Wednesday, 26 August 2015

5 Ways To Simplify Your Life

Life can get hectic, life can feel overwhelming, life can feel like it's going nowhere, or going in too many different directions. I've never been someone who thinks that life is simple. Quite frankly, sometimes life just gets complicated and messy before you even realise it's happening but there are small things you can do to make life that tiny bit easier. So here are 5 ways to simplify your life.

Prioritise. Write a list if you have to. Just work out what it is that's most important and work from there. When you prioritise things in your life, you start to gain more perspective on what's really important. It may also alert you to the fact that all those little things that were winding you up are just that - little. 

Learn to say "no". It's good to say yes to things but sometimes, you end up taking on too much or doing things that you don't want to do just to please others be it working yet another weekend to cover for everyone else or going to that party when you're exhausted. Learning to say no means that you have more space to yes to the things that matter the most to you.

Live for the moment. Life can be short, make the most of every minute. It's great to make plans and I'm someone who loves planning for the future but when you focus on the here and now, life suddenly feels a lot simpler. Keep your mind on what's happening today. Take in everything you see and hear.

Have a digital detox. Take a break from anything with a screen. I think that technology is great, but in moderation. Chasing people's lives on social media makes you forget about living your own. Watching the news channel can alter your attitude to things, make you feel anger, sadness, and it can mould your outlook on life. We should never hide from what's going on in the world but it's nice to take a break away from it even if it's just for a an hour or two each day. Instead, you can read a book, go for a walk, catch up with friends over dinner.

Know when to walk away. It's difficult to walk away from something be it a project, an event, an argument, or another person. Ask yourself, is it worth it? Does it make you happy? Is it adding to your life or taking away from it? Eliminating the bad stuff from your life will take a whole lot of weight off your shoulders.


Thursday, 20 August 2015

Nude Jewellery - Proposal Rings

Let's get right to it. What exactly is a proposal ring? Well, it does what it says on the tin. I love finding out about new and unique ideas so when Nude Jewellery got in touch with me again, they sent me this beautiful Starflower Proposal Ring*. 

Their Proposal Ring range is designed for the purpose of avoiding that mishap of purchasing the wrong engagement ring whilst ensuring that a ring is still present when you ask those important four words. All their rings cost less than £150 and the best part is, if you then choose to have your engagement ring made by Nude Jewellery, they will deduct the cost of your proposal ring from it!

This Starflower Proposal ring features a gorgeous purple iolite gemstone which glistens beautifully in the light, these photos really do not do it justice. It's simple but classic and it's an extra ring to add to the collection on top of the engagement and wedding ring!

What are your thoughts about proposal rings? Would you buy one? Would you accept one prior to getting your engagement ring? 

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Happy Things #1

Welcome to a brand new series! I'm going to bid farewell to my New Things series and say a big hello to my Happy Things series which will still include a few new additions to my life. Hopefully I'll be doing these posts regularly and it also gives me a chance to remind myself of all the things that make me happy. So let's get started!

Scrumptious breakfast. Pancakes with bacon and agave syrup alongside a healthy smoothie. I honestly love Organic Deli. The pancakes are the fluffiest ever and the agave syrup is a healthier option than normal golden syrup. The smoothie I had was a combination of bluerries, dates, and almond milk. Super delicious! What a lovely way to start a morning!

Cocktails with friends. I'm not much of a drinker but when I catch up with old friends, it's always nice to have a cocktail or two whilst chatting the night away. Some of my friends live too far away from me for my liking but, luckily, we always do our best to meet up a couple of times a year.

Beautiful skies. Although I'm not the biggest fan of Summer, I do appreciate the longer days and how beautiful the sky always looks. I could happily spend hours just staring into the clouds as I find it so calming and therapeutic.

New fragrance. It takes me ages to find a fragrance that I truly like hence why I've had the same signature scent for the last 5 years. I've tried a few new ones since then but none of them have quite stood the test of time. A scent can hold so many memories and I've been looking to find something fresh and new for a long time and I think I have finally found "The One". I bought myself a pretty blue Travalo atomiser so I can pop it into my bag.

What has made you happy this week?