Life update

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Hello everybody,

A lot has been going on my life recently. Some things great, other things not so great. I won’t bore you with the details as I’ll probably talk more on what has been happening in a later post. Just know that I’m good. Actually, I’m really good at the moment. I have written a children’s book which I will hopefully be sending off very soon- so that’s exciting- and I’m also going to Mexico for a week in just over two weeks, which is also pretty damn exciting. 8th country in three years, not bad.

Anyway, onto the reason that I am writing this blog posts. As you may or may not know, a few months ago I announced over on my old twitter that I was planning on starting a magazine called Capture. A magazine written by bloggers. But, due to everything that’s been going on in my life most recently, I’ve had to delay it multiple times. Now, if you’re reading this, then chances are you’re one of the incredible people that sent me their blog post to be considered for the magazine. If you are, and I’ve sent you the link to this in reply to your original e-mail, then the first thing I want to say is thank you so much for taking the time to e-mail me in the first place, and thank you massively for your patience. I’ve been struggling a bit with life, so I apologise for the massive delay and lack of news on the topic, I’m going to improve on that.
I have decided to officially delay the magazine until the new year. I will release the date closer to the time, when I know for sure, but at the moment I’m aiming for 1st January 2019 (can you believe that 2019 is only a few months away, it’s actually frightening).

I just wanted to let you know that I haven’t just disregarded the idea without letting you know. Capture will be going ahead, just a lot later than I had originally planned. I want it to be the best it can be and not just done half-heartedly to get it out early. I’ve realised that to do that I need to focus on my well-being first, so when it is done, it will be fantastic- fingers crossed anyway.

Expect to see a lot more blog posts from me over the next few months and hopefully I’ll be writing a blog post about my book getting published soon, because how incredible would that be?

I hope you are all well and that you’re all living your life to the best it can be and are looking after yourselves. After all, we have one life so why not live it that way.

Thank you again for your patience with me, I appreciate it massively.

If you have any questions or posts that you would like to submit then you can either send me an e-mail at capturemagazineenquiries@gmail.com or you can get in contact with me through twitter on either @capture__Mag or on my personal account @pearloftheseaa

Speak to you all soon,

Meghan X

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It’s all about the small things

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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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Relive Letters to Juliet from £157pp

Hey guys,

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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Something new to my blog and helping you travel for less

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.

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The world is at your fingertips. Photo by Porapak Apichodilok from Pexels

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Iceland in winter | My experience

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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How to make sure that your travel new years resolution doesn’t become a thing of the past…

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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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Quote Monday

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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My fitness journey so far and 7 tips for embarking on yours…

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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Quote Monday

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.

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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!