18 February 2021

Insightful Journaling Prompts For Reflection

Journaling allows us to jot down thoughts & ideas & it can be a very powerful tool for self-care. I love journaling because it help clears my thoughts when things are feeling a bit messy. It helps release & make sense of emotions & inspire a positive change. 

If you're new to journaling, here are some prompts that helped me get started this year & have helped me reflect, process & adjust to the New Year. 

1. What goals are you hoping to accomplish in 2021? 

2. What people & activities lift you up? 

3. What expectations or rules no longer serve you & need to let go? 

4. What lessons have you learned from last year that can guide you in the coming year? 

I think the important thing about journaling is to choose prompts that speak to you or try the ones that seem a little more challenging to explore your thoughts & feelings. I find the emotions are high, journaling is always there for you as a way to let them out into the world. It can be really effective, it's free & a consistent why to support our mental health. 

Let me know if you've been journaling as of recently & how you've found it!

B x 

16 February 2021

Sustainable Beauty Swaps

I'm always trying to do a little better when it comes to sustainability. It's easy to have my tot bags at the ready & to fill your recycling bin but what about your beauty routine? I did some research into what I can do better, products I can invest in & I was pleasantly surprised. There are SO many things you can do & I wanted to share some of the ways we can be a little kinder to the planet. 

Refill Your Products 
It's an option that is slowly filtering into the beauty world & it's such a great idea! Buy a product, love it, use it up & then refill it! It's a fantastic idea & something I hope a lot more brands get on board with. 

Convert To Bamboo 
Embarrassingly, I was going through a pack of cotton pads, on average, every three weeks before a discovered their reusable counterparts & there are a few different options. I have been using these EverEco Bamboo Washable Makeup Remover Pads for the past six months & they are incredible! I use them, throw them in the little bag they come with & add them to the wash with whatever I've got in there & they come out looking brand new! A wee tip would be to try dampening them a little before applying product to them so they don't soak up the product like a sponge. 

Ditch The Sheet Masks 
I've never really been a big sheet mask gal & although there are some sheet masks that are made from biodegradable materials, most packaging options aren't which isn't too fab if you
re trying to make your routine more sustainable. Use up the ones you already have & see if you can find a similar, more sustainable product to replace your favourite sheet masks with. 

Reusable Buds 
This isn't something I've tried personally but upon reading it online I was very intrigued! It does sound super random but now that I think about it some more, cotton buds are so handy to have sitting in your bathroom & I'm always reaching for them. The ones recommended to me were from 'The Humble Co' & they look like they'd work well. I'm definitely going to have to try some out! I'll link some for those here in New Zealand can easily get their hands on. 

Turn Off The Tap
It's such a small change but it can make a huge difference in your water & energy consumption. So whenever you're brushing your teeth, shaving or throwing in a leave-in conditioner turn off your water supply. If you can handle it, which I can't, a slightly cooler shower will boost your circulation & is better for your skin, hair & nails in the long-run & again save on all that good stuff too. 

Use Stuff Up
As someone who enjoys trying every product recommended to her, it's ironic I'm writing this but I think we've all come a long way since having multiple back ups of products & having over 500 lipstick choices. Over the years, I've cut back my collection massively & consciously try not to make purchases in categories that are already occupied. 

A lot of products I don't end up using go to friends & family but I've recently found out that their are beauty counters that now accept beauty empties! Make sure they're rinsed throughly before dropping off & separate any pumps & pipettes as these might not be accepted for recycling! You can always check with your local counters to see what will & won't be accepted! 

B x 

11 February 2021

Your Weekend Read, Listen & Watch List

I love writing up these posts because they're very similar to favourites post, which one is coming at the end of this month, but these are more content creator based. I want to try & do these more often this year because not only do I get to share these amazing people & their content with you but it also encourages me to explore a bit more online & find other amazing content creators. 


9 February 2021

Important Life Lessons To Take Note Of When Attending University


Back to school season is in fully swing & no matter how old you are, there's always time to go back & learn new things. Whether you're eighteen or eighty, back to school can mean so many different things. It can mean enrolling in a course you've always wanted to do, signing up for University, completing your Masters or just retraining. 

I am currently in my second year of university & in the last year there are some things that have really stood out to me that can be carried throughout life & are great life lessons. 

Study Something You Actually Want To Learn 
There was never any pressure for me to go to university & because of that I really wanted to be sure I was going to study something I actually love & want to learn about rather than being influenced by others around me. I was 21 when I first started university & I don't regret waiting at all! People always say it's important to start university as soon as possible & while I think that's great if you know what you want to study & learn, it's not so helpful if you're unsure. And that's okay! You can do an internship, a year in a different city or a year working & people forget that if you want something, there are more things than your degree that will get you there. Also, don't be afraid to ask existing people who already are in the role you want! It's always helpful & they love to give advice! 

Don't Stress About The Future
I always use to spend a huge amount of time stressing about the future. Not knowing what I wanted to do was a huge part of that. I'd never push myself outside of my comfort zone & even attending university itself was huge for me. In the last year my confidence has only grown by pushing myself outside of my comfort zone but also by taking each day as it happens. I think the most important thing to remember in terms of pushing yourself outside your comfort zone is that you don't have to move mountains. Moving small mountains & taking small steps will help you achieve just as much, if not more! I would say to anyone who is unsure about where their degree might take them, what their dream job translates to or doesn't know their place in the world & is worrying & fretting about the future - these are the best years of your life & you should just go out & grab every opportunity no matter how big & 'scary' it might seem! The only fear in life is fear itself, remember that! 

Don't Leave Everything To The Last Minute 
Staying up until the early hours of the morning before having to hand in an assignment only causes a lot of stress & sleepless nights! It can take a bit in the beginning to work out how to plan your workload, set your own deadlines & met them but once you've got it sorted, you're ready to go! I manage to have assignments completed & ready to submit a week before the deadline & I can spend the week leading up to the deadline relaxing rather than staying up until 5AM! 

Take Every Opportunity Available 
Get stuck in straight away & take yourself outside of your comfort zone. Try to dip your toes in lots of different activities & get to know your flatmates & classmates as they're the people you'll be spending the majority of your time with. This year, I know I'm aiming to stress less & enjoy my time more. University gives us a wonderful opportunity to meet & bond with people from all walks of life. It's amazing to  have the opportunity to meet such a variety of people all at one time. 

It's Okay To Struggle Sometimes 
It's okay to struggle sometimes & it's so important to remember that! Don't feel guilty about having fun & enjoying yourself. I think as long as you can say you're really trying your best & giving your studies 100%, then you definitely shouldn't feel guilty for taking some time for yourself. Last year when I wound up in hospital for 10 days & I remember the more I began to feel better, the more guilty I felt because I wasn't able to uphold these high expectations I had set for myself. Everything worked out & looking back that was really a period of time I should've only been focusing on my health rather than everything else as well. 

B x 

2 February 2021

Book Review: Before The Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

"What would you change if you could go back in time? In a small alley in Tokyo, there is a cafe which has bern serving carefully brewed coffee for more than 100 years. But this coffee shop offers its customers an unique experience; the chance to travel back in time. But the journey to the past doesn't come without risks; customers must sit in a particular seat, they cannot leave the cafe & they must return to the present before the coffee gets cold. Kawaguchi has written a beautiful, moving story which explores the age-old question, what would you change if you could travel back in time? More importantly, who would you want to meet, maybe for the last time?"

I picked this book up at the beginning of summer & it was a really great read for over my summer break. It's an easy read that's slow moving but beautifully paced. I'd say this novel is captivating & memorable. A lot of the time I was felt feeling overwhelmed as it's a very character driven novel with so much heart. You begin to put yourself in the shoes of each character & you becomes connected to their happiness but also their pain & suffering. Highly recommend. 

B x