Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Living A More Carefree Life

Follow my blog with Bloglovin 'Chillllll, relax... You live just the one life, so slow down, take a breath, and enjoy it.'

All this sounds perfect, right? If only it were that easy to do... Well, if you read my 'Moving Towards a Better Me' poem here, you'll see that trying to lead a more carefree life is something very high up on my agenda for 2016. I'm tired of feeling weighed down by the pressures of life that, ideally, shouldn't matter. I don't want to perceive the future as a burden any more; and I don't want my past to feel as though it's holding me back. I feel more determined than ever to totally transform not only how I view the world around me, but also how I view myself and the role I have to play in its functioning. Today, I wanted to share with you some of the initial steps I've taken to help lift that weight off my shoulders, and I can't wait to continue upon this journey. I already feel so much more content, and uplifted, and I hope these steps may help guide you in the same direction! 

 [Do you ever look back at photos and think... WHY did I not take my camera out that day? Ah well, it's still a miracle in itself we're even able to take photos, let alone on a phone. It'll do. Natures beauty speaks for itself. ]

Stop looking back - I don't think that there's one person in this world that has ever found it easy to totally let go of the past and not let it somewhat influence their present thoughts and/or mindset. Quite frankly, I've got to that point now where I feel like the main thing that has been holding me back the most this past year has been those burdening thoughts of the past... the mistakes made, the horrible people that tried to pull me down, and more. It did take me quite a while to get out of the habit of focusing on these things, but since having done so I've really noticed a significant change in my attitude. I go to sleep and wake up looking forward to the day ahead, rather than feeling anxious it could turn into one of those bad days that happened so long ago now.

Look forward - The more you think about the future, the less intimidating it'll become. For so long I would feel this sense of dread and anxiety whenever I looked forward... why??!
At school it's forever drummed into your head that your entire life, how your future will plan out, alllll falls down to your actions now. Whilst this can prove true to a certain extent (although, I am still a strong believer that it's never too late to change things around and move direction if you so wish), it's wrong to see your own life as one of your most daunting burdens. Since I've stopped caring so much, I feel so much more free. Free to slow down and enjoy the moments of now, rather than wasting them panicking about the future moments that I can not control either way.

Stop aiming to be perfect. - I can guarantee now that what you see as 'perfect', a lot of other people may also see as 'perfect', but then a lot of people won't alongside. The whole idea of 'perfection' is so transient and so incontrovertibly subjective, that once you begin to realise that, the sooner you start to realise that perhaps striving towards this ideology of perfection isn't all that. Don't get me wrong, I always think its a good thing to encourage yourself to motivate towards being a better you, but that doesn't necessarily need to be the you which society projects whom you 'ought' to be. As long as you focus on becoming a better, happier version of the current you, both gradually and steadily, you can't fail. I know I sound like such a parent when I say this but honestly, at the end of the day, is it really possible to fail at anything as long as you try? Just thinking that there's always ways to improve is already a step in the right direction. Try to be content with focusing on the next step, rather than pushing yourself to jump towards that unattainable final destination of 'perfection'. 

Comparison isn't necessary. - Stop comparing yourself to others. They are not you, and you are not them. You're different. Whilst it can be very difficult to embrace this fact at times, I think this realisation and mindset can really change how you view your part to play in the world. I often find that comparing myself to others just makes me highlight all their pros, which in turn underlines my own perceived flaws. Just know, we're extremely self-critical creatures and whilst this can be a good thing at times, a lot of the time it can become quite discouraging and prove detrimental to our sense of self-confidence and sense of self-belief. Drop any feelings of jealousy, loathing, sadness or regret when thinking about others, and focus on comparing how you want the future you to be in comparison to the present you. This can only help project a more positive mindset, and hopefully it'll motivate you to focus on you as an individual, rather than you and your place in comparison to others.

I regret that it's taken me so long to truly recognise the importance of these aspects in moving towards living a more carefree, fun life. I don't want to feel burdened any more by things I know I have the ability to control, and I have found that since I've started to just focus on overcoming these aspects of my life, I've managed to in turn use them to my advantage in building a stronger, more confident me. I know the above may seem pretty straight forward, but sometimes I think it's safe to say that we all could do with a little reminder to highlight that, as long as we try, we really can get there.

(I just wanted to apologise in advance. I do realise that my vocabulary and grammar in this post aren't up to par with my normal standards but I've recently been dealing with some extremely sad news that has made my thoughts all a bit blah. Nevertheless, I very much enjoyed writing this, and I hope you enjoyed reading it too). 

Thursday, 10 March 2016

The Puffin in Bloom Collection

I have to admit, I was a little nervous about what to pick up for Mothers Day this year. That is, until I discovered these beautiful little gems. The Puffin in Bloom collection contains some childhood classics that, personally, I feel should be on everybody's bookshelf. The set of four includes: 'Little Women' by Louisa May Alcott; 'A Little Princess' by Frances Hodgson Burnett; 'Anne of Green Gables' by Lucy Maud Montgomery; and lastly, 'Heidi' by Johanna Spyri. Not only does it possess a beautiful collection of literature, but the gorgeously vibrant cover art has been especially designed by Anna Bond, Rifle Paper Co.'s principal artist and my oh my... I know we ought not to judge a book by its cover, but how could you not when holding this collection in your hands? 

The collection itself comes in a fittingly designed display box, which shares that same minimalistic foliage design that Anna Bond has become so well known for. Each of the four books in the collection are hardback, which I think really adds to the special feel of this collection, and gives it that extra quality needed if they are to potentially be passed down through generations in the family. I personally don't like canvas as I think they get grubby quite easily, so I was pleased to see that the Puffin in Bloom collection featured smooth, yet still vibrant covers. Additionally, they're quite a bit shorter than the average paperback book, which makes them so very easy to hold, or perhaps to carry on you if you enjoy a cheeky relaxing read during your morning commute like I do. Lastly, what I think I love most about the design of this collection in particular, is that each of the rear covers feature a proudly framed quote, giving some inclination as to what secrets may lay inside.

Their bold, colourful, contrasting designs fill me with glee and excitement each time I so much as glance at them, which I think is just wonderful. More books should make you feel like that. I hope it'll fill others, especially younger children, with that same feeling of nostalgia and adventure that my mum also feels whenever she picks up a copy for a fun, yet calming read. I think it's safe to say that if this collection is ever expanded in the future (please literary Gods!), then I will definitely be one of the first to check it out as they truly are some of the most bloomin' beautiful books I have ever seen (hehe, I couldn't help it. Sorry)!

If you're thinking about picking The Puffin in Bloom collection, I'd wholeheartedly recommend that you do. Whether you intend to gift it to a child, your mum, a friend, or heck, even as a treat to yourself (luckily, my mum likes sharing!!) - I promise you that you will not be disappointed. I can't imagine anyone not swooning over this beautiful collection (and yes, they are somehow more beautiful in person), so I really do feel that they'll make for the perfect treat and/or gift, for any occasion or reason.

If you'd like to pick up the whole set as I did, you can find it cheapest here (< link). However if you'd prefer, you can also pick up the books individually here (Little Women), here (A Little Princess), here (Anne of Green Gables) & here (Heidi).

What are some of your favourite childhood classics?
Hannah x

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Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Moving Towards A Better Me

I don't want to be stuck in this me...
The me that for so many years
I have
 yearned to flee.

I want to be able to move, aspire, and feel that I can break free -
free to be the me that I so long to be.

I want to feel comfortable, confident, kind, and warm.
I want to feel as though any risk I take
could bring no harm.

I want to look at the trees, and be able to admire
their beauty... the texture of their leaves.
I want to breathe in the crisp morning air, and in my head have 
not one single worry, or care.

I want to move, build, drive, and seek;
Improve my fitness - week, by week. 

I want to keep on top, steer clear, and be more productive.
I've tried my hand at many a game, but I
know that leading a more care-free life
prove more constructive.

I need to release the past, present and future;
and not worry myself about all of the things 
 I cannot nurture.

I need to jump up, run out of the house and say: 
Today - oh today is going to be a better day.

I need to ask myself: can today be that day?
The day that always seemed
so far away...


- H. D.
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