It's okay to take a break

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Things have been rather quiet here lately. And, to be honest, there's no real reason why. I've just been taking some time out for myself. I am back working with Bella&Bear, I'm a full time mum and Dan and I are in the process of finding a new house, so things have been quite hectic. Any spare time I've had has been enjoyed with my feet soaking in a bowl of warm, pepperminty water, filling online shopping baskets or lounging and watching Desperate Housewives. And, as much as I love my blog, I don't feel guilty. I am still a person, I still need time for me to be me. I still need time out.

If there's one thing this time out has done for me, it's that it has really given me a sense of clarity and helped me to realise how important time to yourself is. I have gotten back my perspective and ambition and I am fully focused on my goals. It's so exciting. It's also a big comfort to know that we now have a couple of holidays booked - so my next time outs are not too far away to daydream about if life gets stressful. I can come back refreshed with new ideas and feeling focused again.

Time out (or away) isn't something we should ever feel guilty about. Hell, we should indulge in it more often! It isn't wrong to enjoy your own company every once in a while and to not want to share goings on with everyone and anyone you meet. Those special people will be there for you when you jump back onto your feet, glowing and ready to go. They'll congratulate you and enthuse with you about your new goals and dreams.

On a different note, I have been reflecting a lot and I am really looking forward to Autumn. This terrible summer has taken my mind forward to my favourite time of year; crisp mornings, home cooked food, cosy fashions. If you follow my Instagram feed you'll have seen that I've indulged in a few autumnal pieces in preparation for the colder months and I've fallen deeply in love with the 70's vibe which has really dominated autumnal fashion for the past few years. The fabrics and colours are to die for.

I guess what I'm really trying to say, is that, however you like to spend it, take time out for yourself. You deserve it.


Monday Motivation #7

Monday, 20 June 2016

'Oh yes, the past can hurt. But from the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.' - Rafiki, The Lion King.

We have all hurt. We've all been in a dark place we thought we wouldn't get out from. Whether it be from the death of a loved one, the ending of a relationship - anything. But that's something we all have in common, and the way you deal with these things can very much affect your life. It can be hard to pull yourself out of that place, but if you choose to dwell on it or pretend it didn't happen your life will never move forward. 
I'm not saying it's easy - when my granddad died I felt lost for a long time. I knew I had to let go which is something I hadn't had to do before and part of me wondered if I could do it, it meant more than saying goodbye to my granddad, I had to say goodbye to my childhood too and I thought I would never be able to accept it. However, I didn't want to live in an endless cycle of upset, hurt and darkness, and I couldn't pretend it hadn't happened so, I decided to read a poem at his funeral. He did so much for me and I knew that although it wouldn't heal my heart, doing something for him would help me to look at things positively and remind me what a beautiful man he was and will always be in our memories. How you choose to 'get through' things is so important and this quote shows me that you can either learn and grow from difficult experiences or get stuck with them and let them bring you down to rule a miserable life. Be strong, remember that as important as the past is, you cant change it, but you can be in charge of your future and how it looks!
I have decided to accompany this quote with a personal favourite from the original 'Lion King' score. 'This Land' is emotive and it echoes through my heart and lifts it. There are sadder notes and happier ones, there has to be a balance. That is life. The mystical aura of this track makes me feel like I am powerful and strong. I hope you draw strength from it too.