Things I'm Going To Do More Of.

2017 life goals blogger

If you read my post on kicking January in the bum, you'll know I've added a couple of steps into my everyday life in a bid to better myself. They've definitely had a positive impact on my mindset, but I've since had a little more time to contemplate and there's still one or two areas I'm keen to do more of...

Take more time out
Last week I opted to book in a few days holiday to give myself a long weekend, and I genuinely can't begin to describe how nice it was. Going to work is never a chore, I thoroughly enjoy my 8:30-5 and I'm lucky enough to say I work alongside an amazing team, but being able to take a little bit of time out, without commuting, or the concern of needing to be anywhere was wonderful. Catching up on sleep, catching up with friends and naturally, a distinct lack of alarms. 

I was also able to spend some quality time with my boyfriend Matt, who, call me biased, but in my humble opinion is pretty much the greatest human you could ever meet. Click here to check out my previous post to see what we got up to when we visited High Force Waterfall! *I also have a few more posts yet to come sharing our ventures from our time off!*

From having just a few days off, I feel so much more refreshed, positive and motivated. Funny how it works, really, but I feel like I'm ready to get back into the swing of things.

Create a blog plan/post more regularly
On the theme of motivation, yus, I've said it a million and one times previously, but I'm set on making a proper blogging plan to keep my little space on the interweb up to scratch. I used to blog pretty much every other day, back in the day, but working full time I can find it a little difficult to keep things regular. After browsing a few different sites for stationary and organisation goodness (how amazing is Kikki.K though?), I'm hoping having a plan in place will work its magic.

Matt also has a blog, and seeing him do his thing, and doing it oh-so well is something I find really encouraging. Having a blogging buddy who shares similar interests seems to make it all the more fun.

Be more positive & cut out unnecessary worrying
I'm a colossal worrier. I can find myself worrying about the smallest of things. But the thing is, 99% of the said things occupying my mind in a negative way, never even come about, which realistically, is a complete and utter waste of time and energy.

I read something recently on Free People and it really put mindset into perspective; ''Many times, people’s negativity comes from one small thought or occurrence and it takes them into a deep, winding spiral. Imagine your mind is like the ocean: the deeper you get into the negative thinking patterns, the darker it gets.''. The FP blog is filled with plenty more wisdom like the above, but that particular paragraph really made me stop and think.

The saying, ''worrying is stupid. It's like walking around with an umbrella waiting for it to rain.'' is also another good'n to consider.

I think part of thinking more positively is not allowing yourself to take things for granted. I'm incredibly fortunate in life. I have my health, I'm surrounded by people that love and support me and I live in a safe (and beautiful) area.

If my Mum ever recalls an occasion from when I was a child, or looks at old photos, she always talks about how I always always had a smile on my face. I was the giddy one (with too much energy for my own good). I think I can say I'm still the same person now, only on a toned down level and with a whole lot less energy, but unless something really major occurs, I want to try and start thinking with the same upbeat mentality as I did back then. Sounds crazy, as 'adulting', but in the sense that, if it isn't going to be on my mind or affect me in a years time, it doesn't deserve more than a few minutes thought (y'know, just to give myself a lil bit of time to be a moody so and so). Instead I want to swap that time to thinking more positive thoughts.


''No one ever injured their eyesight by looking on the bright side''


One thing I'm itching to do more of in the coming months, is explore. It doesn't have to be far away, or in a foreign land, just visiting new places brings me all kinds of joy. As you'll see in my next few posts (and over on Instagram), I definitely tried to make the most of my days off, with me and Matt venturing to a fair few different locations. We're set to head to Edinburgh and the Lakes later in the year and I have to say, the excitement is real!

Is there anything you're wanting to do more of? I'd love to know your thoughts and tips on the likes of mindfulness and organisation!

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Taking 5 (Days Holiday).

I know I'm definitely not alone in thinking how incredibly important it is to sometimes take a step back from everyday life and relax. With Christmas seeming like a distant memory (8 weeks ago, in fact; how even?) last week I decided to book in a few days holiday at work and have a nice long weekend.

Matt also had the same grand idea, and with him sharing a love of the outdoors, we decided to spend a few days exploring. 

I'm going to refrain from uploading the entire catalogue of images I collated over the weekend (there's a fair few!) so I'll stick to mentioning the first destination we headed to, High Force

Just beyond the gorgeous town that is Barnard Castle, High Force waterfall is set in the most stunning location. I'll let the pictures do the talkin', but think trees, fields and all that good country stuff. 

I'd visited the waterfall once before, as a child, so frankly my memories of the place were pretty non-existent, but I'm so pleased I made the journey back as it is definitely a major treat for the eyes. It genuinely blows my mind that it's free (minus parking) to view this kind of thing, and even more so the fact that it's fairly local.

A little while back you were actually able to reach the top of the fall, however it's since been gated off to the public. Despite this, the views are still incredible! With steps down to the base, you can get pretty close up, which I would highly recommend doing. If you're keen, it might be worth checking the opening days and times, as access isn't given out of hours. 

Also, quick sidenote: no, we weren't rocking matching hoodies... Matt very kindly had an outfit change and lent me his hooded attire when things got a little chilly. 

Post-4pm and it was still light outside? Is this signs of Spring? I sure hope so.

As I mentioned, High Force is within arms reach of Barnard Castle, so we also had a brief browse of the town on our venture out. Though the castle itself was closed, you can still get a pretty good view externally which we definitely made the most of. But not before I got Matt to strike a pose or two, naturally. 

I would 100% recommend a visit to the area should you ever get the chance. There are a couple of great walks surrounding High Force which I am itching to do, especially now we're seeing a little more of the sunshine lately.

Not that I'm biased, but you should also head over to Matt's blog to read up on his thoughts on the day! You could say he's a bit of a whizz with the camera.

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Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder - Is It Really Worth The Hype?

It's a funny one, powder. Getting the balance between cakey overload and 'this does absolutely nothing',  can prove to be a bit of a struggle. In my personal experience, having skin that's on the drier side of things,  99% of the magical makeup prolongers I've tried don't quite give me the results I'm looking for.

But I think the hunt is over. Finally, a powder that's finely milled but does the job, and does it well. Enter the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. I mean, with all the hype it receives, why didn't I think of snapping up this baby earlier?

Described as ''an extremely lightweight, sheer and silky setting powder'', its oil-free, light-reflecting formula can be applied in a number of ways without any concern over it highlighting fine lines or imperfections. 

Laura Mercier recommend purchasing the accompanying powder puff from the range, however I find using a big fluffy brush allows for a little more control when it comes to the application process. I've also seen the product team up with a damp beauty blender for a lighter coverage under the eye area, so it's pretty diverse!

Whilst the powder may have a price tag of £29, a little seriously goes a long way. I can see this lasting me a good few years, so frankly, when you consider the quality, it's undoubtedly worth it.

But the killer question... does it set your makeup in place for the long-haul? In short, yes.

On a day-to-day basis, I apply my makeup at around 6:30am, and at the earliest, return home at 6pm, so a fair amount of time. Obviously by that point my makeup's not looking quite as fresh, but all in all, it's a lot more evident than it would be without the powder in place.

You can definitely top-up throughout the day should you wish, but it would probably be a little more well received on those with oilier skin types, as I find I can start to look a little too matte.

Another serious perk of the product happens to be the fact that it's translucent. So no matter your skintone, it'll blend perfectly all year round!

If you're in the market for a new setting powder (or like me, struggle due to dry skin), I would highly recommend snapping up a pot for yourself!

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