Services Your Online Business Is Going To Need

*This is a collaborative post*

If you run an online business, then there are certain services you are going to need to help with the general day to day running of your site; and to make your life that little bit easier!

This is going to be the case whether you are just starting out or whether you have been online for a little while. It doesn’t matter how well you think you can handle every aspect of your business because the reality is that you’re going to need help. If you want to know more about what we are talking about, then keep reading down below.

SEO

The first service that you are going to need is to do with SEO.

SEO stands for search engine optimisation and how often it is seen or ranked on search engines.

Now you might not realize it just yet, but SEO is going to be invaluable to your company. It makes sure that you are seen on the internet, and that your online business is not being pushed to the very back of the SERPs. Now some of the basic SEO tactics include targeted content and keywords, which are quite basic and can be done by you, but it does require a fair amount of research into keywords that you might not be aware of how to do.

However, there are far more complex tactics that are used by SEO companies, and it is best that you hire them to take care of this for you. The reason being that if you do try and do it by yourself, and you don’t actually know what you’re doing, you could end up harming your ranking in the SERPs, which will cost your business.

Management

The next thing that you’re going to need is management in various areas. As you’re business grows from strength to strength and you get busier, you’re going to need someone to manage the social media side of things, the blog, the services, and so on. You’re also going to need someone to handle contract management, and this means that you’re going to have to hire a professional company even if you didn’t have to for the other tasks we mentioned. You can find more information on this on a site like https://www.templafy.com/contract-management/,  which gives you the information that you need as to why it is beneficial for your company.

Marketing

Finally, whether or not you think you need marketing, you do. A lot of companies think that it is a waste of money, and as an online business, you might think that you are somehow exempt from needing it, but you would be wrong. Marketing helps you get seen. Marketing helps people know what you’re about. Marketing piques people’s interest and boosts your conversion rate. Marketing makes sure that you don’t have a high bounce rate when coupled with good SEO because you will have high-quality leads.

As you can see then, there is so much that marketing can do for your business. This can be done in different ways such as ads, social media posts, and even non web based tactics to appeal to a larger audience. You can find a number of ways to market your business online on a site like https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/283832.

We hope that you see now some of the services your online business is going to need and will implement them as soon as possible. Good luck.

30 Song Challenge

Hello friends! How are you doing?

I hope you’re all keeping safe, well and taking care of yourselves and your loved ones as much as you can during these difficult times.

I’ve been on social media the past few weeks probably more than I have in the last few months put together. It’s such a convenient way to keep up to date with my friends, family, read news ( unbiased accounts of that especially!) and catch up and check in with people too.

Unlike the rest of Instagram at the moment I feel like one of the very few who hasn’t made banana bread, attempted to whip up a dalgona coffee or posted a snippet of music each day for 30 days on my story.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not judging! You do you! I wanted to partake in the 30 song challenge on my Insta stories but I love music so much and have so much to say about each song I’d choose too. I didn’t want to bore everyone to death with about 100 posts a day.

So I’m going to be giving it a go as one long post on here instead! For all your music lovers and nosy Nancy’s I hope you approve of my musical choices…

Song 1 – A song you like with a colour in the title:

Back To Black by Amy Winehouse.

I’ve forever been a fan of Amy’s music, her songs and her unique vocals. I really wish that I’d had the chance to see her perform live before she sadly died in 2011.

Song 2 – A song you like with a number in the title:

1234 by Feist.

This song is one of my favourite, go to, easy listening songs. It reminds me of the summer. Being woken up by the sunlight coming through the blinds and waking me from my slumber. It reminds me of having slow Sunday mornings making coffee and breakfast but it also reminds me of a chick flick film I’ve seen and I can’t remember which one.

Song 3 – A song that reminds you of summertime:

Dancing in the Moonlight by Toploader.

Surely this song had to be mentioned on here somewhere at least once no???? This song reminds me of so many summers evenings out with my friends, late nights at the pub as the sun goes down orrrrr that moment when you hear the first few bars of this tune and just know you and all your mates are gonna be howling along to it like a pack of drunken wolves.

Song 4 – A song that reminds you of someone you’d rather forget:

Wicked Game – James Vincent McMorrow.

Song 5 – A song that needs to be played out loud:

Sex on Fire by Kings Of Leon.

I swear to god I could be a secret member of the band when this comes on. I know all the words and is the best song to play at the absolute loudest volume. Does it make me want to learn the electric guitar? Hell yes. Will I be good and actually stick with it so I learn? Hell no.

Song 6 – A song that makes you want to dance:

Treasure by Bruno Mars.

Such a lovely song. Bruno wrote it alllllllll about me dontcha know! It’s one of my fav dance-around-the-kitchen-in-my-pjs-as-I-make-breakfast songs.

Song 7 – A song to drive to:

Everybody talks by Neon Trees.

I don’t know what it is but this song makes me happy. Great when played up high, it’s warm outside and you’ve got the windows down in the car with a breeze flowing through your hair.

Song 8 – A song about drugs or alcohol:

Fairytale of New York by The Pogues.

Does that count?

It sounds and feels like it’s being recorded by a drunk guy warbling to it in the pub and makes enough references so I think that it does.

When I was younger I used to think it was such a lovely song… until I actually paid attention to the lyrics.

Song 9 – A song that makes you happy:

If It Makes You Happy by Sheryl Crow.

Much like Britney Spears in the film Crossroads it makes me want to scream it from the top of my lungs whilst travelling across America. Such a happy song. Also great film too if you haven’t seen it check it out.

Song 10 – A song that makes you sad:

Supermarket Flowers by Ed Sheeran is very sad and makes me a bit weepy. I know he’s not a lot of people’s favourite singer/songwriter but you can’t deny the fact that this guy is mega talented and can write some lovely words to a nice melodic tune.

In a close second is Jealous by Labrinth.

Song 11 – A song you never get tired of:

The whole of the Les Miserables soundtrack specifically One Day More.

Song 12 – A song from your preteen years:

Umbrella by Rihanna.

I chose this one because it really sticks in my mind when it came out I wouldn’t say it’s one of my all time favs and I could listen to it again and again and again aaaaand one more time on top of that.

I must have been about 11 or 12 when this song was released and I just remember it rained and rained and rained non stop for what felt like weeks. We’d have school trips and it would be raining, catch the bus to school, and it’d be raining, go out at the weekend and it’d be raining. The one common denominator was that this song was often on or on the radio in the background… If it ever comes about that Rihanna performs witchcraft low-key I wouldn’t be shocked…

Song 13 – A song you like from the 70s:

Love Goes (Where my Rosemary Grows) by Edison Lighthouse.

LOVVVEEEEE IT.

Even if it was in the terrible film Shallow Hal.

It’s such a cheerful song and the video is fab too.

Song 14 – A song you’d love to be played at your wedding:

Ill Be by Edwin McCain

But if it’s the wedding party we’re talking about then I’d definitely want cheesy party favourites that everyone can dance to like How Will I Know by Whitney Houston. But please I beg no Don’t Stop Believing. I can’t stand that song.

Song 15 -A song you like that’s a cover by another artist:

Feeling Good by Muse.

Absolutely nothing wrong with the original the vocals on that are astounding but I really like the rockier edge this cover has.

Song 16 – A song that’s a classic favourite:

Mr Brightside by The Killers.

Swear I’ll be 52 driving my future kids on a school run and still lose my mind when this comes on the radio. I’ll probably be firmly listening to Radio 2 at that point too.

Song 17 – A song you’d sing a duet with someone on karaoke:

So my obvious answer might be something like Islands In The Stream or Don’t Go Breaking My Heart but right now I’d either want American Boy by Kanye West and Estelle or Heartbreaker by Mariah Carey.

Either way I’ll be taking on the rap verses.

Song 18 – A song from the year you were born:

Boom Boom Boom by The Outhere Brothers.

Song 19 – A song that makes you think about life:

What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong.

Song 20 – A song that has many meanings to you:

Despacito.

I bet you were thinking I’d say something deep and meaningful but nope. C’mon now how long have you been reading on here for?!?!

This song reminds me of drunken nights out with my best friends in 2017. I had just quit the worst job ever and spent any money I had on going out to eat, drink and be very merry.

The song gives me wonderful flashbacks to being in clubs, pubs and bars. There’s a couple fuzzy flashback moments too where there a few pieces missing from our night out puzzle.

It makes me feel a bit queasy when I remember the hangover.

It makes me feel sad because I fell out with one of those very special friends for too much of a long time and we were too stubborn to sort it out (it’s all ok now and dare I say it better than ever).

It also makes me feel a bit mad because it got overplayed so much I have to turn it off almost instantly now.

Song 21 – A song you like with a persons name in the title:

Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond.

Reminds me of my mum.

Song 22 – A song that moves you forward:

With Every Heartbeat by Robyn.

I listen to it a lot when I’m walking….so defo moves me somewhere.

How is it possible I say so many dad jokes for a 25 year old female?!

Song 23 – A song you think everyone should listen to:

Brimful of Asha.

This song forever puts me in a great mood. If I was drunk enough and had that sheer, blind confidence you only get after a couple glasses of vino I’d petition to Apple and every other phone and alarm clock maker to have this as the official wake up alarm noise.

Song 24 – A song by a band you wish were still together:

Lyla by Oasis.

Song 25 – A song you like by an artist no longer living:

Love is a Losing Game by Amy Winehouse.

It’s lovely. Heartfelt. Raw. Makes me sad she’s still not around creating beautiful music.

Song 26 – A song that makes you want to fall in love:

Everybody Loves Somebody by Dean Martin

Don’t worry Baby by The Beach Boys.

When I’m 64 by The Beatles.

Song 27 – A song that breaks your heart:

Can’t help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley.

The version from Crazy, Rich, Asians is also quite beautiful.

Song 28 – A song by an artist whose voice you love:

I can’t put Amy Winehouse again even though I’d love to. I’ll dedicate this spot to Lana Del Rey and Video Games instead.

Song 29 – A song you remember from your childhood:

Bring It All Back by S Club 7.

Song 30 – A song that reminds you of yourself:

Hmmmmmm?

So I couldn’t immediately decide so chose to ask my three best friends which song reminds them of me. Wanna know what they thought best summed me up?

Agadoo by Black Lace. Both the original and the Jeremy Corbyn version.

Escape (The Pina Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes. Which tbf is an absolute tune but also used to play allllllllllllll the time at the place of work where me and best friend met.

Heartbreaker by Mariah Carey. I’m super happy with that one!

But now I think about it properly…I think the song I like that reminds me of me is Whistle For The Choir by The Fratellis.

Tell me yours too! What’s your favourite song? Your favourite shower time sing songs?

Signing out! Much love 💚

Little things that make me happy #3

I never really thought I’d get to a part #3 of this blog post series but here we are. I really enjoy doing these, it seems like lots of people like searching these posts out too and tbh I think we could all do with a bit of lighthearted reading or happy thoughts right now.

 

  • Laughter lines.

 

  • Antiques.

 

  • Good TV series’ ending on a high note.

 

  • Disney films

 

  • Old black and white films

 

  • Being woken by the sunshine

 

  • Cold showers on a hot day

 

  • Hot baths on a cold day

 

  • That first sip of hot coffee in the morning

 

  • Sun rays

 

  • Books you can’t put down

 

  • New stationary

 

  • Warm, fluffy towels

 

  • A good night sleep

 

  • Ice lollies

 

  • Strawberries

 

  • Spring

 

  • Baby lambs

 

  • Window seats

 

  • Hearing a song you love on the radio

 

  • Hearing great song after great song whilst on shuffle

 

  • Cool breeze on a warm day

 

  • Dandelions

 

  • Seaside fish and chips

 

  • Seaside arcades

 

  • Natural ginger hair

 

  • Old pictures

 

  • Photo albums

 

  • Amethysts

 

  • Slow sunday mornings

 

  • Discovering something beautiful somewhere unexpected

 

  • Twinkly eyes

 

  • Notes left in secondhand books

 

  • Stargazing

 

  • When someone offers to give you their parking ticket as they’re leaving

 

  • Trampolines

 

  • Good neighbours

 

  • Independent cinemas

 

  • Warm cookies

 

  • Handwritten letters

 

  • Dogs excited to see you

 

  • Symmetry

 

  • Long phone calls

 

  • Independent shops

 

  • Genuine kindness between strangers

 

  • Chesterfield sofas

 

  • Flea markets

 

  • Crystal clear sea

 

  • Salty, sea water hair

 

  • Bread and butter

 

  • Children giggling

 

  • The feeling after you’ve cleaned

 

  • The smell of blown out candles

 

  • Vespas

 

  • Having a job you love

 

  • Having great colleagues

 

  • Group hugs

 

  • The first bite of something delicious

 

  • Rosemary bread

 

  • Sun tan lines

 

  • Darling

 

  • Getting inside just before the rain starts

 

  • Fresh mint tea

 

  • Toffee apples

 

  • Golden hour

 

  • Vintage people driving vintage cars

 

  • Tropical scented anything

 

  • The smell of sun tan lotion

 

  • Reading in the shade

 

  • Seeing people reunite at an airport

 

  • Sour sweets

 

  • Skincare routines

 

  • Sugary doughnuts

 

  • Podding peas

 

  • Alliterations

 

  • When two items fall together in a vending machine

 

  • Rock pools

 

  • Tie dye

 

  • Gifting homemade items

 

  • Lighter evenings

 

  • Businesses with a good pun in the name

 

  • Homegrown produce

 

  • Fresh peaches

 

  • Doodles

 

  • Letters in a bottle

 

  • Greasy spoon cafes

 

  • Country pubs

 

  • Rope swings

 

  • Treehouses

 

  • Green eyes

 

  • Candy stripes

 

  • Wild flowers

 

  • That feeling of relief knowing a terrible time is over or going to come to an end soon ❤

 

For more like this read:

Things that make me happy part 1

Things that make me happy part 2

Things to do while social distancing.

Unless you’ve been in the desert with Jared Leto and you also didn’t have any idea about Coronavirus/Covid-19 sweeping it’s way across the globe.

People all around the world are being told to engage in social distancing not only for their own health and wellbeing but also to help stop the spread of this deadly virus reaching those with underlying health conditions, those with weakened immunity, the young and the elderly.

Beforehand, social distancing sounds like a term that Gwyneth Paltrow would use to excuse herself from an event she just didn’t fancy going to.

Social distancing is supposed to work by helping to stop the spread of this virus is by keeping more people out of social environments, public areas and anywhere that isn’t essential really, thus decreasing the amount of people that could potentially come into contact with someone who’s already got covid-19 and stop it spreading further. Oh and it’ll also help lessen the strain on the health services. Win win really!

As an introvert, you didn’t need to ask me twice to stay away from busy areas, stay indoors and read as many books as I possibly could. It hasn’t quite sunk in for me how long social distancing may continue and what I’ll do once I’ve reached peak levels of cabin fever and how I’ll cope being mentally and emotionally. But I do feel quite lucky that I live in a little village, I have a garden so I could go and exercise or get some fresh air on my own.

For those of you out there that are struggling with knowing what you can to do with your time I’ve compiled a list of things you could consider to do with all your extra free time.

Read. 

Now is the perfect time to finally start making a way through your ever growing To Be Read pile that is sitting pretty on your bookshelf. Download audiobooks, E-books and start ticking off some of those classics you’ve always wanted to read but never got round to, or read some non fiction greats and educate yourselves on a brand new topic.

Hive is a brilliant place to look for new reads as they support family, community and independent book sellers.

Similarly, most libraries have either an online service or an App you can borrow an e-book from.

Create.

If I hear one more time that William Shakespeare wrote King Lear whilst he was in quarantine from the plague I swear I’ll be splitting my possessions between the loved ones that profess the most amount of love to me and running onto the moors screaming and wailing like a banshee.

There’s a weird, little undercurrent of pressure now you’ve got all this spare time to be doing something useful and productive with your time rather than just eating malteasers and watching telly. If you’re a creative and have always dreamed of following this path then why not sit down and spend a couple hours jotting down any ideas you’ve got and seeing where you could take them.

I swear you can’t be a struggling artist/writer without a struggle and tbh I think being quarantined in your own home not really sure what’s going to happen next or whether you’re going to have to eat toilet roll sandwiches for tea is a pretty solid one.

(On a real side note though…What are all these people doing with all their panic bought loo rolls?)

Take up a hobby.

I for one have always wanted to be better at making my own things. I’d love to be able to knit or cross stitch, because, not only will I be able to make my own cosy knitwear (hypothetically speaking of course…as of right now I can barely even thread a needle) but also it looks so therapeutic. I’d love to be able to gift my wares to friends and family and they can wear my crafted, scraggly scarves with joy knowing I made it just for them.

Depending where you live and what the rules are at the moment, I know that a lot of places say that you should only leave the house for work, to buy food, go to the pharmacy or an emergency. But if you have access to charity shops, they sell so much wool, knitting needles and patterns. Not only that but a lot of charity shops could do with more support than ever right now even better if you can access them online.

Similarly, I’ve always wanted to be able to properly play a musical instrument or learn to cook and bake better. Now with all this extra time on my hands I’d love to be able to browse the interweb for recipe ideas that might take a bit longer than normal and spend a little extra time and effort curating a lovely evening meal for my whole family to enjoy (hopefully).

Use sites like Pinterest to get ideas or Etsy to buy arts and crafts from independent sellers.

Play games

There’s so many fun games you can whittle away the hours with. Whether it’s online games like The Sims (they are currently heavily discounted on Origin if you wanna be tempted even further to buy a game when it’s cheap) Xbox, Playstation or even board games are a great way from switching off from the ‘real world’ and immersing yourself in another for a couple hours.

Whether you want to stick to the classics like Monopoly, Cluedo or a humble pack of cards or trying something a little different and fun I’d definitely recommend having a look online or through Big Potato Games. I know I’ve mentioned them a few times but I love the creativity and imagination they’ve put into all of their games. You’d never be bored if you’re in isolation with your family or roommates with one of their products to hand!

Jigsaw puzzles are a great way to relax and switch off too.

Learn

Do you remember when Kylie Jenner said that 2016 was the year of learning stuff? WELL turns out she had no blimmin’ clue what was coming up in 2020 did she? How is it that these past three months have felt longer and more problematic than so many previous years combined! We’ve had the threat of war between the US and Iran, the Australian wildfires were still burning and now a deadly pandemic. At this rate, would anyone be shocked if there was an alien invasion in April??

All jokes aside, if you are currently self isolating/social distancing/ in lockdown/ bored and don’t really know what to do with yourself than this might be of interest to you. The internet is a fountain of knowledge when you know where to find it all and my lovely friend Tanya, author of Glam Glitz Gloss and The Live Review,  has shared this brilliant idea with us all. The Centre of Excellence (an online learning centre) are currently offering courses for as little as £15. So if you’ve got the spare time on your hands and have always fancied learning something new or polishing up on some skills you’ve already got, this would be a fantastic way to go about it!

Money saving sites like Groupon, Wowcher and Livingsocial are also great places to look out for some good deals and they quite often also do heavily discounted online courses as well.

Use Youtube to your advantage and spend the time watching some TED Talks videos, or learn how to do some banging makeup looks from the plethora of beauty gurus on there.

Subscription boxes

Do you know how many different types of subscription boxes there are out there?? This is a rhetorical I have no idea and I can’t imagine anyone will know the exact figure either but there must be THOUSANDS. The possibilities are actually endless. Whether you’re simply obsessed with skincare, after the hottest makeup and beauty trends, obsessed with pale ales and craft beers, perhaps you’re a fan of Japanese candy and Japanese candy only or you want to do some art with the children there will be a cool subscription parcel making its way in the post to you.

I’ve worked with UOpen in the past (I shared my thoughts on the pub supper box)and was so impressed with the wide range of different boxes they offer to suit practically everyone.

Things to do

As much as I feel like I’ve seen so many examples of the worst displays of humanity lately, from people fist fighting over the last packet of toilet roll, a group of stupid teens spitting and coughing at an elderly couple or that people have been setting fire to or slashing the tyres of ambulances. I cannot simply comprehend as to why someone would do these things??? Especially at a time like this where simple decency and kindness goes such a long way.

To counteract all of this I’ve seen so many nice, random acts of kindness. I’ve witnessed so many genuinely good people wanting to help others and to all get through this and come out on the other side together. From local butchers and bakers offering home delivery services to their local customers, teachers running online classes for those missing out on learning, museums and art galleries are running online virtual tours.  If you want to use this rare, once in a lifetime moment and take some good from it why not see if there’s anything available for you to do in your local community. See if there are any voluntary roles available, check in with your neighbours especially vulnerable people or the elderly. If there’s not anything in place why don’t you offer to do a paper round, pick up essential groceries or walk dogs for those who can’t get out. Lots of supermarkets are crying out for help at the moment so if you’re really feeling the pressure of a lockdown and want to do something productive with your time why don’t you sling your CV that way and you’ll come out on the other side of this with a purse full of dolla.

Obvs it goes without saying I don’t want you to put yourselves at any extra unnecessary risk but it’s definitely something worth considering.

Watch

I am always the person in my friendship group that is behind the times. I haven’t seen a good majority of the cult classic tv series that is often met with gasps when I tell my friends I’ve never seen Lord of The Rings/Game of Thrones/Peaky Blinders/Breaking Bad/Orange is The New Black/Eastenders (Delete where necessary). Take advantage of that streaming service you fork out for every month and watch some of those shows or films you always want to but haven’t got round to yet. Disney+ has just landed in the UK sooooo I don’t want to tell you what to do with your free time but The Emperor’s New Groove is one of the greatest films of all time and if you want to solely watch that on repeat for the foreseeable future I totes wouldn’t judge you.

Try to make the best of it

I know it’s easy for me to say as I write this from the comfort of my own bed and as someone who still lives at home and gets along well with my family. But if we are all, globally, facing a health crisis where the government and hospital workers are urging us to stay indoors unless for work, to buy food or an emergency. Staying indoors and feeling a bit bored will be the least of your concern compared to the potential grisly alternative. If you’re blessed with good health and feel like this virus isn’t something that’ll necessarily affect you then I urge you to please share a thought for those that this will affect and have consequences for. Spare a thought for your elderly relatives, your friends relatives, your friends, your colleagues, your neighbours, people on low income, homeless people, I could go on but I hope you get the gist. At times like this, kindness and compassion is key; after all we are going to go through this together.

If you’re still feeling a bit uninspired feel free to browse this incredibly silly list beneath of alternative options; but please don’t hold me accountable if you dye your hair yellow.

  • Watch a film or tv show and ring a friend at the same time and it’ll be like you’re watching it together. ❤ Like the cliche moments in all the chick flicks I watched as a youth. Paul Rudd not included sorry.
  • Clean
  • Declutter your wardrobe
  • Do the cooking one evening
  • Take it in turns for your household to cook…Like come dine with me but if you rate your mam a 2 you’ll have to put up with the consequences a lot longer aaaaaaaand I don’t think you’ll get a cash prize.
  • Learn a language.
  • Give up learning a language cos it’s actually very hard
  • Watch Eastenders/Coronation Street/Emmerdale/Any other soap opera from the very beginning and try to catch up to present day
  • Give yourself a makeover
  • Get someone else to give you a makeover
  • Cry when you’ve given yourself a terrible makeover
  • Cry harder when someone else has given you an even worse makeover
  • Give yourself a fringe (DON’T! SERIOUSLY! Honestly unless you have Rihanna’s bone structure pls don’t come for me when this all goes wrong)
  • Watch every Youtube video in existence
  • Facetime friends
  • Ring your nan
  • Send a letter
  • Find a pen pal
  • Learn a dance
  • Post the dance on IG/TikTok
  • Realise no one actually cares for your dance
  • Ponder existence
  • Read all the books you’ve been hoarding
  • Eat lots of chocolate biscuits
  • See how many biscuits you’ll have to eat before you get asked to become the official face of McVities
  • Check in with your friends
  • Get the drinks in and facetime your friends and it’ll be like your having a right royal knees up
  • Learn all the words to any good song so when lockdown is over and we’re allowed to go out to play again you’ll kill it at Karaoke night
  • Wonder why you ever got rid of your PS2 cos The Simpsons Hit n Run was the best game ever to play.
  • Do a puzzle
  • CHECK IN WITH ALL YOUR LOVED ONES
  • Have a pamper night
  • Try to disengage with the news if you’re finding yourself getting anxious and stressed more often
  • Make a playlist of happy songs
  • Start a podcast
  • Make stopmotion videos
  • Paint
  • Get some outside time if you can
  • Do a buzzfeed quiz
  • Meditate
  • Take up yoga
  • Stargaze
  • Appreciate how quiet the world is without all the traffic and noise
  • Go for a walk early in the morning and see what the world looks like at 5am
  • Listen to the birds
  • Do something for charity
  • Write
  • Start a lockdown diary
  • Check in with people
  • Write positive reviews for all your fav pubs,bars and restaurants so when they reopen they’ll see all the nice things people have said about them.

 

On a real note though. I hope everyone is okay and is staying safe and well. I’m sending you all so much love and light at these difficult times and hoping we can all get through this together. I hope that if we can take anything from these darker times of life is that we cannot take anything or anyone for granted.

Until next time x

The Sun Shines Hot and The Wind Blows Cold.

Hello fellow humans.

It’s me again. It’s dawned on me recently, after nearly eight years (on and off) of blogging, I still haven’t got this whole ‘regular scheduling and posting’ malarkey down to a T.  Turns out I’m really just not very good at this organisation thing? As much as I’d love to say I am a Type A person and have a plan, list and solution for every eventuality but soz lads that really ain’t me.

Well..whew. So far 2020 hasn’t really gone the way any of us had planned has it? When I said new year new me I wasn’t thinking this new me was going to be even more of an anxious wreck than last year but c’est la vie!

I’ve been umming and ahhing about what words to use and what to say in this post. I’m trying to be extra careful with the language I use as I’m usually an upbeat, positive person, to the point where I might seem like I’m burying my head in the sand as I just really don’t want to talk about the bad things. Simply because it stresses me out, gives me anxiety and I don’t want to create a space that might stress someone else out too. I know that a lot of people might think that’s a bad stance to take and it’s not real life. I know and you know that bad things happen. No one’s life is as perfect as their instagram feed may lead you to believe. So the sole reason I do this is because it’s better for my mental health to have a space where these bad things don’t exist. Even if it’s just talking about skincare, joking about the latest tv series I’m watching or sharing all the details about the latest book I’m reading.

It seems a bit redundant in this current climate to not even mention coronavirus or Covid-19 if you’re on first name terms with the little rotter. This virus has swept it’s way around the globe, gripping the nations in a state of panic as it goes on it’s travels and I, for one, am trying (failing) to do my best to keep my head up and stay treading water amongst the madness.

I’m not going to lie. But I’m a bit scared about the future and what it holds not just for me, my family and my friends but for everyone else around the world. I’m scared for the older generations, the retail workers, the health workers, the business owners, the sick, the poorly, the homeless, freelancers, self employed, part time staff, temp staff, the low income households and everyone else in between. I don’t think I’ve got enough worry to go around to be quite honest. I’m worried about the impact that this will have globally on everyone, physically, mentally and financially.

In some lighter news, as a ray of sunshine in and amongst the dark skies right now, I’e seen so many wonderful news stories and pictures from around the world of how the environment and natural life has truly flourished since the vast decrease in pollution of late. Pictures have circulated of the water in the canals of Venice running clear for the first time in decades!

I hope when this dark time becomes lighter, things become a bit easier that we all as a human race can learn from this. The utter depravity witnessed in supermarkets of people clearing the shelves of absolutely everything is completely ludicrous and near on apocalyptic. No wonder everyone is panicking when your local supermarket resembles 28 Days Later and you fist fight Barb your neighbour for the last packet of loo roll.

Please remember in these times to support your local independent shops, show kindness as often as you can and stay safe.

If there’s any advice I can offer to those who are also suffering with anxiety and stress related to this stressful situation please go easy on yourself. I’ve deleted social media apps off of my phone that were feeding my worries and giving me stress. I couldn’t cope with the endless updates and news concerning what was happening. I avoided watching or reading the news as it was starting to consume me and really trouble me. I know it’s really ignorant of me to completely switch off from it but it was one of the few ways I could regain control of what I was reading and what was playing on my mind.

I spent my spare time devouring new tv shows, films and books spending my precious spare time with things that genuinely helped me switch off. I’ve finally started getting through my ever growing ‘To Be Read’ pile of books and have only just got around to watching Derry Girls…I’m sorry I slept on this show for so long because I now ADORE it.

In the words of Daniel Bedingfield…we gotta get thru this. Can you believe when William Shakespeare was quarantined from the plague he wrote King Lear and I’ve just finished off this post with a lyric from a Daniel Bedingfield song. Alas.

Until next time. Stay safe. x

What your body needs from you.

*This is a collaborative post*

Is it the 29th of January or the 229th of January today? I know it’s my birthday month and I’ve been super looking forward to that date but even I feel like the first month of the year drags on and and on.

It can feel like quite a dark month too in fact can’t it? Like sunshine, blue skies and warm weather are a lifetime away and payday doesn’t seem to be any nearer come to think of it as well! It can be difficult to try and be positive and lift yourself out of these darker periods of low mood. Even more so if you’re stuck in close proximity to those types of people who go around and say that they feel so rotten and love to have a good moan about literally anything. You know the types of people I mean, every office has one, a negative Nancy, a whinging Wendy or a moaning Myrtle. Hopefully not all three! Honestly I don’t think these types of people are ever going to be truly happy. When it’s cold weather they wanted hot, when it’s hot they think it’s too hot…you get the gist.

It’s easy to become a whinging Wendy. When you’re feeling a bit rubbish and it really hasn’t been your day, your week, your month or even your year it’s dead simple to think yourself into a foul mood. I’m quite a positive person in reality, I always think on the brightside and my glass is half full if not crammed full to the brim. It’s a big fat no to the half measures for me thank ya very much.

I always like to think about the analogy that someone said to me once, about how humans are essentially engines, and if we don’t give ourselves the right ‘fuel’ we won’t run as smoothly as we possibly could. We need to see it as necessary for us to sometimes work on ourselves, be gentle with ourselves and towards others and to take care of ourselves so we are at the best of our ability.

Us hooomans are such dynamic things but also can be so simplistic too. We some basic needs that we have, and we don’t often fulfill all these; because life just gets in the way. For example, one of the most common is not getting enough sleep at night for instance; something of which I am absolutely RUBBISH at. Our bodies need the recommended amount of hours sleep to be able to function properly, 2.5 litres of water a day, and a healthy balanced diet to boot too. Sprinkled in with that should be a little bit of self-love and exercise and you’ll be able to conquer anything.

A Healthy Mind

A healthy mind is what everyone wants. Society is now far more aware of the problems associated with mental health, and how people spiral towards mental health problems. But having a healthy mind in this day and age is harder than it has ever been before. One of the reasons why society has more mental health problems than ever before is because of the stresses in life. It’s no so much easier to get into debt, there’s such a pressure to live a perfect lifestyle, and there’s so many negative influences that surround us. So, to have a healthy mind, we think it’s important to make sure that you’re processing the thoughts that are going on in your mind. Give yourself an outlet so that your mind isn’t go go go, all of the time, and thinking about all of the things that you need to do. Yoga is a great hobby to get into that just makes you forget it all. Plus, it’s great for your body as well!


Fewer Toxins

There are the obvious toxins that you’ll be putting into your body that you should try and stop in 2020. Drinking every weekend is a weakness of so many young adults, and the damage it’s doing to the body is huge. If you know you’re someone who enjoys a drink on the weekend in your downtime, try going for every two weeks instead. On the weekends that you’re not, go out for a nice meal or do something different. You could also think about using better products on your body. Most girls have some sort of beauty routine that they have to stick to, yet some of the products are going to have harmful chemicals and substances that your body just doesn’t need. Even down to the nail varnish that you use. The chemicals found in that can do all sorts of damage to your body. Cienna Rose is just one brand that’s toxin-free, which is much better for your body! Look for creams and sprays that are the same as well. The more natural you can go, the more your body is going to thank you in the long run.

More Love

Your body needs love. You need to feel loved and wanted in order to grow in life. So if you’ve been out of love for a while, perhaps because a relationship ended badly, this year is the time to find someone. There’s always going to be someone out there for everyone, and the joy they can bring to your life is just amazing. Try using dating apps and see if that is your cup of tea. It’s the modern way to meet new people, and people all over the world are jumping on the bandwagon.

The Basics

Back to the basics that we touched upon in the introduction. We wanted to reiterate how important it is to give your body those three simple things. You can’t function like a normal human being without them. You won’t have focus, your body won’t be regulated, and you’ll generally feel rather terrible. If you can spend a few weeks giving your body exactly what it needs every day and you still don’t feel right, then a trip to the doctors might be in order!

Most importantly, remember to go easy on yourself. Whatever you’re going through, I think you’re doing a great job. Life is troublesome enough without having to worry if you’re getting the exact amount of minutes and hours of sleep per night. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by the amount of things you’ve got to do in a day please don’t feel like you still have a to-do list as long as your arm because things can and will always wait. I often feel quite overwhelmed about how much I feel like I’ve go to do, how much I’ve actually got to do and the fact I’d much rather stare at my evergrowing list of things to do as I lay in my very comfortable bed, watching The Office and having a right LOL.

BOOK REVIEW: Reader, I Married Me!*

*This post contains a gifted item*

Hello, hello! It’s been a little while since I properly shared a book review on here, I posted all the books I read in 2019 in a long old blog post (here) but it wasn’t hugely in depth on each read, so I thought I’d share with you a little write up on the book; Reader, I Married Me! that I read at the very end of 2019. I’m not sure how to best go about reviewing this as I’m cautious I’m going to just end up giving every little detail along the way. So I’m hoping I’ll say enough to entice you to pick it up but leave enough mystery and surprise to leave you all happily hooked on what happens!

I was kindly sent this by Sophie, the author and my new second sister! We got chatting and emailing back and forth and soon realised that we actually have SO much in common. Not only do we share similar outlooks on life BUT also happen to share the same surname and her Mum lives not too far from where I live too! I’m not sure I believe in fate and all things like that but what a weird coincidence all of this has turned out to be?! Between our natterings, Soph, told me all about how the idea of this book came about. It’s ever so slightly based around her own true life events, she decided to pen this book after going through a particularly bad break up. As many people can sympathise with, it genuinely can feel like the worst thing in the world had just happened. But looking back and reflecting on it she discovered it was one of the best things to have ever happened to her! She chose to stop chasing the ‘happily ever after’ and start living for herself and for the ‘happily ever now!’. What a babe!

Sophie discovered she really didn’t need someone else to ‘complete’ her or for someone to be her ‘better half’ so decided to take vows of self-commitment and married herself in sunny Brighton in 2015.

Some people reading this might now be thinking that sounds a liiiiiiiiiittle bit mad! But Sophie wanted to be able to use this and her platform to be able to start conversations about self love and why on earth shouldn’t you see yourself as just as important (if not more) than a significant other or why self love isn’t deemed as important as romantic love?

From an early age we are taught about, and raised on, the different types of love we will feel. From the love you have for your family members, to the love you have for friends, the love you have for food and the wonderful/sometimes less than wonderful romantic love you’ll share with someone special. 

But for some reason, self love, is still seen as a bit controversial or like a taboo subject. As if it’s a bit weird that someone actually likes themselves and wants to celebrate who they are as a person! Shouldn’t that be the love that we focus on and encourage from a young age, to inspire generations to have confidence in themselves and to be able to stand strong on their own no matter what life may throw at them? It’s certainly something to think about isn’t it.

Her novel, Reader, I Married Me, is very loosely based on Sophie’s own life experiences and her experience of sologamy (aka marrying yourself!). We follow the story of Chloe Usher, the loveable 35 year old lady, who’s happily sailing her way through life when she finds out the heart shattering news that her longterm boyf has cheated on her. She battles her way through modern day dating and using different dating apps. Then after one particularly bad date she heads straight over to her best friends house, trying to forget all about her rubbish evening with alcohol and karaoke! Booze fuelled she half jokingly suggests that she’s just going to marry herself and drunkenly shares her news with her loyal followers on her blog. Waking up the next morning with a fuzzy hangover head she’s greeted with the news that her and her solo wedding has become an overnight sensation; getting both positive and negative feedback from all around the globe. 

We join Chloe on her fabulous journey as she plans her solo wedding, juggling her own emotions as well as from the people nearest and dearest to her as they try and get their heads around her upcoming nuptials as a single woman. It’s not just Chloe we witness going on a personal journey either, she realised that we society might have conditioned us to be wishing our lives away waiting for the fairytale happy ending or waiting for ‘the one’ when, in fact, YOU are the one you should be soul searching for all along.

This romcom (without the typical rom) is a perfect read if you’re looking for something a little bit different or want to challenge ways in which we come to think about ourselves and the labels we put on ourselves and on love. 

So…you want to know my thoughts on it?

I read this within the space of about three days so if that doesn’t tell you something I don’t know what will! I really enjoyed this book actually, it’s a little bit different to the usual chick lit novel I’d normally read or you might normally see on the shelf which I actually really liked. Most of them have the usual element of ‘aaaaaaaaand the woman fell in love with the man, the man fell in love with the woman and they all lived happily ever after theeeeeeee end’ which is nice but those fairy tale stories never really happen in real life do they?

This felt a lot more relatable. As nice as it is to read lovey-dovey romcoms with princesses, princes and prince charming riding in on a white stallion at the end and saving the day  they’re not as thought provoking because to me, that isn’t normal or reality.  With this, I felt like I really empathised with Chloe and I felt like I understood her character as someone I could relate with or someone I could imagine myself being friends with. I liked that this book really has stuck with me and has made me think about the different ways I view myself and the outlook I can have on love and relationships.

It struck a chord especially as quite often, self love, self worth and loving yourself can be placed further down the pecking order, or you can be seen as big headed or with an ego the size of the moon if you actually really quite like yourself. Which is quite bizarre when you think about it really? In the UK, at least, if you aren’t self depreciating there must be something wrong with you!

It’s made me want to challenge myself and how I view doing things on my own. I think being content in your own company is one of the most liberating things a person can do. From small things like going for a coffee, a lunch or to the cinema on your own to a holiday or living by yourself. Once you’re at that stage over no longer caring about whether people are looking at that poor love sitting and eating on their own or being financially independent enough to be able live on your means and not have to argue over what to watch on telly it’s like the next shift change in your life begins.

This is something I’ve been trying to get better at and a solo cinema date really is on my agenda for 2020.

This book, will definitely be the type that I’ll recommend to a lot of my friends and readers on here to read. It’s something that has really challenged the way I think and view things, which is really the type of books I long to read anyway! It’s not written in a preachy sense it’s still got the elements of the rom com without the typical ‘rom’ bit!

Life is one of the longest things we’ll ever do but it’s also one of the shortest, try to spend that time being kind to yourself, kind and loving to others and being able to stand tall amongst the crowd, adjust your own fabulous crown and fall truly, madly, deeply in love with yourself; as beautifully, strongly and eternally as you’d love someone else too.

Little things that make me happy part #2

Long time readers of this site may recall the first post I did of this nature. It was in November on a Saturday and I was in the mood to write but I wasn’t sure what, so I thought, how about I just start by writing a list of things that make me happy and I’ll see where I go from there. See what inspiration I get. Turns out it just made me happy to write and write and write even if it was totally pointless, nonsensical things it made me quite happy to read it back to myself again. A lot of the things I’ve scribbled on here lately have been quite lengthy and quite wordy and that was the first thing I’ve written in a long time that I posted immediately without thinking about it, without second guessing myself or without thinking whether anyone will actually care. So here comes round two! I don’t know if this’ll be a regular feature but we’ll see.

  • Paris.

 

  • Cobbled streets.

 

  • The first bite of something delicious.

 

  • Thank you letters.

 

  • Toasting marshmallows.

 

  • Giving gifts.

 

  • Crumpets that are so thickly laden with butter it oozes out the bottom.

 

  • Long train journeys with pretty views.

 

  • Hot chocolates that are capped with a snowy mountain of whipped cream, marshmallows and other toppings.

 

  • Hotel breakfasts.

 

  • Warm mittens.

 

  • That feeling you get when you’ve been out in the cold and then come back inside and run your hands under cold water and everything feels hot.

 

  • The smell of blown out candles.

 

  • Rock pools.

 

  • Tangerines.

 

  • The smell of hot weather.

 

  • Lava lamps.

 

  • Big, exuberant pieces of costume jewellery.

 

  • Licking the cake mix bowl.

 

  • Going out for coffee or brunch.

 

  • Dipping buttery bread into hot soup.

 

  • Mr Whippy ice creams.

 

  • Those two pence arcade machines at the seaside.

 

  • Photo booth pictures with friends.

 

  • Sugar lumps.

 

  • Coffee shops with steamy windows.

 

  • The smell after the rain.

 

  • Little villages where everyone says hello to one another.

 

  • Big cities where no one knows your name.

 

  • The colour magenta.

 

  • The word magenta.

 

  • Mashed potato.

 

  • Chasing the sun.

 

  • Dogs in little coats.

 

  • Fresh herbs and spices.

 

  • Twinkly lights.

 

  • Twinkly eyes.

 

  • Turning the radio on and your favourite song comes on.

 

  • Long hugs between old friends.

 

  • Dessert.

 

  • Vanilla pods.

 

  • Love.

 

  • When someone remembers a small detail about you.

 

  • Window seats.

 

  • Kind, chatty taxi drivers.

 

  • Exploring somewhere new.

 

  • Hidden treasures.

 

  • Fictional pirates.

 

  • Childhood teddy bears.

 

  • Roaring fires.

 

  • Old pubs.

 

  • Old pubs with roaring fires.

 

  • Old pubs with roaring fires and a pub dog too.

 

  • Long, hot baths.

 

  • Quick, cold showers.

 

  • Getting something for a cheaper price than you anticipated.

 

  • Brighton.

 

  • Honeycomb.

 

  • Food markets.

 

  • The smell of fresh fruit.

 

  • Belly laughs.

 

  • Family.

 

  • Pizza.

 

  • Fierce loyalty.

 

  • Cheesy chips.

 

  • Rocking chairs. Unless they rock on their own then they can get far, far away from me.

 

  • New beginnings.

 

  • Genuine smiles.

 

  • When the fresh heat hits you in the face when you get off of an airplane.

 

  • Afternoon teas.

 

  • Midnight feasts.

 

  • Tales from someone’s youth.

 

  • Tattoos.

 

  • Freckles.

 

  • Mint chocolate chip ice cream.

 

  • Snow days off of school.

 

  • Singing loudly in the car.

 

  • Stars.

 

  • Free food.

 

  • Writing on the first page of new stationary.

 

  • Glam makeup.

 

  • Poloroids.

 

  • Quick downloads.

 

  • Kindness between two strangers.

 

  • The Beatles.

 

  • VW Beetles.

 

  • Actual beetles.

 

  • Seeing people who actually enjoy their jobs.

 

  • Babies laughter.

 

  • Mojitos.

 

  • Actually any cocktails really.

 

  • People with natural style.

 

  • Having that Friday feelin’.

 

  • Long weekends.

 

  • Jennifer Aniston’s agelessness.

 

  • Red lipstick.

 

  • The weird yet wonderful names of different paint shades.

 

  • Terracotta.

 

  • Writing poetry.

 

  • Receiving poetry.

 

  • Wandering around supermarkets late at night.

 

  • Creative souls.

 

  • Black cats.

 

  • The stillness after a storm.

 

  • British seaside towns.

 

  • Piers. (As in the long promenade stretching out to sea…not the egotistical Morgan kind that presents breakfast telly).

 

  • Boozy brunches.

 

  • Board games.

 

  • Nicely filed and polished nails.

 

  • People with gumption.

 

  • The word gumption.

 

  • Castles.

 

  • Cosy jumpers.

 

  • Scratching an itch that’s been bothering you all day.

 

  • Spa treatments.

 

  • Reaching the top of a steep climb. Both metaphorically and literally. Well done you.

 

  • Proving people wrong.

 

  • Family traditions.

 

  • Odd sayings only mums/middle aged people use.

 

  • Luck.

 

  • Power of magpies.

 

  • Cream cakes.

 

  • The feeling after a run.

Simple Tips On How To Make 2020 YOUR Year!

*This is a collaborative post*

HI GANG! Can you believe it…consecutive posts in one day?! I know, I know, you’re probably thinking this’ll be it for another couple of months because I’m never very organised when it comes to this ol’ bloggy blog. But with the appearance of 2020 I’m hoping that I’ll have turned a corner and actually spend some time investing in my site. Anywaaaay enough of all that blabber..How are you doing? Good New Year was it? I had a lovely time actually, me and my pooch saw the New Year (I’m not a big fan of NYE I drunkenly touched on it a bit in my recent post here) have you got any plans or hopes, dreams and ambitions for the year ahead? 

I don’t know about you lovely lot but I’m actually feeling super optimistic about the year coming, the last couple days haven’t been so brilliant in the eyes of the mainstream media but I cannot help the fact that the Australian Wildfires are still raging on nor can I help the fact that Donald Trump is the way he is. It’s terrible and it’s enough to make me never want to switch the news on ever again and live in my own personal, comfy little bubble of joy but that’s not life is it?

2019 was a bit of a rubbish year for me for a lot of reasons. I didn’t feel like it will go down in my history of good years or particularly bad, life altering years either come to think of it. It was just sort of meh. We all have those years in our past that we consider to be among the best that we’ve ever had. Perhaps it just kind of happened by coincidence you met the love of your life or a great job opportunity fell into your lap or perhaps we hit some milestones (such as a marriage or graduation) that’ll just stay with us forever. While we look back with fondness and remain happy that those years happened, there’s no reason to suggest why we can’t live each year with the same optimism. With a bit of planning, a few changes, and a healthy dose of hope, we can ensure that any year can rank among our best yet. And what better year than 2020, which doesn’t just bring a new year, but an entirely new decade? 

This sounds like a lot of pressure amirite? I’m going to go through some of the brilliant and easy things you can do, nay we can ALL do, to bring about a positive change to our lives in 2020.

Trust the magic of new beginnings

As mentioned above, this is a new year and a new decade, and that presents a great opportunity for new beginnings. It doesn’t matter what’s happened in the past, be it good or bad, this is a whole new page, one that you can write in any way that you like. If you view it as such, then you’ll find it easier to adopt that “anything is possible” attitude that you can use to achieve great things. The next year will take the shape of whatever you want it to look like. Make it happen! Whether it’s looking for a new job, a new career path, a new hobby or a couple of new friends what better time is there than now? Set yourself a small goal to start off with and it makes the whole process seem so much easier. If you want to set yourself up on a new career path start off with jazzing up your CV and once you’ve done that that’s one thing already done and ticked off your list. If you want to become a bit more social, meet new people and make more new friends how about joining a club or finding the perfect hobby to suit you? Whether you’re looking for something fitness related (most gyms do really fun classes ranging from Boxercise, Jazzercise to HIIT) for a range of different athletic levels, to creative things like book clubs, joining a choir or even volunteering at a shop or a shelter is a good way to get out of your house, get a new focus and meet new people. 

Challenge Yourself

We all have a lot of responsibilities, sure, and it does sometimes feel like there’s just not enough time in the day. But it’s important that you don’t fall into the trap of complacency. If you do that, then by the time the next year rolls around, you might find that you’ve just been treading water, rather than making any meaningful strides forward. If it has been a while since you stepped out of your comfort zone, then look at setting yourself a challenge. It doesn’t really matter what it is. It could be that you learn a new language or set a fitness-related goal. Come the end of the year, you’ll be able to look back with pride at your achievement. Couch to 5K is a brilliant app that helps those of us out there that aren’t natural runners be able to run five whole kilometres without stopping (or dying). It might seem like a small achievement to some but imagine how thrilled you’ll feel knowing that you got off of your butt and did that? Way more than I could do as well!

Meeting New People

This links in nicely with my first point but when we’re younger, we tend to be forever meeting new people and learning about their lives. But when we’re older, it seems that we generally stick to our core group of friends and our families. But here’s the thing, while those people will mostly be wonderful, great and like our own miniature home comforts; they’re going to have limitations. There are a lot of people out there, and who knows what you might just learn by getting to know them? They can push you to try new things and think differently, and that’s something that really shouldn’t be understated. You can never quite be sure what kind of fantastic journey you’ll go on, just by connecting with others.

Adventure Time

As I so humbly mentioned earlier, our lives are full of responsibilities, often too many. Over time, they can begin to have a negative influence on our lives; they can limit the scope of our thinking, and take us away from that dreamy, grand way of thinking that can bring wonder into our lives. While you can’t drop all of your duties, you can take a break from them even for a short while and take a couple days just for yourself. Whether you want to take some days annual leave to just chill, take a trip abroad or even a staycation (check out my post on what to see and do in Bath here or even Salisbury here!) This forthcoming year, why not look at going on an adventure? Travel has long been documented as an excellent tool for elevating your spirit and mind. Indeed, the years upon which you look favorably probably had an adventure as the highlight. If you get planning now, you could go on a similarly inspiring adventure in the summer. It’s a big old world out there, with a lot to discover!

Get the House in Shape

But of course, you can’t expect the rest of the world to do all the work. If you’re going to love this year, then the basics of life have to be taken care of too. There’ll be little value in visiting dreamy places if your house is bringing you down for the rest of the year. So why not use the coming months to get your house in shape? You can find inspiration from the best interior design blogs, Pinterest and various different TV shows. Take steps towards getting a property that you love, one that is truly yours. There will, of course, be a cost factor, but don’t let this prevent you from realising your dreams; there are a number of different ways you could go about this and if it’s something that is in dire need of an urgent change; at extreme circumstances if you’ve exhausted every other option you could potentially go down the route of a site that offers bad credit loans with a guarantor option like this site here. Check out the interest rates of the loans you get offered but if needs must it would enable you to get started sooner. This could be the year where your house truly becomes your home, one that you love everything about. 

Hitting the Gym

It’s not always the most enjoyable of ideas, going to the gym. But it can add so much to your life, and once you’ve gotten over the initial hurdles (no pun intended), you might just find that you like those hours that you spend improving yourself. The real benefits will be felt away from the gym, of course, since you’ll have more energy, you’ll look better, and your brain will be filled with those mood-boosting chemicals. You’ll find it much easier to love this year if your health and fitness is in check! Try to build fitness into your life in other ways, too. Maybe encourage a friend to come with you and have your weekly gossip chatter there, do some lunges and squats in the cereal aisle of your local supermarket, make like Dwight K Shrute and sit on an exercise ball at your desk??? 

Working on your Goals

Everyone has hopes, dreams, and goals. Some good, some bad, some Freudian. But life has an annoying habit of getting in the way. While we may have taken a few baby steps towards making our goals come true, they often end up back on the shelf once the realities of life have set in. Could this be the year where you make one of your goals come true? Whether it’s finishing that novel, visiting an exciting destination, or whatever else, the satisfaction that you feel when you can tick it off your ‘to do’ list will be palpable. And who knows what kind of good things could follow the completion of one of your dreams? 

Getting Rid of Bad Habits

As well as bringing good things into your life, you may also want to look at getting rid of the bad habits that can compromise your happiness. Indeed, in many cases, people can push their lives forward just by changing a few things. For example, one thing that stops people from hitting the heights they’re capable of is that they’re too busy procrastinating to make it happen. Are you guilty of spending too much time on the internet? Is going out out to the bars, pubs and clubs your default action on a Friday evening? Sometimes I find that I’m my own worst enemy and am constantly standing in my own way, push yourself to get the goal you want otherwise you’ll end up kicking yourself you didn’t do it sooner.

Career Happiness

There are plenty of people out there who are happy in their personal life, but unhappy in their professional realm. And alas, this is a pretty big problem, purely because of how much time we spend at work! If you’re dreading Sunday evenings, then it’s time to make some changes. Of course, it’s often impossible to change your career at the drop of a hat, but you can set the wheels in motion. This could involve deciding what you want to do for your work, or undertaking a course that’ll make you eligible for other jobs. In many cases, simply making the decision to make a change can be enough to bring the good vibes back. 

Giving Back

The problem with life is that it’s usually only when we’re much older than we understand what’s important. But fortunately, in this interconnected age, we’re able to receive the wisdom of other people at any age. One thing you’ll hear again and again is that giving back and helping others can lead to a level of joy that nothing else can bring. So why not look at volunteering your time and helping others this year? If it’s something that you’ve never done before, then it could be a decision that opens up a whole new world of possibilities and emotions. 

Find Balance

There are times in our lives when we’re naturally just focused too much on our work, or ourselves, or socialising, or whatever else. There seems to be one dominant aspect of our lives that overshadows everything else. But have you noticed those people who seem to have all of their shiz together are always the ones that are living so incredibly well-balanced. For the forthcoming year, look at trying to perfect that balance. They say that you need to be thrived in work, friendships, spirituality, and exercise, so go easy on yourself and see what happens and if you can say yes to more things that bring you joy and no to more things that don’t. 

Positive Attitude

Whatever you do, I hope you can go into the new year with a positive attitude! You’ve got twelve months to make your own. So set aside the doubts, and live as if everything is possible and that good things are coming your way. You’ll be more likely to take chances and show gratitude, and who knows what might just materialise this year if you have such a positive and optimistic attitude?