Sunday, 22 January 2017

Finding Mindfulness

When the whole mindfulness trend and adult colouring books came about, I was slightly sceptical. How could colouring books really help improve your mind? Isn't mindfulness when you meditate and something that monks do?

Recently I've been taking more time out to read and comment on more blogs and there's a few that inspired this post: Jemma from Dorkface, "Mindfulness; Why I'm Hoping It's Not Just A Trend" Elle from The Elle Next Door "It's Ok Not To Be Ok" and Kelly from Dream In Lace "48 Hour Digital  Detox". And the combination of these three posts really got me thinking about what mindfulness means to me.

Before now, I wouldn't have been really be able to pinpoint where I felt mindfulness - and even if it had a great affect on me. I'll give you an example: January sucks for me. I dislike this month as much as anything else, It's the time of year where I'm thinking "Am I where I really want to be?" "Am I doing the right thing in my career/relationships/on the housing ladder etc etc." and because of that I've been doing a lot of thinking and worrying (classic Rhiannon!).

This week I truly felt mindfulness twice, once when I was sitting in a park on my lunch break. The sun was shining, there was a pretty fountain in front of me and, probably my biggest deterrent from mindfulness, my phone had run out of battery. I was simply in my own company and contemplated the above career/relationships/housing ladder situation and made a decision (Point 6 of my 2017 Bucket List) - then a huge weight was lifted off myself and I felt mindfulness.

The second time was at Brighton beach yesterday. I had planned to meet my friend for a catch up and some shopping but I arrived half an hour early and decided to go to the beach. Yes it was freezing and I was completely alone, but once the pebbles were underneath my feet, I felt the sun on my face and took a deep breath of the sea air, everything felt level and right and I felt mindfulness again.

Mindfulness is completely different for every person, there's no set way to finding it. For me it's being at the beach and feeling totally relaxed with myself, for others it could be spending an hour with your closest family, curling up with a good book or attending a yoga session. Whatever it is, finding your mindfulness is totally personal and not a one-size-fits-all.

I'd be interested to hear your views on mindfulness and if you've ever experienced it before.

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Books I Got For Christmas

For some it's clothes, makeup and perfume, but for me it's books that I love unwrapping on Christmas Day. Then snuggling down in my new pyjammas with the fire on and a new book to read before the festive day is over and then something to keep me company and escape from the January blues. 

From the looks of my Instagram feed, a lot of other bloggers also got the book Capture Your Style by Aimee Song! My photography is something I'm always learning and wanting to improve on, especially when there's so many amazing bloggers doing a fab job. This books takes you through the technical side of lighting and positioning, but also how to create and maintain your personal brand and style - can't wait to read it!

Did you watch the ITV production of Victoria last year? I was addicted to watching it and my Mum took note and got me a book of Queen Victoria's letters. Each chapter is set in key stages of her life e.g. before becoming queen, her move to Buckingham Palace, but the chapter which I'm most looking forward to is with Lord Melbourne, her first Prime Minister and close mentor.

So far I've only had a quick flick through of Bloom by Estee Lalonde, but the way she's put together each chapter and complimented it with photos is gorgeous! Books by bloggers are so interesting to read and such a pleasure because it's like an extension of their blogs. And I know I'm definitely going to pick up some great tips from this one!

Being a massive Harry Potter fan, it's amazing that I've managed to not read this book before! The Harry Potter and The Cursed Child book is nineteen years on since the last book and focuses around Harry's son Albus. I like the fact that the story incorporated parts of the future and past so it didn't feel too different from the classic Harry Potter books - and it had enough to keep you entertained still. Definitely recommend reading!

Pixiwoo are by far my favourite beauty youtubers - their tutorials are so helpful and fun at the same time! This book includes everything you need to know about makeup, how to apply it and all the different types. Plus because it's from Pixiwoo, you know you can trust what they say! There's a free app to go with the book for extra digital content which I'll definitely be downloading too.

Have you read these books before? What's your favourite?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

My Hair Story

Without a doubt, getting my hair cut and blow dried is one of my favourite things to do. It's a little treat to me (and my hair!) plus it's such a massive confidence boost afterwards! I've had various hairdressers ranging from £15 to £50 for a cut and blow dry, but it's true that when you spend a little bit more that you get better quality. My hairdressers is my local Toni & Guy salon and I've never had a bad experience from it. Previously hairdressers have always cut my fringe too short or left my hair poker-straight, which totally isn't my style! 

When I was a lot younger it was, what I call, the 'mushroom' haircut with a fringe and blunt bob. Then it was growing out the fringe stage, which looked awful in my primary school photos! Then the experimental stage when I decided to cut all my hair off into an edgy bob during secondary school. Only to regret it and grow it out again for prom, then get fed up and cutting it again and growing it out again. And now we're at the stage where my hair is looking and feeling much healthier and easier to manage than ever before, now I've finally got to grips with how thick and wavy it is. I do have a slightly sensitive and dry scalp, which means I do use special soothing shampoo and conditioner - it's not like I have dandruff, but just dry and sensitive, it's hard to explain!

One thing I get asked a lot is if my hair colour is natural, and yes it is and always has been. Naturally I was a fair bit ginger and orange-toned when I was younger, but now it's thankfully turned auburn-brown-red colour. You'll have to see my Things You Can Relate To If You're Ginger post if you want to see my hair when I was younger! I've grown to like my hair colour and it's like another part of my outfit - although it does clash a lot with yellow, so you'll never see me in that...

What's your hair story? Do you have a favourite haircut?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 15 January 2017

2017 Bucket List

I promised to share my 2017 bucket list before 2016, but I missed it! That's what you have revision and mountains of life admin to thank for.

Anyway, my bucket list. January is usually such a dull month for me, that planning my year ahead and having something to look forward to makes a massive difference to my mood. I had a few ideas planned out last year and have since started putting them into action - no time like the present!

1. Visit Scotland. The furthest north of UK I've been is York and that's about it! I'm a true Southerner at heart. This year I want to visit Scotland, I'd like to spend a few days exploring Edinburgh and Glasgow and really experience Scotland for what it is. Eating the food, seeing the sites, trying out a kilt (do girls actually wear kilts?!) and everything that is Scottish.

2. Join a netball club. This is probably the hardest on my bucket list, but something I really want to do this year! I used to play netball at primary school and at weekends, then secondary school came and it got a lot more competitive and I just wanted to have fun and play netball, so I stopped. It's the hardest to organise and find because of my work schedule, but fingers crossed something comes up!

3. Go to Spitalfields. I've been talking to my friend at work about visiting Spitalfield for ages and this year I am going to get to it! Even though I go to London on a regular basis, I never get to really see London besides outside the train window, so this is one I really want to tick off the list.

4. Have afternoon tea at The Ritz. I noticed my bucket list was looking a little naked without any food activities! I love my afternoon teas as much as the next person (clotted cream, strawberry jam and fresh scones will always be my weakness) and felt that The Ritz is the perfect place to add to my bucket list. I walk past it every day, twice a day and it looks like a proper treat.

5. Try Go Ape. Trying to sign people up to do Go Ape is more of a mission than the activity itself! My sister and brother-in-law have done Go Ape before and it looks like so much fun - and when your life is sometimes sans fun, the urge to swing in the trees like a monkey is too much to resist. This will definitely be a spring or summer activity though!

6. Learn to not give a sh*t anymore. And by that I mean being honest with myself and not holding back because I'm worried about what people are going to think about me or not aiming for my goals because I don't have the self-confidence to do it. It's hard to explain exactly, maybe I'll do a full blog post on it? All in all, 2017 is the year I'm learning to be care free!

What's your New Year Resolutions or on your 2017 bucket list?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Monday, 9 January 2017

Hello 2017...

Remember me? It's been a while, 18 days to be in fact and I was writing my last blog post of 2016 in my Christmas jumper! My main reason for me absence was because I was studying for an exam for my Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing - and because it's probably a good idea to have a digital detox every now and then. 

I hate revision and everything that goes with it - it's the not knowing part of exams that I hate, as in 'what questions are they going to ask me?' 'Will I remember everything or have a total brain flop?!' Luckily I didn't have a complete brain flop and PASSED my exam!! Afterwards I felt a mixture of wanted to eat all the cakes in M&S, crying because I've worked bloomin' hard for this or needing to pee because it was a 3 hour exam and I had no toilet breaks at all. 

So now I can turn my attention back to blogging rather than revising flash cards and definitions every evening. I have no content planned or any photos taken, which means a new post probably won't be up until the weekend at the earliest. But bear with me and I'll be back in a flash....

If you want to know more about the course and exam I took, check out my post on my Digital Marketing Diploma with Digital Marketing London

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Our Christmas Traditions

Each and every family have their own Christmas Traditions, whether it's watching a classic festive film the night before or leaving out Coco Pops for Rudolph and Father Christmas a glass of sherry and mince pie. My family have a set rules of Christmas and how we celebrate it every year, there are a few newer additions throughout the years (and as we all grow up!) but we still believe in the magic of Christmas...

- Putting up the Christmas tree to the Snowman and Father Christmas films in the background. This starts pre-Christmas and usually at the end of November, but it's always been a tradition to watch these films whilst putting the tree up. If you haven't seen these films, then add them to your Christmas Day list!!

- Our annual girls Christmas Trip. On the last weekend of November, my sister, mum and I take a four day trip to a festive market and this year it was our favourite, Bath. We've been to Germany and Belgium before, but the UK ones have proven to be the best of the bunch! It's where we start our Christmas shopping and end up coming home with a car full of presents.

- Christmas Carols and fish 'n' chips. On Christmas Eve, the family head to our local church for the nativity and carols then bring home a fish 'n' chips takeaway - as mum doesn't want to cook the night before Christmas Day! We've been doing this tradition for as long as I can remember and it signals the start of a relaxing and festive period for me.

- Christmas Day breakfast and lunch. Of course it would be Bucks Fizz and a full English to start the day, then onto Christmas lunch with all the trimmings. I'm the pro pigs in blankets wrapped and my cheesecake is known in West Sussex for being one of the best.

- Mini 'tree' presents after lunch. Usually we'll open our big presents after breakfast and keep back a few smaller gifts for after lunch, which we call 'tree' presents! They can be things like a Lush bath bomb, new pens or silly things like a pooping reindeer or stick on moustaches.

- Board games and films. Because everyone is so tired after Christmas lunch, it's usually time to stick on a Disney film and play a board game. The obvious choice is Monopoly, of which I play the neutral banker so I don't get caught up in all the cheating of how my family normally plays!

- Boxing Day chill and rest. After a busy Christmas Day, I'll be waking up in new pyjamas on Boxing Day and we'll be eating all the leftovers from yesterday and find places for all our new presents! A long walk is a must too after all the food we've eaten the day before.

- Christmas sales! Some people are totally against shopping the sales soon after Christmas Day and I always, without a doubt, hear my mum saying, "Back in my day, the sales didn't start until 1st January!". But who can resist a bargain from Zara or Marks & Spencer?

What are your Christmas traditions?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Tips For Staying Sane This Christmas

Christmas can make me go a little crazy at the best of times. The massive build up, the worry of getting all the right presents for my family and friends and making sure the day runs smoothly can make anyone go cuckoo!

Don't get me wrong, I love everything about Christmas and celebrating it with my family and friends, but it can be hard to stay sane throughout the time. So I thought I'd lend a hand to those feeling like I do and share my tips:

- Go for a walk. The big family walk after Christmas Day lunch is a tradition - and not one to be missed! Staying inside and cooped up all day isn't the best for you, so get some fresh air and a quick walk around the park will help.

- Stay busy! I like helping my mum with the cooking and laying the table, so staying busy with my hands is a massive tick for staying sane and not over thinking too much. I'm now the household pro at pigs in blankets FYI.

- Get into a routine. This is more for the period after Christmas as some will have a week spare before the New Year. I like to get into a routine of waking up, throwing on my running gear (if it's not too cold!), going for a quick run then coming back and setting out my plans for the day. Structure = a happy Rhiannon!

- Slow down and enjoy the day. After all, it only comes once a year! The run up to Christmas is fun, but there's nothing like Christmas Day with opening presents, delicious food and the annual Monopoly game, so just enjoy it.

- Remind yourself what it's all about. Christmas is about celebrating and spending time with those who you most love in the world, so keep that in mind when you're feeling yourself going a little Christmas Crazy!

What are your best tips for staying sane at Christmas?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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