It’s almost the start of the new year. Which means it’s time for those new year resolutions to be made, the gyms to get a little too cosy and for those who work in retail (aka, me), to get the sale signs ready to go and the activewear to the front of the stores.
This time of year, most people wait for 1st January to arrive before starting their new year resolutions, but I say why wait? There’s so much you could do now to get ahead of the game before the new year even gets here.
I don’t know about you, but I want to be ready to hit the ground running by the time the clocks chime midnight and 2019 begins.
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As I’m writing this I’m sat in my garden, on the hottest day of the year so far, with a penguin blanket over my legs and I’m writing a blog post to the sound of chirping birds, with my pup by my side. Ahhh, total perfection! (does anybody else like sitting in the sun with a blanket on? Not when it’s scorching hot of course, but more when it’s in the mid-twenties, in the afternoon and a bit breezy. Nope…just me?).
It has me thinking about those little things that make me happy. You know, the things that make you smile without realising, the things that make you feel all content and warm and fuzzy inside. Yeah, those things, and I wanted to share mine with you…
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If you haven’t seen my last post, which explains what this and many more posts to come are, you can read it here.
Now we’re caught up, let’s get onto the good stuff. The first trip that I’m putting together is to a place that I’ve been and loved: Verona. I wanted to go to Verona the minute I first watched Letters to Juliet. Which, if you haven’t watched, then you really really should, it’s great!
Verona is known for being the setting for Shakespeare’s famous play- Romeo and Juliet. It’s a beautiful, charming and picturesque city that often gets overlooked compared to a lot of other Italian city’s. Spend your day exploring the inner city streets and doing some shopping in the process, or walk hand in hand with your loved one along the Adige River, of course with a gelato in your spare hand.
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Travel is something that I have been interested in for quite some time now. I’ve always wanted to see the world, but it was only since leaving school and entering the world of grown ups and jobs (how much fun is that), that I could make that dream become a reality. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve haven’t been everywhere, I haven’t been backpacking or gone ‘travelling’. But, I’m quite happy with the amount of places I’ve been able to go.
It was only when speaking to somebody recently that I realised just how many people get ripped off! Like, really ripped off! I mean, I understand why people go to travel agents to book their holidays: it’s easier, they think it saves them a lot of time and, for some people, it’s nice to get somebody else involved in the process. But, even shopping around at different travel retailers can get you a big discount. When I book a trip, people are always so surprised when I tell them how much I paid. So, that’s when I decided to use what I’ve learnt and what I like to do, which is finding cheap holidays, to give you guys the inspiration to book that flight and travel more.
The world is at your fingertips. Photo by Porapak Apichodilok from Pexels
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Hi strangers! Long time no see, ay? After a crazy and difficult month, I’m finally back on the blogging scene. Yaaaaay. It feels like it’s been for-ever since I last wrote a blog post. But, now I’m back, I’m determined to be more consistent and I’ve got so many ideas. I literally can’t wait. RIGHT, this is going to be long enough without me rambling about what’s been going on on my side of the computer, so let’s jump straight in!
I’m returning with a post about one of my favourite places on earth- Iceland! Iceland was never really somewhere that I had ever thought about going to. That was until I left school and travel started to became one of my biggest passions. I decided I wanted to go when I looked into how to see the Aurora Borealis, as it is one thing that has always been at the top of my bucket list, ever since I saw the animated version in Brother Bear. Unfortunately, we weren’t lucky enough to be able to see it during our trip. Nevertheless, we still had an amazing time and I want to share my experience with you lovely people. Okay, I’m going to stop rambling now.
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We all know what New Years resolutions are like. We make them and break them, then before we know it, it’s July and we’re wondering where the last 6 months have gone.
Personally, I’ve never been a massive fan of New Years Resolutions. I think people put way too much pressure on themselves, then when they’re not progressing as much as they thought or as much as somebody else, they give up and wait for the next year. You can choose any day of the year to better yourself, why wait for the new year? Obviously, they work for some people, and that’s great; they just don’t really work for me.
I’m quite nosey at times, so I do enjoy reading about what others new year resolutions are. The one that I have seen pop up most frequently (next to getting fit of course) is wanting to travel. Now, I’m no expert on travel, but it’s a great passion of mine and I’ve managed to go to to a fair few places in the last two years. Don’t get me wrong, travel is scary and overwhelming, who am I kidding? It’s petrifying! The first time I went out of England, without my parents, was to Disneyland Paris. I went with a big group of people, and even then I was panicking in silence for the first day or two. But deciding to see the world, is the best decision you will ever make!
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Do you know what my biggest problem is in life? It’s something that I would say a lot of people are also guilty of doing too. I’m always comparing myself to others. I forget that other people are moving at a different pace to me, and that they have a completely different life compared to myself. Rather than celebrating those small victory’s, I look at them and think ‘is that all I’ve done/ accomplished compared to …’
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I headed on my fitness journey about a year and a half ago and I’ve never looked back. Well… only on the odd occasion when somebody offered me cake, cookies, Nandos, Chinese, chips, any type of biscuit, chocolate or ice cream. But, apart from on those odd occasions, I would say I’ve done rather well…
Who am I kidding? I could’ve done so much better! But becoming fit, strong and healthy is about changing your lifestyle. It’s about setting up new routines and completely changing your mindset! It isn’t something that can be done overnight! There’s been times where I’ve done really really well and there’s been times where I’ve done pretty awful. But it’s the being able to get back into it that shows how successful you’ve been. So, on that note, I’m going to share with you all what I’ve learnt so far. Hopefully, this will help out any of you that are thinking about embarking on your very own fitness journey.
This post is based on going to the gym, as that’s what I do to keep fit, but obviously that isn’t the only way to keep fit! You can workout anywhere! You can go for a walk, a run, a bike ride, to a class or even do workout videos at home. It’s all down to what fits into your lifestyle. It’s easiest for me to go to the gym, so that’s what I do, but I love going for hikes and runs when I can. Do what you can and most importantly, do what you enjoy.
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Whenever I’m in a dark place, I always think of this quote! I love it!! It reminds me that you need a bit of darkness to appreciate the light!
When you’re in a bad place, it’s hard to pull yourself out; I know that! But this has always been a quote that has helped me, sometimes a lot and sometimes just a little bit. Either way, it always reminds me that something good WILL come around soon and that those dark times will soon be over. Everything happens for a reason and life always has a funny way of working itself out.
On a few occasions, the dark times in my life have led to some amazing memories and incredible milestones in my life. You never know what’s around the corner but if you’re currently in a dark place, the next place is bound to be somewhere light and you’ll appreciate that more because of those dark times.
I always wonder how many opportunities I’ve missed because of being too scared to take a chance or take a leap of faith.
Life can be scary sometimes. God, life can be petrifying sometimes! But you’ve always got to try and remember that life is about taking risks and making sure that your time on this wonderful planet of ours counts! Don’t waste a second of it with ‘what ifs’
If you don’t try, then how will you know? Pretty much all of the best things that happen to us in our lifetimes only happened because you took a chance on something a risk of some sort. Of course sometimes it doesn’t work out as planned but life isn’t perfect is it? And if that chance didn’t pay off, you’re going to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and take the next chance you get. Because everything happens for a reason in life, so if it didn’t pay of that one time… who cares right? What’s really been lost? You gave it a go and that’s what truly counts. Life’s going to be full of chances so you’ve just gotta be brave enough to take them!