5 New Habits That Genuinely Changed My Life!

Surely it can’t only be me who is wondering where this year has gone? We’re somehow only 3 months away from 2021!

Looking back on this year, it’s been an unusual one for us all, but this post is not going to be focusing on all of that – instead, I’ll be sharing 5 new habits I started doing this year that have genuinely had a huge positive impact on my life. (Feel free to share yours in the comments below too!)

Gratitude Journalling

When I was younger, I used to write lots of diaries. Sometimes I find them in the depths of my cupboard and cringe at all the things I used to say, but journalling is always something that has been cathartic for me. It’s a release.

However, this year I started journalling with a different approach in mind. Instead of writing down everything I was feeling (positives, negatives, the lot), I only wrote down what went well. Every night I do this same routine, writing down 3 things that went well, and reframing one negative situation into a positive. As much as writing a diary is cathartic, journalling with positive words helps reinforce that positivity, rather than dwell on bad events. I am convinced it has helped me stay positive and strong, even through difficult moments, and I’m excited to look back on it in December and see all the amazing things that happened this year!

Phone on Airplane Mode Before Bed

This is a very specific habit I’ve started this year but one that has helped my sleep hugely. I’ve always been a classic overthinker, especially at night, but I never really realised until this year how much blue light, from phone and TV screens, was exacerbating this.

My routine is to now put my phone on airplane mode at least an hour before bed, giving me time to really think about my day, how I’m feeling, and read a good book. I think in a world full of so much noise, we often drown ourselves out. This is my moment to try and reclaim that back.

Reframing Negative Thoughts

I feel like this is one topic I’ve covered in a lot of my blog posts this year, and there’s a reason for that! It’s because it’s the most effective way to get out of a negative slump.

None of us have positive brains 24/7 – that is just unrealistic. However, we can try to change those negative thoughts when they start creeping in. We can do this by rationalising any unnecessary thoughts or changing our focus onto something else. It’s not easy, and I still have moments where I struggle with it, but once you know it’s achievable, it really can help with the most difficult of situations.

Writing a To-Do List

Not only is writing lists super productive (and fun – if you’re like me), but it is genuinely the best way to stay on top of everything that needs to be done. Since the beginning of this year, even on the days when I was in lockdown and had nothing scheduled, I would write a list of what I was going to do that day. And it helped me stay sane. It gave me a purpose.

Lists don’t have to be boring. Write with a colourful pen. Buy yourself a beautiful notebook. Jot down fun things you want to do that day, like watching your favourite show or seeing a friend. A list can be full of anything you want it to be. It’s a nice reminder that you have autonomy in the world.

Reading Before Bed

I’ve always been an avid reader – ever since I was a child. Entering new worlds and understanding new perspectives has always been interesting to me. However, on the road of education, it’s unsurprising that I lost my passion for reading a bit.

It was only at the start of this year that I started reading regularly again. Books for fun weren’t just for the holidays, but something I could read everyday. And the way I managed to do this was by reading before bed.

It’s funny looking back, because in hindsight it’s so obvious, but at the time, I didn’t realise that all this TV I was watching was eating up my reading time. Now, I do both, and I love having the variety. I’m finally making my way through my overflowing bookcase!

Have you taken up a new habit that has genuinely changed your life?

I’d love to know – please share in the comments below!


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I Asked 17 People What Happiness Means to Them…

A while ago, I was on Instagram and I was inspired by a post that said “Happiness is…” – I turned to my Mum and asked her what her answer would be, and found that it was completely different to my own. Whilst I answered with an abstract definition, my Mum answered with a real-life concrete example. It made me wonder what everyone else would make of this question.

So, on my quest to figure out different people’s thinking processes, I asked people I know to answer the question too, with the first thought that popped into their head!

At first, I thought about the Myers Briggs personality type – would intuitives be more likely to reply with an abstract answer, and sensors with an example grounded in real life? However, I found there wasn’t a pattern at all, and both overlapped one another.

I found it so interesting listening to everybody’s answers and I think it’s also a great way of learning more about others and the way that they think. So, here is a list of all the answers I received!

I hope it brings a little more happiness to your day!


Happiness is when you are accepting and at peace with yourself and the world around you.

Happiness is walking in nature.

Happiness is being content with what you have in this world and being the best version of yourself.

Happiness is pets.

Happiness is peace.

Happiness is good.

Happiness is to forget about the world and just concentrate on dancing, creating art with the flow of your body to music.

Happiness is travel.

Happiness is freedom and laughter, being lost in a moment where all you feel and all you are is in the present moment.

Happiness is hope.

Happiness is spending time with friends and family and being grateful for what you have.

Happiness is a choice.

Happiness is feeling loved, feeling like you have enough and are enough.

Happiness is when you find beauty in the simple things of life, when you put love of nature before your own desires.

Happiness is seeing your children happy.

Happiness is contentment, a treasure buried inside of you, waiting to be found within.

Happiness is hugs.

Happiness is happiness.


I hope you found it interesting reading everyone’s answers!

I’d love to make this into a series with more fill-in-the-gap questions, so let me know if you’d be interested in reading this kind of post again, or feel free to suggest future questions!

And don’t forget to leave your own definition of happiness in the comments below – I’d love to hear it!


How to Naturally Increase Your Energy Levels!

When I think back to my life a year ago from now, I was at my lowest ever energy level. I was struggling with extreme fatigue and it worried me that I couldn’t get things done because I didn’t have the energy to do it.

Skip forward to now, I feel the complete opposite. This is the most energetic I’ve ever felt, and it means I can really live life to the full because I feel fully alive in my body.

Reaching and maintaining a high energy level is difficult – sometimes the things we have to do to get there aren’t naturally what we want to do. But it is also very important for our health and wellbeing. So I’m going to be sharing some tips on how to naturally increase your energy levels, based on my own personal experiences.

I hope this will help some of you out there!

Stop Overthinking

Impossible, I hear you say. How can you stop your own thoughts?

Trust me, I used to feel the same way.

Turns out, we can change the way we interact with our thoughts. If you really think about it, when you are overthinking something of the past, or something that might happen in the future, your brain is working. You are placing concentration and emotion onto something that isn’t happening, and surely that’s a waste of energy? Couldn’t you use that energy on something else?

Stopping overthinking is all about reframing and replacing negative thoughts into positive ones and shutting off the overthinking before it spins out of control. Once we have done this, we can truly let go of all the emotions that come with that.

Identify Food Intolerances

Over the last month or so, I’ve been doing a little experiment: I’ve given up cow’s milk. Random? Yes. Crazy? You might think so. But it’s completely changed my life.

I find it so interesting how most of us go about our daily lives eating food without really thinking much about what it does to our bodies. I’ve always drank milk so I don’t think about it. However, when my Mum gave up milk, I wondered if perhaps it was causing chaos inside my body too.

Ever since I’ve given it up, the tight throat and fatigue I used to get upon working has reduced significantly. At first, I was completely blown away (and to be honest, I still am!), but I realised that this whole time I was intolerant to something that was causing a lot of stress inside my body.

So, sometimes it’s good to check in with your eating habits and see if anything could be going wrong there. If the body is clogged up with food it doesn’t like, it’s no wonder it’s going to feel tired.

Create a Consistent Sleeping Routine

I think there are a number of factors which tie into this one, but consistency is absolutely the key to making sure your body knows exactly when to be alert and when to fall into sleep.

These are my favourite tips:

  • Go to bed and wake up at the same time (even on the weekends) – our bodies naturally catch up on lost sleep by sleeping deeper, so, contrary to what we might think, we don’t actually need to sleep for longer!
  • Expose yourself to daylight as soon as you wake up – as tempting as it is to lie in the dark, this only makes us feel more groggy
  • Turn off your phone (or put on airplane mode) at least an hour before bed – the blue light from screens tells our bodies it’s daytime and will likely affect how easily and how deeply we sleep, decreasing our energy
  • Write a gratitude journal before bed – Whilst this doesn’t directly affect energy levels, it increases our overall satisfaction in life and the happier we are, the more energy we have!

Save the image below to remind yourself to keep your energy levels up!

There are many more natural methods of increasing energy levels, such as exercising and eating healthily, but I wanted to talk about the ones that are often overlooked and not talked about enough.

I hope this list provides you with some interesting insight into the changes you could make in your own life to boost your energy levels.

Let me know in the comments below if you’d like to try any of these tips, or if you already do them!

I’d love to know what you all think!


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Q&A – Favourite Crisp, Aliens, Blog Advice + Book/Music Talk!

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about reaching 1000 followers! I asked you to ask me questions and I loved the ones you came up with! So thank you to everyone who participated. Here are my answers! (in a post that turned out much longer than I expected)

 

Blogging-Related Questions

 

What made you want to start blogging?

I started blogging back in May 2016 when my friend Lia was telling me about her own blog. I’d never considered blogging before, but it sounded like fun! I created one not thinking much of it; it was simply a place to speak my mind, share my thoughts, be undoubtedly myself. It was a time where I didn’t really feel as confident in my skin, so blogging was a way for me to practice being open about how I feel. Skip a few years later, and it became something more consistent, something I continue to do because I love, but that compliments who I am in real life as a person, rather than replacing it.

 

What’s the vision for your blog or are you just having fun?

It may sound strange, but I never really had a vision for this blog in the first place. I started it as a hobby with no intention of it accumulating lots of views and visitors. It’s always been something I’ve enjoyed doing for fun, because I love writing about subjects I’m genuinely passionate about and chatting to other people who are like-minded.

I’m not sure if I have a vision for where it could go from now. Sometimes I think about what it would be like to grow it further, buy my own domain and monetise the site. However, I’m in no rush to do this. I only want to make that jump when I feel like I’m ready, and that it will be worth the investment.

Nevertheless, I do see my purpose of this blog as a place where I can share meaningful experiences that will help others in their journey of self-development, or to feel understood. So I like to think that’s my vision in some respect, that I can inspire others to make positive changes in their lives.

 

What advice would you give to someone to get more followers and views on their blog?

My top advice would be to interact as much as possible! This is what I did at the beginning of my blogging journey, without realising how impactful it could be. I was always reading other’s posts, liking, leaving comments. It’s how you get yourself out there.

I would also recommend giving social media a try. Since I made an instagram and twitter for my blog, I’ve gained a lot more views and followers – not only through promoting posts, but interacting with other bloggers and diving more into the blogging community. It isn’t for everyone, but it’s a worth a try!

 

What blog post(s) are you most proud of writing?

This is such a difficult question, because I think most of my posts have a puzzle piece of myself within them. However, I think I am most proud of What is a Fixed vs Growth Mindset? because I feel like adopting a growth mindset completely changed my life. I would have never written a post like this when I first started my blog, so it makes me proud to think that I’ve come a long way since then, and that now I can share positive posts that will hopefully inspire you all to do the same.

 

Fun Questions

 

Would you rather live underground or in the sky?

This is a difficult one, because I’m not good with heights, but I also hate the claustrophobic idea of living in small places underground. However, I will have to go with underground, because who said you couldn’t build a super fancy tunnel and a whole city down there?

 

What is your favourite type of butterfly?

I don’t really know all the specific names of butterflies, however I saw one recently that was particularly beautiful and when I looked it up, found out it was the Peacock Butterfly.

 

Would you rather have 376 legs or 376 arms?

Well, doesn’t this sound exciting 😂 I’m going to go with 376 arms because I have a vision in my mind of cooking up lots of meals at 1000x speed and I think that would be pretty cool!

 

Favourite type of crisp?

I don’t eat crisps as much as I used to, but when I do I really love Salt and Vinegar (particularly Pringles)

 

Favourite way to eat potatoes?

Every way! No, but really, I feel like potatoes are good in any form. I do love mash though. Mash is great. With cheese also. And chicken kiev. But that’s not the question.

 

Interesting Questions

 

What would be your dream house?

My dream house would be a balance between big and small – enough space to store all my books, but small enough to feel cosy and homely. I would love to have bookshelves up to the ceiling, a big kitchen for cooking, and a cosy lounge with a large TV for watching films. It would ideally be nearby to nature, so I could go on long walks, but not too far from a town so there are also things to do!

 

What is your favourite song and why? (Or favourite artist if one song is tricky)

I find it almost impossible to pick a favourite song, but even a favourite artist is a tricky one too. My music taste is very varied so it’s all dependent on my mood. However, one of my favourite artists has to be the singer-songwriter Orla Gartland. Her music is super cool, she sings with a lot of passion, and she cares a lot about her fans. Hoping to see her in concert at some point in the future!

Also, I have to put this out there, I’m loving Taylor Swift’s new album Folklore. If you haven’t listened yet (regardless of whether you’re a fan or not), I recommend you do!

 

What is your favourite book and why?

Again, a very tough question, because a lot of different books have affected my life in a lot of different ways. However, in classic “me” style, I’m going to recommend The Humans by Matt Haig yet again, just because it’s such a unique book with a very interesting reflection on what it means to be human. But also Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom – that book is absolutely life changing I genuinely believe everyone should read it at some point in their life.

 

What project are you most hoping to finish this year?

During lockdown, I wrote the first draft of my first novel and I would love to be able to finish the editing process of this by the end of this year!

 

What language would you like to speak fluently?

This is a tricky one – I think Spanish would be widely beneficial, but I learnt German for GCSE and really enjoyed it, so would love to be able to speak it fluently.

 

Deep Questions

 

Do you think existence is an illusion and that none of us actually exist?

I don’t think anything can be entirely ruled out – and we shouldn’t rule anything out because it limits us – but I do hope that we are real. However, I also think that, even if we’re not real, does it matter? If we can still live happy lives and feel like we’re purposeful, then it shouldn’t matter if we are non-existent creatures. I suppose it links to Descartes popular phrase: I think, therefore I am. We feel alive, so isn’t that all that matters?

 

Do you think aliens are watching us?

I’m unsure about this one. I’ve always been the kind of person to have neutral stances on religion, extra-terrestial creatures and the like, because I don’t like to believe or rule anything out until I’ve seen it in the flesh. Alien life could exist, but what makes it alien life and not another form of human or animal? I think we alienate what we don’t understand, but it doesn’t mean it can’t become familiar and become part of our world. I reckon there’s definitely something out there, but what it is, I don’t know. One day we will perhaps find out.

 

Who are you, really?

Who is anyone, really? No, I’m joking, but there is some truth to it. I don’t think you can ever fully know anyone. We can’t enter anyone else’s mind. So who am I really? I guess you’ll never know…

 

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Thanks again to everyone who sent me questions! I really enjoyed answering them. I hope this gives a little more insight into my blogging journey and who I am behind the blog!

What was your favourite answer?

Do you agree with me on any topics?

Let me know in the comments below!

 

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What is the Law of Attraction and How Can it Change Your Life?

Over the past few weeks I have been reading the book The Secret. For those of you who don’t know, it is a book filled with quotes and stories rooted in the law of attraction. It is so inspiring and has so much wisdom and insight into how we can go about changing our lives.

An overview of the law of attraction:

  • Whatever your mind focuses on most is what you attract in your life (e.g. if you spend time thinking about bad memories and negative thoughts, you will attract more of this, and vice versa)
  • The law of attraction is about taking responsibility for your life – no longer seeing yourself as a “victim” but as someone with enough power to change your circumstances 
  • Removing any “limitations” from your mind – instead of saying “I can’t” saying “I can” – there is no limit to what you can achieve 

 

I find the law of attraction super interesting because it is fuelled by energy, and the belief that we are all made up of energy. We give off positive and negative energies when we interact with others and this can change the way we receive things in return. 

When you think of times of struggle in your life, it’s so easy to focus on what you can’t do and what is causing your pain, but this only makes the pain worse.  I’ve found in my own life that when I started to focus on good and positive and healthy changes I could make, that the bad and negative and unhealthy thoughts went away, because I was actively striving to be better, not dwelling on everything I already was. This is the basis of the law of attraction in action.

The problem is that if you think negative thoughts 24/7, it comes as no surprise that everything in life is seen through a negative lens – your brain doesn’t know how else to function, because that’s all you’ve ever told it to do. However, if you try to focus on what you want (to be happy, to make friends, to get a job), then your brain is tuning in to positive thoughts and you are unconsciously seeking positivity wherever you go. 

You don’t have to already have all these perfect things (happiness, stability, independence) to become these things. You just have to think about having them in the future, to let yourself feel what it is like every moment of your life, until you retrieve it. If you can feel it as real, the universe will make it real. 

 

How do you Reframe Negative Thoughts?

One of the best ways to put the law of attraction into action is to start reframing all your negative thoughts. This way you can change your mindset to one of predominantly positive thinking and attract positive people and events as a result.

Perhaps your internal dialogue looks something like this:

I’m feeling so sad. I am alone. No one understands me.

Try changing it to:

I will be happy and I deserve to be happy. I will connect with people, accept myself as I am, and I will be understood. 

You can even change it so that it becomes a “fact” in the present moment:

I am happy and I deserve to be happy. I connect with people, accept myself as I am, and I am understood.

And yes, it’s not quite as easy as that, because you do have to think these thoughts constantly, reframing your negative thoughts until your brain has learnt to ignore them. But, if you keep repeating it, your brain will start believing it, and you will start believing it. And it’s only once you believe it yourself that you can go out and actually make it happen.

 

But “I can’t do this”?

You might be thinking right now: I’m an exception. You might be thinking: I can’t do this because of [insert problem]. And I think this is where the biggest setback takes place. None of us like to think we are at fault for our unhappiness. It’s triggering. We like to blame exterior things in order to push our responsibilities onto something or someone else. Because that’s the easy option, right?

But, stop for a minute and think: What makes you so unique that you can’t do something? What about all the other people who have that same problem and have succeeded? Do you really think that’s an act of pure chance? If they can do it, why can’t you?

It’s easy to let definitions define you. I think I used to do this a lot with anxiety: “I can’t do the presentation because I have anxiety.”

But you know what?

I can.

Many people who struggle with anxiety have done presentations and that’s proof in itself. I don’t have anxiety; I have anxious thoughts, and that can be changed. 

This is the same with anything – any symptom or problem or issue you have is horrible, yes, and it feels horrible, yes, and it does provide some limitation, but it doesn’t make anything impossible. Why can’t you be an exception?

So break down that thought inside of you that thinks you are a limited being with no potential. No one is limited. We all have things that hold us back, but it doesn’t mean becoming happy is impossible (even if it feels like it at that very moment in time).

Notice your thought patterns over the next week. Perhaps jot them down.

Are you focusing more on the good or the bad?

And what is life bringing you in return?

 

The Secret

 

Have you read The Secret?

Do you follow the law of attraction, or want to?

Let me know in the comments below!

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Celebrating 1K Followers! (and a Q&A!)

Over the past week, I have reached 1000 WordPress followers on my blog, which completely astounds me! Four years ago I stepped foot on this platform, not thinking much about what it could become or where I would go, and not knowing that I would still be here many years later and enjoying every second of it.

It’s crazy to think that I’ve reached 1K! I know some of these people may not be here anymore, some may have dipped in and out or never returned, but there’s also a lot of you who have stayed and I really appreciate that. 1000 people at one stage of their life thought this blog meant something and I think that’s pretty cool!

I always wonder what to do when reaching a milestone like this. I normally opt for a Q&A, but I have no idea if that’s something people are interested in! Either way, I enjoy writing answers to random questions, so why not give it another shot?

Drop me a question in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer it!

It can be anything you want it to be. I will share my answers in an upcoming post.

You can find me on social media here:

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What is a Fixed vs Growth Mindset?

The mind is super powerful – more powerful than we often give it credit for. Not only does it allow us to do everything we do in everyday life – speak, walk, make decisions – it also produces thoughts.

The act of thinking is something that comes naturally to all of us. None of us have to think about thinking. It just happens. Or does it?

Turns out, thinking about thinking is probably one of the greatest things you could ever do. Taking time to stop and think: what am I really thinking? And why am I thinking this? And is this productive to who I want to be as a person?

The truth is that thoughts can seem like the truth, but they’re not. They’re not really real. The trouble is that a lot of humans fall into the trap of believing their thoughts define who they are, whilst the others have learnt that thoughts can be changed and overcome.

This is where the fixed vs growth mindset begins.

 

Definition of Fixed Mindset = 

This person often believes that the way they are – their thought patterns and behaviours – cannot be changed. They may see things as “impossible” or use the phrase “I can’t do this”. People with this mindset are often stuck in their ways, won’t accept the idea that a better version of themselves, or a better version of their life, can exist. They might think they will be and feel the same forever, and they often have negative self-talk.

 

Definition of Growth Mindset =

This person acknowledges that whatever is in the mind is a construct. Beliefs can be changed and new thought patterns formed. People with this mindset are often willing to change and learn new things. They are welcome to criticism – it gives them a chance to work towards being a better person – and they see everything as a learning opportunity (even things that are negative/bad). They often have (or actively try to) have positive self-talk.

 

My Story

I think everyone experiences a fixed mindset at some point in their life. We all have times when we feel stuck, as if the world is out to get us, as if we really believe nothing better can happen. However, it is also these experiences that can drive us into growth.

For the first nineteen or twenty years of my life, I believe I had a fixed mindset (I’m currently twenty one), but especially in the last four of those years. I saw the struggles I had as this overwhelming thing that meant I could never do this and I could never do that. I saw this idealistic version of myself as an impossibility. And I was extremely negative all the time. But to myself, not to others. I would beat myself up for every mistake I made and talk to myself in ways I would never dare to speak to anyone else. And I accepted it as reality. I accepted it so much that it only drowned me further and further until the negativity produced more negativity, and I found myself in a lot of internal pain.

Skip ahead to the last year and I’ve begun to really understand the value of a growth mindset. During my journey to overcome the struggles I’ve had with anxiety, stress and fatigue, I’ve realised that there is no such thing as impossible – that is simply your mind creating limitations that are not present in reality. My thoughts have stopped becoming something that control me, but rather I try to control them, reigning in the bad thoughts and reframing them with positivity until they will slowly dissipate. The bad thoughts still creep in sometimes, but I’m learning to push them away with self-love and accepting a new positive reality.

 

Moving from Fixed to Growth Mindset

I think the problem with gaining a growth mindset is that a fixed mindset is so comfortable. It’s so comfortable – and moving into growth seems like so much effort – that it’s easy to just sit and take the easy option. I know I did this for a long time. I think we’re all guilty of doing this at some point in our lives. Why risk everything for growth when you can just sit and accept things as they are?

Because this is your chance at real happiness.

Real happiness.

In my own experience – and I know this may be different for everybody – I only really experienced real and full and overwhelming happiness when I started to move into a growth mindset. This doesn’t mean I never had happy moments before – I had lots of happy moments before! But I never felt wholly happy and accepting and fully myself until now, until after this journey of self-development, and I think that says a lot in itself. Your mindset really does affect your emotions and mental health.

As I’ve mentioned above, I’m twenty one. I don’t know all there is about the world and self-development and whether you can jump between the mindsets like the flick of a switch. I sure hope I never jump back into my fixed mindset! But I think everyone has some sort of value in what they experience, and I hope that perhaps this will inspire you to look a little differently at your own life. Do you let your thoughts limit you? Do you tell yourself you can’t do something, until your mind believes it is real?

 

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Be the candle of positivity in the dark 🙂 

 

I felt a little wary publishing this post, because I think talking about a fixed mindset and reframing negative thoughts can sometimes trigger people. No one can be forced to change their mindset – you have to do it off your own accord. So this post is simply here to give you a perspective, to perhaps enlighten you, but at the very least to make you think.

And if you relate, have something to say, or have a positive story of your own, please share your thoughts in the comments below – I would love to have a longer discussion about this!

You can find me on social media here:

Instagram: @mymindspeaksaloud

Twitter: @mindspeaksaloud

I Created a Vision Board (Here’s How!)

Yesterday I created a vision board! It’s something I’ve been meaning to do for a while. My Mum has been telling me for years how fun they are to make but also how effective they can be at manifesting what you really want in your life.

I thought I would share the process of how I made my vision board and a few photos of the finished product too! Perhaps some of you might want to join me and create one of your own!

 

What You’ll Need

  • Magazines (that you’re willing to cut up!)
  • Scissors
  • A plastic folder/sleeve (optional)
  • A large plain board (to stick the photos on!)
  • Glue stick

 

Step 1

Gather some magazines that you can use to find your photos. These could be old magazines lying around your house, or you could go to a shop and buy some specifically for the vision board. It’s a good idea to get a wide range of different magazines that suit a lot of different interests, such as home, wellbeing, general lifestyle, health, fashion, etc. The more variety, the more interesting it will be!

 

Step 2

Set aside some time to lay all the magazines out in front of you and flick through them, one by one. The idea is to not think about it too much. If an image or quote jumps out at you and you find yourself drawn to it (even if you don’t know why!), cut it out with some scissors and pop it to the side or in a little folder. Repeat this until you’ve got through all the magazines!

TIP: There might be a magazine where none of the photos really stand out – that’s okay! Just move on. There might be another magazine where you find lots of photos – that’s also okay! Don’t worry about how many you’re accumulating – you can figure that all out later.

 

Step 3

Now it’s time to stick it all together! Lay out your board on a flat surface (I found doing it on the floor the easiest space!) Before sticking anything down, arrange all your images across the board.

Not enough images? = You can search for more in magazines, but don’t try to force anything! You may find that having some blank space on your vision board can also be quite calming.

Too many images? = I’m sorry, but you may have to sacrifice some! I had to sacrifice two of my images, but I found that on my second look, they didn’t hold as much meaning to me anyway, so it wasn’t a big deal!

After arranging them all, stick them down with a glue stick. And you’re done!

 

Step 4

Well, not quite done.

If you want to do something a bit extra, place your completed vision board in front of you. Sit and analyse what you’ve chosen and where you’ve put it on the board.

You may find that it reveals something to you that you didn’t realise was important, or you find yourself wondering why you put a certain quote by a particular photo. It may also be interesting what you’ve put at the centre (the heart) of the vision board, versus the outer edges. Is the middle where you want to focus most of your energy?

 

What do I get out of my vision board?

You may wonder what the point of doing this is, other than it being just a fun crafty thing to do! Well, the idea is that you place it somewhere in your room that you will look everyday. The vision board will set up all these positive intentions in your mind for what you want your future to look like. The more you think and feel all these positive things, the more they will crop up in your life, because you are acting with determined creation.

Some people have found that things they’ve put on their vision board then end up happening in real life later! My Mum, for example, had an image of elephants on hers, and then a few years later travelled to South Africa and saw the elephants!

You never know where you may end up, but it all starts with you thinking and believing you can do it everyday!

 

This is what my completed vision board looks like:

 

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I’m really so happy with how it’s turned out! I feel like it captures all the things that really matter to me and all the things I want to bring forth in my life and focus on.

Have you created a vision board, or do you want to?

Let me know in the comments below!

You can find me on social media here:

Instagram: @mymindspeaksaloud

Twitter: @mindspeaksaloud

I Made My Bookshelf Into A Rainbow ( + Anyone Want to Swap Books?)

Last week, I decided to declutter my entire bookshelf. It was a long process, and it was difficult to let a lot of books go, even though I knew deep down that there was no point in keeping them, since I wasn’t likely to reread.

I decided to organise my bookshelf into a rainbow, because I’ve seen so many people do this and I love how aesthetic it is! However, I realised that I have way too many white books, so guess who will be searching for wildly coloured books from now on?

Here was the result:

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I’ve also recently joined a site called BookSwap! It is a place where you can offer your old books to other people, in return for points, which you can then use to buy other second-hand books (with only a £3 postage fee). It’s a great way to be sustainable, and I also love the idea of passing on books for other people to hold.

If you invite friends, they get a free book (+ postage) and, in return, you get a free book (+ postage) too, so here’s my invite link if you’d like to join!

Below is a photo of all the books I’m currently trying to give away/sell/swap, so if anyone is interested in any of these books, please drop me a message in the comments, over on my instagram or twitter,  or email me at: mymindspeaksaloud@gmail.com

I’m willing to swap books with you (if you have any you are decluttering too!) or you can buy one of mine for a small price! (to cover postage etc.)

If you know anyone else who might be interested in these books, please pass on the message! 😊

I hope you all have a great week and get some quality reading time to relax!

You can find me on social media here:

Instagram: @mymindspeaksaloud

Twitter: @mindspeaksaloud

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5 Things I’m Grateful For This May (2020)

Here’s my monthly gratitude reflection!

My University Experience

This month, I sent off my final ever assignment towards my degree! Despite things feeling very uncertain at the moment, I feel so grateful for the last three years. It’s been a journey of many ups and many downs and I don’t think I could have grown this much as a person if I didn’t have the experiences that I did.

A week ago, I shared a post on how many words I’ve written in my entire degree (for a bit of fun!), so you can check that out here. I’m sure I will also share a larger post at some point reflecting on my university experience in a bit more depth!

 

My Blog

Something I’ve realised over the last few weeks, is that I rely a lot on my hobby of writing to keep myself feeling productive with a overall good sense of wellbeing. Without having blogs to write and social media posts to share, I think it would have been a lot more difficult to cope with ending university.

I’m so grateful to have a platform where I can speak my mind and connect with others. I’ve had a lot of really genuine and lovely comments on my blog this month, where I’ve inspired people to make changes to their everyday life, and convinced some to try out a new book! It feels good to be making that kind of difference, even if it small.

So thank you, so much, to all of you ❤

 

Books, Books, and More Books!

Since being in lockdown, books have essentially become my life. There are 3 ways I’ve been enjoying books and I’m super grateful to be able to do all of these:

  1. Reading books – the obvious answer!
  2. Cooking/Baking – I love finding new recipe books!
  3. Writing a book – yes, I’m actually in the process of writing the first draft of my novel! 😱

 

The Sunny Weather

Doesn’t everything just feel that little bit happier when it’s sunny? I’ve loved the rise in temperature and the fact that I’ve been able to sit outdoors in the sun to read, or go on a nice walk. It definitely helps with getting some fresh air in lockdown.

 

Learning to Make Do

I think what I’ve learnt the most during lockdown is to learn to make do with what I’ve got, to make an everyday life and routine out of about a tenth of my normal belongings. I’m sure it’s made a lot of people rethink the amount of stuff they buy because they think they need it, but, in reality, we don’t really need much at all.

I’m really grateful to have the things I do have – a house to live in, food on my plate, books to read, and a family to keep me company.

When I return back home, I’m determined to declutter my room and get rid of all the things that I honestly don’t need!

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What are you grateful for this month?

Let me know in the comments!

You can find me on social media here:

Instagram: @mymindspeaksaloud

Twitter: @mindspeaksaloud

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