Writing For Myself.

Back when I started blogging a few years ago, I started writing my blog out of boredom. I love writing and I have always loved reading blogs so I just wanted to give it a go. My blogging was inconsistent and didn’t really have a theme. I’ve been blogging for six months now, fairly consistently despite my recent 2 month absence. I have still been writing up posts just not posting them.

The reason being related to a post I wrote last week about being more honest  and I briefly said that the lack of honesty is why I hadn’t posted in a while. When I started this blog back up this year I knew that I wanted to talk about the things I love. And I have, but it still doesn’t feel true to who I am. To be completely honest with you, I got sucked into checking my stats all the time to see if people were actually reading. Over the last two months I have been thinking a lot about what I want to post and who I actually want to read it (not that I don’t appreciate those who have read my blog thus far, believe me, I do).

I would like to be able to write posts on subjects which I am passionate about, and I am passionate about a lot of different things and I have a lot of opinions. I would like to be able to write about them confidently and share with my readers what I think. I’ve always been afraid of writing posts like these because I don’t want people to think that I think I am always right or that I think my views are the only views that matter. I want to feel free to write about the things I love, the things which have helped me and made me who I am. The things that I believe could be helpful in someway to someone else. I don’t want to write posts which people are only reading to fill their time. I want to write posts which have something you can take away with you and use in your life. Or at least think about.

So from here on out, my posts will be a little different. If you don’t enjoy them then feel free to unfollow. I will still be talking about beauty products occasionally because I love to! But I will also be talking about things that I think are important. I know not everyone will agree with me. That’s perfectly OK. In fact that’s great! I want to learn what YOU think and what YOU know.

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A Few Things….

Firstly, Happy Monday! I hope you all had a good weekend. There are a few things I’d like to let you know about/ask about and since it’s the start of a new week I figured this is the best time to do it.

The first thing is I’ve hit 100 Followers, which is awesome and kind of strange because I didn’t think I’d get more than 5. Thank you for following me and reading my little blog posts. I’m also trying to figure out a blog post schedule that I can stick to for consistency and so you all know when I’ll be posting!

Second thing is, I have a skincare routine blog post which is ready to be posted but it features a lot of products which I’ve mentioned before so I wasn’t sure if that would be something anyone would like to read just let me know and I’ll post it sometime this week or next week! Please let me know what sort of posts you’d like to see from me as well and I’ll write them all down.

And lastly, for anyone who reads my blog but isn’t on WordPress, or if you are on WordPress but would like to follow me in other places, then please follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Bloglovin’. I’m not following enough bloggers on any of those platforms so I will follow you back! I love seeing bloggers photos and tweets! I follow a few bloggers already but I can never get enough of other bloggers beautiful pictures of food and beauty products.

That’s all for this Monday morning! Be sure to check my previous posts for more Monday morning reading.

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Darling.

If you are into Youtube then you may know or heard of youtuber Ingrid Nilsen.

Whilst her channel is made up of beauty and style related videos, her side channel – TheGridMonster reveals a different side to Ingrid. She’s funny, intelligent and most importantly; Real.

In one of her videos she began talking about her love for a magazine specifically aimed at women. One that was empowering, authentic and positively influential. Darling.

After hearing her talk so highly of this magazine I decided to check it out for myself. After looking all over their website and reading the articles which they had online, I knew that I needed to have this magazine. It encompasses everything I love. Photographs, beauty, lifestyle, style, intellect, illustrations etc.

 With its articles which are all about teaching women to be happy and healthy, inside and out.

Darlings mission is:

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This is so important. Darling doesn’t retouch any models, they’re is no adverts, no gossip, no celebrity exploitation.

Instead Darling enlightens readers on spirituality, healthy bodies, character, growing knowledge and even helping women through hushed topics such as depression, anxiety and eating disorders.

The importance of this magazine in today’s ever changing society with endless social media and being instantly in touch with everything and everyone, it needs to be recognised. Not only is it beautifully aesthetically. it’s beautiful on the inside too.  Under the pressures of every day life, it’s easy to forget how to be an individual without constantly comparing yourself and validating yourself by other peoples opinions. This magazine allows me to remember that it’s OK to be myself, to stop worrying what others think and to do what I love and what makes me happy.

If it was up to me, every women would own this magazine.

A quartery subscription is $20 every 3 months (after postage and packing its about £30) and you get 4 throughout the year.

Or you can buy them individually for the same price.

Darling’s Website

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Ingrid’s Article

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A Book To Pass The Time

Does anyone else have great memories of colouring in as a child? I remember going to my nan’s house and getting the huge roll of paper out that she used to have and just drawing pictures and colouring them in for hours on end. I am a lover of art. Have always loved drawing. I remember being in reception and drawing little stick people with spaghetti hair and my mum telling me she loved them. I even had loads of those books with doodles already drawn and you could colour them in. I reckon at least 60% of my child hood I had some pens in my hand and was drawing with them.

For Christmas (ages ago now but that’s not the point) I was given this little, or rather big, book from one of my aunties. Honestly as soon as I saw it I just couldn’t help but be reminded of being a little kid again! It’s basically a big colouring by numbers book for adults or I guess older children but technically I am still a child a heart so this is acceptable.

It so beautiful, full of tonnes of different kinds of pictures and some are really detailed and others aren’t. I just love using it to pass the time and whenever I’m feeling particularly sad or bored I whip this out and start colouring in. I have sat for hours without realising colouring in this little book. I find it so relaxing.

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I know it’s probably not for everyone, but I think that it’s just a great way to take some time out for a little while. It’s also a really great way to channel your creativity because it allows you to stop thinking for a while.

Sophies World – A little book review.

“I believe there is something of the divine mystery in everything that exists. We can see it sparkle in a sunflower or a poppy. We sense more of the unfathomable mystery in a butterfly that flutters from a twig–or in a goldfish swimming in a bowl. But we are closest to God in our own soul. Only there can we become one with the greatest mystery of life. In truth, at very rare moments we can experience that we ourselves are that divine mystery.”

I am someone who has almost always been curious about the world. I remember being little and sitting on my dad’s knee whilst camping, talking about the stars and space and how it all came to be. I love philosophy, I love discussion and I love enquiring knowledge on anything. This book is pretty much perfect for me.

Sophies World is a million-copy bestseller for a reason. It teaches you about philosophers and their theories and really it just makes you think in ways you wouldn’t have thought to think in (say that ten times fast). It asks you questions and makes you look at the world differently and helps you to appreciate the mystery and beauty of life. Part of me doesn’t want to stop reading this book because it’s just so good. I want my mind to be open to all the possibilities of answers to questions I don’t even know yet. Mind boggling right? But it’s true.

It’s important in life not to be closed minded because you never know what kind of greatness you might be shutting out.

Sunday Shortlist

I don’t think that I have ever seen something like this done before but I have decided to create a shortlist each week on a Sunday, of all my favourite moments from the previous week. At the end of the month I will pick my top 3 of the entire month and go into detail about why it was one of my favourite moments. I think this will be a fun way for me to reflect on the positive moments in my life and focus on my psyche as I often find myself getting in a rut about all the negative stuff that really doesn’t matter!

Getting my first ever comment on a blog post. This was so exciting! It was quite strange having evidence that someone had actually read my post and liked it!

My Bohomoon order arrived as you may or may not know from Friday’s post, I am obsessed with my new rings from a little online store called Bohomoon! Having them delivered made me a very happy girl. As most deliveries do.

My niece had her first encounter with a spider. Which might sound a little strange but it was such a sweet moment. She was so interested and curious, I love watching her learn and explore!

Spending time with my younger sister. She is one of my favourite people to spend time with. We are always silly together and we don’t hang out enough! She started school again this week so it means we won’t really see each other.

Having 3 days off work, in a row! It’s always nice to have some time off, I really needed it and it actually helped me to focus on my little blog. If I hadn’t had those days off, I probably wouldn’t be writing this right now.