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5 Podcasts that Make Life Better

I only found the podcast world in mid-2017 and let me tell you, it has been life-changing. I always stick a podcast on while I'm on the train to uni or trying to get to sleep. When I first looked on the app I didn't realise just how many different podcasts there was. As I'm on my little life improvement journey the section I go to is lifestyle and health. I think podcasts are amazing because they're like a video you don't have to make the effort to watch - if you get me.

Meditation Minis
As someone who is quite new to meditation, it can be daunting for me to sit there for thirty minutes meditating because self-doubt about my method is swimming in my head. Meditation Minis has really helped me become more confident in my practice and has inspired me to implement meditation into my life on a daily basis. Chel has a variety of episodes that help make life just a bit easier. I always feel like I've had a good meditation after listening to these. It makes meditation a lot easier and less daunting to newbie meditators. 

The Mindful Kind

Being more mindful was on my list of new years resolutions and this podcast has been so important in helping me with that goal. Rachel has some amazing tips on how to live a more mindful and intentional life. I love that her topics are so varied too. She talks about food, studying, growing older and loads more. I really recommend listening to her if you want to become more mindful. She's so laidback and her approach is really inspiring. It sounds strange but when I listen to her it's like listening to an old friend talking. 

Tracks to Relax

 Falling asleep is always so difficult for me but it been made much easier by this podcast. It has many different types of sleep meditation such as guided or fantasy meditation. I usually fall asleep after one episode which is a lot quicker than I used to fall asleep. It’s so handy if you find it difficult to fall asleep in silence. They have episodes that are really helpful in other ways and they really put my mind at rest sometimes from my anxieties and worries.

Losing 100lbs

 The tough love approach has always worked better for me because if people are too soft I feel like I can get away with not listening. So when it comes to this podcast its perfect for anyone else like me. Corinne has some amazing tips for her weight loss experience. She has this kind of ‘no-bullshit’ approach to it which is so inspiring to me because I am usually full of bad excuses. This podcast keeps me on the right track and in the right state of mind.

Ted Daily

As I’ve mentioned before I am a huge believer in the notion that humans never stop learning. I’ve always been the inquisitive type who strives to always ask why. Ted Daily really fulfils my hunger for learning as there's a new episode up daily on a topic I usually know nothing about. I love listening to them when I’m feeling curious so I can learn more.

I'd just like to add that I mostly listen to podcasts on the Spotify app, however, the last two podcasts are only available on the Apple Podcast app (I think). Thank you so much for reading. Have a lovely day and stay beautiful. Lots of loves, 

New Additions with Photowall*

*Disclaimer: Photowall kindly gifted me this product in exchange for an honest review. All views are my own in this post.

I am such a lover of decor, I am always on the prowl for new pieces to stick in my room. I love my room to have decor in it that mirrors who I am. I think it's so important to create a space surrounded by things that bring you joy. It makes you feel so much better in your environment. When Photowall asked me to work with them I was so excited! I immediately hopped onto their site and found the perfect canvas for my room. My print is one with constellations on that says 'Never Stop Shining'. I loved this print because I have an obsession with the stars and motivational quotes and this print was them two mixed together.  

About Photowall
Photowall is a Swedish company that sells canvases and wall murals that can add a personal touch to your home or bedroom. Photowall has such a huge range of prints and designs for people to pick from. I was astounded at how eclectic the range was when I visited their site. They truly do have a print for everyone. You can chose from nature, typography, architecture and loads more But if by chance you don't find one that you like, don't stress - you can print your own.  I think it's amazing that that choice is available because it can help add a really personal touch to your canvas or mural. To make it even better there products are all environmentally friendly, fire retardant and they don't fade in the sun. 

Arrival and Assembly 
My canvas arrived really quickly which is good as I'm super impatient and I really wanted to put my canvas up. One of my favourite things about my canvas is that I put it together. I was so excited that I forgot to take photos of the process (doh!). At first, I was a little scared to do it all wrong but the instructions were super helpful and I didn't have to shout my Dad to help once! There are no tools required and it comes with all the equipment you'll need to put it together. It took about ten minutes to set it up in total, a fact I am proud of because I thought it would take me hours. I feel like it was such a nice touch to be able to put it together myself.

Final Thoughts 
The print of this canvas looks so good! It looks so well done and it's a brilliant addition to my bedroom. The price is very reasonable considering the effort that obviously goes into making these prints perfect for each individual. There was a really quick turnaround with delivery and I received my package in three days! Photowall kindly offered me a 20% off code for my readers - this could is active for thirty days. The code is KatieYvonneCampaign2018.

I'd like to say a really big thank you to Photowall for working with me. As mentioned before, this product was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review.

Thank you so much for reading. Have a lovely day and stay beautiful. Lots of loves, 

A Breakup with Makeup

Breakups can be difficult but this one has been a long time coming. For a while now, I've found myself just falling out of love with makeup. I just don't enjoy putting it on anymore - it seems like such a chore. There are multiple reasons why I've stopped enjoying makeup and I'm going to talk about them in this post. 

It doesn't help with my crappy skin
My skin is a combination of every type ever and it's a nightmare. It's oily, red, dry in places etc. I used to just cake my face in foundation to hide all the things I was embarrassed about which then made the situation worse. I've been putting more effort into trying to keep my skin clear and not wearing makeup is a really helping me do this. It's also helping me be more confident in my own skin which leads me to my next point.

I've gained confidence 
Makeup for me was a tool to mask all the stuff I hated on my skin like spots, blemishes and whatever else. However, since taking more care of my skin and just reminding myself that I don't need makeup to feel beautiful has really upped my confidence. Not that I don't feel amazing with a full face of makeup on but it's nice to feel comfortable without makeup on too. I used to hate going on the house without 'my face' on whereas now I'm fine not wearing anything. 

I can have a longer lie in
I used to get up so early to do my makeup when I was at school. I'd spend a good 45 minutes putting my makeup on and making sure I looked alright. Now, getting out of bed early to put makeup on seems like just such a chore and it didn't bring me joy at all. My groggy, morning self had a lot of difficulties making sure my eyebrows were sisters and not distant cousins, twice removed. I just stay in bed now or spend that time being productive.

It didn't feel special anymore
After putting my makeup on I'd just feel 'meh' about it, I didn't feel like 'omg I look fricking bomb today' anymore, yknow? I think that now I'm just going to save putting makeup on for special occasions and stuff like that. However, I do put some mascara and brow gel on daily. Trust me, you wouldn't want to see my brows untamed.

Has anything changed?
Honestly, yes. I feel more confident in my own skin and I'm *kinda* at peace with my blemishes etc. It's really taught me to just embrace my naked skin and stop worrying about how I look constantly. It's also saved me a bit of money because my products last longer which is amazing. It's really just made it more comfortable to look in the mirror and be happy with what I see. Also, my skin has really benefited from this as my pores aren't constantly clogged up with foundation and powder. As I said before, this is just my choice and how I've experienced it for the last few months. If you're happy wearing makeup everyday then rock it. 

Thank you so much for reading. I think it's important to drop things that don't bring you joy anymore whether it's doing your makeup, reading a boring book or meeting your annoying friend every Tuesday for coffee. Fill your life with things that make you happy. Have a lovely day and stay beautiful. Lots of loves, 

5 Reasons to Carry On

I'm almost certain that we've all been in a position where just giving up on our goals and aspirations seems more than tempting. The stress builds up, motivation runs low and the outlook seems nothing but bleak. However, I am here to convince you that carrying on is 100% the best way to go. Here are five things I tell myself when I need motivation to not give up. 

#1: If you give up now you'll never see the end result
There have been thousands of times where I've given up on something and then looked back and thought 'How could that have gone if I'd had pulled through?'. If you find a way to get your mojo back and continue working for whatever your goal is, you will get to see the end result. That final result could be more amazing than you ever could've imagined. 

#2: Show yourself that you can pull through 
Pulling through will absolutely prove to yourself that you are able to get through a bad time. Even the most successful people will have times like these and that's okay, we're only human. Showing yourself that you can get through this will make it easier to prevent it happening again as you'll know that you're strong enough to battle feeling uninspired or demotivated.

#3: Teach yourself how to get through a period of feeling unmotivated 
Times like this can be really useful in teaching yourself how to feel motivated again. It can show you what's useful to you and what isn't - this will make it easier for you to get through feeling this way and to start smashing them goals again. Some people might find talking about feeling demotivated useful and some may not..finding out what works for you is important.

#4: Prove other people wrong
Sometimes the reason we feel a little uninspired to carry on is because of comments that someone else has made - whether they meant to offend you or not. I've had this where I've given up because someone has told me I'll never reach my goal. Now, I carry on because I want to prove them wrong and I want to show them that I can do it, no matter what they think. Use the fuel they give you in your fire of life.

#5: You will feel amazing when you reach your goal
Once all the hard work is done and you're finally in the place you want to be whether it's 2 stone lighter or in the office given to you in that promotion, you will feel on top of the world. There is no better feeling than knowing that your hard work and dedication got you to that goal. 

Thank you so so much for reading. I hope some of these tips may be able to help you in some way. Remember, you are worth every ounce of effort you put into yourself. Lots of loves,

My Ultimate Travel Bucket List

As I said on my Twitter the other day, I have a desire to travel loads at the moment. I thought I'd make a list of all the places I'd love to go someday. I love list type posts because they're easy to do and I am drowning in university lately so that's good for me.

  • Krakow, Poland
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Colmar, France
  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Pontresina, Switzerland
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Porto, Portugal
  • Florida, USA
  • Bergen, Norway
  • Hallstatt, Austria
  • Mykonos, Greece
  • Grenada, The Caribbean
  • Marrakesh, Morocco
  • Montenegro, Balkans
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Valletta, Malta
  • Split, Croatia 
  • London, England
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Bloemfontein, South Africa
  • Oregon, USA
  • Budapest,  Hungary
  • Bay of Islands, New Zealand
  • Disneyland Paris, France
  • Glasgow, Scotland
  • Kenya, Africa
  • Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Zakynthos, Greece
  • Prague, Czech Republic
Thank you so much for reading. Are there any places you'd also recommend I add to my list? Have a lovely day and stay beautiful. Lots of loves,

Hit the Reset Button

Like most of us, I started off 2018 with the best intentions to ditch the drama, sleep longer and be healthier and honestly, it lasted quite a while (for me). However, I fell off the motivational wagon and as I tried to get on I got stuck under a wheel and I've pretty much been crushed. Dramatic, right? I felt so ashamed for having broken the promises I'd made to myself. I'd re-adopted the habits I'd put effort into breaking for the better. As crappy as I feel about this I realise I'm only human and things won't always be easy. In this post, I will be giving you little tips and tricks on how to get back on the motivational wagon.

Forgive yourself
This is definitely the first thing you need to put focus into. I truly believe that when you forgive yourself you become a stronger person. Don't continue to make yourself feel bad for the fact that you lost your motivation for a little while, feel proud of the fact that you're willing to try again and start achieving your goals. If this isn't the first thing you do then I think it will be difficult for you to move on.

Let it go
After forgiving yourself, you need to let go of it. Don't continue to dwell on it and beat yourself up about it. Just switch your focus to yourself and what you want to achieve. Forgive and forget the fact that you felt demotivated for a little bit. The more you think about it, the worse you're going to feel and then the less motivated you're going to feel.

Make a plan
Plans are such a huge part of my life, they help me keep a focus on what it is I want out of life. I know that when I'm working to a plan I have a high success rate because I have a step by step guide as to how I'm going to do what it is I'm achieving.

Thank you so much for reading. I hope this can help you get back on track. Please remember, there is no shame in needing to restart. Have a lovely day and stay beautiful. Lots of loves,

Making Mondays Magical

You will never understand how proud I am of the alliteration in that title. I feel like Mondays have a bad rep. Personally, I love Monday as I see it as an opportunity to reset and start afresh. I'm going to try my best throughout this post to convince you that there are ways to make Monday a magical day of the week. Notice I'm posting this on a Friday so you have all weekend to prepare for your Monday?

Give Monday positive meaning
When you constantly grumble about how you hate Mondays, guess what? You're not going to enjoy them. It's just a simple fact. Start seeing it as a positive day. Full of new opportunities, chances and moments for you to relish in. I understand I sound like a ball of cringe but believe me. Dressing Monday up as your favourite day of the week will help you enjoy them. Fake it til you make it, ladies and gents.

Make Monday useful again
Attach an event or activity to Monday. It may be your day to bake, do Pilates, clean your room etc. When you give Monday a specific task to go with it, the Monday blues begin to disappear. It's no longer mundane Monday, it's the day you get to make that new peanut butter cookie recipe you found on Pinterest or do that new yoga flow you saw on YouTube by BohoBeautiful. Obviously, if you work full-time this may be difficult but there are ways around it like make Monday the day you do have a candlelit bath with a bath bomb etc.

Try not to sleep in
I understand I'm going against every human instinct when I say do not hit snooze on Monday, under any circumstance. After a weekend of absent alarms and lay-ins, it can be difficult to roll out of bed bright and early and full of positivity. However, I can almost guarantee that if you just hop out of bed when your alarm goes off that you will skip that morning grogginess phase. The pain of being warm and toasty for the next nine minutes before your alarm blares again is not sorely missed, I promise.

Stick some music on
This makes my Monday. I put this playlist on, have a little boogie around my bedroom and it just sets me up for a good day. Whether it's Taylor Swift or Metallica that gets you hyped up, try this. I find it really wakes my body up and just generally makes me feel less groggy. However, if your playing your music out loud be aware of neighbours or people you live with. They may not share your enthusiasm for the morning. A little gets the blood a-flowing and the good vibes a-going.

Be prepared 
*inserts photo of Scar on a cliff edge with hyenas singing around him* Planning is one hundred percent the best way to ensure that your Monday is as stress-free as humanly possible. It saves time, worrying and energy. Get your outfit set out, chose your makeup/skincare products for the day ahead, pack your bad etc. Whatever you can do that means your Monday will be easier to cope with is good. I love planning my outfit the night before because it saves me ripping my drawers apart to put something decent together while brushing my teeth and wiping the sleep from my eye.

Thank you so much for reading. Hopefully, this post can help you enjoy your dreaded start to the week a little more. Have a lovely day and stay beautiful. Lots of loves,

Learning About Myself

I am the type of person who loves knowing little details. One of the things I pride myself on is being able to remember peoples Zodiac sign or how they like their tea etc. I just love to know the little things that make people who they are. Not too long ago while watching a video on YouTube did I realise that I don't really know much about myself other than the basics that you need to know. I decided to do a little bit of digging and here's what I found out. Disclaimer: I did quizzes and looked up my horoscope. So it's not scientific or anything but I will only be adding things that I feel resonate with me - both positive and negative.

My Zodiac sign is a Scorpio as my birthday is on November the 14th. I know some people disregard these signs and their meaning but I quite enjoy what they tell me. Yes, I am aware it's not the gospel truth but it's something that interests me. When I looked at the traits my sign has a lot of questions were answered for me. Apparently, Scorpio's tend to be overemotional, a fact I'm sure my boyfriend will agree with. They're also trustworthy and loyal - this also resonated with me because another thing I pride myself on is my loyalty. However, this has sometimes ended up with me getting hurt. Scorpio's are also known to be creative and resourceful. I wasn't too sure if I agreed with the creative part because I can't paint or create any kind of art but I suppose writing is a creative skill and I obviously enjoy that. Guarded and suspicious are apparently two of the weaknesses of the Scorpio which I agree with. I can be quite sceptical of people and their intentions which leads me to be more wary of them. I think I learned these traits in secondary school as sometimes I let me guard down a little too early and ended up getting upset. Another weakness of Scorpio's is their obsessive nature - when speaking for myself I completely agree. When I watch a series, I get so sucked into the universe around it. I'll sit in lectures wondering what will happen next or before I sleep I'll wonder what could've happened differently. The same with YouTubers, I'll go through a phase where I'll only watch one person and I will set reminders for their videos.

I also did a personality test which again really resonated with me. Turns out I am an INFJ-T personality type aka Advocate. I've done this test previously and the answer has always been the same so I'm convinced that it's accurate. The main aspect of this personality type was being an introvert - a fact that I know to be true about myself. I love my alone time where I can just be in my bubble. Another trait of this type is following your heart over your head, again, something I do quite often. Though I like to plan things down to the finest detail, that doesn't mean that my heart completely quashes its spontaneity. To twist it up, there was a trait in the list that I didn't agree with which was decisiveness. I am probably the most indecisive person on this planet (ask my boyfriend). For some reason, I just can't handle the pressure that decision-making puts on me. Sensitive and private were on the list too. As mentioned before I like my private time and I also can be sensitive. I tend to overthink things that I say or others say. Picking it apart to find the negative even if there wasn't one intended. But, I am working on just accepting the positive and not delving deeper for a negative that doesn't exist. 

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I hope you enjoyed this post. I recommend looking at these if you're looking to get to know yourself better. Have a lovely day and stay beautiful. Lots of loves,