5 Things That Make Me Happy.

We all have those moments when we are really down and disconnected. I’ve not really felt myself for the past few days so I decided, since I had today (Sunday) off from work, I would practice some self-care activities.

I would like to share with you 5 things that make me happy when I’m not quite feeling myself or I’m feeling down.

  1. Meeting friends:
    Yesterday some of my friends from work asked if I would like to go for coffee with them as a few of us had the day off from work. I agreed and then at around midday we all met up in Starbucks.
    I got a Toffee Nut Latte. Spending time with friends is a great way of relaxing and blowing off some steam. I find that sat around with likeminded people can relive stress and lift your mood. I really enjoyed seeing my friends today! 
  2. Lighting a candle:
    Now, this sounds so simplistic and a little strange I think. I ALWAYS find if I light a few of my favourite scented candles and just let the room fill with that scent, it’s a great mood lifter. Right now I’m burning one of my favourites, a cappuccino truffle candle from Yankee Candle. 
  3. Moisturising:
    I find there is no better self-care than physically taking care of your skin. If you have dry and unshaved legs, it may not make you feel great, I know for me, I feel tons better when I’ve taken the time to shave and moisturise. It makes you feel good about yourself! A fantastic way of building self-confidence! 
  4. Writing lists:
    Now, I’m sure I’m not the only person who finds writing lists incredibly therapeutic. Having those tasks and goals in place really keeps me focused and driven. Crossing each task off really gives me a sense of achievement and makes me feel happier.
  5. Netflix:
    Netflix. Films. YouTube. Anything that I can get into and laugh at! I’ve really been loving watching documentaries about British history at the minute.

So there we have it, five things that make me happy. Of course, there are lots of other things that make me happy, but these are just few self-care things I can do too.

What do you enjoy doing?

– Hannah ❤

Gratitude Challenge – Someone I Admire.

Having someone you admire or look up to can greatly impact how you motivate yourself. For me at least I like to find someone I can really admire. I find that it motivates me to do my best.

About six months ago I discovered a YouTuber called Kalyn Nicholson. I’m in love with her videos. She’s such a positive person. When I’m feeling low or un-inspired I watch a few of her videos. I love how she perceives life.

Since watching her videos, I’ve been so motivated and inspired to look after myself more. I have started meal prepping my meals. I’ve joined the gym. I’m really starting to accept the person I am.

If you’ve not heard of Kalyn. You can see her videos here. I’m so happy to have found someone I can relate to and admire. ❤ 🙂

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Who do you admire? 

The Power of Positivity.

Dear Journal,

I’ve mentioned this in a previous post, I’m always guilty of paying too much attention to the negatives in my life and dismissing everything positive.

Over the past couple of weeks I have began to change that. Every time something good happens, or I do something that I think I couldn’t do. I write the positive thing on a piece of paper and put it into a jar.

Writing my positives and achievements down on paper allows me to focus on the positive steps that I’ve taken.

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I’ve been having a good week this week. I’ve been motivated, positive and healthy. I’ve been doing yoga most nights. Drinking more water. Eating most meals. Writing in my journal…sometimes haha. It’s made me feel much more optimistic.

When you’re feeling down, stressed or negative I would definitely suggest doing this. It really helps you to see that you have more positive things in your life than you think you do. 

How is your week going so far? ❤

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Saying NO to Anxiety.

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Dear Journal,

Today I did something that I was scared to do. I put myself in a situation that I knew would make me feel uncomfortable, but I did it anyway. I felt am feeling proud of myself. I feel that I did well. 🙂

It’s hard for people to understand anxiety and how it makes you feel if you haven’t felt it firsthand. Therefore it can be really tough for the people around me. For me, anxiety effects a lot of my life.

It sometimes stops me from going to shops by myself. That all depends on how I’m feeling at the time.

It stops me from seeing friends, as I’m too afraid that I will feel uncomfortable or feel judged. If you knew my friends, you would know that they are the nicest people in the world. 

It stops me from having a restful sleep as I often wake up 2, 3, 4 am.

It stops me from doing the things I love, because I feel that I don’t have the confidence to follow through with what I create.

The list goes on. You get the picture, I won’t bore you with the entire list. 

BUT, today I starred anxiety right in the face. I decided that it was no longer acceptable for anxiety to have control of my thoughts and my feelings. I decided that it is okay to be nervous to be going into a situation that makes me nervous, as that would be the reaction of any normal person.

And I did it! Today I tackled a goal that I spent all day yesterday worrying about.

I did it! And I am glad that I did.

I spent this evening walking the dog, doing yoga and spending time with my family. A perfect Wednesday evening.:)

Thank you very much for reading. Enjoy the rest of your evening. ❤

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Goals Are The Key To Motivation.

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For the past couple of years I have stopped myself from saying the whole ‘New Year, New Me.’ thing. The reason is, I have come to realise that there is no use in trying to change yourself entirely. But, there is nothing wrong with a little self-improvement and growth. Especially when you are wanting to grow your confidence.

The way I see it is (this is what works for me. It might not work for everybody, and that’s okay)

Happiness is the end goal.

Productivity is the key to happiness.

Motivation is the key to productivity.

Goals are the key to motivation.

For me, goals are what’s important. Goals are what drives me to get out of bed in the morning. I use my completed goals to measure my success. And when I succeed, the happier I feel. Having something to work towards is what makes me happy. My biggest fear in life is becoming stuck. Whether that’s in a place or in a job that I’m unhappy with. I want to see myself progressing in every area of my life.

I am determined to start the January off correctly. Today, I got up early. I read two chapters of my book (The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily – Written by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn) It’s great so far. I also included it in my December Favourites.

I did some yoga, squats and the plank. I’ve done it for the past few days. I’m really starting to feel it now. But, I’m determined to continue! 🙂 I ate breakfast, walked the dog, made a hot chocolate. I studied Korean for a while. It’s been a productive day so far.

I am determined to make this year as productive as it can possibly be.

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I would like to take this opportunity to share with you my new upload schedule. From this coming week my upload days will be Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12pm GMT time.

I’m looking forward to sharing what I have planned for this year.

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P.S. I hope you’ve had a great start to January. ❤

Post-Christmas Blues.

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Dear Journal,

This week has to be one of my least favourite weeks of the year.

The excitement of Christmas is over. The exhaustion has set in. I got way to hyped up for Christmas, as per usual. I didn’t expect anything less! All that preparation, arranging the decorations. All of the gift buying, the gift wrapping. The biscuit and cupcake baking. As well as the nail painting has all come to an end.

And now it’s over. This week between Christmas Day and New Year is possibly the most depressing week of the year. Soon people will be taking their decorations down. The streets will return to their normal state. The lights will no longer brighten up the street when you go outside.

I really don’t know what to do with myself. I wish it could be Christmas every six months at least. 😀

Now it’s time to prepare for the new year. I will be making a lot of personal changes next year. I’m excited to see what will come of those changes.

How do you usually spend the time between Christmas Day and New Year?

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“Always find time for the things that make you feel happy to be alive.”

Heathrow Airport to South Korea

This morning was entirely different to any other morning of my life. Today was the day that I embark on the biggest and most ambitious adventure that I’ve ever been on. Today, I’m moving to South Korea.

In my last post ‘one week’s notice’ I discussed about handing my notice in at work. The mad rush and panic I had with my visa. I managed transfer flights. I booked onto a flight for the following Thursday. But my visa hadn’t yet arrived! As you can imagine, i was anxious just in case it didn’t come and I would have to transfer flights again. My visa arrived on the Tuesday. I finished packing all of my things and it was all underweight. I guess that cheap handheld luggage weight reader worked better than I had expected.

Let me back up a little bit. My day started at 4:45am (UK time) I got up, rushed downstairs to double check the size limits and weight for my hand luggage. I had to, you know when you have one of those nightmares that you’ve done everything wrong that you thought you had done right? Yeah well it was one of those. I had already spent the last three days obsessively weighing the luggage. I knew in my head it was right but the nightmare contradicted my thoughts. I had to check and it turns out everything was fine.

I kept checking around the house just to avoid the inevitable. Its the final goodbyes that I don’t like. They’re so difficult. Thoughts rushed around in my head as I was hugging my mum goodbye. When will I next see her, face to face I mean? This is the last night I’m going to see this dining room for at least a year. Right now a year seems so far away and it both scares and excites me. I’m excited for the new experience. Its going to be so interesting. I’m going to return to England as a much more rounded and well travelled individual. But saying goodbye to my family is probably the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to do.

Thanks to my dad we made it to the Heathrow airport near London with plenty of time. So early in fact the check in desks for my flight hadn’t even opened. After checking in we all went and stood outside secruity. After procrastinating about going through security I could feel my anxiety building as I kept avoiding going. I had to go for it. I said my goodbyes to my dad and my sister. I took deep breaths, and remembered how much I wanted to be in Korea.

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I got through security and into where the gates are. I couldn’t work out which gate I was supposed to be at so I asked a lady who worked at the airport. She said that I was really early. She suggested that I went and got something to eat and drink and check the boards again in about 20 mins. Just as she said, the gate number was up so I went and took a seat. The plane was 15 minutes delayed. But somehow we arrived to Moscow at the correct arrival time. I’m not sure how that works…

Getting on the plane at Heathrow was easy enough. I sat next to a lovely Russian lady. I presumed she was lovely. She didn’t say much but she smiled politely when took the seat next to her. Everyone has something that they’ve done or said. Here’s mine, on my fight between Heathrow and Moscow around half an hour after takeoff I thought that they had taken the seatbelt sign off. But they hadn’t. I did wonder why the stewardess looked at me a bit odd. That and I nearly knocked myself out with my own bag. Can you believe that? I was incredibly embarrassed I can tell you that much. Especially as around 10 mins later the seat belt went off. Its safe to say that I hid away for while. Everyone makes mistakes. Its certainly one I wouldn’t want to relive anytime soon.

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After a hectic run through Moscow airport with a bag i’ve now added to my priority list for replacing. Either that or next time I fly I need to pack less stuff! It was not a good experience. Now for the worst part, the reasoning for this mad rush through the airport. Originally I wasn’t in a rush. I had plenty of time, but then I went on a hunt for free WiFi to let my parents know that I had arrived okay. Which resulted in me very nearly missing my connection flight. Nice one Hannah! I was the second to last person to get on the flight. I only just made it!

On the way to Incheon International Airport, I was desperately fighting the urge to sleep but I knew even once I landed in Incheon I still had quite a bit of travelling to do. I slept for around 2-3 hours, I then felt much more alert to get through the day. Just before I got off the plane I had to fill in forms for the immigration office.

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Once I had got off the plane it was like a mad rush to run off, down three sets of escalators and then to get on a tube where I felt like a sardine. I got off the tube then it was time to stand in a massive queue to go through immigration. I’ll give them that, their security is intense and very thorough.

After immigration I went down another escalator to collect my baggage. I was only waiting around 10 minutes before I went to go on a hunt to find a payphone to ring the director of the school to let her know that I’ve arrived. After that i went to get my first bus to Gangnam Bus Terminal.

It’s quite daunting being in a country you don’t know. When asking for directions from every person I asked, I was putting my 100% faith in their hands and you know what was nice? Most of them were extremely helpful. Even the one guy who helped me carry my suitcase to Gangnam Express Bus Terminal from Gangnam Bus Terminal (there is a difference between the two, but at first I thought they were the same thing) he spoke little English, luckily I could fill in the blanks with the Korean that I did know.

I’m certainly looking forward to exploring Korea.

10 People That Inspire Me To Be Positive.

Being positive is a great feeling isn’t it? There’s nothing worse than feeling helpless, demotivated and damn right depressed. Here’s 10 people that I look up to, they make me feel positive and motivated. They inspire me to work harder even when I feel like all I want to do is hide from the world. (or sit and watch TV)

  1. Casey Neistat
  2. Zoella
  3. FunForLouis
  4. Brooke Saward
  5. Megan Bowen
  6. Eat Your Kimchi
  7. Brian Johnson
  8. Career Girl Daily
  9. Milk Bubble Tea
  10. NiceMinimal

Everyone takes inspiration from different people and different places. These 10 people (apart from Eat Your Kimchi as they are technically two people) are people that inspire me everyday. I watch their videos, I read their blog posts. I aspire to be just like them. I challenge myself to do the things that they do, and fingers crossed that some day I get to go and explore the world like these guys have done.

So when you’re feeling demotivated and you need some inspiration, check these guys out. Let them inspire you so that you can go on and inspire others.

Are there any people that inspire you? Let me know in the comments below.

Enjoy the rest of your Monday! ❤

– Hannah