Happiness

Celebrating International Women’s Day

It’s international woman’s day and I feel it’s super important to give it a little bit of acknowledgement. Today is a day to celebrate all things woman from admiring great historical women who changed the world for ever, showing how much you love the woman in your life or even giving each other some extra support and encouragement however you choose to celebrate today make it your own. Do something that makes you feel empowered, strong and amazing. Take a moment out of your day to celebrate the most important thing in the world…YOU!

Empowered women, Empower women

In honour of international women’s day I decided that one of the things I wanted to do today was to take sometime out of the day to sit and reflect about how incredible I am. Now I dont want this to come across big headed or cocky but I think one of the most amazing all be it at times the most difficult thing you can do, is celebrate what you love about yourself and everything that makes you feel amazing inside.

So with that in mind for today’s post I am going to be sharing with you 10 things I want to celebrate about me!

  1. I love My sense of Humour, I get it from my dad and grandad and although at times it has got me in trouble, I love it!
  2. I adore being a guide leader, I love watching the girls become young women, with their own personalities and big ideas.
  3. I am so proud of myself for overcoming a patch of terrible mental health. I feel so much stronger than I ever did and I am sure this is down to this.
  4. My passion for my blog can’t be ignored, I am so proud of my achievements and never imagined it would be where is is today. I have worked so hard and it’s definitely starting to shine through!
  5. It’s took time but I am starting to feel comfortable being me, don’t get me wrong there are some days where I want to changeable few things but all in all I am happy with what I see in the mirror.
  6. I have a plan. I love that I have a plan for the future. I love the way my future is looking to be and can’t wait for it. The future used to scare me a little so now knowing I have a plan makes me feel so much more at ease and now I can’t wait for it all to unravel. Off course I expect for things not to go according to plan but I am ready for those challenges.
  7. I enjoy being unique. I am the complete opposite of a “stereotypical” 20 year old, I don’t have huge circles of friends that I go partying weekly with or anything. My social calendar is pretty much non existent and I love that. I feel so happy that I can devote all my time to guiding,work,blogging and Liam. This suits me so much and I love it, I am so content and happy with how this has all happened for me.
  8. Becoming the “perfect housewife” has always been something I long to achieve. And I am finally getting there. Although me and Liam both work, he works much longer shifts than me and hardly has days off. That’s why I have took on the role of the cleaning and cooking and life organising. I love doing this and I love how hard I work to become the best I possibly can be.
  9. I love how I get excited over everything and anything. I find excitement in my everyday life and This always makes me so happy. Find excitement in everything you do was something I read a few years ago and it stuck and once you start doing it it’s catching and you can’t stop!
  10. Watching Liam’s nieces and nephew grow up has been such an honour and to be part of their life is amazing and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Spending time with them is so precious to me and hearing them laugh makes the tough days I go through disappear. They bring me such joy and they always encourage me to see the positive in everything. They have helped me smile on even the hardest of days and for that I will forever be grateful. They have taught me so much and have definitely shaped who I am today.

Okay I know number 10 wasn’t exactly something I love about myself but it felt kind of fitting to include it. I would love for you to comment something’s you want to celebrate about yourself or how you are celebrating international women’s day. I Would love the comments to be a sea filled with so much self love!

Cheerio For Now,

Fern xx

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26157479_199145647305656_2075757303314776064_n.jpgHello! My name is Yasmin, I’m a university student and a fellow blogger and the amazing Fernie kindly asked me to guest post on her blog! This is a lovely opportunity, and I’m very excited about this post! I will be talking about one of the hardest journeys most of us face in our lives, reaching a point where we can truly say we love ourselves, inside and out.

I will be sharing some tips I believe can truly help you reach a place of self happiness, whatever that means to you…

#1 Do one nice thing for yourself daily – This could be taking a walk, making your favourite drink, or allowing yourself half an hour to indulge in a good book. Whatever it is, do it and don’t feel guilty about it! We must treat ourselves well, we work so hard sometimes we just need a break.

#2 Forgiveness – This can be difficult, but moving on from your mistakes and viewing them as a learning curve and not just a complete disaster can be a huge help.

#3 Stop comparing yourself – Comparing your looks, traits, strengths, and weaknesses to other people’s will not help you feel better about yourself. Our uniqueness is what makes us different from all those people, and why all your friends and family love you.

#4 Cut toxic habits and relationships – People and activities that bring you down do nothing for your self love. Cut the people and things from your life that don’t bring you joy, happiness and peace.

#5 Self care ritual – It’s so important we slow down every now and then to take time for ourselves to relax. I love to have a shower, put on a face mask and paint my nails and toes as my little self care routine, it really does help you feel great about yourself!

#6 Notice the beauty around you – Take a moment the next time you step outside your door and appreciate all the beautiful things that surround you. There is beauty everywhere, and loving your environment and surroundings can help you learn to love yourself.

#7 Track your success – Keeping track of all the things you accomplish can be a great way to show yourself that yes, you can do things and you are amazing! It’s a great little book to keep and look back on when you’re not feeling too brilliant, it helps to reiterate all the reasons you’re needed and appreciated.

#8 Meditation – Regularly practising meditation can be immensely helpful. It helps you destress and be happy with yourself. There are plenty of free youtube videos demonstrating guided meditation practises, why not give one a try!

#9 Exercise in a way you enjoy – We all know the benefits regularly exercising can bring, but it doesn’t have to be a painful process you dread every day. Find a form of exercise you enjoy. This could be running, yoga, the gym, a team/individual sport, or even dancing! Find something that suits your mindset and your body will thank you!

#10 Get out there and own the world! – Enjoy your life, accept your mistakes and move on to a brighter place, live in appreciation of all the good people and things that surround you, focus on the positive, don’t neglect yourself and most importantly, love who you are!

I hope you enjoyed this post, and thanks again to Fernie for giving me the opportunity to write it! Lots of love to everyone!

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My Happiness Guide

Many people always ask me how I continue to be so happy and bubbly all the time, I really feel like happiness is the key to a fulfilling life and that is why I go above and beyond everyday to ensure I am doing everything possible for me to remain my happy and bubbly self.

“Happiness is not out there it lives in you”

❤ Here is my happiness guide ❤

Surround Your Self In Happy

happy 4I always find I am my most happy when I am surrounded by happiness, this is why I try very hard (although not always possible) to surround my self in people and objects that make me feel happy as often as I can. I make sure the people I am around the majority of the time feel my life with happiness and if they are not making me feel happy look for happiness elsewhere. I often find that if I am unable to find happiness with other people I will take my self somewhere where I feel calm. This is usually my bedroom here are my little trinkets and my laptop and my bed all these things make me feel extremely calm and happy. 

Do More Of What Makes You Happy

Personally there is nothing that makes me feel happier than retail therapy and taking time to pamper myself. these are my go to pick me ups for those days I need a happiness boost. Finding a handful of things that you know will put a smile on your face can work wonders for your mood. I enjoy planning time out of my busy days for these activities, I look forward to them all day or week or in some cases longer planning what shops to look at or what new products to try. The more planning I make for these activities the more happiness I find when I am actually doing them. I keep this feeling with me for as long as possible trying not think about anything other than the present. By doing something that makes you happy more often you are guaranteed to start feeling happy for longer.

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Find Happiness In Everything

I think this is the most important of them all. I feel this is something I need to remind my self at least a couple of times a day, There is always something to be happy about, sometimes it may only feel like a tiny thing you can think off but sometimes that is enough to get you buy till something else comes along that has a more obvious happy outcome. for example sometimes when I am at work I can not wait to get home and into happy 2my bed, when I feel like this is find it very hard to find the positive and the happy about being at work, I try so hard in these situations to think of all the lovely things I have been able to do with the money I have earned working, I think of the things that I want to buy on my next shopping trip and then I think of all the good times I have had at work. If anyone has ever watched the film Polyanna you will know exactly how good this happiness game can be, and if you have not watched the film Polyanna you NEED to right now haha! 

I hope I help someone reading this to live a more happy life, that would mean so much to me! If you have any other tips on how to remain happy please leave them below I would love to hear them! 

Cheerio For Now,

Fern xx

 

Happiness

Feeling Fabulous!

One of my favourite things to do is pamper my soul and body. I absolutely love it! i have my self a pamper evening at least once a week. I love the way it makes me feel like a sophisticated well put together woman, you know the ones that appear to have everything  in control and never a hair out of place. that’s why I love taking time out of a busy day to recharge my batteries and to reinvent myself even if it is just for a few minuets (it never lasts) I feel its so important to have this time for ourselves as it does wonders for our mental and physical health. and that’s a good enough reason for me! read on for my Top 5 ways to pamper the mind and body…

Tidy Spaces

I feel this is the most important thing to remember when having a pamper session. before I start my pampering I always ensure the bathroom and bedroom are as clutter free and as tidy as possible. This always helps me to relax and it makes things so much easier. you don’t want to get out of a glorious bubble bath with the intention of slobbing out in bed if there is washing that needs to be put away on the bed or course work that needs to be done all over the bed. Sometimes this takes a little bit of time preparing the room for ultimate relaxation but oh boy its important.

tidySo we now have our tidy room, you may of put on  clean bed sheets  and put on the fairy lights, I would highly recommend you do this, if anything its essential that you do this. Your almost ready to get pampering but first you need to make sure that all your jobs for the day have been done. ensuring all your to do lists for the day have been ticked off by doing this your ensuring you mind is as tidy as possible. Make your pamper session the last thing you have to do for the day, there is nothing worse than feeling oh so relaxed and calm to remember the washing up needs doing or you need to go the shops, get all your jobs done first.

Bath Time

So now we are ready to turn on those taps, fill the bath with far to many bubbles and possibly flood the bathroom floor with them, am I the only one that manages this? its time to gather all your favourite lotions and potions use the ones you were saving for a special occasion because this IS a special occasion! bathDuring this time I usually find my self trying to de- hair my body! I feel this is my secret of feeling like a put together woman, with silky smooth legs,  well trimmed eye brows and my lady garden well pruned I feel 2 stone lighter. but of course if this is not for you do what ever you please do what you feel happy and confident doing, do whatever makes you happy, thats the key for a good pamper session doing what makes you feel the happiest you possibly can in that period of time.

I take the time to brush conditioner through my hair and whack on a good hair mask as well, I love the Toni and Guy ones there smashing. I would love some new ones to try so let me know your favourite hair masks! to keep my hair feeling as clean as possible I make sure I rinse all the hair gloop of using fresh water from the shower head, I find using the dirty bath water completely defeats the object of washing my hair all nice and for some reason it took me years to work this out. please tell me this is normal?

Finally I’m out the bath I have washed every part of my body and I’m feeling fresh. before I leave the bathroom and the bubbles on the floor oops :/ I will moisturize my soapbody I will either use a body butter or lotion my favourites must be Soap And Glory sugar crush body butter or the Vaseline intensive care advanced repair lotion. Sometimes when I’m feeling like really going for it I will even  fake tan. I leave the bathroom feeling a brand new woman, I’m silky smooth moisturised and glowing like a goddess. what’s there not to love!

Hands And Feet

Often our hands and feet are neglected, they are used so often and i will always give them some extra loving during a pamper session. I start of my cutting my nails I hate doing this so its quite a chore but my feet and hands do thank me for it. I choose a nail varnish and I paint my toes and finger nails the same. For me wearing matching nail varnish is the cheery on the cake fro feeling a well put together sophisticated woman. I usually choose a nice red or pink shade. I like to think there classy colours. I finish of with some more lotions, I enjoy using the Laura Ashley hand crèmes for my fingers and love the Soap And Glory heal genius for my totsies.

Choosing The Right Outfit

Now our body’s are all clean and creamed, its time to pick out an outfit for the rest of the evening or day depending when your pampering commenced. I personally love going for shorts and t-shirts in the summer especially loving my lion king ones from Primark there adorable or I enjoy feeling classy in a frilly nightie also from Primark. Basically in the summer I want wear something that’s light and comfy. However when it turns colder it a whole new ball game. pjsI love love love! wearing fluffy socks and the fluffiest pyjamas you could possibly imagine. I love the Matalan ones at Christmas there as fluffy as a onesie but as a jumper and trousers I like to call them twosies. see what I did there? basically to summarise outfit picking you need to feel comfy so if you feel comfiest stark bollock naked you go for it sunshine! embrace the nudity haha!

 

Telly And Snacks

Now this a topic I could take about for hours but I’m aware this is getting rather long so ill try and keep this short. After your finished pampering for me its always time for telly and snacks. My telly of choice would either be made in Chelsea box sets, YouTube or whacking on a film. In my opinions what ever is on that screen is fine, as I said earlier if it makes you happy go for it. if watching re runs of kids telly makes you happy go for it. this sections is completely  your choice. I’m kind like that haha…

Finally Snacks! to me there is nothing in life that makes me happier that eating food. I feel here you have a few options you could treat your body to some vitamins and nutrients and go for some fruit or you could do what I would do and eat my body weight in Doritos doughnuts and dolly mixtures. dollywhatever you decide to go for make sure its yummy and you remember NOT to share, them share bags may tell you to share but we all know there not really meant for sharing right?

So that’s it for my pampering tips and tricks. share yours in the comments below!

If you follow me on twitter next time you have a pamper session send me a picture of your favourite product and use the hashtag #bubblesonthefloor and ill follow you back!

Cheerio for now,

fern x

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