5 Simple Steps To Live A Happier Life

Hello everyone!

Today I am going to share with you some things that I have been investing my time in recently which have really helped me become a much better version of myself and someone is much more confident and happier. Recently I have been spending a tonne of time researching self-love and self-care and finding out a few simple things I could do on a daily basis to improve my health, happiness and overall lifestyle.

  1. Appreciate the little things – I feel like this is such an important part of living a happy life. I know it is so important to be thankful and grateful for everything that I have, for all the memories and experiences that I hold and for the life I have been given – That is so special itself.  I know it is easy to get caught up with wanting all the fancy and bigger things in life but as you grow up, you will learn it’s the simple and little things that make you the happiest and that you are the most appreciative of. It’s those little moments which will make the darker times a little brighter and make you laugh a little louder or smile a little brighter.  Sometimes I think it is easier for us all to forget how lucky we are, it’s human nature, but practising gratitude and learning to love what you have instead of what you want, really will bring happiness and a much more positive outlook to your life.

 

  1. Invest in yourself – This is the most important thing you could ever do and is something I have spent the last month to six weeks doing more of. The best person you can ever invest your time and love in is yourself. If you don’t love yourself who will? Spending time everyday taking care of your body, skin and health is so essential to living a happier life. The more you look after your body, the better you feel. The more you look after your skin, the better it will look and the more confident you will feel. Again, it is just simple things which really help when it comes to loving yourself and taking care of yourself. Ensuring you get enough sleep, and that you look after your body, exercise and eat a balanced diet make the biggest difference to not only your health but your overall lifestyle. I cannot emphasise how much of a difference this makes both emotionally and physically.  Self-love costs nothing but you gain everything!

 

  1. Invest in your inner circle – Again, this is so important! Investing your time and effort into those who truly love and care for you are the only people you should be spending time with and on. It is impossible to live a happy and positive life if you surround yourself around negative people with negative thoughts and feelings and people who do not support you. It is so incredibly hard to lose people out of your life when you thought they were meant to be your friends forever but someone people are just meant to come into your life for a reason and only temporarily. Not everyone in permanent. Remember, sadly not everyone has the same heart that you do and not everyone is worth your time and effort. So, invest in your family and your friends who support you and love you no matter what. Invest in those people who have seen you at your worst but love you anyway. Invest in those who encourage you and inspire you to be a better version of yourself. It’s okay to lose friends and grow apart and separate. It’s natural and although in the beginning it is hard, in the end you will be happier and be so loved and you will also know that you have the most amazing support network behind you.

 

  1. Practice forgiveness – This is so essential if you want to live a happy life. If you hold grudges and keep re-reading the same chapters in your life and cannot let go of the past you will never move forward and will never move onto better things.  It is not only important to forgive other but it is so essential to forgive yourself as well. We all make mistakes, that’s human nature but you must forgive yourself and carry the lesson and life experience with you for the rest of your journey. We are growing and changing and we will all make mistakes and the best way to move forward is to accept that and accept that people will mess up and they will hurt you and they will upset you or things will go wrong. That’s a part of life. None of us are perfect. We are beautifully imperfect and we all think and feel differently to each other and it is so important to remember that and remember to forgive people for their mistakes.  That doesn’t mean you must forget or you must be friends with them or continue your life with them and give people multiple chances, no of course not. It simple means you can’t hold grudges and live in the past in you want to be happy. Learning to let go and accept what has happened or what you cannot change really will lift a weight off your shoulders and will allow you to move on and be happy.

 

  1. Stop expecting the worst – Life is inevitably going to be difficult and there are going to numerous challenges thrown your way but your attitude and outlook throughout those difficult times really define you. Setbacks, failures and tragedy are all a natural part of life, but when you expect the best from people and the certain situations we are place in you start to build a much more positive outlook. You build a promising and inspiring future for yourself instead of a bleak and miserable one. You build one which will make you happy and encourage you to be the best version of yourself. You will create a far more compassionate and understanding environment for yourself and you will be able to focus and bring more to the situations than if you were pessimistic.

Thank you so much for reading and I really hope this has helped someone in some way and you found it an enjoyable and interesting read. Let me know if you would like to see a part 2 to this because I would love to make one! Much love,

Lizzie X

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Starting uni…

Hello!

Welcome back everyone! How are you all doing? I hope you are having a great day/evening and things are going well. A while back I mentioned starting a university series and at last I am finally getting around to starting it. I am so sorry it has taken forever for me to start the series but I have just been so busy with things. The past month as all just being about settling in and getting used to the university lifestyle and I finally feel now I am starting to get into a routine with everything! I did plan to blog more on the weekends but I have been super busy at work and also studying and reading for assignments so I am sorry about that too! However, I am now finally getting around to it and I am so excited to be sharing me experiences with you and how I am finding uni life!

First thing, for any of you who doesn’t know, I am studying History at the University of Leicester UK. Since I was fortunate to receive and unconditional offer, meaning I didn’t need any requirements to get into the university or onto my course, I can’t really tell you much about the UCAS programme on results day and how that all works. Unfortunately I am not 100% sure on what happens but I do know if you log on to your UCAS track it tells you whether the university you have firmed has accepted you before you even pick up your results in most cases but that’s about as far as my knowledge goes on that. Unfortunately I cannot help with clearing or results day anymore than that. Sorry!

I obviously did go through all the stages of applying and filling out my application form, as well as writing my personal statement so if any of you are applying to university this year or apprenticeships or even jobs let me know if you would like any tips of how I did mine and what I wrote about and I will make a blog post about that because I know how daunting it is having to write about yourself in a word limit, selling yourself and trying to select all your best abilities and attributes! It’s not easy and it is, at the end of the day, what they judge you on and make their decision based on. The only other thing to say is that once you have submitted your application then it is literally just waiting for your offers to come back through before you make a decision on where you would like to go and firm and also your insurance uni incase things don’t quite go according to plan, which I hope they do for you!

After those stages it is all about applying for Student Finance if that’s something you need (I definitely did!) and looking for accommodation if you are thinking about moving away from home. Student Finance is a great loan and support system and don’t worry about the money and paying it back, it’s not all as scary as it seems and at the end of the day you are investing in your future! In terms of accommodation, look early and apply as early as possible! Again I was lucky in the respect that when I knew where I wanted to go that I could book my accommodation straight away because my place at univeristy wasn’t subject to my A-Levels grade. This meant I could confirm my accommodation straight away and know where I was living. The only difference if you don;t recieve an unconditional is that you get a provisional offer for accommodation which then will change depending on whether you get in on results day. Basically they allocate you a space at accommodation based on your preferences which will get confirmed after your results have come through so don’t panic that you won;t have anywhere because you will!

So today I thought I would just briefly explain the whole applying procedure and a few things to think about but if you have nay questions on anything I have said then feel free to ask or you what a more detailed post on something specific then also let me know! I have a few more post planned such as what to take, what to expect, what moving day is like, freshers experience, settling into courses and lots of stuff like that but if you have any other posts you would like to see them let me know and I will do them too. Hopefully they should start to become more regular again as things are settling down now. Also let me know if you want to see a room tour because I have been thinking about filming one. So let me know if that is something you are interested in me doing and I will film that too. I was also thinking about filming a Uni Q&A as well to answer questions about uni because I know how scary it can be and daunting so leave me any questions you have for that and I will do that too.

Thank you all so much for reading and for being really patient with me whilst me schedule has been all over the place. I hope to hear from you all soon with any suggestions or questions you have and I will see you all very soon for the next post in this mini series! Bye guys!

Lizzie

Skincare Q&A

Hello!

Welcome back to my blog. Today I have a little skincare Q&A, so I hope you enjoy reading about what I use and do on a daily basis to take care of my skin and any products that I would recommend using. If you have any more questions still about skincare or my skincare routine then feel free to leave a comment and I will get back to you! Into the questions…

  • How many times do you wash your face daily? – I believe I wash my face twice. Once in the morning when I wake up and then also again in the evening when I go in the shower (yes I am a night shower person).
  • What skin type do you have? (dry, oily or combination) – My skin is pretty normal to be perfectly honest. In the winter months it can get more dry than usual but for the most part I would say I have normal skin.
  • What is your current facial wash? – I am currently using the Nivea daily essentials gentle cream wash and I LOVE it. It’s great! Really soft and gentle on the skin and leaves it feeling really smooth and cleansed. Would definitely recommend. Also, a little side note, another face wash I highly recommend is the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Gentle Exfoliating wash. I love this product to and would recommend trying this out also. Both work really well and I switch between them all the time.
  • Do you exfoliate? – Yes, I do. Probably not as much as I should do but I do exfoliate from time to time. I know it is important and my skin always feels so much better after I have exfoliated and removed all the dead skin cells, it’s just not one of my favourite parts of my skincare routine!
  • What brand do you use? – For my body I use Soap and Glory because they do the most incredible exfoliators which smelly incredible and leave your skin feeling amazing and for my face I just use my trusty Neutrogena which I have just mentioned.
  • What moisturiser do you use? – I use the Simple Kind to Skin hydrating moisturiser and I just get along with it really well. I think it does help that I use the Simple cleanser and toner to go with the moisturises but either way I do the moisturiser and it leaves me skin hydrated and smooth so no complaints. Really great budget friendly moisturiser too. In fact all the products I have mentioned are great alternatives to the higher end skin products out on the market.
  • Do you have freckles? – Yes, I do. I have a few and I quite like them.
  • Do you use eye cream? – No. I am only young and I know it’s perhaps never too early to use eye cream and help prevent ageing or dark circles etc. but I don’t feel the need too and using a little bit of highlighting concealer under my eyes removes any dark circles.
  • Do you or did you have acne prone skin? – Not particularly. My skin is really quite good to be honest. Of course I get spots occasionally, most frequently on my forehead or my chin but I am lucky I don’t suffer from acne prone skin and thankful.

That’s everything for this mini skincare Q&A. Please feel free to let me know if you have nay other questions that you would like to answer and I will try my best to answer them for you. I hope you have enjoyed and thank you so very much for reading and I will see you shortly!

Lizzie X

Packing for vacation – All the essentials!

Hello everyone!

How are you all doing? Since I have spent the majority of the day packing everything ready for my trip to London, I thought I would share a few of my tips/hacks and essentials I take with you. I’m not going abroad and only going for a week so I obviously don’t need a lot of things but I still thought I would share how I get ready to pack for a vacation.

First thing I like to do, is really simple and I know a lot of people don’t bother with, but for me it really helps, is just to make a ‘packing list’ with all the items I would like to take on vacation. This way I don’t forget anything and it also make sure I have washed everything ready for the trip or ensures I don’t end up wearing the clothes a couple of days before I go and then not have time to wash them haha.

Next thing I like to do is roll my clothes. It saves so much space and makes things a lot easier to pack and it looks tidier too but also it just helps prevents your clothes from creasing so much, especially with fancy dresses etc.

Another thing I like to do with all my cables and chargers is get an empty pencil case or sunglasses case and just wrap them up and place them in there. This way it just prevents all the cables from getting tangled and therefore you spending like 50 hours (okay exaggeration.. but not by much) detangling everything.

When I am deciding what items of clothes to pack, I tend to go for very simplistic pieces where I can use and pair with lots of different items. This way it saves so much space in your case because you don’t have to take a lot of different items and match everything up. I also tend to pack neutral colour shoes, so I can just put them on with everything and not have to worry about whether they go with what I am wearing.

For toiletries I like to try and have a pre-packed toiletries bag full of everything I want to take with me. However, this doesn’t always happen but I just find if I do this before travelling I don’t forget anything and I also save myself so much time. I also try and take as many sample/travel sizes as possible just to save space and also there isn’t really a need to take full size products when you are travelling as you probably won’t use them and so that’s just carrying extra weight and taking up extra space unnecessarily.

For hair I tend to only take one hair appliance with me because it saves so much space. Usually it is my curling wand but sometimes I do opt for straighteners. Most hotels tend to have hair dryers in the rooms so I personally wouldn’t bother messing around taking one of them as it just takes up unnecessary space.

An essential no matter where I am going, abroad or staying in the UK, is a camera. I must always have a camera with me. I always want to take pictures of where have been so I can document it and look back months or even years later at the memories and what I did or saw on that holiday.

I hope you have enjoyed reading my short guide to a few packing tips and essentials. Let me know what your best packing tip/hack/essential is in the comments down below or where you have been or are going to on vacation. Thank you so very much and I will see you really soon!

Lizzie X

 

10 ways to have the best summer ever!

Hello everyone!

I hope you are doing well and having a lovely day/evening! Today I have a few ideas on how to make sure you all have a brilliant summer and fight the boredom that sometimes can occur.  I have 10 ideas to share with you today which are really inexpensive and budget friendly but also will ensure you have lots of fun with you friend and also relax. I hope you enjoy!

  1. Go on a hike – It’s free and also a lovely way to spend time outdoors and appreciate the beautiful surroundings and exercise!
  2. Spa night – Summer is the time to relax and have time to yourself and there is no better way to do this than having a spa night. Face masks, candles and a whole lot of fun.Just the perfect way to de-stress.
  3. Start a blog – Summer time is the perfect time to start a blog! You have time to concentrate on writing posts and is such a good way to write about things you are passionate about.
  4. Pool day – Not original at all, but nothing beats a pool day and party! It’s the perfect way to hang out with your mates and chill out whilst staying cool in the sun.
  5. Have a picnic – I love going on picnics. There just such a cute alternative to going out for dinner plus you can even spend the morning preparing all the food for your picnic yourself instead of buying it.
  6. Campfire – Campfires and camping in the summer are my go to activities. I LOVE sitting around a fire with my friends with some music, toasting marshmallows, making smores and having a laugh.
  7. Bike ride – Another fee activity for those of you who are on a budget this summer. Also it’s a great way to exercise and appreciate your local surroundings!
  8. Game night – You can’t beat a game night with all your friends and having them all around, ordering a pizza and having laugh and a bit of competition. It’s such a lovely way to have a laugh, enjoy summer and relax.
  9. Take a yoga or pilates class – This is such a good  idea to get you out of the house and not only exercising but de-stressing too! It allows you to strengthen your body and also clear your mind and I just love relaxing and doing yoga. Every day when I do yoga in the morning I always feel more productive and have a better start to my day.
  10. Build a fort– This is classic and never gets old! Creating a fort out of pillows and blankets allows you be creative and also create your own space to hang out and watch movies or just have chat with your friends.

Thank you so much for reading. I hope you all have a brilliant summer and try lots of new things and have lots of new experiences. Let me know what your summer plans are this year and I will see you tomorrow.

Lizzie X

Life hacks for lazy girls

Hey guys!

Sorry for the late post but today has been crazy and I just haven’t had a moment to myself but I still wanted to get a post up for you. So this post is just going to be a life hacks for lazy girls. I hope you enjoy!

  1. Tape for eyeliner – Want the perfect winged eyeliner. Just place some tape where you want your wing to go and draw you line and then remove your tape and then you will have the perfect wing
  2. Contour – A simple way to get your contour on point is to follow the shape of a number around your face. Starting at the edge of your forehead and following it around until just below your cheek bone and then following the edge of your face again and down you jaw bone.
  3. Eyelash curler to create perfect eyeliner line – This is a sure good for saving time. Put a line of eye liner on the inside edge of your eyelash curler and then when you curl your eyelashes the eyeliner prints on creating a perfect line.
  4. Card to stop your mascara from ruining your eye shadow – Your eye shadow is looking perfect and then all of sudden your mascara prints off from application. Ruined! To simply stop that happening just place a piece of card between your eyelashes and eyelid and all excess mascara will print off onto the card instead of your eye shadow.
  5. Foundation too dark? – We’ve all accidentally brought a shade of foundation too dark for our skin but tit doesn’t have to be a waste of money. Just add a bit of your everyday moisturiser to it to lighten it up.
  6. Runs in tights – This has happened to us all. Just spray a squirt of hairspray to stop them spreading.
  7. Want the appearance of thicker hair? Apply a little eye shadow (on of which matches your hair colour) to your roots and parting and it instantly makes your hair look thicker.
  8. Translucent powder over lips – Such a simple tip to make your lipstick last longer throughout the day. Powdering your lips before applying lipstick keeps your lipstick lasting longer!

Thanks for much for reading and I hoped you enjoyed. Hope you have all had a lovely day/evening and I will see you tomorrow.

Lizzie X

Orangising your wardrobe

Hey everyone!

I hope you are all doing well and having a lovely day/evening. Today I have a few quick and simple tips and tricks to help organise your wardrobe. If you’re anything like me you try so so so hard to keep your wardrobe tidy but then somehow it just ends up becoming a huge mess. Now summer approaching, I though it was best time I cleared out my wardrobe and reorganise it. I hope these little tips help you organise your wardrobe.

  1. Categorise your clothes – This is so simple! Organising your clothes into categories such as jeans, dresses, tops and jumpers will make it easier to find all the items of a similar sort and also helps keep your piles of clothes neat.
  2. Shelf dividers – Again another a simple tip is to buy some really inexpensive shelf dividers to place in between the piles of clothes and this then helps prevents the pile of clothes toppling over and ruining all the over piles of clothes which usually tends to happen in my case!
  3. Keep your wardrobe seasonal – This is so good for saving space and knowing what you have to wear. I keep my wardrobe seasonal by switching out my items depending on the season it is. Now it’s summer I keep all my autumnal pieces and winter pieces away in storage in separate places so I only have my summer/spring  (spring for when it’s cooler in the summer) pieces to wear and my wardrobe isn’t being cluttered by other pieces making it hard to find something to wear.
  4. To  save space use slim hangers – A simple trick to save room in your wardrobe is to use slim hanger or stack your hangers.
  5. Colour coordinate your wardrobe – Lastly another good way to have your wardrobe organised is to colour coordinate. Having all your items placed together on colour allows you see what clothes you have a lot of in a certain colours and perhaps which colours you lack in to maybe purchase something if you see something nice out. Having pieces colour coordinated really makes it easy and simple to find something to wear (match your outfits) and just helps keeping your wardrobe looking tidy.

wardrobe collage

Thank you so much for reading. I hope it has helped you all give you a few tips or hacks of how to organise your wardrobe! I will see you in the next one!

Lizzie X