Sunday, 25 October 2015

MY WEEK IN PHOTOS - ANNIE, SHOCKTOBERFEST & LINCOLN | GRATITUDE DIARY #14

My week started off strange to say the least, but it ended up blooming super duper amazing and lovely. I spent Sunday - Friday in Lincoln. My wonderful Daddy made me lots of vegan home cooked meals and we spent so much time together, I finally watched 'INSIDE OUT' which has been on my list for ages. It was so, so, so nice to spend so much time with My Dad and My Dog. Snuggles on the sofa, long walks and spontaneous cuddles that just make you feel so loved, at home and safe! I went out for a really tasty meal with a new found friend on Wednesday which was nice. On Friday, my lovely Uncle and Mum drove up to Lincoln so I had some quality time with a bunch of family members all at once. We cooked together, made carrot juices and smoothies together and watched the worst film known to man together (Super Bob). My uncle and I also explored Lincoln cathedral some more, and went for a super tasty and cute afternoon tea. On Saturday, we drove to Birmingham to meet the rest of my Uncle's motley crew. I love his little nephew so much, he is ten, and so full of personality. He kept going on about how I should be a model which was super cute of him haha. It is wonderful when we get to spend time with people with such unique and big personalities, especially in such a young man. We went to see ANNIE in the hippodrome theatre and I feel like my life is now complete. I enjoyed it so much, seeing and hearing my favorite musical performed live truly was a dream come true, I even got a bit emotional at some points, ha. Then on Sunday (today), Myself and five of my friends went to Tully's farm for shocktoberfest which is a series of scary mazes with scary actors and entertainers. I loved it so much, I had such a fun wonderful evening with wonderful people. I laughed so much, my stomach is actually still hurting because I giggled my head off!

GRATITUDE DIARY
1. Nights like tonight (and last night) make me realise how lucky I actually am. I am surrounded by kind, outgoing and fun people who want to enjoy their lives and do fun things with me and those around them. I was thinking about moving away, but no. These people are too good to miss. I am also so grateful that I can afford to do luxury things like Tully's farm, both financially and responsibility-wise. 
2. My Dad. I can't believe how much I love my Dad. My heart could BURST with the amount of appreciation and love I feel for that man. He has been such an absolute sweetie pie the past few weeks and I really couldn't have been handed a better man to be my Dad. I mentioned in my last gratitude diary how much he has done for me and I will be eternally grateful for all he has given me!
3. Central heating. OH MY GOODNESS. It is FREEZING now, the temperature has completely dropped and I have been feeling freezing so it's so nice to come home to a warm and heated house. Love it so much, I feel like a baby in an incubator in my bed right now!
4. Embracing occasions is another thing I feel grateful for. Today I felt so 'Halloweeny' and it was so nice to be somewhere with lots of people, lots of food, lots of exciting mazes to go through and three stages of live, very decent music. It made me feel so 'festive' as such but about Halloween. I want to embrace every moment, every event, every memory to be made. All of it. I love embracing the moment.
5. The three 'L's' - living, laughter and love. I sometimes look at those around me and think 'I am not going to have you forever, but I am not going to be sad about that. Whether I have you for two weeks, two years or twenty, I am going to enjoy living this moment with you right now, I'm not going to feel sad that you may not be a permanent fixture, I am going to appreciate and be positive about this moment we have right here, right now in the present and I am going live it with you'. I laughed so much tonight and last night, it has lifted my soul above the clouds!. I feel love and feel loved and that is all that matters.

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Sunday, 18 October 2015

MY WEEK IN PHOTOS - QUALITY TIME WITH MY POPS IN LINCOLNSHIRE | GRATITUDE DIARY #13

I have spent this week in Lincoln and I have to say, I am shocked at the amount I actually love it here. The town center is so adorable, there are lots of vintage cute shops and tea rooms, traditional pubs, great places to eat and cobbled quirky little lanes to browse. The architecture is also absolutely beautiful; above we have Lincoln Cathedral which is the most beautiful, tranquil place.

GRATITUDE DIARY
1. My Dad. When you don't live with someone in your family and then you spend a lot of time with them at once, you realise how similar you are without having realised before. My Dad lives in a little place in the middle of nowhere, next to a beautiful river, he grows his own vegetables and gets all the rest of his produce fresh from the local farm. He is living my dream. Before I got here, he got in lots of vegetarian food especially for me which was so thoughtful of him. It is beautiful, cosy and stylish here, my Dad has this amazing ability to take any garden and make it wonderful. Every garden he has had has been blooming with beautiful flowers, plants and quirky little ornaments and this one in Lincoln is no different. Every property he owns is very modern with his own rather stylish spin on it. I love his style. I have been very reflective over the time I have had here with my pops and I feel truly blessed, I really love my Dad for the childhood he gave me - THE BEST. Filled with laughter, love and living. He never hurt me, never made me feel anything less than loved and never made me feel as though I had to earn that love. He gave me the most amazing memories, opportunities, experiences, wisdom and traits. I am a very lucky girl to have the Dad I was given. He has had a tough few years with illness and changed a lot, but I think we can forgive him of that as he has a beautiful, warm and loving heart. I also love how much character he has, my friend Ali said the other day 'Your Dad has so much character, it's where you get it from' and that makes me extremely happy! =)
2. Lincoln: I LOVE LINCOLN. I was shocked at how much I fell in love with it and it's surrounding areas. I love that you get your vegetables straight from the land and I have been indulging in the must scrumptious cabbages and cauliflowers I have ever eaten. It's fabulous to just constantly see your food growing everywhere too. Lincoln itself makes me feel so happy, it's full of young people as it is a Uni town, but the streets are all traditional and quirky. There's an abundance of cool and cosy pubs and restaurants. We are surrounded by fresh country air and beautiful lakes and rivers - very scenic. I also love the people; people in the north of England are often a lot warmer and friendlier than those in the south and I'd say I'm definitely more of a northerner personality-wise.
3. My little doggy Riley: He is the best little canine known to man. Just beautiful, inside and out. He brightens up our day with his bubbly personality, energetic ways and sweet little mannerisms. 
4. Youtube; Youtube makes me so happy. Watching a bunch of lovely, kind and happy bunch of vloggers and video producers restores my faith in human beings and makes me excited for the future and the nice people that are going to walk into my life. =)
5. Doing quirky, fun, and new things. I love new experiences and I have a lot of fun things planned and booked for the near future. The feeling of excitement is one of the best in the world!

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Friday, 16 October 2015

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Monday, 12 October 2015

MY WEEK IN PHOTOS - HALIFAX, LEEDS & BRADFORD┃GRATITUDE DIARY #12


I have spent the past week up north... I have been in Leeds, Halifax and Bradford with my northern monkeys... I spent some time learning how to drive a real life tractor (well dumper haha) and to be completely honest, I was awful ha... I bought these flowers for my friend's nana and they were B-E-A-UTIFUL... Love pink roses... I had a lot of time on my hands to make some tasty dinners and I also had a lot of time to think and get things straight in my mind and I feel A LOT more positive for it - YAY! =)


GRATITUDE DIARY
1. Electric blankets - The temperature has suddenly dropped and I used an electric blanket for the first time in years and - OhMyGoodness - It was the absolute best, so snug, warm and cosy. I actually felt like I was in an incubator. I am a summer baby so I love being warm, when I am warm I can sleep for hours and that's what I did with this electro blanky... Grabbed myself some much-needed sleep with some great dreams which were also much needed. I love my dreams, good or bad, they teach me a lot.
2. I feel so grateful for food lately, so grateful that in this time and age it is easy to avoid meat and animal products and still get all the nutrients you should need somehow. I love having the time on my hands to, to thoroughly shop for the best ingredients and take my time to prepare them and not have to rush eating them so I can really appreciate the food and the flavors. I am a lucky girl to even have that, some people have a terrible relationship with food, not just the obese or anorexics, but even those who eat things and fully regret it afterwards for one reason or another. I love my relationship with food and I love that I am eternally grateful for each bite I receive.
3. I have been loving daytime TV this week LOL. I have become quite partial to an episode of cowboy builders, home renovation shows, and game shows that test your knowledge (LOL - ACTUAL GRANDMA).
4. Every single week I write this, but I really appreciate my friends. I have realised it even more so this week as I haven't been able to see them. I am so lucky to have such an interesting, intelligent kindhearted and fun bunch of friends, all with great sense of humors, open minds and great outlooks. 
5. Sometimes, taking time to note down my gratitude for things reminds me of what I am grateful for when I don't have it. I haven't been able to have a bath since being up north as there is only a shower and it is going to be like that for a while and it has made me realise how much I really do appreciate having a bath. It is so relaxing and I find a bath to be very good for my body and muscles in general. I can't wait to go back to London, visit LUSH and have an AMAZING long, hot, bubbly bath... ahhhhh! =) From this day forth, I shall never take a bath for granted again (not that I ever did to be fair, I have always been grateful for my bathing sessions, especially when I feel sad, they make me realise that nothing is ever that bad, just as bad as your mind determines they be!).


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Tuesday, 6 October 2015

MY WEEK IN PHOTOS - LAST DAY AT WORK, BIKE RIDES & IMPORTANT BOOK!┃GRATITUDE DIARY #11

My last day at work was simply lovely (emotional, but lovely, everyone was so kind and sweet and I have never been so flattered in my life)... My lovely uncle made a few tasty meals this week including this broccoli bake... I have started reading this book and so far, so good! Me and my beautiful girlie went on a nice bike ride and had a work-out in the park and finally, it was my sister's baby shower this week and I bought her a bunch of eco-baby products (Blog post to follow).


GRATITUDE DIARY
1. Small (and big) acts of kindness. The Universe has really been highlighting how kind people can be to me most recently. The other day I had a stomach ache and a customer noticed, ten minutes later she came back with a pack of mints as she thought the peppermint could help. Another customer and I had a conversation about glass water bottles and how they are so much better for you; a few days later she came in with a glass bottle of my favourite water (VOSS) just for me. Everyone at work was so lovely too, my dear friend Cath bought me a crystal because she said it reminded her of me as I light up the room and brighten up the place. The other girls gave me a lovely card and we had a group cuddle and my lovely boss took me aside to tell me what he thought of me and give me a nice departure gift. It was so nice to hear that people had seen the good in me and I will miss them all so much. I pledge to do something nice for others every single day. Even if it is just being a friend to someone, complimenting someone on their style or doing someone a small favor. I love the rippling effect being kind has on others. When you do something good for another, it has a chain reaction and continues and makes a small portion of this big world a little bit nicer :-) ...Way forward!
2. I have a new love for lazy days. I have spent the past two days snuggled on the sofa, watching my fave programs, drinking tea, eating chocolate and reading my book. Life has been so busy for the past year and it really is nice to just sit back and chill for a bit!
3. I have been loving smoothies. My new personal favorite is spinach, banana, coconut water and Spirulina. Spinach provides a great source of iron, vitamin A and C. Bananas are a great source of potassium and vitamin B-6. Coconut water is a great source of potassium and finally, Spirulina is high in protein, calcium, iron and B12. As I don't eat meat or drink cows milk, Spirulina is a new 'must' in my diet to replace any nutrients I don't get as I don't eat meat. (WARNING- It takes a while to get used to, at first it tastes like you are licking a sea wall).
4. I love phone calls with my Daddy. He is such a cutie and I miss him a lot. I am going to see him in a few weeks which is exciting... 
5. I feel so blessed to have the amazing friends I do. All of them as intelligent and funny as the other. Makes me feel less lonely in this big wide world =) ...One of my lovely chums is always at the other end of whatsapp or the phone line and it makes me super trooper happy! 


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