Pep Talk

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This weekend, I packed up my life for the third time in a year to move on to the next chapter.

This year has seen various chapters for me. So much so that I feel like an oldie! But with it have come lessons and experiences that I will always hold close to me.

Most of my close friends have finished their degree and are planning the next steps in life. I haven’t spoken to a single friend that is confident in those next steps. The world is scary and change isn’t something we are faced with regularly. So here are my words of advice for anyone going through it:

Just because you don’t have a job or a boyfriend or you didn’t get a 2:1 or you’re absolutely bottom of the pit skint. Remember, there is always someone out there who is doing worse than you. It might feel like life is uncertain and for the first time ever you feel like you’ve lost control of your life. But it’s the complete opposite. For the first time in your life you don’t have to adhere to the rules of society. You have the power to take the reins and do whatever you feel like doing.

Ask yourself: If I could do anything right now, what would it be?

Now, do it.

If you can’t do it immediately, work to it. Set a goal and work for it. That goal might be to go travelling, to climb the career ladder, to run a marathon, maybe you just want to be happy. Whatever it is, there is nothing stopping you.

This time is a time for opportunity. Doors close on us everyday but it’s the ones that open that we should pay attention to. Always say yes. Take every opportunity even if it scares the shit out of you.

And most importantly. Believe in yourself. Positivity, smiles, laughter and happiness are the key to success.

Success shouldn’t be defined by the amount of money you earn. It should be defined by how regularly you look back on a day and think “Man, that was a good day.”

You’re one of a kind and have a blank page to write your own story from scratch. And that’s pretty cool.

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Oaty Proteiny Cookys

I took a night off from the gym and decided to treat myself to some baking. I love baking – it allows me to relax and put my concentration into making something beautiful! I’m definitely not a pro baker – baking is far too meticulous for me, I like to throw things together and hope they work out! Hence the reason I used oats to make these bad boys.

Not only are oats better for you than flour, but they require very little attention!

These cookys are fairly guilt free (unless you eat them all in one go like me) and are packed with protein and vitamins from the fruits! I even added some dark chocolate for a little added danger! You don’t have to add the protein, that’s just for the gym freaks amongst us!

So, how did I make these ooey gooey oaty cookys? (I know I’m spelling it wrong, it’s meant to be cute and quirky)

Ingredients

2 Bananas

Splash of Unsweetened Almond Milk

Cinnamon

1-2 Scoops Whey Protein Powder (I used vanilla – feel free to experiment)

Porridge Oats

4 Squares Green & Blacks 85% Cocoa Dark Chocolate, chopped (you can use any chocolate, 85% cocoa can be very overpowering!)

6 Large Strawberries

 

Method

– Pre-heat the oven to 200°C and line a baking tray with some greaseproof paper

– Blend the bananas up until they’re pretty free of lumps. Feel free to do this with a fork/masher if you don’t have a blender!

– Add a splash of almond milk to help loosen up

– Mix in the cinnamon and protein powder

– Add porridge oats until the wet mixture is completely soaked up – but still malleable

– Add the chocolate chips and half of the strawberries, finely chopped

– Form small balls, place on baking tray and press down gently.

– Using up the remaining strawberries, chop them in half and push into the top of each cookie

– Bake until the edges begin to brown (roughly 10 minutes) The bigger the balls, the longer it takes! – there’s definitely a joke in there somewhere.

 

This recipe is incredibly easy to adapt. Change the chocolate, add some fruit, fill with a spoonful of peanut butter or nutella, or both! The oats are your oyster!

I hope you all enjoy them!

 

 

My Easter Break!

I rarely go home and when I do it’s normally for no longer than a couple of days. So when Easter came around and I had the opportunity to be back in sunny Macclesfield for 4 whole days, I was ecstatic! Not to mention, the sun was shining for most of it!

Here are my highlights:

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I started the weekend with a long long long overdue haircut! Split ends were at their ultimate peak as it had been about 6 months since I’d had a trimming. It felt like I had a whole new head of hair by the end of it and now, I don’t even have to try and tame it in the mornings – fab!

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Then I went on a little picnic and stumbled across this cutie. I’m slightly scared of any animal bigger than me, but I plucked up the courage and fed him some grass. He was very appreciative!

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After a lovely picnic and saunter through the beautiful hillsides the day took a frightful turn when this heard of scary cows – which I thought were werewolves are first – blocked our path and wouldn’t let us pass!! So, we had to trek up the hill and scale around them. Here, I decided I wasn’t a massive fan of cows…

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On Saturday my friends and I decided to put a twist on your average girlie catch up and headed to Glebe Farm in Aldershot for a day with the animals!! We had breakfast, tea and went on a little walk around to take as many selfies with animals as we could! It’s actually really difficult to accomplish!

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There were a few little shops and I stumbled across a Wheatie! It’s a bag of wheat you can stick in the microwave to heat up. Literally the best £3.50 I’ve ever spent! My bed is now never cold.

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For my birthday present (earliest gift giving ever!) my Grandma got me a NutriBullet. I hadn’t heard of it beforehand but it’s AMAZING. I went to the supermarket and bought a tonne of fruits and veg to start my juice journey which I will blog about soon!

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In the evening I fancied a couple of beverages as it was Easter weekend so I suggested a round of Articulate (the best game ever, if you haven’t played it – do) at my friends house! It was lovely – slightly competitive, as you can see – but lovely.

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On Easter Sunday we usually do a paperchase, but apparently I’m too old for all of that now! Instead we had – what my mum labels – The Best Sandwich in the World (it’s salmon, cream cheese, bacon, capers, mango chutney and red onion). It was actually incredible. I suggest you try it! My dad and I then went on a 10k run up a mountain to burn off all of the chocolate! It was a killer and my calves are now thanking me for it! Then Grandma came round for dinner with my uncle and we ate too much. Perfecto!

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Easter Monday the sun was shining so it was only fitting that we went on a family walk, just the four of us. Little did I know, it was muddy and my trainers got wrecked! But, I had a beautifully presented lunch of Salmon and Pancetta Salad.

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All in all my weekend was perfect, too short, but perfect. How was yours?

The Travel Bucket List

Since starting my new job, I’ve really caught the bug for travelling – seeing and experiencing new things. I really don’t see the appeal of a weeks holiday in Magaluf (perhaps better recalled as shag-a-muff to some!) getting hammered and spending my days curled up in a darkened hotel room, trying to banish the regret and sin from the previous night. To me, that’s a waste of time and money – you can do that in Blackpool if you really fancy it.

I thought I’d put together a little bucket list of places I absolutely HAVE to visit before I’m 6 feet under! Instead of a list, I wrote a poem. Why not hey?

 

I want to dip my toes in every sea,

I want to go where I can hold a chimpanzee.

I want to see the wondrous seven,

And climb so high I feel like I’m in heaven.

I want to see Thailand from the top of the beast,

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And settle down to an Asian feast.

I want to go on safari and see a meerkat,

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I want to drive through American and get obscenely fat.

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I want to hold a baby panda and feel it’s soft fur,

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Then I’ll stroke a tiger and listen to it pur.

I want to experience Jamaica in all it’s beauty,

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Then to Rio Carnival to shake my booty.

Deep in the Amazon, I’ll see how the others survive,

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I’ll live how they live and try to stay alive.

Then I’ll see Croatia in all its glory,

And come back to England with a life-changing story.

 

I’ll be happy if I achieve just half of this list in my lifetime!

 

Liebster Award

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In the past week I have been nominated twice for the Liester Award. Thank you to Eilidh and Chlo for thinking of me! They have really lovely blogs, check em outttt!

So what is a Liebster Nomination? Let me tell you now… It is WAY better than a NekNomination! It’s like a game of tag for the blogging world, whilst learning a lot about each individual blogger that you might not find out otherwise! t’s so lovely to see that people actually read your blog and want to get it noticed just as much as you do!

Ok, the first thing to do is answer the 11 questions given to me from my nominators. Once I have done so, I tag another 11 bloggers and give them 11 new questions to answer! Once they have answered, they comment below with a link to them – simples!

Here goes, Chlo’s questions first!

Most proud moment?
When I was offered a job working for BBC’s The One Show. I have never been so overwhelmed, I still can’t believe it to this day!
Dream job?
To be an actress – not like, Miley Cyrus going cray cray, but just like, Kate Winslet, classy actress!
Celeb lookalike?
I get Eva Longoria quite regularly?
Last picture on your phone?
Today’s #100happydays – the office dog, Bingo, he’s adorable!!
Most worn lipstick?
Rimmel London – Lily Ecstasy (it’s bright pink!!)
Fav all time song?
Hard question! Probably Beyoncé, any will do. She is GOD.
Fav blog?
The one I find most enjoyable and down to earth is Lillies and Love, she’s not blogging for anyone other than herself!
Car you drive?
A ruby red Punto – I share it with my mama, can’t say I drive her that often!
Fav feature in the opposite sex?
Oh gosh! I think the first thing is usually teeth, then eyes, then intelligence.
Best book?
The Kite Runner, a beautifully written story.
Any tips and tricks or words of wisdom you want to pass on?
You are your only competitions so do what makes you happy, always.
Next, Eilidh’s questions:
Country you would most like to visit?
Jamaica, I am half Jamaican and have never visited – criminal!
Favourite food?
Grandmas Stew Peas (Jamiacan dish!)
Most read book?
I’ve never read one more than once – there’s too many on my wishlist to backtrack!!!
Beauty product you couldn’t live without?
Mascara, I’d look super sleepy ALL day!
Any pets?
Binks, a Cavaliar King Charles Spaniel – my best friend!
What is your guilty pleasure?
Currently, Gossip Girl
Favourite singer/band?
Queen Bey (that’s Beyoncé to regular people)
Something that makes you smile
Going home to my family!
Autumn, winter, summer or spring?
Summer – holidays, my birthday, sometimes sunshine and everyone’s smiling!
Favourite clothing shop?
Everything I own is pretty much from H and M! Cheap and stylish!
Favourite youtuber?
I’m not a massive Youtuber, I just watch lots of film trailers on there!
Ok, so now I’ve answered I’m going to nominate some lovely bloggers! As I’m checking off two nominations, I’ll nominate 22 bloggers!
Questions:
Would you rather have forks for arms or knives for legs?
What is your favourite punctuation mark?
Is it a “sc-on” or a “s-cone”?
Who is the most important person in your life and why?
What is your favourite quote?
If you could be anybody in the world, past or present, who would you be?
Indoors or outdoors?
Bath or Shower?
What food stuff couldn’t you live without?
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
What is your earliest memory?
Bloggers:
These are all great blogs, big and small! Worth a read if you’re looking for something fresh!
I look forward to reading all of your answer! Enjoy everybody! 🙂 xx

100 Happy Days – Day One

If you haven’t already heard, there are smiles spreading throughout the social world, tagged 100 Happy Days. Can you really be happy for 100 days in a row?

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The general idea is to find appreciation in the everyday; the sparkly ground from last nights frost, a hearty home cooked meal or even a hello from your bus driver! Once you’ve found your days happiness, capture it and share your smiles with the world! Maybe your happy moment, will make someone else’s?

It’s a beautiful notion and I think I’m going to do it! I have, in the past, attempted the 365 photo challenge and failed. But by forcing myself to find the good in a day, I hope to find the good in an entire year – no matter what obstacles I might come across!

So here it is – Day One!

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A bubble bath – a rarity for me. Nothing beats a bath so hot your skin tingles and candles so sweet they help every muscle in your body relax. Now all I want to do is sleep. And that, my friends, makes me very happy indeed!

Goodnight x

New Years Resolution: The Monthly Sacrifice

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“New Year, New Me”

I’ve heard that phrase far too much over the past few days in the lead up to 2014. I’m going to be honest, it is far too big a challenge to change yourself for an entire year. The likelihood is, it won’t happen, so ultimately, you’re setting yourself up for failure before you even start!

For as long as I can remember, I have spent my New Year’s Eve vowing that this will be my last chocolate, I will exercise harder and get back to my adolescent size 6 figure and I will stop drinking. But alas, I always fail at the first hurdle. 12 months is a daunting commitment, it’s like running a marathon without any prior training!

Therefore, this year I decided to do it differently – ladies and gents, welcome The Monthly Sacrifice. For each month of 2014, I will give up one thing.

I’m not doing this to lose weight, or to make myself feel healthier, I’m doing it because I have everything I could need in life and I am incredibly blessed. It’s incredibly rare that I have to sacrifice anything in life. By sacrificing different things throughout the year, I hope to be more appreciative of what I have, learn more about myself, my willpower and discover what I really deem essential to my happiness.

I invite people to join me in the venture, you can give up whatever you want! My list is as follows:

January: No alcohol

February: No chocolate

March: No sweeties

April: No cake

May: No crisps

June: No tea or coffee

July: No shopping

August: No social media

September: No eating out

October: No gym membership

November: No nights out

December: No bread

These are provisional depending on my habits throughout the year, but for now, this is the plan! If you are joining, let me know and we can motivate one another! Alternatively, follow the journey on my Facebook and Twitter! #TheMonthlySacrifice

Lets do this. Happy New Year all!