The Blogger Recognition Award

Hello loves, ❤

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Special thanks to Ingrid Madison Ave – You are truly the kindest soul I’ve ever met. You have joined me on my WordPress journey in my early days & I cannot thank you enough for your support.

Please check out her page, you will not be disappointed – I learn so much from all her posts.

 

RULES FOR THIS AWARD:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 5 other bloggers you want to give this award to and comment on each blog to let them now with a link to your award post.

 

HOW MY BLOG STARTED:

I was a blog reader for such a long time, I absolutely loved reading Lauren Conrad’s Blog. As I was bike riding one day, I had this thought flash through my mind & I thought ‘if she can do it, so can I’ & I literally started to prep my blog, I prepped for about a month than it went live. 18 months later & 33,000 views I couldn’t be more happy w/ my decision.

 

ADVICE FOR NEW BLOGGERS:

Advice #1: 

Don’t post what others are posting, don’t try follow any trends, don’t be someone you are not. Embrace your blog, embrace your personality on your blog, be YOU! I cannot stress that enough. Being you will attract more people to your blog than when you be someone else.

Advice #2:

Take the time to interact w/ your followers – Read their posts as they would yours, comment nice things when you read their blogs, reply to people that have commented on your blog.

 

NOMINEES:

 

 

Thank you to Ingrid Madison Ave again, you truly are a beautiful soul – Cant wait to see your reply ❤

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)

 

You Are More Than Your Mistakes

Hello my loves ❤

 

We’ve all done things we aren’t proud of. Made decisions that we’ve immediately wished we could take back. Uttered words out loud that have instantly twisted our gut with a pang of discomfort and regret. We’ve all done things without thinking, or while only thinking of ourselves and no one else. We’ve all done things because they’ve felt good in the moment, ignoring what we know will be an unfortunate outcome.

 

Bottom line, we’ve all made mistakes. Sometimes we even repeat them. Sometimes not just once, but over and over again. And when that happens, it’s not difficult to start beating yourself up. To look at the wreckage that surrounds you, the one that you yourself have conjured up, and hate yourself for what you’ve caused.

 

It’s all too easy to go back in time, to pluck out those instances from your memory, and count them one by one. To revisit and replay them until they’re stuck in the forefront in your mind, instead of in the past where they belong.

 

No one likes to screw up. We all want to make the right decision, one hundred percent of the time.

 

But the truth is that what we actually need to be doing is forgiving ourselves for the mistakes we’ve made, not punishing ourselves for them.

 

What we need to really be doing is examining those instances, and ultimately learning from them. When we pull those mistakes from the storage of our memories, we can’t just chastise ourselves for the stupid things that we’ve done. We can’t simply look at ourselves in anger.

 

The world that we live in preaches perfection; we’re all under the impression that the only option we have is to succeed, that we need to do everything right the first time we attempt it. And our culture isn’t one that encourages trial and error, but rather one that pushes perfectionism with the only alternative being a total failure.

 

But I don’t need to tell you that this isn’t the way the world actually works.

 

No one gets everything right the first time. There’s never been a person who’s lived on this earth who has gotten everything completely correct. Even those who seem to have it all figured out have made awful mistakes, ones that they probably thought would change the trajectory of their lives for the worst.

 

And behind every successful person is a path at least partly cemented with regret for what could have been, but ultimately never came to be because of a mistake that was made.

 

So instead of beating ourselves up over every stupid thing we’ve ever done, over every relationship we’ve sabotaged, every person we’ve hurt and every opportunity we gave up for something that didn’t pan out as well as we thought, let’s take the opportunity to learn something. Let’s analyse the situation and figure out where we went wrong. Let’s right our wrongs and apologize to those we didn’t do well by. Let’s mourn for those chances we missed and the roads we didn’t take.

 

But after we’re done with that, let’s put it all aside and move on. Let’s bundle up all of those mistakes and stash them into the vault of long-term memory; we can’t, after all, pretend those things never happened.

But we can decide not let the mistakes of the past dictate the decisions we make in our future. We can’t let them define who we are as people, as individuals.

 

Because we’re all only human.

 

And while we’re at it, let’s forgive ourselves. Let those feelings of shame go. Let them leave your body in one big exhale. Don’t let the mistakes stick to your insides, don’t let the regret rot you. Exhale and release. Let go and start fresh.

 

Remember that you’ll most definitely make new mistakes. Because you’ll never truly be done with getting it wrong; no one will. Prepare yourself for those blips in your atmosphere. Be ready to let those things go once you’re done with them, once those mistakes have taught you the lessons you needed to be taught.

 

Learn and let go. Make right and then move on. Forgive and take a step forward.

 

Because you are so much more than your mistakes.

 

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)

My Birthday Week

Hello loves, ❤

Okay, okay, okay, this post is LONG OVERDUE! Over a week over due! I am the worst. I just have so much content that I want to share but so little time ❤

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I had a beautiful birthday, spent with those that mean the world to me ❤ I am happy that the loved ones around me went above + beyond for my birthday, I am so grateful + thankful.

I went out to dinner last week, had a lovely meal + also some dessert, I got a beautiful present from a beautiful soul.

I got a tea infuser, tea, motivating pens, candle, an amazing book, a grateful journal & a candle.

So I am thinking to have some tea w/ my candle burning whilst writing in my journal with my cute pens.  (Sounds like a plan)

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My work desk was decorated & I am so grateful for what my work colleagues did for me ❤

I am so grateful for what they did for me, there was balloons, glitter, banner, confetti, presents, it was a lovely day ❤

My working day was great than I got to go home early, which was amazing – I than went home to my family & had a pizza party (they asked if I wanted to go out for dinner & I said nooooooo lets order pizza) So pizza is what we had ❤ My weakness is pizza, just so you know 😛

DAC6E726-CB3E-4D8C-B3DC-2B5175D5F7EBWhen I got home, my bedroom was decorated by my family, I was so gobbsmacked at the effort they did too ❤

I am so happy that my family + friends made me feel loved on my birthday ❤

I received some really beautiful gifts from everyone & got showered w/ flowers, if you know me well you will also know that one of my weaknesses is FLOWERS. I love having flowers in my bedroom. ALL. THE. TIME!

If there are not fresh flowers in my room, there is something wrong.

Haha, there is a sneak peak to my bedroom that I STILL need to do a tour of, yes I know!

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My parents had asked what birthday cake I wanted & I said a CHOCOLATE MUD CAKE! & it was the most delicious thing ever BUT.. it was so RICH. I’m surprised my teeth didn’t fall out, haha.

I am so blessed that those around me made my birthday one to remember. I am so grateful that my loved ones went above & beyond to make me feel loved on my birthday.

BUT… Just like that within the blink of an eye the day was over & now my birthday is another year away now THEN I’ll be 26!

I know this an overdue post & I AM SOOO SORRY.

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)