July-ving and thriving Day 23: Updating my vision board :)

July-ving and thriving Day 23: Updating my vision board :)

A few years ago I made a Vision Board on the door of my wardrobe using photos from the Instagrams of some of the different celebrities I look up to πŸ™‚Β  A few days ago I decided to update it as some of the photos had started to fade and curl in the corner so I ordered some photos from photo-box πŸ™‚

First I took down all of my old photos, recycled them and searched on Instagram for new photos to update the wall with πŸ™‚

A few days later the photos arrived so I spent all evening putting up the new photos

Let me know in the comments if you have a vision board yourself πŸ™‚

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July-ving and thriving Day 19: My running bucket list :)

July-ving and thriving Day 19: My running bucket list :)

At the start of lockdown I decided that after thinking about it for a long long time but always having excuses that I would start running as a way of feeling healthier and stronger πŸ™‚Β  I went on my first run on the 7th of April and struggled through it but was really proud of myself by the end and have continued to run at least once a week since but usually 2 or three times a week πŸ™‚ A few weeks ago I reached my mini goal of 4k and my next goal is a 5k! I thought that I would write down some of my running goals in the form of a running bucket list as I really hope to continue running for a while at least ❀

  1. Run 5k
  2. Run 10k
  3. Run with Maya in the park/through the woods πŸ™‚
  4. Run with a friend and don’t die!!
  5. Run Park run with Anna ❀
  6. Run on a beach
  7. Get ice cream after a run πŸ™‚
  8. Run in a different country
  9. Run outside/somewhere people can see you!
  10. Run in the rain

Let me know in the comments if you are a runner and if you are what your current goal is and if you’re not what you do for exercise ❀

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July-ving and thriving Day 15: A-Z of musicals :)

July-ving and thriving Day 15: A-Z of musicals :)

A few days ago Carrie Hope Fletcher made a video on her channel where her and her boyfriend Ollie were trying to name a musical for each letter of the alphabet and I thought it was such a good idea so I thought I would give it a go πŸ™‚ I think I did pretty well although there were a few letters that I just couldn’t get!

A. Addams family, Aladdin, Anastasia

B. Be More Chill, Bring It On, Book of Mormon, Beetlejuice

C. Come from away, Cats

D. Dear Evan Hansen, Dreamgirls

E. Everybody’s talking about Jamie

F. Falsettos

G. Grease

H. Hamilton, Heathers, Hairspray, Hadestown

I. In the Heights

J. Jesus Christ Superstar

K. Kinky Boots

L. Les Mis, Lion King

M. Matilda, Mamma Mia, Mean Girls

N. Newsies

O. On Your Feet, Only Fools and Horses, Oliver

P. Phantom of the Opera, Prince of Egypt, Prom

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R. Rock of ages

S. Six, School of Rock

T. Tina, Thriller

U.

V. Viva Forever

W. Wicked, Waitress

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Y.

Z.

Let me know in the comments if you can think of a show for the letters I missed!

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July-ving and thriving Day 14: Inspirational quotes

July-ving and thriving Day 14: Inspirational quotes

One of the first posts on my blog was a list of some of My favourite Inspirational quotes and sayings so I thought that I would add to that list since it has been a few years since that post πŸ™‚

  1. Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting
  2. Dare to love yourself as if you were a rainbow with gold at both ends
  3. Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breathe, kick off your shoes and dance
  4. Don’t go through life, grow through life
  5. Be Yourself. The world worships the original
  6. Do your little bit of good when you can, its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world
  7. Your soulmate is the one who makes life come to life
  8. Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else
  9. Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today
  10. Act as if what you do makes a difference, it does

Let me know in the comments what your favourite inspirational sayings are πŸ™‚

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July-ving and thriving Day 10: 301-325 on my bucket list :)

July-ving and thriving Day 10: 301-325 on my bucket list :)

301. Go to Kew Gardens (4.12.19)

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302. See the Bridge of Sighs in Oxford (7.12.19)

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303. Have a drink in Temple Bar (4.1.20)

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304. Go to Dublin Castle (4.1.20)

305. Have a Whisky tasting (4.1.20)

306. Go to Trinity College (4.1.20)

307. Go to the Guiness Storehouse (4.1.20)

308. Go to the Tower of London (6.2.20)

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309. See Come From Away (15.2.20)

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310.See The Prince of Egypt (28.2.20)

311. Go on a Hen Do (29.2.20)

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312. See Be More Chill (1.3.20)

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313. Read a Comic Book (1.3.20)

314. Go out in Birmingham (7.3.20)

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315. Sign up for Disney + (24.3.20)

316. Start running (7.4.20)

317. Receive flowers from a friend (29.4.20) 069b1c83-4a41-4660-bbf1-c30696c0a57a

318. Make Pad Thai (18.5.20) 5053cdb9-fcae-472a-8430-14b209397cb8

319. Engagement Do for Emma and Jamie (23.5.20)

320. Hire an ice cream truck (23.5.20)

321. Do agility with Maya ❀ ((31.5.20)

322.Β  Make Risotto (10.6.20)

323.. Run 4k (16.6.20)

324. Go to a national park (20.6.20)

325. Make Gnocchi (24.6.20)

Let me know in the comments whats on your bucket list πŸ™‚

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July-ving and thriving Day 9: My life is changing and I’m going to keep you updated month 1 aims :)

July-ving and thriving Day 9: My life is changing and I’m going to keep you updated month 1 aims :)

So last night I uploaded a post about how I have been feeling really unmotivated and lethargic during lockdown so I figured that in todays post I would talk about some of the stuff that I have already done during lockdown and what I want to do to improve before my first update post πŸ™‚

  1. During lockdown I have started cooking quite a bit so I would love to continue this- so far I have managed to cook Pad Thai, Risotto, Fried Rice, Spaghetti Carbonara and Gnocchi πŸ™‚ I would love to make the risotto and Gnocchi again and introduce another dish to this list before my update πŸ™‚
  2. Fitness wise I have started running during quarantine and on the 16th of June reached the 4k milestone on the running machine!!! My aim when I started running was to reach 5k so I would love to be able to reach my 5k aim before my update πŸ™‚
  3. Another aspect of fitness and physical health is drinking water and eating healthy so something I want to work on for the next update is drinking more water and eating healthier πŸ™‚
  4. I will be receiving quite a few packages and bits for my room relatively soon so I would love to do a few updates to my bedroom before the next update as well πŸ™‚
  5. Something that I am really passionate about is dog training so I woudl love to watch some training videos/read some training manuals before the next update and keep you guys updated on how my training is going with my dog Maya πŸ™‚
  6. I would love to start doing something nice for one of my friends every month so that is something else that I would love to add to the list of ideas πŸ™‚
  7. Have completed this blog series July-ving and thriving πŸ™‚

I think that is going to be enough to be getting on with before the next update!!!

Let me know in the comments if you have any ideas what my next set of aims should be πŸ™‚

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Dear 25 year old me :)

Dear 25 year old me :)

To my 25 year old self,

At this moment in time in the UK we are under lockdown which means I am self-isolating at home with my family so I thought I would write you a letter talking about what I want to accomplish and what I hope happens in the next few years πŸ™‚ At the moment you live with your parents, have a 1 year old collie called Maya who you love more than anything and are working at Battersea Cats and Dogs Home πŸ™‚

During lockdown I have started the Couch to 5k app so I hope you have continued on with some form of running or fitness routine as I am really proud of myself for starting and hope I have continued as I am actually starting to enjoy it which I never thought I would say!! It would be amazing if you could go on runs with Maya as I think she would love this!

I hope you have started doing obedience or agility competitions with Maya- Maya is now a year old and the trainer I take her to once a week wanted me to start doing competitions with her however due to lockdown the competitions aren’t happening at the moment so I hope you have started doing these with her πŸ™‚

Saved money to move out- Now I’m working I have already started saving up some money to hopefully rent/buy somewhere so I hope in 2 and a bit years I am in a better position to do this and am actually properly thinking about doing this and in a financial situation that this would actually be viable!

Maybe thinking about a new job or have an idea what I want to do next?- I absolutely love my current job however at some point I would like to move onto a new step so I hope in 2 and bit years I have a better idea of what it would be that I would want to do and am hopefully moving in that direction.

Photography- I absolutely love photography and am actually planning on having a photoshoot with Maya this week πŸ˜› I’m hoping I have managed to improve my photography loads over the next two years as its something I really love to do πŸ™‚

Travel!!- At the moment we are not allowed to travel anywhere but I hope once it is safe to do so you do on a few big trips/have planned a few big trips! I would love to go to Disneyworld in Florida, on a Safari and also go to a floating lantern festival πŸ™‚

See Little Mix live- I was supposed go see Little Mix at Hyde Park on my 23rd birthday however it has been cancelled so I’m hoping I will get to see them live in the next few years πŸ™‚

Most of all I hope you are happy and content with wherever life has led you in the next few years πŸ™‚

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101 things part 2 :) 1-10

101 things part 2 :) 1-10
  1. Go to Ireland (4-6 January 2020)

2. Watch a documentary (23.1.20)

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3. Watch Toy Story 4 and Frozen 2 (26.1.20)

4. Go to the Tower of London (6.2.20)

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5. Make Maya a cake for her Birthday (2.2.20)

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6. Have an afternoon tea (21.2.20)

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7. Go to a Hen Do (29.2.20)

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9. Read a Comic Book (1.3.20) Screen Shot 2020-04-18 at 15.47.21

10. Spend a day at a Spa (3.3.20)

Let me know in the comments if you have ever completed a 101 things in 1001 days πŸ™‚

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Ten more body positive song lyrics :)

Ten more body positive song lyrics :)

In September 2019 I wrote a blog post talking about some of the Body Positive song lyrics that can be found in pop culture and since then there have been a lot of different songs released so I thought I would update that post πŸ™‚

  1. “I do my hair toss, check my nails, Baby how you feelin’? Feeling good as hell”- Lizzo, Good as Hell
  2. “I’m my own worst critic, Talk a whole lot of shit, But I’m a ten out of ten, Even when I forget”- Demi Lovato, I Love Me
  3. “Could dress up, to get love, but guess what? I’m never gonna be the girl, whos living in a Barbie world”- Daya, Sit Still Look Pretty
  4. “F*** your ribbons and your pearls, Cause I’m not just a pretty girl”- Maggie Lindemann, Pretty Girl
  5. “You can buy all the make-up, That M.A.C. can make, but if You can’t look inside you, Find out who am I too, Be in the position thatΒ make me feel, So damn unpretty”- TLC, Unpretty
  6. “Now I’m out here looking like revenge, Feelin’ like a 10, the best I ever been, And yeah, I know how bad it must hurt, To see me like this, but it gets worse”- Demi Lovato, Sorry Not Sorry
  7. “Pretty hurts, We shine the light on whatever’s worst, Perfection is a disease of a nation, Pretty hurts, pretty hurts”- Beyonce, Pretty Hurts
  8. “Who’s that sexy thang I see over there?, That’s me, standin’ in the mirror, What’s that icy thang hangin’ ’round my neck?, That’s gold, show me some respect”, Meghan Trainer- Me Too
  9. “You gotta speak up, you gotta shout out, And know that right here, right now, You can be beautiful, wonderful, Anything you wanna be, oh, Little me”- Little Mix, Little Me
  10. “Don’t go and waste your precious time, With all the nonsense on your mind, Don’t criticize yourself no more, You got a smile worth fighting for”- Fifth Harmony, Brave Honest Beautiful

Let me know in the comments if I’ve forgotten any πŸ™‚

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My favourite Body Positive Movies :)

My favourite Body Positive Movies :)
  1. Dumplin- Many of you will already know that I absolutely love love love this film- I am a big fan of Dove Cameron and Jennifer Aniston and add in a body positivity message and I am so on board!! πŸ™‚ img_0206
  2. Hairspray- This was one of my favourite films growing up especially since it has Zac Efron in!! Since seeing the film I have actually seen Hairspray on the West End and absolutely loved the new version they did Hairspray Live with Jennifer Aniston, Ariana Grande, Dove Cameron and also Kristen Chenoweth.
  3. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants- This film includes Blake Lively, Alexis Bledel and America Ferrera which is enough to make it one of my favourites plus the added Body Positive message makes it one of my favourite movies πŸ™‚ There are quite a few scenes in this movie which I absolutely love including when they are trying on the jeans and also when Carmen stands up to her Stepmother by saying ‘We can just tell everybody that Carmen’s Puerto Rican and it never occurred to you that she might be built differently.’
  4. Little Miss Sunshine- This film is so inherently body positive and includes a normal kid who wants to enter a beauty pageant despite not looking like all of the ‘supermodels’ and I absolutely love it! I am a big fan of Abigal Breslin and absolutely love the scene where Olive goes up to Miss California and asks if she eats Ice Cream πŸ™‚
  5. Isn’t it romantic- This is one of the newest films on the list and features Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam Devine and Priyanka Chopra πŸ™‚ I love the message of the film is that she had to learn to love herself and didn’t have to wait for a guy to love her before she realised she is worthy of love πŸ™‚

Let me know in the comments some of your favourite films with a Body Positive message πŸ™‚

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