What Have I been Up To?

Hey there, I hope that you’re having a great Sunday. It’s been such a long time since I’ve posted here. Life has just kinda got in the way and the more time that has passed, the more and more I felt anxious about posting.

I guess I should start by doing a re-cap about what I’ve been up to.

Christmas was amazing. Josh and I spent our first Christmas in our own place. We went to Josh’s mum’s house in the afternoon and we also stayed over. We played lots of family games, ate lots of good food and we also exchanged presents. On boxing day we went to Ramsgate to spend the day with Josh’s dads side of the family. We had a late Christmas with my family early Jan.

We went to a New Years Eve party which was so much fun. We played lots of games and maybe one or two glasses of Prosecco. Lol.

I spent January working out in the gym, working lots of hours at work and working on some of my new years resolutions. I will talk about them in a post early next week.

Last week I had a long awaited operation on my foot so I’ve been resting up whilst it heals. So that means, no walks, no gym and pretty much not doing anything for at least the first week. I’m back at the hospital tomorrow and hopefully they will be removing the cast and fitting a shoe so I will be able to walk on it.

But yeah, I just thought I would check in and say hey. Let me know what you’ve been up to and if you’ve set any new years resolutions. I would love to know what you guys are challenging yourselves to do this year!

Much love,
Hannah x

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Hello August.

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Hello again, it’s Hannah here.

Today I wanted to share my August goals with you guys!

  1. Progress with doing yoga for stress management and flexibility.
  2. Upload more consistently on my blog and Instagram.
  3. Cut back on caffeine.
  4. Read two books.
  5. Treat myself more kindly.

What goals are you setting yourself this month?

Much love,

Hannah x

 

10 Things I Tell Myself When I’m Feeling Down.

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We all have those days where we have had a relatively good day but for some reason we end up feeling a bit meh.

Today was one of those days for me. I had a great day at work, I came home and had a snack, I watched some Netflix then before I knew it I didn’t feel great. I’m not sure what made me feel like that. I picked myself up and did a little bit of yoga. I always find that doing yoga allows me to stretch out my stresses. I’ve been feeling quite body conscious recently and doing yoga today has helped me feel a bit more at ease with myself.

On those days where yoga just isn’t enough I find that writing down the positive things in my life really helps.

Here are 10 things I that I tell myself when I’m feeling down:

✨ I am enough.

✨ Things will get better.

✨ I have overcome so much. I can overcome this too.

✨ I am my biggest investment.

✨ Keep being me.

✨ I have achieved so much.

✨ I am worthy.

✨ Take time to love myself.

✨ Do more of what makes me happy.

✨ Treat myself how I would treat others.

So those a just a few things I try to tell myself when I’m feeling down. I feel that by telling myself things like that on a regular bases really helps with my self-esteem and my confidence.

How do you deal with your bad days?

– Hannah ❤

Learning To Love Myself.

Dear Journal,

Over the past couple of weeks I feel that I’ve been making so much self improvement. I’ve been working out most days. And today, I gathered my courage and attended a yoga and balance class at my local gym. I’m so proud of myself for going and putting myself out there. The trainer was lovely, as were all the other people there.

I will be definitely attending the class again. I cannot believe how much progress I’m making. I’m finally learning how to do things for myself. I’m not worrying about what will make other people happy as much as I was. The truth is, someone told me last week that I need to be more selfish. I agree, however I think being selfish can be good as long as it doesn’t hurt the people that you love.

As well as exercising, I’ve also being riding my bike to work on the days that I have to be at work before 7am. I’ve also been keeping up with my reading, eating healthily and keeping in touch with friends.

When I returned from South Korea in November 2016 I was in a really bad place. I have made so much progress since then. I really did not think that I could feel like this. I’m learning to put myself first. I’m learning to think about myself. I’m learning to do things that make me happy.

Even though I’ve had a few bad days recently, life is good and I cannot wait to see what this week brings.

I hope that you’re having a great week so far ❤

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What I Ate + Meal Preparation.

Happy Thursday! How is your week going so far?

I’ve been trying my best to eat healthily and exercise regularly. It’s making me feel much better and I’m really hoping that I manage to continue this cycle.

I want to share with you what I ate yesterday.

Breakfast:

I love love love the Oat So Simple golden syrup! It’s hands down my favourite. 

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Lunch:

I put together a simple salad. I lightly fried the mushrooms and peppers in toasted sesame oil and garlic.

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Dinner:

I made a vegetable cooked dinner with vegetable gravy. It was very delicious!

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Over the past month I have been preparing most of my meals in advance. I’ve tried to do meal prep on Thursdays and Sunday’s. It’s been working out quite well I feel. It’s helped me be more decisive about what I want to eat, as well as helping me cook healthy and balanced meals.

I work a job that changes my shifts every week, so having a solid meal prep schedule helps me keep on top of eating a balanced amount of meals. I’m the sort of person that could quite easily skip meals and not think too much about it. Having a meal plan allows me to work my meals times around my hours at work. The key to keep this going is to stay organised. 

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Do you prepare your meals in advance?

Thank you for reading? ❤

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Self Care Sunday.

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Dear Journal,

How was your weekend?

Firstly, I would just like to apologise for not uploading a post last Thursday. I just felt that it wasn’t good enough to upload. I didn’t have the best of weeks last week. I’ve finally gotten over the cold and I’m feeling much better.

I had a day off work on Sunday. I was so happy. I would like to share what I got up to with you.

I got up super early and ate breakfast (I’ve been managing to get my three meals a day in, I’m so proud of myself) then I walked the dog. It was such beautiful day, it’s starting getting a little warmer which is nice. I love the spring weather.

I had a long to-do list to get through so I was glad to be hitting the ground running. I had lots of blog photos to take for March’s uploads. Then I did some post planning as well as some writing for a project I’m working on.

I’ve been remembering to take short breaks in between doing tasks so I don’t get overwhelmed and carried away, so I made time to do some reading and yoga.

After dinner I walked the dog again, then I did some baking. I forgot how much I love baking! Then I took a bath and did a face mask. It was divine! I don’t think I’ve felt that relaxed in a long time.

Thank you so much for reading ❤

What did you get up to at the weekend?

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P.S. Check back tomorrow for a new gratitude post. 🙂

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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Yoga, Sit-ups and Positivity.

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Dear Journal,

I’ve been having a hard time recently. I have been receiving a lot of advice from a few different people. It’s got me thinking: What I should be doing with my life. Where I should live. What career path I should take. What will make me happy the most.

I like options. Options make me happy. I like options just as much as I like pros and cons lists. And I like pros and cons lists A LOT.

You constantly focus on ‘what you haven’t done’ rather than focus on ‘what you have done’ was basically what someone said to me recently  And, it’s true. I dismiss anything good that I do and I just focus on the negative.

If I have a list of 10 things to get done by the end of the day and I only manage to complete 6 or 7 of them. I will go to bed in a bad mood because I feel that I didn’t work hard enough.

This morning somebody told me something that really got me thinking. She told me to write yourself a todo list that you would be okay with giving to someone else.

And that is what I need to practice.

I also started a yoga challenge! I’ve done yoga in the past, so I’m looking forward to getting back into it. Today marks day 1! I always find that yoga and exercise lift my mood. It also tends to make me a lot less anxious and down too.

I also managed to squeeze in a sit-ups and squats routine today too.

I can feel that this is going to be a great week!

When you’re feeling low, what do you do to keep yourself positive?

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