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Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Time to #StayHome

My purpose here is to provide you with all the ideas and motivation to get you through this lockdown ...  however it is purely impossible to bypass the reality of what is going on right now. Whether you are a front line worker, a key worker, volunteer, someone using their voice or someone who has made a donation we cannot express our gratitude for the endless work  and contribution you are giving to save our lives and country, whilst risking your own. Thank you.  
TIME TO STAY HOME: Staying at home is crucial right now, and that is exactly what we are going to do. So how do we escape, motivate and keep ourselves going whilst remaining inside? This is my go to list to keep our vibes at their very best in the darkest of times.

Netflix is filled with endless shows so whether we are watching Gossip Girl reruns or catching new releases such as Tiger King, this is one monthly subscription that is worth it. You are able to hold Netflix viewing parties to pair up with your friends, watch from your phone and receive notifications of all new releases (their originals are the best). Alternatively Disney+ remains another great platform, and with a 7 day free trial you can get a taste of what it has to offer. Here we are talking major throwbacks such as Star Wars movies, Lizzie McGuire and all your teenage flicks, something for everyone in your household. Followed by Youtube premium and Now TV, those TV shows you never had to time to watch really are at your disposal. 

Netflix: Click here from £5.99 a month 
Disney+: Click here (7 day free trial) from £5.99 a month
Youtube Premium: Click here (1 month free trial) from £11.99 a month
NowTV: Click here (7 day pass), varied pricing options
Amazon Prime (including prime video): Click here (1 month pass), £7.99 a month

If the screen isn't for you or you fancy something a little different why not create your own playlist (feel good tunes only please) and make the most of your own personalised feeds. There are also multiple podcasts out that require minimal participation yet provide you with some real life topics, great discussion and are an amazing source of entertainment, one of my favourites is Sh**ged, Married, Annoyed by Chris and Rosie Ramsay. 

Spotify: Click here
FREE or from £9.99 a month for premium (1 month free trial)
Apple Music: Click here from £9.99 a month (3 month free trial) 

Reading is an amazing past time and perfect to escape reality. This is something I rarely get the opportunity to do these days but as I quickly scramble through Twitter on an evening my following of many lifestyle bloggers provide articles, content and purely some great recommendations followed by honest opinions. Do your research and find out exactly what appeals to your eyes. Following the best seller lists is also an amazing way to find out the latest hottest reads for your enjoyment. Reading not your thing? Why not try adult colour books, Sudoku , word searches, mind puzzles? Think outside the box.

It's time to check in with your friends so why not have a little fun with this. Zoom isn't just for work calls, so if you are after a multi way conversation with your nearest and dearest this is your go to app. From quizzes, to games, to catch ups and Saturday night house parties this app really does connect you to the outside. Equally House Party, another latest invention works the same way and allows you to play games whilst chatting and viewing your favourites. If you are looking for another touch of fun, TikTok the latest internet craze brings you just that regardless of your age so if you want to see cute animals, funny challenges or are in simply need of a laugh I really would encourage this download.
Find all these apps via the APP store from your device. 

Maybe a spot of baking? Exercise? Arts and crafts? The internet really is filled with everything to help you on your way with the easiest of go to materials. Remember to use local/independent businesses to source your products. ETSY (link) is just one brilliant website to go to. 
 Youtube itself has its only playlists for whatever mood you are in, just remember it's time to do this for fun,
check out the 
YOUTUBE Stay home #withme
Follow Youtube Spotlight HERE

We don't know how long we are in this for but if anything is for certain we all need an escape right now. Share your escape routes.

Take care x
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Monday, 25 November 2019

Off the radar- Retrograde is over

Mercury Retrograde is finally over and let me tell you,
this time it was a killer ...
Retrograde comes and go. Is it a myth or is it an excuse? With cynical tweets in full swing and all anyone talks about for an entire month (this time around), what does it really mean? Whether it is psychological or the planets really do have an impact on how we are feeling (which I believe they do) there was no escaping this one. What a roller coaster of emotions and feeling it brought along with it. 
November is always a weird one for me, it never sits quite right. This month I decided to go off the radar. My schedule was filled, work life was crazy and strangest thing about it? There was not a single part of me that felt the desire to share it. 
I went Christmas shopping in London, another trip to Edinburgh, I spent a minute taking time out, I went out with my nearest and dearest, I fell ill, I worked like crazy and quite simply I had the best time. 
I dined in my favourite restaurants, cafes and bars, spent Saturday in Selfridges and my Sunday in Harrods. I visited my sister and stayed solo, waking up at 5am and going to bed by 9. I took some time out for myself and I also spent it with my closest. After working like crazy all year round it was needed more than ever. 
The thing is social media and its influence makes you feel a certain way and keeping your head above  water when you are juggling so many things at once proves a challenge to anyone. It's hard to keep on top of your motivation, energy and engagement. 
The things that keep you going are the things that can make you not break you. I find myself fully invested in Christmas this year ... a completely new thing for me. I look back at my past month and despite a few hiccups know I have placed myself in the best position and situations and feel proud of my work even though I felt tested. 
Just remember darlings, you should never feel guilty about taking time for you regardless of where that is, who that is with or when that is. I have found myself in some tough situations this past year and its true what they say what makes you bad makes you better. 
This way you are ready for anything. 
You made it this far, who is ready to have a little fun? 
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Wednesday, 30 October 2019

The things that get you going

  In need of a little motivation, engagement, feel good vibe?
It's that time of year again ... the time where it is simply a drag. In the height of all work and no play it is incredibly hard to keep yourself motivated and your sassy usual yourself, so what's the fix? and how do we stop ourselves from falling out with our routine and immersing in exhaustion? 

Start up by utilising your time wisely, don't over sleep or waste a second. Whether you are surrounding yourselves by your favourites or maxing out every single inch of your existence by being constantly on the go, there is no denying that surrounding yourselves with your favourites provide you with the normality and break that you need.

For me an outfit makes or breaks a mood. Some people like video games, some like sport but fashion is my area of interest. Forget preconceptions such as 'overdressing', if it makes you feel good, whatever the activity, or 'item' maybe- the rest is irrelevant. 

Embrace the silence. Take a walk, take a drive, take a breath. Five minutes out may be all you need. Taking a long period of time out (this can even be a day) can demotivate you, especially when you are always on the go. Judge what you need and what makes you content. 

Don't forget the get little things even when you have a crazy schedule. A killer blow dry and fresh manicure gives me the kick I need when i'm in the midst of everything. You may not have a great deal of time, but if this is the little bit of love you give yourself throughout the week so do it.

     Remember you are your most important influence and you have the biggest control over your emotions and mindset so hype yourself up. I am currently listening to Kanye's new album as I drive to work then give myself a spare fifteen minutes to browse new Christmas shopping releases. Actions as simple as this get me prepared for the day and remind me that no matter how I am feeling this segment of me time can remain uninterrupted. 

My favourite advice of all time is to pre plan. The times you have something to look forward to, no matter how great or small, give you something to strive for regardless of how your day, week or month is going. Having nothing to strive for will destroy your engagement with anything. Set yourself goals, targets and deadlines- just make them the ones that appeal to you, not the ones that are expected of you. 

As always, remember you are killing it. If you are trying, no one can ever argue otherwise.
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