Oh hello, June, where did you come from?  Seriously how is it June already? I'm going to try and make the most of summer this year - despite everything else being rubbish. I'm going to enjoy myself and have fun in the sun. Sound like a good plan, doesn't it? ⠀
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Oh hello, June, where did...

I must admit that I did get bored with balcony/mirror outfit pictures and wanted a more nature/organic photos backdrop. Well now summer is right around the corner, and the sun is indeed shining, and with news that lockdown resections are now easing, I now thought it was the perfect opportunity to go out into the wood and show you this floral Zara dress.⠀
I brought this dress at the very beginning of this year and was keen to show you guys this as I think it a lovely summer dress to wear, plus, I also thought it would go nicely with my red hat.⠀
For someone who has been cooped up, I must admit that it was nice to go into my local woodland and to walk around for an afternoon. I think it was also lovely for Richard, my husband, to pick up his camera again and to take some photos. The whole pandemic has put a pause on his professional photographer profession, and he hasn’t needed to use his camera much.⠀
It was lovely to put on a dress and to make myself look a little presentable. It got me out of my loungewear for an afternoon. The experience made me feel a little more like myself, and it put me in a good mood. As much as I like comfy loungewear, I’m still someone who wants to dress up.⠀
I’m hoping I can go out more this summer, of course still observing the social distancing rule, and doing more outdoor outfit photos. I’m also hoping this summer to wear more of my summer outfit and to feel more like myself.⠀
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I must admit that I...

Usually, when I do an outfit post or picture, I like to dress up and show you some pretty dress. But this time I thought I would show you a few of my casual wear and what I wear on a day to day basis. I must admit, as much as I love to dress up, I wouldn't exactly go to Tesco in them. So on a day to day basis, I'm usually in jeans and a top. ⠀
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Usually, when I do an...

If I were to describe my style, it would be summed up in two words: quirky and fun. I'm sure you realise by now I don't like boring black fashion – I do fun, bright, colourful style. Case in point is this Collectif watermelon dress. You can't get more quirky and fun fashion than this, can you?⠀
I like my clothes to reflect a lot of my personality, eternally youthful while also quirky and fun. Yup, that pretty much summed up me. The saying, you are who you are by the clothes you wear, really does hold up with me.⠀
I'm still that little girl who had a dressing up box as a child and would play dress-up; now I just have a wardrobe filled with more clothes than I could ever need as my dressing up box. I still like to have fun with my clothes, and I haven't lost that childhood wonder about clothes. And I don't think I ever will.⠀
Overall, what I'm saying is that this Collectif watermelon dress reflects who I am as a person and also my style. I also believe it represents how fashion shouldn't be all serious; it should be fun and should put a smile on a person's face.⠀
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If I were to describe...

* Stare at the computer screen completely blank, not sure what write*. Pretty summed up my week really - a blank space. Yup got writer block. ⠀
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Why I’m Using Mediation for My Mental Health

I don’t even know where to start with this blog post or how I’m going to say, what I want to say, don’t be surprised if this another blog post where my mind is all over the place, and I end up having scattered thoughts.

That first sentence should sum up what my mind has been lately, a real scattered mess where nothing seems to stick, and I’m in an eternal war with myself.

There are days when I feel like I’m a tornado and everything is just swirling around me, and I’m trying to grab onto something, but I don’t seem to keep hold of it.

I think the problem is my mind is over racing and there seem to be a billion thoughts and I don’t seem to have a handle on it.

What I need was a way to slow my racing mind down and give it breathing space where I can stop having scattered thoughts and focus on something concrete.

I have always been aware of mediation and how it can calm you down, but the problem with me is that I don’t just have an active mind – but also active, restless feet as well. I cannot, for the life of me able to sit still long enough. I have restless legs syndrome meaning that I never could sit still long enough to do the actual meditation.

The ideas of mediation came to me around Christmas last year when a book on the subject caught my attention. It was a real essential ‘simple guide to mediation’ book, but it was enough for me to start thinking that mediation might be the answer I was seeking – improving my mental health.

Reading the book wasn’t the only thing I did. I also downloaded a mediation app to help me.  The app is Calm, and it has been a bloody godsend, let me tell you. I finally found a way to stop the swirling tornado inside my mind and give myself some time to breathe.

What I like about Calm is the many different mediation programs it has and how I can cater to what I have been feeling that day. But the biggest thing I have found with the various meditation programs is how it let my mind shut the f**k up for a few moments.

With the mediation, I don’t do it first thing in the morning or the middle of the day as I know I don’t have the patience for it, I like to do it last thing at night, just before turning into the night. I’m a little sleeper at that time and more relaxed.

So, you must be wondering how is mediation helping my mental health?

Remember the swirling vortex that is my mind? Well just putting on a meditation program and taking a 30 mins break does help slow down the swirling whirlwind and I have found after a mediation I’m able to concentrate and focus on something. Mediation has helped me find clarity and has eased my crippling anxiety. It also has given me some very vivid dream that gives me clarity and the right course of action for that day ahead.

Overall what I’m saying is that mediation has helped my mental health and has stopped this fast-moving swirling vortex. I understand mediation might not be for everyone, but I’m so happy I’ve gone down that route and finally took care of my mental health.

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Why I’m Using Mediation for My Mental Health

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