huge essays and deep life conversations (*guilty*), but more of little notes of 'hey, this is something that I really like today'. 

So, this post is inspired by Hannah, because I took these photo's of the side of Love Thy Neighbour (an amazing cafe bar on Bold Street in Liverpool that you have to visit if you're ever here!) the other week, and I've been racking my brains ever since, trying to figure out a clever way to incorporate these into a longer blog post.

In fact, I was sat with these photo's in front of me with the working title of 'Bold Street' (mainly cause it's in big fat letters at the top of the wall), laughing to myself at how all creativity had apparently disappeared from my head. But do you know what, I'm not going to try and make this into a huge post. Instead, I'm just going to show you how cool this pretty pink wall is. Is that okay?

And because lets face it, avocado is bae.




Soph

5 bloggers that are killing it.

5 bloggers that are killing it.


A little list of bloggers that are smashing it right now.

These posts are absolutely my favourite to read, as not only is it important and refreshing to see bloggers supporting each other, it's normally how I discover some amazing blogs & bloggers, simply through the recommendations of others. So, here are 5 bloggers that I'm absolutely loving at the minute, and who I think are creating some fabulous content across the internet!

H O L L Y | Holly Loves The Simple Things

Where do I even start with Hol. She's genuinely one of the loveliest and beautiful people I think I've ever met. She's already a queen of Instagram, is an actual model (like, seriously how cool?), and if that isn't enough, her recent life chats on her blog are literally just the best. 

I love that reading Hol's blog is just like sitting down with her over a coffee (something that we definitely don't do enough of!); super chatty and willing to talk about everything. Holly also shares her struggles, and triumphs, with mental illness which is a topic that is oh so important, and she writes about it just wonderfully, like in this post.

I also slightly wish I had her wardrobe, and maybe her figure so I could pull it off as well as she can!

J E S S I E | All Things Beautiful

Jessie's blog is one of the blogs that I've been reading the longest and I still love it, and this lovely lady, just as much as right back at the start. I absolutely love following her journey that she's on, girl-bossing her way into the magazine industry (which was a secret dream of mine when I was 12!), and it's fab that she's documenting it on her blog. 

I was also mentally saying 'yes, girl!' when reading this post, about taking her blog in a new direction from being primarily beauty focussed to sharing a lot more lifestyle and fashion content. And if her outfit snaps on Instagram are anything to go by, Jessie's look book posts are going to be fab!

This girl also gives me the inspo and motivation to get my bum to the gym quite regularly, so there's that too.


B E E | Queen Beady

Bee, oh Bee. I think I've only met Bee once, and I'm not sure we were even chatting that long, but she's one of the bloggers I feel like I know already. She is absolutely killing the Instagram game at the minute, too, and her blog photography is simply beautiful.

Bee's 'Am I Adulting?' series is currently one of my fave's, particularly 'Oh My God. My Toe Nail Fell Off.' giving me some serious giggles (soz, Bee. I hope your toe is healing, haha!).

Also, can we also just mention how bloomin' supporting of everyone this lady is. I see her liking and commenting and just spreading so much love all of the time. I feel like I need to be a lot more like this one!

V I X | Vix Meldrew

This list would not be complete without Vix, and I'm pretty sure you all know her by now, too. Oh my goodness, her blog has me giggling out loud regularly, and I love that she pretty much talks about anything and everything to do with sex, dating and relationships, and her content is always scarily relatable.

'10 Thoughts Every Girl has during Oral' and 'Shit Non Single People Say' are two of my recent favourites from Vix, although tbh, everything this girl comes out with is normally hilariously fabulous.

I feel like Vix is one of the ladies on the internet that is showing that its perfectly okay for girls to talk about this stuff openly, and she's doing an amazing job of it. I quite often find myself sending Vix's link to my non-blogger friends, as well. Something that I don't really do all that much!

A U D R E Y | Frassy

I have an inkling that a lot of you may already know Audrey, too. But I couldn't not include her in this post. Her blog and her Instagram give me fashion, fitness, girl-boss and everything else inspo, and she genuinely seems like the loveliest of people.

Audrey writes just beautifully, and in a way that I don't think many other bloggers do. Her style, both in a fashion sense and the little bits of her home that we get to see, is incredible. Her blog photography is amazing, and let's not even get started on her figure and that body of hers! But, you can tell how hard she works for everything, which is one of the many things that simply inspires me.

I get lost in Audrey's blog each time I visit it, so if you haven't discovered her yet, you need to!


Obviously, there are so, so many more bloggers who I adore, and who's blog I read on daily basis. However I didn't wanna make the post too long. Maybe I should make this into a monthly thing, then I might just be able to include everybody!

Who are your favourites? Let me know in the comments as I'd love to give them a read! :)

Soph

Things you don't need to be happy.

Things you don't need to be happy.


What you don't need to be happy with your life.

There's a lot of 'How to be happy' posts out there, and I, for one, am terribly guilty of owning a number of pretty books of similar titles. It was only yesterday, as I walked into town and I noticed a little boy giggling and waving at passers by, that I smiled and waved back to him and realised how happy it made him that someone had returned his little gesture. Kids don't need a lot to make them happy, and that's how we all were, once.

And then, we graduate into adult life and somehow we're lead to believe that if we don't have certain things, then we won't be happy. Well, here's a little reverse list of some of those things that I feel we don't actually need.

A n  'i d e a l'  l i f e  &  a  p e r f e c t  p a s t. 

There's often a misconception that your life has to be perfect all of the time in order to be happy, but I really don't think that this is true, not least of all completely unrealistic. We all have bad days, bad weeks, and sometimes it may feel that our bad luck lasts a lifetime. But if we didn't have these bad days, we certainly wouldn't appreciate the good days half as much. And quite often, this is the key; appreciation of what we have, and not getting ourselves down because there's something we don't.

It's all about our attitude to life.

We also shouldn't let our past affect our future happiness. This can hard, like really hard, sometimes. It's hard to let go and try and move forward if you've been broken. But sometimes, being broken can give you the ability to see what you're truly made of, and use this as your strength to do great things.

E v e r y o n e' s  a p p r o v a l.

This is one that I, personally struggle with, and one that I need to remember more often. Not everyone is going to like you. It's pretty impossible to be everyone's cup of tea, and we can't let others tell us who we are or what we want. These are things that we have to decide for ourselves, without the influence of others.

I know that I've spent way too many years trying to be someone that I'm not, in a bid to please people and try and be who they want me to be. And do you know what? It's actually pretty damn tiring. The second you realise that the approval of someone else doesn't make you any better, is a really good day.

You do you, and all that. 




Y o u r  w h o l e  f u t u r e  p l a n n e d  o u t.

Lol. Who feel's like they don't what they're doing with their life? Yeah, me too. And a lot of the time this can be super scary. I wrote a little about how I was feeling about this in this post, and a lot of you guys seemed to feel exactly the same.

And while yes, if I knew what I was doing, it would probably take away a lot of the things that I worry and stress about, but at the same time, wouldn't it also take away half of the fun? A lot of the best things that have happened to me, and that I've experienced, have been things that were completely unexpected, and that if you'd have told me they were to happen beforehand, I'd have probably broke into a fit of laughter. 

Oh, and also, sometimes it's better not to have any expectations, right?

A  r e l a t i o n s h i p.

Relationships are essential. I don't know how anyone could cope in complete solidarity. I know that without my family and friends, I'd probably be a complete mess, somedays. But depending on a romantic relationship to make you happy, I think can be a little unhealthy. It's nobody else's 'job' to make you happy.

I'm sure we all have that one friend who can't be single. Who hops from one relationship to the next because they feel like they need a significant other in their life. However, I feel like only you can make yourself truly happy. I read something yesterday that kinda summed it up. It said;

'Never give all your power to anyone else. Until you make complete peace with who you are, you'll never be content with what you have, or who you're with.

A  d e s i g n e r  w a r d r o b e,  o r  a n y t h i n g  'm a t e r i a l'.

All I'm going to say here, is something that I'm sure we all know already. But you really can't 'buy' happiness. It just doesn't work like that, and no matter how much you convince yourself that that Givenchy handbag is going to solve all of your problems (lol, I've tried to convince myself this on multiple occasions), it really won't. So, focus on those other things that will.

Is there anything else that you'd add to this list? Let me know.

Soph

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What I wish someone had told me about sex and stuff.

What I wish someone had told me about sex and stuff.



What I wish someone had told me about sex and stuff.

I feel like I need to put a 16+ rating on this or something. I don't think I have very many younger readers, but this isn't a normal post for SophieRosie.com and lol, I don't want any angry Mum's sliding into my emails. So yeah, maybe not one for kids this one.

ANYWAY. The lovely people at Smile Makers asked if I would like to collaborate with them a few weeks ago, writing a post focusing on female sexual empowerment. Now, like I mentioned, this isn't a normal topic over here, but it's something that I've actually come (pardon the pun) to feel rather passionate about in the last 2 years or so, mainly thanks to one of my best friends (who will totally know who she is), who first taught me that enjoying sex and everything else is nothing to be ashamed of as a female.

I mean, why shouldn't we enjoy it as much as guys openly do? 

So, here is a list of things that I wish I'd known when I was younger. A little open letter to my younger self, I guess. 

1. You'll have your first orgasm by yourself. Not very many girls will get it from a partner first. Mainly because it feels weird to begin with, and kinda feels like you're about to piss yourself. But you won't. So just try and forget about that and relax.

2. OMG yes, relax. Please just relax and get out of your own head and enjoy the sex or whatever it is that's going on down there.

3. Get yourself a good vibrator and I absolutely promise you it'll be your best friend. It's the quickest way to get yourself to orgasm, and no, you won't become 'addicted' to it. (If you're looking for cute & female friendly massagers, check out these)

4. Female pleasure is not a bad thing, nor is it something to be ashamed of doing or admitting to doing. Trust me, EVERYONE is doing it and it's actually good for you.

5. If you want good sex, you're gonna need to know yourself first. The chances are, the first time you have sex with someone new, you're going to have to direct them a little, so if you don't know what works for you, they've got no chance!

6. I read something a few months ago that basically said; 'men are visual creatures, they like looking at sexy things and that's pretty much why they watch porn. It's usually as innocent as that'. Yes, this. Same goes for us ladies, too. Don't freak out about it. If you wanna watch it, watch it. It's not a big deal.

7. There's the saying; 'If you feel bad after sex, you're sleeping with the wrong person'. And trust me, this is 100% true.

8. The more you have sex and pleasure yourself, the more you want it. If you stop doing it for a little while, you'll forget just how good it feels.

9. Be the one to initiate sex, sometimes. It'll make him less worried that you're only doing it because he wants to, and it also makes you feel pretty great.

10. Stop being so bloomin' body conscious. If he's there and he's hard, he already bloody likes you so stop worrying and get on with it. ;)

11. We can do some wonderful things with our mouths in the bedroom, but letting each other know what you like, don't like, or if you want to stop, is the best thing they can do.


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If you're looking for discrete, I'd definitely recommend this, as it's definitely one of the quieter vibrators I've ever had my hands on. However, it's also not the most powerful, so I'd maybe try a different one if you generally need something with a bit more 'oomph' to get you over the edge.

Saying that, he has 4 speeds, he's fully waterproof and only needs one AAA battery, so he's pretty much good to go wherever, and whenever you need him!


What do you think? Is there anything else that you'd add to this list?

Soph


p.s Can we just talk about how pretty this lube bottle is? I genuinely thought it was perfume when I took it out of the box!

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I like nice things, so what?

I like nice things, so what?

There's nothing wrong with that, right?

Okay, here's something that's been bugging me. Why is it that if you admit to enjoying nice things, some people automatically assume that you're a 'snob'? It's something that I've noticed a lot recently, and something that I wanted to write about, I guess.

I've always been brought up to appreciate nice things. My Mum and Dad have always taught me that if you work hard, then you deserve to treat yourself. The first half of this always being so important. But I've also always been taught how to appreciate what you have, and how to look after it. As a child, I looked after my own books, dolls and toys as if they were my own kids. If you borrowed one of my books, you weren't allowed to bend the front cover or open it too far so that there was a visible crease in the spine. I liked my things to be nice and well looked after.

I've always noted that my parents work hard to be able to then treat themselves to what they have. And as a result, my brother and I were brought up in a lovely home and experienced beautiful holiday's when we were growing up. We never went on what some would call 'a lot' of holidays, but the ones we did go on were always gorgeous & just perfect for us.

Now, as a totally independent girl in my twenties, this is something that I continue to do. I'd much prefer to save up and buy a more 'high end' beauty or skin care product, piece of clothing or perfume, than buy more of the cheaper brands. But that's just me, and it's totally okay if you prefer the latter. It's all personal preference and I would never judge anyone on which they prefer.


When we booked this afternoon tea a few weekends ago, we had the choice of 'standard' or 'luxury'. We opted for luxury, because we both agreed that the white cloth dining experience would be a lovely treat, and something that we don't get to do very often. And it really was beautiful and one of the best afternoon tea's I've ever had.

The same goes for our flat, I guess. We definitely don't live in the cheapest building in the city, but the flat is just exactly what we want, has a 24 hour concierge (an absolute life saver when it comes to not having to sign for post! ...oh, and like security purposes and stuff, too. ;) ) and we're in the most beautiful and convenient of locations. Yes, we could move somewhere cheaper in the city. Heck, we could move outside the city and probably have a whole house to ourselves, but it's just what we prefer and we're perfectly happy with that. We both work hard to pay for it though, so why shouldn't we have something nice to show for it?

So, while I'm single with no real 'ties' or anything else to pay for, I'm going to enjoy myself while I can. I'm the kind of girl that if I see something I want, I go after it until I've got it. So, if I'm shopping and I fall for a bag or some shoes, if I'm browsing holidays and spot the perfect hotel, or if I'm looking to move and find a beautiful flat, I wait and save until I can pay for it myself. And to be quite honest, there's no better feeling than when you finally get that thing that you've been lusting after for months!


Do you guys know what I mean? I hope this hasn't come across in a bad way, that's totally not how I meant it. It's just been an observation of sorts recently.

Soph



p.s For those of you that know me: No, I haven't taken up drinking. The wine just made for a better photo than the water!
Experimenting with your photography

Experimenting with your photography


It's fun to mix things up sometimes.

I mix up my style of photography and ways of editing, all the time. I guess it may be that I've not quite found 'my style' yet, but I actually love changing things up every so often. If you were scroll down my Instagram feed for long enough, you'll probably notice that my 'theme' and way of editing has changed numerous times over the past 2 years, and that's because I love to experiment.

At the minute, I'm going through a low-vibrance stage, but before this, my photo's were a little brighter with a hint of a purple tint. I admitted my love for buildings and architecture in my post last week, and this is why I've started to take more photographs of just this, too. I figured that it may not be a 'typical blogger' thing to photograph, but I love them so I'm incorporating more of these into my feed, also.

I'm a massive believer that in order to be successful at something, you have to be consistent. But at the same time, I also think that your style should evolve with you. I'm not the same person that I was 2 years ago, and therefore I hope that neither is my photography. My blog and my social media are quite the extension of me, I think, so I love that these reflect me and my life at that point in time.

I'm constantly inspired by other bloggers and other Instagram accounts, and I guess it's these that motivate me to change things up sometimes. Imagery and photography are quite a major part of blogging now, and I love it when I discover new bloggers who do incredible things with their camera and they always excite me to get home and try something new.

Life would be pretty boring if we didn't experiment, don't you think?

Soph

Hey, good morning, you.

Hey, good morning, you.


'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.

Soph

Surround yourself with inspiration.

Surround yourself with inspiration.


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?

Soph

525,600 minutes.

525,600 minutes.


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.


Soph

How to get yourself back into your fitness regime.

How to get yourself back into your fitness regime.


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!

Soph

Sometimes, I just need my space.

Sometimes, I just need my space.


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?

Soph