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? 

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Gratitude Challenge – A Family Member.

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A few weeks ago I had a job interview. During the interview the interviewer asked me who I have in my life that inspires me. I answered:

My mum.

My mum is someone that I’ve looked up to for a long time. I admire how honest, courageous and caring she is.

I think that being a mother is the hardest job in the world. There isn’t a perfect mother handbook that comes with your child when he/she is born. A parent has to do and protect their child however they feel is best.

I really value the relationship that myself and my mum have. I can talk to her about pretty much anything. When something is wrong, she is the person that I turn to.

I think that my mum is

brave,

loving,

caring,

understanding,

selfless,

and more.

“Mum, thank you for being the most amazing mum anyone could have ever asked for.”

Thank you for reading~ ❤

P.S. Check back next Tuesday for another Gratitude Challenge post.

**** If you want to join in with this gratitude challenge. Click here and scroll down to the ‘Gratitude Challenge Photo’ If you decide to join in, send me a link. I would love to read yours.

Gratitude Challenge – Family.

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To me, family is really important. I come from a small family, but a close one. We get along most of the time. I enjoy Christmas the most, it’s gives us a time to come together and be a family.

Growing up, I always felt supported. From the age of 13 I wanted to be a filmmaker. My family put with the aggravation of me turning the house into a movie set every chance I got. Not to mention the bags of flour I poured over the dining room table for a shoot. (I was shooting a supernatural pilot episode) I thought I was remaking Buffy The Vampire Slayer or something. As well as the fake eyeballs I cut up, filled with fake blood (I found a simple recipe online) What can I say? I was a dark minded teenager. Watching too many horror movies mixed with a creative imagination. I’m sure there are plenty more things that I’ve forgotten.

My family must have been so sick of hearing me say the words “Can you watch this?”, “Please just watch one more time”. “Is it possible to borrow for kitchen for the afternoon.” What can I say, studio spaces are so expensive. I was grateful for all of the opinions you gave me about my work.

Thanks to my family, they allowed me the freedom to ‘express my art’. I also appreciate the support they gave me support and courage to finish school, go on to University, graduate and live in South Korea for a year. I really appreciate the love and support.

Of course every family has their problems, ours was no exception. But despite everything, we always come back together.

Thank you ❤

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P.S. Check back next Tuesday for another Gratitude Challenge post.

**** If you want to join in with this gratitude challenge. Click here and scroll down to the ‘Gratitude Challenge Photo’ If you decide to join in, send me a link. I would love to read yours.

Get To Know Me.

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I thought it would be fun to answer 50 questions about myself. It’s a great opportunity to get to know me more. 🙂

  1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?
    Closed. 
  2. Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel?
    No… I think that would be stealing. Lol.
  3. Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?
    Tucked in. 
  4. Have you ever stolen a street sign before?
    Never. 
  5. Do you like to use post-it notes?
    Yes! Who doesn’t? :O
  6. What is your biggest pet peeve?
    People who complain, complain and complain about their situation but don’t do anything to change it. It doesn’t seem productive. 
  7. Do you ever count your steps when you walk?
    Actually, yes. When I walk up and down stairs. My parents house has 14 steps. Not sure what I’m going to do with that knowledge…
  8. Is it okay for guys to wear pink?
    Why not? Pink is just a colour. 
  9. Whats your least favourite movie?
    Avatar. I just didn’t understand the hype. 
  10. What do you drink with dinner?
    Orange juice or water. 
  11. What is your favorite food?
    UK Food: Christmas dinner. My mum’s cooking is amazing! 
    Korean Food: 해장국 – Best Korean food I’ve ever tasted. 
  12. What movie could you watch over and over and still love?
    Just Married. I could watch it over and over again. I still laugh at it as much as I did the first time that I watched it. 
  13. Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine?
    No. No. And no. Never. 
  14. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?
    Last month. 
  15. Favourite kind of sandwich?
    Chicken Tikka, cucumber and cheese sub from Subway. 
  16. Best thing to eat for breakfast?
    Cocopops and a cup of tea- I’ve loved them for as long as I can remember.
  17. What is your usual bedtime?
    I would like to say 10pm, but recently it’s been about 12am.
  18. Are you lazy?
    I don’t think so. I procrastinate sometimes, but that’s not really the same thing is it? 
  19. How many languages can you speak?
    English and the smallest bit of Korean. I should study more!
  20. Do you sing in the shower?
    Sometimes. And quietly so no one can hear me. 
  21. Is Christmas stressful?
    Hell no! Christmas is awesome. 
  22. Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?
    Photographer/Filmmaker and Architect. 
  23. Do you believe in ghosts?
    Yes. I believe that I saw three ghosts when I was younger. 
  24. Wear slippers?
    Yes, my feet always get cold. 
  25. Ever been in love?
    Yes. Once. 
  26. Who would you like to see in concert?
    Big Bang. It’s a Korean boy group.
  27. Hot tea or cold tea?
    Hot tea. 
  28. Tea or coffee?
    I mostly drink tea. I enjoy coffee sometimes. 
  29. Ever had plastic surgery?
    No but I want to.
  30. Do you want to get married?
    Yes. I would like to. 
  31. Do you want kids?
    Yes, two. A boy and a girl. 
  32. Whats your favourite colour?
    Purple
  33. Do you miss anyone right now?
    Yes. 
  34. Things you cannot leave the house without?
    My phone, my headphones, my planner and lip balm.
  35. Do you drink energy drinks?
    Not anymore. 
  36. Do you drink juice?
    Yes sometimes. I really like apple juice. 
  37. Do you eat fries with a fork?
    Yes. If I don’t, my hands will get dirty.
  38. Any phobias?
    Spiders, blood, needles, enclosed places. I also have a fear of failing. 
  39. What is your middle name?
    Lousie. 
  40. What was favorite subject at school?
    Media.
  41. What is your favorite drink?
    Hot Chocolate. With marshmallows. 
  42. What is your favorite song at the moment?
    Last Kiss by Taylor Swift.
  43. What is the last thing you bought?
    Two glass jars. I used them for tracking positive thoughts and goals. 
  44. How many siblings do you have?
    3. A brother and 2 sisters. 
  45. When was the last time you cried?
    Last night. 
  46. Favourite TV shows?
    The Big Band Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Suits, Orange is the New Black. I have lots. 
  47. PC or Mac?
    MAC. Always!
  48. What phone do you have?
    I phone 6
  49. How tall are you?
    5,2′
  50. Can you cook?
    Yes. I don’t know if I’m good. But I enjoy cooking. 

Thank you for reading. I would like to get to know you more too, Copy and paste the questions and answer them yourself. 🙂

Send me a link if you decide to post a ‘Get To Know Me’ post. 🙂

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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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Gratitude Challenge – My Significant Other.

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Dear future husband,

How’s it going?

How are you? I really hope that you are well. In 2017 I decided to start this gratitude challenge. I started it in order to start appreciating the things and people that I have in my life.

For the past couple of years I have thought that married life would be better than single life. Is it? However growing up I always thought I would never get married. How did you manage to talk me around to the idea of getting married? I must have thought you were Not. That. Bad. 😉

Am I easy to live with? I bet I’m a nightmare awesome to live with! I bet I complain to you about leaving your dirty washing around right? And about how you always leave opened wrappers on the dining room table? Not to mention the pots, one by one stacked up in the sink. Why do you leave them there? Because why wash them straight away when you have more in the cupboard…? *Facepalm*

But I bet I secretly like cleaning up after you.

I can imagine that you NEVER have any sense of urgency. And that I can’t count on two hands how many times we will have nearly missed a bus or train through your bad time management. I bet it drives me insane! Some would call it uptight, yet I can imagine that you would call it cute. You will always find a positive!

I’m glad you’re the relaxed one of the two of us.

Do I cook for you? I really that hope I do! I really love cooking. I can imagine that I used to cook just see your face light up at a home cooked meal. I always thought that you ate out at restaurants too much anyway.

You are always so thankful.

I will always love it when you cook for me. You will always tell me that you can’t cook and that’s it’s nothing special, but to me it is. I will appreciate the effort.

Do we visit the river? I can imagine the summer nights when we will walk along the river hand in hand looking at the glistening water. And in the Autumn and Spring, it will be become a little colder and you will hand me your jacket. A true gentleman. And when it comes to the time for you to drive me home, I will prey that we hit every red light just so I could spend a little more time with you. Cheesy I know, but I always wanted to live inside a movie. 

When I think of you. I don’t think of you as my husband. I think of you as my best friend, my companion. I think of you as the person that will always be there for me. I think of you as the person that I can turn to, the person I can tell my deepest darkest secrets to. The person I can yell at and come 4am you will hold me as I tell you that I’m sorry for yelling at you. Then I would tell you that I can act a little crazy sometimes. And you will tell me that it’s okay. Yet, I will insist that it’s not.

We will always agree to disagree. 

I think of you as a person I can support, help, encourage and love. I think of you as a person that I will be there for when things are hard and when things are good. I want to be be the person that is there for you when you need me, just as you are always here for me.

I will tell you that I love you, and you will always say “I love you more” You will make me feel loved and wanted. You will tell me that there is no obstacle that we cannot overcome. And when I start doubting, you will tell me over and over ways in which we can make our future happen.

Your passion and determination is what I find most attractive.

*** I’m writing this letter as a reminder to both of us. A reminder to you if you even for one second forget just how much I love you. And as a reminder to myself if I ever forget just how grateful I am to have someone like you in my life.

Forever yours,

Your future wife.

 

The Gratitude Challenge.

This year I will be taking part in the 52 week gratitude challenge. I will be uploading posts for this challenge every Tuesday at 12pm.

Why I am Taking Part?

I think it’s very easy to not look and appreciate the things that are around us. I decided to take part in this challenge to force myself to really look and appreciate the things that I often take for granted.

It’s too easy to get caught up in the stress and demands of day to day life. And quite often, it’s easy to look at our lives in a very negative way. There are often some very good and positive things in our lives that we often overlook.

I plan for this challenge to change the way that I look at things. I want to become a more positive and optimistic person.

I hope that you will enjoy reading these posts.

Next weeks post is about someone special.

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P.S. If you are taking part in any challenges, I would love to give them a read. Please feel free to post the links below. 🙂 ❤

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. ❤

Thank you. 💕

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Well! That happened fast. I made a mental goal of trying to get my blog follow count to 300 by the New Year. However, I did not think it would be possible.

Thank you to everyone that follows this blog. Whether you followed when I first started blogging or whether it was recently. I thank you all!

When I started this blog, I did not think in a million years that I would hit 10 followers, never mind 300.

Thank you for sticking around to hear my ramblings. I hope that you will stick around with me in the new year too.

I have lots of new things planned for next year. I’m excited to share it all with you.

Check out what New Year Resolutions I have made for 2017.

From the bottom of my heart ~ Thank you ❤

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