How To Create a Vision Board That Works

This article was written by Jodie Michelle as a guest piece for TiaHarding.com, please visit the original blog post by clicking below.


What are Vision Boards and How Will They Help Me?

Vision boards, also known as dream boards, are a physical manifestation of your goals, that you can create to help align with your future self and aspirations.

This powerful technique uses the amazing capabilities of visualisation and the law of attraction.

In simple terms, creating your own vision boards utilises your mind’s ability to imagine your dreams as reality.

By thinking about your goals in this way, you are using the law of attraction.

This is the ability to attract into your life, whatever you are focusing on.

The law of attraction uses the power of the mind to materialise your thoughts.

Yes, it is pretty incredible.

Creating vision boards also allows you to gain clarity into what it is you would like for your future.

Giving yourself clear intentions and motivating you to get there.

Commonly, vision boards are a physical board filled with images, quotes, drawings or illustrations of what your goal looks like and how you plan to achieve it.


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What Should My Vision Boards Include?

How you create your vision boards and what you include will be depend on a lot of personal factors.

Everything is optional and all down to personal preference.

However, it is important to decide on a clear theme and/or goal for each board.

The simpler the better.

In terms of materials, physical vision boards often include:

  • Photographs
  • Cut-outs from magazines
  • Images from the internet you can print off
  • Motivational quotes
  • Role models or other inspirations

You also have the option of creating your boards digitally.

This is also down to personal preference, but really think about where you want to keep the boards so that you will take notice of them daily.

If you do choose to create digital vision boards, I recommend using Pinterest.

There are unlimited useful images, articles and existing boards you can take inspiration from and pin to your own.

It is probably the quickest and easiest option for creating a digital vision board.

Other online resources include Canva, Microsoft Powerpoint and PicMonkey.



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How to Create a Vision Board That Works, Step-by-Step

Although there are no rules when it comes to vision boarding, I have devised a step-by-step guide you can follow to encourage your manifestation.

Step 1. Now that you’re ready to create your vision boards, it is time to decide on your main goals.

To make it as simple and clear as possible, try to create a separate board for each goal.

Think about when you would like to achieve your aspirations by.

Is it a long-term goal? Or how you would like you life to look in 6 months time?

These are all important aspects to consider and establish for yourself.

Really focus on your deepest wishes and desires.

Examples of board themes/goals include:

  • Improve your health or fitness
  • Grow relationships with friends or family
  • Earn and save a set amount of money
  • Work on your career path
  • Learn a new hobby

Step 2. Think about how you want to feel, not just what you want.

It is important for the law of attraction to not just be materialistic with your goals.

Instead of envisioning a future with a brand new designer handbag, think about a future where you don’t have the stressor of constant budgeting.

Think about how you would feel knowing that you can afford new luxuries and treat yourself and your loved ones.


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Step 3. Decide on how many vision boards you want to create.

Once you have listed your main goals, you will have a better idea of how many boards you should create.

I recommend not making any more than 4 separate boards as this can be too much to focus on at once, and could be more of a distraction.

Having so many goals and/or boards can also increase stress levels, as you are juggling all these dreams and worrying about how you are going to achieve them all.

I recommend 2-3 vision boards for best results.

If you have a lot more goals listed, try to combine some together under an umbrella category.

For example, if you have goals to lose weight and exercise more, you could use the umbrella category ‘health and fitness’ to add all these visions onto one board.

Step 4. Are your boards going to be physical or digital?

Think about what you enjoy doing more. Are you a crafty person? Or a techie one?

I personally think it is a whole experience to physically create your boards.

A lot more effort and love can go into this hand creation, but you also might need to invest in some supplies, such as card, glue, stickers and prints.

Digital vision boards can be quicker and less messy to make, but some people find it more difficult to establish a bond with a digital creation than a handmade one.

This choice is completely down to personal preference. So get deciding so you can get creating!

Step 5. Once you’ve made all the above decisions, and collected all the materials you need, it is time to let your imagination run wild.

Your vision boards can be as messy and chaotic as you would like.

I love the aesthetic of different images, text and colours layered randomly and almost carelessly.

It is like a big ball of positive energy.

Alternatively, some people like to create the most neatest and uniformed boards you could imagine.

Images all perfectly straight and aligned, or angled and layered, the choice is completely yours.



Step 6. Now everything is in its place, you can go ahead and label your boards.

This step is completely optional and is unlikely to restrict the effectiveness of your vision boards.

I like to do this to clarify my goals in a handful of words.

It is also great practice to speak the goals or themes aloud when focusing on your boards.

For my personal vision boards, I have one bold word written in the middle of each.

For example, career, relationships and health.

If this isn’t something you think would add value to this exercise, please feel free to skip this step and move on to the next.

Step 7. Yay! Congratulations, you have created your visions boards!

Now it is time to decide where they are going to live.

It can be a lot more effective to make sure your boards are kept somewhere that will catch your eye everyday.

A common choice for physical vision boards is on a bedroom wall.

I would recommend the wall opposite you when you are in bed.

This way, it is the first thing you see when you wake up, and the last thing you see before you go to sleep.

Other places include on the fridge, in a bullet journal or in your office.

For digital boards, you can give yourself the same options by printing them out.

However, if you would like to keep your vision boards paper-free, my top way of displaying them would be as your phone or computer screensaver.

This is somewhere you look at every single day.

You could create a slideshow screensaver, that changes from one vision board to the next, or combine all your boards together into one image and separate them into sections.

If you are a keen Pinterest user and have chosen to create your vision boards this way, it is an option to keep them in this format.

However, I suggest you consider another way of displaying your boards to ensure they are prominent in your daily life.


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And that’s a wrap everyone!

Thank you so much for giving me some of your time today and I wish you the best of luck with your vision boards and personal growth.

If you have any questions about the topics I have discussed in this article or would like to know more, I am always happy to chat anytime.

You can contact me at [email protected], or alternatively, Tia is a fount of knowledge who would also be happy to help.

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The Power of Daily Affirmations for Building Self-Love and Self-Worth

When living in a world that is so deeply rooted in social media and personal image, it can be hard to turn off that constant comparison in your head, even when you put your phone down.

Social media has made it very hard to differentiate what is reality and what is not and it has caused a lot of suffering for many people.

A powerful tool that can be used for good has caused many to lose their sense of worth and confidence.

Something I have found to help keep me grounded and rooted in who I am has been focusing on how I talk to myself and treat myself daily.

I always say, if you wouldn’t talk to your friend the way you talk to yourself, there is an issue that needs to be fixed.

Insert daily affirmations!


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Hey Y’all!

Chas here, just your average single mama in sunny SoCal providing a safe space on the internet to discuss all things mental health, motherhood, and women empowerment-related!

After going through many difficult times in my life, I kept searching for some place to get answers or to just feel like I wasn’t alone. After many years of not finding it, I decided it was in my power to create it. So here we are!

What Are Daily Affirmations?

Daily affirmations are positive statements that help train your brain both consciously and unconsciously to focus on a goal.

That goal can be anything from work-related to self-esteem related.

The goal of these powerful mantras are to overcome that negative voice we all have in our heads, in addition to diminishing self-sabotaging behaviours or thoughts.

Instead of focusing on negativity within ourselves, we are redirecting our focus to positivity.

When we focus on speaking positively about ourselves, we re-train our brain to work for us instead of against us.

This mental shift has such a profound affect especially if you suffer from a mental illness such as depression, anxiety, OCD, and more.


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How to Incorporate Affirmations Into Your Daily Routine

A great way to start incorporating positive affirmations into your life, is by first committing.

Focus on the next seven days to make it a point to create a routine in the morning that lets you focus on your intentions and start your day on a positive note.

When you wake up, avoid checking your phone first thing. Instead go to your bathroom and while brushing your teeth (or doing whatever it is that you do right in the morning), focus on what your intention is for the day and a goal you have for yourself.

Make sure you are standing in front of a mirror!

When you have set your intention, think of a mantra that goes with that intention. See some examples below!

Whatever mantra you have chosen (there is no right or wrong), repeat it 3-5 times while looking at yourself in the mirror.

Focus on your breath in-between reciting your affirmation.

Once you have completed, go and drink 8oz of water before consuming anything else.

Continue to focus on your intention, and then carry on about your day!


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Examples of Powerful Affirmations

25 examples of some powerful affirmations are:

  1. I choose to let go of negative self-talk.
  2. I am strong, I am beautiful and I am worthy of all good things in life.
  3. I am capable of anything I set my mind to.
  4. I love and accept my true self.
  5. I choose to forgive myself and let go of any past mistakes.
  6. I set healthy boundaries and take time to focus on myself as needed.
  7. I choose to let go of all things I have no control over in my life.
  8. I am committed to choosing me, each and every day.
  9. I am committed to saying no to things that no longer serve me.
  10. I am prioritising my emotional, mental, and physical health today.
  11. I choose to live my best life.
  12. I deserve to feel loved and to feel happy.
  13. I am in charge of how I feel and today I choose happiness.
  14. I am love.
  15. I am compassion.
  16. I radiate positive energy.
  17. Today is filled with endless possibilities and I am worthy of all.
  18. Today is amazing and things are going to happen for me.
  19. I am beautiful.
  20. I believe in my abilities.
  21. I have the power to change my story.
  22. I use my failures as a stepping stone.
  23. No one can make me feel inferior.
  24. I breathe in peace and breathe out fear.
  25. Today I let go of self-criticism.

Feel free to write down your own and put them on sticky notes around your home!

Have them serve as a constant reminder of your commitment to caring for yourself and loving on yourself!

Here’s to honoring our worth!

XO,
Chas


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Studies have shown benefits against a wide range of ailments, both physical and mental.

These include irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, psoriasis, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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What is Mindfulness and How Can it Help Me?

Headspace defines mindfulness as, ‘the quality of being present and fully engaged with whatever we’re doing at the moment — free from distraction or judgment, and aware of our thoughts and feelings without getting caught up in them’.

It can all seem quite complex at first, but it is actually the simplest practice you can do.

It only requires as much time as you can give (even a couple of minutes a day is productive), and the only tool you need is your mind.

In simple terms, I’d describe my mindful activities as just being aware of everything around me. Just taking the time to move slowly, if at all, and concentrate on my breathing and how I feel.

It is really that straight-forward and you can’t do it wrong!

All practice is progress, and everything can be done at your own pace. This is your special time.

So, a lot of you might be thinking, what’s the point?

Well, in short, it can make you a lot happier.

According to Headspace, people who incorporate mindfulness into their lives ‘often report heightened levels of happiness, patience, acceptance, and compassion, as well as lower levels of stress, frustration, and sadness’.

Who wouldn’t want all that?

Of course everybody is different, but the evidence to support the benefits of mindfulness are immense.

One study conducted by Northeastern University, found that 10 days of mindful activity increased positivity and well-being.



Simple Mindful Activities You Can Perform Outdoors

Alongside mindfulness, spending time outdoors in nature is super beneficial to your health, mental and physical.

Being outside can boost your energy, immune system and your concentration.

Not to mention, spending time out in the open can actually make you a better person!

According to psychologists, exposure to nature can help you shrug off societal pressures, allowing you to remember and value more important things like relationships, sharing, and community. 

So, what better way to do a spot of self-improvement and look after yourself, than combining the two? Mindfulness and nature.

Below, I have rounded-up the best mindful activities you can do whilst breathing in some fresh air.

Go for a walk

This is one of the simplest tasks you can do to enhance your ability to be mindful and improve your health.

Taking some time out of your day to go for a little stroll around your neighbourhood or a long hike out in the country, is all great practice.

Spend your time really taking in everything around you.

Look around you. What can you see? What can you smell?

These are great initiators to evoke mindfulness.

Practice some yoga

Now this one isn’t for everybody. If you have never practiced yoga before it might be out of your comfort zone to go out and do it in public.

However, you can begin practice at home, in your back garden is preferable.

The idea of yoga can be a bit daunting at first. I know it definitely was for me.

But you can do it, I recommend watching some beginners’ tutorials on YouTube. They really helped me.

Just remember, it doesn’t matter if you can’t do the poses correctly or it’s not comfortable for you.

Go at your own pace. The key isn’t in the positions, but in your slow movement and breathing.

Breathing in to the poses is vital for yoga.

So roll out your mat on the fresh grass and get practicing!

Meditate

Similarly to yoga, meditation is a whole new experience for some.

Meditation is the purest form of mindfulness there is. All the things we have previously discussed about mindfulness  all comes into meditation.

Find a quiet spot outdoors where you can comfortably sit and stay undistracted.

It is inevitable that you will become distracted at some point, whether you get caught up in your own thoughts or a loud car goes zooming past.

Do not let this trouble you. Just lovingly bring yourself back to your breathing and you will be in your happy place again before you know it.

Concentrate on your breathing

There are loads of great breathing techniques that can enhance your state of calmness and tranquillity.

Relieving yourself from stress and anxiety, something as simple as breathing had to be on the list.

Firstly, make yourself comfortable outside. Preferably, in a seated position.

I recommend closing your eyes to ensure complete focus on your breathing.

Next, establish where in your body you are breathing from.

Can you feel the expansion in your lungs, diaphragm or stomach?

Deep and slow breathing often feels like it is coming from your stomach, and this is the area I like to concentrate on.

You can simply breathe in and out slowly, with a focus on the area of rising and falling.

Or you can opt for a different breathing technique.

My favourite is the triangle method.

Imagine a triangle in your mind, and use the sides of this shape to guide your breathing.

Breathe in for 3 seconds, hold for 3 seconds, then release your breathe for another 3 seconds.

Repeat these steps over and over for a relaxing way to destress and become more mindful.

Focus on your five senses

And finally, probably the most important activity you can do…focus on your senses.

Spending time outdoors is amazing in many ways, but the vast array of colours, smells and sounds it offers has to be used to your advantage.

Using your senses to become more aware of your surroundings and the environment, is one of the most mindful things you can do, and here’s how.

  • SIGHT – look around you, what can you see? Are there any people about or wildlife? Are your surroundings bright and colourful? Spend time counting all the things you can see that interest you.
  • HEARING – dial into your hearing and listen out, what can you hear? Are there birds singing? Or cars driving past? Perhaps you are near a running stream? Try to count how many different sounds you can hear.
  • SMELL – now concentrate on your nose, what can you smell? This one may not be as obvious as some of your other senses, but I assure you that there are smells all around. Can you smell freshly cut grass? Or has it been raining?
  • TASTE – next focus on your mouth and tongue, what can you taste? Have you still got the taste of the last thing you ate? Or are you sipping a lovely warm drink? Try to describe what you can taste in a few words.
  • TOUCH – lastly think about what you are touching, what can you feel? Is the warmth of the sun casting on your face? Or is there a breeze brushing past your skin? Think about how your body is making contact with the ground, are you sat down or stood up?

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Thanking Nature for All Its Benefits

The way nature can enhance your mindfulness practice is second to none.

So how can we repay this amazing force for all its benefits and gifts?

For a start, we can be more conscious of our surroundings, the environment.

How is our lifestyle negatively impacting the Earth we live on?

As the dominant species of our planet, it is important to do all we can to look after our environment.

This is where sustainability comes in.

Head on over to Simplifying Sustainability to read all about how we can work together to help our planet thrive and attempt to undo all the trauma we have caused our environment so far.



Improving Our Level of Consciousness

How is our lifestyle negatively impacting the Earth we live on? As the dominant species of our planet, it is important to do all we can to look after our environment.

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Human activity has resulted in a sustained negative impact on the environment.

Indeed, some scientists have pointed out that we are currently living in the Anthropocene, a “unit of geologic time, used to describe the most recent period in Earth’s history when human activity started to have a significant impact on the planet’s climate and ecosystems” (National Geographic Society, 2019).

Outcomes from fluctuating climate patterns are uncertain, as “the scientific community doesn’t agree about the depth of climate change impacts on the planet” (Lemkow, 2020).

However, it is our responsibility to be aware of our own actions and their intended consequences.

“The challenge remains in opening up people’s imagination to that possibility that it can be done differently”

Katherine Trebeck

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Simple Resources to Get Started

To unlock change, education is the first necessary step. Following this, an educational guide of resources to understand our impact on the environment has been developed.

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Self improvement and growth are imperative in order to live your best life.

One of the key ways to track your success and development is through the setting of goals.

Goals are simply what you want to achieve after a given period of time.

They can be small specific targets, to reach a certain weight for example, or vaguer life goals (perhaps, retiring by age 60).

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What Are SMART Goals?

The idea behind SMART goals is believed to have come from Peter Drucker’s Management by Objectives concept.

Creating these goals is a method often used in project management, employee-performance management and personal development.

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Top-level athletes, successful businesspeople and achievers in all fields all set goals using the SMART acronym.

Each letter of the acronym, SMART, guides the goal setting process to ensure you have well defined targets that you can easily track your progress with.


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Before you begin creating your very own SMART goals, let’s talk about what they include.

S pecific

Define what exactly you want to achieve.

What does success look like to you?

Think about why you want to complete this action, and how you would go about doing this.

M easurable

Find a way to measure you progress along the way to achieving this goal.

If your goal is to drink more water, you could measure how many litres you are drinking daily until you reach your target of 2 litres a day, for example.

You could also create a detailed timeline to follow throughout the process.


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A chievable

Consider what tools and resources you will need to make your goal achievable.

Do you need a detailed plan? Will it cost money? Or do you just need more knowledge or skills in that area?

List all the things you will need throughout the process.

R ealistic

Given the resources available to you, think about how realistic your goal is to achieve.

Consider its importance to you and whether it is the right time in your life to be embarking on this journey.

Find ways to make your goal more realistic by relaxing deadlines or designating a certain amount of time a week to this goal.

T ime-related

Decide on a final time you want your goal to be achieved by.

This can be as specific as a certain date and time.

Or a bit looser, such as, by the time you are 30 years old.

Make sure you are clearly defining a time, whilst not putting too much pressure on yourself with unrealistic deadlines.


Ever heard of SMART goals? Well I am about to tell you all about them. Sit tight and get ready to open your eyes to a world where goals and dreams can be achieved with ease.

Now you’re ready to decide on the goals you would like to set, make sure to have a good look at any vision boards you have, or simply think about what you have always wanted in your future.

Setting long-term goals can take time, so do not rush to complete your list of future SMART goals as this can affect your success rate.


Initial Goal Starting Points

Here are some starting points to initiate the goal-making process:

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  • Drink 2 litres of water a day
  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes, 4 days a week
  • Reduce household plastic waste by 50%
  • Improve your sleeping schedule
  • Volunteer once a week
  • Create and maintain a capsule wardrobe
  • Indulge in self-care practices, 3 times a week
  • Reduce impulse buys by focusing on needs more than wants
  • Begin a bullet journal

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The popularity of Veganism has increased over seven times between 2014 and 2019.

According to Google trends, it now gets almost four times more interest than vegetarian and gluten free searches.

But there is still so much people don’t know about living as a vegan and how it differs from a carnivorous lifestyle.

According to the Oxford Dictionary, a vegan is someone who ‘does not eat or use animal products’.

However, The Vegan Society defines Veganism as a ‘way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose’.

The key difference here is taking more of a holistic approach to the removal of animal products from one’s life.

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One of the main reasons Veganism has had a surge in popularity is due to the growing demand and supply of vegan alternatives, especially foods.

Maintaining a vegan diet, used to be a case of simply eating plant-based foods in their organic forms.

This is still how a lot of vegans choose to eat, but it is a way of life I know I couldn’t stick to (for a vegan, I’m not that much into fruit and veg).

Now there are so many different alternatives, any carnivorous food you can think of, I bet there is a vegan alternative out there.

You can even buy vegan eggs in a proper egg box and everything!

I personally think some alternatives have gone a bit far in duplicating what a carnivore diet offers.

For example, I’m not a fan of fake meat that looks like it has blood in it. Or vegan bacon that pretends to have fat on it.

But I am so grateful for all the dietary options I have, and I love how major food chains are taking part too!

Cough cough….Gregg’s vegan sausage roll and steak bake, yum.

In terms of maintaining a vegan lifestyle, so many stores now label their items that are vegan.

Superdrug is great for labelling their products vegan and cruelty-free.

Whilst, Marks and Spencers always label their vegan shoes.

Once you start to notice these little things, it is difficult to stop.



My Journey to Veganism

Growing up, I never liked the thought of meat being from an animal.

I just loved animals so much, why would I want to eat a dead one?

Neither did I really enjoy the texture, I always wondered what part of the body I was eating.

I remember going out for Sunday lunch and my parents forcing me eat my chicken or turkey.

They only thought they were doing what is best for me to get all the nutrition I need.

But in reality, you can leave an amazingly happy and healthy life without meat.

My parents finally let me become vegetarian when I was 10 years old.

I was so happy and excited to try out this new lifestyle, and I took to it well.

Of course there were a few hiccups. I didn’t know just how many sweet foods contained gelatine, which is a big no no.

But I have loved the way I felt living like this, and I really didn’t find it that restricting at all.

As I got older, I became more educated in to what animal derived products are and how I was still affecting and causing harm to animals through my diet and lifestyle.

By the time I was 15 years old, I made the step to become vegan.

I started it as 30-day pledge with The Vegan Society but it just kind of stuck.

It wasn’t as difficult a transition as I imagined and I felt so much better in myself.

Ever since then, my diet has been full strict vegan.

And I love it.



The Vegan Lifestyle, Not Just Diet

For the 6 years I have been vegan, I have not always considered the lifestyle as important as the diet.

After becoming more educated on this, through channels such as The Vegan Society and numerous documentaries (Cowspiracy and Forks Over Knives are my top Netflix recommendations), I now try to incorporate as much of this animal-loving way of life as possible.

It is not always easy.

You don’t realise just how many household products have been produced with the help of animals.

My main struggle has always been clothing, shoes and handbags. So many of these items include leather and other animal derived materials.

However, I have now made a promise to myself to keep the items I already have, but to only buy vegan-friendly products in the future.

I recently bought a faux black leather jacket that I love, not to mention my beyond amazing vegan Dr. Martens.

These Jadon II Mono‘s are my prize possession!

They offer amazing quality and comfort. I am certain they will last a lifetime.

This purchase not only made me feel good, but it is also a great investment for me in the long-run.

If you are looking to add some vegan pieces to your home, I’d recommend checking out The Vegan Kind, Alternative Stores and Ocado.


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Top Tips for Transitioning to Veganism

Changing your diet and the way you live can be a really daunting prospect.

Everyone has different reasons for why they chose to become vegan or vegetarian, but it is usually just as difficult.

Here are my top tips to get you started.

Don’t let anything go to waste

For a lot of people, the first action of their new lifestyle is to get rid of everything in their house (especially foods) which aren’t vegan.

Please don’t do this.

It is completely fine if you want to get rid of carnivorous foods because you now can’t eat them for medical reasons.

But for the vast majority of people, this is not the case.

These items you previously bought should be used or eaten, and not wasted.

I feel like the animals suffered for no reason at all if the product doesn’t fulfil its purpose.

So finish off that new sliced ham in the fridge and keep wearing that leather jacket!

Start off gently

A complete diet and lifestyle change is not something you should just do overnight.

It takes time to transition into this new way of living and if you push yourself too far, too quickly, it is going to do more harm than good.

There is no need to rush out and buy every vegan thing you can find in the supermarket, please go at your own pace and start introducing these new foods into your life gradually.

A good place to start is by swapping a few things out in your diet.

For example, once you’ve ran out of that ham you loved so much, why not try the Quorn smoky ham slices to add to your sandwich instead?


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Try meat free Mondays

To add to that last point, another tip I suggest for beginning the transition to Veganism is my starting off with ‘meat free Mondays‘.

Launched by the inspirational Paul, Stella and Mary McCartney in 2009, this initiative is a great way to save the planet in so many ways.

Don’t feel guilty by starting off slow, Oxfam suggests that replacing red meat and dairy with vegetables for just one day a week can cut an individual’s annual emissions by the equivalent of a 1,160-mile car trip.

Not only does it save the environment, but a recent report in the The Lancet concluded that if we cut our meat consumption by 30% in the UK 18,000 fewer people would die prematurely from heart attacks each year.

Forgive yourself, accidents happen

This is one of the most important things to note from this entire article, don’t be so hard on yourself!

I wish I could go back and tell my younger self this advice, there have been so many times I have been angry and frustrated with myself for all the slip-ups I have had.

But there is no need to be disheartened, just the intention to become vegan is so selfless and amazing.

You should be so proud of yourself.

It is almost impossible to not mess-up a few times along the way.

I’ve been vegan now for about 6 years and I still make an accidental non-vegan purchase every now and again.

It is only natural after such an extreme change in lifestyle, so please be patient with yourself and remember how amazing you are!

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Drink More Water – The Benefits + How to Establish the Habit

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog post! I’m back again, and today I want to discuss the benefits of a basic human need…drinking water.

Some readers might think this is a topic that doesn’t need a discussion, as it is quite imperative to our survival.

But it is really surprising how many of us drink little to no water daily.

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1. The Physical Benefits
2. The Psychological Benefits
3. My Personal Experience
4. Establish Drinking Water
as a Habit

5. How Much Water Should
We Be Drinking?

I was one of these people for a long time and have only recently changed my ways.

Over the last 3 months, I have really noticed a difference in how I feel and positive changes in my body. And this is all because I began drinking more water.

I want to discuss my personal experiences with the wonders of hydration later on in this article.

But for now, let’s get into the sciencey bit.


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The Physical Benefits

By ‘physical benefits’, I am referring to the changes we notice to the external parts of our bodies, these are usually the changes and benefits most talked about when it comes to water consumption.

1. Boosts your performance during exercise

Physical exertion is the number one reason people stop exercising. They are too tired to carry on. But what if there was a way to extend the period of energised movement?

There is…drinking water is the answer.

Your physical performance can be almost instantly improved by hydrating.

This is especially important when exercising intensely or in hot conditions (see here).

Drinking a good amount of water can prevent reduced motivation and exhaustion.

I have also found, it makes exercising feel less difficult, physically and mentally.

2. Speeds up weight loss

Water is a fast and easy way to boost your metabolism. It is so simple, drink water and lose weight quicker and more efficiently.

A boost in your metabolic rate, helps your body to burn more calories on a daily basis. Therefore, resulting in weight loss.

A great tip is to drink a glass of water 30 minutes before your next meal. It can make you feel fuller and as a result, you intake fewer calories (see here).

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3. Keeps your skin bright and tight

When dehydrated, the skin can become more vulnerable to skin disorders and wrinkling.

Drinking more water can prevent this from happening.

Keeping your body hydrated, will keep your skin hydrated and, in turn, promote the production of collagen.



The Psychological Benefits

The psychological benefits of staying hydrated refers to the affects on the brain and behaviours. These changes are not as commonly discussed as the physical changes as they are often not as obvious.

1. Improves your brain functionality and boosts energy levels

Studies have shown that just mild dehydration (fluid loss of 1-3%) can negatively affect your energy levels and mood, resulting in a poorer performance of your brain and memory.

This is because your brain is highly influenced by your water consumption.

Therefore, increasing the amount of water you are drinking, and staying hydrated, helps your brain and energy do the best they can.

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2. Prevents the risk of headaches and can treat existing ones

Dehydration and headaches often go hand-in-hand.

Getting a headache is one of the number one symptoms that you are not drinking enough water (see here).

Studies have also shown a correlation between drinking water and the relief of headaches.

3. Can enhance your mood

Similarly to improved brain functionality, keeping hydrated can also positively affect your mood.

Dehydration has been linked to an increase in fatigue and confusion. This unhealthy state can also progress to feelings of anxiety.

Therefore, as a result of drinking water, your mood is likely to be more positive.


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My Personal Experience

As I’m sure you know, there are a tonne more benefits to drinking water and staying hydrated. The list could go on forever.

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Along with the enhancements listed above, I also felt a lot of changes to my mental state and overall energy levels.

Firstly, I noticed improvements in my bodily functions. Everything just seemed to work a bit smoother and more efficiently (although I definitely needed to use the toilet more).

I think because my body and its functions felt better, so did I.

My energy and efficiency seemed to double overnight. I now have more energy to be productive and more energy and drive during exercise.

These changes over the past months have also positively affected my mental health. Having more energy and getting more things done, has made me feel happier than I have in forever.

I have loved the differences I have found in myself due to my perseverance with drinking more water and instilling this habit.



Establish Drinking Water as a Habit

Remembering to keep drinking water throughout the day, hasn’t always been as easy for me as it is now.

For someone who only really had a drink with a main meal, it was very unusual for me to be drinking throughout the day, and to choose water over a fizzy drink.

It has taken me about a month to really get the hang of this habit and imprint this into my way of life.

So here is how I did it so you can too!

Invest in a quality water bottle or flask

I purchased a Chilly’s bottle and can not recommend it enough. It is great value for money, as the quality is outstanding and the bottle keeps my water cold for longer than I even need.

I love my water bottle so much, I actually want to drink from it. This investment really kickstarted my waterdrinking and has continued to remind me to stay hydrated.

I seriously recommend everyone gets a reusable water bottle. Not only for yourselves, but also for the environment.

7.7 billion single-use water bottles are used each year, in the UK alone. Most end up polluting our rivers and seas, often endangering wildlife.

Set yourself a goal

In the early days of establishing your habit, it can be very important to set yourself a goal to keep in mind throughout your journey.

For me, I started by simply having a sip of water from my water bottle whenever I remembered.

Eventually, when I was doing this regularly, I set myself a new target to consume a certain amount of cups per day.

Every time I reached my goal, I celebrated my success then set a new one.

Finally, I managed to drink the NHS’s recommended daily allowance with ease.

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Track your daily water intake

This was a big one for me. Tracking how much water you drink, can encourage you to drink more by giving yourself a sense of achievement.

You should celebrate every day that you get closer to your goal and the days you reach it.

Tracking your intake is also important to make sure you are on the right track and are consuming the amount you set out to.

If you have a diary or bullet journal, I recommend creating a monthly habit tracker and making a note of how many glasses you are drinking each day.

Have a glass of water with every meal

By using food as a reminder to drink water, you are much more likely to remember to do it.

I used to always have a fizzy drink or fruit cordial with my meals. This meant I was consuming more sugar and not getting as much water as I needed.

By ensuring you only drink water with your food, you are adding to your daily total whilst keeping yourself hydrated throughout meals.

Keep water by your bed

Having a drink of water just before you go to bed and as soon as you wake up is a great practice, and one which benefits your body in many ways.

Make sure to fill up your water bottle or glass before you get into bed so it will be waiting for you in the morning.

This is an easy reminder for yourself, as well as being a great way to kickstart your mornings.


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So How Much Water Should You be Drinking Daily?

Unfortunately there isn’t a straightforward answer to this question.

Many different scientific studies has revealed many different results. Results which are all similar and prove the benefits of drinking water, but have lead to slightly different recommendations.

The recommended amount of water to intake daily, mainly differs from country to country. This can be linked to different climates; the warmer the climate, the more you should drink.

For this article, I use and refer to the UK government’s recommended 6-8 cups or glasses of water per day. This is equivalent to around 1.2 litres.

This includes drinking low-fat milks and low-sugar drinks, including tea and coffee. However, I personally only track my pure water consumption.

But if you would like to, or feel the need, to drink more water than this, please do. You would have to drink between 0.8 to 1.0 litres of water per hour to be at risk of over-hydration.



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Starting a Mindful Morning Routine

It’s Friday again and I’ve managed to pull another blog post out the bag! That’s going on my list of achievements.

So today, I wanted to outline the new practices I have started using as part as my morning routine, to encourage mindfulness. This basic schedule begins when I wake up in the morning to about midday.

Please bare in mind that I am not a morning person and I don’t start most days until 10am. So please, if you are a morning person or have to get up at an earlier time, just move the schedule forward by how many hours suits you.

Let’s get started!


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9.00 My lovely, soft morning alarm wakes me up.

I can’t get out of bed straight away, but I take my eye mask off, sit up a little and take some big sips of water.

This is important, you should start everyday by drinking water. It helps to kickstart your metabolism and gets your body ready for the day ahead. I can’t recommend this enough.

9.15 By this time, I have finally dragged myself out of bed and made my way downstairs.

Now, I know everyone’s morning routine is slightly different, but I always start with breakfast.

If this seems absurd to you and completely out of the realms of your usual routine, don’t worry. I am going to recap all the activities for mindfulness in this article right at the very end. You can rearrange them into whichever order suits you best.

My usual breakfast consists of crunchy peanut butter on wholemeal toast. I’m not really sure if this is the best way to kickstart the day but it suits me fine.

Occasionally, I will swap this out for porridge or strawberry Alpro yoghurt.

9.30 By now it’s time for my morning coffee.

I’ve recently been indulging in a vegan mocha creation of mine. But I do like to mix it up and have different hot drinks.

I spend this time to be more mindful and aware of all my senses. Using a certain habit or activity to remind yourself to be more mindful is a great practice.

I will smell the coffee and try to describe the aroma to myself. I will feel the warmth of the mug on my hands.

Finally, I will taste the coffee on my lips and try to describe that best I can. Feeling the sensation of the warm drink going down my throat.

I also love to do this activity outside, weather permitting. It’s such an experience to sit in my garden with the dogs and observe everything around me.

Leaves falling off the trees. The plants swaying in the breeze. Birds singing their morning song.


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9.50 After 20 minutes or so, I head back upstairs and take any medications I need to at this point.

Every morning I take a vegan supplement that helps me to get all the vitamins and minerals I need for my diet.

I also take any prescription medication I’m on, making sure to wash down both with some cool water.

10.00 By 10am I am still in my pyjamas, but I find a quiet spot in the house (which can sometimes be difficult), find a cushion to sit on and cross my legs.

It’s time to meditate.

Now, it is down to personal preference what time of day meditation takes place.

Some people prefer to use it to wind-down in the evening. But I find, I am much less likely to do it if I leave it until last thing.

I am new to meditation myself, and I’m not going to pretend it is as easy as just sitting with your eyes closed. It isn’t.

I recommend finding some good guided meditations to begin with, I will list some I have found useful below.

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10.15 As a beginner, I aim to do 15 minutes of meditation a day.

Sometimes I do more, sometimes I do less. Sometimes I skip it completely. But once I’ve come out of this meditative state, I actually start to get ready for the day.

To help incorporate podcasts into my day, I make sure to let them play during this time. I always start by listening to the daily podcast by Andy Puddicombe, Radio Headspace.

I love that he talks about relevant events to the day and his podcasts are only 4 minutes long. It is also nice to listen to an English podcaster, as the majority I listen to are Australian.

I am also working my way through Rachael Kable’s, The Mindful Kind. Listening to these inspiring podcasts about mindfulness and head space, is a really great and almost passive, mindfulness practice.

I’ve learnt so much through this part of my morning routine.

During my podcast listening time, I wash my face, brush my teeth, get dressed, brush my hair, make my bed and mist my indoor plants.

11.00 When all this is done, and I’ve completed the main bulk of my morning activities, I like to take a minute to sit down and review my self-care journal.

I started my journal just over a month ago, and it is in a similar style to a bullet journal. I use my iPad and download different journal templates, as a way to be more zero waste.

I have become so much more organised since using this journal and it has allowed me to clear my mind during meditation, as soon as I think of something I need to do, it is written in there.

I check my monthly planner and daily planner to see what needs doing today. I also write down what I ate for breakfast and tick off items from my habits list I have already completed.

11.15 I then respond to any emails than need replying to and use my phone for the first time of the day.

I check my social medias (usually Twitter and Instagram) also, and respond where necessary to notifications.

11.30 By this time, I have built up the energy to do my daily workout.

I head back downstairs and choose between the static bike or a YouTube core workout.

(I usually opt for a bit of cycling.)

I spend between half hour to an hour exercising, making sure to drink lots of water whilst doing so.

12.00 When I am all sweated out, I head upstairs and hop in the shower.

Just like with my coffee, I like to use the shower as a trigger to be mindful and acknowledge my senses.

I feel the water pouring down onto me, and its warmth. I feel the droplets bouncing off my skin and down into the plug hole.

I use my shampoo, conditioner and body soap all whilst thinking about their scents and feeling them foam up.

I also like to spend this time thinking about what my plans are for the rest of the day.


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And that is pretty much it.

I usually will listen to some more podcasts or an audiobook whilst I get dressed a second time, but that is the end of my morning routine.

To find out more about other mindful habits I have started to incorporate into my life, you can find my last blog post here.

I hope this schedule has been helpful to you in some way and that you take away at least one of the mindfulness practices I have mentioned in this post.

To recap, I have listed the main mindfulness techniques I have incorporated into my morning routine.

  • Eat breakfast or drink your morning hot drink mindfully – concentrate on your senses, think about all the different smells and tastes you’re experiencing.
  • Meditate – this can be a very short time for beginners (even 5 minutes is great), I recommend starting with guided meditations.
  • Review your planner or journal and plan out your day generously – you can remind yourself of some more mindfulness habits you would like to work on during the rest of the day.
  • Take a mindful shower or bath – focus on the scents of your soaps and shampoo, and the warmth of the water.

I hope you have found this week’s article of some help to you. I would love to hear what your mindful morning routine consists of too.

See you next Friday!



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Adopting Mindfulness From a Beginner’s POV

So I’m just going to jump straight in with this one. I’ve only just started this blog and I’m already slacking, from now on please expect a new article every Friday.

Since the start of the UK lockdown I’ve had this drive to better myself and my life.

But I had no idea how to do this.

It all started whilst watching some random YouTube videos that came up in my recommended, talking about self acceptance. I thought to myself, ‘is the universe trying to tell me something?’.

So I did some reading and researched in as many ways I could during a worldwide pandemic.

Becoming more mindful, was one of the ideas that kept popping up wherever I looked. So I dug a little further.

I listened to an audiobook on Audible called Habbits for Happiness by Dr Tim Sharp and this really brought everything together for me.

I couldn’t recommend this audiobook enough for beginning your own mindful and self-love journey.

Each chapter of this audiobook spoke about different habits you should incorporate into your life, in order to essentially become happier.

I followed all the steps exactly, one of my favourite tasks was setting my SMART goals, which I will discuss more in another post.

And this was my foundation for my mindfulness journey.

Unfortunately, it would be no help to share my personal goals, targets and habits as these will be different for everybody.

But here are some steps I can recommend that have helped me establish a more positive day-to-day life.


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Beginner Habits for a Better Life

Drink more water

This is a tip you see everywhere as we are told it can improve a lot of health problems but there is a reason for this, water is amazing!

I highly recommend working your way up to the recommended daily allowance of 2-3 litres. More on this and developing a water drinking habit in an upcoming post.

Give yourself some time for self-care

Always make time for you and doing things you enjoy. Whether that’s having a nice, relaxing bath or doing a spot of gardening.

Meditate

This one can seem very daunting at first as it did for me, but the sooner you start the better.

Meditation is something that you can take at your own pace, you choose how long you do it for and how often. I currently aim for 15 minutes every other morning.

Give yourself a stabile sleeping pattern

Although I don’t have any advice for the insomniacs, I can’t recommend a repetitive sleep schedule enough.

I have recently discovered the Bedtime setting on iPhone and it has been so useful in establishing myself with a routine.

Take a moment of everyday to notice everything around you

This is essentially what mindfulness is all about. I like to remind myself to be mindful by using a trigger.

For example, I will often have a mindful shower, a mindful meal or a mindful cup of coffee.

Listen to podcasts

This is something I have recently brought into my morning routine and they are so great.

In terms of becoming more mindful, I couldn’t recommend The Mindful Kind by Rachael Kable more!

I also love Radio Headspace by Andy Puddicombe as the episodes are around 4 minutes long each and come out the morning of every weekday.

Take up yoga

This is another one which can seem off-putting to a novice. I was one of those people too.

Yoga can be incredibly difficult but there are so many resources out there you can use from home, and you can simply take it at your own pace.

I love using beginner YouTube videos, I recommend SarahBethYoga. Of course, when gyms open back up, going to yoga classes is another option to consider.

Breathe with purpose

This one sounds a bit silly, we all breathe with the purpose of living. But really concentrating on your breathing and how it affects your body is an incredidble mindfulness exercise anybody can do at any time.

You may of hear of people slowing their breathing and counting to 10 in stressful situations, but that’s not all it is useful for.


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I can’t describe to you how implementing these changes in my life has really helped me feel better in myself and become happier over the past month.

Find out more about my new morning routine, which details how I like to start my mornings in order to set myself up for a mindful day.

It can all seem overwhelming at first, but the majority of tasks involved in this article only take a few minutes to complete.

Remember to start off gently and try not to tackle everything at once. Try implementing a couple of new habits each month until you feel more comfortable.

And please, if you take anything from this article, please do check out some podcasts and audiobooks.

They’re just such an easy and useful way to digest new information, especially whilst travelling or doing some house work.

The top platforms I suggest are Audible and Spotify.


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Recommended Reads

Many of these can be read in a book format, or listened to via an audiobook.



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Top 6 Netflix Series to Binge During Lockdown

I don’t know about everybody else, but this whole COVID-19 lockdown is getting a bit old now.

Yes it is fun for me to have this time off uni (even though I’m still paying over £9,000 for this year), but everday is the same.

I think we’d all be lying if we said we hadn’t finished whatever TV series we were watching before the lockdown.

Yep, I finished watching the new series of Brooklyn Nine-Nine in a day!

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1. Black Mirror
2. Tiger King
3. The Stranger
4. After Life
5. Safe
6. Dead To Me

So what’s next on your TV agenda?

Have you get anything lined up ready to watch, or are you struggling to find something you can really get in to?

Either way, I’ve come up with a list of the top 10 series I would recommend to watch during all this free time.

Programmes that can get you hooked from the beginning, and programmes with enough episodes to keep you busy for quite some time.


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Top 6

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1) Black Mirror

Black Mirror is described as ‘an anthology series exploring a twisted, high-tech multiverse where humanity’s greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide’ by IMDb.

Set in a world only minutes from our own, Black Mirror unveils how modern technologies can backfire and be used against their makers, every episode set in a slightly different reality with different characters combating different types of technologies.

This Netflix series has to be one of my favourite of all time.

With 5 seasons and a total of 22 episodes (most over an hour long each), Black Mirror has kept me entertained for so long.

I’ve even rewatched the majority of them.

One of my favourite things about this series is that each episode is completely different.

They each have new characters, a new setting, a new time but all share one common theme, a future where technology takes over.

I also love how the series is so unique to anything else I’ve ever watched before and I couldn’t even begin to think of another programme to compare it to.

With 30 awards and 85 nominations, Black Mirror is a series you can’t afford to miss out on.

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2) Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

Yes, I know you’ve probably all heard of this show by now but if you haven’t managed to give it a watch yet, here’s me telling you to!

According to IMBd, this documentary shows how ‘a rivalry between big cat eccentrics takes a dark turn when Joe Exotic, a controversial animal park boss, is caught in a murder-for-hire plot’.

In the stranger-than-fiction documentary, Joe Exotic, a mulleted, gun-toting polygamist and country western singer presides over an Oklahoma roadside zoo.

Joe and an unbelievable cast of characters including drug kingpins, conmen, and cult leaders all share a passion for big cats and the status and attention their dangerous menageries gather.

But things take a dark turn when Carole Baskin, an animal activist and owner of a big cat sanctuary, threatens to put them out of business, starting a rivalry that eventually leads to Joe’s arrest for a murder-for-hire plot, and reveals a twisted tale where the only thing more dangerous than a big cat is its owner.

This series has 8 episodes which are each around 40 minutes long, so although it’s not the most time-consuming of programmes, it’s definitely a must-watch!


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3) The Stranger

New for 2020, this programme follows the lives of suburban families whose secrets and lies are made public by the appearance of a stranger.

This series is 8 episodes long and I am sure they will bring out another season to follow on in the near future.

The Stranger really makes you think about all of the people around you and how they all have their own secrets and private affairs.

You question and suspect each character for wrong-doing and find that each and everyone of us has a part to play.

I loved watching this programme for the first time and is just so different to others I have watched.

I love the mystery elements and the suspense throughout.

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4) After Life

After Life is a Comedy Drama I first watched last year. It is safe to say, my partner and I finished the first season within a day.

With only 6 episodes, each about 30 minutes long, it truly leaves you wanting more.

Ricky Gervais plays Tony, whose wife dies unexpectedly. This is when his nice-guy persona is altered into an impulsive, devil-may-care attitude; taking his old world by storm.

This is really a heart-warming, emotional and hilarious programme suitable for all (over the age of 15), and shows the harsh reality of sudden deaths and their affect on the world.

I am pleased to announce a second season is now available on Netflix of After Life and I have just begun watching this myself!

So far, I am loving it and it is a great continuation from the previous season.

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5) Safe

I heard about Safe after I finished watching The Stranger, and I found there were a lot of similarities and shared themes.

So if you like the one, you’ll definitely like the other.

After his teenage daughter goes missing, a widowed surgeon begins uncovering dark secrets of the people closest to him.

This programme is full of twists and turns, I’m sure you will find yourself seeing each character as guilty at one point or another.

Produced in 2018, I’m not so sure there will be another season of this, but luckily all major questions are answered!

Get yourself gripped into this mystery drama before you know it.

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6) Dead to Me

Similarly to After Life, I am so excited to find a new season of Dead to Me on Netflix this month.

After watching the first season last year, I was hooked and have been waiting for a follow up ever since (the last episode cliff-hanger was almost too much for me).

Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini (yes, she played Velma in some of the Scooby-Doo movies) both do an amazing job as the main characters to this Comedy Drama, even with some wacky elements to the story line.

This series focuses on a powerful friendship that blossoms between a tightly wound widow and a free spirit with a shocking secret.

You just won’t be able to get enough of it, I promise!

Although, I am yet to begin my adventure onto season 2 of this drama, I can not wait and I am already certain it will not disappoint.



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Top 10 Things You Need During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a wake-up call for a lot of us. These are really crazy times and sometimes I forget what the norm used to be, only a couple of months ago.

I mean, if someone had told you at Christmas time that you would soon be trapped in your house 23 hours of the day everyday for the foreseeable future, would you have believed them?

I think not.

As the UK lockdown was announced, just days after major US cities like New York, it was scary but kind of exciting.

As a university student I got to quickly pack some things from my studio and hop on a train all the way back to my family home, joyful at the idea of no lectures and classes.

For my younger sister it was a better story.

Her being in her last year at secondary school, she was given the news that she didn’t have to take any of her GCSE exams and could receive her predicted grades.

But now as the weeks turn into months, all of that seems like a distant memory each day consists of the same.

Merging into one, I never really know what the day is anymore.

I’m sure this is the same for a lot of people, and this is why I have devised a list of the things that are helping me get through this strange time and keeping me occupied.


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1. Nintendo Switch Console

I’ve had my Nintendo Switch for almost a year now and it is honestly endless fun and recreation.

Whether your an adult or a child, there are games out there for everyone, and to be honest, the kids games can be very entertaining!

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1. Nintendo switch console
2. apple ipad pro
3. adult colouring books
4. Reading books
5. jigsaw puzzles
6. exercise equipment
7. streaming services
8. label maker
9. sewing machine
10. baking/cooking utensils

I have the original console but the newer Lite editions offer just as much play time, and for a smaller price.

In terms of the games to buy, in my opinion you can’t go wrong with pretty much any Mario game out there.

My favourites would have to be Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe.

Then again, I completed Yoshi’s Crafted World in a couple of weeks, it was that good!

Other games available include The Sims 4, the brand new Animal Crossing and pretty much anything else you can think of.

I’m planning on purchasing Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training as my next game to improve my productivity during lockdown and as a throwback to when I used to play it as a child.

2. Apple iPad Pro

Since starting my first proper year at university in September, I realised how much the use of an iPad could benefit me.

After doing some research about my course, I found that one of the latest iPad Pros were most suitable as they include special design features (including Apple Pencil compatability) that would help my graphic design.

This was my intention for the purchase of my iPad and its capability goes above and beyond what I need of it.

However, the UK lockdown has made me realise its many other great uses.

They are so powerful the image quality is outstanding when watching anything on them.

I often opt for Netflix or one of the on-demand channels. More recently, I’ve reverted back to my youth and have been hooked to Disney+ for more than a few hours.

Other uses for my iPad include pretty much all my university coursework, there are so many useful apps at your fingertips.

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And finally, I’ve recently begun using Zoom to group call my friends for virtual quizzes or just some catch up time.

The iPad works very well with this software and is just the perfect size to fit about 8-10 people on your screen at once.


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3. Adult Colouring Books

I’ve never really been that big of a fan of colouring within the lines but, since the lockdown, I’ve found I have so much time on my hands I don’t know what to do with it.

Then there’s the added worry, stress and/or anxiety a lot of people are struggling with in these uncertain times.

Adult colouring books have been a great solution for me.

There are so many varieties of books to choose from, from simpler cartoon style designs to intricate patterns.

I’ve found the more detailed patterned designs to be the most therapeutic, and there is a lot of scientific evidence to back these claims.

Aside from relaxing, I’ve found these colouring books to be perfect for when you’ve got spare 10 minutes, when I’m waiting for dinner to cook, for example.

You can just grab the book and get to work on what ever you fancy.

4. Reading Books

Reading something you enjoy is an important part of our everyday development and down-time.

With so much time on our hands at the moment, it would almost be criminal to not spend an hour or so diving into a juicy read.

For me, I’ve found this time is perfect for going around the home and spring-cleaning where necessary.

In my bedroom alone, I’ve opted for an entire declutter and turned the whole room upside down!

To help me with this side project, I enlisted the help of decluttering gurus far and wide.

In recent years, there has been a wave of books in this category, each author with their own wacky method to minimalist living.

One of my personal favourites is Marie Kondo’s KonMari method for condensing your belongings.

There are so many books out there that can help you with clearing out and doing the most with the space you have.

Being confined to your home for so many hours of the day, it is important to embrace and enjoy the space that you live it.

Below are the books I recommend to help you with this.

5. Jigsaw Puzzles

A jigsaw puzzle is the classic solution to a rainy day, I don’t think I know a family who didn’t bring their puzzles with them on every camping and caravaning expedition.

Puzzles are an all-round crowd pleaser, they increase productivity whilst being super fun.

I also love that depending on your home situation, you can spend hours doing this by yourself, or get the entire household involved.

Another thing great about jigsaws is that you can spend as long as you like on them.

You could buy one massive 10,000 piece puzzle and continue working on it throughout the rest of the lockdown.

I would recommend putting together the corners and edges first, and make sure to find a place you can keep your progress where it won’t get damaged.

My mom always suggests under the rug.

6. Exercise and Workout Equipment

For the gym goers out there, I know it can be tough times.

All the gyms and fitness centres are closed for the foreseeable future and you need your next fix of gym gains.

Although a lot of people aren’t as fortunate as me to have a home gym, there are plenty of other options out there to keep yourself in shape without forking out on expensive equipment.

For myself, I like to put a focus on my core workouts and this is why I recommend the first product below so highly.

Others could opt for resistance bands, ankle weights or even a small set of dumbbells or kettlebells.

Working out at home doesn’t have to break the bank and once you buy these small items of equipment, you will have them for as long as they are of use.

You never know, you could end up cancelling your gym membership for good once you get into it.

7. Streaming Services

To accompany the iPad, of course you’re going to want subscriptions to streaming services.

In the last few years, streaming apps and websites have taken over from live TV.

I can’t really remember the last time I sat down and actually flicked through the TV guide.

The amount of content online is unlimited so there is something for everybody, I think this is why streaming companies are so popular right now.

And what better way to spend your time stuck at home than cuddling up with a new series that you know you’ve got hours of binge watching with.

Of course my first choice in the world of streaming apps is Netflix, there is just an abundance of films and TV series and I love that they are always bringing out new content.

For those people who aren’t Netflix fans, Amazon Prime Video is definitely up there with the best.

They have a variety of everything but I feel that they really out do themselves with their documentaries.

So if you want to learn something new during the pandemic, maybe this one is for you!

My final recommended streaming service is one that you don’t actually have to subscribe to.

Rakuten TV is perfect for those who don’t want to commit to monthly payments or simply can’t afford to.

They offer masses of films and TV series and are often the first to release new films straight from the cinema.

There are so many options with Rakuten TV, you can purchase films and series that you can keep on your account forever, or you can rent things to watch at a cheaper price.

They even have a section for all their free to watch content.

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8. A Label Maker

Okay now this choice might seem a bit wacky but here me out. We’ve got all this time, stuck at home, why not get organised?

As a child, I remember my dad buying a label maker and I was fascinated by it. Of course the cheaper alternative would be to just use sticky label and a pen but there is something so satisfying about using this cute little printer.

So why not invest in this budget friendly machine and have hours of organising fun!

I’d start with the glass jars in my kitchen, containing sugar, flour etc. But if you really get carried away, you could find yourself labelling pretty much anything.

These are also a great idea for those of you with a home office.

I imagine many have had to make a mini office in their home to continue working during the pandemic.

Well a label maker is perfect for sorting through all your files.


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9. Sewing Machine

Everyone needs a new hobby during the lockdown, and there are so many to choose from.

You could start learning a new language, start knitting, reading more, or even gardening. A fun and practical hobby I’ve found is sewing.

Once you’re equipped with your own little machine there are endless possibilities to what you can create.

I recommend trying to steer away from fast fashion and revamping some of your old clothes up. This is also a great way to become more sustainable in these unknowing times.

If you like the idea of getting in to sewing, you could simply opt for a needle and thread, or the classic Quality Streets tin with all the cotton reels and pins.

But investing in a sewing machine can be so much faster and more efficient.

Not to mention so much easier when it comes to hemming and doing different stitches.

I recommend this mini sewing machine below. It is more compact than some of the other bulkier models which is great for space saving, and is great value for money.

10. Baking or Cooking Equipment

Another hobby idea, get baking! Or cooking, whichever takes your fancy.

I’m more of a Mary Berry kind of girl but you never know, you could end up coming out of lockdown with skills like Gordon Ramsay.

Depending on what you want to do in the kitchen, there are lots of different equipment and utensil sets.

Yes a lot of these things will probably already be in your kitchen but there’s always that one recipe that requires something unusual. I never have any ceramic baking beans!

So get searching online, or through the recipe books you already have, and find some things you want to learn to make.

I’m sure no members of your household will be complaining about all the tasty cakes you’ve made.


I do not promote or encourage leaving your home unnecessarily, at this time. Please, if you would like to purchase anything inspired by this list do it online. Amazon is a great way to shop online, as well as many other retailers at your fingertips.



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